Aerodrome v1.0 Port

This is a quick entry about the WP port of Aerodrome that I did late last year. When my old blog crashed, this was one of the entries that got lost when I recovered my machine. The port can be downloaded here --> aerodrome.zip The theme has configurable backgrounds When I get the time I will port Astros as this has true rounded corners for all browsers.
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New Year - New Blog

Well I have finally taken the plunge, and moved my blog to a proper hosted location. I was previously running the blog on my NSLU2 266 mhz device which was proving unreliable. I hope that this new location proves to be faster and more reliable. Wishing everybody a fruitful and prosperous 2009.
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Mark Thomas takes on Coca-Cola

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Mark Thomas has a new book Belching out the Devil.

Mark's new book is about Coca Cola. As many of you may know Coca Cola bottlers in Colombia face allegations that the plant managers colluded with paramilitaries to bring about the deaths of trade unionists working for the Coke plants.

In 2001 the Colombian union Sinaltrainal brought a court case in the USA against the bottlers and also claimed that the Coca Cola Company bore indirect responsibility. The Colombian bottlers rather than investigate the claims of collusion instead brought legal charges against the trade union in Colombia, claiming the bottlers had been libelled.

What was this libel? What did the union say about the company that defamed them? Well, according to the bottlers the union committed slander by bringing the court case in the US.

All this and more in the new book which is published on 25th September 2008.

More details can be found at www.markthomasinfo.com.
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Highslide Version 4.0 - New Gallery feature

There has been a new release of Highlide JS which incorporates a new slideshow mode.

Highslide JS is an open source JavaScript software, offering a Web 2.0 approach to popup windows. It streamlines the use of thumbnail images and HTML popups on web pages.

The library offers these features and advantages:
 • No plugins like Flash or Java required.
 • Popup blockers are no problem. The content expands within the active browser window.
 • Single click. After opening the image or HTML popup, the user can scroll further down or leave the page without closing it.
 • Compatibility and safe fallback. If the user has disabled JavaScript or is using an old browser, the browser redirects directly to the image itself or to a fallback HTML page.

I have upgraded my Photo Album to use this new feature - I trust you will like it.
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Vauxhall Vectra timing chain woes

Whilst on holiday last week with the family I had occasion to study the hard shoulder of the M5 motorway for over an hour whilst waiting for the AA to recover my vehicle.

I was in my 2002 Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 SRI trundling steadily down the motorway in the third lane when the engine management light came on, and I lost all power. I managed to coast to the verge just short of the J19 exit.

I turned off everything vaguely electrical and restarted the engine, the starter motor was whirring happily,but no compression sounds where coming from the engine :'(. My worst fears were about to be confirmed - yes the timing chain had snapped:-(

I was towed to a garage, and they are now in the process of fitting a reconditioned engine.

Despite the car only doing just short of 60K miles and being regularly serviced it just let go. I am not the only one this has happened to, but that is not much of a consolation.
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