Sunday, 26 June 2016

Second referendum

I have no objection to a second referendum regarding leaving or staying in the European Union but with one proviso.  All the people who voted to leave but really wanted to stay in the Union are not fit to take part in a decision that decides the fate of everyone else so they would be excluded from voting in the second referendum.  This should be easy to implement as the people concerned appear to have already generated a list.

To keep the excluded happy during the referendum period, perhaps there could be a second questionnaire.  This could take the form of, say, a list of clothing manufacturers for whom the excluded prefer to display free advertising on their clothes.  The manufacturers could bid for tick boxes on the voting slip and proceeds would be given to the N.H.S.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Handicap Blues

I was having a really good start to the summer, including 23 points in a 9 hole stableford that cut my Congu handicap by 2.  So I went from 25.5 in June to 22.1 at the beginning of August.

Then a small operation followed by an 8 week golf hiatus.

Three not very good nine hole games in the UK then off to Barbados for the winter.

My handicap index in Barbados was 19.2 so played off 20 at Rockley and that was far too low for my post-op. ability.  The first game knocked a very good game from last January out of my 20 so my playing handicap went up by one, but that was still far too low. Most of my good scores were in the latter half of my 20 scores so played off 21 for a month.

There are indications I am getting back into the swing of things.  On Thursday, I drove past the yellow marker on the first fairway for the first time this winter.  On Tuesday, I scored 2 under handicap but, as it knocked a "3 under" off my record, I expect my handicap to go up to 25 at tomorrow's weekly recalculation.

The next score to drop of my handicap index is now a 4 under, the last remaining score from last March.

So, with getting my game back and with last winter's scores all gone, hopefully my handicap has topped out and I can try to get it down again.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Strange game of golf today.  Scored only 10 points in a 9 hole stableford and 5 of those were on one hole.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Contactless card from Metro Bank

Metro Bank won't give me a contactless card so I want to cut the wires.  Presumably the loops around the chip are to pick up power but there seems to be something coming out to the right.  Is that the rfid chip to the right of the main chip?

I am thinking that if I cut through the card across the wireless logo, I should be able to disable it.  But I must buy something first to do a before and after test.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

The Ark Animal Welfare Society Barbados, book sale

Books are heavy to take on holiday.  In Barbados, on the first Tuesday of every month, is The Ark Animal Welfare Society book sale outside the Big B supermarket at Worthing.  The books are 4 or 5 BBD - read then donate back next month is a good idea.

The Ark Animal Welfare Society Barbados

Friday, 7 September 2012

Spamassassin on my Raspberry Pi

Waiting for a spam email to be sent to the domain on my Rasperry Pi to test Spamassassin. Perhaps if I put the email address here, it will be harvested a lot quicker by the spam 'bots.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Squirrel mail (the login page at least) and https on the Rasperry Pi

Thursday, 23 August 2012

ipv6 on raspberry pi

There is now a webserver on my Raspberry Pi 

ipv6 on Raspberrry Pi

I can now ssh to my Pi using ipv6.

ipv6 on Raspberrry Pi

I had to put


into /etc/modules to enable ipv6.

This is using

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Photographs at Fine Art America

Art Prints

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Free loan at Kiva

I've made a free loan (financed by Kiva) at

Monday, 28 March 2011

Walking directions from Guildford to Lifton

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Facebook, https and ipv6

I wasn't able to set up secure browsing on Facebook using the old internet but, when logged in using ipv6, I was allowed to. On the legacy, ipv4 internet again, I was still set up to use https.

Chat seems to be no longer available on the Facebook site under the old internet but that doesn't matter; I use ipv6 at home and have Facebook chat set up in Adium anyway.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Theft of photos by deep linking

Stealing photographs from my website by deep linking is not without its perils.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Flash and auto iso on the Nikon D7000

The way auto iso and flash interact on the D7000 seems to have changed since the D80. And the new algorithm seems to make a complete pig's breakfast of the job.

Here are 3 photographs, all taken at f5.6, 30th sec.
The first is without auto iso and flash. Iso is 100.
The second is auto iso and no flash. Iso is 2200.
The third is auto iso and flash. Iso is again 2200. You can see the shadows from the overhead domestic lighting and it seems the camera is trying to use a mixture of lighting, squelches the flash and puts up the iso instead. But the white balance for the mixed lighting does not appear to work. And the iso is ridiculously high.

I've taken another photograph where the camera has decided to use f8 and iso 6400, 6400 being the maximum iso I've allowed. That seemed to have been a very daft choice for a combination of settings.

The algorithm seems all wrong to me.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Man fined for taking photo of woman being sick

Article in The Scotsman

There seems to have been three crimes committed here.

The sheriff is there to uphold the law; he is not there to abuse existing laws to impose his own morality on the public. The photographer did not breach the peace and was not behaving in a disorderly manner but the sheriff is trying to use these laws to bring in a "right to privacy" law by the back door. He should be dismissed from his post.

It appears that the photographer was assaulted by the friends. Why weren't they prosecuted?

Presumably the police arrested the photographer. It looks like a case of wrongful arrest to me.


Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Nikon photo contest international email problem resolved

I emailed Nikon. I had a couple of replies from various parts of Nikon and they fixed the dns problem immediately. Well done Nikon.

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Monday, 1 September 2008

Nikon photo contest international email problem

The process to send your photos to this contest starts with filling in a web form with your email address and a password. They then send you an email with a website URL.

Unfortunately, although I can see from my mail server log that they attempted to email me, their email was rejected by my mail server because they sent from a non-existent domain:

Sep 1 20:38:16 malander sm-mta[22038]: m81JcGjv022038: ruleset=check_mail, arg1=, [], reject=553 5.1.8
... Domain of sender address does not exist
Sep 1 20:38:17 malander sm-mta[22038]: m81JcGjv022038: from=, size=0, class=0, nrcpts=0, proto=SMTP, daemon=MTA-v6,
p []

Maybe this is happening all over the world at this very moment and, if you don't have access to the mailserver logs, you wouldn't know why you didn't receive the email from Nikon.

After browsing my list of logins, I discovered that I already had been through this process about three years ago so they already have a (different) email address and password for me. But I am a bit reluctant to use it as they might try to email me again!

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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Photography in public places

Austin Mitchell has tabled an Early Day Motion concerning attempts to restrict lawful photography in public places in the UK. Please email or write to your MP (your MP can be found using your postcode here) asking him or her to support the motion.

The text of the motion is:

"That this House is concerned to encourage the spread and enjoyment of photography as the most genuine and accessible people's art; deplores the apparent increase in the number of reported incidents in which the police, police community support officers (PCSOs) or wardens attempt to stop street photography and order the deletion of photographs or the confiscation of cards, cameras or film on various specious ground such as claims that some public buildings are strategic or sensitive, that children and adults can only be photographed with their written permission, that photographs of police and PCSOs are illegal, or that photographs may be used by terrorists; points out that photography in public places and streets is not only enjoyable but perfectly legal; regrets all such efforts to stop, discourage or inhibit amateur photographers taking pictures in public places, many of which are in any case festooned with closed circuit television cameras; and urges the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers to agree on a photography code for the information of officers on the ground, setting out the public's right to photograph public places thus allowing photographers to enjoy their hobby without officious interference or unjustified suspicion."

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Have the euro MP's replied?

First off the starting blocks is Caroline Lucas of the greens. Just an acknowledgement from Cath Miller, Constituency Co-ordinator and Researcher, but certainly top marks for politeness.

An email to my Euro MPs about .eu domains

I followed the proposal over the years, and the eventual set up, of the .eu domain and was hoping to acquire Unfortunately, this was acquired by a company called Direct Electronics inc, which appears to be a UK subsiduary of an American company.

I did feel it was wrong that a company could buy the name during the "sunrise" period rather than it being made to take its chance with individuals like me. But, OK, that was the rule, even if I think it was a bad rule. But I really object to the fact that is not actually being used. I guess that it was bought precisely for that purpose - to stop it being used. (This is verifiable because there is no DNS for the domain). So an American company has bought a .eu domain, is not using it, and is preventing a EU citizen, me, from using it!

All of the above does not break any .eu rules but what was the point of setting up the .eu domain just for companies to buy .eu domains and not use them? It would be interesting to find out what proportion of .eu names are being abused in this manner and how much tax payers' money has been wasted on setting up the .eu infrastructure just so companies can stop the .eu names from being used.

An alternative domain name would have been, ahc being my initials. is a website offering the domain name for sale. Again, this is not against the rules but, again, seems to have made the setting up of the .eu domain a pointless waste of time. I wonder how many .eu domain names come into this category?

Being a keen photographer, a domain like would have been perfect for my website of photographs. So what is occupying this domain name at the moment? It's a page of click-through advertisements and again, the name is offered for sale. No rules broken but a pointless waste of time to have set up the .eu domain for click-through advertisement pages. I wonder how many .eu domains come into this category. How much tax money was used to set up all of this pointless infrastructure?

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Amex and Halifax bank prevent payment

I am trying to pay my Amex account with my Halifax debit card. I reach this point on the Amex website:

"Please note: For added security your debit card issuer requires to authenticate your debit card details. You will be sent to your issuer's site temporarily. Once the authentication is completed you will be returned to the American Express site to continue your payment process."

On the website I am taken to, I am only given the option of clicking on a button that forces me to agree to their conditions of use. (I can't give the exact wording as the Amex website has gone into nightly update mode and I can't get back to the Halifax sponsored site). I do not want to agree to their conditions of use as they require a unique password and a unique user name and

"You are responsible for keeping your password and username secret. You must not write down, store (whether encrypted or otherwise) on your computer or mobile phone handset or let anyone else know your password or username ..." Strewth, I have about 100 of those and could not possibly agree.

Next step is to telephone the Halifax. I am told that authentication is an optional service, they cannot do anything and I should contact Amex. I ring Amex. They tell me that I can no longer use the website to pay my bill but I can pay over the telephone.

"OK," I say, "I'd like to pay my bill." Unfortunately, that was not possible as their computers were busy.

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Why does software have to be "helpful?"

I copied some html into the Seamonkey mail editor.

This code

<ul type="square">
<li>Email: <a href=""></a></li>
<li>MSN instant messaging:</li>
<li>Google Talk instant messaging:</li>
<li>VoIP telephone on my laptop:</li>
<li>POTS to VoIP at a Guildford number: +44 1483 604719</li>
<li>Voicemail: on the VoIP address/number</li>
<li>Fax: +44 871 5042804</li>
<li>Mobile 'phone: +44 7980 418683 but in all probability it will either be switched off or will be using a local sim
with a yet unknown number</li>

that should display as

  • Email:

  • MSN instant messaging:

  • Google Talk instant messaging:

  • VoIP telephone on my laptop:

  • POTS to VoIP at a Guildford number: +44 1483 604719

  • Voicemail: on the VoIP address/number

  • Fax: +44 871 5042804

  • Mobile 'phone: +44 7980 418683 but in all probability it will either be switched off or will be using a local sim
    with a yet unknown number

(well almost like that as Blogger seems to be putting in extra blank lines)


<ul type="square">
<li>Email: <a href=""></a></li>
<li>MSN instant messaging: <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated"
<li>Google Talk instant messaging: <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated"
<li>VoIP telephone on my laptop: <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated"
<li>POTS to VoIP at a Guildford number: +44 1483 604719</li>
<li>Voicemail: on the VoIP address/number</li>
<li>Fax: +44 871 5042804</li>
<li>Mobile 'phone: +44 7980 418683 but in all probability it will
either be switched off or will be using a local sim
with a yet unknown number</li>

which displays as

  • Email:

  • MSN instant messaging:

  • Google Talk instant messaging:

  • VoIP telephone on my laptop:

  • POTS to VoIP at a Guildford number: +44 1483 604719

  • Voicemail: on the VoIP address/number

  • Fax: +44 871 5042804

  • Mobile 'phone: +44 7980 418683 but in all probability it will
    either be switched off or will be using a local sim
    with a yet unknown number

Those are not email addresses.

The html also contained a link to a photograph on my server at home. This was changed to an in-line link and the photograph itself included in the email.

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Viewing child pornography versus killing babies

There was a very odd Any Questions program on BBC radio 4 today.

The first question was about looking at pictures of child pornography - not actually abusing children but looking at pictures on the internet. The second question was about abortion - the killing of unborn, human babies.

The conclusion regarding the first question was that people who look at pictures of child pornography, ie people who are not actually abusing children, should be sent to jail. The conclusion about abortion, ie murdering unborn children, seemed to be, although the panel prevaricated, that preventing abortion would infringe upon the rights of women.

It does seem very odd that the same panel and audience could come to these conclusions.

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Knife on my hand baggage

Today at Frankfurt airport, a knife was discovered on my hand baggage by the scanner machine. The offense was caused by one of the patches on my logo festooned backpack.

I wonder whether this would have caused amusement to security staff in other parts of the world?

Tuesday, 1 May 2007

Difficulty closing a credit card account

I am trying to close an Alliance and Leicester credit card account. The trigger for this was that they started sending unsolicited credit card cheques.

They tell me it is closed. Then more unsolicited credit card cheques arrive. They tell me it is closed. Then today, about a month later, a statement arrives. Not a closing statement but a statement with a transaction on it. The transaction is "Interest £0." How can there be a transaction on a closed account? I asked Alliance and Leicester. I was told that the marketing department are 6 weeks behind. Since when are transactions on a closed account the marketing department?

If anyone would like to ring Alliance and Leicester and tell them that "Alan Clifford has closed his credit card account so please stop sending him stuff", the number is 08000 688 638. There is an irritating menu system but just wait and you eventually reach a person. Or +44 1244 673 700.

I couldn't find an email address but was accepted by their mail server. So send them an email, "Alan Clifford has closed his credit card account so please stop sending him stuff."

Other contact detail:
Alliance & Leicester plc,
Group Customer Relations, Customer Service Centre
Narborough, Leicester LE19 0AL
Tel 0116 200 4444
Fax: 0116 200 4150
Textphone: 0870 010 0161

Thursday, 22 March 2007

What a pain

I received the minutes from a meeting with my intials changed from AHC to ACHE by the word processor. How can I use this? As an email signature perhaps?

Always a pain in meetings

Monday, 19 March 2007

Hundreds of pregnant women at the dive show

We went to the diving exhibition at the Excel centre in London last weekend and as we got closer and closer to the centre, there were more and more pregnant women! It was rather surreal. But it was just the mother and baby exhibition happening at the same time which we didn't know about.

Saturday, 3 February 2007

A deep link to my website

I discovered that someone had stolen one of my photographs and put it on their blogsite.

And not only that, it was a deeplink rather than a copy so that every time someone looked at his blog, the picture was downloaded from my home server.

And not only that, he'd use a big picture to download and just shrunk it in his display.

If he's asked, and put up a by-line, I would have gladly let him use the picture of my wife and me in China. Anyway, I sent him an invoice and, true to form, he didn't reply but he did remove the deep link from his blog.