Buddy you’re a young man, hard man, shoutin’ in the street, gonna take on the world some day

Ah, now that’s better.

I wrote something else, although I have previously mentioned it here, so does it count? I guess I make up the rules, so heck, yes, it does!

Beijing 2008 (PC): “Nobody’s yet come up with a better method for simulating the various events than one that simply boils down to “bash buttons as frantically as possible”…”

Just call my name, and I’ll be right by your side…

Nope, Elvis just isn’t cutting it. The fact that my random playlist refuses to play “In The Ghetto” isn’t helping any.

Still, the writing work continues onwards, ever onwards, with another entry in the aptly described “irregular” Bluescreen series at APCMag.com:

Bluescreen: Telstra to sue Optus; wants to remain evil #1: “Telstra to sue Optus for providing crappy service, devious pricing with hidden catches and poor network quality. Telstra claiming exclusive rights.”

I want a good luck charm, a-hangin’ on my arm…

The switch to an all-Elvis playlist is doing very weird things to my subject lines, it must be said. Not that I was speaking from much of a position of sanity to begin with…

Thankfully, some things remain constant, including the influx of written articles. Two today, one each for CNET.com.au:

Beyonwiz DP-P2: “Beyonwiz’s DP-P2 is a PVR for those who don’t mind a bit of tinkering and setting things up. The quest for the perfect PVR still continues.”

And then for GadgetGuy.com.au:

Pioneer AVIC-F900BT: “Pioneer’s latest range of slick, in-car navigation systems come with all the extras, including an excellent and mostly easy to use interface, large AV-capable screens and plenty more besides.”

<Insert chest pain here>

I’m really sick of being sick. This winter has been one long fight against colds, bugs, viruses and now this chest infection that doesn’t have the common decency to just go away, seemingly no matter how many antibiotics get pushed its way. Which is, in itself, and leaving aside the searing pain I feel each time I cough, a big worry…

That isn’t enough to stop me writing — the chickens demand pellets, after all, and I’m starting to wonder if  I could get the kids hooked on them — as can be seen today at CNET.com.au:

HP Deskjet D4360 Colour Inkjet Printer: “We wouldn’t want to lug it around all day, but it’s certainly not going to snap your spine if you’re moving it from site to site…”

Giving with one hand…

And taking with another seems to be my published theme for today at PC Authority:

Mac Authority: Which Mac Should You Buy? “Recent sales figures indicate that Australians are buying Macs in record numbers. But which Macs should you buy?”

Top Five Things Jerry Seinfeld could say about Macs: “What is the deal with Microsoft giving Seinfeld ten million bucks? We consider what Jerry might have to say…”

If that’s what makes you happy…

We have three all new members of the Kidman family today.

Not that Di’s been hiding a pregnancy, or anything. And given the legs on these little ladies, that would be one uncomfortable labour…

Of course, being proper members of the family, they needed names. And possibly unwisely (especially as, at this stage of their lives, they’re quite similar looking chooks), we allowed Zoe and James to choose two of the three names…

Which is why we now have a chicken called “Fairy”, and another one called “Wiggles”. Oh well. At least I can pretend that Wiggles is a Futurama reference. For the record, the third Chicken — once we’ve sorted out some distinct visual differences — will be called Cerebus, simply so I can have discussions with a chicken in the third person. Plus, like Cerebus, they smell awful when they’re wet…

And their luxurious A-Frame has already seen off a neighbourhood yapper that came sniffing around. Well, that, and me and Di running out shouting at it in traditional Aussie “GEDDOUDOFITGOHOMEYAMANGYDAWG” fashion. Probably more of the latter, now that I think about it. Although the A-Frame did keep them safe…

We try not to show how frightened we are…

That’d be the September issue of PC User to your right there. Within its pages — torn, if like me you attempt to remove the cover DVD a little too fast — you’ll find some reviews of mine. Specifically, the Altec Lansing PT8051 Speakers and Philips SHK1030 Children’s Headphones. Lest you think that all I do is listen to stuff all day long, there’s also a guide to Australian small business hosting alternatives within its non-torn pages.

Naturally, you’ll only find these features if you rush down to your local emporium of magazines (note: May not be an actual Emporium, although more stores should describe themselves in that style) and buy one now. What are you waiting for, exactly?