Justin Moss

Archive for January 2009

Recommended software: iiUsage

For those of use below the equator (where data allowances are still measured and capped), monitoring bandwidth usage is usually a case of logging into to ISP control panel page.  iiNet, for example, have Toolbox – a reasonable utility, but a pain to login if all you want to know is our current data usage.

ENTER Tim Hall and Martin Pot – they’ve put together a brilliant bit of software called “iiUsage”.  The list of useful features is illustrated simply by the following screenshot of the application.

The Summary (Main) Screen

The Daily Data screen

The Daily Data screen

Note that pretty much everything you need is available at a glance.  Whilst the relatively compact application can be minimised to the Window System Tray, I find that it’s light enough to just fire up when you need An it.

RSS alternative?

I have heard discussion of a RSS feed version of the service, but I beleive this relies on iiNet actually getting around to publishing and XML stream of data (for each user?) – something that’s barely in beta, and judging from their still-woeful billing system, not a priority.

Download

If iiNet Toolbox is getting you down, do yourself a favour and download iiUsage

Four and half star review rating

Images used with permission.

by Lynne Truss

Okay, so on the surface, a book described as “Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuaction” doesn’t exactly sound  like a riveting read, and it’s not – but, it will have you laughing out loud in the most public of places.  I’m not a grammarian, but Ms Truss possesses a command of English that is truly impressive and inspiring – when bundled with wry wit, you can’t help but smirk and snigger from beginning to end.

eatsshootsandleavesOddly enough, after my first read, I find myself using the book as a legitimate reference (on account of a blend of traditional writing style and reasonably frequent DOs and DONT style lists).

Ms Truss has her detractors.  They’re a well-equipped, vocal and passionate group these grammarians, and whilst I don’t agree this particular one’s point, I do like good rant – in particular, the last sentence 🙂 – Y.P.R.: Eat, Shoot, & Leave This!: Dear Lynne Truss.

In any case, the following extracts should give you a feel for the content:

Extracts

Back cover

A panda goes into a café, orders a sandwich, eats it, takes out a revolver, fires it into the air, and goes out. When the waiter calls to ask what is going on, the panda plunks a badly punctuated wildlife manual onto the table and growls: “Look me up.” The waiter finds the entry: “PANDA. Large, black-and-white, bear-like mammal native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.” (from “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” by Lynne Truss)

Hyphenation

One of the most profound things ever said about punctuation came in an old style guide of the Oxford University Press in New York. “If you take hyphens seriously,” it said, “you will surely go mad.” And it’s true. Just look how the little blighter escaped all previous categorisation until I had to hunt it down on its own for this teeny-weeny, hooked-on, after-thought-y chapter. It’s a funny old mark, the hyphen. Always has been. People have argued for its abolition for years: Woodrow Wilson said the hyphen was “the most un-American thing in the world” (note the hyphen required in “un-American”); Churchill said hyphens were “a blemish, to be avoided wherever possible”. Yet there will always be a problem about getting rid of the hyphen: if it’s not extra-marital sex (with a hyphen), it is perhaps extra marital sex, which is quite a different bunch of coconuts. Phrases abound that cry out for hyphens. Those much-invoked examples of the litde used car, the superfluous hair remover, the pickled herring merchant, the slow moving traffic and the two hundred odd members of the Conservative Party would all be lost without it. (From “A Little Used Punctuation Mark” chapter of “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” by Lynne Truss)

“Extra-marital” – classic!

Links: Eat, Shoots and Leaves Official Site | Amazon Details & Review

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Having recently doubled my PC memory, I was not surprsied to find that running five fat (‘phat’?) applications at the same was a lot less painful with less need for the OS to use virtual memory (virutal RAM at a snails pace via your hard disk).

However, upon returning to my computer today, I was suprised to find it running very slowly – as if processing some large video or multilayered image.  On inspection, I discovered the culprit and in so doing proof that Outlook is a resource hog – at least according to CachemanXP.  Check out the CPU Usage:

outlook2007_resourcehog

Wow!  I’ve no doubt Outlook consumes many more CPU cycles than it needs, however, it appears to have discovered some form of software over-clocking … 2.1 million% CPU utilisation … intensive much?

(Obviously it’s a combination of near max utilisation and misreporting by CachemanXP, which is a good product BTW)

Workflow Charts Finally Put to Good Use

I am the last to argue the differences between men and women (think “Men are from Mars ..”), because whilst I believe that generalisation is an excellent tool for making an argument (I think Aristotle had something so say on the issue), it’s just too arbitrary a line to draw between this 3 billion and the other 3 billion.

Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t get a giggle out of Gizmodo’s “Workflow Charts Finally Put to Good Use Show Fundamental Men vs Women Differences

Clearly they can’t decide

Only in America 😉

In July 2009, Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Air Force will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, which occurred on July 17, 1989.

As a visual centerpiece of its year-long celebration of this milestone, Northrop Grumman, the Air Force’s B-2 prime contractor, commissioned Orange County Choppers, Newburgh, N.Y. to design and build a B-2 bomber-themed motorcycle.

Northrop Grumman Kick Starts 20th Anniversary Year for B-2 Bomber With Custom-Built Motorcycle.

Gizmodo’s 2 cents worth:

Stealth Bomber: Cool As a Plane, Really, Really, Really Stupid as a Motorcycle

Can you imagine? … Letterbox bars on the side!

“Ridiculously wide” is right.  It doesn’t even seem right 2.40:1 – wow.  Whilst Philips continue to make very poorly constructed products (IMHO), they certainly haven’t stopped innovating – my hats off too them.

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Philips Ultra-Widescreen 21:9 Cinema LCD Moves the Letterbox Bars To the Side – Gizmodo Australia.

steve_jobsIn the article “Steve Jobs taking leave from Apple due to complex health issues” at AppleInsider.com, Steve writes “I’ve have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for Apple’s day to day operations

What are they running over there, a 7-Eleven or something?!  This is the single biggest problem with Apple  – too much reliance on a front man, translating to consumer and Wall Street confidence volatility.

Apple’s ideas need to be seen come from a team of brilliant engineers and creatives (which I am sure is the case) – however, Wall Street will see this as the ‘ideas guy goes loco’ for six months (so no products until then).

Here’s an idea

The best thing Apple can do now, is come out with some killer products in Steve’s absence.



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  • justinmoss: Hi Dave, thank you. Yes, you can have it synced with multiple computers (I used to do this though I no longer have a need for this). From my experie
  • Dave Watkins: Excellent information. Thanks for sharing. Is you iPhone synced with multiple computers? dave