Set yourself free, at least from Microsoft

Dear Reader,

I have to thank our beloved commentator Philippa

phillipa-realfor inspiring this post to diablog. As you can read here, Philippa is upset about Microsoft dropping support for Windows XP. And there are millions like her. Just one example, the majority of cash machines – aka hole in the wall – is still running on XP.

Phillipa and her fellow sufferers are experiencing, what I went through more than 10 years ago. Then, I got upset about Microsoft forcing me to buy new computers roughly every three years. The updated Windows versions just did not run on “old” hardware. An additional annoyance was, that only every other version of Windows worked well. Currently, Windows 7 is OK, Windows 8 sucks big time.

My solution then – and Philippa’s today – was and is switching to a different operating system. Since Apple OS version whatever isn’t much different from Windows, I went to Linux.

Here now comes the moment, where I failed Philippa. Instead of giving her a proper manual how to switch to Linux, I left her with a half-baked comment. For Philippa and the millions, who do not want to throw out their computer, just because Microsoft says so, here is a step-by-step guide. All others can ignore this post and stay happy Microsoft/Apple slaves.

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dirndle if i understand it, part 1…

Dear diablog,

May, June and July are the months of Glynsky family travels so posts may be somewhat erratic. Tomorrow we are off to Sicily for a week and I can’t wait.

Two weeks ago we went on the annual trip to Vienna (luckily without interruption from Smiles) where Mr. and Mrs. Wuss looked after us royally as usual but threw in 2 outings which were absolutely outstanding. Why Smiles does not extoll the beauties of Austria (his secretary for instance) I shall never know.

The first visit was two days at Schloss Gamlitz which is stunning by itself – even with out the wine!



which like many Austrian buildings is beautifully maintained and brightly painted


and found in the middle of the…

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The coolest song ever?

Dear Reader,

Glynsky uses the word cool a lot. He even created a category for it, I don’t really know why. In the early days of diablog, Glynsky first mis-attributed the title “King of Cool” to Tony Curtis. Only after a while he admitted that my correction – Steve McQueen, obviously – was correct.

Anyway, there is one song, that could very well be called the coolest song ever. It is minimalistic, yet makes you move your feet. It is extremely memorable, you are not likely to forget it, after hearing it once. And it just oozes cool.

Here is:

Green Onions by Booker T and the M.G.s., added bonus: the vinyl scratching.

It is among the Top 500 of all time, part of numerous movie soundtracks like Quadrophenia and Get Shorty, and is one of my all time favorites.

Stay tuned,
Engine Room

Companies to avoid

Dear Reader,

When Philippa complained about Microsoft here, I recommended she should drop the shitty company and switch to a proper operating system for her PC. On second thought, I am now adding a few more companies, you should avoid. Why? because according to this slide from an internal NSA presentation, those have”NSA Strategic Partnerships”:

For your and our sake, please avoid Hewlett Packard, IBM, Motorola, AT&T, Qwest, EDS, Cisco, Qualcomm, Oracle, Intel, Verizon and Microsoft.

Why for our sake? Because if they can spy on you, obviously they are also getting everything we send you and you are sending us.

Freedom from surveillance works only, if all of us have it. Not just a few.

Stay free,

Engine Room

what sort of answer is that…

Dear diablog,

Some of the comments we receive are hilarious but maybe we are too lenient with the originators.

This clip has had nearly 4 million hits on youtube and Christina



has been considering whether to slightly edit it for the International HQ intending to apply 1,2 and 7 to Pete, 3 to 5 inc and 7  to Engine Room,


and the final comment to me (baah, am I that grumpy!!).

Yours, diablog, ring my bell


96 club april, part 3…

Dear diablog,

I really have to take steps to stop this becoming a car blog – but then when there are so many good things to see it becomes difficult, and believe me, there is still lots in stock!!

Returning to the April 96 meet and the grace and luxury demanded by Engine Room and Smiles, an alternative to the Roller could be a 1936 Bentley


though I am again not too sure of the colour


but all that is needed is nicely finished,


It may be, though, that more speed and line is the answer to their requirement which was more than amply to be found in this genuine…


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Fighting English

Dear Reader,

Smiles did not like my Memorial Day post, or at least the song I picked to go with it by Fisher Z – Cruise Missile.

So, let’s focus on a completely different fight – or rather struggle. I am talking about the one with the English language.

Glynsky claims to be the master of English, forget about Shakespeare or your Oxford professor. And Smiles comes in a close second, at least if you believe him.

So, here is a nice challenge to both:

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labor to reading six lines aloud.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.

I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;

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