As a long-time fan of Formula One, I must admit that I've had wavering opinions about Bernie Ecclestone over the years.

It's true that he managed to grow the sport from something that was little more than a well off gentleman's club, into something that is a worldwide sport over the course of the last 30 years or so.

Needless to say he has made a lot of money out of this venture. He's gone from a car dealer playing with motorsport on the side into a multi-billionaire businessmen with fingers in a lot of pies most of which have benefited the growth of Formula One and his personal income.

Have you ever wanted to convert a Microsoft Access database to MySQL?

A quick and easy way of doing this is with the excellent Bullzip Access to MySQL tool available from You can either transfer directly into a MySQL database or you can create a dump file instead.

Best thing about it is the fact that it is highly configurable and free! There is a commercial version available if the free version doesn’t have the features that you need.

Also if you need to split a SQL dump into multiple parts because of file size restrictions of any kind, you may want to look out for SQLDumpSplitter 2 by Philip Lehmann-Bohm, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

I’ve been a long term fan of the Windows Home Server, (WHS), environment and have run both WHS and WHS 2011 machines.

I started with a physical machine for WHS, but then migrated this to a virtual machine, and then continued with the virtual route for WHS 2011. Virtualisation offered a simple answer to the ever increasing number of computers at home, so perhaps a topic for a future post? However, I wanted to write a quick post about Disk Extender, (DE), technology.

In the process of rebuilding my website at with the beta version of Joomla 1.7, I kept running into an issue whenever I added any custom HTML code into the site. Whenever I created a module to add the custom code required to use StatCounter or other custom modifications, the code would be mangled or deleted completely every time the module was saved.

To overcome this you need to modify 2 things in Joomla.

Just recently I attended one of Microsoft's TechEd roadshows on virtualisation. And it must be said that these guys really know how to do an educational show. This particular session was headed by James O'Neill, whose blog you can read here.

I did have a degree of understanding of virtualisation before, simply by playing around with VMWare's server and workstation products. Today I have always used them for 2 basic uses:- to create an isolated PC environment to test a new bit of software, or to evaluate a new operating system such as Ubuntu Linux.

The line that came out of the day that described virtualisation the best was this -- "Virtualisation is about abstracting one layer on the technology stack from the next layer". Makes sense to me!

However what I hadn't really considered before was the various different types of virtualisation. In essence there are 4 different types...

Ever wanted to create a website but don't know how to create one?

You could write your site in HTML from scratch.  HTML is the acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language - the 'script' behind the greater percentage of websites. HTML is very easy to learn and write and is really quite intuitive.  Why not read more about it at the World Wide Web Consortium, (W3C), website.

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James Senior has published a new post on mesh here describing using Live Mesh with different kinds of devices.

Mesh Endpoints

In essence there are four types of devices available - Creators, Consumers, Rich End-Points and Processors.

Creators are devices that create content and put it into the mesh for synchronization to devices. Sot this could be a digital camera that is connected by an eye-Fi SD card to the Mesh.

Consumers would be devices that can consume information synchronized in Live Mesh, which could be a picture or a mp3 player.

Rich End-points are the computers and devices that want to do more than create or consume content.

Processors are devices that might carry out a service behind the scenes for the user or their devices in their Mesh. An example of a processor might be online backup where your data can be backed up in the background to a storage device outside of your existing Mesh.

When you view Mesh in this context, it really seems that they sky is the limit!

Anyway pop over to James' blog and read about it in more detail.

This afternoon I thought I was going to have a coronary! Watching the last Formula 1 race of the year and watching Lewis win the F1 world championship on the last corner..... wow! The last time I got so emotional about a race was when Damon Hill won in 1996 - I didn't sit down for the last half-hour of the race, and when Vettel passed I though it was all over - but to see Glock slip-slide out of the way because of a gamble on tyre choice at the end...!


Well done Lewis you deserve it and well done Massa, you did all you possibly could have - you were a great opponent in the end!  Roll on Melbourne 2009!

McLaren HQ Congratulations Sign

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