Consumer recalls

The last recall notification I received from Consumer made it kinda obvious that there’s little or no difference between branded and non-branded grocery items – apart from the price.

Apparently filled pasta under the brands Delmaine, Pams and Signature Range all have the possibility of containing iron filings. The iron filings are in the filling so they must all contain the same filling – right?

My advice…if it’s a supermarket brand and it’s a lot cheaper then buy it over the branded products – it’s likely to be identical product in less glamorous packaging.

10.5 Leopard for Apple

Should I invest in Leopard?

I’m running a Powerbook G4 with 1.25 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. This is within the recommendations set by Apple, but it’s always going to run best on the latest machines. I’ll be interested to see what other ‘older’ Apple users experience.

There’s a typically exhaustive review on Cnet here .

And of course Apple do a very comprehensive ‘sell’ here .

Action This

Action ThisHere’s a plug for a new product launched by some ex-Intergenites. In fact the business is an off shoot of Intergen so there’s some serious development power behind it.

Action This : get stuff done, go home early!

I arrived home at 8.45pm tonight. Perhaps I need something like this. I downloaded the trial today at work. The claim was that I’d be up and running in 20 seconds. That probably would have been the case had I not been using G-Mail. For some inexplicable reason my mail takes forever to arrive – like 15 minutes from when I clicked OK on the Action This website.

Anyway, I was so busy ‘actioning’ my current work load that I just didn’t have time to get to grips with what this application can do. I invited a few colleagues onto a project I’m currently running. They received the invites but then were at a loss with how to continue.

Can anyone out there tell me how I should be using this thing?

In the meantime, if it is as good as the Action Team think it is then I wish them well, and I look forward to some serious evaluation from a serious evaluator.

Rove McManus is doing the jiggy

Blue Heeler cattle dog that had a famous TV show named after itWell, there are a few women in my office that will be disappointed to hear that Rove McManus (he of hit show Rove ) has found new love. He’s confirmed, via his manager, that he’s in love with Tasma Walton – star of Blue Heelers .

I watched a little bit of his show last Friday, and I must admit I thought to myself, “When is it appropriate to hook up with someone new after your wife dies?”

Apparently it’s less than a year.

Good on him I say.

Peters supports Mallard over punch

Winston Peters came out today advising everyone to give Mallard a break.

“Could we just have a little less of all the hectoring, lecturing, prissy, dogooder, PC, pointing-the-finger at Trevor Mallard because he made one mistake. Imagine where the … English speaking people would be in the cause of democracy and freedom … if [Winston] Churchill got done for one mistake. Thanks heavens people had a larger view of life then…”

I went to a function at a government department last night. The comment was made that if any of the people in that department had decked another employee they’d be gone before lunchtime – it’s a sackable offence – no questions asked. If it’s written into employment contracts for public servants then surely MP’s operate under the same ‘rules’.

On the other hand:

  • Henare goaded Mallard. He shouldn’t have.
  • Mallard invited Henare outside. He shouldn’t have.
  • Henare accepts the invitation. He shouldn’t have.
  • Mallard whacks Henare. He shouldn’t have.

It’s a sorry state of affairs – pardon the pun. Trevor’s dad died a few weeks ago. He’d be feeling delicate. And any marriage breakup is emotionally hard regardless of who instigated it. So Trevor would be keen to defend his honour and that of his family.

It was a stupid thing to do, and he should be punished in some way. We’ll see what the reprimand entails later this week when Clark announces her new cabinet lineup.

Say Cheese!

No, this isn’t another food post.

I heard Sean Plunket interviewing Assistant Police Commissioner Jon White on Morning Report this morning. Commissioner White revealed that during the police raids in Ruatoki the police photographed every person that passed through their roadblock. This was done by politely asking the occupants of cars to alight from the vehicle and pose for the camera.

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I’m sure that most law-abiding public, confronted by a policeman dressed like Darth Vader, would not have resisted the request for a photo, even though they were within their right to refuse.

For Jon White to say that the images have now been deleted is not good enough. How can he prove that they have been deleted? Can he assure the people of Ruatoki that their images aren’t being stored on a database somewhere?

Some people will say that if you haven’t done anything wrong then you have nothing to fear at this gross invasion of privacy. I say that it is just that – a serious breach of people’s rights to go about their daily business without hindrance.

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