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What is a scientist? And, is the Internet rotting kids’ brains?
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How to add “Open with Foxit Reader” to the right-click context menu of Windows Explorer
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Generate your mission statement
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Group illusion – The missing man. A baker's dozen?
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If it’s safe enough for NASA, then it’s good enough for me (software coding rules)
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Sale by Tender of the Copyright to Clive Finkelstein’s Enterprise Architecture Workshop
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What Kind of Procrastinator Are You?
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It’s time to change this punctuation rule (or am I being too dotty?)
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IBM Notes 9 Client install fails with “RCP Base plug-in not found”–Help requested
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How to add “Open with Foxit Reader” to the right-click context menu of Windows Explorer
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What is a scientist? And, is the Internet rotting kids’ brains?
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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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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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It’s time to change this punctuation rule (or am I being too dotty?)
Sat, Aug 15th 2015 10:30p   Tony Austin
Languages are constantly and continually changing, as are the rules for punctuation. I’ve been interested in languages since early High School days (where I was introduced to Latin and French, my first exposure to foreign tongues). Being used to mathematics and computer coding, there’s one particular punctuation rule that I’d like to see changed for the better In mathematics and computer programming languages, there are statement construction rules such as the requirement to balance parent
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If it’s safe enough for NASA, then it’s good enough for me (software coding rules)
Fri, Aug 14th 2015 5:30p   Tony Austin
NASA / JPL Laboratory develop spectacular stuff, and it’s not all rockets and space vehicle of all sorts. Behind al that NASA has been doing for decades is software, used to monitor and control all their vehicles since the earth orbiters and the moonshots of the 1960s. I’ve retired from active IT work now, and closed Asia/Pacific Computer Services at the end of 2013 (importantly though, NotesTracker is still available and supported, more about this very soon). Now I’m an IT end-user and in
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What is a scientist? And, is the Internet rotting kids’ brains?
Fri, Aug 14th 2015 12:45a   Tony Austin
There's a recent article Don’t panic, the internet won’t rot children’s brains in The Conversation that’s very much worth reading in its own right. However, in this case I’m pointing out that it has an excellent, to-the-point passage about the nature of science: There’s no admission ceremony to become a scientist, no Hippocratic-like oath, no hand placed on a holy book while pledging to uphold this or that. There’s no need for any of this, because without following the fundament
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How to add “Open with Foxit Reader” to the right-click context menu of Windows Explorer
Fri, Jul 24th 2015 10:30a   Tony Austin
I use two excellent PDF reader applications on my Windows systems, PDF-XChange Viewer and Foxit Reader, but there isn’t a  top-level context menu entry (right-click menu item) in Windows Explorer for the latter application. As is my wont, to save you some time and effort, here’s a “how to” explanation that you can use to do the same (and the same approach, with minor modifications, can be used for opening file types other than PDF documents). The following screenshot shows the end r
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Generate your mission statement
Wed, Jul 22nd 2015 8:30p   Tony Austin
Now there’s no excuse not to have a mission statement for your organization, whether a giant corporation of a one-man band … Mission Statement Generator Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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Group illusion – The missing man. A baker's dozen?
Tue, Jul 21st 2015 8:11p   Tony Austin
An interesting visual puzzle. Watch the group of people at play. How many people do you see? Wait a few moments (repeating cycle). After the people shift places, count them again! Given up? … Look here for a detailed explanation. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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How to become even more popular
Tue, Jul 14th 2015 6:45a   Tony Austin
See fourteen (14) ways to become popular … 13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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Things to do with tomorrow’s leap second (30 June 2015)
Mon, Jun 29th 2015 11:45p   Tony Austin
Network World is really on the ball with this opportunity! What to do with tomorrow’s leap second (for 30 June 2015)   Screen capture of the UTC clock from time.gov during the UTC leap second, on June 30, 2012, 23:59:60. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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What Kind of Procrastinator Are You?
Fri, Jun 12th 2015 8:46p   Tony Austin
Am I a daredevil, self-saboteur, ostrich, chicken or perfectionist? I was going to find out by working my way through this infographic but I’ll leave it until tomorrow, perhaps. It’s a flowchart to let you determine why and how you procrastinate – but so far I haven’t gotten around to working my way through it. It’s probably worthwhile, though. It points out: “Sadly, procrastination is part of life. We, as humans, tend to want to put off what we can do later. In small doses, procras
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Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years
Tue, Apr 28th 2015 2:45a   Tony Austin
Why is everyone supposedly in such a rush to learn their first (or another) programming language? Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years “The conclusion is that either people are in a big rush to learn about programming, or that programming is somehow fabulously easier to learn than anything else.“ I just revisited this essay by Peter Norvig, written in 2001 it looks like, but timeless in its pointedness and veracity. Go read it. Laugh, cry, enjoy. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for al
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IBM Notes 9 Client install fails with “RCP Base plug-in not found”–Help requested
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 10:40a   Tony Austin
I’ve closed xxx and am getting close to retirement from the IT industry. Having started at IBM Australia in January 1970 I doubt if I’ll reach the 50-year mark, but I’ve had a pretty long innings. I’m still trying to keep my hand in with Notes/Domino. Every month or two over the last half year I’ve made a number of attempts to install IBM Domino and Notes 9.0 then and more recently the 9.0.1 versions. Note that this is a “virgin” installation, with no baggage left behind from earli
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The rattlesnake’s tail analogy, revisited
Mon, Apr 20th 2015 4:46a   Tony Austin
What does the following chart tell us? To find out, go visit my Basic Questions blog, here. Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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English, as she was and is spoken
Sat, Mar 21st 2015 1:00a   Tony Austin
Whether or not English is your first language, or perhaps your second or third one, I’m sure that you’ll learn a lot about the origins, the spread and the current usage of the language from the following excellent Vox article by Libby Nelson: 25 maps that explain the English language “Fifty-eight countries have English as an official language. This doesn't include most of the biggest English-speaking countries — the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom don't have officia
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Sale by Tender of the Copyright to Clive Finkelstein’s Enterprise Architecture Workshop
Wed, Mar 18th 2015 8:20a   Tony Austin
In my first years with IBM Australia in the early 1970s, I was fortunate to have as one of my systems engineering mentors Clive Finkelstein. From the mid-1970s onwards Clive concentrated on what would occupy the rest of his outstanding IT career, the field of information engineering. Read more about this at Clive's website. Having now retired, at LinkedIn Clive has announced sale by tender of the copyright to his outstanding Enterprise Architecture Workshop which is a rare opportunity for anybo
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Are women perfect for online business?
Mon, Mar 16th 2015 11:00p   Tony Austin
The battle of the sexes continues! Go read 10 Reasons Why Women are Perfect for Online Business (a new blog post by Paul Smithson): www.paulsmithson.com/blog/10-reasons-why-woman-are-perfect-for-online-business It reminds me of being taken by my mother to see my first ever Hollywood musical, the 1950 comedy Annie Get Your Gun And particularly it’s memorable hit song: I Can Do Anything Better Than You Can Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compli
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Find the cat!
Thu, Mar 12th 2015 6:15a   Tony Austin
Somebody just sent me this via e-mail. Usually I don’t pass on such things, but it’s harmless and an amusing diversion so here it is. Locate the grey and white cat in the photograph below. (Sorry, I can’t give any attribution for the originator of this little test of observation powers.) Don’t pass it on until you’ve done so, and don’t tell anybody else where the cat is! Click image to see an enlarged version. It took me about 15 to 20 seconds to find the moggie. How long did it ta
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Carpenters and Programmers
Tue, Mar 3rd 2015 5:45a   Tony Austin
This article is going the rounds at the moment: If Carpenters Were Hired Like Programmers Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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On the matter of asking useful questions
Sat, Feb 14th 2015 8:07p   Tony Austin
One of my other blogs is all about asking Basic Questions. Hopefully they will be “the right questions” rather than just any old questions. Josh Kaufman has written a pertinent blog post: How to Ask Useful Questions Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs




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