The ResourceShelf newsletter out today provides a link to an article UK’s Resource Discovery Network Now Known as Intute – it is well worth a read. The same article also posts links to news about “Internet Detective” which Central TAFE hopes to utilise in its new online Information Skills tutorials on WebCT and the launch of a second ESL Virtual Training Suite tutorial.

Tomorrow I will be on leave for 2 weeks. Tim is coming home this weekend and we have a lot of catching up to do. He contracted a golden staph. infection after undergoing knee replacement surgery and it's been an uphill battle for 6 weeks while he's been in hospital fighting the infection. He's not out of the woods yet and will probably have to continue on antibiotics for 2-3 years. Currently he receives them intravenously but eventually he hopes to be able to take them orally.

Mum will also be home next week. She has had a pacemaker installed and has taken some time to recover. She has spent the past 2 weeks in a beautiful nursing home where she's had a room flooded with sunlight and nurses ready to run round catering to her every whim. It will be hard for her to come back to reality!


Virus Attack

In spite of all I've read about the dangers of downloading files from unknown sites I stupidly downloaded a file earlier this week that infected my laptop with a Trojan virus. Fortunately I have an antivirus installed (why didn't that stop it?) and was able to clean up my files without having to reinstall the operating system.

Read the article Understanding Hidden Threats: Corrupted Software Files http://www.uscert.gov/cas/tips/ST06-006.html and make sure it doesn't happen to you!

Beatles Music

Still looking for Beatles music for my iPod I came across a suggestion to use these search terms “index of” + “mp3″ + “beatles” -html -htm -php. This was in an essay about advanced Google searching at http://www.cwire.org/data-mining-using-google/ so I was actually working at the time. There were several sites from where I was able to download free MP3 files and also some where they could be purchased ridiculously cheaply.

http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/jul06/Mattison.shtml has an article about finding classical music but there are many ideas for finding music in all types of genres using a variety of search engines.