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Archive for August, 2006

Linux Beginners – ASDL (Tiscali) and EasyUbuntu

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

In an earlier blog I mentioned that I had given a copy of Ubuntu Linux to a complete Linux Beginner. The benefits are two fold, it promotes the use of Linux (showing how it can be used by complete beginners), and provides them with a free and legal alternative to Windows. There are also numerous […]

Picasa – Free Photo Software from Google (available on Windows and Linux)

Monday, August 14th, 2006




Picasa is a free software application from Google. It is available for Windows and Linux. The program is effectively a album application for sorting photographs and pictures on your computer. It also provides good search functionality, and methods for naming and cataloging photos as well as some basic editing tools.

Vote for the most influential IT organisation

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

Computer Weekly, a UK IT newspaper is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary. Through this it is inviting people to vote on the most influential people and organisations over the last 40 years. These include some of the important names in the OpenSource and Linux areas. It would be nice if those were recognised through these awards. […]

First Aid Quiz Web Site is now on a hosted server

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Almost a month ago we had a power failure in Coventry and the First Aid Quiz web site was down for about an hour. I made the decision then that I was going to move the First Aid Quiz web site from my home broadband connected server to a hosted server in London. See related […]

Converting music and sound from Tape or Record to CD or MP3 (Linux audio solution)

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

I a few years ago to capture some audio input onto a computer. I tried using Windows and I was hoping to use freely available software. I was not able to find any that was able to do what wanted. This time I had a more pressing requirement to capture from a tape to a […]

Linux Books, Software and Hardware Reviews

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

I have updated the PenguinTutor Linux web site with some book reviews, software reviews and hardware reviews. These are all reviews that have already appeared in my personal blog pages, but are now included in the Linux web site.

I will be adding more product reviews in the future.

Book Review: Apache Server 2.0 The Complete Reference

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Book Review: Title: Apache Server 2.0 The Complete Reference Author: Ryan Bloom Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Osbourne Date: 2002 ISBN: 0-07-222344-8 This is described as a complete resource for installing, configuring, adminstering and securing the Apache 2.0 server. It is written by Ryan Bloom who has been actively involved in creating the apache 2 server. The book starts […]

Linux Command Line – Running Programs even when your shell is closed. The nohup command

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

I use SSH to access my Linux machines over the network. This is usually fine, but if you close the session then any programs that you have run from the session are also closed. Occassionly it’s nice to be able to set a program running and then leave it even when you’ve closed your session […]

Adobe / Macromedia Flash based autocue program (actionscript)

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Some time ago I created a very basic autocue program by manually adding text into a flash document. I had improved this by creating a Flash based autocue program that could load the lyrics from a separate text file. Since then I’ve now stopped development of the flash based autocue instead working on a autocue […]

NHS trust crazy minimum waiting list rule – Hospital Fined for Cutting Waiting List

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

This is perhaps the worst NHS story that I’ve ever heard. A hospital that is not being paid for the treatment given to patients because the patients had not been on a waiting list for the minimum 4 months. It appears we don’t just have maximum waiting times, but minimum waiting times as well. BBC […]


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