Monday, December 03, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The program was also making the point that having GM crops on a farm next door could mean that your crops would get contaminated and then you should be paying a license fee.
And then we don't know what effect these GM crops have on us or animals. Farmers were saying their herds had serious fertility drops.
And now the next day in NSW and Victoria
State drops ban on GM canola crop - Environment - smh.com.au
Best I can say is stop using food with Canola present
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Friday night - I'm watching Bob Carr saying all the things he thinks that John did wrong - and this from the man that gave us the lousy tollways and then walked off the job. Did he tell us he was going to leave the job at the previous election. Did the Labor premiers in Victoria and Queensland give notice at the election that they would retire young. Come on Labor John is saying he will retire so stop the NEGATIVE nonsense.
Why has Kevin shot himself in the foot over the change the constitution to recognise our indigenous people?
which was about the horror of using the portable guillotine
And in England a man was hung because an accomplice in a crime shot someone but as he was underage he lived.
Capital punishment is not good
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I am thinking of future and whether I will go Linux/Ubuntu etc or MacBook
Currently my web sites are written with Frontpage 2000
Sorry purists I want WYSIWYG
This is very sophisticated - I will use to check my html - HTML-Kit - http://www.chami.com/html-kit/
This is helpful
some of these look quite powerful but Html only
AceHTML, a Free HTML Editor
openbexi - very much Beta - strange looking colours - maybe if they
release a working version
well worth exploring - lists many editors I have not checked yet
- hard to install meant for experts in CMS and Java
I tried- bit lost as why it has email etc when Mozilla has TB and FP
Now I worked out NVU is a development from it so I am uninstalling
Xstandard - the free lite version does not enough features - the Pro for
example has Split Table Cell - but why buy
Dynamic HTML Editor
I tried the 1.9 version - appears to be rubbish
would not open an Html file appears to want some file of its invention
to me that is Goodbye
Tried trial version of Adobe Contribute - it appears to have a special
group network purpose and restrictions such as Template comes from
Dreamweaver - you might as well pay the extra for Dreamweaver
This is for MAC - so if I go MacBook I will have iWeb but if not quite
for my major webs - I might try this
So I'll keep looking at NVU - no recent release but seems to work.
Kompozer is supposed to be NVU with some bug fixes
Does allow Template - but I have to learn how to use - currently I use
include page in FP
Does not have image mapping tool for hotspots like FP but does allow
insert of the code - and in image properties has a Image Map remove
button - strange way to do things.
So I need Image mapping - Gimp is supposed to do it - Xnview has a help
page but nothing clear on how to do
November 2007 Some new stuff I will look at
Writing this away from home so not yet downloading
http://www.aptana.com/products/studio_community.php sounds very functional - except HTML editor only not WYSIWYG
http://www.sitestudio.tk/ - no longer developed but write up sounds good and there are downloads - however no help to explain - nothing intuitive about it - Don't bother with it
http://www.karelia.com/ SANDVOX - has try it
iWeb is not a major tool - its really just Apple's interface to .MAC .
You could use it to create another web site but you cannot import already created web pages.
and you need to backup the Domain file else if you move machines etc you will not be able to use iWeb to edit the old pages.
This is an excellent summary Practicalmadness by David Demaree | Regarding iWeb
http://www.softpress.com they have a Freeway XLE free to try and discounts - I got a Serial number for XLE but where is download - so I set a note asking - and it looks like it is a fresh web site - you cannot import - well I have asked that too
http://www.panic.com/coda/ I think there is a free trial - HTML editor only
The news from Pakistan is most disturbing. USA ally can't find Osama BUT can flood the streets with baton wielding police.
Musharraf was speaking about people "trying to upset govenment" - well of course when its someone desparately hanging on to power. And now the great cricketter is arrested.
I have not been to Pakistan but I have been to Bangladesh and the Pakistan generals tried everything to keep control there until India said LEAVE. Who is going to tell Musharraf to leave. Come on George.
Friday, November 09, 2007
and today they start FREE Mp3 downloads
and it is all sorts of music including Classical with Opera and Hip Hop
Get free MP3s in our Music Centre - News - Music Software
Watch your download usage numbers - I am on peak period with Optus so 12 midnite to 12 noon
Monday, October 29, 2007
Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006)
is an interesting film.
I watched a few minutes of a daft martial arts the other day. The monks had a fighting sticks and managed to get the bad ones to bite the sticks so hard their teeth were stuck in the stick. Yuk!
Anyhow I saw Golden Flower on library shelf and was passing by but it looked different and it is. This is more like real history. The plot is not actual rulers but as maker Ziang Yimou says it tries to show what feudal China was like. The plot is a combination of King Lear and Hamlet as described by Chow Yun-Fa who plays the Emperor
Ziang mentions a proverb "
The battle scenes are not utterly realistic although they say they were trying to be . The weapons do kill though and you can see they are not using those silly flying routines. There is something like a Roman Turtle - a group of men surrounded with shields.
The main courtyard is covered with chrysanthemum as that festival is taking place. Just see what happens to the flowers in the battle and then afterwards.
The Acting is very good. None of those silly looks of the martial arts films - these people are real. Well worth seeing
Friday, October 26, 2007
The Apocalypse of Ahmadinejad Book
I just love the "well researched" - REALLY - more like a lot of imagination at play from that synopsis.He stands only five foot four and smiles incessantly. But behind that charismatic persona beats the heart of a genocidal terrorist. In his provocative, well-researched expose' of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, prophecy expert Mark Hitchcock unveils the insidious agenda behind this radical Shiite's regime: Ahmadinejad plans to hasten the return of the Islamic messiah by ushering in his vision of the apocalypse.
His ultimate goal is to bring the Mahdi, or Twelfth Imam, out of hiding. And he plans to do so by arming his country with nuclear weapons, then exporting the Iranian revolution to the world by destroying Israel and the United States.
But there's a bizarre twist to Ahmadinejad's nightmarish intentions: This ardent zealot may well be part of God's plan to set the stage for a scenario prophesied more than 2,500 years ago.
Mark Hitchcock presents compelling evidence that Ahmadinejad's actions, including his alliances with Russia and many of Iran's neighbors, have placed his nation -- and the world -- on a collision course toward the war of Gog and Magog. (208 pages)
I did know that Shia belief included the return of the Iman and that Ahmadinejad appeared to believe in this also
from Shi'a: The Hidden Imam
Imam Mahdi will return at the head of the forces of righteousness and do battle with the forces of evil in one, final, apocalyptic battle. When evil has been defeated once and for all, the Imam Mahdi will rule the world for several years under a perfect government and bring about a perfect spirituality among the peoples of the world. After the Imam Mahdi has reigned for several years, Jesus Christ will return (raj'a ), as will Husayn and others. It is the return of the dead that falls under the Doctrine of Return; the Mahdi will only appear to humanity.Note Jesus is included in this - but this is the Jesus of Islam - not to be confused with the expectations that Christians have for the Jesus of the Holy Bible. Why does Shia belief so correspond to Christian Second Coming of Jesus?
I do not think that Iran is part of the Bible's End Times prophecies. This whole book smacks of Nostradamus who was supposed to had a remarkable vision that there would be "trouble in Persia". There has always been trouble in Persia - it is placed at such a crossroad in the Middle East.
By the way that book is AUD$16.95 at WORD Bookstore Australia - I will not be buying
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Mainly that conservtives often quote Eric and how he changed from being a communist whereas he may have rejected dictators like Stalin but he did remain a Socialist and supporter of the Labour Party.
Do read George Orwell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I am pleased to say I own at least one first edition of something and it is:
George Orwell: The English People. Publisher: 'Collins'. GB, London. 1947
A wonderful short essay on the English as he saw them.
A quote follows
during the Jubilee (George V) the rather servile slogan "Poor but Loyal." Other
slogans, however, coupled loyalty to the King with hostility to the landlord,
such as "Long Live the King. Down With the Landlord," or more often,
"No Landlords Wanted" or "Landlords Keep Away." It is too early to say
whether royalist sentiment was killed outright by the Abdication (1936) , but
unquestionably the Abdication dealt it a serious blow. Over the past four
hundred years it has waxed or waned according to circumstances. Queen
Victoria, for instance, was decidedly unpopular during part of her reign,
and in the first quarter of the nineteenth century public interest in the
Royal Family was not nearly as strong as it was a hundred years later. At
this moment the mass of the English people are probably mildly republican.
But it may well be that another long reign, similar to that of George V,
would revive royalist feeling and make it-as it was between roughly 1880
and 1936-an appreciable factor in politics
His great book was Nineteen Eighty-Four which in many ways was set in the dismal England of 1948 under rationing and with a Labour government . Recently we had a discussion on Movies and Neil and I both set Brazil (film) high on our lists. Made by Terry Gilliam in 1985 and obviously based on Eric's 1984 even though Terry says he never read the book. The office computers are modeled on 1948 Television sets and even show black and white cowboy films. An enormous romp of a film. See it. And perhaps first read the book and the Richard Burton film of
I got to the book through television the 1954 TV programme in which Peter Cushing was brilliant as Winston Smith - alas then Peter went on to a career as vampire killer.
The other well known book from George is Animal Farm- well worth reading - don't bother with the cartoon film. In this parody of Stalin and what happened to the Russian revolution Eric shows what changed his attitude to politics.
Of course Eric died at age 46 - at that age I myself was still supporting the ALP - if he had lived would Eric have changed?
On Neil's comment "The Road to Wigan Pier" is mentioned that and other books are on line from that link
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
up comes this terrible poll
Nazis not all bad, 25% of Germans say - World - smh.com.au
"Those who grew up directly after World War II, now aged 45 to 59, were the least enthusiastic about the Nazi era, with only 15 per cent responding "yes"." But that's still 1 in 6.!!!
It seems it all started because some "a popular talk show host was sacked for praising Nazi Germany's attitude towards motherhood."
That is unless she was Jewish or a Gypsy or a Slav or anyone else the Nazi hated.
Hitler decided to show high regard for "traditional" values so people could say stupid things like "but he loves motherhood".
Don't young Germans understand what happened back then.
A year ago just to remind myself of what it must have been like. I read
The Third Reich in Power, 1933-1939 - Richard Evans - Penguin UK
'Do you know what fear is?' an elderly worker asked an interviewer some years after it was all over: 'No. The Third Reich was fear.' Yet terrorism was only one of the Third Reich's techniques of rule. For the Nazis did not just seek to batter the population into passive, sullen acquiescence. They also wanted to rouse it into positive, enthusiastic endorsement of their ideals and their policies, to change people's minds and spirits and to create a new German culture that would reflect their values alone.It seems many people are still deluded.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!
They are not joking
ImgBurn supports all the Windows OS's - Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista (including all the 64-bit versions). If you use Wine, it should also run on Linux and other x86-based Unixes.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Mind boggling what Google can do
Just amazing google even knows where I live
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Thursday, October 11, 2007
It works well - 2008 and I have a record plater hooked in and I am away
1 cup salt
4 tablespoons cream of Tartar
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 cups water
Cook stirring all the time
cool slightly and kneed until smooth
add a drop of oil of cloves or peppermint
store in airtight container in fridge
a plastic rolling pin
a large plastic knife
anything they can use
This has served us well for years
and there are more suggestions here
Play Dough Options | Recipe Index
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Kwoff - an Australian social news aggregator | Lifehacker Australia
Localise settings for NetStumbler | Lifehacker Australia
Share a Printer on Your Home Network | Lifehacker Australia
Create No-Code Mashups with Yahoo! Pipes - 4. Check It Out!
Send Snail Mail via Email with Postful | Lifehacker Australia
Monday, October 01, 2007
Neil Cameron has just published a good comparison on
Back in the 1950s I fired as well as The .303 Lee Enfield Rifle watch the kick - whoops a shoulder blade.
The WW2 Bren light machine gun a delight no kick - could wander sideways as only a bipod But I could get small groups by firing shorts bursts. (the USA had the BAR - Browning Machinegun).
Also the Sten a very low cost sub machine gun - it really drifted to the side - I used it like a hose - spray the bullets around. Wiki has a picture of Churchill firing from the shoulder - Winnie was a soldier but that was probably a propoganda picture - best I found was holding it at the waist tucked well in. So many WW2 movies (I remember Alan Ladd in the Red Berets) showed people holding the magazine at the end with left hand. NO NO! That would cause a jam.
Talking about recoil and how to hold - Ak47 I see being fired from shoulder - held very well and also from the waist. Then watching some films of training the Iraqis in entering eneny buildings, they have the butt up high on the shoulder like USA weapons. I don't think that is sound practice. Ak47 is not that stable.
yes the AK47 is a WMD - I saw designer recently saying he does not worry and still sleeps nights not his fault how wide spread the gun is.
Big thing with M16 they said on Discovery was the way the butt goes straight from the barrel - avoiding the curved stock stops the tendency to jerk the gun when firing. So point and shoot and it goes straight.
However as you say the AK47 is a more robust field weapon
I see a range of weapons in use by US in Iraq - as well as M16. Blokes lugging around M249 Squad Automatic Weapon the fire power must be good.
I wonder if the CQBR - Close Quarters Battle Receiver is working out.
MediaMax - Free Online Storage - Share Videos and Photos - Online MP3 Access
25gb free but note 1 gb download per month
Share Notes, Files, and Photos with Stixy | Lifehacker Australia
Intel® Core™2 Quad Processors - Digital Home: Performance Overview
Intel® Core™2 Duo processor E6700 looks to have good performance
Intel® Core™2 Quad processor Q6600 is slightly worse on some test but rates higher as CPU and is $375 Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 - Pacstar Australia
a Intel® Core™2 Quad processor Q6700 is better but is $1300 unless the QX means something else at Intel® Product Comparison Chart
QX seems to be Core 2 Extreme
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad Core - Pacstar Australia
something to sort out as I get closer
It has an Adapter for slides and negatives but it is too cumbersome in use and also quality is not great
So in 2006 I got a Plustek Slide and Negative Scanner - OpticFilm 7200i
which is great
Scanner Input Type: Colour Colour Depth: 48-bit colour
Optical Resolution: 1200 dpi x 2400 dpi
Software & Driver downloads HP Scanjet 4470c Scanner
HP Products - HP Scanner Product Is Not Supported in Windows Vista
Also not listed in
HP Scanjet Scanners - Support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
MAC I gather you have to buy a CD and I have seen anything that says it works
Plustek Slide and Negative Scanner - OpticFilm 7200i
with SilverFast for Plustek Opticfilm 7200i :: LaserSoft Imaging
is quite clear only works with Windows XP or 2000 and 7/2007 supposedly Vista
And not Windows 64 and not MAC or Linux
|Technology||Color CCD image sensor|
|Hardware Resolution||7200 x 7200 dpi|
|Max. scanning area||36.8 x 25.4 mm (1.45 "x 1") *|
|Preview Speed||Approx. 5.6 sec**|
|Scan Speed||Approx. 36 sec (3600 dpi), 68 sec (7200 dpi)***|
|Color Depth||48 bit/pixel|
|Dimensions (D x W x H)||272 x 120 x 119 mm (scanner only)|
|Net Weight||Approx. 1.5 kg / 3.1 lb (scanner only)|
|Scan Mode||Single Pass|
|Film Holder||Mounted slides, up to 4 slides|
| ||Filmstrip, up to 6 frames|
|Regulatory Certificates||CE, FCC, UL/cUL, TUV * Negative ** Negative, calibration time not included. *** Negative in True Colour (24 bit) Mode, calibration time included.|
|System Requirements||IBM Compatible PC, with Pentium II or faster CPU|
|One available USB Port|
|128 MB RAM (256MB recommended)|
|160 MB free HDD space (300 MB recommended)|
|High Color graphic card (VGA or higher)|
|Microsoft Windows XP / 2000 / Vista Compatible (starting from 2007-07)|
|**** Please note this is minimum requirement only. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to use a higher performance computer.|
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Al Gore rocks multiple monitors
This looks like a lovely work arrangement - is it 3 big screens - but look at the desk - I am trying NOT to be like that - it is hard.
I don't think this works either Tina Fey organises with Post-Its
but least it gets you looking at Lifehacker Australia | Tech tips to help you at work and play
as well as things about putting power boards and cables in boxes with holes drilled
and they had a post to
Getting Things Done Guru David Allen and His Cult of Hyperefficiency
The essence seems to be
1. Collect and describe all the stuff. Everything must be inventoried without distinction or prejudice. Errands, emails, a problem with a friend: It all must be noted for processing. Small objects, such as an invitation or a receipt, go into a pile. Everything else can be represented with a few words on a piece of paper ("find keys," "change jobs"). Once the stuff is collected, processing begins. Anything that requires two minutes or less is handled on the spot. The remainder is governed by the second rule.
2. All stuff must be handled in a precise way. Allen offers dozens of clever tricks for classifying, labeling, and retrieving stuff. Expert users of GTD never leave old emails cluttering their inbox, for instance. Nor do they have to rifle through a bunch of paper to see if there's anything crucial they've left undone. Emails to be answered are in a separate folder from emails that merely have to be read; there's a file for every colleague and friend; stuff that must be done has been identified and placed on one of several kinds of to-do lists. Allen calls his to-do lists next-action lists, which are subject to the third rule.
3. Items on next-action lists should be described as concretely as possible. Breaking down stuff into physical actions, Allen says, is the key to getting things done.I know these arer so similar to other systems but something has to work
Whoops that is TWO minutes - now for something else
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I am starting to look at land line options
Skype starter kit: update - from Cnet.au
GoTalk launches unlimited VoIP calls to mobiles | APC Magazine
Talk is cheap and easy - Troubleshooter - Opinion - Technology - smh.com.au
The coffee Premium Blends and the Art of Espresso by Nespresso (Australia)
little buckets of coffee ready for a cup and price 64 cents to 69
machines can be inexpensive
Must check what the forum has to say Coffeesnobs
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I am trying the mouse with the Other Hand - phew - cut&paste is tricky but perhaps this will work
Defrag Individual Files with Defraggler | Lifehacker Australia
MediaCoder - more than a universal audio/video transcoder
Winamp Media Player Overview
Monitor Your Bandwith Usage with SurplusMeter | Lifehacker Australia
Burn CDs and DVDs with CDBurnerXP | Lifehacker Australia
These look good
Sumatra PDF viewer by Krzysztof Kowalczyk
Documentation Project | GnuCash
those from OpenDisc and they have more
AppSnap - get your apps in a snap
Get your photos on the Web for free - Internet Applications Software
Top 10 Free Video Rippers, Encoders, and Converters | Lifehacker Australia some of these I have
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Seem to be a couple of solutions - which instead of one big Library, allow you to have several
Fat Cat Software - iPhoto Library Manager
but I see many comments that prefer iPhoto Buddy so I am installing
looking at iPhoto library I can see that my external photos are there but only as 4kb thumbnails presumably linked to the external if that is connected. It will take a while to sort out which is my fully imported folders versus these thumbnail only. Yuk I like to be able to easily backup my folders . And I was a Master folder and a Working folder. I want to keep the Masters in their raw condition.
So I am also looking into other editors for MAC OS X
which also have a library approach - ie a preview pane with all the photos and then select the ones to edit
Download ImageWell Now - It's Free!
hmmmm - has an interesting interface - not sure it has clicked with me
Welcome to GIMPShop dot Net
The GIMP under X11 but seems to blend well - powerful photo editting - a kind of preview pane -
Overview | digiKam - KDE Photo Management Linux but rumours a OS X version coming
Seashore A shortened version of GIMP - similar comment to Gimpshop
So iPhoto is still looking like the housekeeping program - it preview pane with Zoom etc works well - I 'll see if the Buddy program solves the MONSTROUS Library "issue". Everything says it does and that it should load faster as no LARGE library
Xee 2.0 - MacUpdate
Xee takes over from Preview - says it handles multiple files - use mouse scrowl wheel and crops - just installed will see
Just read on how to put a power board into a box with holes on top so all my charging stuff in one uncluttered place
clutter | Lifehacker Australia
I like this - one pad , write all things for that day on it- do something with the page at the end of the day.
I'd say a Book and you can tear/rip pages out.
Phone numbers make sure you write WHOSE - so often I find a number on a paper and no idea who it was
Thursday, September 20, 2007
How to Turn Cheap “Choice” Steaks into Gucci “Prime” Steaks
It involve "soaking" the steak in SALT and up to an hour and then washing it off.
Might be worth trying
Pullquotes are Cool
A poster on FrontPage-L Resources highlighted
Snazzy Pullquotes for Your Blog — Pearsonified
which looks really cool. But I had trouble getting it to work
Then I found a simpler version Increase Your Blog’s Readability
which worked straight off. Not sure why that worked and other was difficult as the pullquote tags look the same.
The first blog I used it on was GO Russell - What are you doing Morris
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The news is saying that Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court are removing pokies (one armed bandits) from the South Sydney club. That is tremendous Russell and Peter - I do pray that your club succeeds. Pokies just take money away from people.
Note: When I worked at Rosebery in late 1970s I did go to Souths for lunch and won a big jackpot ($50) on a Friday on which I was going on vacation so it was most welcome. BUT although winning is most pleasant - losing is the pits.
Back then they did a great seafood buffet - I can remember the Balmain Bugs. And I gather the new club will provide great food.
This same day NSW Premier Iemma is allowing Keno into pubs.
Keno is appalling - the odds so favour the people who run it. Its an annoyance in clubs as the TV screens are continually pushing its nonsense. Now pubs - is there no end to State Government Greed - note State Governments are ALP which is supposed to represent the 'workers'. Hardly this is exploiting the workers and the retired. Morris said the revenue from Keno - would enable the clubs (presumably he meant pubs) to continue to provide the services they currently provide. Well of course it will Mr Iemma except they will make more profit - which is the name of the "game".
The same day Kev Rudd could not enunciate the correct tax thresholds - neither could I but I am not putting myself up as a potential Prime Minister
Then next morning
Now you can gamble at the corner store - National - smh.com.au
Lottery and Scratch tickets in 7-11 stores
Includes Iemma saying the ALP state government has reduced the number of pokies in the state but he did not have any details of numbers or how etc.
2 days later
Seems that Iemma got it wrong - the Minister is allowing more pokies
Overhaul opens way for pokies and hours - National - smh.com.au
and I agree with the title of their message
That was easy!
Here's your new site. Be sure to bookmark it so you can find it again. To change it, just press the edit button at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
and this is all it tookI am just trying which I read about on rojo.com At http://jottit.com/ a box appears in which I am typing and I am about to click "create a page" let's see
And up came my page and I selected a password and then its either public or private or open to all
And I just changed the URL
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
A detailed study of the film and I must agree the acting is good especially the King (Baldwin IV) and Saladin. The people all appear to be historical. Baldwin V was it seems in the film but disappeared in the cutting. The siege of Jerusalem is great spectacle.
Kingdom of Heaven - Wikiquote
- Saladin:: Will you yield the city?
- Balian of Ibelin:: Before I lose it, I will burn it to the ground. Your holy places - ours. Every last thing in Jerusalem that drives men mad.
- Saladin:: I wonder if it would not be better if you did.
The film's message appears to be that the religions who value Jerusalem all should be able to live together. Muslim do use similar words to Christians when talking about their God. And the film discusses what is the purpose of life. Seems to be summed up in this quote
Hospitaller: I put no stock in Religion. By the word of religion, I've seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the "Will of God". Holiness is in right action and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. And goodness - what God desires - [pointing at his head then heart] is here and here. By what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man [smiles] or not.
So depends on your world view - what am I trying to do whilst here on earth. Do you think there is life after death? Do you believe in a God? Are you forgiven?
Why not check out Ron Lankshear's Faith Page
DiffMerge is an application to visually compare and merge files for Windows, Mac OS X and Unix.
One feature also interests me
Folder Diff. Performs a side-by-side comparison of 2 folders, showing which files are only present in one file or the other, as well as file pairs which are identical or different.
Just downloaded and tried and it looks good
Could be great for keeping my external HD and Macbook and Desktop in sync
Friday, September 14, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This is interesting on How research can be fudged.
And of course the Word Liberal versus liberal
This tells me that Ms Chopra says it's upsetting that Muslims have to suffer because of other people's ignorance about Islam.
She says the word jihad does not mean 'holy war', as is often reported. Instead, she says it means 'struggle' and most Muslims understand the word on a personal basis.
Well I keep hearing that from Muslims - one on 702 the other day I think from Islamic Council. And to some it may well mean spiritual struggle as in not having food breaks in Ramadan. However there are clearly Muslims who mean it as Holy War in the sense of actual violence.
In the same way in the Middle Ages c1100 AD Christians used to go on Crusades which meant getting back Jerusalem from Muslims by war. In WW2 the media talked about Crusade in Europe ie the war against Hitler. Please note that was not a usage by Christians. However nowadays to Christians having a Crusade means having meetings at which the Good News about Jesus Christ is presented. Christians do not now use the word Crusade to mean an active war.
So Muslims I do urge and pray that you do stop the Jihad of a Holy War and concentrate on seeking a spiritual answer to the problems of life.
Jihad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
What is Jihad? - article by Daniel Pipes
Jihad: The Fight Over Meaning: Harvard student's commencement speech on jihad causes controversy
Sunday, September 09, 2007
September 2007 have a ghastly cold and got a lot of humour from reading Sarah Goodall "The Palace Diaries". It is very racy but I wanted to find out what a Palace secretary knew about events. Not a lot I gather . Most of what Sarah passes on to us is gossip from "friends" that she keeps anonymous. Such as she says Diana had a lot more blokes but she only tells us the ones already published elsewhere. After all she started there in 1988 after the marriage had already broken down so could not have observed the "reasons" and being in the office in her early days did not see much of the Boss and Bossette anyway.
Much of the book is about Sarah eating and drinking having various affairs which may all be "fiction" well the names are anyway. And how badly paid she was but she stayed because of her love of the status etc.
A long review with quotes in the Scotsman and an interview in the Shropshire Star
Sarah is from Shropshire and article does say that her father was not pleased with the book and I can well understand that he would be not be pleased.
I like this brief review in Aristocracy Anecdotes it fits well with the tone of the book
Sarah received the MVO member of Royal Victorian Order for her work and then a year later and after 12 years gets sacked. She seems to think Camilla took exception to her familiarity with HRH. Perhaps this has more bearing
Re A case that Charles took to stop some publication of his "private papers"
on Page 143 she recounts a commitee that she kept minutes for but due to the drinks was often too tipsy to remember "who said what about what and to whom". The whole book could be like that too.
I did like the story of her falling asleep at a film show in HRH's lounge room - a large G&T at fault. Anyhow next morning Charles much amused says how everyone was amazed that she took her earrings off put them on a side table and then went to sleep.
Sarah seems to like Charles and thinks that Diana let him down and that Camilla is good for Charles. It is hard to say which version of all that is the real Sarah.
I had to look up references to Sarah - at first I thought the book could be a satire and I was slightly amazed to find that Sarah is real. Whilst I was checking her I found this story
More on what a ghastly choice Diana made in James Hewitt
whereas This seems to quench that story
So Diana remains a mystery in the sense of Why was there a marriage breakdown - whose fault was it. This seems a good summary on what was Diana really like
Whatever else her sons said it all at the recent memorial service. Bless them.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
What else can I say but that
Luciano Pavarotti was the BEST I have ever heard.
A quote from Placido Domingo
"I always admired the God-given glory of his voice - that unmistakable special timbre from the bottom up to the very top of the tenor range,''
Monday, September 03, 2007
Yes the Jimmy who was President of USA 1977-1980 and who negotiated with Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin to obtain the Camp David accord which brought peace between Israel and Egypt.
Wiki repeats the first points that Jimmy makes in his Summary chapter
 Some Israelis believe they have the right to confiscate and colonize Palestinian land and try to justify the sustained subjugation and persecution of increasingly hopeless and aggravated Palestinians; and
 Some Palestinians react by honoring suicide bombers as martyrs to be rewarded in heaven and consider the killing of Israelis as victories.
It is hard not to agree with those points. Recently I saw a doco and a Jewish West Bank settler was very strong on her rights to be where she was. But UN Resolution 242 is clear on withdrawal to 1967 borders and Israel really has to face up to that. What those borders are in detail should be open to negotiation.
And then I just do not understand the "mad" behaviour of some Palestinians. I just cannot accept their continued resort to such extreme violence.
I knew about the Wall that Israel has been building and thought it divided Israelis from Palestinians BUT Jimmy writes that the Wall is not just one line but several and that it goes around Palestinian villages and separates them from their farms. And is also along the Jordan valley. This does not sound a reasonable project at all.
Jimmy lists key requirements for the Roadmap to Peace
a. the security of Israel must be guaranteed
b. the internal debate within Israel must be resolved in order to define Israel's permanent legal boundary
c. The sovereignty of all Middle East nations and sanctity of international borders must be honoured
My only trip to Israel was in 1965. Christine and Ron met on a cruise that stopped at Haifa and we were getting to know each other during a few days in the Holy Land. Old Jerusalem was then part of the Kingdom of Jordan and off bounds for tourists in Israel. We did visit Galilee and Nazareth and Capernaum. The Arabs we saw in Israel seemed to be at peace. Although I understood about the Palestinian refugees and that problem seemed to me to be caused by the surrounding Arab nations who encouraged the war against Israel and then when the war was won by Israel took over land that might be considered Palestinian and treated the Palestinians ,who had fled from territory that was now Israeli because of the war they wanted, as refugees rather than as fellow Arabs.
Israel seemed to be under threat from its neighbours and around Lake Tiberius it was awful that Syria could shell them the Golan Heights. Then 1967 it looked like Egypt and Syria were going to attack Israel and we now know of course that Israel decided to attack first and were able to seize so much land including Jerusalem. Some land was given back but so much remains under Israel control.
None of this has easy solutions - Israel "needs" the Golan Heights for security and Jerusalem it would be unthinkable for them not to be there. Note: Islam has authority over its mosques on Temple Mount. But the other land looks like it needs to negotiated and not gradually settled. Jimmy makes a strong case.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
winter-special fish and chips with chowder soup and a glass of wine for 23.90
Today we went with our friends Trish and Ernie and Rob and Janene and Paula who with Alan has been to Narooma. Paula is famous for getting a posed shot of Bill Connolly when he was at Bermagui filming "The man who sued God" - he very charmingly said "as long as it is for personal use only".
And Ernie took a group shot - that's Trish on right next to me and then Rob across from Janene and Chris and Paula
Last week we were freezing and today in the last week of the winter special it was up around 27c. Wonderful sunny day - I took a coat but just carried it. We went by ferry from Meadowbank to Circular Quay and I was surprised that the Supercat from Quay to Watson Bay was only 17 minutes.
The food etc was superb.
And Lo and Behold Clive James appeared for lunch - he had a film crew so perhaps he was interviewing or a doco on winter special lunches
Click above for the few photos I took. Trish will have some better ones. But mine show the wonderful day and the trip back around 4pm still warm - what will Summer be like!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Arm Wrestling Machine Recalled for Breaking Arms
Blogger threatened with law suit because he called an author a crackpot - the book nonsense
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The triumph of the airheads : and the retreat from commonsense / by Shelley Gare
A great Australian book on the nonsense in our modern world. Very broad ranging covers a lot of issues.
SMH an overview
The Australian has Shelley's blog
also an extract)
DO READ IT!
George Bush re wire tapping "Half the time they say I am isolated and don't listen. Then when I do listen they say I need a warrant." Shelley recalls Hurricane Katrina and I guess that is when my "respect" for George started to erode. How could he go on a vacation! Where were the helicopters to move people away from that Superdome?
A few years ago I remember spam email offering a "Paris Hilton Video" which I guessed was something filmed secretly at a hotel in France. I just did not know there was a young woman of that name. Now I keep hearing about her and her strange clique. And as you might expect Shelley devotes a lot of her exploration of Airheads to folk like Paris - one item being a quote from Naomi Wolf via Vanity Fair.
" It's almost like white noise in an overstimulated environment. Paris Hilton is like a palate cleanser. She's like, as semiotics would say, an empty signifier, so you can project absolutely anything onto her, which is the perfect situation for branding." (more here).
Shelley remarks "Now we take Paris more seriously than she takes herself"
Shelley mentions the great Ray Bradbury book Fahrenheit 451- "but that nowadays there is no need to burn the books if no one can read them" and just today Sky News reported a survey that something like 25% of Americans had not touched any book in a year!
Do make Airheads one of the books you try. Warning No Solutions are offered!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Anyhow Brendan and Ron went to Eastwood for Yum Cha today. As always the old Commbank building was absolutely packed. But what shook me was that the walls were covered with ALP posters - we were surrounded with large portraits of Maxine and Kev. I have never known a restaurant to do that before - I mean really support one side in an election.
Just finishing a BBQ pork bun and in came a party of folk with Maxine - they sat a couple of tables away. Will John be there tomorrow? He has a office outside in the Mall - presumably just for the election.
And a story hot from the ABC Howard outlines fifth term plan in which it says
"New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma says Mr Howard is simply electioneering by threatening more federal takeovers of state responsibilities." After the local council turn around in Queensland it sounds like a good idea.
The restaurant posters say "Maxine a strong voice for Bennelong". Can she get the Premier to stop the plan to make motorists use the Lane Cove Tunnel by chopping off lanes on Epping Road? What will she do for Bennelong?
Now Kev - 2 headlines I saw today
Rudd announces hospital takeover plan - Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has signalled that a federal Labor government would be prepared to take over the running of hospitals from the states.
Tas hospital takeover an election stunt: Rudd - The Federal Opposition has accused the Howard Government of cherry picking electorally important hospitals for funding, rather than dealing with the broader issue of health spending.
One person's policy is another person's stunt!
One qoute: Queensland Premier Peter Beattie praised Mr Rudd's plan in State Parliament.
"It's the sort of thing that the Queensland Government has been demanding for years," he said.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Have just finished
The lost gospel : the quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot by Herbert Krosney.
Click image for some detail and visit
I thought the book was comments on the content and of the Judas codex but instead it was an adventure story about how it was found and finally got to be published. The book keeps declaring the codex to be a most important document especially as it turns our ideas of Jesus and Judas upside down or something like that.
Following the book along it details some Egyptians involved in its discovery. Except what is said about is vague and it says false names are used. So are these details correct?
Then the main Egyptian dealer puts the codex in a safe deposit box somewhere in a suburb along the Long Island turnpike. He leaves it there for 16 years. Basically the events described become like a farce and the people involved treat the codex quite strangely for something they describe as so earth shattering. The codex falls apart over the time its floating around amongst all these dealers etc. Finally in the last couple of chapters the codex gets put back together - however some of it is still "lost".
The early Christian writer Irenaeus comdemned the Gospel of Judas as a fraud and heresy. He was talking about a book in Greek. This codex is in Coptic - ah they say it is a translation. But even if it is the book Irenaeus meant then it is still a fraud and a heresy. The Bible is clear that Judas died soon after he betrayed Jesus - so how were the details in the book passed on? The Bible is also clear that Jesus knew what Judas was doing but does not indicate that Judas was given the task - it was rather that his own nature took him along that sad path.
This book is not earth shattering - we could do without it.
Further November 2007
Rice University professor debunks National Geographic translation of Gospel of Judas
April DeConick contends that the Gospel of Judas is not about a "good" Judas or even a "poor old" Judas. It is a gospel parody about a "demon" Judas written by a particular group of Gnostic Christians who lived in the second century.
and more on how Judas written in the "gospel" as "daimon" was translated initially as spirit rather than demon see Judas is a 'demon' in new read of gospel
Yes that's right we don't need it
Now previously I read The missing Gospels : unearthing the truth behind alternative Christianities by Darrell Bock.
An excellent detailed overview of the texts found at Nag Hammadi in 1945 . These texts are some of the material used in the Da Vinci Code and some other books as examples of early Christian thought that is different to now and that the Church destroyed these other ideas which were really viable Christian alternatives. Darrell shows that these ideas were not in main stream Christianity at all. They were not there at the beginning and were later concepts from people who were trying to change things.
The Alternative Christianity is not Christianity and
are not worth the re-discovery - so whether it is the Gospel of Judas or Thomas or Philip etc - ignore it - stay with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Please visit Ron's Faith page
It is reputed to be fast. So I might use for some things. It seemed to handle banking aok.
However I tried to write a blog and found that the edit page only had 2
So on a Mac you do need both browsers
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Here is Daniel Pipes on the various head garments for Muslim women
- These are the four
- The hijab (a hair-covering)
- The jilbab (a garment that leaves only the face and hands exposed)
- The niqab (a total covering except for the eyes)
- The burqa (a total head and body covering)
Then there is this woman
Ayaan Hirsi Ali » The western world would be wise to recognize the realities of Islam, a religion laid down in writing over a millennium ago with violence and oppression at its heart.
Matt Jones on Blogging-the-Quran which may help with understanding Islam
Actually the blog is on Hotair so perhaps visit them Hot-air-introduces-blogging-the-Quran
But how come you can come to an understanding with people who have the following aims?
Indonesian group rallies for world Islamic rule More than 70,000 members of a Muslim group have held a rally in Indonesia calling for a caliphate - or Islamic rule - to govern the world. The supporters of the
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Always like an Errol Flynn movie - what a great Robin Hood and his exciting "The Charge of the Light Brigade". But strangely all these films were historical nonsense. The Wiki article recounts what was wrong with the Custer film. Although I do think the section on the Civil War was fairly on the ball - he did succeed because he was flamboyant.
Last year I saw Battlefield Detectives on the Archaeology of the Custer Little Big Horn battle and also read
Legend into history ; and, Did Custer disobey orders at the Battle of the Little / Kuhlman, Charles, 1872-1959. which discussed the topography of the battle in great detail. No I don't think Custer disobeyed orders. He would have been expected to attack if he came across the Indians. He just did not realise how many there were.
This is a great narrative on Custer and the course of the Battle
Note in the Flynn film the Indians make a final charge on mass across the circle of Custer's men. It did not happen. I remember seeing that "clip" from the film being used in other films. One was in colour and the battle was being looked at through a telescope which showed the old "clip" in B&W - I was most amused - I did not know telescopes did that......
Years ago I remember reading that the Indians had better rifles than the Cavalry. One surviving officer recounting that his saddle was struck by a bullet even though as far as he was concerned the Indian who fired was out of range of the Cavalry's carbines.
Yet the modern data is the single shot Springfield carbines did out range the Winchester repeating rifles that many Indians had. Perhaps the officer was mistaken and the Indian who fired at him had a longer range Sharps. Yet the article above credits the Winchester with greater range than the following articles which seem to me to be fairly definitive on the weapons and their effectiveness
The first also goes into the confusion and chaos of battle and how reluctant men are to kill even the enemy. It contains comments on the Battle of Gettysburg - in which it well known weapons were found after the battle which had been reloaded on top of undischarged rounds. The soldiers concerned did not even know their weapons had not fired and loaded again.
As I was composing this blog - our friend Neil published a general comment on war
His source continues the point that soldiers don't really want to shoot and kill.
So Big Horn - Custer split his force and attacked an overwhelming number of Indians who were armed with rifles that could hurt his force. Custer's 7th Cavalry was not the elite highly trained force that Flynn's film implied. There is a strange comment on one of sites that the Springfield which was a single shot with a funny find of extractor ejector could with training be fired at 15 shots a minute - I find that hard to believe and the number of rounds found by archaeologists around the firing positions does not bear that out. The Cavalry did take up their planned firing lines - not a mass group altogether as in the Flynn film. But I think it was more individual fire not the controlled volleys the British used so effectively say at Rorke's Drift as seen in the Zulu film see Zulu: The True Story
The British won the Battle of Quebec because their training enabled musket fire at three shots a minute versus the two of the French army. Soldiers have to be trained to fire fast - it is the number of shots that decide battles.
A classic film "The Three Feathers" had a nonsense re Kitchener at the Battle of Omdurman in the Sudan. (Sudan was a problem a 100 years ago and still is). Kitchener says the immortal words 'Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes". In fact the British rifles at that time were effective at a long range and they were killing the enemy horsemen when they were over 1000 yards. If Custer's men had had such weapons and training they would most likely have won. But their government armed them with a cheap single shot carbine so as to save money on ammunition. The Americans obviously do not make that kind of mistake nowadays.
Michelangelo made films that were difficult to understand BUT they were sure interesting. Monica Vitti was so good in the first films of his that I saw.
Then he was making films using English players. "Blow-up" had so much strange stuff. Was there a murder? and the ending with David Hemmings picking up the "imaginary" ball to throw back to the people miming a tennis match. Zabriskie Point I was completely at sea - what was it about but the scenery.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
what an impact he had!!
His films were always the talk of London parties
I recall so well when I first saw the films below
I think Monika was the first of his I ever saw - Sweden seemed such a strange country - the wonderful summer and awful winter
Summer with Monika (1953) (Sommaren med Monika
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Easy to switch to unread folders and favourites ect
Additional Folders View addon
provides another folder view so you can have your Unread folders and in other view all folders
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
They actually had a blank or space at end of number "41.70 "
The Paste Special, Format cells ways of converting text to numbers would not work
This did it
the Left got rid of the blank
But the Value was needed to force balance to an numeric
Monday, April 16, 2007
Plus when looking at Spam emails text is much better as I do not want to see "their" images.
But sometimes I get email I want to see in html - and as that is a Thunderbird option - it meant going to View turning on the option and then after reading the html email going back to View and turning it off
Allow HTML temp :: Thunderbird Add-ons is wonderful it gives a Show Html button which is a simple click and it is temporary next note reverts back to text or whatever your default View option is.
Note: after install you have to go and customise toolbar and drag Show Html to wherever you want it
Thursday, March 29, 2007
This gives an image view of your Firefox tabs. Just finding the tab you want with the little icons on tabbar can be tricky This gives a bigger image As a Sidebar Or what I think is cute - open a new browser and launch from View Showcae all windows ( F12 ) BUT first goto the options and untick the defaults re close showcase as you want the image page to stay
used this for a while but finally decided the Tabs could be inspected just as easily
with mouse wheel
- Hold down the right mouse button and scroll the mouse wheel back and forth to zoom in and out
- Hold down the right mouse button and click the left mouse button to fit the image to the screen
- Hold down the right mouse button and click the middle mouse button to restore the image to its original dimensions
By clicking on an Image in a webpage with the right mouse button, you can show the context menu which will have Image Zooming options.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Starting this March 2007 - just to see if a better way for you to navigate
The tomb in Talpiyot, a Jerusalem neighborhood - The film and book alleging tomb of Jesus Christ found - links to more pages I have written - and other folks too..... sadly this film and book are very bad nonsense
Technical - some brilliant free stuff I recently installed.These Addons I am really getting great productivity from
These are addons to Firefox web browser and Thunderbird the mail reader - if you do not have these I would suggest try them out details at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/products/
- Table2clipboard - copy/paste data like a dream
- IETab enables a MSIE tab in Firefox
- JSVIEW and Firefox
- ReminderFox - a great reminder and todo list
- Some lesser but useful
- Some thoughts on items I am checking
What is peak oil? - My son's blog
Zulu: The True Story
Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia and Anna Anderson/ Manahan and Ingrid Bergman and some interesting DNA matters for genealogists
The Da Vinci Code - a book soon to be motion pictu... - (nonsense)
The Tutankhamen Deception by Gerald O'Farrell (nonsense)
David Rohl - books and websites on his NEW Chronology
Videos from Al-Jazeera
The Devil Wears Prada
The Wrong Man _ a nasty movie
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thunderbird like OE etc "keeps" deleted notes until the folder is
compacted - I did have the Option turned on to remind that a compact was
Plus it would only compact current mail account
XPunge gives me a tool button MultiXpunge which will compact everything
all accounts - and also empty the trash folder
Nothing major but useful
means I can cut and paste table formatted data from Firefox into Excel or notes etc with correct format.
In Ancestry.com I bring up a list of people in a census area I only want 3 or so and not all the columns - Table2clipboard means I can
- Select Ctrl and hold.
- Mouse over all the cells that you want to copy, they will be highlighted.
- Right click on the highlighted cells and select "Copy Table elements"
- Now paste into a note - into a spreadsheet - into an html editor.
- I use Frontpage - you will now have an uncluttered table - I often having a table and use paste special with formatted selected
Pat Geary's site on how to use for Genealogy and in Frontpage
I wanted to switch to Firefox BUT Ancestry.com have an advanced image viewer that only works in MSIE - you can see census etc images in FF but they are better in MSIE
IE Tab also allows FF to behave like MSIE. Simply it puts an icon on bottom right status line - its Firefox when Firefox and click to make it MSIE.
I also like Table2Clipboard and I use that to paste Ancestry data lists of people in census - so that needs to be Firefox - so I only click IE Tab when I want to look at an image.
IE Tab cannot provide a navigation history
So this is how I use - I leave Ancestry as FF - do not put in IETab list of sites - then I get the navigation history - when I want to see an image - click right on image icon and select Open in IETab - it is wonderful