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Linux Tips & Tricks / Re: Web 2.0 Programming ...
« on: May 26, 2019, 02:26:24 pm »
Lincon, your post seems incomplete - did you miss something off?

Bugs / Re: Cannot send personal messages
« on: March 20, 2017, 11:53:35 am »
Ok, this was a really good catch, spotted a generic issue that's been bugging me for a while - should be fixed, please let me know if you're still seeing a problem.

Bugs / Re: Cannot send personal messages
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:24:05 am »
Ah, just twigged, you're expecting a drop-down with valid names .. that bit isn't working, will look into it ...

Bugs / Re: Cannot send personal messages
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:22:32 am »
Working for me, so long as you enter a valid user name. "mark" will not work as this isn't a valid name .. if you use "madpenguin" it works, or "" it works .. I think your username is "mark greaves (pcnetspec)", not tried it, but I suspect this will work too ...

General Discussion / Re: Help!!
« on: March 10, 2017, 03:22:58 pm »
Just Testing

General Discussion / Re: Help!!
« on: March 09, 2017, 03:36:53 pm »
Erm, it's an alternative to Google analytics, the difference being you see the analytics in real-time, rather than as a historical view ...

News and Events / Re: Changes to the site (!)
« on: March 04, 2017, 05:33:18 pm »
Ok, had an initial issue with the changes interfering with posts so I partially backed out of one section, but I've fixed that now (or I have if you're reading this  :)  .. also fixed a couple of minor issues left over from the http->https upgrade a couple of weeks ago, and a theme/css issue from the last SMF upgrade. (still tweaking)

News and Events / Re: Changes to the site (!)
« on: March 04, 2017, 05:28:05 pm »
Just made another ... (edit here) ...

News and Events / Changes to the site (!)
« on: March 04, 2017, 04:30:07 pm »
Hi, I'm making a few changes to the site - if anyone sees any problems, please let me know ....

General Discussion / Re: Help!!
« on: February 01, 2017, 10:04:26 pm »
Ok, gottit, many thanks!  8)

General Discussion / Help!!
« on: February 01, 2017, 04:45:10 pm »
Hi, if anyone has a little time tonight, I'm trying to put together a screenshot of some new software I'm writing but I need a few people from different geographical locations to browse a website to get a decent picture. So, if anyone is able to bring up "" in a browser and leave it open in a tab over 10pm, I would be very grateful.

it's a "real time" Analytics plugin for wordpress so you can see who's on a given site at any given point in time, which page they're on and which pages they've visited.

Essentially I'm after a "better populated" version of this;

With rolling daily totals;

Ok, I'm going to stick my neck out and assume that the installation is *not* older than the hard drive. Which means the hard drive is more than likely 8 years old .. given the average lifespan of a hard drive is around 3 years, you're more than a standard deviation or two into borrowed time.

That aside, the symptoms you describe sound a little like a failing hard drive.

I would recommend booting from a live distro, then running "badblocks" on the drive to see how many errors it has.
- make sure when you run badblocks you choose the "read" i.e. non-destructive option.

(the chances of it being "another" hardware issue, i.e. motherboard etc, are pretty slim)

General Discussion / Re: Zombie Process
« on: May 14, 2016, 12:09:11 pm »
If top is showing zero cpu usage, what does "load average" say?
- if this isn't low, it sounds like something crashed in the kernel, in which case you'll need a reboot ..

The Penguin's second hand Linux Emporium / Re: Linux Workstations ...
« on: March 22, 2016, 10:40:16 am »
Absolutely, however if you want a "good" machine to work on, unless you pay out 4 figures - a laptop doesn't really cut it .. which puts them a long way from being cost-effective. The machine under my desk is a similar spec to these, but it's six years old and runs with a 27" monitor, and cost around £500 .. and as a developer it's so quick, I'm not even thinking about replacing it .. my Sony laptop on the other hand (which cost more), well, it's good for playing Blue-Ray disks .. but only because it's the only machine I have that's new enough to come with a Blue-ray player ...  :)

The Penguin's second hand Linux Emporium / Linux Workstations ...
« on: March 20, 2016, 04:40:28 pm »
Hi, just in case anyone is interested .. I've been offered some (brand new / with warranty) Linux Workstations with the following specification;
  • Case (as shown)
  • CPU AMD FX4300, Quad Core, 3.8GHz (this is pretty quick)
  • 600W PSU
  • 24x DVD ReWriter
  • 8G Ram (2x4G)
  • Arctic 7 CPU Cooler
  • GeForce GT710, 192 Core, 2560x1600 (digital)
  • Segate Pipeline 320 HDD
  • Ubuntu Desktop pre-installed
  • (no mouse/keyboard/screen)
£300 + Delivery + VAT, 1 year warranty etc ..

I need a few orders to get this price, so if anyone's interested, please let me know.

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