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Archive for October, 2006

LPI Level 3 Beta Exams at LinuxWorld Expo, London UK on 25th / 26th October 2006

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

I’ve received an email as a LPI Certification Alumni member inviting me to the free LPI level 3 beta exams running at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in London. The email is included later. I’d already included details of the exam after being contacted directly by LPI with the details, which are at: PenguinTutor Entry […]

PHP Web Sites Using Includes Relative to the DocumentRoot Directory

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

I’ve been redesigning my watkissonline web site. You should not notice many differences yet, as it’s really just preparation for updating it in future. Although I’d simplified the menu system to make it easier to maintain the menu was still being manually updated, so any changes had to be made across all files in the […]

How well is your local NHS trust doing?

Friday, October 13th, 2006

The latest results of the NHS annual health check have now been published online. You can look at the condition of your local NHS trust, and compare it with other areas. Looking at my local services: The Coventry and Warwickshire Ambulance NHS Trust rated as good for the quality of service, and fair for use […]

This week is Baby Loss Awareness Week

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

The 9th to the 15th of October is Baby Loss Awareness Week, a time to think about people whose lives have been touched by the loss of a baby during pregnancy or just after birth. The week is timed to coincide with International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on October 15th. It’s not something […]

New Radio Communications test on First Aid Quiz .com

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

I’ve added a new test on the FirstAidQuiz.com web site. The test is based on the St. John Ambulance radio communications training for members. It is specific to St. John Ambulance members, particularly anyone preparing for a radio communications exam. It is not however an official St. John Ambulance test or approved by the organisation. […]

Updated Version of wQuiz, the web based Quiz Engine

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

Creating my wQuiz page on Google’s code pages, has given me the incentive to get it moving again. See: WQuiz has a project page on the Google Code Site. Since creating the Google Code page for wQuiz I’ve now managed to update it to the point that it could now be useful to others. The […]

Making an emergency telephone call in the UK – 999 or 112

Monday, October 9th, 2006

When looking at first aid, one thing that is often forgotten is the process for calling for an ambulance. Many people may think it’s just a trivial dial 999, and tell them you need an ambulance and that’s it. The First Aid Manual gives a whole page devoted to telephoning for help. To make things […]

Book Review: The First Aid Manual, including the Emergency First Aid Manual

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

This is a review of the latest version of the First Aid Manual published in 2006. This is a revised and updated version from the 8th edition of the manual which was published in 2002. This may cause a little confusion in that the latest version does not have an edition number, other than a small reference in the inside cover, to the previous 8th edition. This is NOT a 9th edition. I believe this is quite an honest move by the publishers, which I’ll come to later in the review.

Google Sitemaps – Page Priority

Friday, October 6th, 2006

I’ve already posted about Google Sitemaps in: Google Sitemaps, and wordpress blog tool and Improve Your Search Engine Ranking with Google Sitemaps and PHPBB where I give examples of the code that I used to create a google sitemaps from wordpress and from PHPBB forums. With google sitemaps, which provide a way for Google to […]

Sun and Linux – Friends or Foe

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

I’ve received an email recently, that really makes me wonder what attitude Sun really has towards Linux, as it was very negative about Linux. The email was sent by Stacey Meston, the Account Marketing Executive for Sun. Sun have certainly given a lot to Open Source in the past. We wouldn’t have OpenOffice.org if Sun […]


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