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Archive for March, 2006

Tele Lens for Nikon D50 “Nikon 55-200mm F/4~5.6G AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor”

Friday, March 31st, 2006

I have got a new lens for my Nikon D50 D-SLR camera. I did look at non-Nikon lenses that were around the same price point, but decided to go for the Nikon in the end. The lens I bought is a: Nikon 55-200mm F/4~5.6G AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor This compliments the lens which comes with the […]

Happy Anniversary – Blog is now One Year Old

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

It’s a year ago since I first started this blog, so I thought I’d take a quick look at some of the events/posts over the last year. When I started the blog we were just about to put on a theatre show with St. John Ambulance “Stage and Screen 2005”. One year on the show […]

Stofen Flash Diffuser for Nikon SpeedFlash SB-600, for Nikon D50 D-SLR Camera

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

I have bought a Stofen diffuser for my Nikon SB600 speedflash flashgun. I first tried to buy it from 7dayshop, which doesn’t list whether the item is in stock or not, but did have a special offer on. After a few weeks I decided it wasn’t worth waiting to save a couple of pounds and […]

Fixing hardware problems on my Linux (Ubuntu) Web Server

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

My website was down for a short period of time today, but only about 20minutes or so. The reason for this is that I wanted to do two things. Firstly I’ve replaced my firewall (iptables) activation scripts and wanted to check that they worked correctly. I found that the firestarter firewall GUI which is available […]

Reply from my MP on new highway code draft

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

In an earlier post I mentioned about the new changes to the Highway Code and how they could be detrimental to cyclists. The full blog post is New Highway Code. Cyclists accused of contributory negligence even if you choose the safest route. As a result of seeing this information I filled in the Highway Code […]

New Website – Penguin Tutor, Linux / LPI Information

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

I have now registered a new domain name, and I am currently in the process of developing a new website. The new website will be Penguin Tutor, Linux and LPI Certification related web site. I haven’t decided on a launch date yet, but I expect it will take about a month or two until it […]

Rebuilding the web server using Ubuntu Linux

Monday, March 20th, 2006

As mentioned in my earlier blog entry I had to rebuild this webserver over the weekend. The reason for this was due to a hard disk failure, which had started to give error messages last week. So I had bought a replacement hard disk and installed this into the server. The server operating system was […]

Emergency Server Rebuild

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

I have performed a rebuild of the server due to a harddisk failure. The WatkissOnline website is now fully up and running, although the Quiz on the First Aid quiz website is still down I hope to resolve the remaining issues soon. I will also perform some more comprehensive tests, but for now I’m going […]

New Highway Code. Cyclists accused of contributory negligence even if you choose the safest route

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

The Highway Code is under consultation, and if implemented could have severe consequences for cyclists that choose to cycle on a road. The law is not going to change, so it will still be legal to cycle on a public road (with certain exceptions – e.g. Motorways). The wording of the Highway Code may however […]

Linux Format Mailbox Article

Monday, March 13th, 2006

I have had another of my letters included in the Linux Format magazine this month. This is Linux Format LXF 78 April 2006 Edition. My earlier letter was on Software Patents, but this one was a bit more lighthearted. The letter I posted was a small part of my earlier posting on Door Plaques from […]


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