Tue 22 Jul 2003


Just read an interesting article debunking the "8 glasses a day" advice regarding water:

Valtin thinks the notion may have started when the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council recommended approximately "1 milliliter of water for each calorie of food," which would amount to roughly two to two-and-a-half quarts per day (64 to 80 ounces). Although in its next sentence, the Board stated "most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods," that last sentence may have been missed, so that the recommendation was erroneously interpreted as how much water one should drink each day.

Also, it's now just past 4am. Watched About A Boy and Minority Report in one evening. Damn. I'm going to be knackered tomorrow.

Posted at 2003-07-22 20:05:30 by RichardLink to Water

How to get furious

  • 1. Boot your non-Windows machine.

  • 2. Visit eSure's website.

  • 3. Attempt to get a quote.

  • It doesn't matter what your user agent is - I tried Mozilla and Konqueror masquerading as IE and Netscape on various platforms. "This site can be viewed using browser versions 4 or above."

    I called them, and spoke to a very scared sounding woman (particularly scared when I likened their actions to banning Jews from a restaurant), and told them they were losing 5% of the market thanks to their policy.

    She's written a note for the IT team, and I left some angry feedback.

    The reason: they couldn't be bothered to test in anything other than Netscape and IE on Windows, so they don't know that the page looks fine in other browsers. I feel sorry for people with a Mac as their only computer - from spoofing the user agent I think they even block IE for Mac, and it'll certainly block Safari.

    The problem is the Slashbots who say "yeah, I keep IE on Windows around for websites that don't work on Mozilla". If it doesn't work, tell someone.


    Anyway, enough ranting.

    Posted at 2003-07-22 03:32:25 by RichardLink to How to get furious