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Archive for September, 2005

iFirstAid – First Aid Anytime, Anywhere

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

St. John Ambulance have introduced a new initiative "iFirstAid". This uses the popularity of portable iPod/MP3 players to provide a new way to access first aid guidelines. The First Aid Tips consist of 17 mini MP3/AAC/Real files that can be downloaded from the Internet. This allows them to be installed on any type of portable […]

IT Security: Denial of Service Attack / Incident

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

I have had a couple of Denial of Service issues over the last week against this website and www.firstaidquiz.com. The first I believe was with malicious intent, and was unsuccessful. After the earlier attempt Cyber Vandals during June I added some Denial of Service detection code to the quiz engine which appears to have successfully […]

Cancer Campaigns: Smoke Free Workplaces

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Recently I picked up a leaflet about Cancer Campaigns. A part of Cancer Research UK, they aim to campaign on issue linked with cancers. The current campaign is on having the right to a smoke free workplace. Whilst the government is planning to reduce the number of places where smoking is allowed it will still […]

Fuel Protests

Friday, September 16th, 2005

After the panic fuel buying at the beginning of the week and now the M4 “go slow” protest there are again fears that there could be more protests at the refineries next week. Whilst I empathise with those concerned about the high cost of fuel, and believe that the government should give a temporary or […]

Website: ReviewCentre

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

I came across the website www.reviewcentre.com recently. The site provides community written reviews. The good thing about the site is that whilst other sites concentrate on specific things the reviewcentre seams to have just about everything covered. On the negative side this means that some of the categories don’t have as many reviews as the […]

Book Review: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect and Communicate with Your Baby (Tracy Hogg)

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Before the birth of my baby I was recommended this book by another new father. At the time the book was on Amazon with a special discount when purchased with Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers. I purchased both, but so far have only read the first of the books. I will dispense with […]

CIS: Insurance and Incompetence

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Until recently I have had my car and home insured through CIS for 8 years. As a result of their handling of a motor insurance claim I have now changed insurance companies. I can only hope that the handling of the claim was complete incompetence. The alternative is that they were fraudulent, but I believe […]

Macromedia Flash Standalone Player for Linux Version 6

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

I’ve been involved with projecting flash as part of a theatre production. At the time I ran Macromedia Flash MX 2004 on a windows computer, however would like to have been able to run it under Linux, especially as I had to install windows on one of my computers that was normally linux only. See […]

Upgrading Mozilla Firefox on Mandriva Linux Limited Edition 2005

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

I have recently installed Mandriva Linux Special Edition onto one of my laptops. This is the first Linux since Mandrake and Connectiva Linux merged. The browser installed by default (and my browser of choice) is Mozilla Firefox. One of the things I tried to do was to add the extensions that I use to the […]

Computer Hardware Review: Targus Wireless Presenter

Monday, September 5th, 2005

This presenter has fairly basic functionality but it covers the essentials and means that it’s very straight forward to use. It’s easy to navigate through a presentation using the forward and back buttons, and includes a keypad to move the cursor around. The keypad is a bit fiddly compared to a mouse or trackball, but […]


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