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USA wind map

Given the current Hurricane Sandy progression in the USA, this map is fascinating - it is an art project, not scientific work, but is baswed on data from the American National Weather Service.

Click here to see the moving map.



James Bond - in all of us

Many thanks to Adam at the babyping blog for this


Another scam...

I'm afraid that another Oldie reader has fallen  foul of the scam that purports to be a call from an anti-virus "centre" (whatever that is).  This is what he told me:

"I was contacted today by people who said that my computer was the source of error messages they had been receiving and that they would have to blacklist it unless they scanned and restored it to a bug free state.  After extensive discussion they persuaded me to pay £199.99 for a lifetime warranty on my Windows system.  Have I been had?"

I'm afraid the news is not good; he has certainly been conned, and the £199.99 has achieved no more than enriching the crooks.  

The Guardian has an article about this scam here and Microsoft themselves write about it here

There is also useful advice on how to deal with the aftermath here.

I also suggested that he calls his credit card company and tell them what has happened and ask them to cancel the card, and refund the money, if possible.

Please remember - these calls are ALWAYS con tricks. I get three or four each week.  Just put the phone down.


Human Clock

I have recommended this one before, but it's worth revisiting.

It's a web based clock but with a different picture for every minute of the day.

You can submit your own if you want - and really have nothing better to do...

You may have to tell it where in the world you are to make sure it tells you the right time.

Click here



Guitar virtuoso

If you enjoy guitar virtuoso work, this one is for you - and he is a friend of my son.

No double tracking, no effects, no technical trickery, just a man and a guitar.



Those Gold Postboxes

Royal Mail have published a map showing where the Golden Postboxes that celebrate all those Gold Medals are...
Click here


Alternative medal table

This table shows the Olympic Medal table per capita or GDP - most revealing.  It turns out that Greneda, with one medal, are the real champions.

Click here


Great Olympic website

If you want to get an idea of where in the world
the medals are going, click here
to see a clever site put up by the
Wall Street Journal.




The Guardian just can't help themselves

How The Guardian manges to be accurate and take a pop at royalty simultaneously.

They really can't help themselves.  If you don't belive me the original is here.   


If electricity were sold like broadband...