Sunday, December 26, 2004

A Problem of Context

My Nanna got a DVD player for Christmas from my Uncle. As he conveniently lives in Bunbury, it fell to most tech-savvy member of the family to set it up. Namely me.

The actual installation - dead simple. Showing Nanna how to put a disc in the player and switch the TV to the AV input, more difficult, but she got it. However, her next question caused some problems.

"So, after I put the disc in, the movie just plays, right?"

Well, it does. Sort of. The disc 'plays', but before the movie, first you have the menu. And menus were something Nanna hadn't come across before, and it's much harder to teach than you'd expect - there's nothing really analogous to concept. But with demonstration and doing, I think we got there.

Didn't help that the movie that Nanna hired from the video store (Kate and Leopold) has two menu screens before you get to a third one with a 'play' option.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Change is in the Air


I've changed some bits of my blog template for the first time in an absolute age. Mostly just the links. Something I've been meaning to do for an absolute age, I might add. More changes to come too. Thinking about adding links to pretty much all my friends blogs and lj's. Which is a fair old number.

One of the ljs I was reading a couple of days ago (I don't remember whose) summed it up along the lines of "Perth is a city of bloggers".

Merry Christmas, all!

Friday, December 24, 2004

There and Back Again

OK, so I haven't been anywhere. But I haven't been posting here. Poor neglected little blog. *cleans a few cobwebs out of the corners*

Basically, the time I would spend blogging, I've been writing emails to Lisa. And this time of year is busy.

Anyway, I'll try and write more tomorrow, now that I'm not working for two weeks. It's late and I want to go to sleep.