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RFID tracking for mapping people moving around a hospital

Last week I was talking to an very interesting individual regarding mapping how people move around in hospitals for the purpose of understanding how infections spread through a?hospital. Although it was just a general conversation, if I remember correctly they wanted to map out the movement into a diagram of nodes and edges. For example the wards could be nodes and the people could be the edges between the wards.?I haven't really thought on the theory of it very much yet but I think it would be a brilliant piece of research to flesh out (I hope they are able to carry on with it).? It just got me thinking about how you would effectively track patients movement through a hospital. Ideally the movement would have to be monitored anonymously so people didn't feel they were being tracked. I wonder if one technique would be to give all people coming into the hospital an RFID tag (perhaps a card) that they can carry around with them. At each entrance to a room / ward / area the RFID s…

The tape is dead, long live the tape!

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Using the C# Interactive Window that comes with Roslyn

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via blog.filipekberg.se I was just moaning to myself, wishing that C# had the same type of interative window that F# did, just for messing about etc...Well I did a quick search and found at the installing the Roslyn CTP gives you JUST THAT! Brilliant.

Book I am currently reading: Peopleware

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via amazon.co.uk I've started reading this book. I had heard about it from my friend Garry Shutler a couple of years ago but it got lost in my enormous wishlist. Someone mentioned it a #dddnorth on Saturday and I noticed it was extremely cheap for the Kindle version on Amazon. I must say it's proving a reasonably enlightening read. Then again most books that confirm the beliefs you already hold are fairly enjoyable. https://twitter.com/gshutler
http://developerdeveloperdeveloper.com/north2/

Process Explorer - Don't forget it.

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via technet.microsoft.com Ugh I had completely forgot about this tool until https://twitter.com/ozwaldDunlop reminded me today. I have mainly posted it as a reminder to myself not to forget it again. Doing so much straight forward dev work has seen me need any performance monitoring tools for a year or so now so I have gotten a little rusty.

An Android phone in a magazine

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQm7k4riCoE]I spotted this on Sam Wessels feed. An utterley proposterous idea but it does highlight the falling cost of the technology that goes into mobile devices.

Akimbo Kinect hack

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via engadget.com This is VERY cool.

Joystick Parade Business Cards

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via uk.moo.com These are pretty cool business cards!

Announcing F# Tools for Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web!

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via blogs.msdn.com I've downloaded these. It's great to see F# this accessible. Download it now!

ASEBA and Robots - A low cost robot and development environment

This looks to be an excellent prospect.? https://aseba.wikidot.com/en:thymio[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTi7DjqlGO8?wmode=transparent] The development environment looks reasonably good and the cost of the Robot itself is around ?85.00 (converted from Swiss Francs). As mentioned in the IEEE article below, for less than ?1000 you could kit a whole class room out with these devices and the software is free. I am certainly tempted to get one for "my nephew".? via?http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/your-kid-wants-a-thymio-ii-education-robot?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IeeeSpectrumFullText+%28IEEE+Spectrum+Full+Text%29

Public Science Lecture @ Notts Uni this week 20/09/2012 6pm

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This weeks public science lecture at Nottingham Uni is about the history of Chemical warfare and it's relationship with medicine. Should be very interesting!?
Hi All

We would like to invite you to this month's Public Lecture given by Dr. Rob Stockman from the University of Nottingham's School of Chemistry. The lecture will be held in room B01 of the Math and Physics Building at University Park Campus.?
on 20 Sept at 6pm
The talk is titled "From Chemical Weapon to Chemotherapy"

Abstract
From deadly nightshade to eye surgery and truth drugs; from poison gas to pesticides and cancer therapy; from explosives to treatments for heart disease; from poppy fields to pain relief.?The strange relationship between chemical weapons and medicines and agrochemicals will be explored, with a little history on the development of chemical warfare during the two World Wars included.
Thanks,
Boris
This message and any attachment are intended solely for the addressee and may contain confiden…

Google Listen APK

I was really annoyed to find out that Google had ditched Google Listen. I had not heard the news so when I formatted my phone and went to redownload it from the Marketplace it has?disappeared (this seems to me the curse of having your software library controlled by someone else, at someone elses whim, your software can just go poof!).? The Listen app really suited me as a I am big Google Reader user and have all my podcast RSS feeds in there. To manage your Listen subscriptions, all you need to do is drop the feed into a specific folder in your Google Reader account.? Anyway, XDA Forums to the rescue.... This is the file: http://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=775944&d=1320745918And it was from this thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1336148 These guys are the saviours of Android in my eyes.?

Boston Dynamics make the Robodog even scarier

The Robodog has been improved!?[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40gECrmuCaU?wmode=transparent] I love / fear this crazy iron hound.?

Google Course Builder - Make and consume custom courses

Google has announced?https://code.google.com/p/course-builder/ The plan is for people to be able to create their own custom courses. I am not quite sure what the benefit will be over using just a simple wordpress blog and some you tube videos etc.. but we shall see!?

A pocket computer with an Xbox Chatpad and Arduino Uno

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via engadget.com This is a brilliant little idea. It reminds of something out of Fallout. I know I already have all the parts to this device. But if he could just make one for me I would be eternally grateful.

Show / Hide Results Pane in SQL Management Studio Query Window Keyboard Shortcut = CTRL+R

A little note to myself as I always forgetTo show or hide the results pane when writing queries use CTRL+R. Not sure why I always forget this. It's probably due to the lack of SQL tasks I have to do these days.?

To Fix or Not To Fix...

Your jimmies are mine

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via i.qkme.me

Computer Laboratory: Baking Pi - Operating Systems Development

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Saw this via http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/05/cambridge-university-raspberry-pi-guide/This looks like a nice introduction into building the basics of an OS as well as writing assembly for the ARM processor. This is definitely something I am going to look at later this evening. Very exciting! I am really enjoying all the free materials universities keep putting out there at the moment. It's a real boon for me (who most certainly can not afford to go back to uni after the price hikes).

My current favourite gifs

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There's nothing new here. But they are my current faves.

ECMAScript 5 Properties (Javascript)

I went to the Nottingham Geekup last night. The talk was by @firagabeatsrock. A good talk with some important points to watch out for about Javascript. I am blessed with being fairly au fait with Javascript so was familiar with the subject to a fairly in depth level. I made a couple of good notes however. One was to look at the Javascript performannce tool  http://jsperf.com/. As an uber geek I love performance tools. I like nothing more than obsessing over fiendery such as this. On the subject of performance, he pointed out that when using a for loop, don't refer directly to the length in the loop as javascript checks it every time. There is more to add to this story however. You can make life even worse by reffering to the length of a jquery collection in a for loop. I believe that is particularly slow and I now have the performance tool above to prove it :-)The other thing I picked up on was a little reminder to look into the ECMAScript5 stuff. Now I have done a little example …

Freedom Engine - game changing technology on Vimeo

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/48726638 w=500&h=283]via vimeo.com This looks like an interesting project. I'll keep an eye out when this is available to the public http://www.freedom-engine.com/. I am always dubious about solutions that offer the ability to work across all of the browsers as I have never seen that working well, I am also interested in how they plan on monetising this for themselves (there's no mention of it). But one must remain optimistic!

What Killed the Linux Desktop - Miguel de Icaza

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Someone had retweeted this blog post from Miguel on Twitter. There's some interesting points made. I still use Linux on several machines but one thing I can't stand is Ubuntu's Unity. I am currently holding out using just the command line and the Gnome desktop. As said though, the arrogance put into Linux is just such a pain in the arse. I don't think it's going anywhere as a server OS but unless there is some sort of Steam breakthrough, the desktop usage will continue to contract. It's worth reading the comments on this post as well as there's some good points made both for and against Miguels opinion.

Messing about with WCF Test Client

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Hopefully this will come in handy if you are just messing about with some WCF services and you want to test them (and you aren't able to just run them through Visual Studio using the defaults for whatever reason). Don't forget that when you run it through Visual Studio, all it's really doing is adding the WCF Test Client as a command line arg to your program.?You can confim this by going to your project properties, debug tab and looking at the command line args.? You can run this program yourself. The easiest way I find is to open a Visual Studio command prompt and run WcfTestClient.exe. You can then add services by adding the wsdl location of the service you want to test.? Again, this may be obvious to some but I hadn't thought of doing this before :-)

Apartments

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Just messing about with a bit of sketch up. This is the start of a modular building design for apartments. These two modules A and B can be replicated and stacked. I'll add some detail when I get a little more time and post again :-)I seem to have lost some of my Sketchup prowess after having not really used it on a daily basis for a couple of years.?

Synthesia, Piano for Everyone

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDIkjYKIsVg?feature=player_embedded]This looks like an excellent tool. I am very tempted to get a keyboard with a USB port on.Ah by the gods themselves! How can I continue this existence without one!? Combining this program with a cheap keyboard like this http://www.gear4music.com/Keyboards-and-Pianos/MK-906-Keyboard-with-USB-Midi-by-Gear4music/F5F would make me very happy. I may have to hint to Leanne what my 30th birthday present should be....

How to toggle multi line comments in Notepad++

I always do this in Visual Studio and had been using ctrl+k+c in notepad++ but never knew the opposite command.?Turns out I was wrong anyway but it just so happened to work. The actual commands are:? Comment ctrl+k Toggle Comment ctrl+q The ctrl+q command is the most useful of the two really. It just so happens that as I am so used to doing the VS key strokes the ctrl+k variation works out well for me as well.? Hope that helps :-)

Star Wars Command Prompt

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via 0.tqn.com Found this whilst looking into a completely different problem. Thought it was worth sharing. The whole of Star Wars A New Hope in Ascii. Nice!Found via....
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/commandlinereference/tp/command-prompt-tricks-h...

Visual Studio Solution doesn't rename the folder when renaming a project

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This really rustles my jimmies. If you rename a project in a solution. I would like the folder to renamed and the solution to be updated. Instead you have to rename the folder in explorer and then manually change the .sln file.?Annoying.?

Setting multiple start up projects in Visual Studio

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For some reason I have never noticed that you can set multiple start up projects in Visual Studio. This is very handy when testing a client and a server at the same time! I am currently?reacquainting?myself with WCF services as I haven't done any in several years. The project itself is essentially a WCF web service with a Silverlight client. Although in general Silverlight has little future, it's still used for Windows Phone 7 development so I am looking forward for a chance to improve in this area.?Anyway, to set multiple start up projects, go to the properties on your solution and select as in the picture.? Nice!

Judge Judy gifs

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via fourfour.typepad.com If you run out of Judge Judy Gifs, check this out...

Sony shuts Wipeout video game studio in Liverpool

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UpdateSaw this on BBC News. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19350856A very sad day for gaming. Who know if the old guard are still working there but in my dreams they are. I suggest they start up making XBLA games / ports of the Pysgnosis games. I suppose most people will now them as the team behind Wipeout. Thanks to Wipeout, gaming became super cool! It's easily one of my favourite racing games.They made some real bad ass games on the Amiga. Lemmings, Armor Geddon and many more.They also made my favourite humdinger of a game - Last Action Hero. I remember being so excited about it and then the shock of how actually poor a game could be.Nevertheless, they'll be missed!

Using Evernote as a testing tool

I have been using Evernote? http://evernote.com/??as a testing tool recently. It works out quite well. You can save snippets, pictures of testing, problems, tables of data etc...?It makes it very easy to organise your testing notes by giving you different notebooks (you can seperate projects by notebooks) and then you can tag notes (you could tag these by however you work, ie job number, iteration number, feature). You can also share the notebooks with others so if there's a group of people involved in your testing you can add notes together.? Very useful :-)

Dixon Hill - The Big Goodbye - Star Trek Poster

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via cafepress.co.uk How cool is this poster?! There are a series of Dixon Hill posters on this site that I think I could get past my wife without her realising it's massively geeky. Needless to say this will be ordered at some point soon!

BBC News - BT hit by OnLive cloud video games firm's shake-up

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via bbc.co.uk Could have told them for free no one wanted this.

Soon.....

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Zoltar - The fortune teller machines

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via zoltarmachine.com I can't believe you can get a Zoltar machine for as little as $6000.00 delivered. And here I am wasting time buying mobile phone watches and hidden camera sunglasses. FFS! I need to get saving!!!

Lucene Tutorial Site

I tend to have trouble with Lucene whenever I am doing anything even remotely non trivial. Answers to questions are either sparse, or I don't ask the right questions.?Either way, found this site which looks like it might be helpful... http://www.lucenetutorial.com/index.html

Video Cam Sunglasses

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Plan on recording my cycle to work with these. May also come in handy on the beach....

Mobile phone watch

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U mirin my mobile phone watch?

The Global Arms Trade Visualised (Declared)

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http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/projects/armsglobe/A wicked visualisation of the Global Arms trade. Saw on a website this morning but I can't remember which one. Either way, it's well worth a look. It doesn't make for particularly surprising viewing though... obviously the data isn't all there. There are some big bright lines missing leading out from Russia I think.... I am sure the UK's could be a little more colourful than it lets on too. I think it could more accurately be called, the (Declared) arms trade.

A nice 360 Field photograph

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http://cdn.v360r.com/temp/tests/goprostick/17-07-12/GOPR5120%20Panorama%20expoptimize.html
A nice 360 picture courtesy of my friend Jon (click on the link above for the actual 360)
http://www.jonhassall.com/

Another rugged device manufacturer goes the way of Android

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via engadget.com Looks like all the Windows Mobile enterprise people better get their Android skills up to scratch. I really wish they'd make the interface builder just that bit easier to work with. At the moment it's no better than silverlight or WPF :-(

MyFoodCircle

I have only just realised you can display your days food diary on the website. I am looking forward to more developments, like the ability to get stats on tge site and maybe some cool visualisations of your food over time.Take a look at my MyFoodCircle diary for Tuesday 31 July 2012 by clicking this link: http://www.myfoodcircle.co.uk/diary?9bbac77b-38a9-45a3-a34c-5568bc2759c2You can download the MyFoodCircle app yourself from here: http://www.myfoodcircle.co.uk

The Internet map

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via internet-map.net Pretty cool visualisation of the internet!
I was particularly surprised how big stack overflow was!

Olympic ban on wireless access points BT to the rescue

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via engadget.com Wireless access points seem to be banned at all Olympic venues. Boo! http://www.london2012.com/mm/Document/Documents/General/01/25/44/06/Prohibite...But don't worry, BT is to the rescue, for just the lollington price of ?5.99 for 90mins you can get that laptop back on the web! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19004151I don't understand this ban, it doesn't ban mobiles, so you can access the web via 3g directly from a phone....
It doesn't ban laptops, so if you have a 3g sim in your laptop, you can use that.... you just can't put them both together... why????????

Cool Site for Fonts

Had this site recommended for utilising fonts on your site. http://www.fontsquirrel.com/If you want to use your own specific font in CSS3 (you can probably do this before 3 too) you just decalre a font in the CSS @font-face { font-family: DomsNewFont; src: url('myfont.woff'); }

Useful site for checking Internet Browser technology implementation

http://www.caniuse.com/You can see what browsers support what features.?

Dauphin DTR1

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I saw this Dauphin tablet computer in the Engadget Distro magazine. I'd love to get my hands on one of these.Really enjoying reading the magazine. Its nice to not be tempted to read the idiotic Engadget comments.

Star Trek FIRST LOOK: IDW's Wednesday Trek Titles

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via startrek.com Star Trek and Dr Who together! haha.
Insane. Of course.... I am going to buy this!

Greco-Roman Wrestling / Freestyle

I was looking for somewhere in Notts that did?Greco-Roman Wrestling / Freestyle wrestling and found the place below from the?British Wrestling Association.? At some point in the future I would definitely like to go down and give this a go!?
Nottingham Sikh Temple Wrestling ClubTraining Venue: ?YMCA Aspley Centre, Melbourne Rd, Melbourne Park, NOTTINGHAM, NG8 5HLClasses:?Mixed
8+
Wednesday 1900-2030hrs
Sunday 1330-1530hrsContact: ?Kundan BoyalEmail: ?ksboyal@hotmail.co.ukTelephone: ?07773 330041They train on a Sunday which is ideal... anyway! I don't have time at the moment but I think later this year I will definitely be tempted.? ?

Microsoft Office 2013 preview

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via engadget.com With the news that Office 2013 will be bundled with Windows RT and the look and feel of this new version of seems possible we might be onto a winner. The big thing for me is a decent version of Excel. I need it. Google Apps spreadsheets and the other jokertron spreadsheet apps just don't do it for me. Not long now till I get to try it all out on the Windows 8 tablet.

RISCOScode : About RISC OS and RISCOScode

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via riscoscode.com Heard about this on the main Raspberry Pi twitter account. Seems like a cool idea. I used to absoloutely love RiscOs in school.

Telemedicine market to reach $2.5B by 2018 | Healthcare IT News

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LONDON ? The thriving telemedicine market hasn't shown signs of abating any time soon, according to a new report by Companies & Markets. The report shows that in 2011, the global telemedicine monitoring market reached a value of $736 million and, according to officials, is poised to increase to $2.5 billion by 2018.This significant growth in the global market can be attributed to numerous factors as telemedicine monitoring provides ways to improve clinical care delivery to patients while also reducing the need for hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room.[See also: Telemedicine burgeoning in BRIC countries.]Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies in order to provide clinical healthcare at a distance. It helps to eliminate barriers and improve access to medical services that would often not be readily available in rural communities. The technology can also be utilized in critical care and emergency environments.Having the ability to ac…

Baby robot learns first words from human teacher

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Arnie with a giant gun

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Saw this picture of Arnie on Facebook and had to post it here. It's an excellent picture! hahaha

Using Parallel.ForEach in .NET

Just watching a Pluralsight video about VB.NET and the CLR and I came across the System.Threading.Tasks namespaces Parallel static class. It seems a nice tidy way of multi threading when iterating over things. I think I have been missing a trick! :-) https://gist.github.com/3077469Essentially you just pass the collection as the first parameter and a delegate as the next. See the example or just Google it. You can also whip the .AsParallel(); extension method on the end of your Linq queries for similar parallel joy. It's possible I knew about this before but the rediscovery is very pleasing indeed.

Sci-Fi Book Recommendation - Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination

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It has easily been the best book I have read this year. That's really a good enough recommendation though as I have read some fairly poor / true pulp this year. I brought this book to Cyprus with me and I found I could not put it down Cool technology and a wicked story left me dying for more at the end. I would say that any fan of Sci-Fi should definitely have this on their wish list.My next book I am reading (another from the SF Masterworks collection) is The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson. I am a couple of chapters in and am gripped so far. A couple of good books are really what I need to get my passion back.?

Parkour athletes reveal orangutans? climbing secrets

via bbc.co.uk Irrespective of the general story, there is some good jumping about here!

North 51 Xcelerator as a personal development tool

http://www.north51digital.com/content/filemanager/Xcelerator-Brochure-April-2010.pdfI have been using our product called Xcelerator at work for personal development for a couple of months now and I have found the process excellent. Essentially the process is: You rate yourself in a number of areas (such as technical skills, customer focus, commercial??acumen?for example) and provide some back up text on why you think you are at that level.?Your manager(s) read your ratings and the justification and then complete their own part of it.?You meet and discuss / compareYou set goals on how you can improve you current levelYou start the process again.Each area has x amount of levels and each level has a detailed explanation of what you are required to do to achieve this level. Obviously these details are set per company but I feel ours are very clear and make it easier to try and attain.? Once you have completed the process once you and your managers can then add evidence that can support your…

Another World on Android

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotemu.anotherworld
Looks like im late to the party. I didnt realise this was out on Android yet! Very cool :-)

Upgrading to Windows 8 Will Only Cost You 26 Quid | Gizmodo UK

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via gizmodo.co.uk This is an excellent deal. I did a similar thing when Windows 7 came out too!

Calculating Columns in Word

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Most people use Excel, some don't for their own reasons. Either way, the time will come when you need to do some calcs in Word.?Fear not, it's not particularly hard.? Whilst having the cursor on the cell in your table that you want the calculated number to go in, click Layout from Table Tools.In the Layout ribbon, click the Formula icon. This will bring up a small formula window. The formula you enter will be entered into your selected cell. Depending where your cell is, it may have done a calculation for you. If not, you can enter it.A common function is SUM(). You need to use your imagination a little and imagine the table is a spreadsheet. Columns are letters, rows are numbers. See the picture for an example.Hope that helps.?

Update an index, contents or figures in Word 2007+

Check out this website I found at office.microsoft.com This is very useful. Obviously it assumes you are using Word correctly in the first place! If you have to add / remove figures etc in your document just hit F9 on them to update the numbers!Sweet.

Adafruit's Pi Cobbler breakout kit puts Raspberry Pi's pins to work -- Engadget

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via engadget.com Check out the source on Engadget. This looks good. Especially for about ?6!

Bling Cylon

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via jeffbots.com Love this Bling Cylon. I can't recall Gold ones in the series (although I'm sure there were but I haven't seen it for a long long time). This dude looks like a Cylon pimp.

The Pragmatic Bookshelf | PragPub May 2012 | What Makes an Awesome Command-line Application?

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via pragprog.com I thought this was a great article. It hit a chord with me as I have had to tackle some foolish command line apps recently where the devs have just dreamt up new commands and ways of working for themselves instead of just using the normal heuristics. Very annoying. Something that I have just found and annoys me is setting up command line programs for schedules tasks. If you don't do this right, you end up with a complete mess! Like a list of emailers for different programs and clients:- Emailer_01
- Emailer
- Emailer_New
- emailer_March2012This is just annoying. I know you can still tell what the programs are if you look into them or work it out from the other columns but it's still a pain.- The arguments the scheduled tasks take should be documented.
- The scheduled task itself should log to the event log.
- The error messages logged to the event log should be sensible (for example - give a list of the possible params if an incorrect one was given, if there are too…

Shimi: Georgia Tech's New Robotic Musician - YouTube

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ShaUMM0H-g?wmode=transparent]via youtube.com Cool robot musician. Spotted here...http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/home-robots/shimi-musical-robot-u...

Small Basic

Check out this website I found at msdn.microsoft.com Just remembered about this little project called Small Basic. Thought it was pretty cool for getting people into coding as provides excellent instand feedback with colours and images (a little like the old turtle logo stuff). Anyway this is really more of a note to myself so I don't forget it again.

Google Android ADK

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via engadget.com This is wicked! Wish I could get my hands on this (and also some time to mess with it!)http://developer.android.com/tools/adk/adk2.html

Coding Horror: The PHP Singularity

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via codinghorror.com A good take on the ghoulery of PHP. It's a fairly extreme viewpoint as there are plenty of people making good products from PHP and that's what the real result should be, not just good quality code bases (although the two depend on each other after a couple of iterations of development). The real problem is people. You could invent a new programming language, one to rule them all... but there will always be crap programmers. People who don't care that much about it, just do a bit on the side, work for themselves and just lay little bad eggs for multiple customers and move on. There are still people I have spoken to *very* recently that were arguing against design patters / OO programming and other fundamentals. You won't escape that. The answer is to chill out about it. The more crap programmers, the better you will look and the more it will keep you in work sorting out their mess. So really what I am saying is "Thank you crap programmers"…