Monthly Archives: March 2010

Lesnar vs Carwin Size Matters: The Other UFC 116 Story

Files this one under “mass and the conceit of mass” because it is gonna play a role come UFC 116. Put simply, Carwin is big, but Lesnar is bigger. No disrobing needed. The Lesnar-Carwin face-off in the octagon following UFC 111 proved that.

The long and the short of it? Lesnar has the mass, and conceit of mass on top of what his “mamaw” gave him – namely robust genes and strength to the ol’ farmhouse born. We will explicate. Mass does not necessarily equate with power. Frank Mir’s home gym experiment proves that, and so does Fedor Emelianenko’s freakshow fights.  No?

Be that as it may,  mass over a substrate of power, naturally born,  is an aspect most animals, including those runnin’ around half naked  in the octagon, have a problem dealing with.  Anecdote: In the staged face-off between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin at the end of UFC 111,  Carwin was looking up and Lesnar down. (The camera was exaggerating the differences a bit, but there is really a 1 inch differetial in their heights – Lesnar being the slightly taller. See the comparative pic here.)

Shane Carwin is  a 6’2″ cyborg who walks around at 275lbs to 280lbs and cuts weight to fight at 265lbs.  Lesnar walks around at about 300lbs and gravitates back towards that weight after the 265lbs weigh-in for a fight. So off the top you have a 20lb walk-around weight differential coupled with a visible size differential which analysts have attributed to a mass distribution anomaly.  Carwin is a solid chunk of a man to Lesnar’s Chicken Little lower body topped off by an Incredible Hulk upper body. (Cyberaxis)

Carwin vs Lesnar - Size matters

Carwin vs Lesnar Size Matters - The photos are not scaled side-by-side comparisons, but you get the general idea, especially proportion-wise.

Add this to all the factors enumerated here, ( 10 Reasons Brock Lesnar will beat Shane Carwin at UFC 106) and you have the makings of an outcome that has Lesnar written all over it. Remember what you heard and where you heard it.

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Lesnar vs Carwin set for UFC 116 on July 3rd, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV

UFC President, Dana White, has just announced that Brock Lesnar will fight Shane Carwin for the unification of the UFC Heavyweight belt  on July 3, 2010 in Las Vegas.  He confirmed this in a post fight interview after Carwin defeated Frank Mir in New Jersey at UFC 111. Lesnar vs Carwin was  originally set for UFC 106 on November 18, 2009, then rescheduled for UFC 108 before being postponed indefinitely due to Lesnar’s  illness. UFC 116 will be held at the at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

The  Irony of Lesnar vs Carwin: Here is the obvious but muted irony in all of this – the UFC’s biggest tectonic event may also be the least significant in terms of technical brilliance or octagonal pyrotechnics.

For all their heavyweight and high PPV buy rates, Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin do not represent elite-skill MMA. MMA purists, while not sitting this one out, will watch it with measured reserve, cognizant that the two behemoths fighting that night represent a turn for the UFC heavyweight division that is gravitating more towards the dirty boxing/ground and pound school of MMA. To be fair to both men, they are certifiable finishers  in the ring, but there is a difference between knocking someone out Chuck Liddell, Cro Cop or Shogun style, and submitting or grounding-and-pounding the snot out of them Lesnar style. In basketball terms, it is the difference between a Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal or a Michael Jordan and or Kevin Garnett. A kick to the head, like a Chuck Liddell haymaker can be as much a thing of beauty as a three-pointer from downtown. Dominance at a distance. Word.

Brock Lesnar, UFC Heavweight Champion

Still the man to beat in the 205 - 265lb heavyweight division: Recent P.R. cameos have shown a Brock Lesnar who is back from the brink and ready to defend his title at upcoming UFC 116.

Cain Velasquez and Shane Carwin

The current sunspot in the UFC heavyweight contention: The men who would dethrone Brock Lesnar (from left): Cain 'El Matador"Velasquez and newly crowned Interim Heavyweight Champion, Shane Carwin, "the Behemoth from Boulder."The heat is on, starting with UFC 116. (Nickname coinages ours )

We are probably in the minority here, but we stand by our word. The numbers are gonna be HUGE, both in terms of Pay Per View buy rate and arena tickets. The hype/spin machine is gonna kick into overdrive by June but that will not change the nature of what is being offered unless Dana White balances off the card with a hard-core, high-skill undercard. It is not something he would do on the record of course, but do it he really must for the soul of the sport – the unsung hard-core. Lesnar and Carwin, the biggest names in the game are not there yet in terms of what high MMA is about. Remember you heard it here first.

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Dana White targeting UFC 116 for Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin title-unification bout (Dann Stupp, MMA Junkie)


UFC Weight Divisions:
Heavyweight 205 -265lbs (93 -120kg)
Light Heavyweight  186 – 205lbs (84 – 93lbs)
Middleweight Division 171 -185lbs (77 – 84lbs)
Welterweight Division 156 – 170 (70 – 77lbs)
Lightweight Division 146 – 155lbs (66 – 70lbs)
Superfight Championships – Open weight fights (See historical note on Wikipedia)


Shane Carwin pummels Frank Mir “Lesnar-style” for a TKO win at UFC 111 (Fight video!)

Frank Mir brings to his fights a lackadaisical swagger he should check in at the door before entering the octagon – an ungrounded sangfroid that was on full display at UFC 111 in New Jersey tonight before Shane Carwin unloaded on him in a stand-up clinch against the cage.  Shane’s short upper-cut bombs found their mark and Mir’s knees buckled from underneath him before Carwin finished him on the ground: a flipped up version of what happened to him as he lay wedged between Lesnar and the cold octagon cage at UFC 100.

“What was up with (Frank) allowing Carwin to turn him up against the cage with the resistance of a ballerina, which set up his demise?” (Greg Alario, Reader Commentator, Bleacher Report)

This end was predictable. We at Cyberaxis called it yesterday afternoon here: ( )  but in reality it unfolded in a manner that was kind of sad. It’s a human thing.  It is a human thing to feel pathos when delusional trips, like the one Frank Mir was on, come to  a sudden and unscheduled end. There is a corollary to all of this: the drama going on inside Frank Mir’s head may be more intense than what went on in the octagon tonight – and that’s saying a lot because you could cut the suspense with a knife. The stands were crackling with the electricity of this showdown. Google  UFC 111 Shane  Carwin vs Frank Mir video for a taste.

Shane Carwin Pummels Frank Mir

A spontaneous Wikipedia entry styled it attempted murder: Shane Carwin and Frank Mir at the denouement of UFC 111 – the pummeling of a man who would be champion. (Pic: Jon Kopaloff – Getty Images)

Play By Play Summary (The Short Version)

The men touch gloves at  about 10.30 EST and within seconds the fight is on – well, in a manner of speaking.

There is an over-extended sizing up period during which both  fighters circle and size  each other up in between fakes and feints. This goes on for about 36 seconds  until Mir commits and throws a punch at Carwin. Soon the two clinch in a standup position. They step to the edge of the octagon with Frank’s back against the cage. Carwin goes to work kneeing Frank’s  left thigh and throwing  short punches to the head whenever he can entangle himself from Frank.  Frank appears as relaxed as he was beneath Lesnar at UFC 100 before canned hamhocks Lesnar calls fists started landing on Mir’s face. With the attack momentum flagging, the referee separates the  two fighters at 2:10.  The fight is reset.

Frank cooly steps back in with a bit of a swagger. Carwin throws a brief combo and soon after Mir answers with a combination that should have rocked Carwin had Mir  had enough power behind it or Carwin the proverbial glass jaw. Carwin calculatedly clinches and the action again moves to the edge of the octagon with Mir’s back to the cage like de ja vu all over again. In workmanlike fashion Carwin gets back to work with the short slip-in punches looking for Mir’s head underneath the coils and coils of arms.  One of the punches, a left hook, soon finds Frank’s orbital. The impact opens Frank up for the short upper-cut bombs that Carwin  unloads on the inside like a technotronic mannequin.  Mir’s knees buckle and Carwin follows him to the ground, pummeling him mercilessly on the side of the head until he goes limp. Carwin throws four more left blows to the head with the referee looking on before stopping the fight at 3:49.  End of story. Or is it?

The corollary of this story as in all fights is the aftermath, namely: how does Frank regain his mental, emotional and career equilibrium after such a devastating drubbing – devastating in that he had oversold himself by talking up a storm and taking positions that put him at a gross P.R. disadvantage going into the dreamed about match-up with Brock Lesnar. Re-read our take on this here and here.

We are not hatin’ on Frank because we were the first to sing his praises when Brock first broke on the scene like a Trog. However we soon realized that homeboy Frankie had a problem to match, and it was related to more than just loose lips that sank ships. Homeboy had an ego that was as out of touch with his reality as it was with the reality of other fighter – their comparative skill set.  And that lack of grounding led to all kinds of problems like the loss of perspective and commonsense as demonstrated in the Lesnar death comments brouhaha. The obsessive nature of his preoccupation with Lesnar and the way he talked about it raised more than  eyebrows in some quarters. UFC for example, made him apologize for his death-from-octagon-related-injuries remark. It is reportedly still a sore point with Dana White and the UFC.

Frank Mir’s apparent inability to assess his own skill set against those of other dangerous opponents may perhaps be his biggest Achilles heel.

My stand up has been just steamrolling, better and better every fight. I boxed with Nogueira for seven minutes and Nogueira… I made him look silly. I caught Cheick Kongo, who is probably the best striker we have in the UFC, and I put him out in about a minute. I’m 265 lbs. now, and I’m quick and I’m skilled. (Frank Mir)

Contrast his disparagement of Lesnar’s strengths against Couture’s healthy respect of the mountain of a man who knocked him down and out with a glancing blow to the old temple. Up to this day, Couture maintains that Lesnar is a lot of man to stand in front of for most fighters. And he says it without a shred of resentment or envy: just matter of fact and you move on.

It takes a level of maturity and detachment to make such assessments without attaching one’s essential self-worth to such valuations. For size, they are the same valuations people have to make about their own abilities versus that of others and the various identities and fictions we all have to masquerade under in this larger game called life. Some strike a healthy balance with it, others don’t with varying results, part of which we are witnessing with the unraveling of Mir’s fictions.

As a matter of fact there was a flash of recognition last night as we watched Mir make the long procession from the locker room to the octagon with this inscrutable zoned-out expression on his face. What or who was this? A lifetime of images, quips and sound-clips played themselves out in that extended minute and bingo we had a hit as to who Frank Mir was. It was as mildly disconcerting as it was illuminative.

Shane Carwin

Shane Carwin: The crowning of new action hero at UFC 111. MIR was MIA at announcement due to the pummelling he had just received(Via

The Workman vs The Loquacious Schmoozer: Typologically, the two fighters couldn’t have been more different. Carwin the blue collar goombah who is as grounded as the Colorado Rockies versus the Las Vegas schmoozer who sounds believable until you actually look at the bill of goods he is selling.  Frank Mir is a passer, who over-leverages appearances to sell people on more than he has in terms of  common sense and actual skill or ability. He is given to unapportioned excess and irrationality beneath a social patina that is initially sanguine and engaging –  a persona that would dispose people to like him at first blush. Remember the “Mr. Nice” moniker we originally gave him? That was no accident.

Biographically, Frank Mir is a BJJ practitioner who became champion in a relatively young UFC without a certifiable standup game. (Remember the Gracies.) When he came around to filling in that stand-up hole, he came up short in terms of a natural or well seasoned chops and lack of  solid power and strength. So when crunch time came, he  fell short against natural born brutes like Lesnar or Carwin …. well, in a manner of speaking.

But to be fair to Mir, nobody knows what he could have become had not had to deal the effects of that horrific motorcycle accident – physically and emotionally. That is the large asterisk and unknown that nobody can erase from Mir’s bio.  Be that as it may, we now know that he came short in terms of stand-up and brute strength when he needed it. The other thing we know is that adding bulk did not automatically translate into certifiable power, the knockout of Nogueira or Kongo notwithstanding.  That strength to dictate when and where the fight took place was woefully missing in the fight against Carwin tonight. On top of that, Mir appeared as zoned out before and during the fight as was the case in UFC 100.  With the exception of one brief burst of striking brilliance, a combination at about the 2:40 mark, Mir appeared content to rope-a-dope with Carwin without any strategic explosiveness to change postures or positions. Well, if there was a lesson last night, it was that you don’t rope-a-dope with certified muggers like Carwin – especially ones with canned hams bigger than Lesnar’s and an even better knockout record from the standing position.

If he faces Junior Dos Santos, as some people are saying and gets blasted out of the water as he is bound to, I see Frank retiring. Yes, he would if he lost the next fight – but he would come back like Quinton Jackson – inspired by the soundtrack of  Rocky I and II.  Why retire? Well, he would really (unbeknownst to him) need  the mindspace to untangle himself from the mental/P.R. mess he has created with his loose lips and ungrounded trash talk.

Remember, you heard this prediction on Cyberaxis first. And don’t be surprised if he did “retire” before his next fight either. The only problem with that would be that the “retirement” would be even less believable.

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Frank Mir comments on his loss to Shane Carwin and possible future fights ( Edmonton, Canada – MMACanada.Net)

UFC 111’s Mir says Carwin more dangerous than Lesnar, OK if Velasquez gets first crack (John Morgan, MMA Junkie)

Mir changes his tune, says third Lesnar fight not that important (Steve Cofield, Yahoo Cagewriter)

Mir brings full arsenal to Lesnar fight (Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports)

Part-time fighter Carwin making it look easy (Kevin Iole, Yahoo Sports)

Frank Mir’s Other Moment Of Truth: Karmic Denouement At UFC 111

As minutes to UFC 111  tick down, fans huddle behind bars and computer screens, caught up in the vicarious heaving and hoeing of conjecture, suspense and roller-coaster emotions that usually attend these events. For Frank Mir an unscheduled moment of truth may be about to hit him ….  up on his knees shaking his head after being knocked down or out. The crowd is going crazy and Mir knows it is not for him. Not for him. He looks up at his wife and something passes between them. It is time – but its OK,  they have each other.

Frank Mir chiaroscuro

Could UFC 111 be the road to nowhere for Frank Mir? He may find this out sooner than later because Brock Lesnar is a dead end.

Fantasy? Yeah, perhaps, but we seriously doubt it. Especially the essence of the hunch that Frank Mir, the  60 to 40 favorite,  is walking into an upset that will come as a result of being knocked out after being overwhelmed by Carwin’s strength. Frank may have hit 264.5lbs at the height of bulking up, but that does not necessarily translate into functional strength and endurance.  Carwin, whose last weigh-in weight at UFC 96 was 259.5lbs, said he had to cut weight to meet the 265lbs limit. He is the more compact of the two and arguably the more naturally strong. We think that beyond skill, this is what is gonna carry the day. Franks’s new-fangled boxing skills, although marginally better than Carwin’s, are not gonna carry the day because in order to deploy them, he will have to enter the event horizon where anything can and often does happen.  The more Mir boxes with Carwin, the more he stands the chance of being knocked down or out by that short right. And the more he wrestles with Carwin, the more he stands the chance of tasting Carwin’s raw strength (something he shares with Lesnar) and his  ground-and-pound chops. The latter  ain’t pretty but they get the job done. End of story.

Injury Caveat: The other thing Frank needs to look out for are the possibilities for serious injuries. We were concerned for him  at UFC 100 and the outcome almost bore our fears out. He needs to look out for himself in this fight and not  (to put it into his own words) let his ego get in the way.

So Cyberaxis is  calling UFC 111 for Shane Carwin in the first or second round by knock our or TKO. Mark the date stamps on this post if in doubt our intentions to stick by our prediction. Take a screen shot for good measure.

Lessons Learned: Losing is gonna be a tough pill for Frank Mir but it will turn him into a better human being and competitor. You will know about this because he will tell you in time. When the time comes he will tell you that losing afforded  him a chance  to re-center himself and find a sense of perspective in a world that had become topsy-turvy with his loss to Brock Lesnar. Losing will turn Mir’s his energies inward where they should have been oriented in the first place.

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Frank Mir’s risky stance going into UFC 111

It almost has nothing to commend it for  and a lot to mark it as a veritable albatross around an MMA pugilist who doesn’t need any at this late in his career. We are talking about Frank Mir  and his  willful decision to look past his UFC  111 opponent, Shane Carwin, to some fantasized  rematch with Brock Lesnar which may never happen. Plain stupid and strategically ill-advised if you ask us. Add to that the fairly recent  interview in which Mir expressed a desire to see Lesnar be the first man to die from octagon-related injuries, and you have a string of faux pas that should be  spread out over a fighter’s lifetime instead of 12 months.

Frank Mir

Frank Mir – Risky Business

Mir’s missteps recall Brock Lesnar’s own public relations blunders which have only been mitigated by his convincing wins, but the truth of the matter is that his decision to play the braggadocious heel has put him on a slippery perch for the rest of his UFC career –  something UFC stalwarts like Randy Couture have never had to put up with.  Oh well, to each their own – Frank Mir included we guess.

Why Frank would  wanna look past Shane Carwin,  a guy who could bounce him off the octagon Brock-style,  is probably a function of his mental state, which  seems a bit catawampus lately.  Anything can happen in this fight and for Frank to carry on like like his victory is fait accompli is to confuse his obsession with fantasies about dispatching dangerous opponents:

“There is just something inside me now that I can’t get rid of and it hurts all the time. It’s the dreams I have at night about Brock [Lesnar]. If I don’t get to go in there and physically hurt Brock, then I don’t know if I can live with myself. My stand up has been just steamrolling, better and better every fight. I boxed with Nogueira for seven minutes and Nogueira… I made him look silly. I caught Cheick Kongo, who is probably the best striker we have in the UFC, and I put him out in about a minute. I’m 265 lbs. now, and I’m quick and I’m skilled. Everything says in my heart and in my will that I won’t be denied. I have to have this. I want him [Shane Carwin] to know that he came in there full and strong and ready and I still took his heart out of his chest. He might hate Brock, but he don’t hate him as much as I do. That’s the difference of feeling the power that I will come out on top on UFC 111.”  – Frank Mir (As quoted by the  Bleacher Report)

The Distortive Rear View Mirror and the Albatross:

My stand up has been just steamrolling, better and better every fight. I boxed with Nogueira for seven minutes and Nogueira… I made him look silly.

Oh really? Google Frank Mir vs Nogueira to see just how silly Mir make Nogueira look. Distortive rear-view mirror look? You bet.

“I caught Cheick Kongo, who is probably the best striker we have in the UFC, and I put him out in about a minute.”

Oh really? Kongo is the best striker we have in the UFC? Frank needs to have his head examined. And bragging about his victory over Kongo is the last thing a man like Mir should be doing unless he is grabbing at emotional straws to bolster a frazzled ego. Kongo is a zero at this point in UFC. He took two long rounds to submit a hapless Buentello after countless takedowns he could not capitalize on. And the striking? Where was the best striker in the UFC that night? Frank kind of reminds us of that Foster Farms chicken impostor – all full of salt water and little else. And talking about which, he does look quite porked up. Look at his belly in that Noguiera video.  Lean mass? What lean mass? You will see what lean mass looks like when he squares up against a granite block of a manhood named Shane Carwin.

“He might hate Brock, but he don’t hate him as much as I do. That’s the difference of  feeling the power that I will come out on top on UFC 111.”

So Frank Mir’s motivation going into this fight is predicated on hatred of the man he lost to in UFC 100 back in July of 2009? (Note that George St. Pierre was also on that card against Thiago Alves.) What convoluted mental and emotional baggage – and one that belittles the significance of the man who is gonna be standing in front of him tonight.  Our published prediction is that Mir will be shocked tonight and that experience will be ultimately good for exorcising the demons he has allowed to claim residence in his psyche.

Mir’s whole public spiel has been the figurative equivalent of putting a millstone around his own neck: The “death in the Octagon” remark when Lesnar was just over fighting a life threatening disease, the diss of Antonio Noguiera, the unwarranted celebration of his victory against Kongo and the looking past  Shane Carwin who could turn out his headlights.

And while we have to admit that there are many unknowns around a hypothetical re-matching up of Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar, a Mir win against Shane Carwin tonight would not necessarily mean that Frank Mir has found a way to resolve the vulnerabilities that led to his being pummeled into a bloody mess by Brock Lesnar. For the record, we had predicted a Lesnar win against Carwin in the match-up planned before Lesnar’s illness. So beating a man who we predicted was gonna be beaten by Lesnar is no prediction of better prospects Mir’s future.

So all this yakking has done nothing for Mir except put the burden of performance on him. If you talk the talk …. You know the spiel. The other thing Mir’s yakking has done is to make Brock Lesnar almost look like a gentleman, an impressive feat given the trog antics that Lesnar put on full display at UFC 100.

As much as is possible, enjoy UFC 111. May the worst man lose. Yah get the drift. Good day.

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MMA Live March 25, 2010 – UFC 111, Preview plus other fighters

Jon Jones Blasts Brandon Vera into a cowering mess at “UFC Live On Versus” (Fight Video – March 21, 2010)

Jon Bones Jones

Jon Jones: The UFC Kid who could be Superman

After a kick to the head from a downed Vera which stunned Jones and led to a temporary stoppage, Jones was able to recover enough to deliver a devastating elbow to the side of Vera’s right orbital socket.  The result? Vera’s  ground defense crumbled as he cowered in  pain at 4:41 minutes of the first round.  Herb Dean moved in to stop the fight as Jones pounded  Vera  who was  by this time covering up with his back  to Jones. This was one of the high points of  “UFC on Versus” in Broomfield, CO yesterday – a  debut broadcast of UFC fighting on national cable –  an event which clearly surpassed its moderate billing.

MMA fans will be watching Jones closely for the rest of this year. So will  a lot of guys in the light heavyweight division.  The wunderkind who has already sent notice to the  MMA world, may just be setting out on a bit of a tear throughout the  205 lbs division – assuming  that his stand-up rises up to the level of his wrestling. Another thing going for him? He is one strong mofo with youth on his side like wind in his sails.  His strength,  composure and unflinching knack for going for the jugular, puts him in with the “natural born killers”. Look out Anderson Silva!

Google Jon Jones vs Brandon Vera to see Jon “The Second Coming of Jesus Christ*” Jones delivering some serious, serious punishment right. Jones’ asterisked nickname in the foregoing is a latter-day creation of Brandon Vera. See the highlight reel video at the end of this post.

Jon Jones - Pic Copyright - Susumu Nagao

The supplex seen around the world : Jon Jones tossing Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94 like it was no big deal. His movement recalls another famous Jones; to wit Roy Jones with serious, serious octagonal chops. (Picture Copyright – Susumu Nagao)

And at 4:17 of the first round, Junior Dos Santos proved once again why he is a force to be reckoned with when he dropped Gabriel Gonzaga with a crisp left and then finished him off on the ground. Big hulking Gonzaga gave almost as much as he got in the opening seconds, but the night belonged the fleet footed marksman of the new take-no-prisoners school of Brazilian stand-up. Google Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga for a demonstration.

And the Cheick Kongo vs Paul Buentello showed how Cheick Kongo is not gonna be a factor in the heavyweight division. He won at 3:46 of the third round after digging relentless elbows to Buentello’s thighs, but his failure to stand up with a guy as unimpressive as Paul Buentello tells volumes about where Kongo is in the larger scheme of the heavyweight division. His countless take down which amounted to little at the outset smacked of a parent trying to subdue an unruly child. It was damn frustrating to watch a guy do the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different result. Some people would call it stick-to-it-veness, but we beg to differ. Google Cheick Kongo vs Paul Buentello for a demonstration of what we are talking about.

This was a must win fight for Kongo to keep his stock from plummeting to zero and he just managed to squeak through. He is not out of the woods by a long shot.

We at Cyberaxis think he is suffering a crisis of confidence that is impacting his ability to fight on so many levels. He probably needs a long break, a new training camp and a new game plan. Watch Kongo’s movement in the ring. He is stiff as a board – a stance which retards the free motion, speed, power and accuracy of his punches and kicks. It’s like someone needs to teach him the basics of follow through and snapping – but you really can’t do that at the level he is playing at. I mean its like trying to teach Shaq how to shoot from the free throw line. Oi vei!

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Jon Bones Highlights:

My marriage to the Microsoft Windows platform has become a marriage of convenience

The love is gone, but I am staying for the children, biding my time until they grow up and leave the nest. The children being a couple of of Windows desktops, and two Sony Vaio laptops, all running the Windows XP operating system, which is rated by some to be the most stable operating system the boys in Redmond have ever produced after the customary missteps of the beta versions. The other children include documents encoded in Word, other software and peripherals.

I ditched the Windows Mobile 5 two years ago after having been initially  enchanted by the HTC 8525. The software updates and instalments proved unnecessary headaches and when expiring certificates rendered some of the features unusable, it was time to give the handheld the old “das boot.” I have never looked back and would be more than happy to use the former smart phone as a door stop. All the kings horses and all the kings men would never be able to drag me within sniffing distance of a Windows phone now. Not in this lifetime anyway.

My latest annoyance with Microsoft came this evening when I discovered that one of my laptops no longer has the Internet Explorer desktop icons. I do not use Internet Explorer in favor of the more robust and functional Firefox. However I do need Internet Explorer as an alternate browser, especially when visiting sites that require the browser to view or download things, the Microsoft Update website being one of them.

A search of the web showed that Internet Explore had been unbundled from Windows by Microsoft as a result of anti-trust litigation in Europe. The unbundling had been done through updates which in addition to the actual uncoupling of the browser from the operating system, erased the browser icon from the desktop. I had been too busy working with the Firefox browser to notice and now that I had, I didn’t know where to begin. Several proposed solutions, some of which involved editing the registry, didn’t work. Finally when I was near my wits’ end, I found this little software gizmo called the  Microsoft Fix it 50228 on the Microsoft website:

It did the job, but I am still pissed that it took me all this time to find something which shouldn’t be too hard to find given the ubiquity of the problem of disappearing Internet Explorer icons  since the release of the soft-ware that uncoupled the browser from the operating system.  I am also pissed at the way some of these Microsoft updates  screw you over by installing stuff you don’t like.  The way the update prompts tried to push the bloated  Internet Explorer 7 or 8 was annoying.  One had to be vigilant about nixing it each and everytime.

I am so done with Microsoft its not even funny. The weird menage a trois between  Microsoft, myself and its hardware partners has run its course.