Monthly Archive: February 2012

I don’t care if you’re Christian, Muslim, an Atheist or a Jedi Knight… Just keep it to yourself!

This article should offend nobody, yet will probably manage to offend everybody, but so be it, as it needs to be said. Recently Baroness Warsi, co-chairwoman of the Conservative party said that religion is being “sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere.” About the same time a council was taken to court over holding prayers at the start of meetings, a case it lost and as a result the government introduced new laws so that they could do so again. Lets clarify where I stand, I think that there is no such thing as god, and that the bible…
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Why I’m ashamed of the 81.5%

There are 3846 people in the White Oak ward of Swanley, Kent that should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. In fact, lets not beat around the bush, you’re a bunch of lazy idiots! Why? Simple, the powers that be organised a by-election for the town council, and the turnout was a pathetic 18.5%, meaning approximately 3846 people couldn’t be arsed to vote. Like I said, pathetic! The result was 409 votes to the Conservative candidate and 464 to the Labour candidate, and putting aside the fact that I regard the Labour party with the same level of respect as Hitler….
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Your Search Queries 13/02/2012 – 19/02/2012

One of the great things about Google Analytics is the vast wealth of information it makes available to me. I can see for instance what search queries I am getting listed for, and some of them I can give a simple answer for, so here goes! Last week you searched for: 01234 765093 / Computer virus phone scams STOP! It’s a scammers phone number. They will call you up claiming to be from Microsoft or someone, they’ll con you into installing a back door for them to get onto your system before compromising it and holding it to ransom –…
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Updated: MIT to launch free online study courses

According to the BBC, next month, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will begin offering a free online course in 6.002x: Circuits and Electronics through its fully automated MITx programme. From the looks of it, it’ll be free to join from anywhere in the world, and those that complete it successfully will receive a certificate, while MIT students can complete the course as part of their degree. Apparently there are plans to offer more courses in a wide range of subjects once this initial trial has completed. They say that there are no formal entry requirements for the course other than…
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Fail: Telephone “Computer Virus” Scam

The other day I received a phone call from 01234 765093. If you get a call from them, unless you have experience with computers and you fancy wasting their time, then you should ignore them and under no circumstances do what they suggest. Failure to heed this advice is likely to lead to your computer being held ransom pending payment of a large amount of money. Others have reported this as being close to £200 GBP. First you will get a phone call, claiming to be from somebody like Microsoft, or another big company. Lets get one thing straight, they…
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Explained: Entering the UK as the Taiwanese spouse of a UK citizen

As I announced three weeks ago today, I got married to my wife in lovely Taiwan. What I wasn’t sure of though is whether we were actually married in the UK. Having done some research online it appeared that this was not the case, the UK government would not recognise the marriage and we would need to marry again in the UK. Calls to citizens advice and a number of immigration specialists seemed to confirm this. On the other hand we have a couple of registry officers who claim that as long as the marriage is valid in Taiwan, then…
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Waitress, I’m still waiting on my Raspberry Pi

When they announced the launch date of the Raspberry Pi, I kind of knew that it would never ship on time, no matter how much I wanted to believe it. Anyway, due to a manufacturing problem, it looks like we’ll be getting our juicy boards towards the end of this month. So when I do finally get one, what shall I do with it? Anyway, while I wait I was just looking at what is involved with getting Windows Embedded Compact 7 to run on the Pi. I am hoping that since ARM supply a BSP for the processor, it…
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CallamMcMillan.com: Now online

With the completion of a couple of bugfixes and the publication of the RSS feed yesterday, the main development work on CMv6 is now complete and CallamMcMillan.com is now online. What this means is that while I still need to do some development work on the site, most of this is now cosmetic, or on the back-end of the site and the main focus is on content. This post will look at a few of the outstanding tasks and some of the issues the site faces. The first thing is that all the main functions needed to make the site…
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