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There has been a lot of fuss lately about government agencies in various countries tracking our every move online. While I have nothing much to hide, I don’t like it on principle, so I followed up a link on a post and found the Startpage search engine. Basically this routes your Google enquiries through a proxy. There’s more to it than that but from a user’s point of view it’s just like using Google but the spooks won’t know about it. Take a look.

Geodynamics Innamincka 1 MW Pilot Plant at Sunrise
Geodynamics has now commissioned its long awaited 1 megawatt Habanero pilot plant near Innamincka in South Australia.

Australia is fortunate in sitting on top of several vast masses of hot granite, enough to supply base load electricity for the foreseeable future.

I have been following the progress of this project for several years, it has not been an easy ride for them, but the successful commissioning of the pilot plant, and the recent Clean Energy Council (CEC) Innovation Award are pointers to the future.

Geodynamics is one of a number of companies pioneering geothermal energy, at home and in the Asian region, and is probably the furthest advanced at this stage.

Read up on it at the Geodynamics website or go straight to the Habanero video, which also serves as an excellent primer on geothermal power.

When you install WordPress, depending on how it is done, you may find that your URL is in the form of To remove the “wordpress/” bit is fairly straightforward.

First, go to your cPanel, and open the File Manager, which should be under “Files”.

Under public_html you will see the wordpress directory. Open the wordpress directory and copy all the directories and files inside it into public_html.

Second, open phpMyAdmin which will be under “Databases” further down cPanel.

On the left you will see _wordpress and _wp1 (this may be called something else depending on how you installed MySQL. Some people advise not calling it “wp” for security reasons). Click on your _wp1 and then on wp_options from the list on the left.

You need to change two of the entries, “option name” sitreurl at the top and home further down at about entry 37. Use the “>” at the top to turn the page. Click the “edit” pencil at the left of the line and remove the “wordpress/”. There is advice online to leave a single trailing “/”, but it does not seem to matter in practice.

You should now find that your basic URL will now bring up your website. Make sure all the links work, including the Home button and the header, which is often also a Home link. The wordpress directory can now be deleted if you wish as it is redundant.

See the official URL change wisdom at

Blog now running! WordPress is surprisingly easy to use. Now for some fun 🙂