Hi! Do you remember blogs? Well, this used to be one. Now it just serves as an archive for my multiple Twitter accounts.

14 April 2004

First post away from home, ever. Now that’s something. But I don’t know what to write. Hi, my name is Garoo, I’m connected from the XS Arena on Boulevard Sébastopol, the keyboard is quite unpleasant to use, and I have nothing to say. Well, not exactly: I had mentally noted a bunch of things to write about, but it’s out of my mind for now.

So, in no particular order, just as it comes: I’ll have to check the comments’ IP addresses as soon as I’ve got a connection again (I created a special user, whose password I’ll change regularly, so that I could administrate my website from the café — and I’m gonna be so happy I installed SiteBar on garoo.net — but I’m not going to risk typing my MySQL login from here), because I think it’s evolving oddly. It was getting out of hand on the French Idol post, so I closed the comments; now it’s getting weird on the Entrée des artistes (another show, quite similar, but targeted more toward older viewers) post, even though it had been completely left alone until then. Now, on the same day, two commenters have asserted they had been on the show (but then, why not, they’re allowed to use Google like everyone else), and a fan insults my readers (and me). As a result, comments on this post are not only closed, but removed: true that some of them could be considered insulting — I had only validated them because, for me, “faggot” isn’t an insult, but I can understand some people would disagree.

What else? I have a feeling that the Samsung’s sound isn’t too great, but I won’t be bothered to make a real comparative review; the battery is already dead, but since I had never charged it myself — not to mention that, for lack of an Internet connection, I have used my free night communications like I never did — it’s too early to judge. I already knew, before I bought it, that the battery indicator wasn’t quite reliable, so I guess it’s to late to complain about that. Or about the fact that the screen is so bright, there’s no way you can be unnoticed while photographing, even when turning the shutter sound all the way down. Or that when the battery is low the screen’s backlight doesn’t turn on anymore and it gets absolutely unreadable. Or, more generally, about all that’s a bit annoying throughout the user interface.

I mustn’t ever make tech purchases again. The phone? Disappointing. The Matrox triple-head card? I’ve had it for months and I still only have two screens. The camera? Oh, no, the camera works just perfectly, but I didn’t buy it myself. What a coincidence. Same thing about the computers. I’m doomed, that much is clear.

I had other stuff to say, but I didn’t carry my notes. I wasn’t sure I’d go to the cybercafé. Because that thing is scary. It’s full of… uh, computers? Oh, no: people. They’re awful, people.

So that’ll be all for now. I have some intense surfing and catch-up to do.

P.S. Oh, looks like the blog’s home page has a problem on Internet Explorer. I may thing about it later. Or maybe I’ll just choose to forget.

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