Archive for August, 2007

This pic was taken in St. kathrins dock this morning as I was walking in to work, the dutch barge in the foreground is being renovated and turned into a really nice floating home.

What a location!!!

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I;ve written about this hotel before – but I really have to point you in the direction of this article about Bailiffs Court, one of my all time favourite hotels

Bailiffscourt, Climping, West Sussex – Times Online :

Now this is spooky. If it weren’t for the cars outside, you would think you were in a medieval hamlet, a handsome collection of brick-and-flint buildings with mullioned windows and oak doors, built around a great house. All is quiet except for birdsong — if Richard the Lionheart had appeared on his horse, we wouldn’t have been surprised.

I;ve written about this hotel before – but I really have to point you in the direction of this article about Bailiffs Court, one of my all time favourite hotels

Bailiffscourt, Climping, West Sussex – Times Online :

Now this is spooky. If it weren’t for the cars outside, you would think you were in a medieval hamlet, a handsome collection of brick-and-flint buildings with mullioned windows and oak doors, built around a great house. All is quiet except for birdsong — if Richard the Lionheart had appeared on his horse, we wouldn’t have been surprised.

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A problem I have been given some thought is how to make sure a website is accessible on a iPhone – a task made slightly more difficult by not having access to a iPhone myself.

In some respect it should be easier than for other phones, as it sports a grown-up browser (Safari), but there are a number of other issues with the size of the display, and with menus, which will need a bit of planning.

But at least I found this article which promises some help:

A List Apart: Articles: Put Your Content in My Pocket:

In this first of two articles on bringing your content to the iPhone, I’ll explain what your options are and give you some guidance for tuning your site and making changes that enhance your users’ experience. In the second part of this series, I’ll examine some of the pitfalls and problems with this new web development environment.

A problem I have been given some thought is how to make sure a website is accessible on a iPhone – a task made slightly more difficult by not having access to a iPhone myself.

In some respect it should be easier than for other phones, as it sports a grown-up browser (Safari), but there are a number of other issues with the size of the display, and with menus, which will need a bit of planning.

But at least I found this article which promises some help:

A List Apart: Articles: Put Your Content in My Pocket:

In this first of two articles on bringing your content to the iPhone, I’ll explain what your options are and give you some guidance for tuning your site and making changes that enhance your users’ experience. In the second part of this series, I’ll examine some of the pitfalls and problems with this new web development environment.

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Inquisitor is one of the few plugins I use in Safari – it enables (beautifully rendered) live search results from the searchbox – see the screengrab below.

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DWBlog » Blog Archive » Inquisitor 3, present and future:

Inquisitor 3.0 (v43) is now available for download. This release restores instant search results for users using Google.com (US) as their search source.

This minor release aside, I’d like to talk about something a bit more serious. It’s been widely reported that Apple will be eliminating the Input Manager construct in Leopard, which is the mechanism Inquisitor uses to add its features to Safari. Quite simply, if the reports are correct, Apple will effectively be sounding the death knell for Inquisitor (and the many other popular application extensions users rely on).

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One of my favourite authors has just released a new book – and I have just started reading it :


“Spook Country” (William Gibson)

One of my favourite authors has just released a new book – and I have just started reading it :


“Spook Country” (William Gibson)

One of my favourite authors has just released a new book – and I have just started reading it :


“Spook Country” (William Gibson)

On the Drupal server I just installed http:BL – a module from Project Honeypot, to supply us with a source for blacklisted IP addresses, and in addition to that a honeypot script to help in finding spammers…

Well worth a try.

2 Ships – one old, one new – one peaceful, one made for war.

On the Thames, just opposite Tower of London, the HMS Belfast and a smallish cruise ship.

We came across this Witchcraft Musem in Boscastle while on holiday.

I bought a Blackberry off eBay almost a year ago – for around 20 pounds, and it has worked extremely well.

So I decided to do a upgrade, and again found a Blackberry 8800 on eBay – and won the auction. The seller wrote on the information about the phone:

This is auction is for a BlackBerry 8800 Handheld device in perfect cosmetic condition.

Please note that this item is unboxed, with no accessories or instructions, although it does include the battery.

I can’t get the unit to charge up using my PC and a USB cable, so it may need a special battery charger / USB cable.

When the phone arrived I was also unable to charge it – using a cable I had charged another 8800 from. So I inspected the USB connector and this is what I found

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If you look closely you can see that the contacts inside the USB plug are broken, and fall down to the bottom of the plug (the 2 pictures are with the phone turned 180 degrees) – so it is clear that the pin-carrier is broken at the bottom of the plug.

This is fairly likely to be the reason the phone will not charge…..

So I have written to the seller to see what he wants to do…..

I guess this is part of the risk in buying on eBay..

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