One of the delights of being a computer journalist is that people assume you know the answer to everything silicon. At one extreme, this leads to the I'm Off Duty syndrome: for example, the barman at the Bunch of Grapes overheard a conversation I was having one evening, and subsequently brought along a sheaf of listings to demonstrate a problem he was having with his LaserJet and Word for Windows.
Any sufficiently advanced information is indistinguishable from noise
Rupert started off as a nerdy lad expecting to be an electronics engineer, but having tried it for a while discovered that journalism was more fun. He ended up on PC Magazine in the early '90s, before that evolved into ZDNet UK - and Rupert evolved with them into an online journalist.
Bank Holiday. Time for all sensible types to loll around in the hot sun, sipping cold beer...
Monday morning. What a relief. Have spent most of the weekend recovering from Friday's Gary Numan V96 warmup gig, held down in a shed in Chelsea.
Oh dear. One of the more pleasant aspects of this job is the steady stream of Stupid Things that turn up in the post from public relations companies and their clients.
Any week that starts with me having to rip the top off my PC is not going to go smoothly, but, nevertheless, have great fun with a new video card, Motion Picture from Advanced Technologies Manufacturing Ltd. This is a UK company who's previously done stuff for Acorn computers in the educational sector - don't get me started on Acorn - but is now branching out to Windows, PCs and other, more common markets.
Email addresses: seven. E-mail messages: 168. Not good.