[16 Aug 2015 | Comments Off on It’s time to go live | 701 views]
It’s time to go live

I realised recently that this blog has been running for almost five years, and has accumulated over sixty posts. That’s not many posts by most standards (about one a month — pathetic, really, and not evenly), but actually a hell of a lot more than I expected to post. I was surprised by this realisation.
Therefore I figure it’s time to make this site live. Yes, although this blog has existed for a few months short of half a decade, it has not actually been available on the Web until now. …

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[21 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Happy belated birthday Sandra | 80 views]
Happy belated birthday Sandra

Dear Sandra,
Been a lot going on this week. Sorry I missed it.
Happy birthday.
Love, Craig

Opinion »

[23 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on “Shedule” versus “Skedule” | 202 views]

Having been challenged about this yet again recently and still not having much more to offer than the stunning revelation than that the English language is full of exceptions to rules — because, really, it’s not a surprise or a big deal to me that different people in or from different parts of the world pronounce things differently — I decided to do some research.
The tired old comparison is to the word “school”. “Why don’t you pronounce it ‘shool’?” goes the typical witty refrain. Really? That’s your best argument for …

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[21 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on HeidiSQL and MySQL: Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘’ (10061) | 237 views]
HeidiSQL and MySQL: Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘’ (10061)

I installed XAMPP and HeidiSQL (the latter running under Wine) on my local Xubuntu 14.04 (LTS) system sometime in the last year or two. I’d used both before when I used to use Windows, and have had no problem using HeidiSQL to connect to external MySQL servers. However, I have had no success connecting to my local installation of MySQL. Not having time to deal with the issue (what seemingly inexplicable computer issue is ever resolved in a matter of minutes?!) I just left it and used phpMyAdmin that comes …

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[20 Feb 2016 | Comments Off on Happy birthday Elizabeth! | 398 views]
Happy birthday Elizabeth!

Dear Elizabeth,
I’m late as usual! 🙂 Hope you had a good birthday.
Love, Uncle Craig

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[9 Feb 2016 | Comments Off on Happy birthday Melissa! | 385 views]
Happy birthday Melissa!

Dear Melissa,
I’m really late wishing you a happy birthday this year! Sorry for that. I hope you had a good one.
Love from, Uncle Craig