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MDF Craft things

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments

This is a bit of a shameless plug again for MDF Craft Supplies who supply MDF Hearts and a wide range of craft shapes

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Magento Onepage Checkout by IWD gives SSL problem – fix

October 15th, 2014 · 10 Comments

It turns out that the IWD Onepage Checkout extension was causing some https errors in Chrome. It was claiming that some of the content was not secure, yet everything that loaded on the page was and Firefox didn’t have a problem with the page. Internet Explorer probably didn’t but I didn’t check.

So, if you see something like the following then I have a fix.

The error

When you go to checkout using the Onepage Checkout (OPC), Chrome throws up the following in the address bar suggesting the site is now safe.


Error message seen in Chrome address bar

The problem

Behind the scenes investigation shows that on the OPC page there are a couple of forms that post the data to a non-secure http:// link instead of https:// so Chrome is worried that they stuff you post is not sent securely (and they are right). The two bits in particular are shown below.


Firebug showing what the problem is

 The Fix

Make changes to the two files below that write out these links so that they request the secure version by adding array(‘_secure’=>true) to the getURL


<form id=”opc-discount-coupon-form” action=”<?php echo $this->getUrl(‘checkout/cart/couponPost’, array(‘_secure’=>true)) ?>” method=”post”>



<form action=”<?php echo $this->getUrl(‘*/*/forgotpasswordpost’, array(‘_secure’=>true)) ?>” method=”post” id=”form-validate-email” style=”display:none”>

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York Races Photos

August 21st, 2011 · No Comments

There are lots of York Races Photos and Fashion on the Field Photos now online I see from the 2011 Ebor Festival.

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September 1st, 2010 · 25 Comments

Just a quick review of my experience with

Having just received an order from that I am not particularly happy with I thought I would give it a quick review. I ordered from in the UK and went for their two sided greetings cards – Classic 10x15cm.

The quality of the print for the front image is fine, but the text inside the card is fuzzy and not acceptable. I used their online ordering system and went for an italic font for the writing and you can see the result below where it says ‘August 2010’. Interestingly, the ‘product: 10×15’ text is just a part of their packaging that is printed on the same cards and that text is perfectly clear and acceptable. I appreciate the image below is a scan but you can see the difference and that difference matters when looking at the finished product. The printing is poor quality, fuzzy and looks rubbish.

OK, not a problem I will contact Customer Services and send them my scan. Here is the response from customer services …

Dear Customer,

To be honest, I don’t quite understand because when looking at the scan you provided the quality of the printing seems perfectly fine. Of course it isn’t as clear as the reference text but that is because you chose a more elegant font that is in italic.

I could, if you wish, ask for a reprint, but the result would be the same. However, if you still want a reprint, could you please send us proof that you have teared up, shredded or destroyed the order? Simply take a photo with your digital camera of the destroyed order and send it as an attachment to my email address.

This is standard procedure and we need this before we can refund or reprint the order.

Kind regards,

English Customer Support

So it is my fault for choosing an ‘elegant font that is in italic’. Surely if they cannot print that font properly they shouldn’t give me the option to use it. It was nice of them to offer to reprint them just as poorly again but I didn’t take them up on the offer. It’s that poor customer service that puts you off a company.

Lesson learnt. Don’t use again.

Anybody else had poor quality printing from ?

UPDATE: it seems I am not the only one unhappy with judging by the comments below, others have experienced poor quality and bad customer service.

UPDATE 2: This page is now being seen on average 12 times a day by people doing a search for review, quality that is 360 people a month hearing about my bad experience. I wonder how many of them are likely to go on to place an order with ?

UPDATE 3: I have now received a full refund from for this order. Thank you.

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BBQ Recipes

February 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

There is a great new site for bbq recipes on the web. As a massive barbecue fan there is nothing better than new and free barbecue recipes to try out.

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Sony Ericsson C905

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

I recently got a Sony Ericsson C905 connected to Orange – so far not too impressed with the signal strength. It gets a 3G signal then a second later loses it, flips to GSM and back again all the time.

Last week it completely locked up and refused to start up again. I managed to connect it PC and used SEUS to flash it back to life.

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Permanent 301 Redirect to new domain using IIS6

September 7th, 2007 · 7 Comments

I’ve recently had to move an ecommerce site from a .com domain to a Since the .com was well indexed by the search engines I wanted to use a 301 Permanent Redirect method. The site is hosted on Windows 2003 using IIS6 so I set about finding a solution. It turns out (although it is poorly documented) that you can set it up in IIS directly. Since I found it a struggle to maintain the querystring when redirecting, this is how to do it… [Read more →]

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Google offer overflow storage for sale

August 13th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Google are now offering overflow storage space to those that need it. If you are one of the people who have managed to use up the free quotas of 1GB on Picasa and 2.8GB for Gmail accounts then you can go and buy yourself another 6GB of storage for just $20/year. Sounds like a bargain, but judging by my current usage (see picture) they won’t be getting $20 from me for quite some time.


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Photo published for travel guide

August 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Cologne ZooI was quite pleased today to see that one of my photo’s of Cologne Zoo in my sleeping flickr pages has been selected to be used as part of an online travel guide. I don’t think the photo is that great, but I guess they wanted a picture of a reptile. The Schmap!! Guide to Cologne can be found here with my picture.

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Social Networking sites – Corduroy Seagull

July 31st, 2007 · No Comments

I’m sure I could rant on for hours about how pointless most of the social networking sites are but I really can’t be bothered. It does makes me chuckle how people defect from one site to the next ‘cool site’. Are you one of the 192 million people still using Myspace? Haven’t you heard it’s not cool anymore and that people are moving to Facebook? Think for a minute – is there any point to any of these sites? If after thinking and you think there is then I suggest you get yourself along to each of the following that you have never heard of yet and sign up to each and every one of them and share your ‘world’ with the advertisers.

Windows Live Spaces

If you are a proud member of all these then all I can suggest for you is that you join what looks to be the very latest in the long line of these pointless sites – the ‘soon-to-be-cool’ VelvetPuffin. We have been working on Corduroy Seagull for some time now and think they must have a mole in our office to have come up with their name.

As a side note, I wonder how long it will be until we are ranked number 1 in Google when searching for Corduroy Seagull?
UPDATE: It took just 2 days to top Google and Msn Live with searches for Corduroy Seagull. Have a look at the following screens for it. Also note the idiots who don’t take any care about their sponsored ads. Surely they should be a little more specific and not be showing up for phrases such as Corduroy Seagull.
corduroy seagull on msncorduroy seagull on google

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