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Archive for September, 2006

Tourism: Weymouth SeaLife Centre, Dorset

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

The Weymouth Sea Life Centre is a short distance from Weymouth Sea Front at Lodmoor Country Park. I have visited other sea life centres before, including the one in Birmingham, but this one is completely different. The site is much bigger than the other centres and consists of a number of indoor and outdoor exhibits. […]

Tourism: Farmer Palmer’s Poole, Dorset (For Children aged 8 and under)

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is a Childrens Farm near Poole in Dorset. It is winner of National Farm Attraction of the Year Award 2006 and it’s easy to see why. The park is designed for children aged 8 years and younger. Although older children are welcome the park is not really designed for older children. […]

Advanced Traffic Management on the M42 – Drivers Putting Lives at Risk

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

It is my opinion that lives are being put at risk since driving on the hard shoulder has been allowed. Details of the scheme which allows driving on the hard shoulder is available at:M42 Motorway, Active Traffic Management (ATM) – Driving on the Hard Shoulder. I’ve been a supporter of the scheme, which has greatly […]

LPI to run free LPI level 3 (beta) exams at LinuxWorld Expo

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

This is a follow-up to my earlier post Free / Reduced Price LPI Exams at LinuxWorld Expo in London. I’ve since been contacted by Glenn McKnight from LPI who has given details of the new Level 3 exams which are going to be available at the LinuxWorld Expo. The new Level Three exams at Linux […]

Using mod_rewrite (RewriteRule) in .htaccess file on Apache

Monday, September 25th, 2006

I’ve been tearing my hair out recently over a problem using mod_rewrite in the .htaccess file in Apache. The mod_rewrite module provides a means of manipulating the URL and giving a different page to the one originally requested. A common use is being able to take a complicated URL and give an alternative easier url […]

Tourism: Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

We found out about the Donkey Sanctuary in a leaflet whilst staying at Weymouth, Dorset. It’s quite a long drive from Weymouth, but enticed by the fact that a visit to the Sanctuary was free of charge, and knowing how much our baby daughter loves animals we drove to Sidmouth to visit the Donkey Sanctuary. […]

Restaurant Review: The New Inn, Littlemoor, Weymouth, Dorset.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

We went along to the New Inn in Littlemoor as it looked like a family friendly place. It is a pub, part of the Greenalls group. We had seen details in a tourist information leaflet, which advertised two meals for £8 from a limited menu (I think that was the price, although not 100% sure), […]

Free / Reduced Price LPI Exams at LinuxWorld Expo in London

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

With the London LinuxWorld Expo coming up next month I thought it’s worth letting everyone know about the offer on LPI Exams at the event. A great way to get into Linux Certification with a vendor neutral linux certification programme. Full conference delegates can take the 101 / 102 exams for free (ie. those paying […]

HSE gives Basic Advice on First Aid at Work

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

The HSE has published a new leaflet providing some basic advice on First Aid at Work guidelines. The leaflet includes the priorities for dealing with an emergency First Aid situation. The main part is on CPR, with a very brief look at bleeding, fractures, burns and eye injuries. This is in no way a replacement […]

Will RFID chips on DVDs reduce Piracy or Privacy?

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

According to a news report from the VNU Technology New Web Site, plans are in place to embed chips able to track commercial DVDs that are purchased. See the news story: DVD chips ‘to kill illegal copying’ Reading between the lines raises a concern about what this is really trying to achieve. Will the chips […]


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