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Archive for August, 2009

Alli – buying Alli weight loss pills from an online pharmacy

Monday, August 31st, 2009

I lost a further 3 lbs this week on the Alli diet. I originally bought Alli through a high-street Boots pharmacy, but since then I’ve bought my subsequent tablets through different routes depending upon which was most convenient at the time. Boots in-store was the strictest which required me to pay to use their weighing-scales […]

Using O2 Mobile Broadband under Ubuntu Linux – Huawei E160

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

These instructions work for getting a O2 Pay-as-you-go Mobile Broadband USB stick to work under Ubuntu Linux. I also tested this using EEEbuntu on the Eee PC. The device that I tested is a Huawei Mobile Connect Model E160, HSDPA USB Stick. Most current models should work, but Huawei do not provide any official Linux […]

Camping Review at Ty Mawr Park Resorts Caravan site in North Wales.

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Our first camping holiday since having children was at Ruda, Croyde Bay Devon (Parkdean holidays caravan site), we did however go camping quite a lot before we had children. Our second camping holiday with our children was to Ty Mawr Park Resorts Caravan and Camping site near Rhyl in North Wales. We went for a […]

Kids Day Out – Dairyland Farm World in Cornwall

Friday, August 28th, 2009

We went to the Dairy Land Farm World (near Newquay in Cornwall), whilst we were on a caravan holiday at John Fowlers in Widemouth Bay. The admission price is the same for children and adults, with those under 3 feet tall being free. I thought this was expensive for children, but by the end of […]

WordPress automatic upgrade – a status bar is worth several minutes

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I’ve recently upgraded my blog engine, WordPress. The developers thoughtfully included an automatic upgrade button which I’ve already praised before (WordPress easy application upgrade). The upgrade failed first time, which I think was due to not cleaning up properly last upgrade, but after that was resolved it was the uncertainty and lack of feedback that […]

Including word processor (writer) documents within a website – Linux file permissions reference document

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

I’ve added a new tutorial to the Penguin Tutor Linux Tutorial pages. The latest tutorial is on file permissions within Linux, including commands such as chmod, chown and umask. View the tutorial below: New tutorial – Linux file permissions reference document The tutorials are all created in and then exported as xhtml for inclusion […]

Blog comments – spam vs. other comments

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

I do get a number of comments on my personal blog, but no where near as many as I get SPAM comments. In fact at the moment I have over 500 comments caught by the Akismet spam filter in the last two weeks. Sometimes the SPAM gets through, but then needs to be approved / […]

What’s your BMI?

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Diet is still going well. According to my BMI I am now overweight rather than obese. What does this mean? BMI or Body Mass Index is a universal way of measuring weight compared to a person’s height. The advantage of measuring weight is that this gives a single target value that can be applied to […]

Mobile Broadband – Hard pressure selling from Phones 4 U

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

I bought a new broadband dongle from Phones 4 U today. I went there as they were cheapest for that particularly dongle, but only slightly. That’s the last time I’m going to go in that shop. This is an approximate transcription of the conversation I had to purchase a O2 Play-as-you-go broadband dongle costing £19.55 […]

Emergency Services Day at Evesham fire station 2009

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I originally planned to take my children along to Redditch Fire Station when they had an open day earlier this year. It is near to where we live so it would have been possible to drop in briefly show the kids around a fire engine and then still do something else the rest of the […]

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