Inconvenience when commenting – fixed

Dear Reader,

Sorry, WordPress has a slight security problem with the comment function. Until that is fixed, comments have to be moderated, before they appear. I will do my best.

In case you wonder, this has nothing to do with everybody not liking the last song, or the last joke.

I will let you know, as soon as we are back to normal.

Please accept my apologies,

Engine Room

Update: And we are back to normal. WordPress delivered a security fix within less than 12 hours. I love it!


Monday Morning Smile

Dear Reader,

Since Pete continues his leave of absence, we do not get his brilliant jokes anymore. Yet, there is no better way to start your week than with a smile.

A butcher was opening his market one morning and as he did a rabbit popped his head through the door.
The butcher was surprised when the rabbit inquired: ‘Got any cabbage?’

The butcher said: ‘This is a meat market, we sell meat, not vegetables.’
The rabbit hopped off.

The next day the butcher is opening the shop and sure enough the rabbit pops his head round and says: ‘You got any cabbage?’
The butcher now irritated says: ‘Listen you little rodent, I told you yesterday we sell meat. We do not sell vegetables and the next time you come here, I am going to grab you by the throat and nail those floppy ears to the floor.’
The rabbit disappeared hastily and nothing happened for a week.

Then one morning the rabbit popped his head around the corner and said: ‘Got any nails?’
The butcher said: ‘No.’ The rabbit said: ‘OK. Got any cabbage?’

Enjoy your day,

Engine Room


Weekend Classic

Dear Reader,

Not only has this been an extraordinarily busy week, somehow my weekend got a late start. I had the pleasure of helping a free-thinking, entrepreneurial, open-minded person to switch from Microsoft Windows to Linux. Which is always a great pleasure. Consider me flipping the bird to MS and Bill Gates. As usual, it took a bit longer than the ‘five minutes’. In any case, I hope to have made one person happy this week. And that was worth it.

Since this is out of the way now, here comes the diablog weekend classical tune:

Ekseption – Adagio

Of course this is a slightly jazzy interpretation from 1970. It goes well with a coffee and a cigarette, or a whiskey and a cigar.

We had a couple of pieces by Ekseption earlier on diablog. I will never grow tiered of those brilliant musicians from 45 years ago. If you can point me to a current band re-interpreting classical music, would you please let me know?

Enjoy your weekend,

Engine Room

PS: If you are interested in testing Linux without abandoning Windows, drop us a line too.


Take off your seat belts

Dear Reader,

Tonight we updated the software running diablog (WordPress), and the theme, and a few plugins. All went smoothly- as far as I can tell – and you should not see any difference.

Since all the last updates went without the usual FUBAR, I would like to say a big thank you to the thousands of programmers, coders, developers, translators, maintainers, bug hunters, aka people who make all this possible.

To all the volunteers in Free Open Source Software: Thanks a lot!

Stay tuned,

Engine Room


time for walkies…

Dear diablog,

The ever watchful and mechanically minded Erika


has sent us a gem of developments in the mechanical world. I am not sure what kicking it achieves other than proof of stability but don’t doubt that someone somewhere will object on the grounds of cruelty to robots!

Mind you, it makes you wonder what armaments the US military will come up with for it!

Yours, diablog, on a lead