Reasons to hate maven, number 85 in an apparently infinite series

 $ wget http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/asm/asm/3.1/asm-3.1.jar
 HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 403 Forbidden

 $ wget -U "Pointless arseholes" http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/asm/asm/3.1/asm-3.1.jar
 HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK

Was there some purpose to this minor irritation?

Licensed to...?

I've been trying to work out how to get a copy of Windows XP to run in a VM at work – not that I actually want one as such, but it's useful to have for those Word documents that OpenOffice won't open, and for the occasional website that requires IE. The machine I'm using was supplied with Windows, and has an XP license sticker on it, with a license key. This would seem, on the face of it, to be fairly straightforward.

After some digging, I arrive at what seems to be the relevant place on our internal systems services website. We apparently have a site license for Windows and Office for the whole organisation. This is good. The MS Campus Agreement allows me to install Windows and Office on a University PC, which is what I want. So I follow the link for "Installation Instructions"…

Foot(er)ing the bill

I've just had an email from a professional firm about some work I want them to do. The email breaks down as follows:

  • 1 line of greeting
  • 5 lines of content
  • 2 lines of sign-off
  • 5 lines of personal signature (position, phone number)
  • 7 lines of company details (address, companies house info)
  • 3 lines of partners names and company phone number
  • 7 lines of legal disclaimer
  • 9 lines explaining how to read the attached PDF document


Dear Eclipse,

I've set my preferences on your system to not receive marketing mails. Therefore, it seems strange to get an email from your marketing manager telling me this fact, which I know very well, and telling me that I could get all sorts of marketing mails if I signed up for them.

Ooh, just a minute... has anyone got...

Having been to many conferences over the last 10 years, one thing that I find myself (as a part of the audience) subjected to with depressing frequency is this scenario:

Chairman: "And our next speaker is Fred Nurk, who will be talking about Prestressed Bacon Yoghurt..."

[Nurk plugs in laptop; looks at projection screen.]


[Much fiddling and pressing of keys. Projection screen stays blank.]

[5 minutes later]

Nurk (weakly): "Has anyone got a USB stick?"

[A USB stick is found. The presentation is copied to it, and then onto someone else's machine. The talk starts, 10 minutes late.]