Monday, January 31, 2005

Adaptive Feeding

I am trying out adaptive feeds from feedburner, I had some complaints that not everyone could read the Atom feeds that are produced by my kind host, Blogger.com. Bertrand pointed this out to me, thanks mate!

I also took the opportunity to add further meta tags to the headers of my templates (discussed here) and add the natty reader counter that feedburner supplies, which currently shows a disappointing ‘0 readers’, whoops!!!

If you read this blog, try this feed instead and you should get the format your reader prefers.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

New site up

I got around to putting my new site up today.

fiveone.org

This is to replace my old media.demon.co.uk site that I have had since the early ‘90s. It new one has largely the same content, but I have taken the time to update the design, to break it down into smaller components and re-write some bits and pieces.

My employers offered me a good deal to move over from Demon to their ISP BlackCatNetworks, whereby they could pay for my hosting, ADSL connection and give me a wider range of software services.

All that remains to do is to find a nice place for the old stories from the defunct KarmaDivers website.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Here comes the next one

From today’s Guardian.

The US is increasing the pressure on Iran by sending military planes into its airspace to test the country's defences and spot potential targets, according to an intelligence source in Washington.

Considering that the US and it’s allies are still bogged down in their war in Iraq and the consequences of not thinking it through or not listening to their people, I find it astonishing that they appear to be starting it all over again.

"It make sense to get a look at their air defences, and it makes the mullahs nervous during the EU negotiations [over the suspension of Iranian uranium enrichment]," said John Pike, the head of GlobalSecurity.org, an independent military research group.


And what kind of sense does that make Mr. Pike?

As a real way to assist those negotiations? Or as a way to prepare the public for another fallacious incursion of a sovereign state?

Friday, January 28, 2005

Diving in the shipping lanes

Diver magazine is publishing an article in next month’s issue about a trip I was on last year to dive deep, unidentified shipwrecks in the English Channel, right on the shipping lanes.

It was quite an operation !!

Here is one of the photos ...... I am assisting my dive partner, Andy White to raise the helm of an M2 class minelayer from WW2.



With my KISS rebreather.

Police State

Today in the Guardian :

George Churchill-Coleman, who headed Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist squad as they worked to counter the IRA during their mainland attacks in the late 1980s and early 1990s, said Mr Clarke's proposals to extend powers, such as indefinite house arrest, were "not practical" and threatened to further marginalise minority communities.

Mr Churchill-Coleman told the Guardian: "I have a horrible feeling that we are sinking into a police state, and that's not good for anybody. We live in a democracy and we should police on those standards.


Many thanks for your common sense !!!!

New ISP

I am moving from Demon to Luminas's ISP so that it is easier for them to pay my online expenses (working from home and all that lot).

I have been with Demon from Year Zero, they have been very good. My Demon email addresses had become very visible, and I suffered from an enormous quantity of spam, I will not miss that ....... what worries me though is the possibility of loosing contacts from my occasional net-user friends, serendipitous contacts etc etc.

In the process, I have registered a new domain name for myself, which will be hosted on Luminas’s servers.

I cannot believe that in all of the years that I have been making my living online, that I have never registered a domain before!!!!! Anyway, BlackCatNetworks made it very simple and cheap ...... and of course it helped that Andrew was online via iChat simultaneously setting everything up on the server.

So, fiveone.org here I come !!!!

So why fiveone ?
Its’s my birthday, 5th January.
I thought of registering a domain using my name, but all the good stuff was gone. I did not reckon Jeremy Quinn was such a common name, doh !!!

Andrew did not reckon using a nickname (Jerm) was very cool (and it was taken anyway !!!) so I decided to try a new tack.

So why .org ?

I was thinking of using .name etc. but no one thought that was a great idea. I never liked co.uk or .com, or .uk.org etc.
So what does that leave?


New service should provide:

• Broadband Connection
        • Do I get a static IP Address @ Home ?
        • Do I have bandwith limits?
        • Do I have port restrictions?
• Domain Name Hosting
        • Which TLDs can I use?
• Web Server on Domain
        • HTTPD
        • Servlet Engine
• Email Server on Domain
        • Unlimited accounts
        • Secondary MX ?
        • Spam Filtering
• Shell access

Steps:
Choose Domain
• Register Domain
• Setup Server
• Test Setup
• Setup Broadband Connection
• Transfer Broadband connection from old ISP
• Alter dyndns.org records for home address
• Update apache.org email forwarding
• Cancel Demon Account, 1 month period of grace
• Notify everyone of the change
• Determine Mailing Lists that need registration changes
• De/Re-register with mailing lists
• Determine website re-registration due to Email Account changes
• Determine website re-registration due IP Address change
• Re-Register account changes on multiple websites
• Setup SSH Keys
• Remove old addresses from Thawte
• Setup new addresses with Thawte
• Setup SVN export scripts for HTTPD etc.
• Setup websites from media.demon on new server, working from svn
        
        
        

Dim witted first post

OK, so I am new to blogging.
There has to be a start.
Where will this lead to I wonder ??