30.5.07

Microsoft unveils table computer (or do they?)



Microsoft has unveiled a new touch-sensitive coffee table-shaped computer called "Surface".

Designed to do away with the need for a traditional mouse and keyboard, users can instead use their fingers to operate the computer.

Also designed to interact with mobile phones placed on the surface, Microsoft says it will initially sell the unit to corporate customers.

These will include hotels, casinos, phone stores and restaurants.

With a 30-inch screen, Surface will initially sell for between $5,000 and $10,000 (£2,525-£5,050).

Talk about fiction becoming reality, anyone remember minority report?




HMTK Steve is far from impressed though, as he fails to see any real world applications for this device. He also feels that it's Microsoft repackaging someone else's technology to make money.

I don't agree though, casinos will find this very useful, and I'm sure they'll be more and more uses for this when the marketing people sit down and think of where the money is. It's all down to your imagination, this thing could really go places.

And with the clout of Microsoft behind it, the sky is the limit.

On the run…..



Four Nigerian governors are now officially MIA. Following the end of their tenure, and the expiration of their immunity from prosecution, these four men were not available to hand over to their successors, and are believed to have left the country.

1. Plateau State's Joshua Dariye (pictured) - Also a wanted man in the UK, where he skipped bail.
2. Adamawa State's Boni Haruna - Atiku Abubakar's self proclaimed political godson
3. Enugu State's Chimaroke Nnamani
4. Jigawa State's Saminu Turaki

Also, the vice President, Atiku Abubakar is said to have fled the country.

I suspect in the next few days, more governors will disappear, Lagos State's Bola Tinubu is also reportedly under investigation, as well as several other governors.

It will be interesting to see how the new President chooses to tackle this problem, and what the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) does next will be very interesting.

Nigerian Bloggers make the news



Yesterday's blogger's protest was covered by the BBC News website.

29.5.07

The Nigerian Proclamation

In recent history, Nigerians have been overwhelmingly betrayed by those charged with addressing their needs. Instead of serving the people, public servants have served themselves to the detriment of the masses. The result is a nation lacking adequate infrastructure, organisation and security.

The ineffectiveness of Nigerian leaders indicates a lack of accountability to their constituents. Nigerians are no longer relevant to their leaders, thus, leaders do not feel responsible to them.

The recent failure to conduct a free and fair electoral process was yet another illustration that the needs of the many are secondary to the wants of the important few.

From this day, all Nigerians are responsible for the future of this great & powerful country. Consequently, all Nigerians must commit themselves to the following:

  1. We must demand that elected officials be held accountable for their actions and in-actions.

  2. We must expect democratic principles to be honoured, respected and maintained.

  3. We must believe that all Nigerians are equal under the law and should be treated as such.

  4. We must apply ourselves to improving the lot of every individual Nigerian regardless of gender, religion, tribe or social status.

  5. We must strive to maintain a united republic despite our differences.


Only upon achieving these principles can we as a people fully live up to our potential as a land of greatness. For ours is a country renowned for its illustrious people, ample resources and sheer physical beauty.

You lost me….

Anyone else catch the Lost Season 3 finale last week?

Well, well, well.......

All I can say is that if I wanted to mess with my head like that, I'd take drugs, it would be a lot easier.

And now, we have to endure 9 months for Season 4. Even worse, we've been told that Lost won't end till 2010, and we have to endure 3 more 16 episode seasons !!!!

At least, now, we won't have the mid season break, which can drive even the calmest person bunkers !!!

23.5.07

Don’t let your heads drop….

"Don't let your heads drop. All the players who go on the pitch after half-time have to keep their heads held high. We are Liverpool. You are playing for Liverpool. Do not forget that. You have to hold your heads high for the supporters. You have to do it for them. You cannot call yourselves Liverpool players if you have your heads down. If we create a few chances we have the possibility of getting back into this. Believe you can do it and you will. Give yourself the chance to be heroes."
 
(Rafa Benitez – Half time. Ataturk Stadium. Istanbul. 25th May 2005)

When the chips are down..



It has to be Gerrard....!!!!

Some slogans from the liverpoolFC.tv site.......

 Milan: A Greek Tragedy. Part II

3-0 HEADSTART AGAIN?
 
Zeus out, Carra in
 
PLATO?
ARISTOTLE?
PARMENIDES?
ARCHIMEDES?
PYTHAGORAS?
RAFA... PURE GENIUS !

SuperCarraRafalisticExpectToWinMoreTrophies

AC MILAN
STUFFED IN TURKEY
ROASTED IN GREECE

CARRA'S GOT THE HEART
STEVIE ALL THE TRICKS
RAFA MAKES OUR DREAMS COME TRUE
IT'S TIME FOR NUMBER SIX

And my personal favourite:

We're leaving with players
We're returning with legends


You'll never walk alone !!

COME ON YOU REDS……

 



Tonight is the night !!!!!

22.5.07

We won it five times……



We won it five times,
We won it five ti-i-i-i-imes,
In Istanbul,
We won it five times........


We'll win it six times,
We'll win it six ti-i-i-i-mes,
In Ancient Greece,
We'll win it six times...


Right now, I'm completely focused on the Champions League Final tomorrow night. Even if Liverpool end up losing to AC Milan, they have done all Liverpool fans proud. The match itself is finely poised, I think any team can win it, and it will be a heart-stopping affair tomorrow.

Anyway, let's look back at Liverpool's last five triumphs in Europe's premier competition :

Liverpool 3 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach, 1976/77


Liverpool's first European Cup final was a defining moment in the world's most prestigious club competition - it was the first to involve an English club for a decade, and began eight years of English dominance in the competition.

The Reds had murdered FC Zurich 6-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals and had the league in their pocket, but their spirits had taken a blow just four days before the final when we lost to their fierce rivals ManYoo in the FA Cup final.

Having gone in 1-0 up at half-time, Liverpool were pegged back by Allan Simonsen's equaliser. But it took just ten minutes for them to regain the lead - through defender Tommy Smith on his 600th appearance for the club. Then Phil Neal whacked in an 85th-minute penalty, and Emlyn 'Thrush' Hughes squeaked his way up to Liverpool's first European Cup. Also, this was the year I was born. Need I say more?
Liverpool 1 - 0 Club Brugge, 1977/78


The Reds only had to wait a year for their second European Cup. Keggy Keegle, whose mazy run had won the penalty that sealed victory in 1977, had departed for Hamburg, and been replaced by Kenny Dalglish.

The Kop had had reservations about Dalglish's ability to fill The Incredible Perm's boots. They shouldn't have. His goal - chipping Birger Jensen after being set free by Graeme Souness (winning the first of his three European Cups) - was his 31st of the season, and was enough to settle the tie.

And so the cup with the big ears was on its way back to England for the second time in two years. Actually, it never left, because the final was played at Wembley - probably making the patriotic Scotsman Dalglish's goal even more special. Especially as he, unlike the England squad, was on his way to the World Cup.
Liverpool 1 - 0 Real Madrid, 1980/81


Phil Thompson wasn't always the big-nosed Liverpool fan on Soccer Saturday. Back in 1981, he was the big-nosed Liverpool fan captaining his club to their third (and his second) European Cup.

It was an important win for a Liverpool side keen to prove they were the dominant force in English football. Their previous two title wins had been overshadowed by Nottingham Forest winning and retaining the European Cup, and the 1980/81 season had seen the title won by Aston Villa - the only time between 1978 and 1985 that it didn't end up at Anfield.

In the end the final was a dour affair settled by a tale of two Kennedys - Alan picking up Ray's throw-in to net the only goal, and make Bob Paisley the only man to manage a team to three European Cups.
Liverpool 1 - 1 Roma (4-2 on penalties), 1983/84


There was a new manager - Joe Fagan - but the same old guard of players. And the man who had played in all of Liverpool's three previous wins broke the deadlock just 13 minutes in. He'd scored in 1977, remember - the Olympic Stadium in Rome was a happy hunting ground for Phil Neal.

Unfortunately for the Reds, Roma weren't keen to let their home advantage slip, and Roberto Pruzzo levelled things before half-time. No-one found the net in the following half, or in extra-time, and the stage was set for penalties.

You'd fancy Roma in their own stadium, wouldn't you? Especially after Phil Nicol started things off with a miss for Liverpool. But then you'd be forgetting Bruce Grobbelaar's spaghetti legs, which were enough to put off World Cup winners Francesco Graziani and Bruno Conti, and give the world that legendary photo of a heavily-'tached Ian Rush with the cup.
Liverpool 3 - 3 AC Milan (3-2 on penalties), 2004/05


Spaghetti legs and penalties were to prove decisive once again when, more than two decades after their fourth European Cup, Liverpool finally picked up their fifth. But before that came a match that, in terms of excitement, put their previous four triumphs firmly in the shade.

It only took 52 seconds for Paolo Maldini to give the Italian side the lead and start a nation laughing at Liverpool. By half-time, Hernan Crespo (on loan from Chelsea, as if salt needed rubbing into the wound) had added two more, having been set up by Kaka and Andriy 'look how good I used to be' Shevchenko. Oh, and I smashed my MP3 player in frustration at the end of the first half. All was lost. Or was it?

Well, you know it wasn't. Dietmar Hamann came on for the injured Steve Finnan, Steven Gerrard pushed further forwards and pulled one back in the 54th minute - and the rest was history, with more than one fairy story thrown in.

Vladimir Smicer had come on as a substitute for Harry Kewell, who had either a groin strain or a bad case of not wanting to be involved, depending on who you believe. The whole world knew Smicer was on his way out of Anfield, and he signed off in style, slapping in a second. Then Milan Baros freed Gerrard in the area, and for the sake of diplomacy we'll say Gennaro Gattuso fouled him. Xabi Alonso needed two bites at the cherry from the spot, but Liverpool had done enough - after a fantastic double save by Dudek from Shevchenko - to take the match to a penalty shoot-out. Another Dudek save from Shevchenko, and that fifth time you've heard so much about was sealed.

Can they make it six on Wednesday?

YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE.....

Information about the finals was from Football365. Pictures from BBC.

18.5.07

Please keep looking, please keep praying

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She's been missing for just over 2 weeks now.

My hearts goes out to this little girl's parents.

I really, really, really, really hope she is found alive and well.

16.5.07

Rip off Britain…..

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On the right:1.5 litre Listerine Mouthwash -  $3.00 (WalMart, USA)

On the left:

500 ml Listerine Mouthwash - £3.99 (Tesco, UK) that equates to almost $8 !!!!

12.5.07

Holiday in a nutshell



The flight to Orlando was 8 hours 20 minutes. The Pilot actually said that this was fast for this route. Longest flight I've ever been on in my life.



  • Baby O was very well behaved on the plane. After an eternity, we finally got to Orlando.




My brother lives (lived) in Daytona Beach, which is about 63 miles away from Orlando, and took about an hour to get there.



Daytona Beach have a famous racetrack, where NASCAR's Daytona 500 is held.



Anyway, we went back to Orlando the next day for some SHOPPING.

Anyway, the real reason we were in town was my brother's graduation, which took place on Sunday, and Monday.



And finally, we got back home on Wednesday morning. (Left on Tuesday night) Flight time was about 7 and a half hours.



Anyway, my brother is on his way to Seattle to take up his new job. He'll be driving for several days, going from the South East of the USA all the way to the North West. He's in Houston at the moment, and I'm so jealous, I think I want to do a road trip of my own across the USA sometime in the future.

Anyway, it's back to work on Monday, but it's been a wonderful holiday, and I got loads of rest.

4.5.07

By the time you read this….

....me, the wife and Baby O should be up in the air, on our 9 hour flight to Florida. We'll be there for a few days, enjoying our first holiday as a family.

I'm not really looking forward to keeping Baby O entertained/occupied for a 9 hour flight, but I'm hoping she'll be good.

2.5.07

Ambulance for Mr. Mourinho……

 

Jose Mourinho has FINALLY been diagnosed with mental illness. Last night, it was clear to the whole world that he is suffering from DELUSION.

 

These are excerpts from various interviews last night.

"We were the best team today, even against a team only playing for the Champions League. In extra-time we were the only team who tried to win, but football is like that and the penalty shoot-out is part of the game."

"Chelsea tried to win it in 90 minutes. Chelsea tried to win it in extra time. The best team was the team in blue,"

"It did not affect us, we were the team in blue always trying to win. They had a short period in the first half in control, but after that I felt it was always Chelsea in control and trying to win the game. For 90 minutes, extra-time, we always tried to win. Free-kicks, we had every strong player into the box, we showed we wanted to win the game so we had no problems with the atmosphere. "

Say what??

OK let's look at this scientifically...

Shots on target - Liverpool 5 €h£L$¥ 3
Shots off target - Liverpool 7 €h£L$¥ 6
Blocked shots - Liverpool 4 €h£L$¥ 3

Looks to me that Liverpool tried to score a few more times than your boys sir. So cut the crap about being the better team, or being the only team that wanted to win it.

And if statistics is not your cup of tea, let's look at the two keepers and how many saves they made.

In the first half, Pepe Reina made a fine save from Didier Drogba and for the rest of the game endured the odd skirmish around the six-yard area. Petr Cech was beaten by Daniel Agger's first-half strike, saved brilliantly from Peter Crouch and watched Dirk Kuyt's header hit a post. Kuyt also saw a goal ruled out by a marginal offside and brought a fine save from Cech in the final seconds after he was played in by Robbie Fowler.

So for once in your miserable life, accept defeat gracefully and move on.

€h£L$¥ - All that money, all those players, and yet they've got all the charm of a cockroach. On the 23rd of May, you guys can watch the match on TV, watch the MIGHTY REDS lift that trophy for a sixth time.

1.5.07

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET…………


YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE !! YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE !!!

Chinese math problem, a lot easier than you would first think…..

Remember the Chinese math problem?

The solution has been published on the BBC site, and while I never did take the time out to try and solve it, the final solution is a lot simpler than it looked. Reminds me of one of my lecturers at Obafemi Awolowo University, Dr. Adeniran, who designed problems to look really hard, but if you were not fazed, and took your time to look at it, and understood the underlying principles, then you could solve it.

Anyway, enough of my rant, here is the solution:





Check out the story on BBC News here.

You must be kidding me….

This is a true story. I haven't even bothered to create fictional names and all that jazz:

Boso: "Hello, I've got a flight booked with your airline, and I'd like to reserve a sky cot for my baby for the flight please"

Agent: "No problem. Can I just confirm the names of the three passengers and their relationship to you please"

Boso: "Sure. There's me, Boso, my wife, Mrs. Boso and Baby O, our 7 month old daughter."

Agent: "OK, can I confirm with you that your daughter will not be over the age of two at any time during your trip"

Boso: "No she won't"

Agent: "And which one of you will be requiring a cot?"

Insert insult here.................................................................