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January 2005

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Asteroid

Finally, an insight into the obscure naming of asteroids. This latest find has been named after Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Named 2001 DA42 the name incorporates his year of death, his initials and of course 42, the ultimate answer to the ultimate question. source: Slashdot

Ringo Super Star

Looks like Ringo Star is set to become immortalised in a comic book as a super hero of sorts. Let’s just hope that it’s an improvement on Ringo’s last attempt of cartoon stardom in Thomas the Tank Engine thick_liverpool_accent: “Hey’up said Gordon, we’ve got a problem with the local super-villians again Thomas…” source: Boing Boing

Open Gates

There is something that opensource will probably never be able to do. Nice to know that even the hardest of the corporate achievers can have a conscience… I just have to wonder cynically though, whether or not each sterilised syringe will have a EULA sticker across the opening. o:-) source: Yahoo! News

Too Much Sodium is Bad for You

I remember back in my school days, in science class, the great fun that was had experimenting with unstable elements. Included in our fun was Lithium (Li), Sodium (Na), and Potassium (K) – expressed in order of instability. Sadly we were never allowed any Cesium (Cs). 🙂 Anyway, some guy out there in internet world… Read More »Too Much Sodium is Bad for You

For Whom the Bell ‘Tolls’

In recent days there has been much controversy over the increase in tolls on the West Link Toll Bridge in Dublin. To be fair to the general public this increase is in my opinion completely unjustified and outrageous. It has also transpired that the original contract between the government and NTR (the company who control… Read More »For Whom the Bell ‘Tolls’

Mini Mac

Apple have just released their latest piece of kit. The Mac Mini. With dimensions of 6.5 inches square by 2 inches deep who couldn’t have room for one of these on their desk. It looks incredibly sleek and compact and is pushing me closer and closer towards buying my first Mac (although I may still… Read More »Mini Mac

iTunes where i is for Ireland

It appears that the iTunes music store is now available in Ireland. Perhaps I’m behind with the news but I don’t recall any big announcement on this. I just browsed the store last night with my iTunes client and was greated with a little Irish flag and pricing in Euro (Eur 0.99 per song). So… Read More »iTunes where i is for Ireland

What’s the big IKEA?

The government paved the way yesterday (well, actually, paved sounds like work was done, really they just abolished a rule) for large superstores like Ikea that previously could not enter Ireland due to the size restrictions on stores. The restriction has only been lifted in certain areas obviously Dublin is one (what a surprise!) and… Read More »What’s the big IKEA?