Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Xmas stuff

Lots of pressies, both given and gotten. The only food presents were from Caroline and Helga (cookies and sweets from Germany).  I got an iPod Nano! *bounce* Now to crash it *grin*

Saw Narnia on Boxing Day, and agree it was fairly flat, but the most accurate book screen translation I have every seen! Loved the Ice Queen, music was a little overbearing, remaining acting was lackluster, effects were good, continuity had a few problems, overall I enjoyed it.

Now have the full set of Dune miniseries and some very useful stitching frames (my most oft-used one broke recently).

Updated to Suse 10 and KDE 3.5 and am appalled at how unstable the configuration of everything seems to be - desktop configuration and themes only half work, and break when something else is configured. Firefox upgrade has made most of the useful extensions uninstallable. On the up-side, the response times are much quicker and applications contain more features that I will probably use. For some unknown reason my system presents a Dutch login screen on startup.

Windows interface to iTunes sucks when importing playlists. You can't bulk import! At least it works over Samba - there is no way I'm moving my music collection onto my Windows machine.

Hope everyone reading this had a good Xmas and will have a fun New Years!

Scary real estate agent...

The stove, the dishwasher and the evaporative cooler have been fixed. I've yet to hear from the electrician for the phone wiring, aerial and oven, and another halogen transformer is now overheating (and turning off), randomly. The agent decided to go ahead with the repairs (after 2 months notice) without the landlord's permission, because the next step would have been to get a consumer affairs evaluator out.

The agent commented that we should 'take the flak' for this, but I categorically refused. I've been putting everything in writing, and a chat to a consumer affairs person showed just how ridiculous this situation is (and every repair we have asked for is quite reasonable, or a rental decrease should be given).

I've just found out that other friends have had experience with this real estate agent. One incident of note is where the tenant fell through the floor, and the agent tried to pin the cost of the repair on the tenant! It took a tribunal decision for them to back down.

In the two months I've been with this agent, he's dropped in conversation that he'd spent time at the tribunal at least three times. Please stay clear of this real estate agent! I guess we'll be moving in a year. :-\