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King's College London Mathematical Society 1976-1977

It's time for a laugh. Way back when, I went to King's, London, to take Mathematics as an undergraduate degree. While I was there, I joined the King's Mathematical Society (a.k.a. MathSoc), as one would, and in a fairly short amount of time I became the Treasurer of said society. I wasn't completely out of my senses; my best friends also gained positions: Phil Allen (the guy dead center with the gown) was President, and Stuart Kelly (immediately to my left) was Social Secretary. Rounding up the MathSoc...


PCPlus 268: Drawing Bézier curves

I write a monthly column for PCPlus, a computer news-views-n-reviews magazine in the UK (actually there are 13 issues a year — there's an Xmas issue as well — so it's a bit more than monthly). The column is called Theory Workshop and appears in the back of every issue. When I signed up, my editor and the magazine were gracious enough to allow me to reprint the articles here after say a year or so. After all, the PDFs do appear on each issue's DVD after a couple of months....


Trying out Moblin 2.0 beta

Last night, I read about the new netbook OS, open source but funded by Intel, called Moblin . It’s been designed and implemented especially for Intel Atom-based netbooks, such as the Dell Mini 9 (Inspiron 910), and so I decided to give it a try. So, I followed the excellent instructions on the website, downloaded the disk image, set myself up with a bootable USB drive containing said image, and booted the Mini. The OS’ UI is very intuitive and, dare I say it, cute for a netbook. It makes excellent...


Phoenix WinPhlash utility: error -144

Putting this up there in case anyone else runs into this weird error. Also trying to write the text using all the search terms I used. The BIOS for my Dell MIni 9 was at A04, and Dell have just released a newer version A05. So I downloaded it onto my machine from their support center and started the flashing process. The update uses Pheonix' WinPhlash program to flash the BIOS. Actually let's back up. You download an executable, sure, but what it does is to unpack itself in some folder or other and...