Here is a quick post on how to calculate the number of days in a year given it in a standard date format. i.e. returns 365 except for 366 on leap years.
It is well known that mobile phones need to be “secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle” in Australia, but does a mobile phone secured in a mount affixed to the steering wheel, a “phone steering wheel mount”, meet this requirement?
I emailed the Western Australia Road Safety Commission to clarify, and whilst it may meet the secured in a mount requirement it produces a number of additional problems.
The response is below.
Please be advised that, while it may meet the definition of a mounting for the purpose of the mobile phone regulations, there are a number of issues which are of concern. These include:
- It may interfere with the deployment of the air bag;
- It may become a projectile when struck by the airbag;
- It obscures the instruments, notably the speedometer, or (if installed the other way up) the road ahead;
- As it occupies such a large proportion of the steering wheel’s circumference it is our view that it does compromise proper control.
On this basis, I believe it would contravene vehicle standards regulations most notably Reg. 235(5) of the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014 which covers changes or alterations to the body or equipment of a vehicle in a way that adversely affects the safe operation of the vehicle.
Crow Away, the “proven, safe and most humane way to deter crows”. I read the number of positive online testimonials and decided to give it ago. I paid for the full Crow Away Android app from the Google app store.
Crows are significant nuisance in suburbia, picking off rubbish from bins, pecking fruit of trees and displacing more favourable birds.
My first test case was using the phone app in the park whenever crows would come nearby,. In this instance the Crow Away app was played on my speaker which I left on the ground for 5 to 10 minutes. What I found was in some cases crows would be within five meters without any noticeable deterrent.
The second attempt was a lengthy trial, to see if crows could be deterred from picking off the mangos in my mango tree.
A speaker was positioned pointed directly at the mango tree. The Crow Away app was played everyday during daylight hours. Even after two weeks of constant playing, I conclude that there is no noticeable difference in the crows congregating around the tree. The problem of crows picking at my mangos still persists.
For both my situations, Crow Away didn’t not work and deter crows. I would not recommend this product to others.
Having completed a recent pergola at the rear of my home, I thought I would share the timber patio design planning and design drawings which can be referenced when creating your own.
My pergola was attached to one side of my home’s wall on the existing roof’s fascia. Length was 12m and protruded 2.4m from the wall. It was a timber design due to the existing features.
Markstrat is the marketing simulation game played in teams. In 2013 I posted a tips and tricks on how to win at Markstrat, I’ve now been lucky to be involved in some further Markstrat simulations, and thought it was worthwhile sharing the learnings.
The previous posts are still relevant, and go into a lot more detail, this post will simply add on and reiterate key points.
I realised that the tip and tricks I previously posted were for those that were well conversed with the Markstrat world, there were some key points that I assumed were already known, being involved with some teams from the beginning made me realise that was not the case, below are some starting pointers.
And the main takeaways for Markstrat beginners are;
Do not get emotionally attached to products – it is very easy to want to keep both your products at the start, don’t. You will be competing against others who may have one good product and one bad product, they will be spending money on their single good product.
Do not get emotionally attached to segments – it is very easy to want to throw some advertising to those segments that are buying small amounts, don’t. Concentrate on one segment only.
As I previously posted, I mentioned to get in Vodites straight away with a budget product, this will still allow you to sell at a ridiculous price since being the only product in the marketplace.
What I have also found is that if you are competing for the highest shareprice, you need to diversify into the Vodite market as it appeases investors. Even if you are doing well in the Sonite market alone, it maybe worth creating a Vodite product to get an additional SPI bump.
I have seen a new starting scenario in which every single team gets the same two products, this is obviously a lot fairer, but means a number of new strategies. The main issues is because everyone starts with the same product, it is key to differentiate the products by R&D, rather than advertising spent. The problem if R&D is that the research isn’t available.
My suggested gamplay for the early rounds is significantly change your products prices (more than 30%) possibly go midway between your two products. Price is the only characteristic that doesn’t need to be R&D, use this to your advantage and then spend advertising on price. What this would do is move the market towards your product away from others.
With no research available it seems counter productive to R&D a product this early on, but if you don’t you will be wasting a round. Simple R&D a product mid point in characteristics between your two products, this will mean you are completely differentiated to your competitor products.
The general rule is still always that; your portion of advertising spend compared to competitors will be your market share. For new products always use no-objectives to increase brand awareness. Never cull your existing two products as they have really high brand awareness, always reuse them, even if you are targeting a new segment.
Previously, I posted that commercial team doesn’t really matter and to only meet the commercial team of competitors, I was quite wrong. The commercial team moves your products, a low commercial team will automatically default to your competitor’s commercial teams picking up the slack.
Once suggestion I have, increase your commercial team by a minimum of the increase the market’s segment. For the large segments it is not unusual to have more than 200 people in the later rounds.
The following is a review of EaseUS Partition Master Professional, I was lucky enough to pick this up for free copy thanks to a posting on OzBargain, keep on the lookout as EaseUS regularly has EaseUS Partition Master Pro free.
I have used Partition Master Pro many times previously, it is an established product, well reputed, I have never had an issue with it.
Fairly straight forward to use, though at times the interface can be a little confusing.
For a quick demo of resizing a partition.
Following up a comment I posted on productreview, here is the timeline of events when I signed the PPA and paid the $4500 fee;