Archive for September, 2005

Final things

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Small details

Friday, September 30th, 2005

Macro lenses are ace – but there is so much detail around…

$100 laptop becomes reality

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Nicolas Negroponte’s $100 laptop takes a step nearer

Logarithmic Spiral

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Is the hand painted decoration on my Taramundi an accurate logarithmic or equiangular spiral or not?

Macro World

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Looking at things through a simple jeweler’s loup can provide a refreshing ‘take’

Multiplication: different methods

Monday, September 26th, 2005

I’ll see how gelosia and russian multiplication go down

Intellectual property blog

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

Lawyer in Huddesfield uses Blogger to record case law

Fall of the year

Sunday, September 25th, 2005

The word ‘fall’ was used in Elizabethan England to describe autumn – now it has become a US word but still the best one.

Finding factors

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Use a systematic method to list factors and you get them all

Proving you own software

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Small and medium businesses don’t have clear licence proof for software

Blogging for classes

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

A simple blog can act as a diary for a class.

BBC Maths quiz

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Nice quiz – pity about the feedback

Moodle local

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Moodle runs OK under Mac OS X apache with MySQL 4.0.2x- just needs graphics library

Forum user administration

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

Gossamer-Threads forum is free to non-profit organisations and has good user management but without bulk upload. Discus Pro costs about £70 but has user creation by spreadsheet.

Yellow Bus

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

Cropping 800/1840 ratio from front left of a frame taken with a 24mm lens gives a ‘normal’ perspective.

RIPA 2000 prosecution

Friday, September 16th, 2005

How the mighty are fallen – Cliff Stanford founder of Demon Internet – receives suspended sentence for e-mail interception during argument with board members of Redbus

Mambo runs local

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Mambo works locally under Mac OS X with mySQL 4.o.27

LAMP on Mac?

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

How to remove things from the System Preferences panel in Panther and how to get a LAMP platform working on Mac OS X Panther

Henon attractor

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Simple iterated map generates a strange attractor that can provide a model for the rings of Saturn

Second hand data?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Just deleting files or even formatting a hard drive does not completely remove the data…. so who has your old hard drive or computer?


Monday, September 12th, 2005

Who are you writing your Web page for? Specify and pin down different audiences.

Science, Not Art: Ten Scientists’ Diaries

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Tanniemola B. Liverpool’s home page with quotes – the book features diaries of 10 scientists

How ageist is Britain?

Saturday, September 10th, 2005

“One key point is that a half of all people under the age of 24 have no friends over 70, and vice versa” – survey on ageism

Spokes in the rings

Friday, September 9th, 2005

General information on Saturn’s ring system
BBC News article on the spokes – gravitational effect of a moon

The Cassini probe has allowed astronomers to infer something about the dynamics and structure of the particles that make up Saturn’s rings, and solve a puzzle about the ‘spokes’ seen moving around the rings on a previous flyby.

The ring [...]

Zotob virus written for cash

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

New virus exploiting a vulnerability in Windows was commissioned for cash – dial M for Murder arrives in cyberspace

Born abroad

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Most people born abroad live in the South of England – especially London. New statistical analysis decouples immigration from ethnicity.

Martin Fuchs photo blog

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Nice stuff from Magnum nominee

Changes in sites over time

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

The big three e-commerce sites have moved to home pages with a lot of information and a high link density

Chemical reactions depend on temperature

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

This goes for chemical reactions in the brain of a baby being born with a shortage of oxygen. A ‘cooling cap’ slows the build up of damaging chemicals and allows time for remedial action.

The big bug count

Monday, September 5th, 2005

The RSPB devised an innovative technique for estimating insect populations – count the splats on the numberplate as you drive in the country. How did the methodology stack up?

Central England Temperature

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

Temperature records kept from 1659 to present day allow trends to be identified

Zipf’s law?

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

Broadband connectivity is shared amongst users – Fair Use policies need to cap bandwidth hogs

Extreme Percentage change

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

Seabird sightings low as breeding and migration patterns change

Rate of change

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Amazon deforestation rate has ‘halved’ – so that’s OK then?

A powerful chemical

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

Chemical is found to be present in all dead animals… and plants…. linked with cancer…