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Windows developer dumps “pile of crap” for MacOSX

Pete Wright who is was a programmer for Microsoft Windows one day dreamed of joining Microsoft to contribute to the computer industry and really change the way people use computers.

I dreamed of working at Microsoft. When Microsoft joined up with Accenture to form Avanade the word ‘consultant’ sounded so wonderfully romantic to me and I wondered if ever I’d make it there as one of the elite band of Avanade consultants, spreading the Microsoft message all over the world. I dreamed of systems that would change lives, help people, and do cool new things never seen before”  – Pete Wright (MacDailyNews).

Now how things change so quickly. Everybody who knows anything about computers knows that Microsoft’s flagship product ‘Microsoft Windows’ is a spaghetti code situation at best, once with the idea that complexity in how an operating system is designed would better the overall product has eventually ended up with a product that is a nightmare to code for, and almost a bigger headache for an end-user to use.

So Pete has done what many programmers im sure have thought at Microsoft before, he has jumped ship to go work for Apple Computer to work on a project which prides it self on end-user simplicity, and a much more managable code-base…Apple MacOSX.

To read all about Pete’s experiences with working with Microsoft and his jump into MacOSX, be sure to check out his blog entry entitled “Goodbye Microsoft, Pete has left the building!”. It is really interesting and well worth a read if you are a programmer youself or student with the same dream of working with Microsoft has Pete once had.

Five Tips for Smarter Playlists


iTunes has a really great feature which allows you to ‘smartly’ list your songs by genre, artist, rating (favor), etc into a seperate ‘smart playlist’ which can then be syncronized with your iPod. This makes going through thousands of songs a breeze and makes sure you’re always listening to your most favorite songs, and not “We wish you a merry christmas” in July.

I came across a really great article which discusses just this topic, How to make your iTunes playlist ‘smarter’ – Five Tips for Smarter Playlists by David Gagne. Its a great article and helped me get my music sorted out. I already had my music organized in some kind of fashion (I am kinda a control freak with my music collection) but this article made me realize the myriad of features in iTunes which I had totally forgotten about and were underutilized in my playlists.

Check out the article above or find it here, its a great read for any iTunes user.

Werribee DVD sex assault victim speaks out


The 17 year old girl who was physically and sexually assaulted by a group of Werribee teenagers last week has spoken out to local police giving a statement.

A police spokeswoman has confirmed that the girl did in fact attend a Werribee police station regarding the incident where she gave a statement to police regarding information on the suspects and any other details which may aid in a criminal investigation.

The girl was urinated on by many of the youths, tortured and even had her hair set on fire with cigarette lighters and deodorant cans to extend the reach of the flame.

The DVD which has been distributed throughout various secondary colleges in the area such as Werribee Secondary College and Kardinia International College which has been sold for $5 apparently has been handed into police, but police have not yet seen the recording.

“I confirmed that myself when I spoke to detectives today, Werribee police were not informed until yesterday morning and that was the first we had heard about it,” the spokesman said. – source: The Age – DVD Victim speaks to police

The father of the assault victim has urged all who have obtained a copy of the DVD to please destroy it to fight for his daughters right for justice in this heinous crime.

Werribee gang assault DVD news coverage

With the article I wrote yesterday ‘Myspace pages of Werribee scumbag gang members’, I received huge interest in the story with people wanting to know more about the horrific acts committed against a 17yr old girl by a group known locally only as ‘The Werribee Boys’ since the story aired on various television networks across the country Tuesday night (24-10-06).

For anybody living internationally or for those who missed the news story which aired on Channel 7’s Today Tonight current affairs program, you can watch the full coverage here:

Thanks to MyCrimeSpace for the link to the clip and their support of my blog’s continuing coverage on the assault in Werribee.

Myspace pages of Werribee scumbag gang members

Earlier this week, a group of Werribee teenagers attacked a 17 year old girl along side the Werribee river away from prying eyes and passers by. The demeaning attack on the girl was video taped and later copied to DVD for distribution to schoolmates which has horrified local residents.

I myself am a Werribee resident and to hear of something this vicious and torturous happening to a local is absolutely appalling and the full force of the law should be applied to these reckless youths before anything like this happens again.

It has come to my attention that this group of teens have profiles on the popular social networking site myspace. Here is a list below of their profiles:

Just reading through some of the comments left on these pages is absolutely sickening. How can a group of people this young commit such violent crimes with no respect or remorse.

I hope they get what’s coming to them. The full force of the law should be dealt to them swiftly to remove these idiots from society.

All men have is 30 seconds with women

Results from a recent study undertaken by Professor Richard Wiseman of Hertfordshire University suggest that men aren't so shallow and judging of women after all, it is in fact quite the opposite.

Half of women who took part in a recent study of dating and relationship interaction were found to have made up their minds within the first 30 seconds of meeting a man and whether he is 'potential' boyfriend material or not. There are a few conclusions that can be drawn from this study and one is that the initial 'pick-up line' a guy uses is more important than ever, and from the woman's eye, first impressions definately last.

So, if opening lines are so important, then what were the most successful lines of the study? Well opening introductions which were successful always involved getting the woman to talk about what interests her, and what she likes to do. Conversational topics were important also. Less of the sample subjects found success talking about films, television and music, with the most successful topic being travel. Travel seems to be the topic of interest for both parties that really seems to attract women more than any other for some strange reason.

"The study also found that women were twice as picky as the men".

Now I know there are females reading this right now thinking, "hang on a minute, im not like that at all, you've got the whole idea of women all wrong". Well, that might be true. Obviously some (not all) women aren't this shallow at all and tend to go about dating in a whole different manner, I totally agree with you 100%. So maybe take this information to heart whatever woman you are, and cut guys a little slack when your out on the town. Its hard trying to impress a dog in 30 seconds let alone trying to impress a woman in that time.

I didn't conduct this study, so I don't have any hard statistics or data on the subject, but I did find this article quite interesting and gives you another look at what women are really thinking.

So guys, when your girlfriend of female friends tell you that your being too shallow or too judgemental, just reffer them to this article and let them read it for themselves. An interesting look I thought.

Radical new laser technology and a look at food addiction

I came across an interesting article on Medical News Today which discusses new technology for a possible cure for Cellulite, acne and the ever deadly Heart Disease.

"Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, are using the Free-Electron Laser at specific wavelengths (selective photothermolysis) to heat up fat, which is then excreted by the body – without harming the skin. They say this technique could be used for treating cellulite, acne and heart disease".

This is totally amazing and does look very promising. With more and more people becoming overweight and obese, Heart Disease has been on the increase and latest statistics show that it doesn't look like its getting ready for any major drop any time soon unfortunately. Whilst people continue to eat themselves to death (granted most of the time its not by choice) coming up with curative measures is the next best thing to give some of these people a second chance, especially with a disease as deadly as Heart Disease.

Food addiction is fast becoming a global 'epidemic' as it has been called by a number of sources. But can people really call it an addiction? Can eating hamburgers and tremendous amounts of bacon be even marginally related to heroine or cocaine addiction which are both more common forms of addiction. Well, sure it can. If you are constantly doing something to your body that can cause harm and often times prove fatal, then yes why not call it an addiction.

A great point Morgan Spurlock brings up in his documentary film "Supersize Me" is that currently at this present time, it is socially acceptable to hassle smokers telling them that its bad for you, and its bad for people around you, and that you should stop it immediately its bad for your health. So, the question is when will it become socially acceptable to hassle overweight or obese people into loosing weight. The same logic can be applied to obesity, but its just not the 'thing to do'.

I can definately say for certain that nobody WANTS to be overweight right? And most people will often do/try anything to loose that weight.

"Obese people can testify to the overwhelming power of food allergy addiction. Compulsive eaters crave and continue to eat those allergenic foods to which they are addicted day after day. The obese person has no idea that his daily food cravings or eating habits are based on a physiological need to stop withdrawal symptoms caused by food allergy addiction". – Sephen Levine, Ph. D.

It's not so much a physical problem that people have, but often times its an emotional problem that makes it difficult. Im not a doctor, but im sure often times addiction begins because of an emotional breakdown perhaps and eating, smoking, drinking are all ways to temporarily escape those bad feelings but unfortunately these 'temporary fixes' are doing serious damage to us and whilst under the influence of these fixes, we loose sight of what's happening around us and before we know it, we're 20, 30, 40, 50kgs more than we used to be.

I once read in an article online that the only thing food addiction is good for is attracting business to fast food restaurants and lawyers. We are we headed? I'm not the person to tell you that answer, but it is a serious problem that more and more people are becoming aware of which is good i think. Food addiction awareness is playing a key role in society today, and personally i think we will see improvements. You just watch.

Personally, I've never had a problem with weight. I'm 6"1, 80Kgs (176lbs). I've never really been on a diet, but I do know people that have. In Australia anyway, I have definately been noticing the huge increase in Subway restaurants in recent times. I would estimate that in 1990 onwards, I would have seen maybe 1 subway in the whole of Melbourne. Now if you look in the same places today, there is a subway on almost every street in downtown Melbourne. I think subway is doing a tremendous job at changing the eating attitudes of a vast amount of people across the world which is only a good thing, making eating healthy something that is both fast and easy, thats not going to kill you.

Until next time…seeya guys