Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Blue in Green

Another beautifully clear day, with a crisp touch in the air first thing and the promise of Spring warmth to come. It looks set fair for the weekend too, which will be nice. The contrails are starting to creep back into the sky, but we can't have everything.

It's too early to say whether this will be the first Twitter election. The buzz around the Lib Dem's recent poll results has been encouraging, and I hope it will have nudged some people to register and vote who might not otherwise have bothered. Two more debates to go and it will be interesting to see if the momentum continues after those.

We haven't seen any major Twitter storms yet, apart from a minor skirmish yesterday when a rather nasty ad hom attack on Dr Evan Harris by the catholic commentator Christina Odone in the Telegraph got picked up and fisked in fairly short order. I don't suppose that a set of comments on the internet version of the story will have made any difference to the legion of Colonel Bufton Tuftons who would have already read this piece over their morning cornflakes, but it might give the editorial team and Odone herself pause for thought before they next reach for their poison pens.

I was having a nosey on the task manager on my work laptop to see why it was chugging when I noticed that the various bits of the anti-virus software were using 120Mb between them - more than twice as much as the next biggest process, the bloated Outlook. Good grief, no wonder it's slow when it has got to chunk things like that around in its 2GB of ram. What on earth is it loading up in order to run? The mind boggles.

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