Geek, Working life

The lifts

The other day some colleagues were having a little rant about the lifts, which in recent weeks have been performing badly. I blogged about this ages ago -- in many buildings the problem is not the position or size of the lifts, but how they're programmed. Evidently in 13 years, not much has changed. Apart from simply responding to the call button, lifts should have a few basic assumptions pr


W-class trams

I love W-class trams. They truly are an icon of the city. In my youth I fondly remember watching the road ahead from the seat just behind (and to the left) of the driver, as we rolled up and down the hills on Balaclava Road. Or hot summers in the seat next to the (open) door, the cool breeze on my face -- preferably wooden seats, as the vinyl ones got horribly sweaty. Or the tiny pleasure (now


Dire Straits

Gave the kids a laugh by showing them the state-of-the-art (for 1985) 3-D computer graphics in the Dire Straits: Money For Nothing video clip. Also good, the Calling Elvis clip, featuring the band as Thunderbirds... and the actual Thunderbirds too. All this was sparked by picking up Brothers In Arms the other week on CD, and putting it on high-rotation on my iPod. (Last time around,


Water taps

I've seen these water taps in hospitals and airports. It's great that they're provided, but the problem with them is you basically have to stick your head into the wall to get a drink out of them. So if you're not very coordinated, you'll probably bump it, as the space isn't overly generous. Surely they could provide just a little bit of space outwards -- or upwards -- to make it easier


My Myki card: the latest chapter in the saga

Herald Sun: Melbourne commuters take free ride with myki card fault About 30 myki users have been affected by a particular fault that has allowed them free travel. Public Transport Users Association president Daniel Bowen has been travelling free for at least a week. Kamco became aware of the problem only when Mr Bowen reported it. He said he was surprised to see that no money was bein


The C word still lingers

They haven't changed the seat design with the hidden word "Connex" in it -- it's not very obvious and probably a hassle to do. But even some of the electronic signs stubbornly revert to the former train operator's name occasionally. These two were snapped in the last month or two, both on X'Trapolis trains. Perhaps deep in the heart of the machine, the words of the company that original