Author Archives: Steve Crook

Raspberry Pi – GPS

I recently wanted to set up a Stratum 1 time source using a Raspberry Pi (running Arch Linux).  I bought the excellent Adafruit Ultimate GPS Hat and dutifully soldered on the connector.  So far so good.  Unfortunately, from that point … Continue reading

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systemd Cheat Sheet

systemctl List units systemctl systemctl start/stop/restart/reload unit systemctl status unit systemctl is-enabled unit systemctl mask unit – Prevent a unit from starting systemctl unmask unit – Allow a unit to start systemctl reboot/poweroff Copy the unit file and create a … Continue reading

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Elite Dangerous – Is this love?

The announcement that Frontier Developments were going to produce a new version of Elite caused a stirring in my, long inactive, game-related synapses.  Since original Elite I’ve been a dormant gamer, other than brief interests in long-ago versions of Doom and … Continue reading

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Facebook for Android – Video Autoplay

The answer to Facebook Android and Video Autoplay is, downgrade your Facebook app to an earlier version that doesn’t support Autoplay.  Here’s how to do it. You can’t get old versions of the Facebook app through Play Store so the … Continue reading

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Parish Council Co-Option Process

With an advertised vacancy on St Mellion Parish Council, I’ve been reading up this morning on how the co-option process works.  If ten parishioners formally request an election there will be no co-option but for the purposes of understanding the … Continue reading

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No Solar, No Access

Yesterday saw the first regular Parish Council meeting since 9th July.  Although meetings happen on a monthly basis, August is the annual exception and no public meeting takes place.  In the intervening period, the council have clearly been anything but … Continue reading

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Section 106 – Two weeks today

Two weeks ago today, I blogged about my concerns on how St Mellion was considering spending the Section 106 money provided by St Mellion International Resort.  That Blog entry contained a letter that I’d sent to Christine, The Parish Clerk. … Continue reading

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Problems with me carrots!

Yesterday saw the planned, informal meeting in St Mellion to discuss the need for allotments.  Allan Cavill from the National Allotment Society came all the way from Taunton to talk about allotments in general and specifically about St Mellion’s wish … Continue reading

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Not Smiling

I recently received a letter from Smile, the Internet bank advising that my credit card is due to expire. They’re quite right, it expires at the end of August 2013. The next part of the letter came as a complete … Continue reading

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Recent Bomb Threats via Social Media

As a provider (and author) of anonymity systems on the Internet, I’m pretty depressed to read about the recent spate of bomb threats being posted on Social Media sites, such as this one that was posted to the Twitter account … Continue reading

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Parish Council Extraordinary Meeting

On the 13th September 2007, a Section 106 agreement was signed by four parties: Caradon District Council Bennelong Golf (St Mellion) Ltd Nat West Bank Cornwall County Council The agreement relates to planning application E2/06/01399/OUT that grants St Mellion International … Continue reading

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Callington to Saltash on a bicycle

The A388 runs from Bideford in Devon to Saltash in Cornwall.  It forms the main commuter route from Launceston to Plymouth and passes through Callington on the way.  It’s an extremely busy road, thanks in part to its linking the … Continue reading

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The need to be quorate

To extend my recent blatherings about St Mellion Parish Council, I thought I’d do a short post on the recent issue the council had to address in order to remain quorate.  First though, what exactly does “quorate” mean? In order … Continue reading

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A month on in the parish

It’s been just over a month since I first expressed my opinions on the St Mellion Parish Council elections. There have subsequently been two monthly public meetings of the council and I’m pleased to say that I found them energetic … Continue reading

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Cycle Navigation by GPS

When you use a SatNav in a car, the objective is usually to get from Point A to Point B in the most efficient manner.  When you cycle, it’s more frequently a requirement to get from Point A to Point … Continue reading

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WordPress Brute-Force Attacks

A post on Twitter today alerted me to the fact that my WordPress application was probably under brute-force attack.  A growing series of links told me reasons why it was happening, methods for understanding the degree of the problem and … Continue reading

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St Mellion Parish Election 2013 – Response to Alan Twist

Following my previous post regarding the Parish Council elections, I’d like to proffer my thanks to Alan Twist for his concise comments.  Alan, please accept my apologies for the false supposition that the Solar Farm was the driving force behind … Continue reading

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St Mellion NIMBYs (Ltd)

Sat here today licking my wounds after being defeated in yesterday’s Parish Council Elections.  As a rule, voter apathy surrounds these elections and even a 30% turnout is considered respectable.  That’s assuming voters are even required to turn out.  More … Continue reading

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WordPress security vulnerability

According to the BBC News today, WordPress is under a huge Botnet attack that targets the ‘admin’ account.  In accordance with advice from WordPress, I’ve just deleted that account.  Upgraded to v3.5.1 at the same time, just for good measure.

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Minack Theatre to Porthleven

On Thursday 9th August, Colin, Chris and I set out to do a walk with overnight camps from the Minack Theatre. Colin and I had previously walked from Lands End to the Minack so this was a natural progression for … Continue reading

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