Uncle Dave is visiting for the weekend so Megan’s getting all excited – I’m not sure he knows quite what he’s letting himself in for though 🙂
He’ll be the first test out the new cooker that arrived today too, the door fell off the last one and ripped the hinges off in the process – it was never really the same after Megan decided to bounce on it…
We got a nice new Baumatic B100 for under Â£200 from Sainsbury’s Kitchen Appliances.
It was the best deal we could find for a built-in Stainless Steel Oven to fit in the hole vacated by the old one!
Apparently since Sept 11 2001, the US government has advised airplane pilots against flying near 100 nuclear power plants throughout the USA or they will be forced down by fighter jets.
But pilots say there’s a hitch in the instructions: aviation security officials refuse to disclose the precise location of the plants because they consider that “SSI” — Sensitive Security Information.
Hardly inspires confidence does it…
I was looking for a multi-format jukebox that was going to work properly with Linux (which rules out an iPod!) but that had a large enough capacity to hold all my music (300+ albums and nearly 20Gb of mp3 files).
After a bit of seraching I found the iriver H340 which has 40Gb of storage (a 20Gb version is available), supports all common audio formats (MP3, WMA, OGG Vorbis and more) but most importantly can simply be connected to any machine as a fast USB disk drive. Dump your audio files on it and it will automatically find and catalogue them – no need for any additional software, although there is some available if you feel the need.
Works like a charm with Linux and comes highly recommended.
We’ve reached a bit of a dead end in the family tree research, so we’re having to think a bit laterally.
We know from the 1901 Census and various other sources that my Dad’s Grandmother, on his father’s side – Susannah Bamber – was born in Ireland, as was her father Robert Smith. We don’t know much more than that though, not even her mother’s name.
On the 1901 Census however Robert Smith is shown as living with another daughter – Sarah J Roddy – who was born in St Helens. Sarah is only a couple of years younger than Susannah, so we can assume that the family must have moved across from Ireland soon after Susannah was born. If we could find Sarah’s birth certificate then there’s a fair chance she will share the same mother as Susannah.
Unfortunately the certificate we thought may have been our Sarah show’s her father to be Robert Smith (as expected) but his occupation is listed as Grocer – all the other evidence we have suggests he was a Carter so we may have the wrong Sarah!
To try and clear this up we’d like to find her marriage certificate, but on the 1901 Census she is shown as married but her husband isn’t listed so until today we didn’t even know his name.
We had sent for the birth certificate of one of their children – Mary Roddy – to find his name and then hopefully the marriage certificate. That certificate arrived this morning and showed Dad’s name to be Thomas Roddy and the J of Sarah J to be for Jane.
Interestingly this is also consistent with the certificate we thought might be her, so maybe Robert Smith did change profession after he moved across from Ireland.
Time to send for that marriage certificate I think…
Tonight will mark the first competitive meeting of Liverpool and Juventus since the Heysel Stadium disaster of 1985.
It is being hailed as a game of friendship and a further opportunity for bridges to be built between the two clubs.
Anyone looking to try out Linux could do a lot worse than giving Ubuntu a try.
It’s based on the Debian distribution, so your package management’s a doddle, but it is far easier to install and the hardware recognition is the best of any distribution I’ve used. The stable releases also tend to include more recent versions of packages than the equivalent Debian releases, which was a common complaint.
There’s a new release due out this month, called The Hoary Hedgehog, which includes Gnome 2.10 amongst other goodeis. There’s a Release Candidate available to download from the website which is already stable enough for general use.
If you saw the site yesterday you’ll see that we’ve got a new look.
WordPress allows you to easily switch between themes, and the new look is customised from one I downloaded from their website.
We’ve started tracing our family tree, using the Gramps genealogy program for Linux.
It’s still early days, but you can follow our progress on this site.