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Testing a new boot configuration

This approach is useful for testing all sorts of changes in boot setup without actually risking a real reboot. Whether you're about to remove a hard disk, just want to test RAID with disk failures, have installed a new boot loader or just changed the configuration; this can help provide reassurance that your remote server will come back when ...

Podcasts I Hear

Once upon a time, a time that feels a very long time ago but I think was only a couple of years in the past, I spent some time regularly commuting to one of my clients.

Armed with a smart phone and headphones I discovered audio books and podcasts as an excellent way to make use of this time. I ...

Bottle Time

Thomas has reached the grand old age of one year. He accomplished this a few two weeks ago now. Two days after that I switched him to drinking his morning and evening milk from a cup instead of a bottle.

Along with this switch and the gradual phasing out of his baby formula over the previous three weeks, came the ...

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Family Addition

Time has flown (mostly in a sleepy, chore based blur) so fast that it was now almost three weeks ago that the latest addition to our family arrived.


Thomas was born on the 6th November by emergency caesarean section.

It was a slightly unusual birthing process that ended up including some natural labouring, an ECV, ARM, return to transverse position ...

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Design a Formula 1 Helmet

One of the projects that has been filling, a little too much at times, my recent non-parenting hours is now accepting entries.

The site is an addition to the Infiniti Formula 1 press site to provide competitions for people to design Formula 1 helmets (or a small non-advertiser section of them) that Sebastian Vettel will wear later in the season ...

Ingredient oops

I think I've been doing quite well at the cooking thing recently. Tonight was planned in advance and I specifically bought vegetables earlier this week. However somehow I have managed to forget the wraps, salsa and fajita mix for tonight's advertised menu. Only a slight oversight!

At least I realised before I started chopping vegetables.

Despite running down ...

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