Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Things to do with tomorrow’s leap second (30 June 2015)

Network World is really on the ball with this opportunity!

What to do with tomorrow’s leap second (for 30 June 2015)


Screen capture of the UTC clock from time.gov
during the UTC leap second,
on June 30, 2012, 23:59:60.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

What Kind of Procrastinator Are You?

Am I a daredevil, self-saboteur, ostrich, chicken or perfectionist? I was going to find out by working my way through this infographic but I’ll leave it until tomorrow, perhaps.

It’s a flowchart to let you determine why and how you procrastinate – but so far I haven’t gotten around to working my way through it.

It’s probably worthwhile, though, as it points out:

“Sadly, procrastination is part of life. We, as humans, tend to want to put off what we can do later. In small doses, procrastination won’t hurt much, other than possibly making you lose a little bit of sleep if you stay up late to finish the job. But if it becomes a habit, it can lead to losing a job or, if you own your own business, the end of it.”

Yawn …  Mañana is soon enough for me as Peggy Lee puts it:

ATTRIBUTION: "Mañana" - Peggy Lee and the David Barbour Quartet, 1950. From “The Snader Telescriptions”. Copyright 2011 Peggy Lee Associates, LLC, under exclusive license to South Bay Music, LLC.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years

Why is everyone supposedly in such a rush to learn their first (or another) programming language?

Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years

“The conclusion is that either people are in a big rush to learn about programming, or that programming is somehow fabulously easier to learn than anything else.“

I just revisited this essay by Peter Norvig, written in 2001 it looks like, but timeless in its pointedness and veracity.

Go read it. Laugh, cry, enjoy.

While you’re in this abstract frame of mind, be sure to visit Abstruse Goose:

How to Teach Yourself Programming
The Creation – Part 1
The Creation – Part 2
    and lots more

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

IBM Notes 9 Client install fails with “RCP Base plug-in not found”–Help requested

I’ve closed my company Asia/Pacific Computer Services and am getting close to retirement from the IT industry. Having started at IBM Australia in January 1970 I doubt if I’ll reach the 50-year mark, but I’ve had a pretty long innings.

I’m still trying to keep my hand in with Notes/Domino. Every month or two over the last half year I’ve made a number of attempts to install IBM Domino and Notes 9.0 then and more recently the 9.0.1 versions. Note that this is a “virgin” installation, with no baggage left behind from earlier versions of Notes.

I reckoned that I had been sitting on Notes/Domino 8.5.3 for far too long, and that I’d have the typical smooth and painless upgrade to the next version.

The Domino server installation went swimmingly, no problems whatsoever,

However I’ve never managed to get the Notes Designer/Admin Client to install. It always reaches close to the end, as shown by the progress bar, then complains that the “RCP Base plug-in not found” followed by a roll-back of the installation:


Despite all my research (at the IBM Support website and everywhere else I could think of), I’ve not been able to get an understanding of what has been going wrong and how to overcome the stalemate.

I didn’t ever experience this problem with Notes 8.5.3. … What on earth is going wrong?

Your comments, suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated (if polite)!.

Windows 8.1 64-bit system. I always install Domino and Notes on a non—system drive, let’s call it the G: drive, with plenty of free disk space (this helps minimize the space needed for my daily backup of the system drive). Latest version of 32-bit Java installed.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

English, as she was and is spoken

Whether or not English is your first language, or perhaps your second or third one, I’m sure that you’ll learn a lot about the origins, the spread and the current usage of the language from the following excellent Vox article by Libby Nelson:

25 maps that explain the English language

“Fifty-eight countries have English as an official language. This doesn't include most of the biggest English-speaking countries — the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom don't have official languages. This map shows where English is either the official or the dominant language. Particularly in Africa, it also doubles as a fairly accurate map of British colonial history.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sale by Tender of the Copyright to Clive Finkelstein’s Enterprise Architecture Workshop

In my first years with IBM Australia in the early 1970s, I was fortunate to have as one of my systems engineering mentors Clive Finkelstein.

From the mid-1970s onwards Clive concentrated on what would occupy the rest of his outstanding IT career, the field of information engineering.

Read more about this at Clive's website.

Having now retired, at LinkedIn Clive has announced sale by tender of the copyright to his outstanding Enterprise Architecture Workshop which is a rare opportunity for anybody specializing in this field of IT to take over these excellent teaching materials.

If you know anybody who might benefit from this opportunity, please pass on the above info.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Are women perfect for online business?

The battle of the sexes continues! Go read 10 Reasons Why Women are Perfect for Online Business (a new blog post by Paul Smithson):


It reminds me of being taken by my mother to see my first ever Hollywood musical, the 1950 comedy Annie Get Your Gun

And particularly its memorable hit song:

I Can Do Anything Better Than You Can

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Find the cat!

Somebody just sent me this via e-mail. Usually I don’t pass on such things, but it’s harmless and an amusing diversion so here it is.

Locate the grey and white cat in the photograph below. (Sorry, I can’t give any attribution for the originator of this little test of observation powers.)

Don’t pass it on until you’ve found the moggie, and don’t tell anybody else where it is!

Click image to see an enlarged version.

It took me about 15 to 20 seconds.
How long did it take you?