Saturday, March 16, 2019

New Logitech MX518 Optical Mouse

Ok so I was all excited to hear that Logitech was finally bringing out a new version of the MX518 mouse.....which means I can finally replace my ancient MX518 that keeps working fine so still my preferred mouse BUT bits of the plastic etc are worn away...... so looks like hell.
- https://amzn.to/2W3o5HG

Ok the new one arrived today and still getting used to it, considering I just disconnected my old mx518 mouse (eg. at least 10 years+ old, couldn't find receipt its that old) this new mouse has some big shoes to fill........and so far im not impressed.



https://amzn.to/2W3o5HG

3 issues ive identified so far.

1/ the cable is much thinner than the old one.......which means it no longer stays fitted into the chase space beneath my G11 keyboard. Not sure if this is a new standard size and they've been like that for years......but basically couldn't discretely hide the wiring like I could with the old one.

2/ you cant actually plug it into the G11 keyboard like you could the old one.....basically it says hub overpowered - I assume some time in the last decade they changed the power specs and this isn't solvable......basically means couldn't discretely hide the wiring like I could with the old one........

3/ and this is my biggest problem-though probably easiest one to fix. Ive always used the assignable thumb keys as scroll up and scroll down........for some reason scroll up and scroll down is not available on the assign feature......like seriously?? who thought that was ok? They got next music track, or next tab.....but not scroll up and down so the only way to scroll is using the wheel??

Ugh.


Update on the scroll issue - see in the comments section below

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Classics

Sometimes the classics......really are the best.



Since I've Been Loving You (Remastered) · Led Zeppelin
-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lSJ-0Gl7Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lSJ-0Gl7Q



Saturday, February 16, 2019

Amazon HQ2

Wondering if the Amazon HQ2 thing is making the news in Sydney?

eg. Are people understanding the ramifications and drawing parallels to the fact that now that NY has driven away 25,000 tax paying jobs that the $27B in tax revenues that went with it now have to be generated from property taxes.

I mean seriously who in this photo protesting Amazon is going to generate $27B in taxes from their corporation/startup?

Disjointed thinking here but there needs to be a public dialog something along the lines of.....you can either encourage business growth by implementing good infrastructure/trains etc OR businesses will go elsewhere AND then all you have left to generate government income is property taxes. eg is Sydney really doing enough to encourage new business formation OR is it losing that business formation to other states/other countries.

I still find it hard to comprehend that every reporter in Australia isnt writing weekly articles about how the NBN fucked over the economy and that politicians arent being hung from the streetlights....but what do i know….. I also think that the decision to put a rail line in Sydney out to NSW Uni and NOT put it underground is the stupidest thing ive heard this decade and should result in an immediate loss of office for the politicians who approved it.

Im just glad that NZ exists and their success with 1gb fiber (now moving to 10gb) and love pointing it out anytime anti-NBN voters raise their heads saying “it cant be done”.


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/opinion/amazon-new-york.html?



Friday, February 01, 2019

Hot potato Hot Potato who has the gold.....?

And Americans want to complain about Russians buying facebook ads.....
- https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-31/store-your-gold-bank-england-and-you-might-never-see-it-again-0

Whats going to be really interesting is to see how much the price of gold goes up as now that these bars are beign prevented from leaving and "removed" from general circulation they need to be documented and serialised - oh and a number of other countries are probably going to be thinking hmmmm maybe we should pull ours now rather than later.



Thursday, January 31, 2019

Ultraviolet closing down




Just received an email to say that the Ultraviolet streaming service is closing down...... so anyone that purchased/relies on Ultraviolet to watch their movies.....I guess you are SOOL (Shit Out Of Luck).

Yet again another streaming service (this one with major players and funders) is shutting down. I'll add it to my list of streaming content providers where you thought you were buying/paying for content.....but instead you were only purchasing a revocable license.

I'll stick to buying my content on BluRay, DVD and CD and rip the content to my own media service where I can continue to access it forever (or until I can no longer source players to rip the content......considering they pulled headphone jacks from iPhones its not entirely out of the realm of possibility).

I've always kept but just never used the UV codes that came with BluRays also I've purchased a number of BluRays 'second hand but in mint condition' having come without the codes (eg people buy them retail then sell without the code and just use UV). I guess I was getting the better end of the bargain after all.

Wonder if any lawyers are putting together a UV class action suit......I could have quite a case now I can no longer access UltraViolet content :)

RIP Ultraviolet..... along with Zune library, Yahoo Music, Walmart MP3 streaming service etc etc etc


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

How did i miss Split/Unbreakable tie-in?

I rewatched #Unbreakable and #Split on BluRay this weekend in anticipation of seeing #Glass on Friday, they actually held up really well and watching them back to back like that made the trilogy building aspects much more noticeable.

Also was super weird it wasn't obvious when watching #Split at the movies a few years ago that it was obviously a sequel to #Unbreakable ....but didnt think about the obvious tie-ins until the coffee shop scene.


How the heck did I miss it first time around??

Thursday, January 03, 2019

LNP now claiming Labors plan for LTCG is wrong......or is it?

Interesting how the LNP are now saying Labors proposal for removing LTCG discount for real estate is a bad idea

- https://twitter.com/SkyNewsAust/status/1080656605362835456


When it was the LNP that screwed over hard working Aussie expats in the first place removing our LTCG discounts in the first place.
https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/1080943549674336257
and
https://twitter.com/deancollins/status/1080944429547044866


lol....so which is it Josh?.... a good idea or a bad idea?

Saturday, December 22, 2018

#TheJungle

We've just been to see #TheJungle at St Ann's Warehouse.

- https://stannswarehouse.org/show/the-jungle
-https://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/reviews/the-jungle-st-anns-warehouse_87279.html


Unfortunately it looks like the entire season has sold out (even with the first extra extended period) so if you dont already have tickets you may be SOL.

Made me think a lot about how removed i feel from the situation as i have some deep philosophical issues with the whole premise of The Jungle from an economics point of view (....ironic i know being that im living/working in another country).

There is a great line in the play that summarises my entire thinking about economic migrants that Ammar Haj Ahmad delivers about the character Norullah around how he wants to be in the UK to go to school, be a good citizen, work hard (eg. create GDP output) - my whole fundamental belief here is that what you are actually doing is stealing from the GDP output of Afghanistan, that by allowing refugees to travel from one country to another....you are benefitting the host country but creating economic theft from the future of the mother country.

Its a harsh position I know.....and not one that is shared by many people.

You might also say but how can this apply to non-economic migrants eg someone escaping war/tyranny, my thinking there is that "the west" (eg cowboys and indians west-not political west) was won by people banding together and overcoming adversity through 'building cities' (another fundamental goal in The Jungle), and only a good guy can overcome a bad guy.

Its ironic thinking especially when this week there are protests in Hungary over Victor Orban's "Slave Law" that forces "overtime" due to labour shortages when Hungary has been the most strident country opposing accepting migrant refugees
https://www.dw.com/en/hungarian-workers-protest-slave-law-overtime-rules/a-46649065

Either way its a play that is well worth seeing - hopefully St Ann's Warehouse will be able to give it a second extension so that even more people will get to see it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Time for USA troops to leave Syria

You have to wonder how much this is costing per day and where the money could be better spent eg building bridges/roads in the USA - heck Nancy Pelosi how about we tie to border wall to removal of USA bases and troops in Syria and we would probably come out in front.