Trough open, bring your own snout …

The United Nations “Green Climate Fund” is supposed to help developing countries cope with climate change with funds donated by the rich countries. Australia is a donor country. Funds raised equals $7.5 million, our contribution half a million. Willis Eschenbach takes a look at where it came from and where it went …

Anyhow, I started all of this out with a simple question. How much of the $7.5 million went to help the people it’s supposed to help?

… the answer is <HERE>.

Mavericks …

Apple seem to have abandoned their prior operating systems. Having identified and made public some security issues in Mountain Lion they have not made any patches available. This means every hacker in the Mac universe will be trying to break in to any residual Mountain Lion dens. What to do. Upgrade to OS X Mavericks.

On the good side its free, on the down side it’s not yet tried and tested. But, for the moment at least, it’s vulnerabilities are not obvious.

I updated this morning. It’s a lengthy business and initially nothing at all seemed to happen, patience required. Other than the slowness it was quite painless and Firefox is still working for me.

One tip, there comes a moment when you are confronted with a request for your Apple ID and password. The only program available at that moment is the App Store, you can’t get at Keychain, your email or that file where you stupidly recorded all your passwords so that the hacker could find them. So … sort that out before you begin.

Caution, R plater …

This might seem familiar to one or two people who know me …

Even more important than being drunk, however, is having the right car. You have to get a car that handles really well. This is extremely important, and there’s a lot of debate on this subject – about what kind of car handles best. Some say a front-engined car; some say a rear-engined car. I say a rented car. Nothing handles better than a rented car. You can go faster, turn corners sharper, and put the transmission into reverse while going forward at a higher rate of speed in a rented car than in any other kind. You can also park without looking, and can use the trunk as an ice chest. Another thing about a rented car is that it’s an all-terrain vehicle. Mud, snow, water, woods – you can take a rented car anywhere. True, you can’t always get it back – but that’s not your problem, is it?

Update

My dearly beloved asked if the author (P. J. O’Rourke, 1978) had travelled with me.