Oliver – 16 days old

Taken today,

For the tech geeks

I came across this today – an “Ubuntu Certificate of Authenticity“. While not actually required (or real) it’s a nice and clever idea – especially when you read how the barcode and key were made,

The barcode matches the value of the key, which is the HEX value of “GNU/LINUX”, but I had to add ’01’ to the end of the key for the number of figures to balance out.

Then came Digg and the inevitable mod in salute of pirates everywhere…

Arrr Me Mateys! 😀 (see Wikipedia)

Gmail update

Time to get some tech on!

Google have just made a nice update to Gmail with the addition of IMAP support. This allows you to have full access to your web based Gmail in a desktop mail client such as Outlook or Thunderbird. The beauty of IMAP is that it syncs your mail between the two, meaning that if you mark a message as read or delete a message in the desktop client, the same changes are reflected in the web based Gmail service. For people who travel, with a laptop say, this is super useful as you can still access your mail when you’re not connected to the internet.

Also while using Gmail this evening I note I’ve now got 4434MB of storage. Should be enough I reckon! If you think that’s a ridiculous amount of storage, then here’s one way to put a small dent in it… backup. Hopefully you already have a backup solution in place, but if not you might consider emailing your most important documents to yourself at Gmail for safe storage should anything happen to your personal computer. With robust servers and access to your files from any internet connection this could be a nice backup solution for you. The caveat is that you can only send 20MB per email to a Gmail account, and some other mail servers only allow you to email 10MB at a time.

If you’re after a new email service, try Gmail. It has some nice features, such as threaded replies, message tagging, chat integration and now IMAP, along with plenty of storage.

Oliver – two days old

Another pic of nephew Oliver, around two days old…

With a good crop of hair – didn’t inherit that from granddad John! 😉

Childhood mischief

Somehow I get the feeling this will be Matthew one day…


More milestones

As the weeks fly by we’re constantly amazed at how quickly the little guy learns new things and at how sharp his senses are. Every time we get within range of a playground Matt points to it to get us to stop for a play and every aircraft, no matter how distant, gets him pointing to the sky! 😀

In the last few weeks he’s added 3 molars to his 8 front teeth, causing some restless nights, and is now happily climbing up and down anything he can – especially stairs…

Welcoming my nephew!

A huge congrats to my sister Nicola and her husband Andrew on the late arrival of Oliver Jake Chinn at 12:44pm today after a long labour.

A very cute addition to the family, Oliver weighed in at 8lb 14oz, or just over 4kg. The family are understandably tired, but doing well and the proud new dad says he can’t stop grinning! 😀

Most excellent news guys. We’re all excited, proud and very happy for you. Best wishes.