Friday, 26 December 2014

Nerdism on Boxing Day

Well, I hope you all enjoyed your Christmases. I spent quite a bit of Christmas Day teaching myself how to program for Windows. Sounds boring but it was something I've been wanting to do for some time. Occasionally I'll want a simple program to do something that should be easy to write. However, I've never really understood the differences between Net 4.5 vs ASP vs whatever hell the next acronym coming along will be. Late last night, I had a small breakthrough and I managed to figure a bit of it out. I managed to create a little program with read a text file into a sql database and then plays around with the results. It's a tiny success but it took me weeks to figure out how to get that working on Android. I'm hoping to recreate my original Android app for Windows because, though I say this myself, that little app has been hugely helpful.

Other than that, I've managed to destroy my CD ROM in my PC. It's the problem of having a tower PC which hangs beneath your desk. The drive was out, I moved my chair back, caught the tray which then turned 45%. Tried to fix it but once you twist those bays, they're ruined. This wouldn't be a problem but I'm now the proud owner of a set of Bilko DVDs which really demand to be watched... Even a Christmas skeptic such as myself was moved by such a great gift only I now have nothing to watch it on.

Interesting to see the PSN and Xbox networks have been down over Christmas. None of that ever surprises me. The internet is a very wild place, though I never realised how wild until I watched this for a few moments.  It's a real-time map of global cyber attacks. The amount of traffic coming out of Taiwan and China is frightening. It's amazing that anything even works. Something tells me that 2015 will be the year when cyber warfare becomes a big issue. The way America took down North Korea's internet the other day was a demonstration of things to come.

Hmm... That's not a great way to finish a blog post on Boxing Day so I'll note that Metacritic has 'The Interview' listed with a score of 51 out of 100. I gave it a 5/10 so, for once, I feel like I was speaking with the voice of the people.


  1. Nerd International Airport. Isn't there a liquor store close to hand? Hope you had a great day, regardless, Mr Spine ;). Personally I spent my time burning stuff- arsonist is such an evocative word, I prefer incendary. Arse bucket akimbo....

  2. Ha! Burning stuff is great, though I never get a chance to indulge. Christmas Day was okay but, to be honest, if I'm doing the things I love, any day can be great. Yesterday was also great. But isn't that's the problem with Christmas? It's another of those things created by the Big Machine to vent the pressure in people trapped in lives that make them unhappy every single day of the year. It's like expensive holidays. I never understand people working all year to afford the holiday they take only to escape the stress of working all year to afford their holiday.