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Archive for September, 2007

Thunderbird Email Client version 2 – Easy to use – SAFE email client

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

The Thunderbird email client (created by the same group that create the Firefox browser) reached version 2 earlier this year, and I’ve just got around to upgrading to the new version. The upgrade was very straight forward, it was just a case of running the installer and all my previous settings and emails are maintained. […]

Toys for Children and Babies – Teletubby Bath Island

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

With Christmas coming up here this is the first of a few toy reviews for babies and young children. There are some toys that we have bought that our daughter has taken to immediately, and others that have just turned out to be expensive toys that hardly get played with. Ultimately it comes down to […]

Day out with a toddler – Gullivers children’s theme park – Milton Keynes

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

We visited the Gulliver’s Theme Park in Milton Keynes with our 2 year old daughter. We had visited before with a friends children, but that had been some time ago. Unlike some of the well known theme parks, this one is specifically designed for young children. The target age group would be from Toddlers to […]

Batch resizing images on Linux or Windows – ImageMagick convert command

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

With the resolution of today’s digital cameras it is often necessary to resize the files to make them smaller. You may want to reduce the file size before publishing them on the web, or sending in an email. When you have one or two images then it’s not a problem. Just load the file into […]

SCO vs. IBM – SCO vs. Linux – SCO has lost!

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

The big trial over ownership of Linux has all but been resolved and it’s clear that SCO has lost. SCO challenged IBM in the courts claiming that code used in Linux was owned by them. They then demanded royalties over anyone that used Linux. As Linux is developed by the community and available for free, […]

Flamenco Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant – near Coventry

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

I drive past the Flamenco Spanish Tapas bar when I travel to work, but this is the first time I’ve been. The restaurant is located off the A45 between the NEC / Birmingham International Airport and Coventry. The service was excellent and the food was very good. It was quite expensive compared with some other […]

First Aider Insurance – Free from St John Ambulance

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

A concern that some people have about administrating first aid is that they may be sued if they do something wrong. In general there should be little concern about helping out, as long as the training is followed then there is little chance of anyone successfully prosecuting against a “good samaritan” first aider. To provide […]

20 mph speed limit – protecting children outside schools?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Warwickshire is currently trialling five 20 mph zones near schools in villages around the county. See Warwickshire County Council 20mph Speed Limit Trials There are a number of sites on the Internet objecting to these, but if they reduce the number of accidents and serious injuries outside of schools then I’m for it. The problem […]

The World of Beatrix Potter – Tourist attraction for young visitors to the Lake District

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Whilst holidaying at the Lake District (Haven Lakeside caravan park), we visited The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction at Bowness-on-Windermere. We had actually visited the attraction before mainly out of curiosity, but this time we had our young daughter with us. The exhibition consists of a walk-through tour of the characters in the books by […]

Google Pack now includes Star Office available as a free download

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

I’ve previously mentioned I’m a big fan of the OpenOffice.org Office Suite. It is open source and provides all the main features of an office suite absolutely free. Potentially saving hundreds of pounds compared with the equivalent alternative from Microsoft. OpenOffice.org however started out as a commercial office suite known as Star office. When SUN […]


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