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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 15 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 15 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

I find many aspects of Windows XP’s design very annoying, and I’ve long wanted to try something like Linux as an alternative – but then there are compatibility issues. And overall, I’ve never found stability problems with Windows XP, and I like the way it does lots of things – besides which, I couldn’t change OS and still be connected to the university network without great difficulty.

So instead of ditching Windows, I’ve just ditched the explorer.exe shell and replaced it with a new, self-penned shell (with more than a little help from Talisman 2). And now I’m happy – I’ve got programs and internet links in happy groups on a kind of task-bar extension to the left of the screen, the normal taskbar with a few changes (most notably it’s reduced size, and the addition of built in Winamp and Volume controls), and a nice circular Analog clock connecting the two at the bottom left. I also have a calendar and retractable desktop panel on the desktop, as well as a Desktop Toolbar complete with PC Power buttons running across the top. It’s very nice.

Changing topic completely… Car magazines. I was in WHSmith the other day, and there were fairly young teenagers deciding which one to buy. This seemed rather disturbing, given that none of them were old enough to drive, but when they selected one on the basis that it came with a free “Car Washing Kit”, things became grossly surreal. What were they planning on doing with it? Probably best not to ask.

Lots of fun in the Dissecting Room today, beginning with the introduction to the session. This is normally done by video, made by the anatomy tutor. Unfortunately, she realised that she’d got left and right the wrong way round throughout, and so instead decided to read the script out loud. A script which began “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to this afternoon’s anatomy session”. I think I nearly wet myself. Which would have been appropriate, given that we were doing the urinary system. I was surprised at how small the kidneys are – I’d always imagined them to be quite big, but they’re only about 10cm or so. Quote of the day: Someone commented on how a particular dissected bladder resembled a deer-stalker hat, and somebody managed to come out with: “Don’t take the piss out of the poor thing”. If you are interested in the kidneys and urinary system – and I must warn you that my brother thought he was, until he saw this site and screamed (I can’t really understand why, but I suppose it’s pretty graphic) – visit the Newcastle university Anatom-e (Geddit?) page here .

And my hands smell of the nice Anatomy department soap now, so I’m happy.

Anyway, as usual I have lots of work to do (sympathy please) so I suppose I better do some. Looks like I better do some Ethics. Have a pleasant evening.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This 70th post was filed under: Technology, University.

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Some random old posts

What I’ve been reading this month / October 2016, 5 minutes long

Why does it work? / October 2006, Less than a minute long

A tale of 500,000 illegal immigrants / July 2005, 3 minutes long

In support of a national NHS computer system / January 2010, 7 minutes long

We are Teesside. We are singing. We may be deaf. / June 2007, 1 minute long

Labour spams-up for the taste… / April 2005, 9 minutes long

Comments and responses

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 02:10 on 3rd February 2006.

Sadly, Anatom-e is no longer publically accessible. Try not to cry.

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