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Archive for May, 2006

Using wget to retrieve web pages

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Wget is a utility for non-interactive download of files from the Web. It is particularly useful for downloading multiple pages, or for inclusion in scripts. It is a unix program, included in most Linux distributions and is also available for windows using cygwin.

Coventry City Farm Fun Day

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Unfortunately due to financial difficulties the Coventry City Farm has now closed down. See more children farms on Days Out Diary website. After my post yesterday on Cov’06 Be a part of it today, I followed my own advice and went along to one of the events listed in the guide. The event was the […]

Coventry: Cov’06 – Be part of it

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Last year I posted a blog about the Summer of Cov 2005 – Visiting Coventry. Well this years new publicity campaign has now started called Cov’06, with the slogan “Be part of it”. Some of the events coming up are: Bands in Parks Godiva Festival Carribean Carnival Festival of Motoring Jazz Festival he famous Coventry […]

Improve Your Search Engine Ranking with Google Sitemaps and PHPBB

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

If you want lots of visitors to your site then you need to get a good ranking in the search engines, and the one search engine that outranks the rest is google. Looking at the awstats from watkissonline.co.uk and the awstats on firstaidquiz.com between 10% and 20% of all visitors come from search engines, and of those up to 10 times as many referrals come from Google as the next highest. So getting a good ranking in google will have a significant increase in the number of new visitors.

Linux Bluetooth Networking Tutorial (Ubuntu)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

This is an article I wrote some time ago for the PenguinTutor tutorial pages. As I am updating the tutorials and this is now too dated to be of use in the main tutorial (What’s a Palm PDA I hear you ask) but was something I thought was worth saving in case it was required […]

Launch of new website: Penguin Tutor Linux / LPIC Web Site

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

I have launched the website www.penguintutor.com – Linux Tutorial, LPIC Certification Practice Tests and Tutorials. This is earlier than I had planned. I still have more content to add, but launching the site now will give the search engines time to learn about the site. The technical aspects of the site have been completed, although […]

Book Review: Eats, Shoots & Leaves; The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Book Review: Title: Eats, Shoots & Leaves; The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Author: Lynne Truss Publisher: Profile Books Date: 2003 ISBN: 1-86197-612-7 Book of the Year 2004 Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a book about punctuation. Before you stop reading, this is not like the grammer text books you were forced to read at […]

Book Review: ExamCram 2, LPIC I Exam 101 & 102

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

This book appears to have become the standard guide for those revising for the LPIC 101 and LPIC 102 exams. It is an expensive book, but does include the information for two complete exams, and can be bought for much less than it’s recommended price (e.g. amazon). …

PHP Programming: Reading and Writing to GZip Files

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

In the past I’ve mainly created my web server-side applications using Perl. Recently though I’ve been using PHP quite a bit. I’m not going to go into the arguments for and against these two different programming languages (I’ll save that for another day), but instead I’ve found a nice feature of PHP that I thought […]

www.playmonday.com Cash Advance Fee on MBNA Mastercard

Monday, May 15th, 2006

I have received my MBNA Mastercard statement since first playing the new charities lottery at www.playmonday.com. I have a St. John Ambulance mastercard, and St. John Ambulance gets a bit money whenever I use it. As well as the payment to playmonday.com of £10 (the minimum transfer is £5, but I put enough on for […]


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