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Archive for January, 2009

Long term hardware review : HP Laptop dv6285eu (DV6200 series) Entertainment Laptop

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I’ve had my HP laptop for nearly two years now. Here is a review of how it’s faired up over those 2 years and the support that I’ve received. The laptop is a DV6285eu (dv6200 series) Entertainment Laptop. It comes with a AMD 64bit dual core processor, 160GB disk drive (since upgraded) and 2GB RAM […]

Ethernet over powerline – In home wireless connectivity – Devolo Linux support

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

In my house I have cable broadband which is terminated in my living room. As I have my own server with firewall and server I wanted to connect my network into my server before it was connected to my wireless network. As my computer is in a study at the other side of the house […]

Center Parcs Whinfell Forest Lake District – Lapland Experience, Christmas Special

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Ever since our first child was born we’ve had an annual Christmas holiday at Center Parcs at the beginning of December. I’ve posted a review of two of these already: Holiday with a Baby, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest Nottingham UK and Center Parcs Countdown to Christmas at Longleat Forest During 2008 we went to Whinfell […]

Petition against software patents in Europe

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

There is a new petition online at http://stopsoftwarepatents.eu. Software patents are a threat to all free and commercial software. The reason for this is that thousands of patents can be created that apply to a single program or even a website. Tracking these to prevent violation is almost impossible and even if it was possible […]

Tommy’s – Let’s get baby friendly awards 2009

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Voting is now open for the Tommy’s – Let’s get baby friendly awards 2009. To vote to go: Tommy’s Awards website. Voting ends Monday 23 February 2009 Related Baby Friendly Posts Baby Friendly Days Out and Holidays in the UK and Europe Christmas Charity 2007 – Tommy’s Baby Charity and Wikipedia Tommy’s Parent Friendly Awards […]

Thomas Land at Drayton Manor – visiting with babies and children

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Thomas Land is the new attraction at Drayton Manor Theme Park which opened during 2008. Thomas Land consists of over a dozen rides based on the Thomas the Tank Engine and friends characters. Some of these are completely new themed rides, but others are just existing rides with Thomas the Tank Engine branding such as […]

Non-linear Video Editing in Ubuntu Linux – What tools to use and how to do it!

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

An introduction into what tools are available and how to edit a video from obtaining the files from the camcorder to editing the footage, exporting to YouTube and creating a DVD.

Linux pitfall of soft links ln – Rhythm Box – Music Player on Ubuntu

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

I came across a strange issue on one of my Ubuntu computers. I had added some more MP3 files to my music folder and so I refreshed them by performing an import of that directory in Rhythm Box. The import command will only add new files that are not already added. To my surprise I […]

Amazon.co.uk MP3 downloads for Windows, Mac and Linux

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

This is an important update to my earlier post: MP3 Downloads – Is this the end of DRM on Music? – MP3 downloads from Amazon.co.uk. If you have the 32 bit versions of Windows / MacOS / Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse or Debian) then you can go straight to the: Amazon.co.uk MP3 Store today If […]

MP3 Downloads – Is this the end of DRM on Music?

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

I have already posted a comment that Amazon.com was selling DRM free MP3s (Sony accuses almost all owners of MP3 players of being pirates). At the time it was only US customers that were able to buy the MP3s, but since then Amazon.co.uk is now offering MP3 downloads. Since then I have now heard that […]


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