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Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year 2010

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Happy New Year to all my family, friends and visitors to my websites. Looking back at last years resolutions I think I did quite well. The first was to use the Wii Fit more and get fitter. Well I certainly achieved that one! Although the Wii Fit turned out to be a very small part […]

Adding a USB external disk drive as permanent drive in Linux

Monday, December 28th, 2009

This mini-tutorial goes through the steps needed to add a USB external disk drive as a permanent disk on a Linux computer. This is something that I did recently on my home server computer. It already has two internal disk drives, but due to the size of my photo and video collection needed some more […]

Firefox keywords – quick website shortcuts using bookmarks

Monday, December 28th, 2009

I’ve been using Firefox since version 1, but I’ve only just discovered one of the features. Now I know about it I wonder how I ever did without it. I used to use the “Bookmarks Toolbar” in Firefox on all my computers. By default this is below the address bar and has a few Firefox […]

iPod Nano 5th generation – problems with Linux

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

I got a nice new ipod Nano for Christmas. Before asking “Santa” I had already researched what support was available in Linux for the iPod and was satisfied I would be able to sync with Rhythmbox on Ubuntu Linux (Ubunutu Netbook Remix), which is my current default music player. Unfortunately it turns out my research […]

Christmas Message 2009

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

It’s now become a tradition for me to publish a Christmas blog post each year. As well as using this as an opportunity to look back on the past year I’ve also given one last Christmas present in the form of a donation to a charity that I’ve chosen each Christmas. This year I’ve given […]

Abbey Stadium Redditch – new designs for 2011 / 2012 potential completion date

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The new designs and proposal for Abbey Stadium sports centre and swimming pool are now available. This has been a long time coming, but according to the proposed schedule this may now be complete in 2011 / 2012. I haven’t used any of the existing Abbey Stadium facilities, but I am a regular user of […]

Center Parcs at Christmas 2009 – Nottingham Sherwood Forest

Monday, December 21st, 2009

For our pre-Christmas holiday this year we went to Center Parcs Sherwood Forest near Nottingham, England. I have already commented in previous posts about how baby and child friendly Center Parcs (in the UK) are so I’ll skip those bits and just cover the unique parts of this holiday (see links at the bottom of […]

Book Review: Health & Safety at Work – An essential guide for managers

Monday, December 21st, 2009

First 3 chapters cover the legal requirements of health and safety from the Health and Safety at Work act to reporting under RIDDOR. These consist of short introductory paragraphs with collection of extracts and bullet point information. There are some positive parts to this approach as it cuts down on the waffle and has just […]

Winter picture 2009 – crafts with kids

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

This years winter craft picture features a Snowman and Christmas Trees. This is a large wall picture about 1m square in our hall. I’ve already described how to create these in my other posts so look at Crafts with Kids: Large Christmas snow scene for details of how to create your own. Arts and Crafts […]

Beware of low cost hosting – unlimited bandwidth

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

This screenshot shows the cpanel bandwidth for my “Unmetered” account with Compila for The site was down again briefly last week due to exceeding the so called “unmetered bandwidth”. Fortunately on this occasion I saw this soon after the site stopped working and was therefore able to get them to rectify the problem. Unfortunately […]

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