Archive for November, 2012

Troll Physics Shorts #1


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Peats “World Of Electronics” – 75 Employees Lose Their Jobs


Peats “World Of Electronics” – 75 Employees Lose Their Jobs
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Peats ‘World of Electronics’ – Statement


It is with deep sadness and regret that the family owned business of Peats ‘World of Electronics’, the long established and well-known Dublin electronics retail company is to seek the appointment of a Liquidator in an upcoming voluntary creditor’s liquidation.

The Chairman of the business, Ben Peat, briefed the company’s 75-staff today at the company’s head-office store in Parnell St and told staff that the company could not continue to trade in light of its current financial constraints confirming that the company’s eleven stores around Dublin have closed with immediate effect.

Mr Peat told staff that a combination of recession impacts, unsustainably high rental costs and a changing marketplace in which online shopping was eating into high street retailing, meant that the business cannot continue to trade going into the upcoming lean summer. Mr Peat said that “the business generated 60% of its annual sales in the period November to January, and that a summer’s spend could not carry the business, to allow it to continue. It is evident in our experience that consumers have little discretionary spend at this time and sales volumes are up to 50% down on peak 2007 spend, while in parallel it has not been possible to achieve appropriate rental adjustment to enable a profit margin to be achieved to sustain business viability. The sector in which we operate has been disproportionately affected by the downturn, if we don’t close now our capacity to settle our affairs to best effect will only further deteriorate”, Mr Peat said.

Mr Peat told staff that “Trade hit its peak in 2007, with turnover that year of €24m, it has since re-trenched to less than half for the current year” and thanking staff, customers and suppliers, he continued, “the Company had a fine heritage for quality, decency and value, it became a popular name on the Dublin retail landscape and it’s departure from the high-street will be a loss to the tradition of family retailing in Dublin. Thanking customers he said, it is with deep regret that we have to close the doors of our ‘world of electronics business’, – we have tried very hard to establish solutions with suppliers and landlords that could have brought balance and sustainability back into our business. We have implemented extensive cost-reduction at all levels including payroll and terms of employment, but unfortunately it is beyond our power to continue in operation and we have to protect our staff, creditors, debtors and legal interests to best possible effect and do right by all concerned as far as is both humanly and financially possible. We cannot allow our situation to deteriorate further – as we do not want to compromise our capacity to secure the best possible outcome for all out of what is a difficult situation”

Thanking staff for their support and loyalty in a number of cases for over thirty years, Mr Peat said that staff will be paid their entitlements and redundancy due in full, and asked for their support for both colleagues and the business in the coming days, while the business settled its affairs to the very best of its ability to do so. He commented that over the years Peat’s staff have always been exceptional, there was one big extended family within which three generations of the Peat family still currently work.

Peats began life in Parnell Street in 1934 when Brigit and William Peat set up shop to sell wet cell batteries, bicycles, furniture and prams. All six of their children joined the business and their youngest son, Ben Peat is the current chairman. In its early years the company began to develop the electronics side of the business selling radiograms, followed by three-in-one hi-fi systems and contemporary products including repair services, to the present day sales of an assembly of electronic home entertainment products including flat screen TV’s, cameras, computer laptops and accessories.

Peats’ eleven stores are located throughout Dublin, with its head office in Parnell St; the Company also has stores in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, College Green, Rathmines, Swords and in the Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge. It also operated a number of Sony Centre shops under the Sony Centre identity. These outlets are located in the Jervis Shopping Centre, on O’Connell St, in Dun Laoghaire, in the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and also on Stephen’s Green, close to the Shelbourne Hotel.

All stores have now been closed and telephone calls will automatically be directed to a call centre to accommodate any enquiries arising, so that they can be logged and dealt with as efficiently and as soon as possible.

In making enquiries customers are invited to call 01-9023718 or to Email:

Dude, there’s some guy taking my picture! What should I do?
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It was hard to resist taking several pictures of this young woman: she seemed so clean-cut, attractive, and well dressed as she stood in the square while chatting on her cell phone.

She then marched back and forth several paces, then went into the entrance to the 72nd Street subway station, came back out again, marched around, continued chattering on her cell phone, and occasionally glanced at me with a puzzled look as I snapped several pictures. A good ten minutes went by until she finally disappeared for good into the subway station, still chattering away on her cell phone…

Note: this photo was published in a Jul 9, 2009 photo titled "How to Ease Your Transition to Google Voice." It was also published in an Aug 1, 2009 XYHDTV blog titled "How Do I Know if She Likes Me?" It was also published in a Jun 11, 2010 Online Dating Finder blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Jul 21, 2010 blog titled "En busca del look perfecto para ir de rebajas." It was also published in an undated (mid-Oct 2010) "Second Store on the Web" blog titled "A Gr??t Option – Digital TV ?? Y??r PC." And it was published in a Nov 1, 2010 blog titled "Get it for free! Put away your credit card – Tips on free online dating." It was also published in a Dec 3, 2010 First Date Conversation blog , with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written here on this Flickr page. And it was published in a Dec 18, 2010 blog titled "Single? Try Online Dating, It Works!"

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Jan 3, 2011 PC and Parts blog titled "Q&A: Is there a store online where I can get a powerbutton switch for a gateway essential 500 (pentium 3 500mhz)?" And it was published in a Jan 25, 2010 blog titled "The Best Things in Life are Usually Free – Online Dating and Singles Tips." It was also published in a Jan 27, 2011 blog titled "Help me please where can i work online from my laptop?" And it was published in a Jul 21, 2011 blog titled "Judging Female Sexual Attractiveness Based On The Clothes They Wear."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in an Apr 9, 2012…, with the same caption and detailed notes I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jun 21, 2012 blog titled "6 Little-Known Facts that Could Affect Your Air Miles."


This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan — between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

I don’t like to intrude on people’s privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they’re still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what’s right in front of me.

I’ve also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting — literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I’ve learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture … after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it’s pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.

For the most part, I’ve deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don’t want to be photographed, and I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. I’m still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We’ll see how it goes …

The only other thing I’ve noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, far more people who are not so interesting. They’re probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I’ve photographed … but there was just nothing memorable about them.

Cheers to you from The Pour House: Coffee Shops 2008, #25 – Week 39, 52 Weeks – with Flickr notes!
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The Pour House, Main Street, Westminster, Maryland

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Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy


Donald Sadoway: The missing link to renewable energy What’s the key to using alternative energy, like solar and wind? Storage — so we can have power on tap even when the sun’s not out and the wind’s not blowing. In this accessible, inspiring talk, Donald Sadoway takes to the blackboard to show us the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. As he says “We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap.”TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at If you have questions or comments about this or other TED videos, please go to
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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[How To] Unbrick a Fully Bricked PSP!


PLEASE READ!!! Don’t forget to Subscribe, Rate 5/5 and Comment! – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – What do you need? 1) Pandora Battery 2) Magic Memory Stick – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – Links that I used (trusted): Pandora Battery for PSP 1000/2000: PSP 1000/2000 Magic Memory Sticks: – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – Steps: 1) Take out normal battery and memory stick 2) Charge pandora battery 3) Put in magic magic memory stick 4) Put in pandora battery 5) Hold L-Trigger and turn on PSP 6) Install CFW (or OFW) 7) Afer installation and reboot, completely turn off psp (hold down power button for 5+ seconds and replace magic memory stick and pandora battery for normal memory stick and battery 8) Upgrade to your desired CFW/OFW 9) Subscribe, Rate 5/5 and Comment!

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Loot – 2009


Loot – 2009
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What’s in My Bag
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All the stuff I carry around with me on a daily basis. Although I have a car now, I spent several years without one, so I got in the habit of carrying around everything I might need in my bag. I keep it that way now, so I can just grab one thing and be reasonably sure I’m prepared for anything. I can go from fixing someone’s computer to doing my own coding to killing some time waiting for something to going hiking in the middle of nowhere without having to grab more stuff from anywhere.

Too smart for my own good
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I don’t…there’s not a real nice way to put this, but I’m a really smart person. Particularly in imaging systems and how they can talk to each other, or what’s possible with something…that’s my specialty I guess. So when I say I’m smart, I mean in that area. History or geography? Well I once tried to tell someone that the Appalachians were west of the Mississippi (wait…are they??), so you know.
So tonight I was clickin’ away on my laptop, passing time while I waited for institute to start, and meanwhile I got to listen to a whole business meeting between these chaps. Now here’s the first problem and my first bit of advice: If you’re conducting a business meeting for something under development…if you want to keep your idea under wraps, don’t hold your meeting in a practically abandoned cafe on campus! Now I’m not crazy Steve Jobs level secretive, but I have some ideas and I try to keep my cards…well not toooo close to my chest, but I don’t just hold them out for public view either!

Setting that aside, these gents were discussing plans to develop an app for iOS. A game. A location based game. And therein lies the problem.

The whole premise of the game relies on location, and not check-in location like 4Square, but constant location data.

This is only marginally supported on iPhone.

And it’s a big battery drain.

In the form it was being discussed, I have a really hard time imagining their app being successful, but we’ll see.

So do I jump in and tell them they need to rethink this whole concept? Naaah, that wouldn’t be nice. That would just be me being too smart for my own good.

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How to fix the click buttons on a Toshiba Satellite L455 S5975 laptop


The left click button on my laptop broke. I did some searches and couldn’t find a fix. I did find some people that had the same problem. I decided that it couldn’t be that hard to fix it. So I took it apart and found that it was a very simple fix. Hope this helps a lot! ;-)
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Energizer AP1201 Silicon Battery Case Review for the iPhone 4


A review of the Energizer AP1201 Silicon Battery Case for the iPhone 4. Overall a good battery case but the downsides are it does possess flash issues (leftover molding material) and it attracts lint. Remember to Comment, thumbs up and subscribe! Twitter: Website: Manufacturer Link
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Windows 7 – How to Delete a Desktop Shortcut


Windows 7 - How to Delete a Desktop Shortcut

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Video Rating: 3 / 5

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What’s in my bag


What’s in my bag
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Old Pic circa 2005

From the back

1. IBM Thinkpad leather carry case
2. IBM A22M Thinkpad
3. IBM Thinkpad canvas bag for cables and chargers
4. Thinkpad charger cable
5. Really cool case of tricks with a heap of USB and network connectors
6. Ethernet to USB cable
7. USB 4 port hub power cord
8. IBM charger
9. Fuji S5500 camera
10. Nokia phone charger
11. Camera to computer cable
12. 2nd (backup) camera to computer cable
13. Tiny little mouse
14. Phone cord from a standard phone connection to modem
15. Nokia DKU-5 (Phone to computer) cable
16. AA battery charger
17. Infra red cable adaptor
18. Wi Fi PCMCIA Card
19. Nokia 7200 phone
20. 4 port USB PCMCIA card
21. Sandisk 256Mb Cruzer USB storage stick
22. Mouse USB to PS2(?) connector
23. Infra Red (IrDa) transmitting adaptor
24. Rechargeable AA batteries
25. Spare Thinkpad battery
26. Two memory card for my old Fuji camer
27. A newer XD card that came with my new camera with about 16 meg of space.

earth hour 2009
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On the train from London, Ontario for the entire time of earth hour. The bottle of water is not mine and the computer is running on batteries.

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HP Mini 210 LCD Screen Replacement


In this video I replace the cracked LCD Screen of an HP Mini 210-2070nr with a new one. Laptops parts are easy to break and the small connectors and plastic pieces can be expensive to replace. If you decide to work on your laptop, please take notes and take your time! If you would like me to check out your laptop we do a free estimate at my shop and have a fast turn around time. Table of Contents Removal of: Battery 0:10 Back Cover 0:15 WiFi Antenna 0:22 Wireless Card WiFi 0:26 Keyboard 0:47 Touchpad Case Cover 2:27 LCD Assembly 3:11 LCD Frame Bezel 3:40 LCD Hinges 4:11 LCD Screen 4:30 LCD Frame Support 5:40 New LCD Installation 6:12
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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