Global Time Widget


Some time ago I found I was always looking up time zones and trying to work out what the time was where my email correspondents lived.

For a while I found quite a good solution to my problem with a circular gizmo which Reader’s Digest gave away free as a Promo.

Then I found an on board solution. The Iridium Time Converter. It worked well on a Win 98 platform.
I think Iridium then went out of business and the program almost disappeared. Each time I changed computers I googled for it and found it on a few websites run by Ham Operators. The program appeared to be fixed and never changing. An orphan with no long term hope of survival. But it still worked, even in Win XP.

Then I thought I would see if it was still available after having had my current copy for around six years.

I found a newer version! One which shows day and night in moving bands. It has Samoa added into its list of cities. It is basically blue rather than yellow and black.

The file is only available in two places that I could find so I have made its survival a little safer and uploaded it to a file storage site so it is available to anyone who wants it. It is a zip file and when opened lurks down on your task bar until you need it. (That has all changed!)

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

There have been changes since this post was made.

Now James McPharlane has reclaimed his program and is integrating it with Google Earth and making all sorts of improvements. It is so much better than it was.

Now (2nd July 2009) The New Iridium Global Time Zone File is here.

I wonder if it will work in Vista, on a Mac or in Linux Distros.

(I have updated the posting date as well which may make it a little more accessible.)

Major ATM Security Issue


If you have a debit card or an cardATM card you might want to change your PIN number.

I don’t know how they did it, but someone found everyones PIN (Personal Identification Number).

The entire list has fallen into the hands of the archive and it is printed here.

Mine is in this list … and so is yours.

Now anyone can use your PIN.

All is revealed over the fold

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History of the Universe


Have you ever thought about how we know what we know about the Universe?

The macro Universe – that one out there that you look at day by day, and if you look at the moon or the stars, night by night.

That whole wondrous Milky Way and the Constellations and the occasional falling stars.

How do we know how far away are the sun and the other stars?

How did the Big Bang become a part of what we know?

I found this on Gary’s Blog. The original is one of a series of excellent videos on

What this doesn’t explain to me is just when did homo sap get around to seeing shapes in stars? To naming those constellations which we now know only as our “Astrological Signs”?

The Plaeides or “Seven Sisters” is very old because it is known as that both in Northern Hemisphere mythologies and in ancient Indigenous Australian tales.

Taurus appears in the cave paintings of the Ice Age in France and Spain. Yes, I know the Seven Sisters is a part of Taurus.

What of my Capricorn and all the others? When did they appear?

Yes, while I am in awe of the discoveries made by Astronomers and Physicists and Mathematicians, my interests are people and their thoughts. The origins of the myths we are surrounded by. The almost universal myths. It is time for me to begin writing of them.

After nearly two years I need to continue a train of thought.

Anchors A Way


Fremantle, at the mouth of the Swan River was the first settlement* way back in 1829.

It has always been a maritime town and the sea and its sailors are an inescapable part of the landscape.

Over the years, as the rocks and shoals were discovered, many ships came to grief.

It does not seem out of place that along a street near the foreshore is a row of anchors which have been salvaged from some of those wrecks.

That cross piece is called the stock. While the third one along is supposed to have a bent stock for stowage reasons, the one nearest the camera was straight.

Until the storm which sank its ship.

* I will write about Albany another day.

Happy Birthday, Spam – now FOAD!


Spam – the scourge of every e-mail inbox – celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend.

The first recognisable e-mail marketing message was sent on 3 May, 1978 to 400 people on behalf of DEC – a now-defunct computer-maker. The message was sent via Arpanet – the internet’s forerunner – and won its sender much criticism from recipients.

Gary Thuerk sent the first junk email and it was to publicise new additions to DEC’s System-20 minicomputers. It invited the recipients, all of whom were on Arpanet and lived on the west coast of the US, to go to one of two presentations showing off the capabilities of the System-20. Reaction to the message was swift, with complaints reportedly coming from the US Defense Communications Agency, which oversaw Arpanet, and took Mr Thuerk’s boss to task about it.

Despite Mr Thuerk’s pioneering spam it took many years for unsolicited commercial e-mail to become a nuisance.

In 1993 it was named Spam by Joel Furr – an administrator on the Usenet chat system. Mr Furr reputedly got his inspiration for the name from a Monty Python sketch set in a restaurant whose menu heavily featured the processed meat.

Thirty years on, spam has grown into an underground industry that sends out billions of messages every day. Statistics gathered by the FBI suggest that 75% of net scams snare people through junk e-mail. In 2007 these cons netted criminals more than $239m (£121m). More than 80%-85% of all e-mail is spam or junk and more than 100 billion spam messages are sent every day.

April 1994 saw another pioneering moment in the history of spam when immigration lawyers Canter and Siegel sent a commercial spam message to more than 6,000 Usenet discussion groups. The Canter and Siegel e-mail is widely seen as the moment when the commercialisation of the net began and opened the floodgates that led to the deluge of spam seen today.

The majority of these messages are being sent via hijacked home computers that have been compromised by a computer virus. A lot of modern spam is deliberately malicious, aiming to steal your bank account information or install malware.”

Making Money


From An Untraditional Home comes this indication that blogs may be worth more than we think.

‘Neath Mt Henry Bridge


Originally just a road bridge, servicing a freeway, the Mt Henry Bridge was widened to allow the addition of rail tracks for the new Perth to Mandurah rail line.

It would have been nice if they had standardised the support pylons. This is an ugly, clumsy result.

The original Neath is here

Upgrades


Looking through my collection of old files, I found the following.

Now, I need a suitable disclaimer or I may end up – sorta deceased! The distaff mafia will put out a contract on the innocent archive.

How does it go?

“No reference to any person, living or dead, is intended in the following tale. Any such resemblance is purely coincidental and – - -” You know how it rambles on.

Anyway, it applies! This is NOT TRUE and has NO BASIS IN REALITY!

Honestly, fair dinkum and truly.

Last year, I upgraded my GirlFriend 5.0 to GirlFriend 5.1, which installs itself as Fiancee 1.0. Recently, I upgraded Fiancee 1.0 to Wife 1.0 and it’s a real memory hog. It has taken up all my space, and Wife 1.0 must be running before I can do ANYTHING.

It is also spawning Child Processes that are further consuming system resources. Some applications, such as PokerNight 10.3, BeerBash 2.5, and PubNight 7.0 are no longer able to run in the system at all.

Additional plug-ins were automatically installed, such as Mother-In-Law 55.8, and there is no uninstall feature for these plug-ins. No mention of these behaviors was discussed in the brochures or documentation, although other users have reported similar problems.

Because of this, some users that I know have decided to avoid the headaches associated with these upgrades, and simply move from Girlfriend 5.0 to Girlfriend 6.0. Unfortunately, this is not without its perils either, as all traces of Girlfriend 5.0 must be removed from the system before attempting installation of 6.0.

Even then, Girlfriend 6.0 will repeatedly run system checks (usually in the background, and often late at night when the system is asleep) to find evidence of previous versions. To cap it off, Girlfriend 6.0 apparently has a nag feature reminding about the advantages of upgrading to Wife 1.0.

I Am The Spammer From Hell


I apologise to some of the people who reasonably expect me to comment on their posts.

It seems the WordPress’  anti-spam program “Akismet” has decided I am the Spammer from Hell – or from Nigeria or from the worlds largest pharmaceutical  manufacturers with a viagra sales agenda or from the all the big porn sites at once.

My comments are not even going to “moderation”. They are being dumped straight into the “Spam” basket!

I have no idea how long this problem will last and so I have to hope that some of you will take the time to check your spam list. I, or other WordPress commentators, may be trapped in there.

Bob the (Crane)Builder


Just over the road from me, THEY* have ripped down a classic art deco masterpiece and are replacing it with a boring set of people-containing concrete blocks.

Apparently it was necessary to desecrate our skyline with a large white crane as well.

I’m not sure Bob the Builder would do things the same way.

Can they fit it together?

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Yes, they can!

* That amorphous group who tear beauty down and replace it with ugly stuff

For Those “Awkward” Odour Moments


It always seems to happen in situations where any attempt to spread the blame merely incriminates.

It happens to all of us yet none of us is willing to admit it. Unless we have learned to do a rendition of “The Hall of the Mountain King”.

Somehow the odour always gives us away.

At last, a cure!

Which is quite explicit in farts parts so those with delicate sensibilities may choose not to view today’s offering.

I found this over on Rose’s site.

Pilot Training


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Big Bang Meme


Here is the ultimate meme.
It makes no pretence to be anything other than a “Link-gatherer”. The only problem is that something like this will could force Technorati to change its rules and a lot of people could suffer. Begun on 25th Jan, it should only last for another week or two before becoming completely unweildy.
I’m tagging my whole blogroll. And when the entire Blogipelago is on the list, we shall declare this meme to be completely viral and we shall all need to be innoculated against it.
*Start Copy Here* You do not have to be tagged to play along. This game is simple and so are the rules.
1. Copy from *Start Copy Here* through *End Copy Here*
2. Add your site(s) to the list. Just be sure to post at each site you add.
3. Tag or don’t tag, your choice, however, the more tags you create the bigger the list will grow.
4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment
HERE. I will add you to the master list. (If you would like the scroll box code, leave me your email address and I will email it to you.)
5. Come back and copy the master list back to your site, often. This process will allow late-comers to get as much link benefit as the first ones in.

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Haggis Death


Exports of Scotland’s fabled haggis are under threat because of a shortage of young people wanting to becoming butchers, London’s Financial Times said.

The dish – sheep’s heart, liver and lungs with oatmeal, herbs and spices – is the traditional fare on Burns Night (January 25) in honour of Scots poet Robbie Burns, who hailed it as “great chieftain o’ the puddin’ race”.

The chief executive of the Scottish skills council Improve, Jack Matthews, told the business daily it was the epitome of Scottish industry, traditionally made, and a premium product. “But producers are finding it difficult to recruit workers with the right skills and that is holding back efforts to expand the industry,” he said, saying there was a shortage of trained butchers across Scotland.

“I’m happy to train people myself but a lot of the kids put forward have no interest in learning and lack basic employability skills.”

The FT said haggis sales are expected to have generated up to 1 million pounds in the run-up to the whisky-fuelled Burns Night festivities.  More than 1 million will have been exported, it added.

Butcher Alan Elliott, who won the 2007 Scottish Haggis Championship, said he was looking to expand his business into mail order but was suffering recruitment problems.  He said young people no longer saw butchery as a trade but added: “We use advanced machinery and have high standards, so it’s not just dealing with blood and guts.”

Personally, I prefer free-range Haggis. None of this force-fed shop-made Haggis for me!

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