Pither.com / Simon
Development, systems administration, parenting and business


Summer Fayre 27th June 2015

St Joseph's Primary School (map) is having it's Summer Fayre on the 27th June from 12noon and everyone is welcome. Entrance for adults is £1, children are free; and there are some great things to see, do, eat and enjoy.

Celebrity Guest

TV's Will Mellor (Hollyoaks, Two Pints, White Van Man, In The Club, No Offence) will ...

Tags: family

Redhill Freelancers and Small Business meetup survey

I'm working on creating a local group for freelancers, small businesses and other home workers based in and around Redhill and Reigate. So far I've ...


Building a Micropreneur and Freelancers group in Redhill

I live in Redhill, Surrey. I'm working on building a freelance and micropreneur group in Redhill.

There is an excellent freelancers group that meets weekly in Brighton (which I visit occasionally). There are also many, many entrepreneur and freelancer groups that exist in London. There are also co-working groups around, the nearest of those I can find being Horsham ...


Writing 10,000 words review

Yesterday I set myself a writing challenge, as suggested by Dan Norris, dedicating the working day to creating new content and attempting to produce 10,000 words.

Today I want to reflect on the challenge, see how I did and whether it was useful for me.

My Results

Trying to write 10,000 words (complete with proof reading and editing ...

Tags: content

Oops, I Snapped the Bed!

It is with some slight discomfort that I must admit to having sat down on my bed (well my wife's actually, but what's hers is mine, yes?!) one evening last November to hear a loud cracking sound. I don't believe that I sat down particularly heavily on this occasion; in fact I had just put my youngest ...

Tags: family

Writing 10,000 words in a day

The title may sound like a foregone conclusion but this is actually very much a challenge, an experiment for me really.

My Day

I have made today a content writing day. The idea for having a dedicated content writing day on this particular day came from Dan Norris who's using it as an experiment for a book he's ...

Tags: content



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 ...