Category Archives: various

University as a drug gang?

My daughter attends University courses and knows my personal points of view enough to hand me this interesting post by Alexandre Afonso about University job managing. I left academic environment when I was young as I started understanding the way things went there… and not only in Italy, as you can see.

The drug gang analogy is obviously provocative but very effective. It is not anyway aimed at stressing the way you must act (not selling drug neither just teaching for “your” professor, but serving him/her in every way, at least in Italy).




How to get rid of Bing in new Firefox tab

As I wrote in another post, I like posting solutions to problems I would like to find directly in search engines… but I have not found.

Since some week ago my wife has noted that opening new tabs in Firefox she did not find the usual list of favourite sites, but Bing search page. This is one thing I just cannot stand. I do not want someone else change my selection, by Jove!

So I searched the Net a lot, and found many people were affected by this annoyance and solutions were quite convoluted.  Fortunately I can report that, after a long and fatiguing search, I eventually found this great link.

Very simply, if you search the page, you will find near the lower left corner an active link to reset! I hope this helps…

Microsoft and “The Mentalist”, partial sponsorship

Jane and Lisbon running

Jane and Lisbon

Surely you know “The Mentalist”, the successful television series. It’s well-beloved by my whole family, it’s the only one we are accustomed to watch on television .

A strange thing I have always noticed is the nearly last frame of every episode:

theMentalistMicrosoftBut, hey, it’s Microsoft!

So I wonder what is the meaning of this (partial!) sponsorship. At what I saw, there is no quotation of MS products. CBI’s OSes are surely not Windows, neither an MS application is shown in their monitors. They do not write with Word, they do not use Excel, and so on.

I have found just one reason. During their investigative action, detectives in the series make great use of computers to query databases, to look for every possible info about crime suspects. But, do you believe? they never, really NEVER google anything!