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Archive for January, 2010

Review of High School Musical photo cube

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

This is a fairly short review of the High School Musical photo cube. The reason for the review being quite short is that there is nothing good that I can think to write about it. This is a photo viewer in the shape of a cube, with High School musical pictures on 3 sides, controls […]

Book Review: Advanced PHP 5 – Visual Quickproject Guide

Friday, January 29th, 2010

This is the second “advanced” PHP book that I’ve reviewed. The first was Wicked Cool PHP Scripts. This is the advanced series relating to the Visual QuickStart Guides. Advanced PHP 5 covers a number of different topics designed to take the proficient PHP programmer a bit further. This provides a good founding into some additional […]

5 minutes to sell Linux

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

I try to be an advocate for Linux through my blog and tweets etc. Occassionally I will mention linux to friends and family, but I don’t normally go around “preaching” Linux to others. Recently I was purchasing a Linux Magazine (and a web design magazine) from my local Tesco’s store and I ended up in […]

Baby sign-language updated

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

I’ve already written about my experience with baby sign-language, but that was when my first child was just under two. We’ve now got a second child who is almost two who has taken very differently to baby sign-language. So this now gives a contrast between how different children sometimes take to baby sign-language more than […]

Software Review: Mozilla Firefox Web Browser 3.6

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The latest version of Firefox is now available to download. Firefox 3.6 is the latest release following on just over 6 months after the successful release of Firefox version 3.5.

Black Country Living Museum – Dudley, West Midlands

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I’ve been to the Black Country Museum quite a lot so I was surprised to find I hadn’t actually created a review for the WatkissOnline Baby and Children pages. This has however worked in the favour of the museum as they have made some improvements recently which mean this is a more favourable review than […]

Book Review: Health and Safety Pocket Book

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Although the description for this book suggests it would be useful for a wide range of people, it is going to be of more use to health and safety professionals rather than lay people with health and safety responsibilities. The book consists primarily of bullet points summarising the legislation with little or no further explanation. […]

Text to NATO Phonetic Alphabet Translation tool – radio communications training

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make First Aid and related topics a bit more interesting and fun to learn for Recently on Facebook a friend of mine posted some text encoded using the NATO phonetic alphabet, which got me thinking wouldn’t it be good to have a quick tool you […]

Software review – Mandriva Linux

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Back in the 1990’s I used to use Mandrake Linux as my preferred distribution. Back in the day it had great hardware support and looked good.Mandrake merged with Lycoris and Connectiva to form Mandriva Linux. Mandriva went through a stage where the distribution was not as stable as it should have been and about that […]

Email Protocols – POP3 vs IMAP and SMTP

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

In an earlier post, about using Thunderbird to filter spam emails, I mentioned that IMAP has many advantages over POP3. I then skirted over the subject and never really explained either protocols. Here is a quick overview of how both work and why you may choose one over the other. I’ll also explain a little about SMTP and what that means.

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