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Thankful for the Weather

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the Weather

Lightning in Kaiserslautern II

Am being bold with this one What with all the floods that have been happening. I was lying in bed listening to the rain hammering down on the window and i was trying to justify why floods might happen. I couldn’t get anything concrete. The nearest was a flimsy argument on nature balancing itself out.

If the world worked out the God had planned it i wonder if we would ever consider rain to be bad weather. Would all weather be good weather? Like most i just want to live somewhere sunny and warm but i do love a good storm and i love being out in a really harsh storm.

I’m realising that this is coming across vary airy fairy and anyone who’s l;ived through a flood will probably think i’m talking utter crap. That’s not my intention. I guess i’m just trying to appreciate the weather for what it is and the benefits we get from it.

Thank you Jesus for the versatility in weather.

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for Our Car

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Our Car

I really am very thankful for our car. I don’t quite know how we would do life without it which is quite worrying. Its primary function is to get me to work and back but it is so good to be able to give people lifts and help people out. Like on Sunday I gave Big Dave a lift to church as his mobility scooter was in the shop and other times we’ve given lifts or picked stuff up for peeps. We’ve also had some adventures in our car that we will keep with us forever.

There are so many people in the world who couldn’t even conceive of being in a car let alone owning one so we are very very lucky to own this one.

Thank you Jesus

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

15 Years

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 15Years

Wow! It didn’t even dawn on me this morning or over the last few days as it normally would have but today is the 15th anniversary of moving to the UK. I only remembered when i saw the front page of the site with all the links to previous posts on this day over the last few years where i have contemplated the fact.

I still remember that feeling of experiencing the UK as a new place and a new way of living…

It was all so new… I realise that most of my facebook friends i didn’t know 15 years ago – that was a thought that made me stop and think for a bit too.

Now its life as usual. I couldn’t be happier with life as it is!

Here are the links as they appeared on the front page of the site this morning. (putting them here as tomorrow they wont be there)

Great Free Appz

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Everyone likes a freebie so here’s a list of some great free appz that do various different things.

Yay for free!

  1. Firefox (see also: Power User’s Guide to Firefox 3, Top 10 Firefox 3.5 Features)
  2. VLC (see also: Master Your Digital Media with VLC, VLC Hits 1.0 with Better Playback and File Support)
  3. CCleaner (see also: Five Best Windows Maintenance Tools)
  4. Dropbox (see also: Use Dropbox for More Than Just File Syncing, Sync Files and Folders Outside Your My Dropbox Folder)
  5. 7-Zip (see also: Five Best File Compression Tools)
  6. OpenOffice.org (see also: OpenOffice.org 3.1’s Usability Tweaks, OpenOffice.org Screenshots Preview a Ribbon-Like Toolbar)
  7. Google Chrome (see also: The Power User’s Guide to Google Chrome, 2009 Edition)
  8. Notepad++ (see also: Five Best Text Editors, AutoSave Adds Reassurance to Notepad++ Editing)
  9. Gmail (see also: Our full Gmail coverage)
  10. GIMP (see also: Gimp 2.7 Beta Improves Text Editing, Streamlines Saving)
  11. Microsoft Security Essentials (see also: Microsoft Security Essentials Free Antivirus App Leaves Beta, Stop Paying for Windows Security; Microsoft’s Security Tools Are Good Enough)
  12. Revo Uninstaller (see also: Lifehacker Pack 2009: Our List of Essential Free Windows Downloads)
  13. Evernote (see also: Evernote 3.5 Beta Brings Tons of Tiny Fixes to Windows, Expand Your Brain with Evernote)
  14. Thunderbird (see also: Thunderbird 3 Release Candidate Available for Download)
  15. Audacity (see also: Geek to Live: Make a ringtone from any MP3)
  16. ImgBurn (see also: Turn Your PC into a DVD Ripping Monster, Five Best CD and DVD Burning Tools)
  17. Picasa (see also: Picasa 3.5 Organizes Your Photos with Facial Recognition)
  18. Skype (see also: Our full Skype coverage)
  19. Pidgin (see also: Ten Must-Have Plug-ins to Power Up Pidgin, Five Best Instant Messengers)
  20. iTunes (see also: iTunes 9 Improves Syncing, Network Sharing, More)
  21. Foxit Reader (see also: Five Best PDF Readers, Lifehacker Pack 2009: Our List of Essential Free Windows Downloads)
  22. FileZilla (see also: Five Best FTP Clients, Build a Home FTP Server with FileZilla)
  23. VirtualBox (see also: The Beginner’s Guide to Creating Virtual Machines with VirtualBox)
  24. TrueCrypt (see also: Geek to Live: Encrypt your data, Five Best Portable Applications)
  25. Avast! (see also: Five Best Antivirus Applications)
  26. Defraggler (see also: Five Best Disk Defragmenters)
  27. KeePass (see also: Eight Best KeePass Plug-Ins to Master Your Passwords, How to Use Dropbox as the Ultimate Password Syncer)
  28. AVG (see also: AVG 9 Free Now Available for Download)
  29. Digsby (see also: Five Best Instant Messengers, Digsby Sees the Light, Removes (Some) Bundled Crapware)
  30. Google Reader (see also: Our full Google Reader coverage)
  31. Winamp (see also: Win7shell Adds Windows 7 Jump List Support to Winamp)
  32. Google Earth (see also: Google Earth 5.1 Speeds Up Your World Browsing)
  33. TeraCopy (see also: Five Best Alternative File Copiers)
  34. Launchy (see also: Our full Launchy coverage)
  35. Transmission (see also: Lifehacker Pack 2009: Our List of Essential Free Mac Downloads)
  36. Eclipse IDE
  37. SpyBot Search & Destroy (see also: Five Best Malware Removal Tools)
  38. Adium (see also: Adium Updates with Security Fixes, Better Facebook Integration)
  39. PuTTY (see also: Add Tabs to PuTTY with PuTTY Connection Manager)
  40. Songbird (see also: Songbird 1.0 Release Official, Fixes Bugs, Plays iTunes Purchases, Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better)
  41. Sumatra PDF (see also: Sumatra 1.0 is a Blazing Fast Replacement for Adobe Reader)
  42. XBMC (see also: Build a Silent, Standalone XBMC Media Center On the Cheap, Customize XBMC with These Five Awesome Skins, Turbo Charge Your New XBMC Installation)
  43. Blender (see also: Learn Blender with free e-book)
  44. CDBurnerXP (see also: Five Best CD and DVD Burning Tools)
  45. Everything (see also: Everything Finds Windows Files As You Type, Top 10 Tiny & Awesome Windows Utilities)
  46. HandBrake (see also: HandBrake Updates to 0.9.4 with Over 1,000 Changes, 64-Bit Support)
  47. Rainmeter (see also: Rainmeter 1.0 Brings the Enigma Desktop to Everyone)
  48. AutoHotkey (see also: Turn Any Action into a Keyboard Shortcut, Hack Attack: Knock down repetitive email with AutoHotKey)
  49. Google Calendar (see also: Our full Google Calendar coverage)
  50. MediaMonkey (see also: MediaMonkey 3.2 Syncs with More Devices, Adds Auto Folder Watching)
  51. Quicksilver (see also: A beginner’s guide to Quicksilver)
  52. Google Voice (see also: Make Unlimited Free Calls on Your Cellphone with Google Voice, How to Ease Your Transition to Google Voice)
  53. Boxee (see also: Build a Cheap But Powerful Boxee Media Center, Boxee to Launch Beta with Loads of New Features)
  54. AdBlock Plus (see also: Top 10 Must-Have Firefox Extensions, 2009 Edition)
  55. Media Player Classic (see also: Five Best Video Players)

source: lifehacker

I just ordered a new pooter

By | Techie | No Comments

 macbook proThanks to a Christmas bonus I have been able to order a new Macbook Pro – WOOP WOOP

The plan had been to buy a regular macbook but thanks to Apple’s Black Friday  sale we were able to afford the pro version. I am very very VERY excited! Yay!

Sync Google with your Nokia

By | Techie, Via Phone | No Comments

If you own a Nokia that runs on the S60 platform and you use google then this is for you.

Google Sync: Setup Instructions

Before you start:
* We strongly recommend that you back up any data from your phone using the Nokia PC Suite or other phone management software.
* You’ll also need to make sure that your phone is compatible with Mail for Exchange and that you’ve downloaded the latest version.

To configure the Mail for Exchange application for Google Sync, follow these steps:

  1. Open the MfE folder on your phone and start the Mail for Exchange application.
  2. Select Yes when prompted to create a new Sync profile.
  3. Configure the profile with the following settings:

  4. * Connection

    • Exchange Server: m.google.com
    • Secure Connection: Yes
    • Access Point: your carrier’s Internet access point
    • Sync while roaming: your preferred setting
    • Use default port: Yes


    * Credentials

    • Username: Your full Google email address, e.g. jon@gmail.com
    • Password: Your Google Account password
    • Domain: leave empty

    * Sync schedule

    • Decide when you want synchronization to happen. Leaving this Always On will ensure your data is always current, but will also consume more battery than other settings.


    * Calendar

    • Synchronize Calendar: Enable or disable
    • Sync Calendar back: your preference
    • Initial Sync: Decide if you want to keep existing Calendar events on your phone or replace them all with events synced from Google Calendar.

    * Tasks

    • Synchronize Tasks: No (currently not supported by Google Sync)

    * Contacts

    • Synchronize Contacts: Enable or Disable
    • Initial Sync: Decide if you want to keep existing Contacts on your phone or replace them all with contacts synced from Google.

    * E-mail

    • Synchronize Email: No (currently not supported by Google Sync)

Source: Google