Started the Long Term Pending Web Project

Started the Long Term Pending Web Project using PHP & MySQL .

My first  PHP project from scratch . Interesting but annoying at times due to the difference  between MSSQL & MySQL syntaxes.

Using WAMP Server ( Apache / My SQL / PHP )

Net Beans IDE for PHP Coding

My SQL Workbench & PHPMyAdmin for MySQL Coding / Administration . And Google for sample scripts 🙂

Good thing which PHP so far is . Most of the tools are free and there are plenty of code snippets which can be tweaked to serve my purpose.

Managed to set-up and configure the servers / environments , set-up database and data , extract & display from database into webpages.

Still Long way to go – Social Media Integration ,  Data Input / Report Pages etc..etc..

Aah.. About the project..Ssshh. .It’s a secret. Hope I will not stop doing this until completion .  🙂

Cricket Indoor Net Practice with Bowling Machine

Went for two hours of indoor cricket batting practice with bowling machine at the new facility in Derby. They have a deal currently 2 hours for £20 which is brilliant. The Bowling machine they had can bowl up to 99mph. I tried up to 70mph today. Optional outswinging and inswinging too. Didn’t try the spin options the machine supports.

Overall a good workout too.. Not as much as badminton though.

Play Straight Cricket Derby is just off pentagon island and they have four lanes . 3 of which can be used with a bowling machine and the fourth one with bowling machine and/ or with a bowler.

There are automatic feeders as well. You can turn up for net practice just by yourself if you wish.

Bowling machine make is Bola. More information about the machine is here

Bola Bowling Machine


Setup and operation of the bowling machine video from YouTube is here

Trust Me I’m A Doctor – Must Watch

Last night’s bedtime watch was Michael Mosley and team’s Health Documentary..

I am a big fan of Michael Mosley. Brilliant presenter.


The following link shows different issues covered in the programme.

Shows the steps to perform in different situations like if someone is choking / drowning / performing cpr etc. Everyone should see this. It could save the life of your dear ones.


Trust Me I’m A Doctor Epidode 1 on Youtube  

Trust Me I’m A Doctor Episode 2 on Youtube  

Had my Flu Jab today

Hope I will be protected for an year. Main reason for me to take is to protect my young children to get one from me and also not to get flu and be off from work. As a contractor every day off from work really hurts.


Anyone can get a flu jab from any pharmacy for as low as £10. Many employers provide them as free like mine.

More information from NHS below.

Khan Academy

I am really impressed with It has come a long way since I last visited this site.

Bill seems to have liked it. Have setup some tasks for him. He wants to be a Maths Wizard like Jacob in his class.

Trying to get him interested into programming as well. Let’s see how it goes. I will try anything to get him off his B4U Music addiction he has picked up recently.


Evening at Tenpin Bowling

Today evening we spent @ Tenpin Bowling in derby . Sreeja the usual champion in our house was outplayed tonight. Below is the results of the first round. Second round was even worse .

Bowling Results

William used Bumper Bowling . Others may have to use that too



Bill bowling using the stand for kids

Later on gained confidence to bowl without the stand. Bumpers can be seen in both the videos. They come up at the player’s turn who is setup to use bumpers

Convert PDF to Kindle Friendly Format (MOBI)

I was looking for a free software for converting my pdf files to kindle friendly format files so that  kindle’s features could be utilised.

After some search, Calibre seems to be a good choice for the same. It lets you convert various ebooks into different file formats which are friendly for the many reading devices out in the market.

This software could be used as a good Ebook Management Tool as well.

Below is a video in Action.