Holly McGuire at the Memorabilia show

Holly McGuire #2

Originally uploaded by vivaceuk

Here is a photo of me and Holly McGuire taken at the Memorabilia show.

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Memorabilia Show

I have just returned from my latest bout of celebrity bothering at the NEC in Birmingham. This weekend they are hosting the Memorabilia show, featuring a number of sports and media stars, along with a variety or memorabilia dealers.

As per usual, I managed to spend far more money than I planned to. The new autographs I’ve added to my collection are:

Holly McGuire
Amylu Bennet
Robert Vaughn
Craig Charles
Robert Llewellyn

I had my picture taken with Holly McGuire who was very chatty, and every bit a lovely as I remember her being from my younger days.

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John Archer

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have John Archer come and lecture to us at the Thames Valley Magicians Guild. He is a very funny guy, and kept us all enthralled for a number of hours with his mix of comedy and magic. If you get the chance to see him lecture (or perform) I highly recommend it. Even as a fellow magician, I still managed to miss a number of deck switches, and even crib sheets attached to innocent objects. His take on the “tossed out” deck was well worth the cost of the lecture alone. Really I should stop praising him now in case he reads this and develops a big head.

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Google Web Toolkit, Ubuntu Hardy and Hosted Mode

Following on from my saga of the overheating Acer Power 2000, I decided to go back to running Ubuntu Hardy Heron and only run Windows XP in Virtual Box for the few bits and pieces I couldn’t run using Wine or CrossOver Office. This move worked out pretty good, except for problems I was having getting GWT’s hosted mode browser to show the project I was working on. The console launched, the browser launched, and then nothing. No error message. Nothing. A compilation with the shell script worked fine, but it’s a real pain to have to recompile a project just to check the look and feel.

First I thought it could be because I was using GWT-Ext. The solution they give is to include the javascript files in your module instead of the HTML page.

Alas, it didn’t help.

Then I stumbled across the solution here:

Basically, I keep all of my source code on a removable USB hard drive. The hard drive is formatted with FAT 32. In order for the hosted mode browser to work, you need to edit /etc/fstab to mount the drive with slightly different parameters.

I thought this would be worth a try, so I created a fstab entry:

/dev/sdb1 /media/Elements vfat rw,nosuid,nodev,noatime,uhelper=hal,flush,uid=1000,utf8,shortname=mixed,umask=077,usefree

Et Voila! The hosted mode browser works absolutely fine.

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Red Nose Day 2009

red nose day 2009

Originally uploaded by vivaceuk

Red Nose Day is here again. I haven’t bought a nose this year so I thought I’d splash out on a digital one.

Get yours from: http://www.digitalrednose.com/

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The Joys of Twitter

I have recently rediscovered the joys of twitter, so you can now follow my inane ramblings at:


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