The Anonymous Widower

More ARM Processors Than People

A friend has told me that he was in a meeting and one of the founders of ARM pointed out, that there were probably more ARM processors in the room than people.

As I type this, I’m wondering how many ARM processors are in this room with me.

For a start, there’s my Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, which has an ARM CPU and GPU.  As the CPU is dual core, is that a total of three or two?

There’s also a modern Samsung television, two set-top boxes, four Nokia phones, including three 6310i, two digital cameras and a Samsung Tab, all of which might contain one or more ARM processors.

I think that I’m outnumbered! But take note that in 2012, they sold 8.7 billion units!

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Computing, World | , | Leave a comment

London’s Name Advantage

It has just been announced that London has now acquired the .london domain name extension.

If you go through the major cities of the world, it generally would seem to work for many like Paris, Berlin, Rome and New York, but it doesn’t work for cities with longer names like Edinburgh, San Francisco and Copenhagen.

So do the short-named cities like London have an advantage? try typing in the domain name for the mayor of Vladivostok!

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Computing | , , | Leave a comment

Keeping Cyclists And Pedestrians Safe

There is a big row at the moment over safety on London’s cycling superhighways.

I wemt to Islington twice today in the morning and to Walthamstow in the afternoon. I saw several instances of bad behaviour, by drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, but the most dangerous ones, were when drivers were turning left and ignoring Rule 170 of the Highway Code and not giving way to pedestrians. In one instance the driver braked hard to avoid pedestrians and a cyclist ran into the back of his car.

So perhaps the best way to cut deaths and injuries to cyclists and pedestrians, is for all road users to obey the law as best they can.

As I said in this post, the Scots have some of the worst pedestrian death rates in Europe and it appeared to me, when I visited, that Scots are much more impatient, than modt of the pedestrians in my part of London.

After my experiences in Croydon yesterday, I would think that signposts showing the shortest and most convenient routes for pedestrians would help too. In a lot of places, cyclists already have these.

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Hampstead Heath Station Gets Upgraded

Upgraded might be to soft a word for the work going on at Hampstead Heath station. Demolition and rebuilding might be better.

Lifts are being installed, a new ticket office is being constructed and the platforms are being lengthened to take the five-car Class 378 trains, when they arrive after the end of this year.

Sadly, not everybody would appear to be happy, according to this article in the Ham and High. But then, when the station is finished, it will be a lot better for access than most of the stations on the Victoria line, which handle a lot more passengers.

I think too, we often forget what happens in reality.  Yesterday coming back from IKEA, I needed to get on the Overground at West Croydon for Dalston Junction.  I had an awkward bag with me and I ended up on the wrong platform at West Croydon by my mistake. To get across, I needed to go up a ramp and down two sets of stairs. So I was asked if I needed help and I said that I didn’t!  In the end a member of staff escorted me down the steps to the train.

So provided they are trained and helpful, surely one part of a disabled access strategy, is extra staff on the station. After all, one group who need assistance in unfamiliar surroundings are those who are blind or partially-sighted.  I’m no expert, but surely a trained human guide is the best solution to their problems in these circumstances.

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

How To Do Interchanges

The London Overground wasn’t built to a generous budget and in some places it shows.

But not here in the two interchanges between the East and North London lines at Canonbury and Highbury and Islington stations.

The wide central platform handles a lot of the transfers with a simple walk across and then if you need to use the footbridge, there are lifts to avoid the stairs.

At Highbury and Islington, there is also a second footbridge,

Both stations have a coffee stall on the central platforms, which also have seats and shelters.

Note too how the freight train is some way from passengers due to the wide platform.  This can’t be said of all stations on the Overground.

It just shows how a tight budget and good design often produce something that works well. If money had been no object, the stations would have had escalators, but these don’t allow for disabled and buggy access, which of course the stair/lift combination does.

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 2 Comments

Only In Waitrose In Islington

I couldn’t help noticing the carrots in the Waitrose in Islington.

Only In Waitrose In Islington

Only In Waitrose In Islington

Perhaps, though the idea worked as I bought two!

I’ve seen carrots stacked neatly in places like India and Africa, but never in the UK.

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Food | , | 2 Comments

And Now There Are Four!

I collected the third and fourth of my dining chairs today.

And Now There Are Four!

And Now There Are Four!

I did it like I did last time on a 30 bus.

As you can see, they still stack well, even with the IKEA cushions.

November 15, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | 2 Comments

More Hot Air For Bunhill

During Open House in September, I visited the Bunhill Energy Centre, which provides heat and power for homes in Islington.

There are now reports like this one on ITV, that they will be taking in the waste heat from the Underground and an electricity sub-station. I would assume the latter is the massive one between the Regent’s Canal and City Road, that provides power to the City of London.

Perhaps they should build a centre like Bunhill close to the Houses of Parliament to heat homes n Westminster!

November 15, 2013 Posted by | News | , , , | 2 Comments

Four Direct Debits

This morning on my summary bank statement, the last four entries just say Direct Debit. If I go to the full statement only one is fully annotated and understandable.

I can identify two of the other entries, but the third is almost a complete mystery to me.

As they are Direct Debits, my bank can do a lot better than this, as they must have had the payee to actually pay the direct debit.

So why are these payees not shown in the summary? It wouldn’t cost them any money to say “DD nPower” rather than “Direct Debit”.  It even has less characters.

The first bank, that offers a fully annotated money transfer service gets my business!

November 15, 2013 Posted by | Computing, Finance | | Leave a comment

IKEA Gives More To The Philippines Than China

Hard to believe, but it’s true, and is fully reported in the Guardian.

China has given $2m, whilst IKEA has given $2.7m.

Japan, the United States and Australia have given a lot more.

November 15, 2013 Posted by | News | , , , | 1 Comment