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Recent Posts

  • Migrating several standalone WP domains to WP Multisite - I decided to merge a number of existing standalone WP installs into one multisite installation, so that I would have less maintenance to keep things updated and free of security holes. Whilst there are a number of excellent guides out … Continue reading
  • Europe 2016 - I’ve just returned from a 2-month trip to Europe: Spain, Tangier, Portugal, Andorra, France and the UK. Details in Blog form with photo gallery links at http://europe2016.austvic.com.
  • Prevent Windows changing drive letter for a USB drive - A common problem with Windows is that when you plug in a USB drive it may acquire a new drive letter. Usually this is no problem, but if you use the drive with a program that wants the data to be on the same drive each time it is inserted, you need to force Windows to use the same drive letter. Doing so is not hard. Here I will illustrate using Windows 7. Continue reading
  • Word Tips: Formatting numbers in numbered lists - One of my pet irritations is making a numbered list and discovering that the numbers seem to arbitrarily change font. eg 1. This is point 1 2. this is point 2 3. this is point 3 Easy Solution: …
  • Public understanding of science in the US - I came across some data from the National Science Foundation in the US. They surveyed ~2000 members of the public in 2012 (but there is also data going back to the 1980s)  with some simple questions assessing basic science knowledge. … Continue reading
  • Jill does well at the camera club presentation evening - Jill is doing fantastically well in her photography. She came away from the presentation evening with 2 trophies ... Continue reading
  • Creating pretty drawings in powerpoint - If you want to create drawings like the one to the right using a program you already know how to use, I have written a tutorial that may help you. Powerpoint is not ideal for this sort of drawing, but … Continue reading
  • Backups… - Tidying my room today I came across a very dusty doc I had made yonks ago on the importance of computer backup. It had the “Backup song” that parodies the song “Yesterday” by the Beatles.  I rather like it, and … Continue reading
  • RIP Terry Pratchet - Alas, DEATH has come to take Terry Pratchett from us. Viv has written on this on one of her blogs – clearly she was greatly affected. Read her comments HERE.  
  • Lecturer of the Year Awards 2014 - I just got a pleasant surprise. Reading through the latest School of BioSciences newsletter I found I had been #8 in Australia in the Lecturer of the Year nominations. Newsletter Item Lecturer of the Year Awards 2014