At school my son is looking at polyhedra (that’s the proper word for polyhedrons – like cubes, tetrahedrons, etc).   The other day he came home with pictures of a dodecahedron (that’s the one with 12 pentagon sides) and an icosahedron (20 triangle sides). The icosahedron is really neat. Each point has 5 edges hitting it, and if you hold it right, you can have 5 sides in a top layer, 5 on the bottom, and 10 around the middle. It’s nicely symmetrical, and it feels familiar. I think the reason it feels so familiar is because if you chop off the corners … Continue reading Isoccerhedron

No File Conversion in Windows Mobile Device Center?

In the days of ActiveSync (which means before I upgraded to Vista), I could connect my mobile device to my laptop, and copy files across from one device to another. This hasn’t changed. But ActiveSync didn’t just COPY the files. It would CONVERT them as well (something WMDC doesn’t do). ActiveSync would convert Pocket Word files to/from .doc files (a problem Nick Randolph has faced too), Pocket Excel files to/from .xls, and also tag PDF files so that my mobile device could view them in Reflow mode. Like the Pocket Office formats (which are must more compact than the Office 2000 … Continue reading No File Conversion in Windows Mobile Device Center?


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Debbie Timmins, who I met through the ACS, asked to interview me. If you’re interested to know what she asked, and how I responded, then check out Deb has been involved with the Young IT side of the ACS recently, and we’ve had quite a few conversations about various things. It’s good to have people like Debbie in Adelaide.