Saturday, 15 June 2013

The Daily Teaser — 15-6-2013: The Great Charter

So that’s official, then: seemingly, Microsoft have made a version of Microsoft Office for the iPhone.

Or, at least, for those of us who have a Microsoft Office 365 subscription.

Which, being frank, isn’t necessarily an idea I’m convinced about: the idea of basically renting software: rather than paying a one off fee for it.

Either way, I can’t help but think there’s a couple of points that have got MS releasing the software.

Firstly, the fact that Apple have announced an iCloud version of its iWorks suite that will work on Mac and PC: that will happily work in Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer: the fact the desktop of iWorks based version’s a LOT cheaper than than the MS equivalent will have a certain amount of sway, there, I think.

There’s ALSO the fact that the experts have said the reason Microsoft have quibbled — up until now — is that they don’t like the fact they would’ve had to pay Apple’s usual thirty percent fee, to go through Apple’s App Store.

Which mean’s they’ve either come to some sort of agreement … or decided seventy percent of the take is better than nothing … 

Either way … ?   Time to move on, I think … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with giving Yours Truly a mention — here* — and bagging six out of six.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s chartered questions, shall we?   Here they Are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 15th Jun, 1215, saw the signing of the Magna Carta: by which English king … ?
Q2) The Magna Carta was signed in Runnymeade: a meadow in which English county … ?
Q3) King John would have used a seal to make the Magna Carta official: what was the one he used called … ?
Q4) The inscription on his seal described John as King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine … and Count of where … ?
Q5) What language was the Magna Carta written in: English, French or Latin … ?
Q6) Finally … How many Barons signed the Magna Carta … ?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 14th June, 1822, saw Charles Babbage propose an early calculating machine: what was it called … ?
A1) The Difference Engine .
Q2) To which Royal Society did he propose it… ?
A2) The Royal Astronomical Society.
Q3) Babbage gave what name to the follow-up machine … ?
A3) The Analytic Engine.   (It’s considered the early computer)
Q4) Ada, Countess Lovelace, is considered one of the first computer programmers, as she developed an algorithm for this second machine.   Which poet’s daughter was she … ?
A4) George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron: known to many as Lord Byron.
Q5) Where would you find the Babbage Crater: the Moon, Mars or Venus … ?
A5) The Moon.
Q6) And finally … William Gibson co-wrote a science fiction novel named for Babbage’s machine.   With whom did he write it … ?
A6) Bruce Sterling.
Enjoy those: I’ll leave you with this clause from the Magna Carta …
“NO Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be disseised of his Freehold, or Liberties, or free Customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any other wise destroyed; nor will We not pass upon him, nor condemn him, but by lawful judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the land.”
From the Magna Carta.
And with the Spring Song, by an appropriately named band … 

Enjoy your day … 

*        Oh, bless you, Debbi!   And cheers for the mention … !   (And, yes, it’s good you went for writing: but did you know there’s a few one handed piano pieces — and players — around … ?   Not many, as far as I know, but a few.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Bless you, Paul! There will always be an England! ;)

1. King John
2. Surrey
3. the royal seal
4. Anjou
5. Latin
6. 25