David Coveney

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All the posts below have been written by David Coveney.

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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10 May, 2009

Nice

Nice is one of the playgrounds of the French Riviera – but it can look cold in Winter. Still a damn sight warmer than Liverpool, however…

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Vegetarians Are Plain Filthy

It never even occurred to me what Tofu really meant.  Now I do!  Storm in a teacup, but amused me nonetheless: Popped into the Campaign for Thinking, for obvious reasons. Thanks to Alison Classe who listed this on Cix.

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5 May, 2009

Slow Posting Performance in WordPress 2.7

An interesting problem today – WordPress posting on this site was sloooooow.  Some other back-end tasks were also incredibly slow. Adding a post or page would take about 30 to 60 seconds.  Unacceptable.  I did the usual job of deactivating plugins, and even resorted to a different theme for a few minutes but no, it […]

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Handy Tip for CSS Reloading

CSS not refreshing in the browser can be a pain – Mark Jaquith has come up with an elegant solution to this for WordPress coders.

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18 April, 2009

Broadcom B57nd60x 10.10.0.0 performance problems (Dell XPS especially)

CPU spikes were making my laptop less fun to use – a nice online guide and a quick bit of sleuthing with MS’s sysinternals tools and I soon had the answer. The laptop is now faster, quieter and has better battery life.

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14 April, 2009

Just Go Back a Bit

There’s a question on a wall in Liverpool – “Would you like to die old and slow, or young and tragic?” But the more I think about it, the more I don’t know. This guy was definitely young and tragic.

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19 March, 2009

Palenque, Mayan Ruins

Palenque town itself is a rather drab place, but the ruins, deep in jungle, are as spectacular as you might expect. It’s also the perfect place to feel like Indiana Jones for a day…

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San Cristobal de las Casas to Pelenque

I’m never sure if it’s a great idea to save money on hotels by using overnight buses. It is, however, a very effective use of time. Just so long as you can get some sleep. The bus to San Cristobal was certainly as comfortable as was needed – we could only get seats on the […]

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16 March, 2009

Planes, Trains and Taxis to Mexico

It felt like we’d been travelling for 36hrs… and we had. Tired, dehydrated and crabby, reaching Oaxaca and actually getting a proper meal and a comfy bed was actually something of a highlight…

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10 March, 2009

Tim Ferriss and why I don’t like his emotional blackmail

I appreciate, right away, that by writing about Tim Ferriss I’m going to give him the oxygen of publicity. And what follows may just be a small-minded rant. I don’t know – feel free to tell me if I’m wrong by commenting….

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2 March, 2009

PHP Serialization Fix for WordPress Migrations (& other applications like Expression Engine)

Serialization of data loaded into an SQL table is a dreadful thing and makes WordPress migrations harder than they should be, but it happens and so we must deal with it. I’ve knocked up a rough and ready bit of code which does its best to resolve the problem.

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Wordcamp UK 2009 to be in Cardiff

If you’re following the various WordCamp lists, you’ll already know about this event.  But many won’t. If you use WordPress professionally, or with a great deal of enthusiasm, WordCamps are a great way to meet with other users, developers and designers who really understand the system.  There are useful presentations, social events and activities based […]

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24 February, 2009

Cerrie Burnell – and unthinking parents

Cerrie Burnell – a pretty children’s TV presenter who, it seems, has managed to upset some parents by only having one arm. Er… what?!

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27 January, 2009

Wordcamp UK 2009 to Liverpool?

Well, we’re going to try!  WordCamp is a small, informal conference all about WordPress and its people. Wordcamp UK 2008 was held in Birmingham last year.  The current list of nominated venues are in Liverpool, Cardiff and London.  Read the pdf attached below, and see what you think.  Feedback would be great, but if you […]

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26 January, 2009

Microsoft OneNote

At the risk of sounding like an MS Fanboi, I thought I’d bring up Microsoft Office OneNote. I’ve been using this package for general note-taking for some time now, and I’m finding it to be an incredibly useful piece of software. Thing is – it’s quite hard to explain. It’s a freeform note taking application, […]

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