The Kiloblog


0343 hours – Away Days

Filed under: Uncategorized — raka @ 20:17

First, I thank those of you who made helpful suggestions about what to do to my machine. Second, I apologise for my 236 hour silence. Those hours were spent being, or preparing to be, in the apparently internetless land of Germany (sorry Luca).

Now that I am back in Sunny Olde England, I will soon be reporting on:

(1) Why windows programs don’t work together for beens. And

(2) Internet Explorer 8.

So stay tuned.


0107 hours – How can I break it?

Filed under: kilowimp — raka @ 23:18

The kiloWIMP is now over 100 hours old, and I thank those who have taken an interest. Still, my ton is not as eventfull as FDR’s or BHObama’s. For good or ill, those two stirred some Hornets. I’ve just surfed the net. So far I report that (excepting one blackscreen) Windows works, if you don’t break it. So now I challenge you readers, how should I put Vista through it’s paces?

I will consider doing the zaniest things, within these rules:

  1. It should take only an hour or two.
  2. It has to seem like a good idea. That means:
    • It must seem like a good idea to me at the time
    • It must be a thing that a sensible person might also want to try
    • I can’t set out to damage my computer.


0082 – Vista Search

Filed under: review,software,Uncategorized — raka @ 22:21

Once, Windows search was an absurdity. Sometimes, however, humilitation begets resolve and resolve begets greatness. So it is with Vista’s search engine. Think of something to do, anything all. You might run a command, open a document or just find a written word. As long as your thought as a name that a computer could know, all you need to do is press Windows and start typing. Soon you will hit Enter, and your will is done.

It is like the command line, except it finds anything, not ust commands. Search is not just a sleek UI, it is also damned fast. Filenames are indexed, and so is the text of likely documents. I typed in “hell”; without pausing, Vista offered me two mysteriously unfiendish C file; neither was named “hello”, but that’s what they both said.

Vista’s search is very, very good.

Never Make Coffee.

Filed under: politics — raka @ 04:30
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I make coffee when I crave it. The problem is that by the time it’s made, I usually crave tea.

P.S. If you didn’t do it in the last post, or even if you did, you should really read Orwell.


0057 hours – Dark Memories

Filed under: kilowimp — raka @ 21:59
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Now that it’s done, my unixy heart sings with Schadenfreude.   It was less fun back when Windows was blackscreening – hard.  It was my fault of course, I had insulted it.  I should never have left my notes for that post on the hard drive. While creating this blog, I being a fool, loosed Windows Update in the background. It installed drivers.

At first all was fine, then the screen went streaky, and then black. It stayed that where for an hour, before I power cycled out of the BSOD. And out of the next one.

The third boot fit. After a few easy clicks, I had a happy machine. Complete, I think, with a smug new nVIDIA driver.

P.S. Tomorrow I’ll write something nice, I promise. In the meantime, read Orwell.


0033 hour – A Mirror at Aytea?

Filed under: kilowimp — raka @ 22:00

The bloggish folk at claim to earn a crust teachings others to use Microsoft Applications. However, just as I need their help, they have decided to explore linux!

BTW: They are going to a room without Windows. I am not in a room, but I have a window!


A Military Half Solution

Filed under: politics — raka @ 17:17
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This week’s attack by the Sri Lankan army on the last holdout of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) has succeed. This is good, it might even end the war. It was wrong of Westerners to oppose it; did they want the bloodshed to drag on?

Yet no victory can excuse the army for making scant effort to spare civilians. Worse, the government seems not to know that Tamils are citizens – unless they are armed terrorists who have changed their allegiances but not their methods. Lanka’s rulers must change their attitude if they are to have peace, but triumphant and authoritarian, they will not do this of their own accord. They will need a hard shove from the West.

This is Kiloblogging

Filed under: metakible — raka @ 13:44

Each day, many millions of words are thrown onto the web logs of the world. Reading them is often good fun and can nourish the mind. Yet who can absorb the great multitude?

Therefore I propose to you the kiBle, my name for a blog post no more than 1024 bytes long. Here on the kiloblog I, Raka, promise to divide and condense my thoughts into clearly labelled, easily digested kiBles. Each one will be worth reading, if only because reading it is but a moment’s work.

0000 hour – Vista

Filed under: kilowimp,software — raka @ 13:43
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Have you seen Window’s black boot screen? It’s all dark and foreboding with sinister little letters spelling out Microsoft’s name. Those princes of marketing should have known better than to make themselves look so very much like an evil, world dominating megacorporation.

Dark images aside, Raka has no hatred of Windows. XP runs solidly and rightly scorns some conventions of GUI. Vista is more decorated, but is neither gaudy nor maddening. Although Vista can make fast computers run slow, it’s load does not slow the rampant black stallion under my feet.

Yet Windows still incompetently condescends to treat users like idiots for the OS’ on faults. Vista rightly makes it easier to hibernate than to shut down; except when software is updated. Since windows shuts down computers and not processes, it “encourages” shutdowns by sneakily transfiguring the “hibernate” button into an “update and shutdown” button.

It need not be this way!

0000 hour – The kiloWIMP experiment

Filed under: kilowimp — raka @ 13:19
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Friends, know that I, Raka, know that you know me. Why else would you read this post? Being thus among friends, and also free, I presume to blog about Geeky Shite. Of course, you already know much about G.S., but I urge you yo read on, and to comment. Together we might discover much that we do not already know.

For example you might beleive that Raka is a Command Line Zealot, who has abided since the fall of DOS in Linux’ textual harbour, shunning the invidious encroachment of Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointers (WIMPs). Yet the machine under my feet executes not the dulcet instructions of any Unixy kernel; it is too busy presenting to me a Vista for WIMPs.

Startle not! I have no religion. I believe in experiment, and this one is the kiloWIMP, a tour into the GUI world of WIMPs. I promise, for the next 1024 hours, not to install Linux on this machine. On this blog, I will report the results – one kilobyte at a time.

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