RAM that is faulty will occasionally cause your system to reboot. To correct this problem the RAM must be replaced.
Now, if you’ve got this far then you you know that my system occasionally reboots without warning. You know that I have established that malware is not to blame. No known driver issues and I’ve even made peace with the fact that my RAM failed me.
In Fig.1 at right is a top and bottom view of the replacement RAM card, 2GB DDR2 rated at 800MHz. You should take care not to touch the gold connectors, and rather handle the card by it’s short edges. For the replacement RAM I went to a local supplier here in Hermanus. You can find them online here.
Juan-Pierre of Matrix Wharehouse says: “It’s a 2GB DDR2 PC6400 RAM module that runs at an effective speed of 800Mhz. The actual speed of the memory is 400Mhz, but because it is DDR RAM, it is doubled as the transfer rate is doubled as well. Also, you will get a higher transfer rate if you connect two of the same memory modules, therefore giving you dual channel transfer speeds.”
You will hear these words, or at least think about them, when next you experience faulty RAM components. This can happen to you.
Random and without warning are four words that you do not want to hear used with computing terms like “shutdown” and particularly and ironically not together with the words “Random Access Memory” or RAM.
Just recently my computer has started occasionally rebooting spontaneously without perceivable cause. My motivation for fixing this problem is based on Van Haelen’s 3rd proposition, which, as you are no doubt aware, is based on premise that this reboot will happen right before you have saved your work and right after you have entered some critically important data, which will now be gone. The well known rider to this proposition is that the random reboot will never happen when you are playing Spider Solitaire or similar. Here’s my experience with diagnosing the problem and replacing the faulty RAM. Continue reading ‘RAM How To Boot Test Diagnose and Replace It’ »
North-west over Signal Hill, and in the middle distance on the left, the hazy shadow of Robben Island is just barely visible. To the right is Cape Town Harbour and the famous Victoria & Alfred Basin. The newly completed 2010 World Cup Stadium stands to the left of the V & A.
Black girdle-tailed lizard (Cordylus nigra). This lizards defence against predators like hawks, eagles and baboons is camouflage. When startled they can move to safety quickly. Typically they will spend hours basking in the sun feeding on grubs, beatles and other insects.
Table Mountain should definitely be a candidate for any Wonders of the World title. Here is a slide show that attempts to capture the majesty of Table Mountain and the beauty of it’s creation. The photographic selection that I have chosen shows examples of the famous architecture of the Bo Kaap and views of Robben Island, Table Bay, The City Bowl, Cape Point, the Twelve Apostles mountain range, the Cable Station on top of Table Mountain. These photos were taken on a beautiful day with near perfect, close to windless, conditions of a late summer afternoon (31 photos). Enjoy.
The author of Avatar, James Cameron, is assembling a team to dive to the bottom of the deepest sea. He is planning to shoot footage for a sequel to Avatar. The movie is set in the turbulent waters of Pandora, an alien moon, and it’s expected to hit the circuit in 2014. Cameron has commissioned Australian engineers to build a deep sea submersible to reach the bottom of the Marianas Trench.
“We are building a vehicle to do the dive. It’s about half-completed in Australia,” said Cameron.
Camerons destination is an area known as “Challenger Deep”. At 10 916 meters (35 813 feet) below sea level, this is the deepest surveyed point on earth. It lies in the hadopelagic or Hadal zone so named from the greek word ” Hades” for the “underworld.”
Last year I took this photo of the lovely Bot River estuary. We are privileged to live within walking distance of its shores. You may notice, if you look up at the top of this page, the banner-header of this website is cropped from the same photograph.
Time and time again I am drawn to try and capture the most astonishing variety of moods and vistas that are on display throughout the year as the seasons change.
This estuary is situated in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve on the southern coast of South Africa. It lies at the bottom of a broad and fertile valley and measures about six by two kilometres. It is quite shallow with an average depth of 1 – 2 metres (3 – 6 feet). The Bot and Afdaks rivers feed this estuary which seasonally opens to the sea. This ensures a rich variety of fauna, some 32 species of fish and over 50 kinds of birds including pelicans, flamingos and the other waders. Most are migratory and so are seen at different times of the year. Occasionally a herd of wild horses grazes on the grassy banks (See 12 images or click here for Flickr slide show). Continue reading ‘The Beautiful Bot River Estuary’ »
Have you ever wondered, like me, if one or two spaces should come after a period in a sentence? Well, we are not alone. Apparently there is a dichotomy of opinion on this issue. Strongly held views are asserted by each camp. For the one-spacers, Farhad Manjoo puts it best:
“Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.”
Well, alright then. Not long ago, mere hundreds of years back, inconsistency reigned regarding spelling, punctuation and print design. In the early 20th century typesetting eventually became more widespread. Typesetters began to settle on a single space after the “full stop.” Europe was first to adopt this and America followed soon after. Then came a now virtually extinct technology — the manual typewriter. The first typewriters had mono-space type. The introduction of the two-space rule was to accomodate the aesthetic shortcomings of the mono-space typewriter. Continue reading ‘Quotation Mark And Space After Period: Rules You Should Know About’ »
As a relative newbie to the blogosphere my skills level is moderate at best. So imagine my delight at coming across Copy Compass. With the help of this truly excellent WordPress plugin, my skills at SEO or Search Engine Optimisation are elevated to expert level, literally all at the click of a button. If this sounds too good to be true, read on!
Anyone that’s serious about blogging will know that SEO is absolutely critical to the success of any blog. Making your content “search engine friendly” is an important step to getting those page rankings up and increasing the traffic to your site. Trouble is, SEO is pretty complicated stuff. It requires a steep learning curve to master the finer points of Meta data, keyword density and reading-ease-of-content, just three of the dozen or so aspects that you need to have a handle on. Enter Copy Compass, a Content Analysis tool for WordPress that will do the SEO heavy lifting for you at the click of a button.
Last September a well known independant Cyber Security Researcher, Dancho Danchev, disappeared while working on an assignment in his home country, Bulgaria. According to this report yesterday, by ZNet’s Ryan Naraine, they have been trying to reach him since August last year without success, and they now fear for his safety.
In another report yesterday, Kim Zetter of Wired.com’s Threat Level, says that Danchev may have fallen foul of the East European cyber-criminal groups that he has been bent on exposing. Danchev has been missing since at least September. It was around this time that he apparently sent a letter “as insurance” to a friend to the effect that his apartment was being bugged by Bulgarian agents. The letter included photos of what he thought was a bugging device that he found in his apartment. Says Kim:
"Coffee tastes better if the latrines are dug downstream from an encampment."
-- U.S. Army Field Regulations, 1861
"Happy the generation where the great listen to the small, for it follows that in such a generation the small will listen to the great."
-- Hebrew Proverb
"Have no fear of perfection -- you'll never reach it."
-- Salvador Dali
(1904 - 1989)
"There does not exist, nor can there exist, true chaos.
Rather what is taken to be chaotic is by nature a system which is governed by laws the observer either cannot or refuses to accept."
-- Camden Narzt
"'Why are you crying?' asked Yossarian.
'Because you don't believe in God!' she said.
'What do you care,' said Yossarian. 'I thought you were an atheist?'
'I am,' she sobbed. 'But the God that I don't believe in is a kind, merciful, loving God, not the vindictive, sadistic, angry God that you don't believe in.'"
-- Joseph Heller
Have few desires."
(604 BC - 531 BC)
"The Way of Lao-tzu"
"No act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted."
(620 BC - 560 BC)
"The Lion and the Mouse"
About THIS ‘N THAT
The various personal interests, reflections, contemplations, observations, comments and musings of -- John L Bradfield
Lindsey Harper Mac lives in Indianapolis and writes about technology and social media. Lindsey is now completing her graduate degree and she can be found on Twitter @Harpermac11.
David Elliott is a freelance writer from North London who’s spent most of his life in restless excitement. Whenever he can, he immerses himself in foreign cultures and the history of great cities.
Sally is an avid blogger covering topics from health to travel. She teaches at a school in the Chicago area and is currently awaiting her first child. She can be found on Twitter @eatbreatheblog
Krisca Te works with Open Colleges, Australia's leading provider of counselling training. When not working, you can find her actively participating in local dog show events – in support of her husband.
Jack Meyers is an experienced detective based in Houston, Texas and is a regular contributor for various law enforcement blogs and websites including nannybackgroundcheck.com
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