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Combo BBQ and Drinks Cooler
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TIP – Add Safe Mode to the Boot Menu of Windows 10 (and 8)
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Informed consent, software-wise -- or software-dumb?
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Cricket can be a deadly game
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This is real online shopping!
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Firefox browser is stuck since 2006 at file version 4.42.0.0 – Why so?
Thu, Apr 20th 2017 243
TIP - How to navigate quickly through Scientific American archives
Fri, Apr 21st 2017 60
This is real online shopping!
Thu, Nov 10th 2016 13
Zuver hosting is so boring!
Thu, Oct 20th 2016 11
Is there a way to eliminate the Notes 8.5.3 pre-load error? (J9THR24.dll is missing)
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An essay on The Joy of Typing
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Computers and their peripherals, old and even older
Fri, May 27th 2016 9
Why wealthier people are more likely to survive melanoma
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The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity (by Carlo M. Cipolla)
Wed, Jun 8th 2016 9
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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TIP - How to navigate quickly through Scientific American archives
Fri, Apr 21st 2017 3:40a   Tony Austin
For subscribers to Scientific American, see How to navigate quickly through Scientific American archives or read below. Subscribers to Scientific American are given access to every issue, in PDF format, right back to the magazine's launch in 1845. Wow! It can be quite a laborious, hit and miss process to navigate back through all those issues, particularly for the earlier years (prior to November 1921) where there are about fifty issues per year. Originally there was an issue per week, then in
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Firefox browser is stuck since 2006 at file version 4.42.0.0 – Why so?
Thu, Apr 20th 2017 3:45a   Tony Austin
I have saved quite a range of Firefox installers, and there’s something that puzzles me about them Let’s start with Firefox release 1.0.3 which is indicated to be File Version 3.12.0.0 as follows: My understanding of “file version” is that the developer is supposed to register each file with a unique number that truly represents the release number, as happens with RoboForm 8.3.3 (its latest version at the time of writing): With many products, the external  “release” number and
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Combo BBQ and Drinks Cooler
Sun, Mar 12th 2017 1:15p   Tony Austin
            BBQ and Drinks Cooler   When you are finished, just turn the handle and it extinguishes out the fire. Not sure who came up with this nifty idea, but don't you wish that you were this clever?Purchase a copy of NotesTracker for all your IBM Lotus Notes/Domino application compliance and usage tracking needs
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TIP – Add Safe Mode to the Boot Menu of Windows 10 (and 8)
Wed, Feb 22nd 2017 12:45a   Tony Austin
Recently I had a PBSOD (pale blue screen of death) crash with one of my Windows 10 systems, and kept getting crashes within minutes every time after rebooting the system. Somewhat annoyingly, starting with Windows 8 Microsoft removed the old boot menu options that we were used to with Windows 7 and previous versions. Run a search like this to see the complaints about this from the Windows user community. It’s not a bad idea to modify the Windows boot settings in order to get back to the old bo
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Informed consent, software-wise -- or software-dumb?
Sun, Feb 12th 2017 3:16a   Tony Austin
This is an update to a post originally published way back on 11 January 2010. Unfortunately, the industry of creating stupid software still is thriving in 2017. You should learn something new each and every day of your life, so I keep reminding my young grandsons. It’s a maxim that I still follow myself, in a desperate bid to keep my brain alert and defer that day when my grey matter finally degenerates into a useless pile of wobbly jelly. As an example, this morning for the first time I came
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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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