Silja Symphony Helsinki to Stockholm

Silja Symphony Helsinki-Stockholm

The non allergy berth we booked on this ship is a room with vinyl covered floor as opposed to a carpeted floor.

It is not possible to open a window in this berth which was on level 5 for fresh air. There are 2 single beds which are a good size, a wardrobe and dresser with drawers.

The WC is very compact with a toilet, wash basin and shower. There was a distinct stale urine smell in the WC.

Scandic Maski Hotel Helsinki Finland

This hotel was very central to the city center and not too far from the ferry terminals. It cost around 60 euro to get to the hotel from the airport by taxi.

Although the room was right out the back of the hotel it was large and had windows that could be opened. Breakfast was included each day and no one even asked which room we were from, we just went to the breakfast buffet, ate and left! The breakfast buffet had a selection of hot and cold food.

Finnair AY6 JFK to Helsinki

Finnair AY6 JFK to Helsinki Nonstop 8 hours, 10m 6,603 km Depart: New York (JFK), 17:40 EDT Arrive: Helsinki (HEL), 08:50 EEST(+1 day)

The A330 on this service felt brand new. Seating in Finnair economy feels closer together than on Qantas B747 international economy. There are meant to be shared power outlets on board for laptop power but if there is it is well hidden. I could not see an AC outlet anywhere.

Ubercart Drupal Paypal and cURL

I have just been setting up a Ubercart store for a new project on Drupal and was unable to enable the PayPal gateway due to a missing cURL library.

There seems to be quiet a few posts about fixing this with servers running on Windows and not a lot about this for open source OS.

The server in question was Centos running on a VPS.

A guide to resolving this error for both windows and linux is avaialable at the Zend Developer Zone

I recompiled php to finish off enabling cURL with PHP 5.3.1

Upgrade Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10

Last week I upgraded a desktop PC from Ubuntu 9.04 to 9.10.

The process was reasonably smooth and required user input only a few times through the upgrade.

There was an issue with networking that required attention after the upgrade. This desktop had been using WICD for network settings and the upgrade removed WICD and re installed Gnome network manager which added dhcp settings to the static ip settings in /etc/network/interfaces. As soon as this additional entry was commented out everything worked.

Sync HTC Touch WM6 | Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

When I switched over to Ubuntu as my primary operating system there were several issues with integrating some existing hardware. Possibly the issue that consumed so much time trying to sort out was syncing my HTC Touch Diamond mobile phone with a linux email client. Syncing directly from Ubuntu to the phone just did not seem to work reliably at all. Synchronisations didnt seem to be automated and there were many times where the entire calendar and contacts were filled with multiple duplicates.

Nvidia Drivers Ubuntu 9.04 Geforce 8600M GS Notebook

I use a Pioneer notebook fitted with a Nvidia Geforce 8600M GS graphics card. This Geforce card has a DVI output and in the office, and at home, I use twin screen settings in the Nvidia X Server Settings to output to both the notebook screen as the primary screen and to a 19" widescreen monitor as the secondary screen. This set up is handy for referring to one window while working on another for instance with both windows maximised.