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Archive for February, 2008

Dudley Zoo and Castle through the eyes of a toddler

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Here is a review with a difference. The main part of it is written from the eyes of a toddler. We went to Dudley Zoo on Friday. It is a zoo I have visited several times in the past. When I first visited the zoo I got the impression that it was going downhill and […]

PVC door handles and Redditch based hardware / locksmith – Morris Mica

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Since moving house I’ve been trying to find a replacement handle for our PVC front door. It appears that most handles are of one standard fitting, but there are a couple of different variations of which mine is one of them. Measuring the distance between the centre of the handle and the centre of the […]

Hardware review: Advent wireless keyboard and mouse

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

This is a review of two different wireless keyboard & mouse / touchpad devices. I looked at these after an older cheap wireless keyboard I had stopped working. The keyboard and mouse was used on a Linux computer in the living room, so that the computer can be operated from the sofa. Unfortunately the old […]

HTML – href rel=nofollow for urls. Stop SPAM from getting a rating on search engines

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

I’ve been playing with Media Wiki on my Linux web server. This is the Wiki engine software used to power Wikipedia. I noticed that one of the options was to turn on – rel=”nofollow” on external urls. What this does is provide a means of preventing an external web site link from giving a site […]

Printing onto CD with Canon Pixma IP4200 and Ubuntu linux

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Back in November I posted to the Ubuntu Forums, that although normal printing from linux worked fine to my Canon PIXMA IP4200, I was unable to print directly onto printable CDs. At the time I thought this may be a problem with communication between the OS and the printer. Unusually I didn’t get a reply […]

St John Ambulance – Save a Life Series (email and web)

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

St John Ambulance is running a email / web campaign entitled save a life. I managed to miss the first one in December although it’s still available on the web. The emails and web pages include simple step-by-step procedures with diagrams and text explaining the procedures. Take a look at: December Save a Life – […]

Hardware hacking – Circuit diagram for LXF Arduino Simon Project

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

In the past I used to do quite a bit of hobby electronics. I have not had time to do much in recent years but my enthusiasm has now been rekindled in response to a Arduino electronics series that Linux Format Magazine has recently started. There have been a number of changes in hobby electronics […]

New Baby boy

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

My wife gave birth to a baby boy this morning at 5:25am. He weighed 6lb and 11oz. Both mother and baby are doing fine.

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