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This is real online shopping!
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Brain stretch
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You just can’t get through to some people
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Everything is up to date!
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Discover Lotus Notes–The Fastest Way to a Responsive Organization (1993 demo)
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Cricket can be a deadly game
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Zuver hosting is so boring!
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Men's essential reference manual now available in paperback edition
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You just can’t get through to some people
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This is real online shopping!
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Brain stretch
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Computers and their peripherals, old and even older
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The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity (by Carlo M. Cipolla)
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Discover Lotus Notes–The Fastest Way to a Responsive Organization (1993 demo)
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A race you don’t want to win–the Skin Cancer Susceptibility Index
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Tony Austin
Blog Title Notes tone unturned
Blog Description An attempt to scrub the gathering moss off some stones and help them keep rolling smoothly along ... Thoughts on information technology and anything else, by Tony Austin, CEO of Asia/Pacific Computer Services.
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Cricket can be a deadly game
Tue, Nov 22nd 2016 12:15p   Tony Austin
Two old blokes, Dave and Pete, had been friends all of their lives. When it was clear that Dave was dying, Pete visited him every day. One day Pete said, "Dave, we’ve both loved playing cricket ever since school. Please do me a favour: when you get to heaven, somehow you must let me know if there's cricket there." Dave looked up at Pete from his deathbed and said, "Pete, you've been my best mate for many years. If it's at all possible, I'll do this favour for you." Shortly after t
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This is real online shopping!
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 11:15a   Tony Austin
  Notice the shine on the rails?Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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Zuver hosting is so boring!
Thu, Oct 20th 2016 9:40a   Tony Austin
Congratulations to the folk at Zuver Hosting for providing a service that is so fast and reliable that I’m getting oh so bored with receiving weekly performance reports like the one in the following screenshot: Since November 2014 I’ve experienced the same boringly good performance and reliability, week after week, and all for such a low monthly rate. Note that I’m not at all saying that there aren’t any equally good Australian web hosting companies, some of which I used previously, jus
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Brain stretch
Mon, Oct 17th 2016 9:31a   Tony Austin
Here’s a reminder of our place in the grand scheme of things. The above movie was generated using the iOS App "Cosmic Eye", written by Danail Obreschkow at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research at the University of Western Australia. Watch for the quarks making the briefest of appearances in the atomic nucleus. There are older versions of this “cosmic zoom” approach, such as this one created by the Film Board of Canada: Enough of the easy-peasy visual stuff. A new rese
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You just can’t get through to some people
Wed, Oct 12th 2016 9:16p   Tony Austin
I was browsing for Java programming books yesterday, and came across this one: URL: http://www.worldofbooks.com.au/catalog/product/view/id/4152420/ Notice the asking price?  $1,421.99 (Australian dollars) The same book (Introduction to Java Programming: Comprehensive Version by Y. Daniel Liang) at other sites such as Amazon was – depending on the edition and type (hardcover or paperback) and whether new or used – going for anything from around $20 to $240. I thought that I’d warn the
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Everything is up to date!
Wed, Aug 17th 2016 1:00a   Tony Austin
Error messages and information dialogs and displays. Oh, what a prime subject for commentary and criticism. I started blogging in 2005, and one of my early posts was Note item not found in November of that year. Later on I made several other posts on similar matters, such as An error was encountered while opening a window and a more general critique: Reveal the error, for crying out loud. Am I right, or am I right? When I worked at IBM, I spent many tears supporting midrange systems, starting wi
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Discover Lotus Notes–The Fastest Way to a Responsive Organization (1993 demo)
Mon, Aug 15th 2016 3:50a   Tony Austin
What’s old is new, even if it’s old, and Lotus Notes (nowadays called IBM Notes) certainly is one of those things. Some of the basic concepts and capabilities of Lotus Notes still are of great benefit to organizations still using Notes, even though its fundamental architecture comes from the 1980s and early 1990s. Here’s a little something I’m leaving for posterity, which will possibly bring tears -- of joy, I hope -- to the eyes of people who were associated with Notes in its early days
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A race you don’t want to win–the Skin Cancer Susceptibility Index
Mon, Aug 1st 2016 8:15p   Tony Austin
New Zealand and Australia have, by far, the highest incidences of skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Susceptibility Index created by Derma.plus (website shows both German and English versions). In the southwest Pacific, down here where I live, things look pretty grim for Aussies and Kiwis, as I know from personal experience. Go to the original article to see how your own country rates. (click on the image to go to the original article by Derma.plus)Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for al
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What do great programmers know (that average programmers don't)?
Thu, Jul 7th 2016 10:45p   Tony Austin
Programmers, developers, code hackers, or whatever you like to call them … Here’s a very interesting discussion over at Quora:       What do great programmers know that average programmers don't? Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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Murderous meetings
Thu, Jun 23rd 2016 11:45p   Tony Austin
Having retired, I’m very fortunate to no longer be bombarded with meetings. I do have an annual general meeting to attend next month. Some AGMs can be excruciating, especially when they involve complex and occasionally vitriolic debates about articles of association and rules of membership (not to forget financial matters). Anyway, I came across a couple of articles about meetings that you might find very useful: Meet is Murder - They’re boring. They’re useless. Everyone hates them. So wh
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The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity (by Carlo M. Cipolla)
Wed, Jun 8th 2016 4:11a   Tony Austin
This paper is a must-read, not to be missed!         The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity          by Carlo M. Cipolla           illustrations by James Donnelly             (PDF document) If the above fails, then try this link.Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and us
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Why wealthier people are more likely to survive melanoma
Mon, May 30th 2016 10:10a   Tony Austin
Can’t really say that I’m surprised by this: “We already know that poverty is a risk factor for poor health and premature mortality, according to a 2004 meta-analysis of income inequality and health in the journal Epidemiologic Reviews. But a new skin cancer study finds that wealthier people actually have a higher chance of being diagnosed with melanoma—as well as a higher chance of surviving it.” See …    http://qz.com/675149/the-surprising-reasons-why-wealthier-peo
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Computers and their peripherals, old and even older
Fri, May 27th 2016 1:00a   Tony Austin
I just read the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) 2015 report: Improving the Management of IT Acquisitions and Operations about "federal IT investments too frequently fail or incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contributing little to mission-related outcomes" which is an outcome not unique to the U.S. government by any means! It got me thinking yet again about old computers and old software, and the reliability of these today and in the past. See my earlier post: If it
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This will goad (or goat) you into laughter
Thu, May 26th 2016 11:40p   Tony Austin
Watch this amusing video: Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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Men's essential reference manual now available in paperback edition
Fri, May 20th 2016 9:19a   Tony Austin
  Just letting you know that the popular men’s handbook "Understanding Women" is now out as a paperback … Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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Food for thought–Your guts, eating greens, and well-being
Sun, Mar 6th 2016 10:51p   Tony Austin
Why eating greens is so good for you Did you see this in The Age (Australian newspaper) several weeks ago? Another reason to eat your greens: sugar Queen Garnet plums – new superfood? Wthe latest info on Queen Garnet plums in today's episode of Landline (the segment near the end of the episode): http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/landline/RA1601Q006S00  If you’re don’t have an Australian IP address then you might be blocked from watching this ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporat
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Why Australia is better than the USA, melanoma-wise
Mon, Feb 29th 2016 10:20a   Tony Austin
I had a melanoma excised from my scalp at the start of 2013, it was probably sitting there baking away for years. Out of sight, out of mind. Too many decades in the plentiful Australian sun, while surfing and elsewhere. I visited a dermatologist for examination of a spot on my left thumb (which turned out to be benign), and he gave me a full skin examination. I asked about the lump on my scalp, for which the dermatologist took a biopsy. He rang me a few say slater with the bad news that it was a
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Please help this user to install IBM Notes 9.0.1
Thu, Feb 25th 2016 8:00a   Tony Austin
RJ Kelly has asked for assistance in installing IBM Notes 9.0.1 and I hope that somebody in the Notes community is able to help him. To assist, see my earlier blog post:     IBM Notes 9 Client install fails with “RCP Base plug-in not found” Please scan the post and read his comment right at at the bottom -- and help him out, so that he doesn’t have to go back to Notes R5!Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tra
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How to check “short URLs” before opening them
Wed, Feb 24th 2016 8:16a   Tony Austin
I just stumbled upon this useful security too that everybody should use:    CheckShortURL Be safer online. Use this tool to help determine if a cryptic shortened URL – such as bit.ly/AbcDef1245 -- might be dangerous to open (by leading to a malware site).Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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Let's Bring Learning to Life at Home and in the Classroom
Fri, Jan 29th 2016 8:07p   Tony Austin
During the 1960s I did some industrial (analytical) chemistry work, then spent six years teaching chemistry, general science and mathematics in high schools. … Then gave up teaching to join IBM in 1970 and spend the rest of my professional life in the IT industry (finally retiring at the end of 2013). I just received an e-mail from one Stacy Maxton, requesting that I add some links to this page on my website but that page (and most of the others on the site) have now been moved to archive stat




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