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Rebel Rebel

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: entertainment, music.
684 words, 3 minute read time.
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David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' is an awesome song, but I've come across and even more awesome live version of it. I link to that here after giving you a potted history of my musical tastes.


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Ironmaster Super Bench Review

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
1137 words, 4 minute read time.
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A review of the Ironmaster Superbench. I really rate Ironmaster's workout equipment. I have an Ironmaster IM2000 and I bought an Ironmaster Superbench as part of the package, which is what I'm reviewing here. I think this is one of the best multi-purpose, flat-incline-decline benches on the market.


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Tardiness and Why It Drives Me Mad

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: archaeopteryx.
772 words, 3 minute read time.

I hate being late for anything. It's one of those things that drives my anxiety off the scale and it's something that bothers me significantly, maybe unduly so. So here's my rant about tardiness.


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The Problem With Reviews - What Makes for a Good Review

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: writing.
1409 words, 5 minute read time.
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One of the problems with product reviews is that they are inherently subjective. It's impossible to write a review that isn't subject, at least to some degree, but I think there are ways we can account for some of that subjectivity.


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CPanel AutoSSL Renewal Problems

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, linux, cpanel.
363 words, 2 minute read time.

Since adding a new domain to my CPanel server, I've had AutoSSL renewal errors. These have been emailed to me via the AutoSSL check that runs overnight. Anyway, the problem (at least in my case) sits with the .htaccess file and here's my solution.


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Powertec Workbench LeverGym Review

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
1860 words, 7 minute read time.
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A review of the Powertec Workbench LeverGym. This is the first bit of workout kit I bought when I moved from a five-bedroom house with a garage to a two-bedroom flat. I needed something with a fairly small footprint.


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Body-Solid Series 7 Smith Master System Review

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training, review.
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A review of the Body-Solid Series 7 Smith Master System. Back in my youth I did a lot of weight-training but then life got in the way and I took a 20 year layoff. When I was 46 I took it up again and this is the kit I originally used for my weight-training when I restarted.


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Why Use Jekyll as a Blogging Platform?

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, jekyll, blogging.
716 words, 3 minute read time.

My reasoning behind using Jekyll to power this site. I've used Wordpress on many blogs in the past but I didn't need all the features it provides for this blog and a static blog generation app seemed more appropriate. This article looks at how I came to decide to use Jekyll.


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Bear Writer Review - a Gorgeous Notes App

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, review, gtd, apple, bear.
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A review of Shiny Frog's Bear Writer, which I really like and assessed to see if I could integrate it into my GTD process. I think it's ideal for note-taking, short-form writing (blog posts and such) and journaling, although some people might not like the subscription model it uses. I think it's worth looking at if you want a Markdown-based notes app.


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Rescuing the Exclamation Mark

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: writing.
754 words, 3 minute read time.
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Exclamation marks are overused and abused these days and we need the grammar police to be vigilant in prosecuting offenders. I'd guess at least 99% of exclamation marks used in electronic communication are inappropriate and unnecessary.


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How to Calculate Your Wilks Score

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: weight-training.
493 words, 2 minute read time.

The Wilks Score allows powerlifters and weight-trainers to make an equitable comparison of the weights lifted regardless of body weight, gender and -- with a modification to the pure Wilks score -- age. This article explains how to go about calculating your Wilks Score.


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CSF Problems After EasyApache 4 Upgrade

Posted by Gordon Ansell on with tags: tech, linux, cpanel, csf.
191 words, less than 1 minute read time.

If you've upgraded your CPanel system from EasyApache 3 to EasyApache 4 there's a possibility that CSF (ConfigServer Firewall) won't run correctly. This is because the EasyApache upgrade moves the Apache log files. This article explains how to correct this problem.


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