Every two weeks I am reminded by my PIM (Personal Information Manager) that I should be cleaning the washing machine filter and every four weeks I am reminded to attack any mould I find in the washing machine. Well today (Tuesday when the machine is not usually required) was the day for both. So you’re in for a full description. Continue reading “Cleaning the Washing Machine Filter, Soap Drawer, Door Seal, etc.”
“Happy New Year! In 2012 I resolve to lose weight (again).”
Well I resolved to lose weight every year since at least 2005 and some years I succeeded. One tool I require for this is an accurate record of my weight on a DAILY, yes DAILY, basis. I know all those slimming clubs advise against measuring weight daily but to me that is unscientific. High definition pictures are better than low definition ones and weighing every day gives a good weight definition. Anyone would think that the act of measuring weight caused it to change. (I know Quantum Physicists have their doubts.)
Being scientific requires not just the measurements written down somewhere but a graph to give a picture of what is happening over time. I want to see if my weight is actually heading down or up or staying put. During this time I have come down from my heaviest of 15st (95.25kgs) in 2005 and again in July 2007 to 13st 4lbs (84.36kgs) in the same year. Then I rose again to 14st 7lbs (92kgs) and came down to 13st 2lbs (83.46kgs) in February 2010. Now I have risen again to 14st (88.9kgs) a weight I swore I would never see again.
(Note to self: I need to be more scientific about regulating the calories I consume.)
For me as a Microsoft Excel user for many years, Excel was my tool of choice for recording and plotting the data. The rest of this post explains my method for collecting the data and the use of Excel to record it. Ultimately it offers Excel files that you can download to use as templates with your Excel software so you can record your measurements in like manner.
Having decided on the tool for recording the data I then had to decide when I would measure my weight. I chose first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking, after visiting the bathroom and without clothing (I keep my
hat specs on). This way I get the feel-good-factor of seeing my lowest possible weight each day. (We lose up to 1.5kgs at night due to exhaling moisture in our breath and urinating.) The point here is not to come up with an exact daily weight – it’s impossible. Our weight fluctuates up and down 2 or 3 pounds throughout the day. The point is to try and arrive at a consistent set of measurements that can be used to display a meaningful average weight situation, over time, on a graph.
Another Counterfeit Microsoft DVD
Remember how a few days ago I told you how I found I had a counterfeit Microsoft DVD. (See that post here). Well another one bought from another Amazon reseller has proved to be counterfeit. It’s one I bought to install on the computers of a friend soon after I bought the first one.
Now I see that Comet is in trouble with Microsoft. They’ve been producing their own Windows recovery discs for PC’s they sold – see here at PC Pro.
This was brought to light by APEX NEWS on 4th January 2012 as follows:
One of the signs at the Princesshay shopping centre in Exeter informing shoppers that their mobile phones are being monitored.
The popular shopping centre has been accused of using Big Brother tactics after it was revealed it was using stealth technology to track the movement of shoppers via their mobile phones – without their consent.
Human rights organisations are outraged that bosses of Princesshay are using the technology called FootPath to secretly track shoppers’ movements.
Customers receives no warning that their mobile phone signal is being monitored bar a small sign on the premises.
Neither do they receive an option to ‘opt-out’ of being scanned.
Customers on all networks are scanned by Footpath, and no current mobile phone has a ‘defence’ against such scanners.
The only way to be safe is simply to switch off. – APEX NEWS
Here’s a situation where there is a tendency to think, “I don’t like the sound of this.” See articles in the mainstream press about specific shopping centres which monitor mobile phone movements, e.g. Mail Online, The Guardian and The Telegraph.
However they could monitor the movement of pickpockets and shop lifters.
If you like that idea you might want them to record personal data sufficient to help them ID the criminals.
Well, after 13 years on the Internet it looks like I have eventually been stung. I just found my Office Pro 2010 DVD’s counterfeit after two years. It looked fine and installed well on two PC’s (the package declares it is suitable for three PC’s) and it was activated on those two PC’s in August 2010. It was purchased from an Amazon re-seller and was advertised as only suitable for one PC. Continue reading “My Office Pro 2010 DVD’s Counterfeit”
Watch This Video of Bike Riding Robots
Watch Murata Girl and Murata Boy. They use stabilizing gyroscopes and camera technology. These are bike riding robots which perform some amazing riding skills without falling off their bikes. Murata Girl is the one on the monocycle.