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Lots of stuff on politics, food, photography, technology, movies, music and other things of interest (but not necessarily in that order). All of them viewed from a vantage point in the Highlands of Scotland.

 


Anything to declare?

Buzz Aldrin revealed on Twitter that after his Apollo 11 mission he had to complete an expenses claim and a customs' declaration form. Which just goes to prove that if you work for the government, US Government in this case, you can't get away from completing the proper paperwork. The forms include some real gems which sound like they might have been made tongue in cheek.

Weather with me

The image below is a screenshot of the weather forecast for my home area by the Met Office for today August 1st, 2015. The "feels like temperature" (centigrade) was wildly optimistic as it didn't feel anything like that warm. This should be the height of summer but I had to light the wood burning stove today as it was too cool to sit around without heating.

Audible alerts without visual confirmation

For a few weeks now my laptop has, on an intermittent basis, been playing a two second musical alert. Is my CPU burning so hot it is about to imitate a China Syndrome? Is my fan spinning so fast that it resmbles a pulsar? Could it be my battery is about to explode? Maybe it is just an incoming email matching a particular pattern. The thing is I have no idea what the alert is for as there is no accompanying visual confirmation. I certainly don't remember manually setting any alerts. It is driving me nuts!

Licence not required

The background

I haven't watched TV at home for nearly 20 years. I haven't owned a TV for nearly 15 years. There was a time when we used to watch videos using a television, but we have long since moved to using DVDs and large computer monitors.

Discovering your Debian version

Today, I dug out an old Lex Light fanless PC which I haven't used for years. The first thing I had to do was find out the version of Debian it was running which I normally do by checking the contents of the sources.list file. I wondered if there was an easier way to find out the current version and indeed there is:

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