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Spinach Power September 23, 2004

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No it’s not related to Popeye but spinach power may soon be available to help power traditional battery devices such as mobile phones and laptops. Thanks to Sven for the link. A team of researchers at MIT have conducted investigations into using spinach-based cells as power cells for devices; using the biological network of the plant as a circuit. You really have to read it to find out more. source: MIT News Office

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Modern Computing as told by 1954 September 22, 2004

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Just read this little snippet and accompanying photo on Mícheál’s weblog. It’s amazing, funny and frightening to think that people actually thought this back in 1954. When did the whole miniturisation thing become a sign of progress? At least the machine was to be programmed in Fortran so we can identify that the engineers were behind it and the target audience. 🙂 source: Mícheál Ó Foghlú’s Weblog

On This Day… September 22, 2004

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It’s good to know that on this day that I celebrate the passing of one year and the start of another (i.e. my birthday) that the status quo of common sense is still holding strong. Noteworthy events of the early morning include Presidents dismissing the findings of their intelligence agencies. Former singer Cat Stevens refused entry to the US due to his new name being on a list of suspicious people (God help all Irish people if the name Paddy Murphy ever finds its way onto that list). Finally, the wonderful decision on European car free day by a certain bus company to run free services outside of rush hours (can’t find a link to this yet but heard it on the radio this morning). What a way to encourage people to take the bus to work! Anyway Happy Birthday to me, Happy Bir… 🙂

The Number You Have Dialled is Not in Service… September 21, 2004

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It appears a recent attack on Irish internet consumers, by some deviant software offerings, is set to bring about the biggest clamp down on telecoms that the country has ever seen. Users of the internet have been targeted with dialler software that changes their internet connection settings causing them to “dial-up” through a premium call service. In one case this caused one Irish business to suffer a Eur12K phone bill. The counter action being taken, validated by ComReg, is to block all direct calls to certain South Pacific countries. A pretty serious action to take and one that is not appreciated by the countries involved. So beware and always check the number on your internet connection dialler before clicking connect. source: Irish Times

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The Cost of Moving September 16, 2004

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No it’s not the cost of moving house but rather the cost of moving job location or to be more accurate the cost of moving your employees. This debate of decentralisation has been raging for some time now and it still fails to make any sense to me as to why the civil servants even have a case to argue about it. If I was working for company A and they decide to move far away but I still had the offer of my job if I wanted to move then I have two choices. 1) Move with the company 2) find another job. This whole ‘job for life’ attitude of the civil service is so out of touch with reality, it’s amusing. If there is a legitimate case here then will somebody please highlight it and inform me via a comment as I cannot see the reasoning. Currently the government is preparing for 10’s of millons in compensation claims, surely this cannot be right? source: Irish Times

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Nanobots for President! September 15, 2004

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Back posting again after a brief rest from catching up with all the happenings in the world. Finally, nanotechnology is coming into play in the medical world (for reasons other than super-humans anyway). Scientists researching cancer fighting are planning to use nanotechnology to help tackle the disease. Could be a huge breakthrough in fighting one of the world’s biggest killers. source: CNN.com