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Friday, 2 July 2004


I really don't know where this week has gone! It's been quite busy, with plenty going on, but I can't see how it ran out so quickly. Perhaps there was a leak.

Work's been busy - as usual - although my boss and one of my colleagues are both off on leave next week, so I have a feeling I might be in charge. Scary! Hopefully nothing too untoward will take place, though; nothing that a few arbitrary (but well-documented) decisions couldn't sort out...

This weekend will hopefully be quite relaxing, although I've got a music rehearsal with Jude tomorrow afternoon, and a monster gratis practice in the evening. I daresay Christopher and Ella will want to join in the fun - or at least play with the wires that are strewn around the studio...

On other (less interesting) matters, I downloaded a new internet browser for my laptop yesterday - it's called Firefox and it was created by the same people who made the old Netscape browser before it went all rubbish and kept breaking. Firefox, however, is rather impressive - it's quick, and it doesn't do some of the nasty things Internet Explorer can end up doing.

I also downloaded the accompanying email software - Thunderbird - to replace Outlook Express, but it was extremely slow, and I ran out of patience in the end. Something to bear in mind if you're thinking of moving away from Microsoft...

In an attempt to answer the question about reflections on which I mused a couple of days ago, I ended up visiting the "Last Word" section of New Scientist's on-line magazine. There are some amazing little fact and tricks, including this one, which makes long multiplication so easy:

an example of Russian Arithmetic.

I was most impressed... there's an explanation of how it works

And with that... I'm off to bed.

Posted by james at July 2, 2004 10:53 PM

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