Monthly Archives: July 2009

Defeating the Black Screen of Death

Equipment: a Toshiba Satellite A215-S7437 laptop (AMD Turion 64 X2, 2,048 MB DDR2 SDRAM, 200 GB HDD, DVD SuperMulti optical drive, 802.11b/g wireless network card) running Vista Home Premium.

Problem: an atypical Black Screen of Death.  In most cases, the Black Screen of Death appears at boot; often, the mouse cursor is visible and draggable.  In this case, however, the Black Screen of Death would appear randomly during the computer’s operation, causing the computer to freeze, power button being the only way to regain control.  This would happen about once a day.  Typically, Vista would reboot in normal mode without a problem, but every once in a while it would have to go through a lengthy restore process before booting up (I think the behavior at reboot depended on whether the computer was doing anything sensitive when it froze).

Possible solutions that didn’t work: (1) disabling event logging; (2) setting processor minimum to 100%.

Solution that worked: upgrading BIOS software to the latest version available from Toshiba Support.  So far, over a week without a single black-screen incident.

Caymans sign another TIEA

From International Tax Review:

Cayman Islands agrees to tax information exchange with Netherlands

The Cayman Islands signed a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with the Netherlands on July 8. This brings the number of TIEAs signed by the Cayman Islands to 11, one short of the OECD’s requirement of 12 required to be recognised as being compliant with international requirements.

McKeeva Bush, the Cayman Islands’ new leader of government business and minister for financial services, has signed tax treaties with the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands since his election on May 20.

Bush’s government is in the advanced stages of negotiation with several countries, including Italy, Mexico, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and Canada.

There has been some indication that the OECD may look at the quality of the agreements rather than just the number in determining whether countries are removed from the grey list of those that have signed up to information exchange standards but have not implemented them.

“I realise there are some concerns being aired regarding the possibility of the OECD moving the goal post so to speak or that the stated number of 12 agreements may be changed. However based on the discussions I have had with OECD officials, this is highly unlikely,” said Bush.