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Computers and their peripherals, old and even older
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This will goad (or goat) you into laughter
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Men's essential reference manual now available in paperback edition
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Food for thought–Your guts, eating greens, and well-being
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Murderous meetings
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Food for thought–Your guts, eating greens, and well-being
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How to become even more popular
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How to add “Open with Foxit Reader” to the right-click context menu of Windows Explorer
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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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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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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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