I am rebuilding laptop No2 this weekend and would just like to make it publicly known that Windows Vista is horrible and should never have been released. On a positive note for technology I am on the thrird book since Monday and the Kindle is eating it up, I have not charged it once and it has around 50% battery life if the little symbol is accurate. For those that read I have a new recommendation:
James Patterson – Zoo, this one is doubly recommended to DL*
It was remarkably difficult to overcome the urge to purchase paperbacks on the way home on Friday, I had to keep reminding myself that the Kindle was in my bag despite the fact that I had only just put it there when I left the train. As recommended by Paul I selected the undercover scanner shop and entered nervously, I wasn’t sure if Mr(s) Smith would have got wise to the test and installed some self destruct or, worse still, host destruct mechanism in the bug. There was no alarm on entry or exit so I concluded that the bug was not active, but does this scanner simply alert Mr(s) Smith to the fact that I have tested the bug? or, given that the alarm went off before the incident with the agent on Monday, is this just a failed bug detector?
At the very last stop of the day, my local grocery store, I walked in to be greeted by an alarm, does this mean that the frequency has changed? The security guard in my local store (what has the world come to?) looked over at me and I gave him a knowing look, after all we both knew that it was the bug didn’t we? Given the way he circled me I can only presume that he was unaware that the door loops had a secret function as a bug detector. I was unsure where this left me until I realised that in my bag was a set of headphones that I had purchased and perhaps the tag had not been disabled? I will check the web this weekend and see if there is a list of which loops can be used for bug detecting purposes.
On reflection this dual purpose is something that should be developed further, after all its a full body scan isn’t it? So we could be scanned for disease on the way into the store and the results printed on our receipt, imagine when you get to the till and the last persons receipt is there saying “£2.50 and you have 30 minutes to live” that could make grocery shopping so much more interesting. Perhaps a psychological scan “£3.66 and your husband is having an affair” or we could offer guidance based on posture “”£4.12 and tell your wife she looks good, she is feeling a little low” Technology is amazing but sometimes we need to think outside of the box to maximise its benefits.
I was entertained yesterday to watch a heated negotiation take place between two friends over the purchase of some tobacco, this was a full 30 minutes of debate and pushing prices but a deal was finally struck and the purchaser phoned her purchaser, returned to the bar and said “she will have two pouches”, the look on the vendors face (he sells in boxes) was priceless. It is amazing how well established the black market economy is and how synonymous it is with the pub trade, any reason why the government is doing so little to support pubs? I wonder……
Honourable mention today to Simon Nichols for making me feel a lot more positive than I have been, I am glad you’re in my corner.
* Dream Lover