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This category is our site blog. Much of the content in here is hopelessly out of date. It would perhaps be more accurate to describe it as a "change log". Those seeking Mr Goose's blog should click here.


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Written by Garfield Lucas   

Due to a major upgrade to this site, it may be necessary to take GarfNet off line for a while. The business part of Garfnet is already handled by deoss.com

It may take some time to move/update all the legacy material here, but we intend to reinstate as much as possible.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 December 2018 15:25
 
Merry Christmas 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Garfield Lucas   


Merry Christmas 2018

2018 Garf Technology Christmas card. Geese are residents at the Weald and Down Open Air Museum


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 December 2018 08:29
 
Merry Christmas 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Garfield Lucas   

Mr Goose objects to his fellow geese beingeaten for Christmas

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 19:17
 
Merry Christmas 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Garfield Lucas   


The Gose that Nevr Voted for Christmas

The Goose that Never Voted for Christmas, lovingly drawn by Susannah Dora Majlati

Well, it's been a funny old year. Lots of hard work going on behind the scenes, but not a great deal to show publicly for all the effort. The new Joomla site is still in progress - struggling to use our existing template on the new CMS, whilst working round Joomla's bloody awful new "Twitter" templating system. Several other new items are also still under way, but sadly not ready in time for Christmas, as we had hoped. It's all rather frustrating really So this year for our annual Christmas Card we went back to the tried-and-tested hardy perennial of Mr Goose stamping his foot and having a jolly good moan.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 04:14
 
Server updates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Garfield Lucas   

Regular visitors will notice that quite a few Garfnet features are looking a bit tired. And you have probably encountered quite a few 404's too. The reason for this is that Garfnet is undergoing a fairly major overhaul at the moment.

  • Moving to a new, better designed and much faster server
  • Dumping dead or unsupported projects
  • Incorporating experimental projects - and some nifty toys from deoss.org.

The .org part  of DEOSS is being parked-up for a while. Meantime the .com tales care of the business side, whilst the .net manages the network, server, vhosts etc. etc. Garfnet itself will continue to host the experimental and unashamedly geeky stuff.

More, when we know more. :-)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:41
 
Merry Christmas 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Garfield Lucas   

Christmas card 2013

Photograph: "St Faith's Church Havant - in the Snow" by Susannah Dora Majlati

In 935AD, Havant was known as "Hamafunta" - the spring of Hama - referring to the water spring to the south-west of St Faith's Churchyard. The settlement was located at the crossing point of the track from the Downs to the coast and another track running east to west along the coast. By the time of Domesday Book, 1086, Havant was a village with a population of around 100. In 1200, the monks of Winchester Cathedral were granted permission to hold a market in the town, known at this time as "Haveunte".

Much of Havant was destroyed by fire in 1760, leaving only the church and the adjacent 16th century cottages. Some locals argue that today's town centre would be greatly improved if the same fate befell the ghastly-looking Meridian Shopping Centre. The cottages are now a pub called "The Old House at Home". It is said that the two main beams in the lounge bar were salvaged from the Spanish Armada, and that the "Bear Post" had the last dancing bear in England tethered to it. Others say the post is there to help the regulars stay upright after they have drunk a few too many - or if there is an earthquake. That is not as far-fetched as it sounds because Havant did suffer minor earthquakes in 1784-10-25 and 1811-11-30.

Water played an important part in Havant's local commerce - including breweries, water mills and parchment manufacturers. Local tradition says that Havant parchment was used for the 1215 Magna Carta and the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. However, parchment production ceased in 1936. Today, the borough of Havant has a population approaching 120,000 and is part of the Portsmouth conurbation. It is bypassed by the A27 dual carriageway to the south and the A3(M) motorway to the west. Its properties have "PO" post codes and it shares its "(023)" dialling code and 8-digit telephone number system with Portsmouth and Southampton. The city of Portsmouth lies about 9 km to the south-west, Southampton is 30 km north-west and London is 90 km north-east.

The popular holiday resort of Hayling Island and its scenic beaches are a just short southerly cycle-ride from Havant town centre. Hayling hit the national news recently because a holiday caravan was blown over by a very small tornado. Havant's local community radio station, Angel Radio (101.1 MHz VHF/FM) primarily aimed at those of pensionable age has proven more popular with other demographic groups than its station controllers anticipated and currently enjoys a cult following online. Meanwhile, rumour has it that the local football team, Havant & Waterlooville FC, aka "The Hawks" very nearly almost won a match, once...


More goosy nonsense courtesy of Mr.Goose's infamous Webfooted Weblog:-
http://www.garfnet.org.uk/mrgoose

Take a trip down memory lane and browse all our earlier Christmas cards in our special on-line Christmas Card Anthology:-
http://www.garfnet.org.uk/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=634

Image was created/edited using GIMP, a free, open source graphics package bundled with many Linux distributions. Free download for Windows & Linux...
http://www.gimp.org

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 01:34
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Merry Christmas 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Garfield Lucas   

Christmas card 2011

More goosy nonsense courtesy of Mr.Goose's infamous Webfooted Weblog:-
http://www.garfnet.org.uk/mrgoose

Take a trip down memory lane and browse all our earlier Christmas cards in our special on-line Christmas Card Anthology:-
http://www.garfnet.org.uk/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=634

Image was created/edited using GIMP, a free, open source graphics package bundled with many Linux distributions. Free download for Windows & Linux...
http://www.gimp.org

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:16
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Merry Christmas 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Garfield Lucas   

Christmas card 2010

Photo: “The Old Cemetery in the Snow”.

Snapped shortly after an unusually heavy, pre-Christmas snowfall, 2010-12-02.
The Old Cemetery runs alongside Southampton Common, about 800 metres
from where I live and work. It is a beautiful and peaceful place at any time
of year. However, it seems particularly photogenic after a heavy snowfall.

Earlier Christmas cards:-
http://www.garfnet.org.uk/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=634

Mr.Goose's infamous Webfooted Weblog:-
http://www.garfnet.org.uk/mrgoose

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 03:40
 
Merry Christmas 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Garfield Lucas   

Christmas card 2009

Earlier Goosy Christmas cards:-
http://www.garfnet.org.uk/coppermine/thumbnails.php?album=634

Mr.Goose's infamous Webfooted Weblog:-
http://www.garfnet.org.uk/mrgoose

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:21
 
Hot Spots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Garfield Lucas   

ImageGarfnet has become a huge site with many component parts. Here are some of the more useful bits, complete with nice, short URL's you can bookmark, scribble down on a stick-it note or (heaven forbid) memorise!


Last Updated on Friday, 25 December 2009 14:03
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It works! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Garfield Lucas   


GarfNet's upgrade to Joomla 1.5.x is now complete. Even better, the rather nasty "$live_site" bug reported in our last site blog item is now fixed. Many thanks to Joomla developer, Ian MacLennan for providing us with a timely patch:-

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 July 2009 17:34
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