For years now when I’ve needed a bundle of CD’s done quickly and I can’t be bothered to do the whole thing myself I’ve used the Linux Emporium. They are cheap, quick and know their market. Today I was lucky enough to meet the man who runs it and see part of the operation (a pretty big CD duplicator!) Steve is doing a lot of the thankless leg-work and maintaining the infrastructure we’re going to be using (including the wireless network I’m posting this through) and he deserves some kudos for his efforts. Read on →

The UKUUG tutorials are usually both top notch and start too early for most people to travel to the venue on the day. At every conference past the first one attended the people with more understanding bosses, or in my case holiday time, travel up on the day before and camp down for an early start. Or at least that’s the plan… After being given the run around by some well meaning but uninformed staff, “I’m here to register for the conference.” “How is it?” “Um… I’ll let you know. Read on →

OSCON in the US is one of the premier OpenSource events. While I’ve never actually been to one, it seems to attract a lot of top notch speakers and, judging from the blog posts written in the aftermath, an interesting and diverse audience of smart people. I was seriously considering going to the US version this year (the dollar vs sterling exchange rate is very favourable at the moment and I’ve never been to the US) but I decided to hold out for the European OSCON instead. Read on →

As an experiment I’ve put together a simple AJAX(ish, it uses ‘|’ separated values) based search tool for finding words I’ve used in the title of my Blogpost. The beta version can be found on the Blog Title AJAX Search page. If you type in a couple of letters, such as ope, then it should (it’s case-insensitive) match anything with the word open in it for example. The results will then be shown as hyperlinks on the same page without forcing a refresh. Read on →

I got bored of having two windows open and having to copy the ISBN from the O’Reilly site, tab to the window, paste in to the search box and press return. And when I was looking at more than a single book it got worse… So in a fit of laziness that cost me two hours I wrote my first Greasemonkey user script; which I called O’Reilly ISBN The script is pretty simple, it replaces the plain text ISBN on the O’Reilly catalog pages with a link to the book at My JavaScript is terrible and so it took way too long for me to put together and it’s got a very hacky ISBN extractor. Read on →

I’m a big fan of the “big three” scripting languages, Perl, Python and Ruby, but I don’t get a lot of time to keep up with all the relevant news. Fortunately you can now download and listen to the official Ruby on Rails Podcast or the ever growing Perlcast.

While reading the comments at the Digitial Rights Pledge page I noticed one by D Walker: “Digital Rights” would too easily be muddled up with “Digital Rights Management”, which in itself should be called “Digital Restrictions Management”. It’s an ever so small point but I think it’s important; Digital Restrictions Management is a much better name than “Digital Rights Management”. It pushes the point that it’s taking things away from Read on →

Over the last couple of years comic book fans have been spoiled by some great big-screen adaptations. Spiderman 1 and 2 (which NEED more witty one-liners from the wall crawler), X-Men 2, HellBoy and Sin City have all been enjoyable and lived up to the franchises that spawned them. We’ve also been witness to some truly dire moments, Catwomen and Electra spring to mind. So where does Fantastic Four fit? It’s pretty average. Read on →

If you add a NOPASSWD directive in your sudoers file then you can, as you’d expect from its name, use those commands without a password. This is a pretty useful trick that allows you to set up sudo entries that allow commands to be run with different privileges from cron without requiring the setuid flag. However twice this week I’ve seen a similar question asked on mailing lists and I thought I’d stick this entry up, hope google indexes it and saves me from ever seeing it again. Read on →

There’s something up at… will it be another jobs site or do they have an ace up their collective, animal decorated, sleeves?