Rover over (animation)

For those of you who didn’t see this rather well-done animation when Rover went … erm, under, earlier this year, here it is:

Rover ... over

(I’ve reduced the file size for blog-users on dial-up. You can view the fullsize image (117 KB) here.)

I was terribly upset when MG Rover went into liquidation. Not just because I’m terribly fond of their cars; not just because they are British cars; but also because the collapse of the business affected so many people’s lives, in Longbridge, Birmingham. The car plant at Longbridge is the size of a small town.

The latest news on MG Rover can be found on their website.

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 1

Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is now available for download.

Firefox 1.5 Beta 1

This is the first Beta release of the next major Firefox upgrade, which is due to be released sometime later this year. (Not bad considering that 1.0 was launched in November 2004.)

This isn’t the final release of Firefox 1.5, it is the Beta 1 version, still in the development stage and has been made available for testing purposes only. A quick test as to whether you think you should download and install it: if you think you are a geek, then yes. If you have trouble finding how to open a graphics file in Lotus WordPro, then you’d be better sticking with Firefox 1.0.6.

I’m a bit of a geek! So I’ve downloaded and installed Firefox 1.5 Beta 1. I’m impressed with it so far. It feels much faster (but that could also have something to do with my having very few extensions installed). I like the drag-and-drop rearrangement of tabs feature. It supposedly has better support for web standards (always a good thing in my book), and has a new button: “Report Broken Web Site” which reports web sites that are not working in Firefox so that Mozilla can work with their web designers to iron out any problems.

A couple of improvements I would like to see.

  • I would like the option for new tabs to automatically open with my Home page. This is available as an extension for 1.0.x, but I’d like to see it built in.
  • I really like the “tab x” extension, which allows you to close tabs quickly by clicking on the ‘x’ that appears in the top-right of each tab. That would make a great built-in feature.

But apart from those, and the fact that most 1.0.x extensions won’t work with 1.5, it’s a pretty good browser.

Iatrogenic Jane

Jane is still feeling very poorly. This morning I took Jane to the health centre to have her stitches removed by the practice nurse, who took one look at Jane and called in the duty doctor who whisked her off to her surgery.

It was confirmed that Jane has picked up an infection and has been prescribed a course of wide-spectrum antibiotics. “That sort of thing happens, with surgery,” said the doctor. See iatrogenic for details. But if you can’t be bothered to, that’s illness caused by a physician.

Iatros is a Greek word meaning ‘physician’, and -genic means ‘induced by’; combined they become iatrogenic, meaning ‘physician-induced’.

Let’s just review the last few days: Jane went into hospital on Monday morning a healthy specimen of loveliness. On Monday afternoon she underwent explorative (keyhole) surgery. By Monday evening she was feeling particularly unwell, a direct result of the trauma caused to her body by the surgery, the drugs, and now it appears an infection that she picked up along the way. Iatrogenic indeed!

Jane is currently asleep on the sofa, having had a very rough morning indeed. She still hasn’t had anything proper to eat since Sunday.