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Lexmark A Cartridge

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

I have found a source of the Lexmark ‘A’ cartridges for my X5650 which I should be able to refill. (36XLA and 37XLA) from easyinkz


Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Spent too much time today battling Malware which had managed to evade Spybot! I was getting MS windows style alerts that Malware was slowing my machine. Closing the pop up immediately took me to a web site for Anti SpyWare Knight – I immediatley closed the Firefox tab and did a search on the said Knight. This is the malware and the spoof popups are to trick you into downloading the very Malware they claim to protect against.

After consulting the Spybot forums I decided to run the Trend Micro House Call which found 3 miscreants POSSIBLE_SCRDL, TROJ_GYPKON.C and TROJ_FRAUDLOA.CR and after deleting them and rebooting the pop ops are gone. I will surely be looking at Trend Micro again.

The Universe

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Always a fascination. Here is a link to Richard Powell’s Atlas of the Universe which includes a great explanation of the size of the universe.

Einstein and Eddington

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I very much enjoyed the BBC dramatisation of the events surrounding confirmation of Einstein’s General Relativity and have spent most of this morning with my head in Abraham Pais biography of Einstein to refresh my memory. While I recognise the needs in a  dramatisation for drama! I think the cause of Science was diminished by pretending that the photographic plates had not been examined until the meeting. By all accounts that joint meeting on November 6 th 1919 of the Royal Society and the Royal Astronomical Society was dramatic enough in which Sir Frank Dyson, Astronomer Royal began by describing the work of the two British expeditions and the work involved in calibration to ensure that the observations would be valid.  Only then did he declare that the deflection observed supported Einstein.  He was followed by Crommelin and Eddington who spoke about the expeditions they led to Sobral in Brazil and Principe respectively.

It was true that Sir Oliver Lodge left the meeting without speaking so there was indeed drama!

Pais charts the “birth of the Einstein Legend” not so much to that meeting but to the report of the meeting in the November 7th edition of The Times. Headlined REVOLUTION IN SCIENCE – NEW THEORY OF THE UNIVERSE – NEWTONIAN IDEAS OVERTHROWN.

Current state of play 6th November

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

1 Win Xp Desktop
1 Laptop(old Compaq Evo c600N)
1 Ubuntu Test bed (old Mesh AMD Athlon, 256MB)
1 Half built NAS project
1 Belkin router 4 ports and wireless
1 Cable modem -virgin broadband

Integrity in Science

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Today I discovered


and it has inspired me to start my own Blog