February 2, 2016

MAMP- Apache, PHP, mySQL on Mac OSX

I talked in a recent post about WampServer, I’d like to mention the Mac OSX equivalent, namely MAMP. According to their site MAMP installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac or Windows computer. Personally, I need this software solution to run local copies of my web sites on the collection of Mac’s I have.

MAMP comes in two flavours: -

  1. Mamp Free – a One-click-solution for setting up your personal webserver.
  2. Mamp Pro - Configure an unlimited number of virtual hosts, DynDNS, email…

Once again MAMP is really simple to install and once this is done copying across your web server files will have your web site running locally in no time. You can use the admin page pictured below to access myPhpadmin and administer mySQL. 

MAMP Administration Page

This video shows how to install and configure the software. Furthermore you can also watch tutorials on MAMP.tv

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February 2, 2016

WAMP Server - Apache, PHP, mySQL on Windows

Recently I discovered WampServer which according to their Web Site is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database. Alongside, PhpMyAdmin allows you to manage easily your databases.

Since I run my own web sites and have been doing so for quite some time I wanted to find something that would allow me to run my web sites on a local machine. This would effectively allow me to run a copy of my web site for testing and simulation rather than using a live environment for undertaking these kinds of activity.

What I liked about WampServer is that it is really easy to install and configure. This clip shows you how.

Once you’ve installed WampServer it’s as easy as copying your web server files to the local Wampserver directory to get your web site up. If your site runs off a database (which mine does) you simply need to import a copy and establish a database connection, all this is possible through PhpMyAdmin as shown below 

phpMyAdmin installed through WampServer

What I also like about WampServer is that it is available for free (under GPML license) in two distinct versions : 32 and 64 bits. Wampserver 2.5 is not compatible with Windows XP, neither with SP3, nor Windows Server 2003. Older WampServer versions are available on SourceForge.

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February 2, 2016

PADI Deep and Wreck Diving Specialties at Stoney Cove

In October 2014 I passed my PADI Deep and Wreck Diving Specialties having completed the required dives at Stoney Cove near Leicester. I had previously attained my PADI Advanced Scuba Diver Certification which qualifies you to Dive to 30m but I was quite keen to have the possibility of diving deeper as the Deep certification allows you to Dive to 40m. Furthermore, I’ve always wanted to have the opportunity to Dive wrecks in various locations around the world.

What you learn in the Deep Speciality Course

Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

  • Specialized deep diving equipment.
  • Deep dive planning, buddy contact procedures and buoyancy control.
  • Managing your gas supply, dealing with gas narcosis and safety considerations.

What you learn in the Wreck Specialty Course

There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance. Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks. During four dives you’ll learn:

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
  • Surveying and mapping a wreck.
  • Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.
  • Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

I really enjoyed doing these two specialties and I also got to do my dives on Nitrox having passed that specialty two weeks earlier. The Stoney Cove Dive Site has plenty of features and wrecks to explore as shown in the map below

Stoney Cove Dive Site Map

Source: www.stoneycove.com

1 Viscount Aircraft Cockpit
2 Nautilus
3 Archways Beneath the Pub
4 The Wessex
5 The Bus
6 The Monster
7 The Galleon

8 Aircraft Wreck
9 Deep Hydrobox
10 Submerged Trees
11 Tower (pole)
12 Blow-Off Preventer (BOP)
13 4-metre Block House
14 Wooden Boat

15 Stanegarth
16 FV 432 APC
17 Landrover
18 Block House
19 The Winch
20 Work Frame
21 Small Hydrobox

22 MG Cars
23 Anchor and chain from Stanegarth
24 Tug Boat Defiant
25 Trawler MV Belinda
26 Gresham Ship c1570

For my wreck certification I explored an old Tug Boat called the Stanegarth.

Richard Byrom undertaking his PADI Wreck Dive Specialty Stanegarth at Stoney Cove

As part of my Deep Certification I got to dive down to the deepest spot at this particular dive site and managed to get down to 35m. Here’s the dive profile provided by my Suunto D4i Dive Computer

Richard Byrom's Dive profile from the Suunto D4i at Stoney Cove

Once you pass the PADI course you’ll obtain a card in the post which looks like this. Of course you can always have an electronic copy via the PADI App. I certainly recommend these two certifications if you want to take your diving to the next level.

Richard Byrom's PADI Wreck Dive Specialty CardRichard Byrom's PADI Deep Diver Specialty Card

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