David Coveney

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All the posts below have been written by David Coveney.

19 May, 2010

WordPress Performance, Make it 3x Quicker!

I’d started to notice that my site could often be slow to load – other sites on the same server weren’t suffering the same way, so I wanted to document a simple way in which one can identify performance issues on the site. This is one of them.

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5 April, 2010

Collateral Murder in Baghdad

There’s enough in the video to convince anybody, but I’ve decided to add my own few thoughts. As long as the military culture exists that allows this to happen, then the West can never consider themselves superior in any sense, nor can we ever expect peace in the Middle East or the cessation of Islamic […]

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19 February, 2010

Of WordPress Training and Learning

Over at Interconnect IT, where I work, we’ve found that demand for our WordPress Training Courses has shot up over the past year or so.  And it’s certainly interesting to see where the work comes from. Curiously, it’s very polarised – we either work with smaller one man band companies like Jason Nevin who runs […]

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18 January, 2010

Is WordPress Slowing My Site Down?

I noticed on my pingdom stats recently that this site has been slowing down recently. But why? Is it WordPress? Some plugins? Time for research!

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7 January, 2010

Rainy Days in Liverpool

A wee picture from Liverpool.

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2 January, 2010

Southport, New Year’s Day 2010

First outing with the polarising filter given to me for Xmas by my friend and colleague James and decided to wander up to Southport for the afternoon.  We were rewarded with a beautiful sunset that the filter really helped add punch to the skies.  Downsides of the day?  I think I’ve lost the use of […]

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18 December, 2009

Liverpool Skyline

This is the view from our new office in Liverpool, right now.  Well, a few minutes ago. I consider myself very lucky to have this just behind my desk and it has to rate as the best view of any office I’ve worked in.  You’d think the office would be very expensive, but it’s not, […]

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Iceland In Winter

I expected more ice, it has to be said.  I also packed my thermals and it turned out to be warmer than home.  But, I also know how bitterly cold it can get in countries like this in Winter even if the thermometer doesn’t show it as looking so bad – driving rain, strong winds […]

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5 December, 2009

Sean’s 40th Birthday Party

Sean’s 40. But he’ll always be two months younger than me. Dammit. Well, here’s some photos from his party. Enjoy…

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18 October, 2009

Oulton Park Trackday With GTDC

After two years of going nowhere near a race circuit while I concentrated on building up the business, I finally got the Elise nicely fettled by Phoenix Motorsport in Accrington and got out with the Gold Track Driving Club.

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31 August, 2009

Argh! Spiders!

To my great shame, I’ve allowed the cobwebs to build up somewhat during renovation work. That’s going to have to stop, because today I just saw something scary.  An entire spider family, with big mummy spider sitting in the middle.  O_0

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14 August, 2009

Old Reel to Reel Tapes

Found these in the garage and have popped them on eBay. Love the old style designs – so simple by today’s standards. Easy to reproduce too. Also realised just how many bands from this era were called “The” something or other. How things change…

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29 July, 2009

Photoblog is No More!

Sometimes… you just have to tidy up, and finally I got around to dumping the old photoblog section of the site and integrating it in here.

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20 July, 2009

What it’s Like to Present and Attend at WordCamp UK

Over the weekend just gone I made two planned presentations at WordCamp UK 2009 down in Cardiff. I also threw in a quick 45 minutes of show and tell on the Caribou Theme that runs this site and is available for download from Spectacula.

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13 July, 2009

Saab 9-5 Aero (HOT) Estate For Sale – SOLD!

Given that I’m selling my motorbike at the moment as well, you may well wonder if I’ve had some kind of financial crisis of my own. But thankfully, no.  I just don’t need such a large and fast car any more.  When I was doing a lot of sprinting I needed something capable of towing […]

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10 July, 2009

1999 ZZR600 (ZX600-E7) For Sale

Sadly, after ten years, I’ve decided that I’ve really failed to make good use of the ZZR600 I treated myself to back in 1999.  It’s the only new motorbike I’ve ever bought… and I’ll hate getting rid of it. But practically speaking, I don’t have much use for it, most of my friends stopped riding […]

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7 July, 2009

Krakow – June 2009

I was in Krakow recently – ostensibly for a weekend jolly, but it turned out there was a surprise birthday party organised for me! Here’s some pictures from around the city…

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8 June, 2009

Five Things Bing Does Better than Google

MS have, at last, come up with what appears to be a competent rival to Google. Here’s five ways in which it beats Google.

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7 June, 2009

Crazy European Sports To Try This Summer

Europeans are considered to be the best educated, most sophisticated people on the planet. They also like diving into bogs, throwing tomatoes at one another, and chasing cheese.

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25 May, 2009

mySQL Database Search & Replace With Serialized PHP [Updated]

Ever needed to migrate a database to a new server or website (especially with WordPress and other PHP applications) and been stuck because when you do a search and replace some of the data seems to get corrupted?

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20 May, 2009

Pure. Comedy. Gold. Jozin z Bazin

This is a glorious song about the Swamp Man Jozin… Ropey English subtitles below. It’s well worth watching throughout. Well, to me it is…

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12 May, 2009

Boo to MPs! Boo to Presenters!

MPs are getting it in the neck as a result of some of their more wild expenses claims. Lord Foulkes got very uppity.

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