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Archive for June, 2006

Game Review: Linux Game – PowerManga Shoot-em Up

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Powermanga is a great retro styled game reminiscent of the Arcade SpaceCraft games circa 1980’s. Rather than try and modernise it they’ve even given the graphics the look of a TV based game like you may have seen on a Sinclar Spectrum, Commodore 64 or Atari. The game is provided free under the GPL and […]

First Aid Quiz web site, now on updated perl quiz engine

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

I have now updated The First Aid Quiz Web Site to use the new version of fhe quiz engine, which is not at version 0.3.1. This will mean that it is now inline with the LPI Certification Exams on PenguinTutor.com. Most of the updates are hidden to the end users. In an earlier post I […]

Update Charity Lottery Credit Card Fee – MBNA Mastercard, Egg, Royal Bank of Scotland charge, but not Barclaycard

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Apparently I’m not alone in discovering that some credit cards companies will charge a fee for some charity lotteries. A BBC radio 4 programme called Money Box (which I hadn’t heard) also discovered this. They have done a bit more research and here are details of which cards do charge: “MBNA charges the most. That’s […]

New Linux LPIC 102 Practice Certification Exam at PenguinTutor

Monday, June 12th, 2006

I have added a new practice exam / test to the PenguinTutor web site. This latest quiz is on LPI 102 objectives to add to the LPI 101 exam which was released a few weeks ago. The LPIC 102 exam includes the Linux Kernel; Linux Startup and Runlevels; Printing with Linux; Linux Documentation; Shell Scripting […]

Holiday with a Baby – Mablethorpe Haven Golden Sands

Friday, June 9th, 2006

During May we had a weekend break at the Haven Golden Sands Caravan Park in Mablethorpe. In this post I’ll describe some of the general things about the holiday and about the caravan, and in subsequent posts I will mention the two seal sanctuaries, one at Mablethorpe and the other at Skegness. We took our […]

Linux – Network Time Protocol NTP on Linux

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

The computers have a reputation for not being particularly reliable in respect to the accuracy of their system clocks. They are better these days than when I had my first PC, that would lose a few seconds every week, but it is still better to have clocks that are kept in synchronisation. For some purposes, […]

MBNA Mastercard Credit Card – Charges for Charity Lottery

Monday, June 5th, 2006

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I had been charged a cash advance fee when I used my MBNA Mastercard for playing a charity Lottery. The fee was a significant some, being £3 on top of a £10 payment to playmonday. I promised an update so here it is. When I contacted Play […]

Tourism – Stratford Upon Avon and Butterfly Farm

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

As we live fairly close to Stratford-Upon-Avon we visit the town quite often. Normally for shopping, Stratford is particularly good for buying gifts, not the best place for general town shopping, but if you’re buying presents it’s ideal. I’ve also been involved in a couple of shows that have been held at the Civic Hall. […]

PenguinTutor Linux Website – One week old

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

It’s now a week since I first started getting visitors to my latest web site: www.penguintutor.com.

I actually made the site available two weeks ago, but only through a link on this web site. I publicised the site by posting to the LPI email distribution list last Friday.

Book Review: Red Hat Fedora and Enterprise Linux 4 Bible

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

Book Review: Title: Red Hat Fedora and Enterprise Linux 4 Bible Author: Christopher Negus Publisher: Wiley Date: 2005 ISBN: 0-7645-9576-8 I bought this book to help with my revision for the LPIC exams. In particular I wanted them to help with the LPIC 201 and LPIC 202 exams, which do not have the same range […]


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First Aid Information, first aid games and first aid practice test / quiz entries are also available on the First Aid Quiz Web site