Educate Erk ….. from Erk Pod Maxi episode 105.

You have listened to Erk Pod Maxi episode 105, haven’t you? If not, directly under this post are the Show Notes and audio for episode 105. Anyhoo, there were a couple of issues raised that our friend BJ has spent a bit of time researching for us (totally his doing!) and here it is! Thanks, BJ! I’ll have to look further at these links sooner rather than later!

Dear Educate Erk…

My team of trained monkeys has been busy gathering information relating to EP105.

Big Macs
– there are variations in weights and nutritional values of Big Macs around the world – see the nutritional comparison tables toward the bottom of this page – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Mac

The Australian and US Big Macs contain an equal amount of protein, but the US variation is higher in calories, carbs, fat, salt, and is slightly heavier in total weight. Not sure why the difference – perhaps availability of local ingredients?

Mexican Big Macs contain the highest fat content, with almost 50% more fat than an Australian Big Mac.

Big Mac currency index – see http://www.economist.com/markets/bigmac/about.cfm

To see what an Aussie Big Mac is worth in US$, get the current price of an Aussie Big Mac (say for example AU$3.50 — i’m not sure of the price, just using this as an example figure) and MULTIPLY it by the current US$/AU$ exchange rate (example 0.95), which equates to US$3.32, therefore an Aussie Big Mac = US$3.32

Now compare this with what a US Big Mac is worth in US dollars, and see how they compare.

As an interesting exercise in reverse, see what a US Big Mac is worth in AU$, get the current price of a US Big Mac (say it’s US$3.10), and DIVIDE it by the current US$/AU$ exchange rate (example 0.95), which equates to AU$3.26, therefore a US Big Mac = AU$3.26.

You then need to factor in the local cost of ingredients, labour, and all other inputs into the process to make and serve a Big Mac to see how fairly the 2 countries compare. If there’s a large discrepancy it means that one country’s currency might be valued too high or too low when compared with the other.

I’m not sure if there’s a difference between New Mexican and Old Mexican Big Macs. Perhaps they only eat Tacos there???

Keyboard Layouts
Keyboard Layout standards are governed by ISO/IEC 9995 – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO/IEC_9995

This article gives MANY examples of variations of keyboard layouts with pictures – both QWERTY and non-QWERTY keyboards are covered here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout

You may also be interested in some of the links at the bottom of this article – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_keyboard
In particular, the Colemak ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colemak ) and Dvorak ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvorak_keyboard ) alternate keyboard layouts look pretty funky.

In the case of the Dell Vostro laptop stuff-up (see picture here http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news/news.phtml/14535/15559/dell-to-fix-vostro-keyboards.phtml ) it appears they have wrongly mushed together aspects of both a US and UK keyboard. The UK keyboard has a small left shift, with a \ key next to the Z, whereas a US keyboard has the longer left shift key immediately followed by the Z (see differences here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout )

Somebody at Dell got their wires crossed and decided to use a longer US style left shift key, but then continue along the lines of the UK keyboard layout by putting the \ before the Z and … well you get that !!

And lastly… some interesting Keyboard Trivia – did you know it’s healthier to lick your toilet seat than to use a computer keyboard, a study has found keyboards typically contain 265 times more bacteria than your typical toilet seat.
http://www.realtechnews.com/posts/2933

BJ’s Research Team

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