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Archive for February, 2007

Electricity Cost of Running a PC 24×7

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

I have a PC at home, which is permanently switched on. I’ve wondered just how much the PC costs to run, and I recently got the opportunity to find out. I’ve borroweed a Electricity Plug-In Power and Energy Monitor, which I’ve been evaluating. The monitor provides voltage, current and consumed power readings. The monitor plugs […]

Salesman’s Lie : Grill-It : National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show

Monday, February 19th, 2007

I went along to the National Boat Caravan and Leisure Show at the NEC at the weekend. In general the show was an improvement on previous years, and it appeared that even more had been crammed into the 5 Halls than usual. One thing that was memorable from the show, for all the wrong reasons, […]

Review: CBeebies Music CD and DVD

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

This is a review of the My CBeebies Album, CD and DVD. This is the one with the yellow case. There is a similar music CD with 2 CDs instead of the second disc being a DVD. The CD only version is a bit older, so doesn’t include some of the newer songs, but shares […]

PHPBB Forum Closed through SPAM

Friday, February 16th, 2007

This is a disappointing time, as I’ve now disabled a feature due the selfish actions of Spammers. The forum on PenguinTutor website has had posts disabled. Hopefully this is a temporary measure until I have time to investigate alternative forum software with better SPAM support. Since the forum was launched in September last year there […]

The Developer Highway Code Free when you purchase a selected Microsoft title

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

This isn’t a full review as I’ve not had chance to read through the book yet, but here are details of the offer available on Amazon.co.uk. This offer is only available in the UK, and I suspect the book is only available in the UK as it is titled based on a UK Government Publication […]

Update to: Baby Friendly Shopping – Coventry Town Centre | Belgrade Plaza Car Park

Monday, February 12th, 2007

This is an update to the Previous Blog Entry: Baby Friendly Shopping – Coventry Town Centre. In the earlier post I mentioned that the Belgrade Plaza Car Park, whilst not particularly baby friendly, wasn’t too bad for parking with a baby. After I parked there this weekend, I’d actually now say the opposite, that in […]

Linux Professional Institute Launches LPIC-3 Certification Program

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has been running some pilot level 3 exams for a while. See: LPI to run free LPI level 3 (beta) exams at LinuxWorld Expo. They have now officially launched the LPIC-3 certification program. The following extract is taken from their press release: Linux Professional Institute Launches LPIC-3 Certification Program “The […]

Keeping the Community Spirit Alive

Friday, February 9th, 2007

We’ve had quite a bit of snow yesterday and today. It’s been some time since we’ve actually had some snow that was bad enough to cause travel problems. I live in a small cul-de-sac with only a few cars driving down the road each day. As a result there is not enough traffic to keep […]

New TCP / UDP Port Number Quick Reference Guide

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Network port numbers provide a way of communicating with the correct application over a network. For example to view this page your browser knows of this by it’s website name, which is then translated into an IP address to find the computer to connect to. See: Basic TCP/IP Network Guide (DNS Section). Once the browser […]

Coventry City Farm – Needs financial support

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Unfortunately due to financial difficulties the Coventry City Farm has now closed down. See more children farms on Days Out Diary website. I have previously visited the Coventry City Farm Fun Day 2006, and I have now visited the farm on a normal day. We visited on Sunday, spending about an hour there with my […]


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