Following my previous post regarding the Parish Council elections, Iâ€™d like to proffer my thanks to Alan Twist for his concise comments.Â Alan, please accept my apologies for the false supposition that the Solar Farm was the driving force behind the collaborative efforts of St Mellion Park.Â I did hear rumours of the precept issue… Continue reading St Mellion Parish Election 2013 – Response to Alan Twist
Sat here today licking my wounds after being defeated in yesterday’s Parish Council Elections. Â As a rule, voter apathy surrounds these elections and even a 30% turnout is considered respectable. Â That’s assuming voters are even required to turn out. Â More often than not there are an insufficient number of candidates to mandate an election! Â St… Continue reading St Mellion NIMBYs (Ltd)
According to the BBC News today, WordPress is under a huge Botnet attack that targets the ‘admin’ account. Â In accordance with advice from WordPress, I’ve just deleted that account. Â Upgraded to v3.5.1 at the same time, just for good measure.
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 us. The plan on day one was to reach Marazion and I set off with… Continue reading Minack Theatre to Porthleven
After a long break from Coast-Path walking, Colin Kelly and I set off from Fowey at 1045 and headed West. No particular goal was in mind but Colin thought it would be good to reach Charlestown. The first section to Gribben Head was easy walking and a persuasive National Trust volunteer talked us into climbing… Continue reading Coast Path – Fowey to Pentewan
Following the passing of Darcy earlier this year, today we lost Missy. She was the runt of the pack, much smaller than Darcy and almost a different species compared to the monster that is Tommy. After some rough calculations, based on when Lou and I got together, we’ve decided she was about eight years old.… Continue reading Another Ferret loss
Almost a year ago to the day, I bought the Terra Nova Saturn Bivi and blogged about my first impressions of it. Shortly after that I blogged again with some more impressions, having put it up and been inside. Now I’ve actually used it a few times, I thought I share some more thoughts on… Continue reading Terra Nova Saturn Bivi (Part 3)
For once TalkTalk got something right. They said they’d respond to my email and they did. Right on the 7th day. Their response was less than satisfying. Dear Mr Crook Thank you for contacting the TalkTalk Business Technical Support team. We have investigated the request below, unfortunately the service which you are currently configured with… Continue reading TalkTalk or more precisely lack of TalkTalk
I only met Len once at What The Hack in Holland back in July 2005 but chatted to him about Mixmaster on various occasions. I’ll never forget the exchanges between him and Frog-Admin in which Len always came out the winner, simply by virtue of knowing what he was talking about. I’ll miss you Len.… Continue reading RIP Len Sassaman
In an attempt to clarify my requirements, I’ve emailed TalkTalk customer services. Sometimes these things are clearer in writing: Account Number: xxxxxxxx [Address scrubbed] Hi, On the 29th June, you transferred my broadband service from Nildram to TalkTalk. I was led to understand that this was just a change to my phone line rental rather… Continue reading Email to TalkTalk (2011/07/01)
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by TalkTalk with regard to transferring my telephone line rental to them. As they already provided my Internet (as a result of their taking over Nildram), it seemed like a sensible move, especially as the price was attractive. On the 30th June I received a letter advising… Continue reading TalkTalk Business woes
Back in January I blogged about the proposed Cornwall Super-fast Broadband roll-out. Of course, as a geek, I’m desperate for information about it, especially the timetable for when it’s actually going to happen. According to the faqs the timetable will be announced in May 2011. It’s the 26th May today so time is running out… Continue reading Time running out for the broadband timetable
Don’t know why I’ve left it six months to publish this article. Oh well, better late than never! This was a walk undertaken by Tim Clayton, Colin Kelly and myself. We started from Welcom Bay on the 11th September 2011 and spent three days walking to Tintagel where Tim had to leave us due to… Continue reading Welcom Bay – Perrenporth
Just a quickie to say thanks to the driver from Burcombe Haulage who stopped in St Mellion village on the A388 during rush hour to let me cross over with my dogs on Monday evening. Apologies to the commuter zombies who were forced to wake up for 5 seconds and apply the brakes.
Last year I Blogged about the death of our Ferret Womble. Today it’s the turn of her long-time partner Darcy. Darcy was a polecat and always the wildest of our flock. When visitors wanted to hold one, Darcy was the chap who stayed firmly in the pen or we’d have suffered the embarrassment of taking… Continue reading Last year Womble, this year Darcy
Following yet another outage on my ADSL service from Nildram Pipex Tiscali Opal TalkTalk Business, I decided to take a look around and see what else is on offer. I do this quite frequently and with some enthusiasm. Then I give up. The problem is usage based charging. At the moment, probably due to my… Continue reading UK ISPs – Monthly Usage Limits – silly silly silly!
As my first post of 2011, it was a toss-up between this and my annual mortgage statement. This won by virtue of annoying me more. Right so what’s IPv6 and why is it more annoying than a mortgage? IPv6 is sort of new, except that it’s not. It was first published in 1998 when it… Continue reading 2011 – Year of IPv6. Providing you’re not British.
There seems to be plenty of DNSSEC HOWTO’s on the Web but I’m struggling to find a compendium of steps I need to perform in order to secure my zone and trust others. Securing a zone Before doing anything, it’s worth creating a directory structure where each zonefile resides in its own directory using the… Continue reading DNSSEC – HOWTO for idiots like me
Yesterday Tim Clayton and I did a circular walk from Widgery Cross. It was the perfect day for it with blue sky and crystal clear air. The view from Sharp Tor was incredible with the North Coast clearly visible, along with the GCHQ Satellite dishes at Lower Sharpnose Point near Bude. Despite the wonderful views,… Continue reading Great Links Walk
BT is to provide super-fast broadband to up to 90% of homes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in the biggest rural fibre optic roll-out in the UK to date. This is great news for me and many others but what exactly does it mean? “Up to 90% of homes” means absolutely squat and… Continue reading Fibre Broadband for Cornwall