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Bug in msnbot (Microsoft / Bing web crawler) exceeding the bandwidth for my website

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Unfortunately my website went offline for a few hours on Sunday due to a bandwidth exceeded issue. I’ve already created a post about the problem I’ve had with low cost hosting issues with bandwidth exceeded. Whilst I still think it’s wrong to block a website in these circumstances I believe I’ve found the reason […]

What’s my IP address?

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Sometimes you need to know your IP address. Sometimes it needs to be the real IP address that you appear as on the Internet and not just the fake one that your local router uses. An example is when I blocked access from visitors whilst upgrading my blog.

Website maintenance alternate page using .htaccess

Monday, July 12th, 2010

In an ideal world your website would be up 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You’d perform upgrades on an identical system and seamlessly cut over without any customers noticing, and that would be available at no extra cost. Back in the real world and you soon discover that the cost of having […]

Upgrade of WordPress blog to version 3.0

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

I have now upgraded WordPress to version 3.0. Wordpress provides the website and blog on Watkissonline, as well as uploading posts to the First Aid Quiz and Penguin Tutor web site. See: Website powered by WordPress. Version 3.0 provides numerous new features providing more CMS features, as well as multi-site blogging. I use my own […]

Adding Facebook social plugins (comments) to your own website

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I’ve used the Facebook Connect social plugins to provide a comments feature to my website blogs (see: Blog comments using Facebook connect social plugins). The reason I added this was because of the way that I create my blog. I use WordPress as my blog engine running on my WatkissOnline web server, but then depending […]

New Facebook comments feature on Watkissonline, First Aid Quiz and PenguinTutor blogs

Monday, May 24th, 2010

I’ve added a new comment feature to my blogs on, and I’ve chosen to use the Facebook comment feature. If you have a Facebook account then you can add comments using your Facebook login and it means that the comments can be shared with friends on Facebook. I’ve set-up the comments in […]

Redesign of – Free and Open Source software – Linux certification and open source electronics

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

I’ve now completed a major reorganisation of the PenguinTutor web site. This is the most significant change to the site since it was launched in 2006. The first reason for the change is to reorganise the content. Although it appeared to make sense at the time some of the categories were not as logical as […]

Linux – changing the case of a filename using the rename command

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Although knowledge of the command line is not required to use Linux sometimes it can come in very helpful. renaming files is one area where it is often quicker and easier to batch rename a number of files using a command line program or short script.

Book Review: Advanced PHP 5 – Visual Quickproject Guide

Friday, January 29th, 2010

This is the second “advanced” PHP book that I’ve reviewed. The first was Wicked Cool PHP Scripts. This is the advanced series relating to the Visual QuickStart Guides. Advanced PHP 5 covers a number of different topics designed to take the proficient PHP programmer a bit further. This provides a good founding into some additional […]

Adding search capability to WordPress web site

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

I’ve converted WatkissOnline web site to be completely generated by wordpress. One of the benefits of this is that it means that the WordPress built in search function can be used to search the entire site and not just the blog as it was before. There are a few things that needed to be done […]

UK days out, children and holiday information is also available on the Days Out Diary web site
Linux, LPI and the Quiz / Test Program posts are also available on the Penguin Tutor website
First Aid Information, first aid games and first aid practice test / quiz entries are also available on the First Aid Quiz Web site