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Archive for January, 2008

Become a Bone Marrow donor volunteer

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Many people already give blood potentially saving lives. The blood can be used for all different things from vital life saving blood to helping improve someones way of life. For some people it’s bone marrow that is needed, and when it’s required it really is about saving a life. You hear stories about those in […]

Preparing an external disk drive for use with Linux – Ubuntu

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Here is a quick rundown of the steps required to prepare an external disk drive with Ubuntu. This has been tested with Gutsy Gibbon version 7.10, but should work for most versions. These are the steps required to use and External Disk drive, tested with an 3.5″ IDE disk drive in a portable case. You […]

Adding a second hard disk to Linux

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

On my home Linux server I have two hard disks. The first has my main operating system files, the other is to use as a separate data partition. As I was migrating over from another computer my 2nd drive still held my old data. It is only now that I have copied everything over that […]

Book Review: Career Warfare by David F. D’Alessandro (CEO of John Hancock)

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Book Review: Title: Career Warfar 10 Rules for building your successful brand on the business battlefield Authors: David F. D’Alessandro with Michele Owens Publisher: McGraw-Hill Date: 2004 ISBN: 0-07-146214-7 This is one of those books that gives a set of guidelines which will improve your chances of improving your career. It doesn’t promise success, much […]

Virgin Media – Complaints department, not very helpful

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Last month I posted about the problems I’ve been having with Virgin Media, who wouldn’t accept a payment, because my account wasn’t due any money but then sent threatening letters / passed my details to a debt collection agency. To understand the issues you need to read: Virgin Media – Not taking payment then contacting […]

PenguinTutor.com – DOS due to attempt to break in to website – Read the fineprint when signing up for a hosting deal

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

The PenguinTutor.com website was taken offline for a short time between the 23 and 24 January. Apologies to any inconvenience caused. This was caused by the monthly permitted bandwidth being consumed during one day by an attempted cracker (most people would refer to them as a hacker, although that is not the real meaning of […]

Potty Training – Portable Potty (Potette) when out and about

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Our daughter has now reached the age for potty / toilet training. She had shown an interest in using the potty some time, which I think is at least partly due to watching other children use the potty at nursery. We waited until the New Year as this gave a good point to start the […]

SimCity 4 Deluxe – How to make it work with Windows Vista

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

On the subject of compatibility problems in Windows Vista I have now got SimCity 4 Deluxe edition working. Simcity 4 deluxe is the latest version of SimCity, but was released several years ago, before Vista was on the scene. The deluxe part of Simcity is that is includes the Rush Hour expansion pack, which was […]

HP laptop dv6200 doesn’t support Windows XP

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

I bought my HP Pavilion dv6285eu Notebook PC during April 2007. This was shortly after manufacturers had started to release laptops running Windows Vista. Having run Windows Vista for a few months I have not been very impressed. Reasons why Windows Vista is worse than Windows XP. As a result of this I decided to […]

Windows XP vs Windows Vista

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Since getting my HP Pavilion Entertainment Laptop back from the repairers: Warrenty repair of HP laptop dv62000 – wireless network problem, I decided to use it as an opportunity to reinstall the OS. I’d already upgraded the laptop to 2GB of memory (from the original 1GB), and I’d recently bought a 250GB disk drive to […]


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