Online document conversion

I needed to convert a PDF document to an image today (didn't want to screen dump it due to resolution loss) after finding 2 or 3 services that boasted they could do the job 'online' and for 'free' (all 3 of which failed or couldn't handle a PDF as large as 1MB) I came across Zamzar. This website can handle a lot of common file conversions (e.g. mov to mpeg e.t.c.) It also features a YouTube video ripper (that could come in handy)

Check it out at http://www.zamzar.com/


Working with PDF’s

Occasionally I get asked to edit and amend some PDF documents, we only have 2 full Adobe Acrobat licenses on site and I don’t have access to one. I can create PDF documents pretty easily from Word and Excel 2007 by using a Microsoft Office Add-in (available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=4d951911-3e7e-4ae6-b059-a2e79ed87041&displaylang=en) I can also produce PDF documents from any application that allows you to print by using CutePDF, which installs itself as a printer (available here: http://www.cutepdf.com/)

I few years ago I needed to actually reorder and edit some documents I found the PDF Toolkit Builder (PDFTK) immensely helpful as it allows you to collate and / or split existing PDF documents (you can also stamp and even rotate existing documents) check out PDFTK Builder (available here: http://portableapps.com/apps/office/pdftk_builder_portable)


Remove Blackberry SIM Security / Password

We just moved mobile service provider (from BT to O2) and the first thing we noticed was that O2 has put a SIM lock on their SIM Cards.

In order to remove this from your Blackberry device you must first activate the Blackberry by entering your PIN (default with O2 is 0000) then go to Options, Advanced Options, SIM Card, Open the menu by pressing the Blackberry button, select Disable Security.


Wedding Speech

I took in a lot of advice when writing my wedding speech, I'm not the greatest of public speakers and was not looking forward to giving my speech one bit, I think I spend all the morning and afternoon dreading it. Friends of ours did their speeches before the meals (great idea) however I remember feeling very hungry at their wedding and when we planned it out we wouldn’t be eating until much later.

I’m not sure how well I spoke at my wedding; I know I received a lot of compliments and as I took some inspiration from the web I feel I should give something back by sharing my speech.

To shed a little background, my wife is from Italy and we had approximately 10 Italian guests, 6 of which spoke little to no English, I also told a few friends that I’d managed to slip an Alan Partridge quote into my speech (I don’t think any of them actually spotted it, see if you can)

My Wife and I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of you who are able to join us on our very special day.

I know many of you have travelled a long way to be with us, most notably those that have travelled from Roma – Italia, and it is to those guests that I would like to say

Prynhawn da,  Croeso i Gymru.
Ciao, Benvenuti in Galles.
Unfortunately after 7 years and a handful of trips to Italy my Italian has improved very little, fortunately I do know the Italian for TV remote and volume, and like all good travellers I know
Una birra, per favour.
For those of you who understood me, great! For those that didn’t, “Mine's a pint!”
We hope that today is as enjoyable for you as it is special to us.
Today would not have been possible without a huge amount of support from both my parents Annette and Raymond and Laura’s parents, Maria-Laura and Malcolm. We cannot thank you enough for the guidance and support you have provided us over the last few years and we hope you accept these followers as a token of our appreciation.
I’d like to personally thank my best man Cid, who has always spoken his mind and provided me with the best advice he can.
Laura and I would also like to thank Ciora for being a wonderful bridesmaid today.
Cid and Ciora, please accept these gifts.
Lastly I have to thank Laura; I think you’ll all agree looks stunning today.
Laura and I have been together now for over 7 years, in that time it is difficult to recall of an occasion where we have fallen out, argued or had crossed words. As a couple we complement each other very well, and as both our parents will testify, if someone doesn’t get done today, then maybe it will get done tomorrow, if not tomorrow, then maybe next week.

Ladies and Gentlemen please raise your glasses to my very beautiful bride, my wife, Laura.

I put you now in the capable hands of my best man Cid.

No December updates

Title of the blog says it all really. I was on honeymoon and the last thing on my mind was blogging. Had a really good time, took a load of photographs with my new camera.