The small car crash I had

For those of you that either view my Flickr page you would have already seen the state of my poor car. For those of you that haven’t here are the details of the incident (as requested by friends), as well as a link to the images. (Incidentally – the car is now fixed)

Four week-ends past myself and my fiancee were on our way out of the local Shopping Mall – This particular shopping mall only has pay parking available; This incident occurred on a busy Saturday while we were waiting, in my car, in the queue to exit through one of the exit booms.

A blue Opel joins the queue behind me.
A white bakkie (pickup truck for my American friends) – with the shopping malls private security company tags on the side – screeches to a stop behind the blue Opel.
One of the security guards jumps out of the Bakkie and with a rubber mallet starts breaking the rear windows of the Blue Opel – This scares the hell out of most of the shoppers in the area as it appears to be a vehicle hijacking.
The blue Opel – in an attempt to escape the security – pulls forward (towards my rear bumper) I in-turn move forward and to the right to avoid the blue Opel from rear-ending my car.
The Security guard (still on foot) continues to chase the blue Opel.
The Driver of the Blue Opel (in apparent panic) accelerates and impacts my car on the front passenger door.
The blue Opel continues past my car, and escapes the Mall security by ramming the exit boom and an additional security Gate.

Turns out the people in the blue Opel had stolen merchandise from various stores within the mall, and the mall security had been chasing them for 5 minutes within the complex parking lot before the guys finally escaped out the gate – the Metro Police Department apprehended the thieves 10min later down one of the motorways.

The results of the impact to my door are available for view here.

Overzealous checks

I recently downloaded a copy of Microsoft Office 2007 Professional.

During the download, Microsoft emailed the trial licence key to my Hotmail email account.

Microsoft Error

Turns out Microsoft’s Hotmail service does not like its Try Microsoft Office service. (Attachments, pictures, and links in this message have been blocked for your safety: This message may be dangerous)

Really? Maybe Microsoft Licence keys are dangerous.

Sony not looking back

Sony in an effort to get the award for most mistakes made in releasing a new product ever, is planning on releasing a slightly different version of its new console, the PS3, in Europe this March.

The Euro version of the PS3 “will not play as many old games as American and Japanese models,” says the Japanese corporation.

This issue on its own would not be a large problem, but combined with the other setbacks (late releases, large price tag and bad publicity) that have plagued this console, I think it is just one setback too many for this console NOT to damage Sony… Badly.

Google Googe

Google loves making different versions of it’s logo for special events, like holidays and famous peoples birthdays.

This Valentines day, Google’s designer must have been pushed for time, with the wonderful, chocolate covered strawberry making it seem like the “L” in Google is missing.

Valentine Google

“Hey, just Googe it 😛 “

Extreme Makeover gone bad – Sega style.

It seems companies trying to revive old games do so in the wrong way. In the case of Sega recently releasing it’s Sega’s Classics Collection for the PlayStation 2.

Rather than making the older games compatible with the PS2 and allowing for the nostalgia to flow from gamers, Sega altered the games in other aspects, such as attempting to ad 3D look to some of the old 2D games.

This may have sounded like a good idea on the drawing board, but it turns out this nostalgic trip turned into a complete disaster. Goes to show, not all games need a facelift to fit in our modern time. Maybe some companies will learn from this, who knows.

Original Story: BBC News