Archive | May 23, 2013

‘The Braysider’, Shamelessly Stays Silent On A Second Alton Central School Board Meeting, This Time The One May 13, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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>>– May 3, 2013.

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This is the second time that they have decided to keep the Alton residents in the dark when it comes to what happens at School Board meetings.

This as we now know is not an accident. It is all part of the game plan and ‘The Braysider’, as the official School newspaper, will do all they can to make sure that most Alton residents only get to hear one of the story.

It is OK. Those that matter are either at the meeting or have their sources. Yes, I am trying to do my small part though covering School Board meetings is not something that excites me.

The only way to get ‘The Braysider’ to tow the line is to hit in the ONE PLACE they care. Their fat bank account.

Has anybody here seen ‘The Braysider’ ever sponsoring any Alton-related event. Essentially putting some of its lucre back into the community.

As far as I can see, and I haven’t done that much research, I am not even sure that they pay any NH tax! I think all the money they collect goes out of the State. So much for being a community newspaper.

I do need to talk to some in the Alton business community. Maybe we do have a way of rectifying this.

Enjoy.

Evocative, Though Not Fully Representative Google Doodle, In The UK, For Master Toymaker Frank Hornby’s 150th Birthday, May 15, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Last Google Doodle post:
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Sabrina Brady winner ‘Doodle 4 Google’ — May 23, 2013.
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Click to access this May 15, 2013 U.K. only Google Doodle in the Google archives.

Click to access this May 15, 2013 U.K. only Google Doodle in the Google archives.


Read about the inspired genius Frank Horny in Wikipedia. Just click.

Read about the inspired genius Frank Horny in Wikipedia. Just click.


The undeniable ‘Big Boy’.

Love of all things train-related (and with that model railroads) has been one of my longest abiding lifelong passions – even predating my devotion to cricket and airplanes. I am surrounded by model trains as I write this. I have a badly neglected Z-gauge train set, on a table, right in front of me, to my side I have three small shelves with HO and N-gauge railway engines — including an N-gauge, 4-8-8-4 Union Pacific Big Boy. But since I grew up in Ceylon, during the first decade of independence after 200 years of avuncular British rule, it was British toys that shaped my life and Hornby bestrided that world.

It was Hornby 3-track, ‘dublo‘ [i.e., double-“O”, OO, the UK variant of HO] train sets, Meccano construction sets and Dinky toys. [My mother once reckoned that I had over 500 Dinky Toys between the ages of 2 and 12. I have to confess I destroyed them all!] Frank Hornby invented Hornby Trains, Meccano and Dinky. What a man.

Pocket Erector kits (on eBay).

Pocket Erector kits (on eBay).

I asked this question from a lady during last Saturday’s Meredith community yard-sale since she was selling a ‘Pocket Erector Set‘. The question being: “How come they call ‘Meccano’ sets ‘Erector’ sets in this country, when folks are so sensitive about such words?” She didn’t have an answer. I would be embarrassed to buy a ‘Pocket Erector Set‘ for my son! Have YOU ever bought a ‘Pocket Erector Set‘ for one of your sons. Yes, I actually do have two BIG Erector sets in my study too!

I like the Doodle, but I am disappointed that it only has one, and rather poor at that, image of a Meccano kit and nothing showing Dinky. That is rather poor. Come on Google. Do some Googling before you create these Doodles (or ask me).

Hornby shaped my life. Thank YOU, Mr. Hornby.



I had this engine c. 1959.


I got this Hornby ‘Deltic’ for my 25th birthday, the ‘Deltic’ even today my favorite diesel.


GoDaddy E-Mail Slow Right Now. Intermittent Hangs. Yes, It Has Been Slow For A Week Or So.

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Anura Guruge


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GoDaddy e-mail problems
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Over the last 10 days or so I have noticed 5 to 6 (on average) search queries a day on: “GoDaddy e-mail slow“.

Yes, we had noticed that it was a bit sluggish, but it was only a few minutes ago that it really became an issue for me. Yesterday or day before Deanna complained that her GoDaddy e-mail was so slow that it might as well be down. But, she managed to get what she wanted done.

This morning I encountered some major problems. It was definitely down for a few minutes. Plus it is slow — particularly when it comes to displaying e-mails and logging in.

From my decade and more of experience with GoDaddy e-mail this could be either due to one of two things: capacity problems on the server (processing or bandwidth) OR GoDaddy is yet again being subjected to a ‘Denial of Service‘ (DoS) attack that is slowing everything down. Knowing GoDaddy (as I do) I am fairly sure that they are aware of this problem and will fix it in the next couple of weeks. I will, of course, he monitoring it.

So, this is just a heads up. Best of luck. I know how frustrating this can be.

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