Its that time of year

May 31st, 2007 , 18:44

Witch in work terms means, preparing for the big mud, other wise known as the Glastonbury festival. This means design a network for a green field site, literally πŸ™‚ Green-field Festival SiteMost of the year the place has cows on it. This will be are biggest and most ambisuse implementation yet, a wireless network linking back stage at the pyramid, the Greenpeace field and possibly access in cafe Tango.

We have just got a site lay out and have basic planing on access points and coverage, this year they say most of the site will be covered any way, well we’ll wight and see. Hot on our success at FOSDEM this year we “quietly confident” says Olly. So weather and power permitting, and no big solar arrays in the way like last time πŸ™‚ we should have it covered.

Inline Google Maps In WordPress 2.2

May 30th, 2007 , 14:04

I believe i have gotten this to work now πŸ™‚


1) Download the Inline Google Maps WordPress plug-in form

Avi Alkalay.

2) Follow his instructions

Upload the plug-in to your site.

Turn the plug-in on.

Configure the plug-in, you will find it under the option tab, google inline maps.

3) Apply for your Google Maps API.

When applying for your Google Maps API, it seams to be best to use your the root URL.

As when they say pacific directory. It also seams to include that directory and those below it. This confused me for a wile, as to what was exactly meant on the Google web page instructions.

4) Final I had to edit the css style sheet.

We use the WordPress Default 1.6 by Michael Heilemann

This cause the maps to appear as gray blocks.

This also  still happens if you use IE7 to view the map.

To fix the IE7 error see

you have wrap your code with div tags so <div> at the start and </div> at the end.

So reading this site

I made a change to the stylesheet as suggested.

To do this log-in as admin user, goto the Presentations tab then select theme Editor, then on the right hand side click Stylesheet. Scroll Down the Code till you find /*Begin Images*/

I do not know any thing about css, (so this may have broken some thing but so far it looks ok) because of that I only commented out the line (this way it is easy to add back in if any thing goes wrong :)), and add my new line in.

By surrounding the max-width: 100%; with /* (start comment) and */ (end comment) what ever process the style sheet will ignore that line.

The line I add in was

max-width: auto;

Final save this back to your web site by clicking the update file button at the bottom of the screen.

It should then look like this.

/* Begin Images */
p img {
padding: 0;
/* max-width: 100%;*/
max-width: auto;

/* Using ‘class=”alignright”‘ on an image will (who would’ve
thought?!) align the image to the right. And using ‘class=”centered’,
will of course center the image. This is much better than using
align=”center”, being much more futureproof (and valid) */

This appears to make the maps work, and has not yet (so far) made any thing not work. I will update this post if i find any thing wrong.

Map Test

May 30th, 2007 , 13:05

Map test

Campbell Island

Back to work

May 30th, 2007 , 8:36

So Back at work, and a new slant on this blogging stuff. Now that i,ve got more of this site working some day we may Even get a front door, index page for the more technical of you πŸ™‚ .

So far i have recycle the junk mail, and Even done some electronic recycling but not quite of the weee directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC and 2003/108/EC) style, just the junk emails :).

If you want to ignore my ravings thoughts and option, use the categories and leave out the “Dyslexic Discourse”.

No lets see what the spell checker does to this, Not bad so far.

New York Trip Tips

May 29th, 2007 , 14:32

These are travel tips from are recent trip to New york, As this post may hang around in cyber space for some time this was in May of 2007.

First arriving at ether of the major airports, you can take a light rail way to the New Jersey rail / Subway network.

If you are going to be there for a few days a subway pass is really useful, we brought a 7 day unlimited trip ticket. It allowed us to use the subway and buses cost 24 $, only one major draw back we could not get the machine in the pen station subway to accept are UK cards debit or credit ?? So could only get the cards with cash.

Some Pictures of Are New york Trip

May 28th, 2007 , 22:11

More Pictures

We’re back

May 27th, 2007 , 15:29

And it’s a typical British bank holiday weekend, cold and wet. Quite a change from the hot and sunny New York we just left.

A long wait in the airport as the flight left about 3 hours late. I tried to sleep once on the flight so we haven’t eaten much. We both just dozed through the meals. Still sleepy though, absolutely exhausted. Trying to stay awake so we may do a ‘top tips for NY’ post later. Unless we fall asleep.

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May 27th, 2007 , 0:44

Got up and headed for the Natural History Museum. Which had an exhibit on frogs! Lots and lots of froggies. All cute. Over 200 cute froggies. Only Joe made me go through that bit a bit too quickly. It was interesting, we headed in the back entrance, finally found where to go to sort out our tickets and, after much faffing and messing about, got tickets for three things: Frogs, Mythic Creatures (which for some reason included the dragon), and the planetarium show. We headed for the show first – Cosmic Collisions, narrated by Robert Redford – which was very good. I want to go to Mars for our next trip or the edge of the galaxy – that would be nifty.

After the show we headed to see frogs. Learned that even ‘true toads’ are frogs. Which is good. And saw loads of frogs. Little cute tree frogs, little cute poison frogs, little cute wax frogs sitting on a branch, big cute African green frogs, and American bullfrogs.

All sorts of frogs. We had to leave because our tickets for Mythic Creatures was only an hour after we went into frogs. We were a bit late.

Mythic Creatures was good, Joe got into it more than I did. I think the one at the Natural Science Museum in London was a bit better, a bit more science. But it was interesting. We had to leave that to get to the airport.

So back to the hotel to get our bags, sorted that out and headed for the tube. Got the train all sorted and got to the airport to be confronted with the queue from hell. Didn’t matter that we were already checked in, we had to go through the queue. Except we were in the wrong queue and the correct one was a bit shorter. Except they kept sticking people in front of us. But we eventually got sorted, only to discover the flight is leaving three hours late. Ho hum. Sitting in a bar now just waiting. How exciting.

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Time Square Redux

May 26th, 2007 , 3:55

Had a bit of a sit down and read and relax then back out again. Joe wanted to check out M&M World for some reason so off we went back to Time Square. Which was nifty to see in the dark with all the neon and TV screens and everything happening. It’s Fleet Week (I’ll have to remember to ask Dad what that is, but it means there are loads of sailors wandering around) so lots of red, white and blue and sailors. We have found at least two candidates for the new year’s eve ball thingy so no idea where that really is. We headed for the fake chocolate places (Hershey and M&M World) which was funny. M&M World is three floors of M&M merchandise and not a lot of M&Ms. Well, there is one wall with huge tubes of all sorts of M&Ms that you don’t find in other places. Such colours as purple, silver, black, and Shrek Mix. There may be a reason you don’t find them anywhere else!

Then down Broadway where we found a little cafe (Art Cafe) with a huge menu. Took ages to decide what to have. Joe ordered lemonade thinking British, so expecting a Sprite or 7-up, but got a glass of real lemonade which was quite lovely (best in NY, probably best in the US). I got rootbeer. And we watched the baseball game – NY Mets playing a Florida team (Marlins?). So we’re sitting and watching and eating and Joe suddenly asks, “If they hit the ball can they just decide not to run?”! I had to think about that for a minute. Then he says “well sometimes they hit the ball badly, so I was wondering if they did that could the batter just decide not to run.” So I said “sure and he’d be out.” It’s all part of the game, which was getting exciting when we left. Well, as exciting as baseball gets to someone who doesn’t really appreciate it.

Back to the room and packed and checked in on-line. Still have loads we want to do in NY but have to leave. Maybe next time.

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West Side Story

May 25th, 2007 , 22:37

Up and out after a rather noisy night. This hotel is noisy and the building work next door doesn’t help at all. Really needs double glazing. As we left we noticed we don’t have a peephole thingy, just a hole in the door. That’s interesting. The door is also a bit weird – you can’t do the double lock as it’s in the wrong place. It should be above the latch as that’s where the opening in the door frame is, but it’s below the latch. Weird. Otherwise it’s a nifty little hotel and the room, though small, is nicely decorated. Complete with flat screen telly and nifty stereo system. Just the door is odd and it’s noisy.

Headed out with the intention of going to the Intrepid, which is an air and sea museum. We spent the evening working out the plan and how to get around and what we would see. We had a ticket for the Intrepid in our City Pass (great deal and I’d definitely recommend getting it) so thought why not? So we got the tube to Times Square (sore feet meant we didn’t really want to walk much) got out and gawked and waited for the bus. We took the bus down to the docks where it was a zoo, zillions of people. So we stopped and went to Starbucks (yea, yea) and got coffee and sat and people watched. Then slowly strolled down and past the Circle Tours (also have a ticket for that in our City Pass, but we probably won’t be doing it) toward the Intrepid. Which isn’t there. At all. Just an empty dock with that building netting around it saying it’s closed. Until 2008. So much for our good planing. However we got to see the west side and the docks and also found this nifty little barge – The Science Barge. We didn’t do the tour but did stroll out and have a look. Quite nice people, came out to tell us about the barge and give us a brochure. So back to the bus and rode that to Grand Central.

Grand Central is, well, grand. Beautiful building. Stood and gawped with all the other tourists then headed for the tube. Took the express (now that we’ve worked that out) to 89th Street and the Guggenheim. The Guggenheim is being restored so the outside is covered with scaffolding. That was a bit disappointing but it was open and, although the top levels didn’t have an exhibition on it was still worth walking up just to see the building. I was actually there more for the building than for the art, which was good as there wasn’t much that I really liked to see. But the building is fantastic.

Left the Guggenheim as we were starving and stopped at a little place called Cafe Grazie. Very good lunch with starters (roast pear salad with gorgonzola and Joe had the carrot and ginger soup) then just pizza and omelet for mains but they were very good. Even managed to squeeze in a shared creme brulee. Could barely walk when we finally left so of course we decided to head through Central Park.

Another beautiful day and very warm so the park was full of people enjoying the sun. The playing fields were full. Lovely park. We strolled along the east side then worked our way over to the west. Saw turtle pond (with loads of turtles) and Belvedere Castle and walked through the Rambles. It’s a lovely place and a good couple of degrees cooler then the rest of the city. Back to the hotel to chill out a bit before we head out for the evening.

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