Huddersfield A&E to relocate to Prestatyn ( admin posted on February 20th, 2016 )

The catastrophic PFI deal in nearby Halifax 20 years ago means that Huddersfield local NHS services need to find more savings along with introducing 24hr care. Keeping patients awake all night to care for them will be a challenge but local managers are determined to have a go.
The major saving will be to relocate all the A&E services for Yorkshire to North Wales, which are very under utilised in the winter but a popular holiday destination for many Huddersfield residents in the summer. The additional distance is also seen as an advantage, for instance:
– fewer patients will arrive alive but diesel is cheaper than drugs, doctors and nurses
– fewer timewasters will make the journey just to keep warm, and there isn’t a bus
– drunks will be more sober on arrival after a 2 hour trek down the A55 and therefore easier to discharge
Other places were also considered with top contenders Brittany and Cherbourg only just missing out as the French still refuse to acknowledge the existence of “le weekend”.

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World Community Grid ( admin posted on May 28th, 2013 )

My current WCG Status.

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New Desktop Picture ( admin posted on August 20th, 2012 )

A superb new picture of XH558 during a display on the south coast:-

Vulcan XH558

Vulcan XH558

Please visit www.vulcantothesky.org for more information.

More stunning pictures and video here.

 

 

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Cartoon – Failblog ( admin posted on April 23rd, 2012 )

Couldn’t resist this one:-

Thanks Failblog

 

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New year, new picture ( admin posted on February 22nd, 2012 )

The only flying Avro Vulcan XH558 needs our help again. Buy some stuff here.

This is what it looks like on my desktop:-

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XH558

 

Would look (and sound) better in the air.

First flew in 1952 so 2012 is it’s diamond jubilee.

Designed (initially) by Roy Chadwick (of Avro Lancaster fame) and yet took to the air only 12 years after the Lancaster. An amazing bit of British engineering, which gladly never had to carry out it’s grim primary mission. Stretch the profile along the length and see the Concorde (really – it is uncanny).

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New Laptop (Lenovo Z570) ( admin posted on November 11th, 2011 )

I updated my laptop to unity (ubuntu 11.10), still with Lightnings though:-

After updating to proprietary drivers (big mistake) it took 2 days to figure out how to get back any graphics at all. Text login was not fun for the first  1 1/2 days, then sadly I started to like it.

So if anyone else has a Lenovo Z570 with Nvidia Cuda Geforce GT520M – leave it alone for the moment.

Here is the code I used to restore:-

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*
sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
sudo apt-get install –reinstall xserver-xorg-core  libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
reboot

This is mainly for me in case I try it again, but maybe will help someone else.

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Lightning ( admin posted on April 29th, 2011 )

My favourite plane still remains the Lightning. So much so that I have one on my desktop.

This one with the superb background of Table Mountain (Capetown, S.A.)

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XH558 again ( admin posted on April 29th, 2011 )

Well the world’s only flying Avro Vulcan has moved home. They need more funding here

And here is a picture :-

Vulcan XH558

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Another year, another post ( admin posted on February 11th, 2011 )

This arrived in my inbox this week, and I couldn’t resist:-

“Autodesk 2008 Retirement

Gain momentum with a 2011 software upgrade before 15th March

It’s important to keep your software up-to-date so that you can compete effectively and successfully. Autodesk is retiring all 2008 releases on 15th March. If you upgrade before, then you can get your 2011 release at the upgrade price and benefit from the many enhanced features and functions that will greatly improve the way you work.

After 15th March, a 2011 release will only be available at the full licence price!”

So if the software you use every day is approaching 3 years old, you can no longer get updates as it no good any more. This is ridiculous of course.

It can be argued that the speed of development in software forces frequent upgrades (mainly due to bad coding rather than “new” features which will help the user, in my opinion). There is nothing more disruptive to work than a major upgrade to some piece of software that was working perfectly yesterday. You then have to change all the settings back to where you had them, reset the links on the server, put the kludge back in that gets the printer to work etc. etc. Not to be done lightly. But my real objection is the big threat attached, and the urgency required. Many businesses and individuals cannot just shell out hundreds at the whim of a software company – they want to do it when the time is right for them.

Also, what if we imagine this policy attached to other aspects of life:-

“General Vehicle Motors 2008 Retirement

Gain momentum with a 2011 vehicle upgrade before 15th March

It’s important to keep your vehicle up-to-date so that you can compete effectively and successfully. General Vehicle Motors is retiring all 2008 vehicles on 15th March. If you upgrade before, then you can get your 2011 vehicle at the upgrade price and benefit from the many enhanced features and functions that will greatly improve the way you drive.

After 15th March, a 2011 vehicle will only be available at the full retail price, no trade-ins!”

This would apply to my car, which is perfectly servicable, and will probably remain so for many years to come. There may be some benefits to an upgrade now, but the savings willl never cover the costs.

With regards to CAD software, jump ship to bricscad (www.bricsys.com) and get a more sensible and less arrogant approach.

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Panama Canal Webcams ( admin posted on February 1st, 2010 )

In case you haven’t already seen it, the Panama canal has some superb webcams where you can watch ships traverse the locks 24/7
hd-miraflores.

This is miraflores locks.

Image captured 17:38 local time, 1st Feb 2010. Temp. 32C. Makes you sick doesn’t it?

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