Archive for May, 2007

Gloucester Cheese Rolling 2007
May 28, 2007

I’ve just got back from the hospital, as my flatmate Karl needed taking after participating in the Gloucester Cheese rolling chase today. Having fractured his wrist and generally getting a bit battered we were back from the hospital quite quickly, we quickly got on YouTube only to discover Karl can be seen winning his race!! Check out the video below, Karl is in the black right at the front!

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Website Updates
May 16, 2007

Just a quick post, I’ve updated Matt.AuthorDocs.co.uk to be a ‘portal’ if you like. You can currently see the start of my online portfolio on there.

Knoppix Arrives…
May 16, 2007

My version of Knoppix Linux arrived this morning, so hopefully when I have a bit more time (and have worked out how to change BIOS settings on my laptop) I will be running a second operating system, and not only that a CD booting Live operating system. It will be interesting to see what it has to offer compared to Windows and be good to be completely open source.

If anyone can shed any light onto how to change BIOS settings on a Dell Inspiron 6000 NoteBook, it would be much appreciated.

Update: Just had another go as I found the boot sequence option in CMOS and got Knoppix working! I’ve not quite got everything working amazingly yet, very low screen resolution and WiFi doesn’t seem to want to connect or prompt me for the WPA Key, it finds the network though. Interesting to see how well a whole operating systems runs from a CD. Anyway, all seems to be running rather swiftly, once I can get online I can really sit down with some forums helping me along the way to make the most of Linux.

Eco-Living and Sustainability
May 14, 2007

It was nice to see Gordon Brown addressing sustainability in new build homes yesterday, after what seemed like a final failing push from Labour before the elections with the Code for Sustainable Homes in March. The code set standards for some level of sustainability in design and build but is only applicable to new builds and has already been criticized for not being mandatory. Our homes account for 30% of CO2 emissions produced by the UK .

As shown in the table above China’s CO2 emissions have been slowly creeping up along with the growth of Chinese industry, and they followed America’s footsteps on the Kyoto Protocol, The International Energy Agency predicts that this year or next China will surpass the United States as the world’s No. 1 producer of greenhouse gases. However it is interesting to see some of China’s poorest people taking advantage of the sun and converting to solar energy. China plans to spend up to $4 billion by 2010 developing renewable energy. This could prove significant in twisting America’s arm into renewable energy and reducing CO2 emissions.

Firefox Extensions & Add-ons
May 6, 2007

I’ve been using Firefox for about a year now after becoming so fed up with Internet Explorer getting so clogged up with unwanted embedded items (If your having similar problems and want to continue with IE you might want to try running HijackThis) Anyway, since the release of Firefox 2.0 the Extensions & Add-ons have been amazing. I’m currently updating my blog via WordPress online dashboard and one of my favourite Firefox add-ons is running a Microsoft-style spell check as I type by underlining words not recognized by Firefox dictionary.

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Some of my other nifty Add-ons include FoxyTunes which allows control of audio/visual software through Mozilla, this is particularly handy when your playing music and want to pause or stop it quickly to watch an embedded video in Mozilla that you’ve suddenly come across. It appears on the right side of the status bar down the bottom and also scrolls the artist name and track name discreetly, this can be clicked on and lead you to Wikipedia, Google searches, YouTube and many other places you may find information on that artist – its really quite neat.

Other Really handy tools which I use include a little embedded download tool which allows you to extract a flash file for example, If I right click + Alt over any word a speech bubble appears with an Answers.com definition… Anyway you should check them out if your a Firefox user – Browse the Firefox Extensions Library