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It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

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Re: IBM what could have been

"Windows 95 was distributed to end users as an "update CD". It would not run unless it detected an installed Windows 3.x or was presnted with the first W3 floppy disk. It would also accept the first OS/2 Warp 3 floppy disk."
That's because Warp included a full Win 3.x license.

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Re: OS/2 and PS/2 Memories

"THAT is what killed it. NOT making it available for CLONES. When 'Warp' finally released, it was too little, too late."
A friend who was a developer at the time says the main thing that killed OS/2 was the cost of the SDK: over a $AU1,000. BillG was giving away the SDK for Windows at computer developer events.

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"Since operating systems aren’t an end in themselves, but merely a means to an end... the advantages of OS/2 were pretty elusive."
Not really. It was far from unknown in publishing to have to leave the machine rendering a print job because it couldn't do anything else at the same time. Being able to continue working while printing would have been a blessing, but had to await WinNT.

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Re: Too much credit

"swap this for the 8088 to get a 20% faster machine that could also run CP/M software (with suitable loader)."
Even betterer, it could run Z80 code, though I never got a round tuit. The extra speed was welcome though :-)

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Re: Too much credit

MS-DOS was never free. Unless you stole it.
Only two of the many computers I've owned came with MS-DOS, most were without an OS. Since MS refused to sell DOS at retail, most people did just that; they stole a copy of DOS. A much smaller number of us purchased DR-DOS and reaped the benefits of an arguably better DOS than DOS. Especially if you also ran the 4DOS command processor.

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Microsoft wants screaming Windows fans, not just users

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Re: I rather like Windows 10.

"I did not, at any point, claim that Windows 10 would suit all needs, or that it was the perfect incarnation of a completely fault-free OS - because such a thing has never existed, in all the 35 years or so I've been working in this wonderful industry of ours."
But you did claim it was "just an OS" which is manifestly untrue. No other OS I have run has deliberately used up all of my Internet bandwidth to no useful purpose, or replaced working bits with non-working bits. Not one and I've run an awful lot of different OSs over the decades.

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Re: I rather like Windows 10.

"Going back to your friend's sign cutter as an excellent example, why do they have to run Windows 10 on that machine, right now?"
They didn't want to and that's the point. MS did its level best to force the upgrade. In my case, they pushed three copies onto my computers using up all my Internet bandwidth. Why would I need 3 additional copies of an OS that was neither wanted nor needed?

"My point about talking to the supplier is about the correct aiming of ire - if their drivers don't work on Windows 10, that is down to them to fix, not Microsoft."
The video driver supplied by MS didn't work on my machine. The same happened to a colleague. He replaced it with a driver from the manufacturer that did work. The very next update from MS replaced the working video driver with the one they supply that doesn't work. What is it you don't understand about this? I'm not anti-MS, far from it, or at least anti-windows. Most of the software I run is Windows software. What I'm anti is my computing being forcibly disrupted by MS because they don't approve of my running W7.

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Re: I rather like Windows 10.

"Media Centre does still run on Windows 10"
No, it doesn't. MS removed WMC from w10. There is a hacked version you can DL that will run on w10, but I somehow don't think that would meet with MS's approval. And there couldn't possibly be any danger in DLing a hacked component from the Interwebs now could there?

"I cannot speak for your friend's sign cutter. Perhaps he needs to talk to the supplier?"
WTF's that going to achieve? My transparency scanner (Canon FS2710) was purchased back in the days of w2k. When I upgraded to wxp, Canon ignored requests for help to get the scanner running. I solved the issue, but never succeeded with w7. Do you really think my friend talking to the supplier of his hardware is an adequate substitute for cutting signs for his clients? Many hardware sellers much prefer you to go to another manufacturer for a replacement device than purchase your loyalty with updated drivers for new OSs.

Drugs likewise, so we have something in common ;-)

"I really don't understand the anger this subject raises. It's just an operating system, dude!"

I don't think I am angry. Back when MS started the GWX fiasco I was. All of my Internet bandwidth used up downloading redundant copies of w10. But that was what led me to try Cinnamon Mint and the joys of a really first class OS. Being told we should get with it and just suck up problems such as I had doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

My problem with w10 on the one machine I installed it was being nagged every few minutes with the message "You appear to have a graphics problem". A friend with the same adapter (HD7700 series) DL'd a working driver from AMD only to have it replaced with the original buggy driver by MS update. An OS that forces replacement of working parts with non-working parts is pretty useless to me.

I did contemplate at the time replacing the video adapter, but when I went looking for the HCL on MS's website, there wasn't one. What was I supposed to do? Buy video adapters at random and hope for the best?

No, w10 is not just an OS. It's MS saying: Your Internet bandwidth and computer are belong to us. Well I say fuck 'em. No they don't.

FWIW since you're new around here, I was a MS Certified Solution Provider back in the 90s before I retired.

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Re: I rather like Windows 10.

"More advanced needs require additional applications, all of which run on Windows 10 or the Server equivalents, also with no drama."
Oh really? How about wanting to still watch television? W10 removed Windows Media Centre and the application that came with the capture card won't work on w10. How about my mate's advanced need for his sign-cutter to work? That won't work on w10.

"Choose your own OS, and your own applications, for your own requirements. And then extend the same courtesy to others."
MS forcing w10 on users, using up precious bandwidth without permission, is allowing the user choice? What drugs are you on?

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Re: Uhm, right.... suuure.

"As they have shown a complete lack of understanding on customer needs, that's whats resulted in many of us closing the windows and moving to Linux or devices based on other OS's."
Wish I could upvote that more...

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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"Yes, but before smartphones it was hard to find someone sleeping with a lamp, an electric fire or any other electric device..."
Don't get out much then?

If you're looking for a powerful sex toy which doesn't lose oomph mid-play, why not check out our mains-powered vibrators?

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Re: Bah!

"Fake physics. Sad."
Have an upvote...

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Re: I was hoping for more snarky comedy

"With ladders it's also advisable not to sleep on them."
Or clothes lines...

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Re: Zombie! Help! It speaks!

"From the Oxford English Dictionary (you, or your local library need to be a subscriber) which is the standard by which all other English dictionaries are judged."
No, you don't need to be a subscriber; you can purchase it. I purchased the computer version ages ago and more recently Mrs Git purchased the dead tree version for my birthday. Otherwise concur...

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

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@ Voland's right hand

Судья выходит из своих палат, смеясь. Коллега подходит к нему и спрашивает, почему он смеется. «Я только что услышал смешную шутку в мире!» «Ну, давай, скажи мне!» Говорит другой судья. «Я не могу - я просто дал кому-то десять лет на это!»

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Re: I'd equate Trump to Hitler but...

"Hitler loved dogs."
Eva Braun was not a dog. The dog is on the right...

Eva, hubby and dogs

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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Re: Nearly

"I thought it was my eyes due to some medication at first and hesitated to comment."
Ivabradine (Coralan) certainly has that and similar visual FX. Somewhat akin to LSD visuals, but it's no fun having to take it to keep my heart pumping...

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"wasn't there one just the other day about a bunch of countries on this side of The Atlantic demanding secure encryption with a convenient back door?"
No worse than a bloke I once worked for. He wanted new ideas, but only "thoroughly tested" ones.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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"Cotton is cellulose. Linen is lignin, that's why it's more durable."
Wrong. Both are cellulose. Cotton fibres are narrower in diameter and shorter in length. Line (fibres that make up linen) is much longer and thicker. Lignin is what you don't want mixed with your cellulose when making fabric or paper. It weakens them.

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Re: Re:What then? No banknotes?

"Why not stick with the paper (cotton) bank notes we've had since, oh, the end of big white fivers I duppose, and AIUI nobody minded them? "
There you go! And I thought they were made from hemp paper from one of about one dozen mini-mills globally. They're mostly in Asia and the European Union and produce an estimated 120,000 tons of hemp paper a year. Most is used for cigarette papers, but a substantial percentage is added to art paper, paper for bibles* and hygiene products.

*The Gutenberg Bible was the first major book printed on moveable type almost six hundred years ago. It was printed on hemp paper.

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Re: One fairly serious alternative is ...

"I don't know what the Germans drank"
Schnaps, which means a “gulp” in old German, or Brandweinis, a brandy enjoyed warm and in small measures to let the flavor and aroma unfold.

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"Knit bast fibers (linen, hemp, etc.) tend to fall on the delicate side of the care scale along with silks (they don't seem to be as hardy and are more vulnerable to various substances), making their uses in things like T-shirts and undergarments not as affordable."
Well, my understanding is:

- Linen has almost twice the strength of cotton.

- Linen has a crisp handle compared to cotton that has a much softer handle.

- Both fabrics are breathable, hypo allergenic and have a good hand feel.

- Linen has a higher moisture absorbency than cotton and this is one of the keys to the longevity of Linen fabrics.

- Both Linen and Cotton are plant based fibres, produced from cellulose. They are both structurally sound fibres and which ensures that cotton and linen products both retain their shapes.

- Linen is significantly more environment friendly, as it needs less water and far lesser levels of chemicals to thrive.

- Cotton is intrinsically a fine fibre, and that allows it to be able to be woven into a higher thread count fabric. Linen is a much thicker fibre and gets spun and woven into technically a lower thread count fibre. Linen’s intrinsic properties however make it a superior, and durable fabric.

The last point really determines whether you would choose Linen or Cotton fabric for a shirt. You would go with Cotton if you were looking for fineness of fabric and softness. You will on the other hand pick Linen if you were looking for Fabric lustre and longevity of the garment.

Traditionally, linen bedsheets were handed down through a family, something that could hardly be said of even the best quality cotton bedsheets.

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Re: best solution!

"I'm of the opinion that people's religious and moral feelings ought to be respected when they don't coincide with yours or are even quite stupid. That is simply what tolerance means."
Sounds good and up to a point I might even agree with you. Unfortunately, I suspect that there will be objectors to any lubricant you care to name. What then? No banknotes? How about tolerance of adherents to Daesh who appear to want to exterminate anyone who disagrees with their religion/philosophy?

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"Should have just ignored the vegan terrorists and printed the lot."
Why on Earth would you want to print vegan terrorists? Shirley we have too many already!

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Re: best solution!

"Most of it [forest] went pre-industrialisation, to build a Navy's-worth of wooden ships, and of course all the other reasons - wood for fuel, wood for house-building, clearing space for inefficient agriculture, ..."
You might be surprised by the amount that went in the Neolithic. It doesn't matter how efficient your agriculture is, it ain't going to happen without clearing the land of forest.

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Re: Missing a trick

I gave up the idea when the mass of allergy warnings started to include things such as celery as I then decided reality had exceeded the bounds of satire
Allergy to celery is a common problem for those who grow it. The workers harvesting the crop usually "only" suffer contact dermatitis (rashes, swollen lips and throat and such that you get from excess histamine) but anaphaleptic shock is not unknown.

Personally I can't stand celery or a certain class of celery eaters for that matter.

I committed a bit of food bastardry on a flatmate back in the 70s. He claimed to be allergic to onions and garlic both ingredients being in most dishes I cook. So I put a very tiny amount of onion in a soup and used my newly acquired food processor to blend it and make the onion "undetectable". His immune system detected it and his lips swelled up, face went red etc.

Yes, a lot of food allergy is imaginary, trendy bullshit but that doesn't mean it all is. It's also worth noting that allergy can worsen over time. I used to keep bees and the occasional sting never bothered me at all. Then I started to react to stings: localised swelling/pain/itching that took two weeks to go away. The last time I was stung I was hospitalised for two days.

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Re: Everything is offensive to some people

"Er, no. Almost all biodiesel comes from rapeseed and soy.... Palm Oil really is too valuable to just burn"
45% of palm oil used in Europe in 2014 went to biodiesel, up from 8% in 2010

Biofuels Indonesia for more info

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Re: best solution!

"And the vegetarians soon shut up once they realise their home-cooked meal contains more human flesh in parts per million than banknotes contain tallow, because they were stood sweating and moulting and flaking over it whilst they were cooking."
Does their snot count too, or is that "just bacteria"?

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"But you can counter simply asking if they want to go back to wool or linen undergarments, T-shirts, and so on. Because as far as I know, no one's managed to find anything even close to cotton in terms of its desirable qualities."
Hemp and linen are both well-suited to substitute for cotton in all but one respect: cost*. And the "environmental campaigners" don't give a flying fuck for them that can't afford such.

* I'm not too sure if cotton really is cheaper. I have a hemp shirt that's at least 15 years old and still little sign of wear. My cotton shirts OTOH need the collar reversing after less than 5.

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Re: Everything is offensive to some people

"palm oil is in so many of our food products these days."
Not to mention diesel fuel since it's now mandated that it include biofuel.

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Re: One fairly serious alternative is ...

"Ghee.

I used it as bar oil on one of my saws once"

Next time I run out of chain oil, I'll just pop into the kitchen and clarify some butter then. Butt not in the winter...

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"What about cottonseed oil"
Cotton has the highest requirement for pesticide inputs. Wool = animal exploitation. Flax isn't hemp (cannabis is kewl, right?). Can't for the life of me think what they'd object to about sunflower and safflower but I'm sure they will. It's in their nature (so to speak).

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Indian Business Machines? One-third of Big Blue staff based there and Bangladesh

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Re: IBM == Indian Bollywood Movies

I'm shocked! I always thought it meant Itty Bitty Minds...

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Robo-AI jobs doomsday may, er... not actually happen, say boffins

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@ Tim Seventh (was Re: Displaced not redundant)

It may not have occurred to you, but the wealth whereof we squeak is concentrated where there's maximum automation/cheap energy. I would suggest that if we assist the third world to achieve similar levels of automation/cheap energy, they will no longer be so badly off. Of course The Green Blob is vehemently opposed to this happening.

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Paris Hilton

Re: How about the jobs that those robots create ?

"No, you route them into a loop. If Robot A can service Robot B and Robot B can service Robot A (or at some point in the chain, the robot or robots can circle back to service the first robot in the loop)"
But if all these fembots are busy servicing each other, how do they find the time to service paying clients? Or am I missing something?

Paris because there's no icon for Anita...

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Re: Displaced not redundant

"that's not true though, most people have double glazing, central heating, kitchens full of gadgets they never use, 3 TVs, mobile phones for everyone, tablets, games consoles, fridge freezers, dishwashers even."
Had a tenant whose rent was subsidised by the government, therefore low income. Moved out after 12 months and left behind two full skips of tat.
"The cost of housing hasn't fallen though, this is due to lack of permissions to build and the lack of automation in the building process (these together add up to restrictive practises and keep the price high)."
Here in Oz and probably UKLand as well, the high cost of housing is more due to high cost of land. The cost of land is maintained by Planning Schemes designed to do just that because that's what keeps the land taxes and rates bringing in the moolah for more government.

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Re: Displaced not redundant

"Probllem there is that the cost of living hasn't fallen as quickly as the average wage, plus inflation affects the cost of living harder than the average wage. End result, cheaper goods are STILL out of reach for people locked into pittance jobs that pay EVEN LESS."
Er... when I were a lad, the poor were poorer. Working class today have a standard of living only achieved by the middle class in the 1950s.

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Re: Displaced not redundant

"The cost of a mini in 1960 was about 1/5th of a house

The cost of the equivalent today is about 1/22nd (and it is more reliable and cheaper to run)"

I take it then the new ones don't have Lucas electrics...

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"over the past hundred years farming jobs didn't go away, but one or two guys can do the work of dozens. With ratios like that, the idea of farm hand as a separate job from farm manager has all but evaporated."
The percentage of the population involved in farming has declined from over 50% to around 1%. And there's a shortage of farmhands. My neighbour (apple orchardist and beef cattle) told me he's selling up. Neither of his sons are interested in taking over.

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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Re: Uh what?

"I learnt very quickly that when you create a set of backup disks just after doing the 10 update, it would wipe out windows.old (or wherever the recovery data was kept) as a part of the process."
Aaaah, so that's why my rollback to w7 didn't succeed then.

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Re: You can EULA if you want to..

"you are bound by the EULA which basically takes away any rights to have an OS that works or will maintain your data safely"
That's certainly not true under Australian consumer law. Legal rights cannot be abrogated by a contract.

"Products must be of acceptable quality, that is: [be] safe, lasting, with no faults, look acceptable and do all the things someone would normally expect them to do."
Emphasis mine.

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"If you need a new computer and can't get Windows 7, install Ubuntu or another Linux OS."
That's not a particularly useful suggestion if the software you need to run will only run under Windows. Ditto for hardware for which there are no *nix drivers.

I often recommend people purchase Dell refurbs that come with Win7.

Dell refurbs

My ASUS Zenbook was a factory refurb. I paid $AU700 when they were still selling for $AU1,300.

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"This is why my windows 8.1 installation is on a 60gb SSD that I make sure to constantly keep at only around 2gb of free space.

Have fun background downloading Windows 10 onto that, Microsoft."

You haven't thought this through very well. All MS has to do is delete a few of your "unnecessary" files before the DL.

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Federal Police toss nbn™ under a bus over leaks to Senator

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Re: Better for democracy

"Why have they not followed through and identified the appropriate personnel for dismissal?"
Actually I find it quite heartwarming. It's that time-honoured Australian virtue: mateship.

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Court smacks Telstra over wholesale pricing

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Re: ACCC power

"why can't the same price control apply to our electricity supply ?"
The telecoms companies operate nationally and subject to federal government controls while the electricity suppliers are state-based and mainly subject to state government controls.

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Florida Man can't pause cycle on Samsung 'exploding' washing machine lawsuit

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Re: Violently disassembling themselves ?

That's not self-disassembly! That's what you do to washing machines caught downloading vacuum-cleaner pron from the interwebs...

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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"It is becoming harder and harder to find the damned powder in boxes by itself."

So why bother?

1. Place dirty dishes in dishwasher as usual (grime, goo and all).

2. Add about three drops of regular dish soap to your dishwasher's detergent cup.

3. Fill the cup 2/3 of the way with baking soda.

4. Add salt until the cup is nearly full. This is to suppress foaming.*

Run your dishwasher as normal.

* When my dishwasher foams there's nothing I can do but wait for her to calm down. But then I find her immensely more sexually attractive than the average dishwasher.

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DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like

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"2,100 pints at a pint a day (for health benefits) is over 5 and a half years. So what is the shelf life going to be?"
Depends. Most commercial beers are pasteurised and contain "preservatives". Their shelf-life is less than 12 months. Some beer I made somewhat more than 5 years ago is still drinking fine, but then I don't pasteurise or add "preservatives" (other than hops).

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Re: Almost Interesting

"Tasmanian blue cheeses are among the best cheeses I've ever tried"

Not so long ago, a neighbour shared the last of her cheese that had won Best of Show at the Sydney Royal with her friends. It was a Roquefort-style sheep's milk cheese. My preference is for Camembert or Brie but this was mind-blowingly good!

"French Judge Herve Mons said he was impressed by the overall quality of Australian blue cheese on display, and by [her] cheese in particular."

Yes, we do know how to eat well, though this was not so when we arrived in the 1960s. We have a lot to thank the Greeks, Italians, Germans, Poles, Vietnamese etc for. It has been a privilege to live in a successful multicultural society. Sadly most of our politicians are doing their best to create a somewhat more divided society. So it goes...

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Re: Almost Interesting

"Try the Antipodes.

They have two varieties of cheese Tasty and Sharp."

Lying cunt!

Tasmanian cheese

Joe and Tonia make the best cheeses I have ever tasted. Joe's family has been making cheese since the 14thC.

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