Ubuntu’s Jeff Waugh is going to be a very busy man. Before he even gets to the first O’Reilly EuroOSCON, which is being held in Amsterdam in October, he’s stopping off at a Gnome convention, LUG meetings and we’re hoping to get him out for an evening in London. Details are a bit slim at the moment, I don’t have a venue or a confirmed plan for the evening, but with a little luck we’ll get Jeff to talk about Ubuntu, Linux on the desktop and what it’s like being Debians agile sibling and then go for food and drink. Read on →

While sitting in the BBC backstage session at OpenTech I had an idea for an entry to the competition. Which I then forgot about. After an email from a friend recently asking if I’d done anything for it and pointing out I only had three days left I decided to have a coding day on Saturday and try and get a prototype working and submitted. And then the BBC Backstage competition deadline is extended! Read on →

As most of you ‘net savvy people know, the BBC has put a number of feeds online under the banner of BBC Backstage. While it’s nice to see organisations like the BBC offering this kind of data (and the front man, Ben Metcalfe seems a nice, and interesting guy) the initial release of one of the more interesting bits of data, the TV Anytime TV and radio data, only had a Java API available for using it. Read on →

I’m a big fan of The Register but I can’t stand multi-page articles. I’ve put a little Greasemonkey script together to make sure I don’t have to deal with them. The The Register Printer Friendly Articles script is now online and ready for use. I hope someone else finds it useful.

Do Cool Shit Every Damn Day Or Die Trying From Tom Peters. In an attempt to do just that, well the first two bits anyway, I’m currently planning my next project; this one is a little different, I know I’m going to fail. It’s not very often you embark on a project not to succeed but to see where and how you screw it up. Sometimes a challenge is just too big and outside of your area of expertise. Read on →

I’ve made a couple of small changes to my Vim URL Shortener script. It now uses WWW::Shorten instead of WWW::MakeAShorterLink, it’s documentation has been tided up a bit and the vim script now replaces all occurrences of the selected URL in a single sweep. It’s not a major upgrade so don’t rush to update.

As the amount of content available online grows, the length of the URL’s required to access it seems determined to keep up. This little bundle of a vim script and some Perl code will convert a long URL into a shorter one (using MakeAShorterLink) at the press of a single button. While the masl.pl script can be used on the command line to shorten URL’s if you’re lucky enough to use mutt as your email reader and vim as the editor within it you can easily shorten target addresses so they slip under the magic 75 character limit that differentiates visited URL’s from my home pages. Read on →

Ever wanted a tag cloud of your Blosxom posts? With just this blosxom-tagcloud.pl script (and three Perl modules from CPAN) you can have one that integrates itself with your Blosxom footer and even allows easy merging of the tag cloud and any static text/HTML you’ve used in the past. I’ve uploaded the initial version of the code and I’ve put up a Blosxom TagCloud page with some more information.

I’ve put another little chunk of JavaScript up in the Unixdaemon Greasemonkey Script repository. This one has makes the CPAN search show 100 results per page. The full CPAN Search - 100 results per page script is now available under the GPL.

I’ve been having a fiddle with the Geo::Google perl module today, the simple explanation is that the module performs geographical queries using Google Maps. And it works well. Just it’s not very accurate… Geo::Google takes an address and returns a longitude and latitude from Google Maps. With these you can create points on your own GMap applications. After feeding it a dozen addresses with different levels of completeness (full postcode, partial postcode, city and town, just city etc.) I’m not that impressed with it’s accuracy when putting locations on the map. Read on →