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Damnit, I’m still not over it! Not sure whether it should have been a penalty? Take a look at these photos from the SMH. We were robbed. add


It’s past five in the morning, more than two hours since we were knocked out of the World Cup by Italy, but I still can’t believe it.

Julian and I were in Circular Quay where it was just pandemonium, with people climbing trees to get onto the top of bus shelters, too many girls in miniskirts in the freezing cold and too many people to be able to actually see the big screen and watch the match. So we escaped to Jase’s place.

The Socceroos could have played better. Even playing 11-on-10 (admittedly Marco Materazzi’s red card was harsh) we had very limited opportunities on goal and failed to convert what few chances we had. But we did fairly hold off Italy for the first 50 minutes and extra-time was waiting, with the Socceroos one of the fittest teams in the tournament and two substitutions up our sleeves. We had all dared to dream. And then…

What happened out there in the 93rd minute looked to be an unfortunate challenge by Lucas Neill, sure, but one without malice or possibility for actual injury… what followed though, was an open invitation for Fabio Grosso to forget about just stepping over Neill, and instead take a nice swan dive fall over him. Lo and behold, Spanish referee Luis Medina awards a penalty kick as literally the last play of the match to see Australia sent packing in the most cruel way possible.

We’ve all seen bad refereeing descisions, including plenty in this World Cup alone (indeed, all three of our prior matches)… just not at the very end of stoppage time of a goal-less round-of-16 match to hand the result away on a silver platter.

Socceroos: you did Australia proud and made it futher than any of us would have dared dreamed last November. Guus Hiddink: you are an absolute legend and all Australians salute you. It’s lost somewhat in the chaos now, but I’m sure we’ll wake up and remember the enormity of what’s been accomplished.

But for now, good night, cruel world. :cry:

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Windows Vista Beta 2: Surprisingly Stable

Windows Vista Beta 2 Setup

This week I finally had the time to install the publically-released Windows Vista Beta 2 (build 5384). While there were some expected problems to overcome, it’s mostly been good going.

Is it suitable for use as your primary OS? Well that’s what I’ll be trying to do. (Admittedly, I’m only dual-booting my desktop, so if anything goes wrong Windows XP is only a reboot away. I also still have Windows XP running on my Tablet PC.)

I had some inital problems and I’m now on my third clean install of Windows Vista. I’ve got a few hints that might save you some grief.

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I’ve finally upgraded to Ultimate Tag Warrior 3.1, so you can browse things by tags again. Sorry it took so long, but it took a bit of time to upgrade and get the formatting right. A small complaint — when you install UTW, the directory you put it in is case-sensitive and it has to be ‘UltimateTagWarrior’ to work! add

First Scoble Leaves Microsoft, Now Bill!

News broke last weekend that Robert Scoble, Microsoft’s best known blogger was leaving the company to join a video blogging startup. Well, this time it’s bigger news — Bill Gates himself will be stepping down as Chief Software Architect of Microsoft in July 2008.

After a two-year transition period, Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie will take over Gates’ work, while he will focus full-time on his work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation instead. From the Channel 9 interview, it certainly looks like it’s an emotional time for him and I wonder how easy it will be to really let go?

Gates will also remain chairman of the board of Microsoft and will continue to advise/consult on some projects, but I can’t help but worry about Microsoft’s future direction. I think we all knew that such an outcome was inevitable and indeed it’s commendable that the world’s richest man now wants to devote more time to altruistic pursuits, but it’s just not comforting the idea that Steve Ballmer will sooner, rather than later, be sailing the Microsoft ship alone.

Watch the Channel 9 interview or read the report for details.

(I first read about this on Scobleizer.)

1 comment 14 years, 3 months ago

Tim Cahill, the first (and second) man to ever score a goal for Australia at the World Cup finals — Australia fucking loves you! Aloisi, Kennedy and the rest of the Socceroos too… three goals in the last 10 mins? Absolute legends. 1


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