Category Archives: Computing

Computing and Information Technology.

Google celebrating 25 billion downloads

Google is offering selected Android apps at £0.25 each – they change each night around 1800. So far I’ve picked up Angry Birds Space, Endomondo Pro, RealCalc, Camera ZOOM FX and HD Widgets.

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Tomighty

If you’re a fan of the Pomodoro technique – there’s a fantastic little timer applet for the notification area called Tomighty.

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Forget everything you knew about coding (or perhaps remember, depending on your age)

This Christmas I’m going to embrace the past. COmmon Business Oriented Language (COBOL) 85 standard was the first language I was taught. Napier University was a feeder into the banking and insurance industries in Edinburgh at the time and they … Continue reading

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Largest product of five consecutive numbers in a 1000 digit number

Haven’t done much Project Euler recently – I’ve been busy studying. So here is an answer to problem eight which asks: Find the greatest product of five consecutive digits in the 1000-digit number.

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MT254 TMA 01

First TMA on MT264 (Designing applications with Visual Basic) got returned today – 96%. I’m very pleased with that and exceptionally lucky given that I read the material in a week, attended one on-line tutorial and wrote the assessment in a couple of days. I’ve … Continue reading

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Developing a developer

Still some way to completing my degree part-time (at the end of this academic year I’m half way). I’m not soliciting my services – just looking for advice from the community and if anyone has a few minutes it’d be … Continue reading

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Assumption

Someone asked me yesterday “You’re good with computers, can you give me a copy of Photoshop?“. Aside from the fact I run Linux on most of my computers, I’m not keen on being accused of software piracy on the basis that … Continue reading

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Samsung NP-RV511-S02UK

I bought a new laptop the other week, a Samsung NP-RV511-S02UK. I have been using a Samsung NC10 dual booting Ubuntu and XP. An NC10 is a wondrous thing but when push comes to shove, a 1280×600 resolution is too small for Visual … Continue reading

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Repair Samsung NC10 MBR

Repair the Samsung NC10’s MBR – returning the F4 recovery option. Continue reading

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Compaq CQ10 failed BIOS update

A friend brought me a Compaq CQ10 over earlier. It seems it lost power during a Softpaq BIOS update. Initially the screen was booting to the HP BIOS recovery screen, attempting to rewrite and failing around 10%. I tried a … Continue reading

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