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Archive for May, 2007

Microsoft – The pot calling the kettle black

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Microsoft has called for a formal investigation into the plans for Google to buy DoubleClick on the basis of creating a monopoly. Which seams a bit hypocritical for a company that has already been found guilty of abusing its monopoly position to bully and intimidate the competition and its own resellers. See: VNU News – […]

First Aid Manual – 9th Edition is in the initial stages

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Although the latest update to the First Aid Manual was only released last year, they are already thinking about the next one. See news on the current version, and how the first aid quiz website was also updated. As a St John Ambulance trainer I’ve been invited to give feedback on the current First Aid […]

Website now fully migrated

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

The website was successfully migrated to the new server last night. See: Planned Website Maintanance 22 May 2007. It turns out that the only site that had to be moved was the www.penguintutor.com site, as the watkisonline and First Aid Quiz websites appear to have been installed in the new data centre from new.

Planned Website Maintanance 22 May 2007

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

There will be an outage on the following websites on the 22 May 2007. www.watkissonline.co.uk www.firstaidquiz.com www.penguintutor.com This is due to the relocation of the webservers that currently host the websites. The outage should only be for a few hours.

Learning first aid has never been so much fun

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

I recently attended a First Aid at Work requalification course run by St John Ambulance. This and the previous course that I attended (3 years ago), have been completely different to those in the past.

Microsoft Claims Patent over Linux

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Microsoft is following in the footsteps of SCO in claiming that Linux users should be paying them a license fee for the use of software that Microsoft have had no help in creating. VNUNet News – Microsoft Claim Patent over Linux. Fortunately for those of us in Europe this will not directly affect us. The […]

First Aid Training – Don’t leave it until you need it!

Monday, May 14th, 2007

I’ve already posted an entry on the St John Ambulance – First Aid. Don’t leave it ’til you need it, Advertising and Community First Aid training campaign. Since then I’ve seen the adverts and picked up a couple of leaflets. The adverts are hard hitting, although the use of the doll is not as distressing […]

Children’s Day Out – Kirklees Light Railway, Clayton West, West Yorkshire

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

The Kirklees Light Railway is in the village of Clayton West, near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. I lived in Clayton West for 17 years, and have many childhood memories about the old railway. I just about remember when the branch line was closed down in the 1980s. This is however the first time I’ve been […]

St John Ambulance – First Aid. Don’t leave it ’til you need it

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

St John Ambulance has unveiled a new campaign to shock people into learning first aid. The adverts feature child-like dolls in situations requiring first aid. These include a dull face down in water, a doll having fallen down a flight of stairs, and a doll with its hand trapped in a door. The adverts have […]

Will applications be Windows Vista ready in time?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

It seams I’m not the only one that finds applications don’t work with Windows Vista, as purchasers of new PCs are still asking for Windows XP as an alternative to Vista. As well as some things that I’ve already mentioned Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux OS reviews, I’ve found more problems with Vista. Not […]


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