A few weeks ago I visited a country fair and got talking to a rep from Gousto. Having taken up his time, I signed up for a reduced rate trial of their boxes…
The idea behind the boxes are to have fresh “meals” delivered to your door, (well the ingredients, ready for you to make at home), each containing an exact amount of food required to create a meal. For example if the recipe requires 10g of Ginger, then you receive exactly 10g of ginger.
The meals had good instructios to follow and only took 20-40 minutes to cook.
For my first box, we had:
Chicken Teriyaki with Sugar Snap Peas
Cheesy Baked Fish with Courgette Salad
Mexican Pork & Black Bean Rice
Overall I was very impressed with the first box I received. Inside the box, the perishables where stored in a biodegradable bag, complete with ice blocks to keep them cool. The meals are different to what I would normally eat, but this is good in a way as it’s exploring new meals and opening my mind to new dishes.
With the discount code JONAT161748, you can receive a £25 discount off your first box and give it a go..!
Free Agent is an online account package aimed at small users / businesses, including:
Partnership / LLP
It offers the following features:
Estimate Creation and Management
Personal Expense Management
Self Assessment Calculations
Corporation Tax Calculations
One of my favorite features is being able to automatically import bank statements from various banks into the package. Another is the dashboard which shows the expected Corporation Tax payment due, so this can be taken into account before Payroll is run etc.
URL Encoding is the transformation of special characters into a form which can be passed over the internet. A good example being ” ” (space) which should be replaced by “%20%”.
The following SQL function can be used to URL Encode a string in SQL:
CREATE FUNCTION dbo.UrlEncode(@url NVARCHAR(1024))
DECLARE @count INT, @c NCHAR(1), @i INT, @urlReturn NVARCHAR(3072)
SET @count = LEN(@url)
SET @i = 1
SET @urlReturn = ''
WHILE (@i < = @count)
SET @c = SUBSTRING(@url, @i, 1)
IF @c LIKE N'[A-Za-z0-9()''*\-._!~]' COLLATE Latin1_General_BIN ESCAPE N'\' COLLATE Latin1_General_BIN
SET @urlReturn = @urlReturn + @c
SET @urlReturn =
@urlReturn + '%'
+ SUBSTRING(sys.fn_varbintohexstr(CAST(@c AS VARBINARY(MAX))),3,2)
+ ISNULL(NULLIF(SUBSTRING(sys.fn_varbintohexstr(CAST(@c AS VARBINARY(MAX))),5,2), '00'), '')
SET @i = @i +1
I’ve had an ongoing issue with a Magento installation. When the maintenance mode is turned on (with access restricted to a few ip’s), web service calls using v2 SOAP API throws the following error:
SOAP-ERROR: Parsing WSDL: Couldn't load from 'http://**URL**/index.php/api/v2_soap/index/?wsdl=1' : failed to load external entity "http://**URL**/index.php/api/v2_soap/index/?wsdl=1"
The web service worked correctly when the site was not in maintenance mode.
After lots of research, managed to find the solution. Basically Magento itself was throwing the error as it uses the PHP SoapServer to create the API. This object needs access to Magento in order to function correctly. As maintenance mode was enabled, the SoapServer didnt have correct permission, so was getting the holding page and throwing the error.
In order to fix the issue, the IP address of the server needed adding to the exceptions for the maintenance mode. Full details on how to do this here – Magento Maintenance Mode
Once the IP was added to the white list, the web service calls started working again correctly.
This blog post may sound like another advert for Tesco… In actual fact, it pretty much is.
I’m a member of Tesco’s Orchard Program. Through this program, I receive money off vouchers for products, and in return need to tweet on twitter, share on facebook, write blog posts etc. Also I receive club card points too which can be redeemed for cash.
For a company wishing to promote their brands further, I think it’s quite a good way to have lots of SEO and inbound links to your site. There’s agencies out there which do all the management for you, from the looks of it, Tesco uses BzzAgent.
There’s a few places which you can buy flowers from Tesco. Firstly there’s in-store, plus there’s also online. I prefer to buy flowers in store rather than online, I guess that’s because I like to look at them before buying, plus I don’t trust Royal Mail to deliver anything as delicate as flowers. I’m sure if you did order them, these would be well packed so they do not arrive damaged.
I’ve recently been having an issue with the Fitbit One. The fitbit is an electronic pedometer/sleep tracker, with nice graphical display and syncs to your mobile device /computer, showing your stats online.
All of a sudden the fitbit stopped syncing with my HTC One M8.
Fitbit’s website has several instructions for fixing the issue, ranging from force closing and uninstalling the app, to resetting the device.
Unfortunately none worked for me. I’ve even emailed their support team with no reply.
However I did find a solution, going into the Bluetooth settings and renaming the device.
My guess is that changing the name forced the devices to resync.