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Archive for the 'Web Site' Category website outage

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

The first aid quiz website has been down for a couple of days. I only realised yesterday when checking on the site. It appears that my hosting provider had forgotten to renew my domain registration so my DNS entry had expired. I’m going to look at creating a server status page that can be […]

Blog title – Monkeys, megabytes, medical and more …

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

(Children, IT, first aid and other ramblings …) I’ve given my blog on Watkissonline a new subtitle and made some changes to the appearance. When I first started the blog over 4 years ago there was no real theme to the blog and it was just a way of putting down some of my personal […]

Linux Apache Virtual Hosts (vhosts)

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Virtual Hosting is the ability to run several different websites on the same server. There are a number of ways that this can be achieved,
using different port numbers for the webservers (instead of the default port 80); using different IP addresses aliased to the same server; or by using the information contained int the http header to determine which site the user is trying to access.

Website design – When less is better

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Creating a new website is only a small part of the role for a webmaster. Maintaining a website takes much more effort over a much longer period of time. There are tools that can be used to make maintaining a website easier, such as content management systems and blogging tools, but essentially it is still […]

Embedded Linux – Are you already a Linux user?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

There are now more and more people discovering Linux as a real alternative to running Windows on our desktop computers. This may be because Linux is Free as in money (you have to buy Windows), it maybe that they’ve bought a netbook with Linux installed, it may be because of the frustrations of working with […]

Virus vs. Hoax (Fancheck on Facebook)

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Every now and again there is some new post via Facebook / Twitter / Email about the latest deadly virus which is threatening to attack your PC. Whilst some of these relate to real viruses, the vast majority are hoaxes. These are often started as a childish prank to see how far they can get […]

WordPress automatic upgrade – a status bar is worth several minutes

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I’ve recently upgraded my blog engine, WordPress. The developers thoughtfully included an automatic upgrade button which I’ve already praised before (WordPress easy application upgrade). The upgrade failed first time, which I think was due to not cleaning up properly last upgrade, but after that was resolved it was the uncertainty and lack of feedback that […]

Forgotten part of my website – PenguinTutor Linux hardware, software and book reviews

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

You would think that a webmaster would remember how their site is structured, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds, especially if you have lots of websites you look after. It also doesn’t help when (according to a search on Google) you have over 2000 pages on the site; although I hasten to […]

Firefox 3.5 is here – Faster, Safer, More Fun web browsing

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Firefox 3.5 is here. There is a lot of buzz on the Internet about Firefox today for the official launch of version 3.5. Firefox is a web browser that runs on various operating systems (including Windows, Mac and Linux) and is available completely Free. I’ve been running the pre-release versions for a while now and […]

First Aid Quiz – website refresh

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

I’ve been making some changes to the First Aid Quiz website for the last few weeks. The first part of the website update is now complete. I have now updated all the existing questions in-line with the 9th edition first aid manual. There were more changes than I thought mainly due to a minor change […]

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