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Email

Your DNA results are now ready!

This was a weird email to receive since I have never sent off a DNA sample to any company.

Dear Friend,

Your DNA results are now ready!

The results of your DNA sample reveal information about your distant ancestors, including how and when they moved out of Africa and the various populations they interacted with over thousands of years of migration. We hope you enjoy exploring your chapter of the human story.

Sure enough, it’s spam from The National Geographic. The linked page allows you to buy the Geno 2.0 Next Generation kit.

I used to have an NG subscription years ago but I gave it up. I wasn’t reading it, and the issues were collecting dust in a corner. Looks like they’re harvesting their email lists. Anyone else get this email?

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Religion

In a thousand years time what will they say?

A letter that appeared in the July 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine made me think, “thousands of years in the future what will people think of us?”

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Hardware

Ubuntu Linux and the Canon MP492 printer

I bought a shiny new combination scanner/printer/copier last weekend. It’s the Canon MP492 and I expected it would work just fine in Linux. I mean, it’s just a printer, right?

Nope. The printer was detected as a Canon MP490 but unfortunately the CUPS system used by Ubuntu Linux didn’t support that particular version. It supported the 520 and others but no sign of my new purchase. To be honest, I was dumb founded. I even configured it on my Macbook and thought about sharing it over the network but the Macbook is on the wireless network while everything else is wired, and I didn’t feel like making things more complicated.

So I went searching again and eventually found this helpful thread (it didn’t show up on my first searches, Google refresh?). Drivers are available for the printer here on the Canon Thailand website. Thankfully the instructions were all in English, and the .deb package installed and configured correctly. Drivers for the scanner are listed on that forum post too but I don’t have an immediate need for that so I didn’t test them out.

Phew.

The printer itself is an average photocopying machine that does the job. Here’s the back cover of the December 1954 issue of the National Geographic. The copy is pretty good except for banding on big blocks of colour like that in the Coca Cola logo.

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General

Dubai, world's hottest property

Dubai, world's hottest property

I’m an avid fan of the National Geographic and while sorting through my dead tree archive yesterday spotted this issue from 2007 when property in Dubai was described as “the world’s hottest”. It certainly is now. It’s untouchable. A reminder of an age gone by.

I also have an issue of National Georaphic from December 1954 which deserves a post of it’s own at some time in the future.

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When-in-Ireland

Missing your National Geographic?

Due to my ongoing problems with An Post, the postal service in Ireland, I wasn’t overly worried when this month’s copy of National Geographic didn’t materialise on time. It rarely does.

However, it’s getting on a bit, it’s the 17th of the month so I rang their Dutch offices(the only number I had for them) and found out that a shipment of magazines destined for Germany and Belgium went astray. Susan, the very nice woman on the other end of the phone verified my account details and told me that a few customers in Ireland were affected too. She promised that a copy of the missing magazine would be sent out to me from their American office immediately and I should expect it within 2 weeks.

So, if you’re missing this month’s copy of NGM, visit ngmservice.com where you can type in your customer number and find out where it’s gone.