The Age Blogs: Chew on This

A really helpful Nutrition blog written by a Melbourne newspaper columnist. Great!

The best blog so far makes you think about the price of packaged foods, if you were to work them out on a per kilo basis. Those roasted artichokes don’t seem to pricey anymore!
Vegetables too pricey? Do the maths

Tickle’s Original Inkblot Test

Tickle’s Original Inkblot Test

Things you find whilst cleaning out your bookmarks. Still this inkblot test was still a little bit of fun.

Your Unconscious Mind Is Most Driven by Love.


Your instinct to love and be loved is rooted very deeply in your subconscious and affects most of the decisions you make in life – whether you are aware of it or not. You inspire people to experience their true feelings of love and act kindly towards others. You also value your personal relationships more than most people.

Your unique capacity to love may be greater than those around you, which means you may have more to give in relationships than your friends or romantic partners do. Your psyche is very rich; the more you learn about it, the more you will understand who you really are…

Model train controlled via brain-machine interface

Ok, heres a great new way to switch your model train on and off using your brain.

Model train controlled via brain-machine interface ::: Pink Tentacle

Hitachi have developed a helmet that reads the blood concentration in the brain and detects changes in blood flow. This is useful to detect mental activity and then interpret these signals to control some external device. Users need to remember some sort of mental arithmetic or remember something to trigger the train to switch on and off.

The Hitachi site has a little bit more info as well.

A Vegan Ice Cream Paradise

So now you have no excuse. This lady’s website has ice cream, brownies, etc. Whilst I’ll turn vegan ‘in my own time’, this site has led me just that little bit closer.

Time to get myself an ice cream maker, especially with the onset of summer and polar bears drowning.

Many Monitors Make Light Work

Oscar’s Multi-Monitor taskBar and Synergy are two monitor tools I’ve been needing for quite a while.

The first is a very useful multimonitor helper, that provides an additional taskbar for the second monitor in addition to providing a quick ‘send this window to the other monitor’ key shortcut and title bar buttons.

The second piece of software is kinda like a virtual kvm, whereby you can sit two pc’s and their monitors together and then only using one set of keyboard/mouse on the server pc, access and control the other one. Better still this one works on Windows, Linux and provides limited OS X support.


Putting all your eggs in one basket

This saying can be applied to many items…

* The put all your eggs in one basket approach to relationships.
* The put all your eggs in one basket approach to fertility.
* The put all your eggs in one basket approach to gambling
* The put all your eggs in one basket approach to development technologies
* The put all your eggs in one basket approach to eggs.
* The put all your eggs in one basket approach to baskets.

I’m not saying any of them are actually useful.

Where does this crap come from……

Don’t locate

After installing Captive to read my NTFS partition, I noticed great periods of unexplained high CPU activity. I narrowed these down to mount.captive-ntfs and captive-sandbox-server processes. No files on my windows partition (mounted on /C) were being accessed to my knowledge. After scrolling through a process tree I realised that updatedb and find were running and that of all the filesystems and directories to ignore, Captive and the /C path were not in that list.Whilst it doesn’t explain why the CPU goes so high, I can guess that a find / on a 30Gig C Partition would take a lot of time, considering the files available and that each time a new file is opened a new instance of the captive-sandbox-server starts.

To have updatedb ignore the /C mount you can edit the file /etc/sysconfig/locate & add your directory to the variable UPDATEDB_PRUNEPATHS

Kon likes reading so much, he doesn’t get time to read

Here are some good software development links to various sources regarding a variety of different things:

My Favorite Java Developer interview questions – No, I’m not looking, but it would be useful to have in future.

4 Ways to Scare Off Good Devs – Just entertaining, what not to go for guide.

Getting Real – HOWTO: Build and market your own software and get a realistic million bucks in return. And a guide to a good project in general.

Mocks Aren’t Stubs – Everyone loves TDD