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Posted Posted in Miscellaneous

On a quick visit to the UK, to sell or give away most of our belongings, pack up what’s left and ship out to our new life, in the sunny, dusty desert. I’m trying to prepare my wife for just how crazy the roads are in Riyadh. She’s a bad enough passenger in Manchester, so […]

To the desert…

Posted Posted in Miscellaneous

So, tomorrow I leave for Riyadh – a new life as an expat, in a country that is virtually impossible to visit otherwise. Naturally I am somewhat apprehensive, but excited in equal measure. I will be leaving my wife and son behind in the UK for about three months, which is going to be a […]

Linux Mint 15

Posted Posted in Computing, Linux, Linux Mint

I have just updated the Linux Mint partition on my laptop to version 15 ‘Olivia’, and moved from the MATE-based to the Cinnamon-based spin. So far, I’m very impressed. It’s built on Ubuntu 13.04, and has inherited the performance improvements of the new Ubuntu release. It boots quickly, it seems smoother and more stable than […]

Preston Hackspace

Posted Posted in Linux, Miscellaneous, Python

Yesterday evening, I went to the first meeting of the newly-formed Preston Hackspace group, held in the civilised surroundings of the New Continental – one of my favourite pubs in Preston, and very well stocked with beers and ales of various kinds. We met in the very warm and bright conservatory area, which made looking […]

OpenStack

Posted Posted in Computing, Linux, Open Source Software

I recently came across this video, which helped me understand the basics of how Openstack does what it does: I really love the idea of OpenStack – an open-source cloud platform that’s fast becoming the industry standard, and displacing the proprietary cloud standards in the market – but the underlying technology is not simple, and […]

Free at last!

Posted Posted in Computing, Open Source Software, Python

My IT shackles have finally been removed! After four years of struggling to deliver against the constraints of a locked down PC, I’ve finally managed to persuade the powers that be to allow me a ‘developer build’, along with other members of the team. This allows us a small measure of additional control over our […]

Back to work

Posted Posted in Business Intelligence, Information Management

Back to work this week… There’s lots going on, as ever, and plenty to get stuck into. We’re looking at the entire business intelligence and operational reporting capability that the team and I have been developing, tweaking, evolving and supporting for the past four years that I’ve been here, and before that. The sheer volume […]

Brave new Ubuntu

Posted Posted in Linux, Ubuntu

With Mark Shuttleworth having closed Ubuntu’s Bug #1 recently, and Canonical raising the heckles of yet more Linux developers and even members of the Ubuntu community by announcing that it is dropping Wayland as the successor to X, in favour of its in-house developed Mir, I wonder if this means we’ll start seeing linux-based malware […]

Partition madness

Posted Posted in Computing, Linux

The state of my hard drives is getting out of hand. There’s not really anything wrong with them, as such – it’s just that my distro-hopping habit has become a create-new-partition-and-install-new-distro habit. Yes, I know I could satisfy my addiction using virtual machines (I do that as well using VirtualBox or VMWare), but I quite […]

Ubuntu Studio documentation

Posted Posted in Linux, Music, Open Source Software, Production, Ubuntu

I’ve been using Ubuntu Studio since I started experimenting with Linux again last November – it’s a great, multimedia-focused distribution based on Xubuntu, and it comes with all sorts of audio, video and graphics applications pre-installed. It also has a low-latency kernel, which (in theory) means that any real-time audio or video processing should proceed […]

Be cool

Posted Posted in Linux, Open Source Software

I’ve just been reading a great blog post on Linux Advocates by Ken Starks called ‘time to put on our Big Boy pants‘, and it really struck a chord with me. The only reason I got anywhere using the various operating systems and applications I’ve experimented with over the years is because I’ve clicked away […]

What it’s all about…

Posted Posted in Miscellaneous

The following is a list of stuff that I’m interested it, and so will probably ramble on about – some more than others, most likely. The list below is not exhaustive, and I will probably find other stuff that interests me over time, as I tend to do… computing, specifically linux, open-source software, programming, data, […]