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Archive for April, 2009

Request to make Beoley pedestrian crossing safer

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I am extremely frustrated by the contempt that many drivers show to the lives of pedestrians trying to cross a zebra crossing in the village of Beoley. This is a crossing that is supposed to provide a safe route for children going between the school, nursery and after-school club, and the car park across the […]

Linux – upgrading to Ubuntu 9.04

Monday, April 27th, 2009

The latest version of Ubuntu version 9.04 has been released. This release has been given the codename Jaunty Jackalope. I’ve been anticipating this release of Ubuntu as there were some packages that were still on old version numbers on 8.10. For example version 3 missed the previous release. There are also some updated packages […]

Visiting Sheldon Country Park with a child or baby (includes Old Rectory Farm – demonstration farm)

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Sheldon Country Park is a council run recreational area with a working demonstration farm called “Old Rectory Farm”. The farm building was once the home of Reverend Dr Thomas Bray, the closest Sheldon has to a [18th century] famous person. There is a car park accessed from Ragley Drive. The car park can be very […]

Crafts with Kids: Giant spring picture

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Having already made a giant snow scene / snowman picture I’m trying to make a regular thing of it. Our daughter enjoys making the picture and it also helps teach the different seasons. This time we made a Spring picture with rabbits and butterflies. Although butterflies are usually associated with summer there are a number […]

Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire – visiting with young children or babies

Friday, April 24th, 2009

I recently visited Kenilworth Castle, with my one year old baby boy and 3 year old daughter. This was more of an educational visit than some of our other days-out. The reason for visiting a castle was because they were covering castles at Nursery and actually seeing a real one would help to reinforce the […]

Network cabling lengths

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

During my day job I often have to arrange for network cabling spanning large distances within a data centre. As our data centre space is getting bigger and occupying more of the building we are hitting these problems more. Here is a rough guide to the maximum lengths of some popular cable types. These are […]

Will lowering the speed limit save lives?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

I notice that the government is looking at reducing the speed limits in an attempt to reduce the number of deaths on the road (see BBC News: Plans to cut traffic speed limits). Whilst the aims are laudable, will the measures they suggest actually make much difference? There are many roads which I consider dangerous […]

Sleep Simple: Five steps to reduce the risk of Cot death

Monday, April 20th, 2009

FSID (Foundation for Study into Infant Deaths) has published a 5 step guide to reducing the risk of cot death.

The five steps are:

  • a cot, crib or moses basket
  • firm flat mattress
  • blankets or a baby sleep bag
  • room thermometer
  • dummy

See: FSID Sleep Simple, online download

Software review of the Eee PC operating system (Eee OS)

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

First impressions – Wow! My first impressions when I started my Asus Eee PC were: Wow! That was fast (less than 40 sec boot time) Wow! That looks good Wow! Easy to use Tim Burners Lee has already taken www for the World Wide Web so it looks like Asus had to satisfy themselves with […]

Codeweavers crossover – Beta testing Internet Explorer 7 on Linux

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

I’ve recently been involved in the beta testing of the next release of Codeweavers Crossover for Linux (a commercial implementation of WINE) which allows some Windows software to run on Linux. What is WINE? Wine allows Windows software to run on the Linux operating system. Rather than having to pay Microsoft for the Windows operating […]

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