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Archive for November, 2005

Lost Cost Function Rooms in Coventry: Triumph Standard Recreation Club

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

If you’re looking for a low cost function room, then the Standard Triumph Social club may be suitable. We used it last weekend to celebrate the christening of our daughter. The cost of booking the room was £50. One of the big advantages that kept the cost low is that they allowed us to provide […]

M42 Motorway, Active Traffic Management and Speed Cameras

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

A mandatory 40MPH sign greeted me as I joined the M42 motorway on my daily commute to work this morning. It’s part of an £100M advanced scheme to improve the flow of traffic on a congested stretch of motorway, with the possibility of it being rolled out to other areas if successful. This is the […]

Google Sitemaps, and wordpress blog tool

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Google have a feature called sitemaps. The sitemap allow you to provide a list of all your webpages directly to google, which should mean that they are better at adding your website to the search engine. About Google Sitemaps The website includes details on how to create a sitemap using a python script generator. This […]

DVD Review: Runaway Jury

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

It’s been a while between it’s release and me actually getting to watch this film. Whilst the trailers did look good, they were not enough to make me want to sit down and watch this over other films. Having now seen this I think it’s a great film, one of the best I’ve seen in […]

Christmas Markets and Fairs

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

We are ahead of the game for Christmas this year having already purchased almost all the presents we need for Christmas. The one thing we do still need to visit is a Christmas Fair, and we will probably visit at least two. They provide a great opportunity to buy some unique gifts and can be […]

Careful with Magazine Subscriptions using Future Publishing

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

I’ve been reading the .Net magazine recently and encouraged by a special subscription offer I took out a subscription with the magazine. I received confirmation of the order and started to get my new magazine, but did not receive my free gift. After 2 issues I thought something may have been up and emailed Future […]

Film Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Monday, November 21st, 2005

The latest Harry Potter film The Goblet of Fire was released last week. This is the fourth film to be released. Whilst my favourite book is still The Prisoner of Azkaban, this film has instantly become my favourite. There appears to be a logical progression in the films that each one appears to be targeted […]

Photography – Nikon D50 (d-slr) Digital SLR Camera (6.1 MegaPixels)

Friday, November 18th, 2005

I’ve now got my first Digital SLR camera. It’s a Nikon D50 6.1Megapixel camera with 18-55mm lens. Now I’m no expert as far as cameras are concerned, but comparing it against the digital (non-SLR) cameras I’ve had it just blows them out of the water. This camera is one of the cheapest digital SLR’s and […]

Techni-Ice: Great for keeping baby bottles cold

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

One of the most useful things that we’ve bought for our baby is Techni-Ice (Chillerz). Tehni-Ice is like the freeze blocks that you use to keep food cold in a cold-box, but much better. I actually bought this over a year before my baby was born, and left it unused as I didn’t find an […]

Book Review: Home Hacking Projects for Geeks

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Home Hacking Projects for Geeks provides step by step instructions, and source code for some home automation projects. The big problem is that this book is written for an American market, as such many of the projects are just not suitable for people in Europe (especially the UK). The reason for this is that many […]


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