October 12, 2008

Blogging hiatus

Filed under: General — Joe Brewer @ 6:08 pm

With apologies to my readers (all two of them!) for the lack of regular posts – there’s no excuse really…. Alot has happened since I was last regularly blogging.

Here’s a quick update.  4th of May I started dating a girl from Worthing.  She likes Sci-fi, Belgian beers and music – who could want more than that!  A couple of months later we went away for a weekend to Wales – weather was awful but we had a great time.

In the last couple of weeks she moved in with me.  I though this would be a piece of cake with a few cars journeys worth of stuff.  She only has a one bedroom flat after all.  I was wrong.  Several car journeys (with two cars), and one van load of appliances, and there is still odds and ends there.  We’ll get there eventually.  Then there’s getting all of the stuff in the flat at Pease Pottage.  We’ve made several trips to the dump, but things are starting to settle down now.  Our furniture goes surprisingly well together 🙂

I’m currently writing this post from the comfort of my front room using a laptop that I’ve recently taken delivery of.  It’s pretty cool, apart from the fact that it’s running vista, and the old (ancient) version of phpedit that I have does not run on it at all.  I’m current running the demo version of 1.2 which will run out in about 28 days forcing me to buy it.  I love phpedit and cannot live without it!

Also, due to demand, I’ve rewritten my affiliate link cloaking plugin for Joomla, and I’ll be releasing it later on in the week.

March 24, 2008

March Malarky

Filed under: General,Making money — Joe Brewer @ 6:34 pm

Well, at the moment I am recovering from a pretty nasty sickness bug, which wasn’t really the best way to end a relaxing week down in Devon. Most annoyingly, it has also mean’t that I have had to put off a date today. Good job then, that I heard today that I have won a years webhosting package from Derek Semmler in his lastest blog competition. Thanks Derek!

A while ago I blogged about setting targets for 200+ visits a day for this blog by the end of February. Well, unfortunately I have not made that number yet – my closest has been 190 visits when I blogged about making money online. With my networking efforts I hope to smash through the 200 barrier by the end of April.

Here are my most popular blog posts as reported by awstats:

Making money online
Making money online is an extremely popular subject, with forums such as DigitalPoint and SitePoint discussing the top affiliate offers, and Shoemoney and John Chow giving inspiration, it’s no wonder that this is such a hot topic.

Debugging SQL statements for php websites
Not one for really blowing my own trumpet, but what a cool piece of code! I don’t know where I’d be without it now. Try it and see for yourself.

Godaddy coupon codes
With Godaddy continuing to offer discount coupons for their domains and services, check these out and save yourself some money.

Experience with talktalks webmail application
Just recently talktalk have changed their webmail software and added some more load balancing servers and I’m pleased to say that this has made quite a difference.

Happy Easter all!

March 2, 2008

New month, new start

Filed under: General,Internet — Joe Brewer @ 6:16 pm

March is marking the beginings of some changes around here. A change of the default wordpress theme has been well overdue, despite the fact that the default theme is pretty hideous, it doesnt do any good to help make new readers stay for a bit. I still need to do a bit of customisation, but I think it’s looking a lot better than it did.

Since my online networking efforts have started to pay off a bit (I’ve have a 20% increase in traffic in the last few weeks), I’ve decided to have a go at making some money on this blog and documenting my progress. Look out for some ads on the right sometime soon.

January 31, 2008

Italian car garage

Filed under: General,Marketing — Joe Brewer @ 6:00 pm

Italian sports carGot a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati or Lancia? Need or want one? Whatever your story is, if want to maintain your baby, or perhaps find a previously owned Italian sports car to call your own, then Italian car garage is the perfect website for you to visit. These icons of the Italian outdoors have long been beloved by those that know, “you are what you drive.” Italian sports car drivers are enigmatic, yet energetic, and they also don’t take any ****. They epitomize the individualism so crucial to Italian culture. With names like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati and Lancia, its easy to see the correlation. But because these powerful machines are not driven by the masses, it is sometimes difficult to find what you need to maintain your Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati or Lancia. That’s where Italian Car Garage comes in.

They have a robust selection of parts and accessories for Italian sports car enthusiasts. A transparent navigation and site mission lets you browse the site and easily find what you need, namely, parts for your car. Each model has different needs. And Italian car garage understands this and has made it easy to find the part you need. Click the model and then click the area of concern. You will quickly find what it is you need to get back on the road again.

If you are like me, you have yet to experience the wonders of owning your very own Jeep. Luckily, the guys at Italian car garage have put together a very well organized index of sales including pictures of used cars. The prices are fair and I must say, the pictures are great. Some are on for auction, while others are for sale at a set price. I’m telling you, once you start browsing through the pics of all these fantastic cars, you desire for an Italian sports car will not abate until the keys are in your hands. For more information about this site, please visit

January 3, 2008

Johannus Opus 1400 Classical Organ for sale

Filed under: General,Music,Personal — Joe Brewer @ 4:31 pm

consoleHere is the basic specification of my Johannus Opus 1400 which I am selling:

3 x 5 Octave tracker type action manuals
32 Note RCO Pedalboard
Each manual has a coresponding swell pedal. There is also one crescendo pedal.
MIDI Compatible
Eight external speakers

You can see detailed close up pictures of the instrument here: Johannus Opus 1400

Each manual has 8 programmable piston memories
Pedalboard has 8 programmable piston memories

Whole organ has 24 (Three banks of eight) programmable piston memories – these can include/exclude accessories and can be accessed by foot pistons.

7 preset registration pistons which increase in number of open stops (PP P MF F FF T O) – these registrations can include/exclude reed stops.

Piston for putting pedal stops to the Positif manual.

Stop list:

Double Bass 16′
Subbass 16′
Octave 8′
Gedackt 8′
Choralbass 4′
Bassflute 4′
Openflute 2′
Mixture III
Bombarde 32′
Contra Trumpet 16′
Trumpet 8′
Clarion 4′

Lieblich Gedekt 16′
Bourdon 8′
Octave 4′
Open Flute 4′
Nazard 2 2/3′
Conical Flute 2′
Tierce 1 3/5′
Sifflute 1′
Cymbal II – III
Clarinet 8′

Bourdon 16′
Open Diapason 8′
Gamba 8′
Rohrflute 8′
Octave 4′
Open Flute 4′
Twelfth 2 2/3′
Super Octave 2′
Conical Flute 2′
Cornet IV
Mixture V – VIII
Scharf III – V
Contra Trumpet 16′
Trumpet 8′

Quintaton 16′
Open Diapason 8′
Viola 8′
Celeste 8′
Stopped Flute 8′
Octave 4′
Rohrflute 4′
Flute Twelfth 2 2/3′
Wladflute 2′
Nazard 1 1/3′
Octave 1′
Sesquialter II
Rauschpfeife IV – VI
Fagotto 16′
Cromorne 8′
Vox Humana 8′

Positif to Great
Swell to Great
Swell to Positif
Positif to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
The above six accessories can be activated by foot pistons

Tremulant Positif
Tremulant Great
Tremulant Swell

Other controls
Reverb, Volume, Transposition, stop lamp brightness

Anyone wishing to try this instrument should contact me through my blog, or through ebay. Here is the ebay listing:

Organ measurements:
Depth without pedalboard – 75cm
Depth with pedal board – 120cm
Width – 139cm
Height – 122cm

Narrowest width of console is 66cm – this is the narrowest width of a door that the organ can go through on it’s side – both sides of the door should be clear so that the organ can be pivoted through.

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