This is the blog of Ronald Bartels that wanders on and off the subject of problem management (that is how it started), but it is best described by Ray who says this is Daddy's thoughts! Like the best music is from the Eighties and a wee dram helps in solving most inconveniences.
Dr Chris Barnard performed the first human heart transplant at Groote
Schuur hospital in Cape Town South Africa. Barnard persisted with
cardiac transplantation even though many other surgeons gave it up. The
advent of ciclosporin, an immunosuppressant drug which reduces the
activity of the immune system, and therefore the risk of organ
rejection, was largely responsible for improving the results and the
ability to do a successful of heart transplant.
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Mrs Ples is a famous skull found in the Cradle of Humankind in South
Africa by Dr. Robert Broom and John T. Robinson. Broom was a close
associate of Raymond Dart, who is credited with the discovery of the
Taung child. Dart’s assertion that humankind originated in Africa was
further vindicated by the finding of Mrs Ples.
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a replacement for cage nuts which are used to mount Information
Technology, audio-visual, Security, and Telecommunications equipment in
19” racks. These are predominantly used and installed with data centres.
Cage nuts have been used for many years and they are a struggle to
insert, with a person having to deal with cut hands and fingers and
losing a fair few down the back of racks. Rackstuds are a good
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What often happens is that when I'm researching a topic or come
across an interesting article and I don't make a note of it it goes
missing, Some time later I have to try and remember the article
reference and google is not always perfect. So these reference lists I
have here are for that purpose. I you want to contribute leave a
This is a bibliography of resources and articles for data protection (especially back and restore).
The first modems converted U.S. Air Force radar data into sounds and
squawked them over phone lines. A receiver then translated the noises
back into data. ("Modem" draws its name from the first letters of the
words describing the process: MOdulation and DEModulation.) Transmission
was slow until the late 1990s, when it hit 56 kbps, fast enough to
learn that you've got mail. - Popular Mechanics
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Though developed for use in the telephone, the microphone showed
its full cultural force in music. Beginning in the 1920s the mic
migrated into nightclubs and recording studios with dramatic results.
For instance, it amplified the voice of the string bass, which bumped
the tuba from jazz-combo lineups. But that's just a blip compared to the
seismic shift that the microphone caused among vocalists. Early adopter
Bing Crosby used the mic to develop a more natural and intimate singing
style called crooning--and lo, the frontman (and woman) was born,
eventually gaining iconic status thanks to a lineage that includes
Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, James
Brown and Mick Jagger. -Popular Mechanics
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In popular usage, “Linux” often refers to a group of operating system
distributions built around the Linux kernel. In the strictest sense,
though, Linux refers only to the presence of the kernel itself. To build
out a full operating system, Linux distributions often include tooling
and libraries from the GNU project and other sources. More developers
have been using Linux recently to build and run mobile applications; it
has also played a key role in the development of affordable devices.It
is also a popular choice for for cloud computing.
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For samurai, or military nobility, in pre-industrial Japan, a sword was more than a weapon: It was an extension of the soul. Two of the swords in this collection form a daisho (meaning "big and small") set, comprised of a katana (which means "long sword") and wakizashi (which means "side arm").
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The coelacanth is a “living fossil”, because its fossils were found
long before the actual discovery of a live specimen. The coelacanth is
thought to have first evolved approximately 400 million years ago. The fish has a foul taste and is inedible. The natural habitat of the
fish is 120m below the surface of the ocean and has resulted in the
death of numerous divers who have attempted to film it. The fish is
associated with Dr JLB Smith who identified and confirmed the catch by
fisherman Captain Hendrick Goosen and discovery by museum curator
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Bungee jumping it's origins
in the ancient ritual "Gkol" performed in the Pentecost Island in the
Pacific Archipelago of Vanuatu. The legend says that in the village
named Bunlap a man called Tamalie had a quarrel with his wife
and she ran away and climbed a Banyan tree where she wrapped her ankles
with liana vines. When Tamalie came up to her, the woman jumped from
the tree and so did her husband not knowing what had his wife had done.
So he died but the woman survived. The men of Bunlap were very impressed
by this performance and they began to practise such jumps in case they
got into similar situations. This practice transformed into a ritual for
rich yam harvest and also for proving manhood.
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Marilyn is the sexiest women of all time. She died more than 4 years before I was born but yet she is the Cleopatra of our time. Her legendary seductiveness would have captured King David, like it did with Bathsheba.
Was it because she appeared nude in the first edition of the self help magazine for men? Was it because she seduced Presidents? Was it because she left us young and beautiful?
Marilyn was an enigma! Norma Jeane bleached her brunette hair a golden blonde and became Marilyn. She was intelligent and used her ability to charm, no doubt a very sensuous person.
"Candle in the Wind" is a song with music and lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It was originally written in honour of Marilyn Monroe. John performed a rewritten version of the song as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. This version of the song was released as a single and reached No. 1 in many countries, proving a much greater success than the original, officially being listed as the second best-sell…
The United Nations, also
known as the UN, was founded after World War II to facilitate world
peace by promoting cooperation in international security, economic
development, social progress and human rights. It replaced the League
of Nations, which was established by Jan Smuts. Smuts was also
prominent in the formation of the United Nations and wrote the preamble
to the charter. Notably Smuts is the only person to sign not only both
the charters of the League of Nations and the United Nations but also
the peace treaties of the First and Second World Wars. Smuts was one of
the most prominent South African statesmen of the 20th century of Boer
Stuart Manley, who owns Barter Books in Alnwick, Northumberland,
liked the red and white Second World War propaganda poster much that he
framed it and hung it up in his shop. It is one of only two original
prints known to have survived after the Government reconsidered
releasing the poster and pulped the original print run.To his astonishment, Mr Manley was inundated with customers
desperate to have a copy or buy the original. He decided to make and
sell a facsimile version and, since then, has sold over 40,000 copies
alongside hundreds of mugs, T-shirts, mouse mats, tea towels and
postcards. - The Telegraph
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Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean. One of the earliest British Governors of Gibraltar was the scot Major General Roger Elliot who was
not only famous for keeping the territory British but also took on the
whole French army in an earlier battle with only two regiments.
Gibraltar is known for it’s Barbary Macaques which are resident wild
monkeys. A myth is that should these monkeys ever leave the territory
then the British reign will also end. This myth so concerned Winston
Churchill during the Second World War that he gave special instructions
to ensure their survival. Elliot is a famous member of the clan Elliot
to which I belong.
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South Africa celebrates Freedom
Day on April 27 -- a commemoration of the first post-apartheid elections
held on that day in 1994. To
honor the occasion, we've put together images of the best places to see
in the Rainbow Nation. Click through the gallery for an eyeful of
the best South Africa has to offer.
The first swimming pool
vacuum cleaner was invented by a hydraulics engineer, Ferdinand Chauvier
in South Africa. He eventually creating one that would do the job
automatically, powered by the operation of the pool's filter and
marketed his product under the name Kreepy Krauly.
Find out more about the Kreepy Krauly over at LinkedIn here.
A data center is a facility used to house computer systems and
associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems.
It generally includes redundant or backup power supplies (including
diesel generators), redundant data communications connections,
environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, fire suppression) and
various security devices.
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In the good old days Grace Hopper was
one of the pioneering problem managers. The term debugging was named by
her, after a moth entangled itself in a relay. The first bug report is
reproduced here to the right.
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commonly known as the Big Iron, are computers used primarily by large
organizations for critical applications; bulk data processing, such as
census, industry and consumer statistics, enterprise resource planning;
and transaction processing. They are larger and have more processing
power than any other class of computer. The term mainframe specifically
refers to computers that can support thousands of applications and
input/output devices to simultaneously serve thousands of users.
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Kwolek was a DuPont chemist who invented Kevlar, the lightweight,
stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor
around the world. A pioneer as a woman in a mostly male field, Kwolek
made the breakthrough while working on specialty fibers at a DuPont
laboratory in Wilmington, Delaware. At the time, DuPont was looking for
strong, lightweight fibers that could replace steel in automobile tires
and improve fuel economy.
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The name ‘boomslang’ is Afrikaans for ‘tree snake’. The snake is usually
found in trees and shrubs, hence the name boomslang. The snake is
active during the day and feeds on birds, nestlings, frogs, lizards and
occasionally on small mammals.
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Just off the island of Mauritius there a waterfall under the ocean's
surface. Strong currents force sand from the shores into the chasm.
Lying off the south-west corner of the island lies this most stunning of
natural phenomenons - is actually one of nature’s optical illusions.
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Johnnie Walker's premium blend with no age statement is Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Blue is blended to recreate the character and taste of some of the earliest whisky blends created in the 19th century. Bottles are numbered serially and sold in a silk-lined box accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. It is one of the most expensive blended Scotches on the market.
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Sagrada Família is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí became involved in 1883 and used his own architectural and engineering
style, which combined Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. At the
time of his death less than a quarter of the project was complete.
Sagrada Família's construction progressed slowly, as it relied on
private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to
resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the
midpoint in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges
remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of
Gaudí's death. Find about more about the Church over at LinkedIn here.
The tomato which is native to the Americas was first cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas as early as 700 A.D. It is presumed that the tomato found its' way across the Atlantic following the Spanish conquests of Mexico. The name "tomato" derives from "tomatl," its name in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztec people.
Tomatoes are related to the deadly nightshade, a poisonous plant which
has been used as both a hallucinogenic drug and a beauty aid in Europe.
Also know via the Latin name of "belladonna", meaning beautiful woman,
it was used in the medieval courts of Europe where ladies would apply a
few drops of nightshade extract to their eyes to dilate their pupils, a
look considered most fashionable at the time. During the French
Revolution in addition to beheading aristocrats, the patriotic
Republican citizens of Paris would wear red caps as a mark of faith in
the Republic. A zealous chef suggested that the mobs should eat red
food to demonst…