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Archive for July, 2011

Book reviews for DRM free fiction and non-fiction books

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The problem with DRM Free ebooks is finding the good books, as there are some not so good books around. This also applies to DRM locked ebooks – eg. Amazon.co.uk (especially their free / low-cost self published books), although with DRM books you can turn to the mainstream press for reviews of the latest bestsellers. It does mean that some really good books that don’t get a mainstream publisher may not get the publicity they deserve.

These are just some of the books I’ve read, but they all have one thing in common. They are all available without DRM, so you can read on any ebook reader and on any PC / Tablet / Netbook regardless of the operating system or reader software available.

Day out at SeaLife Centre Birmingham

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I have visited the Sealife Centre in Birmingham before, but it was several years ago and there have been quite a few changes since I last visited. We visited during a wet weekend looking for a day out that was out of the rain. Parking at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) car park Parking at […]

Weekend camping at Drayton Manor

Friday, July 15th, 2011

After having a good weekend camping at Drayton Manor last year we visited again this year with my brother and his family. Arrival at the Drayton Manor Park campsite and pitching the tent in the rain We arrived at Drayton Manor on Friday evening, booked in with security and then proceeded to pitch our tent […]

Day out at the Midland Railway Centre in Derbyshire

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

We went to the Midland Railway Butterley during a special event weekend with a car rally, narrow gauge railway, garden railway and modellers event. We hadn’t planned to visit on a special weekend, but looking at the timetable there are lots of events during the year so the chances of landing on one is pretty […]

Upgrade of website followed by 403 errors on Apache RewriteRule

Monday, July 11th, 2011

My Watkissonline.co.uk website is powered by WordPress on a Linux hosted server. It’s been on the server for some time and as a result was still running an old version of PHP and Mysql. WordPress has now increased it’s minimum requirement and therefore I needed an upgrade. I asked my provider Compila.com for an upgraded […]

Book review: Arduino Cookbook

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

The Arduino is a popular open hardware device that has gained a lot of support amongst hobby electronics. I’ve already reviewed some electronic books, including two Arduino books for beginners. The Cookbook series from O’Reilly is better known for software programming books, and despite being named after hardware this book is more about the programming […]


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