It has been a while since I tried DOSBox so I gave it another whirl and am amazed at just how well it copes with some old programs. I may be able to retire my old 486/66 that I keep around "just in case".
So I can cross another supplier (and another vendor I'd endorse) off my list.
In addition to frequently falling into the well-recognised wikipedia trap and being distracted by reality I've noticed that I've now come to see inane email at work as slarshdawt articles and feel the urge to apply tags appropriately. Alas there's no way of making useful tags have an effect on those that most need them.
Thanks to Sun I now have the free (gratis) Solaris 10 DVD set. After sending my request in January I had given up hope as the intermediary who was mailing them emailed me to tell me that I hadn't filled out an application (so how did they get my contact information?). I've dabbled with Solaris 7 and 8 in the past, both x86 and SPARC, but the inclusion of Sun Studio on the latest set was what had sparked my interest. Hmmm... I have no idea if I can add an ATAPI DVD-ROM to my Ultra 5. Otherwise I'll try it out on a spare x86 box.
I was showing some of the modeling output (with Excel [sigh] rather than the Ti89) to my colleagues. There're two general reactions. The first group can see what I am up to and are fascinated that by using lab-determined enzymological and cellular parameters and basic biophysics I can predict more complex results. The other people stare at it and seem to be awaiting an Out of Cheese Error or the thing that goes "Boing!" or somesuch. "Yes, its a model but I'm only interested in real life"
For some reason this is the Scary Go Round that had me laughing loudest.
I only just noticed that I am certified as a Master on Advogato. I have no idea why (longevity?) and I definitely do not deserve it. Maybe badvogato has Advogato-juice.
My knowledge of statistics is pretty sketchy so it didn't come as much of a surprise to be told that the frequently used formula for variance of a sample (divide by n-1, rather than n for a population) is not as unbiased as I had thought. There's a fancy correction factor to take care of this and it uses the gamma function. Unless I am mistaken neither the basic Ti-89 arithmetic system, nor the official Statistics with List Editor flash application have access to the gamma function. Excel only has the incomplete gamma function as GAMMADIST() and, as I've mentioned before, the quality of Excel's statistical methods still sucks. Then I came across this wonderful page with many calculator-compatible approximations for gamma (and probably the clearest explanation of what the function is all about). Thank you Mr. Toth.
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