AFTER SEVERAL YEARS of using my trusty HP Scanjet 4890, I've learned several things about living with USB powered devices. I'm careful of USB hubs because I've been in several situations where my scanner misbehaved because it was connected to an unpowered hub or the hubs power adapter was disconnected. Some powered hubs do not include the power adapter as a standard item--something I've also discovered to my frustration. Some hubs cannot handle more than four full-power USB devices. In my case, I can get data drop-off to a connected USB hard drive and when that happens in the middle of a scanning job, my scanning software often crashes. In most cases, when I suspect an issue with a USB device, I move the unit most important to my work to a USB slot that is directly connected to my computer's USB port. Even that can be problematic because I've discovered the rear ports on some of my older laptops just don't work anymore. All important lessons learned while working with USB devices.
OVER IN IBM IRELAND, the AHEAD WAM work placement programme offers five new work placements available for the last half of 2009. Four of these opportunities involve information technology and one involves tele-sales. IBM would like to reserve these jobs for third level graduates with disabilities, and the company is targeting graduates with IT/Computer Science degrees. It's possible to fill the tech jobs if a candidate's aptitude involves electrical engineering, mathematics or related technical field. These jobs close out on Friday, 21 August 2009. If you know someone who is a recent third level graduate, you should point to the IBM Application Pack
SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO SEE the way something looks in order to decide whether it's for you. Sometimes you need to glance at stuff for inspiration. In the Twitter Age, you need to occasionally see screen grabs of places you rarely visit anymore. All these things are possible if you search for things by using Mugurdy, a search engine coded by an Irish developer. By looking at my name on Mugurdy, I can see derelict web properties I used to maintain and other URLs that I visited just once while using my name. The information on my name-check is correct but the reach of the service does not appear to poke all the way into some of the special places I use on the internet. Perhaps that's a good thing.
ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS that I enjoy about the Nokia N97 is its ability to play AVI files. You have to crank the AVI files through DIVX, using the mobile DIVX player here or HERE. Save the SISX file and install it onto your Nokia N97. It will install through the Applications Manager in the PC Suite or via the Ovi Suite. I also know you can copy the file onto the phone and run it from the file manager on the phone. You'll see the player on the phone and you can do fun things with it. Just load up AVI or DIVX files into the videos folder of your phone, run the DIVX Mobile App, and you're in business.
But if you have the Nokia keyboard at right, you're in for more fun because the keyboard lets you switch to full screen (best done with files that are 368x208) and change the movie settings for DIVX and XVID (AVI) files on your Nokia N97.
Knowing this, I'm starting to render files to SVCD (480x480) or lower resolution to avoid any playback issues on the phone.
CURRENT EVENTS IN MY LIFE cause me to find perspective in the example of Mika Brzezinski, the 42-year-old co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe show. I was one of the 10,590 people who gave Mike five stars for refusing to lead with Paris Hilton as a top story on a morning when much more compelling stories needed coverage. Mika lost her job at CBS News in 2006 after a new management team cleaned house. At that time, she was on an upward trajectory towards 60 Minutes but all that changed. She says it was the biggest downturn of her career, emotionally and financially. She became a housemom for a while, discovered she still couldn't cook, and remembered the advice of a friend who told her that being let go was the best thing that could happen. So when her husband told her that it would be a good idea for her to reconnect to the job market before they all got sick from her cooking, she started a long slog through a year of job interviews that did not go well. She finally stuck herself back into the system, even when it meant taking a step backwards by being a freelancer doing 30-second news cut-ins on MSNBC. Then she met Joe Scarborough in the hallway at MSNBC and really hit it off. She was asked to join him on Morning Joe where she can say what she things, be her somewhat unorthodox self, have fun, and deliver a serious tone to reading the news.
Laura Noonan interviewed Howard Doyle in a "Beat the Recession" piece for the Irish Independent. Brian Keating of Shannon Develoment offers low-cost office space in Thurles. Evert Bopp promotes the Greenhouse Incubator in Limerick.
Bonus Link: The most open shared space I've found.