Deeside Open 2014

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In spite of being by far the youngest (and smallest) of the competitors in the beginners category (12 and over) at Deeside, Megan managed her first podium finish. Her score of 10.42 was enough for third place, and only 0.1 behind the second place skater.  :)

We’ve had some issues with the video but we do finally have a complete version of her skate which you can see here!

We’re Still Here

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Seems we didn’t manage a single post last year – that’s a bit rubbish isn’t it ?

In mitigation it was somewhat crazy on the work front, including a couple of trips back to New Zealand in order to get our customer down there running live – still it was good to catch up with Pete and we even managed to take in an ODI at the WestPac.

Hopefully sanity has been restored this year work wise so more regular updates may follow, particularly of Megan’s ice skating exploits now she has her Gold badge and is eligible for national competitions.

iTunes 10.5 CPU Issue

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After the recent iTunes update (10.5) I noticed the

AppleMobileDeviceService.exe

was suddenly chewing up CPU – everything still seemed to be working, I could still sync devices, it was just grinding the PC towards an early grave.

A bit of Googling suggested it’s a common problem and previously a reinstall of iTunes was the suggested fix – unfortunately this didn’t work for me, nor it would seem for a lot of people at version 10.5.

What did work for me was doing a

netsh winsock reset

from a command prompt (as Administrator) followed by a reboot.

Apparently the Windows TCP/IP stack can get corrupted and this will reset the Winsock Catalog to its default state – i.e. one that works properly.

It certainly fixed my iTunes problem and as a bonus the PC now boots faster and general network performance seems to be improved – one to remember!

WordPress 3.2.1

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Not been paying much attention to the blogs recently, just realised we should have upgraded to WordPress 3.2.1 some time ago. Unfortunately that was predicated on an upgrade of the MySQL database from 4 to 5 so took a bit longer than it should have.

However all blogs hosted here have now been migrated to MySQL 5 and WordPress 3.2.1 so hopefully that’s us all up to date.

If you do spot any problems let us know – and maybe I’ll post a more interesting update on here at some point…

WordPress 3.1.1

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There’s a new version out with many bug fixes including (but not limited to)

  • Some security hardening to media uploads
  • Performance improvements
  • Fixes for IIS6 support
  • Fixes for taxonomy and PATHINFO (/index.php/) permalinks
  • Fixes for various query and taxonomy edge cases that caused some plugin compatibility issues

You should upgrade as soon as you can – this sites been done, and of course that’s broken the access via the iPad application again.

I could just reapply the bodge below to get it working (kudos to NamesCo btw for commenting on the post) but not sure I’ll bother just now.