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Best advert of 2008?

Spotted this on Farcebook Facebook just now... I'd laugh, but somebody probably sued them when the free pig didn't turn up.

Late nights and LEDs

I've not been sleeping all that well lately. And let's be honest, this probably has something to do with being in the middle of a term at Oxford University, ...

Ubuntu Intrepid on the Advent 4211

I finally got round to putting Linux on my Advent 4211 yesterday. There are various ways and means of doing this; the ones which worked for me were: Use the...

Learning something new every day

Here's one for all you progammers out there: what happens to the values of x and y if you type the following in, say, Python? >>> x = 5 >>>...

RTFM: Python exec()

Do you write Python (not very well?). Ever wondered why your calls to os.execvp() and its ilk don't work as expected? The answer may be that you're doing thi...

New toy: Advent 4211

I bought myself an Advent 4211 last week (you might know it as the MSI Wind; they're essentially the same thing). So far, it's lived up to expectations; ther...

Tightening up BIND9

I've been aware for some time that my DNS isn't quite as securely configured as I'd like. http://crashrecovery.org/named/ looks pretty good, but the two main...

Lightning Talk 2.0: 64-bit on the desktop

I did a lightning talk to CompSoc last night on whether 64bit is ready for use on the desktop - if you're bored, you can download the slides and the second o...

Forget gq, try Luma for a quiet life

gq has been a necessary evil in my life for some time now. I need a graphical LDAP client for use on the CompSoc systems, but gq (to be fair, the versions of...

Getting serious about email

The epic tale of how my new mail setup was born My personal email has been on a rough ride over the years: from a reasonably nice (Microsoft based!) school e...