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Svetlana – 10: Precious Inventory

“Vamos?” I said, standing up and holding out my hand.
She stood up and immediately sat down again, her face contorted with pain. She reached down and rubbed her ankle.
I kneeled on the floor and looked at her. “Posso?” I said, pointing to her foot.
“Sim.” She straightened her leg, and I felt the ankle gently, it [...]

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Free 1000-page book from Microsoft? What the Hell are they after?

Programming Windows Phone 7, by Charles Petzold is a 1000 page book, available as a freely downloadable ebook from Microsoft

Free Book From Microsoft

The 1000 pages cover everything you would ever want to know about programming Windows Phone 7 Apps using C#, Silverlight and XNA. A free version of Visual Studio Express for Windows Phone [...]

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Svetlana – 9: Zee, a minha amiga

She tightened her arms and moved her face close to mine. I knew what she intended, and though she waited for me to, I could not stop her. She kissed me. A long, generous, sensual kiss that left my lips on fire. I responded gently and lovingly. I had no choice. We became one, lost [...]

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Who would run a website? Self-serving Server Farms, Stats & a plaudit.

Recent re-vamping of my PC desktop meant I had got rid of most of my easy-lookup logons, including the ones for my website hoster one.com.
Earlier on this year one.com again experienced severe problems with their servers, but instead of ‘fessing up when I complained about the terrible service over a period of weeks, suggested all [...]

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No Fog On The Tyne – recent pics from Ferry at Shields

http://cullercoats.joebrown.org.uk/#23

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“You tell me we must do this, we must do that. What does the Fool think?”

The full tradition of Shakespeare’s court Fool is being acted out before us. Not in a play in Stratford, but across the airways in London itself.
The Fool traditionally is the only person at court who is allowed to point to the Elephant in the room, or make fun of the King’s new clothes. His advice [...]

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Svetlana – 8: Preparations

She turned to the others. “Since Joe will not tell you what is in his mind, I think I should.”
I sat back in my chair. It was useless to protest, for to do so would be to insult her.
“Joe has invited Jane to join this board, and for all of the reasons he has given, [...]

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R U an mbedder in the Cloud?

Much embedder than yesterday!

My post yesterday showed my abortive attempt to try out my freebie mbed NXP LPC1758 ARM Cortex M3 MCU board.
I made no comment as the result speaks for itself.

A matter of two hours later I was able to access the site and register, then use the tool ‘in anger’.
I can only say [...]

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Goodbye, Blue Sky Thinking – Hello, Cloud Computing?

Who will rid me of this turbulent technobabble?

(With apologies to Henry II)

I tease, of course. There are now so many levels of abstraction between the software developer and the actual hardware, that it makes sense for sales buffs and techno-ignorant managers to use terminology they feel comfortable with. However, I feel that in the [...]

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Please clame this moeny, before it getz confisicated!

Like so many other lucky people in the UK, I have been blessed with many offers of free money, but being naturally shy and retiring, have so far declined to take up any of them. Here’s one I received recently, as an example of the kindness and generosity shown by those African brothers of ours. [...]

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