Monthly Archives: July 2012

Free will – a Lay Philosophers view

Tuesday, September 4 Tony Muscio will discuss Free will.

 The concept of free will underlies much of what we think about ourselves and what we attribute to others and their motivations. Free will is fundamental to our system of justice. Yet many circumstances arise when it is hard to be sure we really are free to choose. Cases such as “Not guilty by reason of insanity”, or the defense “I was ordered to do it” bring this concept into question. Even the rationalist or scientific view points raise issues such as whether the universe is deterministic or indeterminate, does the uncertainty in quantum theory make free will irrelevant ?

Common sense often tells us we have free will but analysis quickly brings this assertion into doubt.

Classical philosophy has often taken for granted the existence of God when considering free will. If an individual has the power to seek redemption surely free will must exist. Is this a supporting argument or a red herring ?

Tony will present a set of ideas and tools to use when considering these and related questions, with reference to the major schools of thought on free will. He will also present some ideas drawn from Information Theory, Cosmology, Complexity (Chaos) theory and science and offer a view point for you to consider or criticize.

Yes that is Me

The creative act of registering domain names

This week I registered some new Internet domain names. I love this playing with language and imagination to find helpful and attractive domain names. Using the reseller account I have with VentraIP, a great hosting service. I can register addresses at a competitive price and manage them all from a single interface.

So what did I register this week ? for – Internet domain addresses are not case sensitive (though the folders below them are) so you can always use capitalisation to make them more readable.

I registered for some teams I plan to provide collaboration tools for, a natural complement to the personal services address for individuals at (registered previously).

In previouse months I registered to support local action to promote “Big Solar in Australia”, this was done in  hurry for someone else and it shows in the domain name. So rather than stay with that we registered and have both addresses going to the same self hosted WordPress site, a quick reconfig and now all the posts and pages at this site now refer to but the longer address still works.

I often tie these domains to a google apps account, to provide the best email solution in the market. Another thing I discovered was someone else was leveraging Google Apps to build a local website. Having registered my local suburb name they were offering free gmail accounts. I have thus signed up for tony at in case I want a local email address. This is quite simple and allows me to forward any mail sent to this new address to my regular gmail account, even better with a little more work I can now send email as this new address right from the inbox of my gmail account. Have a look for your own suburb name and see whats happening. Or consider registering your own domain – I can help you with this so don’t hesitate to ask.

I hope I have added some value


Never know your luck with computers

After installing the critical Items on my new laptop the old one failed to start. After and hours or two I was reluctant to spend the time fixing it with other pressing work to do.

I bit the bullet last weekend and got it fixed. Once again pre planing and experience has reduced the potential impact of a laptop failure.  The first thing I did on recovery was to run a full backup using my licensed copy of “Image for Windows” see. Now with a full image I can browse or mount the backup as a drive on my new laptop and recover files as needed if the old laptop gives up the ghost again – given I was unable to identify the “root cause” of the failure and a number of indicators it was hardware related.

I must say the new feature I built into my personal organiser to record and review my own successes is helpful, rather than simply working through large to do lists, and when each task is completed just removing them from the list. It is very helpful to review your achivements. It allows yo to look back on the last day and week to see the successes you have had. It gives you the feeling of progress essential to performing at a high level.

Here is some of my quick success notes from this weekend as an example;

Success in Fix or access rural media In Part after persistence  Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 6:12:23 pm
Success in Migration to new computer Image for Windows, Office, PSE and ACDSee trial Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 10:40:13 pm
Success in Fix or access rural media Fixing fault, Backing Up, Providing access from HyPe, Increasing space on RuralMedia Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 10:41:16 pm
Success in Office 2010 Install on HyPe Also Visio Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 11:01:36 pm
Success in Review record of success daily Day out and exercise achived Sunday, July 15th, 2012 at 6:54:05 pm

Give it a try yourself.