Don’t panic! It’s Towel Day! 

“You sass that hoopy frood Douglas Adams? There’s a guy who really knows where his towel is.”

Today is Towel Day a celebration and tribute to Douglas Adams, author of the increasingly inaccurately named Hitch-Hiker Trilogy and other similarly mind-boggling works of fiction and non-fiction. If you’ve no idea what it’s all about the lovely folk from lemon.ly have produced this infographic.

Whatever you do today, above all make sure you know exactly where your towel is. 🙂

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Complicated Board Games

This is for all the board game geeks. Some games are simple to learn and simple to play, like Ludo. Some are simple to learn but difficult to master, like Go. Some are difficult to learn and difficult to master, where the Rise and Decline of the Third Reich comes to mind (I’ve never met anyone who learnt ALL of the rules to it). Anyone remember Magic Realm? I’ve never known or heard of a gaming group that has the patience and stamina to work through all six or seven stages of gameplay required to learn all of the intricacies of it.

How about a game where it is difficult, if nigh on impossible, to work out who plays first?

 

 

With gaming friends like these, who needs enemies..?

Microsoft due to end Vista support on 11th April 2017

For the half-a-dozen people still using Windows Vista (for the love of all things good about computers, why?) I would like to draw your attention to CNET’s advisory that Microsoft will be ending support for Windows Vista on 11th April 2017.

Geekonomicon would like to apologise for any inadvertent flashbacks this image may cause.

Windows Vista – the logo was the only decent thing about it.

 

If you’re still running Windows Vista then, Microsoft will no longer support it. In practical terms, this means you will get:

  • no more security updates.
  • no more non-security hotfixes.
  • no assisted support options (free or paid).
  • no more online technical updates from Microsoft. The fiends.

For the hard of thinking, I’d like to point out that if you’re still using Windows Vista, it sucks to be you regardless. Every single day.

On the upside, I have even less reason to test on that particular platform anymore.  🙂

 

Workey – the key to a new workplace?

Looking for a new job? If you’re searching for that vital key to unlocking the door to a new job, then Workey may be your new best friend.  To quote from their own marketing blurb on their Twitter account, “Workey is an anonymous social recruitment platform revolutionizing (sic) tech HR through AI and machine learning. #AI #bigdata”

Workey - less work more jobs!

I’m not convinced that the AI and machine learning algorithms are up to the task as yet.  As with every other job search site I have ever used, I expect to still have to sift the wheat from the chaff by hand, so I am not expecting miracles from this.  Will I give it a try? By all means and I’ll be very happy to be proven wrong.  I signed up and went through the usual rigmarole of copying-and-pasting bits of your LinkedIn profile that got scrambled during the import process. Now that my profile makes for a coherent read, I’ll see if the theory passes muster and ventures into the realms of practical results in the coming weeks and months.  I’ll keep you posted if you’ll pardon the blogging pun.

One thing that may work in its favour is that they are running a promotion at the moment; if you accept a job offer through the site they’ll pay you $500. Yes, you read that right – five hundred bucks. This is possibly one of those few moments when I’ll be happy for the current favourable US Dollar to British Pound exchange rate. So, if you want to sign up, get a new job and an extra 500 US Dollars, here is the Workey sign-up link for you.