Battlefield 3 Pre Release Download

Not long now until Battlefield 3 will be out. In fact I have already downloaded it

If you purchase Battlefield 3 through Origin, EA will let you download it from the 21st of October. Unfortunately you can’t play it, not even the single player version.

Its just sitting there tempting me …  B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S !!!!

You click and all you get is

So I have to wait until 10 am Thursday, 27th of October Australian time to play.

To add insult to injury I had to pay AUD $79 which is much more then the cost of the American version and the American dollar is worth less then our dollar.

Off course I am not complaining about having to wait, nor am I complaining about the higher price here.  Australians are used to being ripped off which is why I buy my books and Blu Rays from overseas.

Steve Jobs

A slightly more famous Steve then I passed away today. Its hard to believe that someone who helped invent the personal computer is gone, and at only 56 way too young.

I can’t even begin to think how much money on I have spent on Apple products, starting with the Apple IIe way back in 1984.

I think it has been

– Apple IIe
– Macintosh Clasic II?
– G4 Laptop
– Intel Core Duo laptop
– Intel Mac Mini (2006)
– Mac Mini (2011)
– the last Macbook Pro 15″ before the Unibodies came in (early 2008)
– MacBook Air 13″ 2011

The IIe cost somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000 dollars AUD in 84!  I could buy a really nice motorbike with that sort of money now.

Tax Time

I always use e-tax to do my Australian tax return.

For the last three years I have the same process:

1. Enter all the data that is relevant, then get an answer that says I owe the tax office money
2. Procrastinate for two or three months until finally I figure out what I have done wrong.
3. It seems I don’t fill in the medicare levy surcharge question which means by default I get charged it!  DOH DOH
4. When I repeat this process next year I will see this note and get my refund in July, not October!

In summary, if you are using E-Tax don’t jump around and fill in the questions you know are relevant. Start at Q1 and finnish at the end.

hmm, its now 4:48 am DST (daylights savings starts today) .. time to hit the sack.