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We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.

Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!

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Blogging and Blog Administration
Resources from the web site of Well House Consultants on the subject of Blogging and Blog Administration. We provide open source training course and business hotel accommodation in Melksham, Wiltshire, England

"The Horse's Mouth" is our blog - a daily diary of events, happenings and programming tips. Where articles relate to the writing of the blog itself, they're indexed for you here so that you can get back to them easily and all under the same roof.
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4714The technical article feed continues - personal updates more proactive on Facebook now!
Regular readers of "The Horse's Mouth" will have come to realise it's not been quite so regularly updated of late. It remains an excellent way of feeding new examples into our web site (and you'll have notices a splurge over the last couple of days) and so I'll be continuing to feed it ... and indeed ...
4568Moderation - and the tendency to over-moderate
I find myself out of step with the administrators and moderators of many of the facebook groups and forums that I'm a member of. Whilst there is a need to provide some sort of framework on the activity and direction of the board, I can't help feeling that many board's teams are far too controllingly ...
4292The Horse is back!
After a summer break, the Horse's Mouth is back! Much day to day writing and activity has moved from blogs to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, and that applies to me just as much as it applies to everyone else - rather than continue on with a lonely furrow here, that people need to subscribe or feed ...
4121Has your Twitter feed stopped working? Switching to their new API
From my inbox... "Got to keep your wits about you with this internet lark haven't you? Discovered the twitter feeds had disappeared from all my sites! Did you know Twitter had changed their APIs and the old ones no longer work!! Not seen anything about it until now..." Yes, you do have to keep your ...
40009 years, and 4000 articles on
On 5th August 2004, I wrote: "99% of what I see is forgotten. 99% of what I think remains locked inside me. 99% of my words are lost within a short while of them being spoken. "Silence is Golden" but there may be a few of those words that are worth sharing. Projects and lists and thoughts jotted down ...
185Who am I?
Do you know who I am? I'm Graham Ellis, author, and trainer on the Perl, PHP, Python (and other) courses run by Well House consultants. If you were reading "The Horse's Mouth" from day 1, last August, you'll now this. If you're a customer you'll know it too. But we've been growing; these daily jottings ...
145A comment on comments
You're very welcome indeed to add comments to this diary; if you're a new commenter, you may find that your message is "quarantined" for approval - a sad neccessity as we get dozens of automated submissions some days which are looking to advertise performance enhancing products, ways to reduce your interest ...
18Wanted: More hours in the day
I was listening to the obituary for Bernard Levin as I drove home from Oxford along the A40 last week. He wrote a weekly column, and they were saying how remarkable he was ... in that he could write 4 or 6 weeks ahead, with ease, just before he headed off on the road. Hmm ... I guess for some, it just ...
3759The five oldest blogs and the horses mouth
Lisa pointed me to a post about the "Five oldest Blogs in Blogshare" ... I think she's a little surprised at how long I've been writing. But of course longevity isn't everything - there's width and quality of content too. So I took a look at the five. 10,000 Birds. Wow - I didn't realise there ...
6Blog v Forum
Look around this site and you'll find lots of changing information including a Blog and a Forum. You'll also find a "what's new" page and a library listing that changes with our ever-increasing number of Open Source books. What are they all for? Why do we have them all? Each has a different purpose! The ...
3514Microblogging - what I should have tweeted in the last 48 hours
Lisa was commenting to me this morning how she gets most of her breaking news these days from a twitter feed The last few days have been so busy I've not had time to write a full blog each day, even though I have so much to say People in Melksham have complained that shops have been selling them First ...
3208Links for social media, microblogs and business networking
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are all networking tools where you can find a regularly updated feed of what I'm up to; postings to my Blog, and they've moved from being Occasional Geek Interest only to something much wider. So here are buttons to take you to my Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages ...
3186How to add a customised twitter feed to your site
Twitter has become a useful flow of updating information - an alternative headline source from an RSS feed. How do you incorporate such a flow into your web site? There are Javascript widgets which you can incorporate into your page, available from twitter (so much less prone to spec change than a third ...
3163Twitter - the special use of @ # and http: in tweets
Great talk by John Dickens of @godjira at #Melksham Chamber last night. He runs Twitter for Business courses - http://bit.ly/gcWzm4 I've been tweeting for a while - Twitter is described as a microblogging service which basically means that you can put messages, up to 140 characters, onto the service ...
3016The legal considerations of your web presence - revisited
Can you link that image from another web site? Can you publish pictures you took at the school's sports day? Are you allowed to register the your neighbour's name as a domain? Must you remove out of date information from your web site? Who's responsible if a user of a forum that you host post serious ...
1000One Thousand Posts and still going strong
Can you believe it? In the two and a half years I've been writing here I have posted no fewer than ONE THOUSAND items and articles - ranging from the frivolous to the serious, and from the long to the short, and from daily life to highly technical tips. Why do I do it? Because it gives me a chance ...
20002000th article - Remember the background and basics
Entry number 2000 ... little did I look forward to my two thousandth article when, in the summer of 2004, Lisa suggested that I should join that trendy group who were starting their blogs. But here I am, in my fifth year of posting, averaging more than one article per day. Why has it lasted? Perhaps ...
2823Where have all the bloggers gone?
I stumbled across my Live Journal page the other day - or rather someone suggested that I stumble across it. Like so many blogs, it started up as a full flood of enthusiastic posting, quickly reduced to a more moderate data stream, and then conked out completely. "Where are the bloggers now" I ask - ...
2751Going off at a tangent, for a ramble
The issue (illustrated within!) An essay, an article, a blog post is sequential. I start writing, and if I'm lucky you start reading, at the beginning and follow through to the end, or to the point at which I loose your interest. But there are so many asides that I want to add - commentaries on the ...
2564Microblogging services - Plurk, Twitter, Jaiku and more
Yesterday, there were 10,000 downloads of this image from our web site, and if you click on the image, you'll get a full sized copy and see that it's 1600 x 1200 pixels and nearly a megabyte in size. So that's some 10 Gbytes of traffic! I know I'm quite well followed in some quarters, but this is ridiculous!. A ...
2517Blogging accuracy - open invitation for any corrections
I make every attempt to be accurate on my blog - but they're written quickly, so you'll find typos in them (and the more passionate I get, the more typos jump in!). Usually, it's obvious what I mean and there's no significant change to the message I have - although it may be diluted by my confused wording, ...
2449Four aspects - Chamber, Transport, Courses and Hotel
Our main business is in Open Source computer training - reaching people how to program in Perl, PHP and Python, in Lua, Ruby and Tcl, and on related subjects such as the MySQL database and the Linux Operating system. You can find a full public course schedule (with links to detailed course descriptions) ...
2192Copy writing - allowing for the cut
Act 1 is boring, and sets the scene. Act 2 fills in the plot. In act 3, all the pieces come together and the show was a rising climactic conclusion. And the audience leaves the theatre in a buzz, thrilled and remembering a great evening. The model works well for training courses and presentations ...
1978From spam to mod_alias - finding resources
Nine articles on Spam and seven articles on scams ... ninety eight resources that mention spam and twenty five resources that mention scams, out of over fourteen thousand resources on our web site. It's amazing how our site has grown over the years. Looking at some more technical, you'll find 52 resources ...
876Making pages clearer - easy Disability Discrimination Act Compliance
Welcome to the new, clearer, Horse's Mouth. You should spot that the text size is slightly larger, and contrasts better against the background. And if you're not keen on the new look, you are now empowered to change it to suit your own preference - simply click on the "customise" link on the right ...
425Caching an XML feed
If you're using PHP to add a newsfeed to your site, please be kind to the news feed supplier and cache the feed if your page is a popular one. I posted a couple of weeks ago ... a link to a piece of code that grabs a news feed .... and I've enhanced it now to do the caching. Here's the modified code: $feed ...
410Reading a news or blog feed (RSS) in your PHP page
If you want to quote the latest articles from an RSS (XML based) news feed on your site, is it difficult? No - it can easily be programmed in PHP. I was exploring this yesterday and have the source code showing just how easy it is in our training resources. Want to try it out? This link runs the ...
1203A Fresh horse
For all the hundreds and thousands of pictures that I've taken, there are many occasions that I think "I would like a picture of xxxx that illustrates yyyy" and find that I've not got one. I think it was my fifth entry on 'The Horse's Mouth' where I talked about looking for a picture of a donkey ... I ...
1077In answer to 'am I glad I started a blog' ...
Mine serve me usefully to seed our web sites as well as for regular readers, so I'm a bit of an odd one to advise you. You need to have a clear purpose that's going to carry on into the future / through the life of the blog - otherwise it can get stale and fade. On the TRAIN blog, I sometimes wonder, ...
508Comment, please!
I've just disabled track back pings on all entries on "The Horse's Mouth". Although this is a useful facility for linking like-minded blogs and providing "remote commenting", it's now been used for that here ... rather, it's been picked up by advertisers wanting to provide links to their sites selling ...
1First Jottings
99% of what I see is forgotten. 99% of what I think remains locked inside me. 99% of my words are lost within a short while of them being spoken. "Silence is Golden" but there may be a few of those words that are worth sharing. Projects and lists and thoughts jotted down but incomplete; they could ...
Topics covered in this module
Setting up and administering a blog.
Why blog?
What to write on a blog.
Who are the bloggers?
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