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Bejeweled Yields Cognitive Benefit In Older Adults

MarkTBSc Peer reviewed? (82 comments)

This is as opposed to the BBC and Dr. Adrian Owen's study that actually *Tested* people's abilities after using a brain-training game for several weeks and discovered that whilst you might get better at that game, it doesn't grant some sort of mental boost. When I get in the car in the morning and drive to work, I feel sharper when I arrive because I've been concentrating on the drive and it's got my brain up to speed. Does that mean that driving yields cognitive benefits?

about 3 years ago
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Happy 80th Birthday, William Shatner!

MarkTBSc Happy Birthday Billy Boy (226 comments)

It's amusing really... I have a six month old niece. Shatner really was out saving the galaxy when her Grandfather was in diapers. Like or Loathe Shatner, the world probably wouldn't be the same today without him and his compatriots. RIP Deforest Kelly, James Doohan, Majel Barret and Gene Roddenberry.

more than 3 years ago
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Using a Toy Train To Calibrate a Reactor

MarkTBSc Chuff Chuff Chuff... (120 comments)

It's amusing. I work at a British research establishment that used to do work for the Royal Navy. We had a little set of toy train tracks set up in the garden to help with our work on missile targeting systems.

more than 4 years ago
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Bluetooth Versus Wireless Mice

MarkTBSc Bluetooth Battles Wifi Woes (519 comments)

I've been using a Logitech wireless trackball for a while and it's just fine for me, but I'd probably still recommend Bluetooth. We had an incident at work recently where a new WiFi network took up a huge proportion of the available 2.4ghz spectrum and killed the mouse we used for seminars stone dead. Bluetooth has more advanced signal processing and we've replaced the old mouse with one of those.

more than 5 years ago
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What to Seek in an Older Subnotebook?

MarkTBSc Sony C1 (250 comments)

My personal emergency PC is a Sony Vaio C1 Picturebook. The VFK model with bluetooth. 650Mhz, 128mb of RAM (upgradable to 192mb) and a standard, easily replaceable 2.5" ide hard disk. Not the speediest machine in the world but I gave it a bit of a kick by installing Xubuntu. The only downside I'd say is the size of the screen. At 1024x480 I sometimes have trouble fitting entire dialog boxes onto the sceen. However I think there's a better version... Possibly the C1M, that had an 800Mhz processor, 256Mb of RAM and a 1280x800 resolution screen. The size of a hardback book, I'd heartily recommend it.

more than 6 years ago

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The great HP disappearing toner caper

MarkTBSc MarkTBSc writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MarkTBSc writes "Several months ago, my company completed its periodic replacement of all its printer systems and converted from Lexmark to HP exclusively. Many of us who had to handle jams, refills and other problems breathed a collective sigh of relief as the problem children were hauled off for recycling. However the new additions have had me scratching my head and thinking not entirely happy thoughts. Anyone who has had the task of refilling a printer knows that inks and toners don't deplete at the same rate. The Black will usually go first, then maybe Cyan or Magenta and then Yellow... Yet for some reason, this laserjet runs down its colours *precisely* in lockstep. Black runs out at its own rate, but the three colours — according to the supplies status page — are always precisely equal. This, of course, leads to simultanious replacement of toners that cost over £150 each. Has anyone else run into this problem? Is it just corrupt monitoring software, shoddy engineering or... Something I won't mention for having my bottom sued off. The stuff costs more than vintage champagne, could someone be drinking it?"

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