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Peter Anderson

Christian - Husband & Father - Web Developer

Windows 8 Alternatives

Windows vs. Linux

Windows 8 has just been released. One of the major changes to the operating system, that is both the first thing users notice and the topic of some controversy, is the redesigned user interface, particularly the new 'Start Screen'. The Start Screen replaces the traditional Start Menu and is included in response to the increasing popularity of mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) that feature a touch screen. This is a fairly major paradigm shift from the traditional desktop metaphor most of us have come to know and love.

As many Windows users will no doubt be wondering whether an upgrade...

My Weight Loss Journey

Before & after

It all started in high school. I stopped running around with my friends at recess and lunch like I did in primary/middle school and started playing chess in the library. This is also when I discovered my love for computers. Now there's nothing wrong with chess or computers, but I believe the amount of time I spent with them was what started me down the path of inactivity and weight gain.

I remember my Grandad once talking with me about my weight and scaring me with stories of health issues that ran in my family. I didn't think my weight was a big deal, even though my BMI said I was...

Melbourne (Drupal Downunder)

Melbourne panorama

In January 2011, Australia hosted its first major Drupal conference in Brisbane, Queensland. This year, 'Drupal Downunder' (aka DDU) was hosted in Melbourne, Victoria from the 14th-15th of January and (as usual) the Coffs Drupal team attended (Matthew, Ruben and myself).

The Trip Down

Matthew and I met at Coffs airport on the Thursday afternoon and flew out together; first to Sydney, then on to Melbourne. This was really only my third time flying, so I'm still amazed at the view you get from a plane flying high above the world. At one point I looked out the window and all I could see was...

Birthday at the Cinema

The Cinema

In February 2002, for my 16th birthday, my family and I went to the cinema to see 'A Beautiful Mind'. Each year since then, some (or all) of us have made an effort to continue this tradition of celebrating my birthday at the cinema.

What follows is a record of what we saw each year:

2002

A Beautiful Mind
Still one of my favourite movies ever!

2003

One Hour Photo
Robin Williams plays a great bad guy, but certain scenes not appropriate for family viewing...

2004

The Passion Of The Christ
Amazing portrayal of the final hours before Jesus' death.

2005

Finding Neverland
A beautiful story.

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Part of the Puzzle

Puzzle pieces

I have a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle of a Giant Panda that myself and Mum been trying to put together for over a year now (possibly closer to two years). We started off going really well, but then got stuck on some of the large areas of black fur and brown tree trunk. The semi-completed puzzle spent six months under a bed gathering dust, but is now back on the dining table and I'm vowing not to move it until it's finished and framed (I'm certainly not pulling it all apart again!).

I was just sitting there this afternoon grabbing random black pieces and trying to fit them into every available...

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