Thursday
Mar182010

Orange Jellyspot Fungus

What I think is Dacrymyces stillatus, the orange jellyspot fungus.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-03-13.

Wednesday
Mar172010

Ladybird Larva

From an overcast day last summer: a larva of the 7-spot ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2009-06-21.

Tuesday
Mar162010

Mushrooms

From a few few years ago: some mushrooms that I have not yet been able to identify.

Photo taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2007-10-14.

Monday
Mar152010

The Cost of Electricity

I have been looking at setting up a web server at home.  As this will involve leaving a computer running all the time, I have been looking at low-power PCs.  While estimating what the impact on my electricity bill would be, I was pleased to discover that, at current UK prices, running a 1 watt appliance for 1 year will cost approximately £1.  This pleases me almost as much as when I found out that I walk at a speed of approximately 100 metres per minute.

Monday
Mar152010

Norton Internet Security Icon Missing from System Tray

Yesterday I upgraded my Norton Internet Security from the 2009 version to the 2010 one.  This morning I noticed that the yellow NIS icon was missing from the system tray.  My heart sank.  I have had problems with this before and it took hours, even days to sort out.  However, this time I came across this article at the Symantec Norton support site:

Norton icon does not appear in the system tray after I install the latest updates for my Norton 2010 product or Norton 360 Version 4.0

I downloaded the patch, applied it, restarted my PC, and the NIS icon is back again!  I feel much better now.  Malfunctioning security software makes me very nervous, almost paranoid.