Archive for November, 2008

GPS guides Norwegian tourists into trouble in Rio

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Three Norwegian tourists came under fire and one was shot after the satellite navigation system in their car guided them straight into one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous slums.

The three men cut short their vacation in Brazil and headed home Monday after Trygve Killingtveit, 24, was shot in the shoulder by suspected drug traffickers from one of the gangs that control hundreds of shantytowns in Rio.

Read more here: GPS guides Norwegian tourists into trouble in Rio | Oddly Enough | Reuters

Money as Debt

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

A friend of mine (Waldemar for those of you who know him) just sent me
this link to a video about the REAL nature of money and debt and it
goes a long way to explain the current economical crisis we are in but
the video was made in 2006.

The blurb says this: “Paul Grignon’s 47-minute animated presentation
of “Money as Debt” tells in very simple and effective graphic terms
what money is and how it is being created. It is an entertaining way
to get the message out. It as a painless but hard-hitting educational
tool and encourage the widest distribution and use by all groups
concerned with the present unsustainable monetary system in Canada and
the United States”

I have watched it and if it is only half true it is a real eye opener!

The Linux boot sequence visualised

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Make Blog has a fascinating picture representing the Linux boot sequence, in which ‘nodes’ (system calls) are “are laid out using an unweighted force-directed layout algorithm, where each node is simulated as if it were electrically repulsive and had springs between nodes”.

See it here.

Codex Sinaiticus

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

The Codex Sinaiticus is a Greek hand-written manuscript of the Old and New Testaments. It was written in the 4th century, in uncial letters. It came to the attention of scholars in the 19th century at the Greek Monastery of Mount Sinai, with further material discovered in the 20th century, and most of it is today in the British Library.

For many the whole area of Bible Texts and original manuscripts is just an unintelligible minefield. To help you understand more about the CS I recommend the following links:

Top anti-drink cop caught drunk driving

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

A senior Tokyo police official tasked with keeping the city’s roads clear of drunk drivers has been arrested for driving under the influence, police said on Tuesday.

The deputy inspector, on his way home from a camping site, was caught late on Monday after bumping into another car and veering off the road, said a police official in Ibaraki.

“He smelled of alcohol and he couldn’t walk straight,” the official said.

Read more here: Top anti-drink cop caught drunk driving

15 reasons Macs are still better than Windows PCs

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Does Microsoft have the upper hand over OS X. Here’s 15 reasons why it doesn’t.


  • 1. Reliable sleep mode.
  • 2. Extremely fast boot times.
  • 3. Apple uses good quality parts.
  • 4. Less blinking lights.
  • 5. OS X + Windows is better than just Windows.
  • 6. Easier to troubleshoot Macs.
  • 7. A culture of good quality community software.
  • 8. More useful apps out of the box.
  • 9. Neat and contained system settings.
  • 10. Apple doesn’t load the system up with rubbish.
  • 11. Tonnes of small reasons make Mac OS X better including every version of OS X has sophisticated screenshot capability built in.
  • 12. Still no need for additional security software.
  • 13. Apple seems largely to be lameness free.
  • 14. Power of the Linux command line with Photoshop CS4
  • 15. File sharing is much easier.

Read more here: 15 reasons Macs are still better than Windows PCs

XBMC – Media Center

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

One thing which I don’t do enough of is to recommend bits of software which I come across. Today I found XBMC which is a

XBMC is media center application for Mac OS X, Linux, Windows and XBox. XBMC supports viewing and playing a vast library of audio, video and image formats. XBMC has a sophisticated library management system that allows you to organize all your media to give you quick and immediate access.

XBMC provides a user friendly interface that’s intuitive, very flexible, and easy to use. The interface is completely customizable through user-created or downloadable skins.

You can find out more at XBMC

Gary