Good advice – CORE Principle and Margins.

In this clip Sir Dave Brailsford discusses two key theories which contributed to his success with Team GB Cycling. Both of which can be applied to any organisation or industry.

He calls it the CORE Principle. CORE stands for Commitment, Ownership, Responsibility, Excellence and these are four great principles every organisation, company, team or person should work towards.

CyanogenMod release a CM13 nightly Marshmallow ROM for Samsung Galaxy S2.

The folks at CyanogenMod have released a Marshmallow Android 6.0.1 ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S2. That is pretty damn amazing considering the smartphone was last seen in 2011.

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I couldn’t resist giving it a try to see if it worked, but it does and it runs nicely surprisingly on only 1GB of RAM.

If you are going to give it a try out, chances are your SGS2 has Android Kitkat 4.x installed on it, which means the kernel and recovery will be too old. The partition for marshmallow is different as well so that will have to be formatted.

If you don’t have the patience to read through 1273 pages of forum to find out about the bugs and problems or how to do install it, then keep reading below… I will provide the instructions and links.

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An Awesome ‘Home New Tab Page’ Chrome Extension.

I stumbled upon an incredibly useful and beautiful new home tab page extension for my Chrome browser. It is called Home – New Tab Page.

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On my 27-inch Dell monitor it looks incredible while on my Surface Pro 4, touching the icons is effortless. All my key apps or favorite websites are right at my finger tips, as well as notifications, calendar events, time, date and a large Google search bar.

It is perfect especially since my Google profile follows me where ever I go. Not to mention I can select from a bunch of awesome backgrounds. The crazy thing is this extension is free. Kudos to the author, but there really should be a donation button.

Some of the features of the extensions are as follows:

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FIX: Windows 10 File Explorer and Control panel fails to open.

Problem: File Explorer in Windows 10 fails to open and just flicks for a second and does nothing.

Question: Did you or a family member change the size of the text or font recently? If the answer is Yes then this is most likely the cause of the problem.


  1. In the Search bar at the bottom of the screen type “Change the size” and then at the top of the search results menu, click on the link that appears.
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  2. Look for the ‘Change the size of text, apps, and other items‘ slider and change it to 150% if it is set to something higher.
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  3.  Your File Explorer or Control Panel will now open.

Pagination is everywhere in WordPress.

I have a lot of posts on my website (over 800) and as such finding or remembering a post I wrote last year or five years ago can be a pain if I have to click through 5 or even 20 posts.

To simply this process, on any of the WordPress menus (Posts, Links, Categories, Pages etc)…

  1. Click on the Screen Options at the top right of the Dashboard screen.
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  2. This opens a pull down where there is a section called Pagination. Overwrite the number of items per page (20) with a bigger number.
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  3. Now all items are listed on the same page and there is no more clicking through page numbers.
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TUC to GO biscuits are a major FAIL.

I love the original TUC biscuits. They are crispy, light, salty biscuits, that are perfect for a morning or afternoon snack.

TUC Original

They use to come in a large rectangular bag (150g), which could be opened and closed easily as it had a sticky side. There were at least 28 biscuits in a bag, which is great for sharing (if you are that way inclined).  😉

Now it seems some FOOL at United Biscuits or Jacobs, has decided to take a winning formula and turn it into a disaster, by squeezing 4 measly biscuits into a small ‘TUC to GO’ bag (19g).

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What a year 2015 turned out to be?

2015 has proved to be an extra special year in a number of ways.

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There were a few firsts along the way for the Bowens.

You know you are getting old when the f#@!ing optometrist tells you it is time to wear glasses. “No way!” I said, but there was no denying the skewed results, so I got to pick some sexy expensive “old fogey frames” to compliment the even more expensive lenses. (yes, had to remortgage the house).

Mr Cool.

I still can’t believe I needed glasses, as my eyesight is great (denial). To be frank I have only worn them on airplanes, because let’s face it, those crappy TV screens are tiny. Lots more after the break.

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Take a look at what the Bowens are up to.