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Archive for January, 2006

Installing Macromedia Flash Player on Ubuntu Linux

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Back in September last year I wrote a blog entry on Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Information, using Flash on the Stage. The reason that I wanted the full flash player (rather than the Mozilla Firefox browser plug-in), is that I wanted to run some flash animations for a theatre show. Since then I’ve replaced Mandrake […]

Installing additional software on Ubuntu Linux (Sun Java, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Flash plug-in for Mozilla Firefox)

Friday, January 27th, 2006

I have recently installed the latest version of Ubuntu Linux. This is Ubuntu version 5.10 Breezy Badger. One of the things with Linux is that some distributions, including Ubuntu only install “Free” software. Whilst this is commendable and in an ideal world is desirable, it is sometimes worth using none open source software to gain […]

MPAA One rule for us, and another for everyone else – MPAA Pirates

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

It appears that the Motion Picture Association of America cannot even follow their own rules. The organisation best known for it’s zero tolerance to piracy policy has admitted to copying a film without permission. Taken from the MPAA’s website: “Movie pirates are thieves, plain and simple. Piracy is the unauthorized taking, copying or use of […]

Door Plaques from Jaycee Crafts (including Linux Penguin door plaque)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

I first saw Julie from Jaycee Crafts at Crick Boat Show a few years ago. I was there as a First Aider with St. John Ambulance. She was selling polymer clay based crafts. Her range includes door plaques; pictures; boxes; bookmarks and more. I bought the door plaque to the left, which is of a […]

Hearing test over the phone – Testing the Nation Breaking the Sound Barrier

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Since the end of last year it is now possible to take a hearing test from the convenience of your own home by using your telephone. This is part of the Breaking the Sound Barrier Campaign, run by the RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf People). To take the test, you need to be in […]

Firefox reaches 20% in europe

Thursday, January 19th, 2006

According to latest research 20% of european web users are now using the Firefox browser. This is now a significant percentage and sends out a strong message to those that write websites that don’t work with the standards compliant browser. This will tally with some of the hits I get on my website, where one […]

Jessops School of Photography – Making a Start in Photography course

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

I attended the Making a Start in Photography course at Jessops School of Photography over the weekend. I’ve had my D-SLR camera (Nikon D50) for a few months and wanted to learn how to make better use of it. The course was held at the Jessops Camera World Store in Leicester (UK). This is not […]

Linux Professional Institute Certification LPI 101 exam

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

As already mentioned in an earlier blog entry I attended Linux World Expo 2005 (London) in October last year. Whilst there I took the first of the Linux Professional Institute exams LPI 101. They had temporarily lost my exam paper, which is why it has taken me so long to get the result back. The […]

Final Update – Foreign Holiday with a Baby, Paris and Disneyland Paris, France

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Since my earlier posts about holidaying with two month old baby I have now finally finished part 4. This part describes the baby friendlyness (or not), of Disneyland Park, Paris. The holiday to Paris, France was a bit more of a challenge than usual as we took along our 8 – 9 week old baby […]

Coventry NHS Walk-in Centre

Friday, January 6th, 2006

We had to visit the Coventry NHS Walk-In centre last night, fortunately nothing too serious. This is only the second time I’ve ever been to a walk-in centre, but I have advised others to go along to one. If you don’t know what a walk-in centre is, these are places where you can go and […]


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