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July 2015 Archive (31 posts)

Suzelle DIY show you How to Declutter Your Life with Gumtree | Suzelle DIY continues to make me chuckle every time I see something of hers on the Internet, and her latest effort is certainly no different. So here goes: How to declutter your life - Suzelle DIY style! Brilliant, as always! :) (Just a note, but this is also ... (Laugh out Loud!)
How to fix: " and @ mixed up on keyboard? (Windows 8.1) | Chantelle's Toshiba laptop that I bought her for Christmas a little while back is a Windows 8.1 single language install. The language currently set is English (United Kingdom). I needed to use it the other day and was rather annoyed to discover that for some ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
What is an Hash Algorithm and What are Hash Collisions? | Tom Scott, who I think is particularly adept at explaining complex computing concepts in very understandable and relatable ways, joins up with Computerphile to explain what exactly the idea behind hash algorithms are, how they can be used to confirm a file's transmission for the ... (Tech News)
Things to See in South Africa: Old English Fort and the Cogmanskloof Tunnel to Montagu | The Cogmanskloof Pass connects the towns of Ashton and Montagu. Its entire 6.5 km stretch through a majestic landscape of towering rock formations. Renamed after Cape Colony secretary, John Montagu, the town's original name of Cogmanskloof is where this pass took its name from. The original ... (Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions)
Things to See in Russia: Kazan's Iron Tree Ministry of Agriculture Building | The Russian Ministry of Agriculture sports a particularly interesting building in Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan in the Russian federation, fronted by a massive wrought-iron tree! Built for the Ministry of Agriculture by Russian construction firm Antica, the building's style gives a nod to the opulent ... (Travel Attractions)
Things to See in South Africa: Montagu Nature Garden (2015-07-08) | One of the things that Jessica and I popped in to take a look at during our enjoyable week long Montagu holiday earlier in the month was the Montagu Nature Garden, a 61 year old indigienous wild flower garden dedicated to plant species representative of ... (Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions)
So the Playhouse Took Flight... | We were bashed by some serious stormy winds for the last while, wreaking massive havoc across the Western Cape shoreline. Apart from my garden shed that had its sides ripped out of their structural railing we suffered a far more serious/comical loss - Jessica's pink ... (My Life)
Jessica and her Pierced Ears | Last month Jessica came to us with a request straight out of the blue. She wanted earrings. Naturally, our first response was to inform her that of course she could get earrings, but explained to her that first the people would have to make holes ... (My Life)
Things to See in Germany: Tropical Islands Resort | The biggest uninterrupted indoor space on the planet, Tropical Islands Resort is a tropical theme park located in the former Brand-Briesen Airfield in Krausnick, in the district of Dahme-Spreewald in Brandenburg, Germany, 50 kilometres from the southern boundary of Berlin. It is housed in the ... (Travel Attractions)
Things to See in France: Millau Viaduct | If you suffer from a fear of heights, then perhaps the best thing would be to not travel to the tallest bridge in the world (and 12th highest), France's Millau Viaduct. (If you are however not afraid of heights, then you should definitely make the ... (Travel Attractions)
USA Sport Stadium Funding | Naturally, sports stadiums in the United States are big. Very big. And very expensive too, partly because they keep seeming to try and one-up each other when it comes to newness and features. Of course, everyone knows that there is very big money in American sports, ... (Sport & Health)
How NOT to Store Passwords | British presenter and tech personality Tom Scott (whom I'm quite fond of featuring here on my little blog thanks to his likable personality and way of clearly and concisely explaining things) joins up with Computerphile to bring this great 10 minute video on how software ... (Tech News)
Birds Paradise in Robertson (2015-07-08) | With Montagu our home for a week, every day was an adventure out and about in the Robertson, Ashton, Barrydaly, Montagu area. Our first real outing was to Birds Paradise, an exotic bird breeding operation in Robertson, one which does so well that they've even ... (Photo Gallery)
Springbok Pie at Platform 62 in Ashton (2015-07-07) | On our way through to Montagu for our little holiday at Rainbow Glen, we drove past an interesting little spot in Ashton, fronted by a rather large and impressive historic steam locomotive! Platform 62 is a tourism centre associated with Route 62, and hosts impressive ... (Photo Gallery)
Rainbow Glen in Montagu (2015-07-07) | We enjoyed one of our first holidays away together as a family (just the four of us) this July, with a four day long adventure in the Montagu area. We were originally booked in to stay at the Montagu Springs resort, but Chantelle got a little ... (Photo Gallery)
Breakfast at Vergelegen Wine Estate (2015-07-06) | Our first day of our official July week of holiday saw Chantelle and I take a day for ourselves, leaving the kids in school while we got to gallivant around. Sure, we did have some great coffee at the Daily Coffee in Somerset West and ... (Photo Gallery)
PHPMailer: AddReplyTo not working/being ignored | PHPMailer is a popular full-featured email creation and transfer class for PHP, and one that I most often use in my projects. We recently spotted an issue whereby we were setting the AddReplyTo field to a mail object for send out, but on subsequent send, ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Kids saving the World? #brightFuture | Kids have ideas. Kids have ideas on how to make the world a better place. A place where perhaps everyone has food to eat, water to drink, and a safe place to call home. Unilever brightFuture is a platform that helps unite and amplify the efforts ... (Partner Content)
Waiting for the Milkwood Tree Lights... | As the official website says: "Gordon's Bay hosts the spectacular Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights from 19 June to 19 July 2015. The highlight is the Carnival Weekends from 26 – 28 June & 3 – 5 July 2015. Come join us for music, markets ... (My Life)
Visiting Stony Point Penguin Colony with Friends (2015-06-27) | Despite the annual Gordon's Bay "Festival of Lights or "Winter Wonderland" being in full swing, Chantelle and I saw fit to have fun in a different way, by inviting some friends over to our side of the world for a guest house braai instead! First activity ... (Photo Gallery)
Visiting Harold Porter Botanical Garden with Friends (2015-06-27) | The annual Gordon's Bay "Festival of Lights" or "Winter Wonderland" has now come and gone, carnival weekends and all. As it turned out, Chantelle and I didn't really end up spending too much time on it, primarily because we were busy with other things - ... (Photo Gallery)
Kids wooden pallet Sandbox Installed! | So happily, the Gordon's Bay Lotter Clan Stronghold now sports its very first sandpit/sandbox - a cute and clever custom design from the Strand-based Pallet Couch team. R850 nets you a 1200mm x 1000mm x 244mm unpainted, open bottom sand box with a lid that cleverly ... (My Life)
Ubuntu Server: Quick method to reset MySQL root user Password | The chance of remembering your MySQL root user account password when coming back to an Ubuntu server after a long period of time is pretty much zero - after all, this is seldom a username/password combo that you actually use on a daily basis! Luckily, ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
MySQL: How to add a Super User administrator account | Sometimes you don't want to expose your MySQL root user or password to a third party, but do need to give that party access to a super user or administrator account that has full control over the MySQL server instance. Turns out, to add such a ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
How to Set the Window Title in PuTTY | The free Telnet/SSH client PuTTY is an essential daily tool for me at work, what with all the Linux servers I routinely have to jump into and work on. The default behaviour for PuTTY after logging into a server is for the terminal window's title ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Ubuntu Server: Add User to Sudo Group | Using Ubuntu server, how does one add an existing user to the sudo group (which is the "administrators" group in Ubuntu), thus granting that user pretty much full rights on the box? Turns out that the answer is pretty much the same way you add ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
How to use MySQL to Import a .sql file | Quite often I like backing my databases up as .sql files, which then comes in handy for also moving databases around, or making copies of them. The question is, given your Ubuntu server and the mysql command, how do you import a .sql file? Well first, ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
How to Solve: a2ensite "Error, Site does not exist!" | To enable a virtual vhost website on your Ubuntu Server running Apache, you need to first create a vhost configuration file (just copy 000-defaul.conf as a quick way to start), and then run the a2ensite command to enable it so that Apache knows about it. However, ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Error: Call to undefined function mcrypt_get_iv_size() | I installed my web application onto a new version of Ubuntu Server, and noted almost immediately that the web application crashed on each login attempt. Consulting the Apache error log, the issue quickly became clear: It would seem that php_mcrypt.dll is no longer loaded on a ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Jessica's Fourth Birthday Party (2014-11-16) | So somehow we're already in July now. Which of course means that we are hurtling towards the end of the year, which in turn then means that we're hurtling towards Jessica's fifth birthday party this coming November! Which completely reminds me - other than the post ... (Photo Gallery)
Wine Tasting at La Couronne Wine Estate (2015-05-10) | The third stop on our Franschhoek Wine Tram blue line trip (part of our fabulous weekend away in Franschhoek) was the La Couronne Wine Estate. Originally named Champagne Farm and farmed by seven generations of the Le Roux brother, La Couronne is now named after the ... (Photo Gallery)
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