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Laferla Cross Views (Is-Salib tal-Għolja)

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The Laferla Cross (Maltese: is-Salib tal-Għolja) is an early 20th-century religious landmark on the outskirts of Siggiewi, in Malta. It is situated on a hill close to the Chapel of the Annunciation and the Cemetery of Saint Theodore. From Wikipedia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laferla_Cross ).      

Mdina Rabat and Mtarfa

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Moth

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Fort Chambray on the island of Gozo, Malta

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Fort Chambray is a bastioned fort located on the island of #Gozo , #Malta . It was built in the mid-18th century by the Order of Saint John, in an area known as Ras it-Tafal, between the port of Mġarr and Xatt l-Aħmar. (source Wikipedia)

Appreciation: Paul "Ċincelli" Attard

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Paul   Attard   would not ring a bell with many bicycle enthusiasts but iċ-Ċinelli would. He got his nickname  from a damaged bicycle he purchased from a British armed forces person stationed here in Malta in the  1950s. He paid the owner more than the asking price. I got to know iċ-Ċinelli quite late in life after taking up cycling. After a bike ride on Saturday or Sunday, I would pit stop at his club in Qormi for an apple and an old-fashioned loose-leaf tea in a transparent long glass. The club was, years before, an old-fashioned bar serving cycling enthusiasts and local pundits.  Being a slow cyclist, I tended to pop over when everyone had left. He could spend hours storytelling about the various bikes he owned, how he used to ride with British military personnel, his childhood and upbringing. He particularly enjoyed going over to Sicily with a small group of cyclists a couple of times a year. Sicily was special for him because he had lived there for a short stint. I cannot but smil

Malta Police Scam Call Recording

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I just received a call from what appears to be a Maltese number (+356 9852 xxxx).  This audio has been adjust to make it easier to follow. After a robotic recorded message the caller is asked to press one.  I followed instructions and got to a live person with a strong Indian accent.  When I explained that I was recording the message for my blog, inviting the person to speak slowly, his police business no longer seemed to be the agenda of the day and he hung up.  A copy of the original recording together with the full number has been passed on to the authorities. If you get a call with a similar message you may want to hang up if you're not comfortable engaging with the caller.  

Fort Chambray 360 Out-2-In / You should be here

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    Animated photo album of Fort Chambray at Gozo, Malta.    Airbnb Apartment: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/27451537     Music Adapted from: Music adapted from jorikbasov from Pixabay      

Il-Ministru għall-Akkomodazzjoni Soċjali qed jisforza liċ-ċittadini privati ​​biex jagħmlu xogħol id-dipartiment tiegħu

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Dan l-artikolu jiddiskuti l-liġijiet tal-kera inġusti. Biex tiffamiljarizza ruħek mas-suġġett u tifhem kif grupp ta’ ċittadini qed jiġu immirati b’mod inġust mill-Gvern ta’ Malta, żuru l-paġna https://www.alanbonnici.com/2021/06/il-ligi-ingusta-tal-kera-fmalta.html .  Sors: Ritratt DOI Fil-5 ta' Ġunju l-Ministru għall-Akkomodazzjoni Soċjali, Roderick Galdes, ftaħar li mill-2017 sa dak inhar in-numru ta' nies fuq talba ghal Akkomodazjoni Soċjali naqas b’42%. Din hija kisba kbira meta wieħed jikkonsidra li fuq period ta’ madwar 5 snin, kważi 1,400 persuna m'għadhomx fuq il-lista ta' stennija. Kisba veru impressjonanti!  Wieħed irid jikkumplimenta l-isforzi tal-Gvern talli kkonvinca 160 familja jieħdu self soċjali sabiex jixtru l-d-dar li kienu qeghdin jikru. Dan sar permezz tal-iskema Home Assist. Proset Ministru!  Għaliex l-isforz biex jgħin persuni jsiru sidien tad-djar mhuwiex applikat bl-istess mod għal dawk fil-proprjetajiet tal-kiri ta' qabel l-1995?  Inizzjatti

Ant Attack

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         What movie does this photo remind you of?

How the Minister for Social Housing is coercing private citizens to do his department’s job

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This article discusses the unfair rent laws. To familiarize yourself with the topic and understand how a group of citizens is being unfairly targeted by the Government of Malta, head over to https://www.alanbonnici.com/2021/06/maltas-unjust-rent-laws.html . Source DOI On the 5th of June, Social Housing Minister Roderick Galdes proudly reported that since 2017 the number of people on the waiting list has gone down by 42%. That is a great achievement.  Over a 5-year period, almost 1,400 persons are no longer on the Social Housing waiting list. What an achievement! One must compliment the Government's efforts that saw 160 families taking up social loans in order to purchase properties. This was done through the Home Assist scheme. Why is the effort to help persons become homeowners not applied equally to those in pre-1995 rental properties? Another initiative to bring down this number, according to minister Galdes, was to implement measures to reduce the number of families that would

Bees Beeing Beezy

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Evil Weevil

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Invasion of the Snails

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USB Tethering doesn't work on OnePlus Phones [Solved]

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The problem can be resolved on Mikrotik routers by upgrading to the RouterOS to v 7.1. This is still in beta.  Hope this helps   

Il-Ligi Inġusta tal-Kera f’Malta

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Il-Gvern tar-Repubblika ta' Malta, stat membru tal-Unjoni Ewropea, qed jikser id-drittijiet ta’ grupp żghir ta ’ ċittadini billi jġegħelhom jikru l-proprjetajiet taghħom b ’ rati ferm aktar baxxi minn dak li ċittadini oħra qegħdin jaqilgħu fis-suq. Il-Qorti Ewropea fil-Kaz ta’ Buttigieg et vs Malta; Applikazzjoni Nru 22456/15 (http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng?i=001-188275) iddikkjarat li f'sitwazzjoni fejn il-predeċessur fit-titolu tal-applikanti kien għexieren ta' snin qabel daħal konxjament fi ftehim ta' kera b'restrizzjonijiet rilevanti (speċifikament li tista’ tiżdied il-kera jew tintemm il-kera), dan ma setax f’dak iż-żmien ikollu idea cara fuq l-inflazzjoni fil-prezzijiet tal-proprjeta’ fid-deċennji tas-snin ta’ wara. Il-Qorti ddikjarat ukoll li barra minnhekk, dawk l-applikanti, li kienu wirtu proprjeta’ li kienet diġa ġiet soġġetta ghal kera, ma kellhomx il-possibbilta’ li jiffissaw il-kera huma stess (jew li jtemmu l-ftehim liberament). Minn dan isegwi li m

Malta’s Unjust Rent Laws

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The Government of the Republic of Malta, a member state of the European Union, is unfairly targeting a small group of citizens by forcing them to rent out their properties at below market rates.  Below is the opinion of the European Court in the Case of Buttigieg and Others v. Malta; Application No 22456/15 (http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng?i=001-188275): “ The Court has previously held that in a situation where the applicants’ predecessor in title had, decades before, knowingly entered into a rent agreement with relevant restrictions (specifically the inability to increase rent or to terminate the lease), the applicants’ predecessor in title could not, at the time, reasonably have had a clear idea of the extent of inflation in property prices in the decades to follow.“ It also affirms that: “Furthermore, those applicants, who had inherited a property that had already been subject to a lease, had not had the possibility to set the rent themselves (or to freely terminate the agreemen

20210530 - Length of Malta

HOWTO Manage PowerShell ExecutionPolicy mechanism Part 2

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This HOWTO continues to explore the ExecutionPolicy functions of PowerShell Part one of this video: https://youtu.be/g3-BidVMrEo References made in this HowTo: Understanding PowerShell’s Execution_Policy and Scope functionality - Part 1 : https://www.alanbonnici.com/2021/04/understanding-powershells.html Understanding PowerShell’s ExecutionPolicy and Scope functionality -- Part 2 : https://www.alanbonnici.com/2021/05/understanding-powershells.html . Support files used in this HowTo: https://github.com/chribonn/PSHelloWorld Installing PowerShell on Windows: https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell/releases/tag/v7.1.3

Understanding PowerShell’s ExecutionPolicy and Scope functionality -- Part 2

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If you get the error below when you attempt to run a PowerShell script it is because PowerShell has a safety feature that is preventing your scripts from running At https://www.alanbonnici.com/2021/04/understanding-powershells.html is an article that explains how to manage PowerShell’s ExecutionPolicy functionality using the Set-Execution cmdlet. Process , CurrentUser , and LocalMachine are discussed. Comparing Settings If you’re following along, it is best to have the ExecutionPolicy settings on your computer match the above; otherwise the outcomes may be different. Your administrator may block PowerShell functionality using the MachinePolicy or UserPolicy ExecutionPolicy Group Policy settings. If that’s the case, you need to speak to them. HOWTO PowerShell GitHub repository At https://github.com/chribonn/PSHelloWorld is a repository that contains the files used in this HOWTO. You can use it to follow along with this tutorial. Creating the script on your computer might not

Building Modern Python Applications on AWS

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 https://coursera.org/share/7944f70abd1c349a61b7e3b5af788497

20210502 - 106 Km Bike Ride

Understanding PowerShell’s Execution_Policy and Scope functionality - Part 1

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Windows started life as a text-based OS that had graphical elements bundled on top. Today most of the interaction with the OS is done through the graphical interface although the underlying text-based interface still exists and is important to reach certain nooks and crannies that are not exposed graphically. The command prompt or cmd was the first and (still) default character-based scripting language to interact with the components making up the operating system.  In 2006 an alternative called PowerShell (PS) became available for Windows. PS is an environment that manipulates configuration files and runs scripts. PS constructs make it easier to develop more complex solutions than with cmd. The latest version of PS is 7.  Version 7 is available for other platforms other than Windows. Joining cmd commands into a script was done in a text file with the extension bat or (later) cmd extensions while PS scripts are identified using the ps1 extension.     PowerShell under Windows has a sa

20210418: 100Km Bike ride

50 km North of Malta

HOWTO Manage PowerShell ExecutionPolicy mechanism

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   PowerShell has a mechanism called ExecutionPolicy that restricts running of  unsigned scripts.  This is intended to protect users from running malicious scripts. There are situations in which such scripts need to be run.  This HOWTO explains the various options that are available focusing on staying secure. More information on the ExecutionPolicy is available at: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.core/about/about_execution_policies?view=powershell-7.1      

HOWTO Install, Configure and Use Watch-Win32_UPS (UPSMonitor)

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This HOWTO explains the Watch-Win32_UPS PowerShell Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) utility. Watch-Win32_UPS allows you to monitor and take and shut down your computer if there is a power failure. It explains how to set it up, delves into the code and invites you to join the development effort behind this tool. GitHub URL for Watch-Win32_UPS: https://github.com/chribonn/UPSMonitor ​

PowerShell Utility: Reset-Logs

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  What is Reset-Logs Reset-Logs is a small utility that takes a log file (that must not be locked) and, [Optionally] Moves it into an archived state under a different name [Optionally] Emails it to a particular address Recreates it with an [Optional] Header History of Reset-Logs Initially Reset-Logs was part of the UPS Monitoring utility ( https://github.com/chribonn/UPSMonitor ) but has now been extracted into its own repository because it can be used standalone in other solutions that would benefit from log file recycling. The most up-to-date version of this utility can be downloaded from   https://github.com/chribonn/UPSMonitor PowerShell 7 Reset-Logs was tested on PowerShell 7. This version of PowerShell does not come installed by default on Windows. Information on how to install this version is available on the Microsoft page   Installing PowerShell on Windows Configure PowerShell execution policy if you get a PSSecurityException error If you get an error when you execute the scri