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Look UP! April 16, 2009

Posted by Sarah in astro 2.0.
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Ever wished you had a place on the web where you can find out everything about an astronomical object? Comrade astroblogger Stuart over in the UK has written just the thing. It’s called LookUp and you can access it for free, here. I’ve been playing with it for a few days and it’s a lovely little tool that will come in handy for both the desk-bound professionals and the stargazers out in the field. (more…)

IPhone mystery illness October 25, 2008

Posted by Sarah in me.
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Since arriving in the US last week my IPhone hasn’t been working properly and it’s really been bugging me. Since a couple of days I’ve figured out what the problem is – but I haven’t heard about it before and I’m sure it’s not supposed to happen.

Essentially the screen goes white and the phone reboots itself – irrespective of whether I’m actually using it at the time. Sometimes I could use it for half an hour before it would reboot, sometimes just 10 seconds. Very annoying!

I tried everything I could think of: a full factory reset, losing my applications, restarting etc all to no avail.

Now I’ve discovered that it works perfectly in airplane mode, i.e. without its phone funcionality but with wifi. So the problem is clearly related to the US mobile phone networks. I’m happy that I can use my phone again, albeit as an iPod touch, but I’m very curious about this problem. Anyone have any similar experiences or ideas?!

My favourite online tools September 2, 2008

Posted by Sarah in me, random.
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Over the last few months I’ve been experimenting with online tools with mainly two goals: (i) social networking, as I was fed up with the format of the traditional social networking platforms like Facebook and MySpace, and (ii) productivity, to help me manage and plan my workload. I have just one laptop and some disk space on our work servers and am constantly travelling, so back ups are *very* important. Working on several projects also makes good diary keeping, notes and to do lists are essential for keeping on top of things. I also recently got an iPhone so am still exploring the best ways of syncing between my phone and laptop. Oh yeah, and some things are just fun!