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New Gallery (again)

Time for another make-over: my old gallery subdomain was fine at the time, but has suffered from 5 years of neglect and has become rather dated and annoying…

WordPress, lighttpd and HTTP 500 errors

So this has been driving me potty, but thanks to this bug report and lots of checkbox clicking it turns out that the Google Sitemap plugin v2.7 from…

The Real UK Citizenship Test

A while ago, I noted that the initial UK Citizenship Test was a) hard and b) pointless – the recently proposed revision isn’t much better, but thankfully Twitter…

Peeko-Computer

Back in 1982, AcornSoft released a program designed to be a gentle introduction to understanding the internals of computer operation and 6502 assembly language. I found the original…

17 London Underground Maps You Never Knew You Needed – BuzzFeed

http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/london-underground-maps-you-never-knew-you-needed Brilliant visualisations.

Android 4.2 on a Nexus 7

So the latest update isn’t all sunshine and kittens: it’s nowhere near as soul eating as iOS 6 was when I found what had happened to the Maps,…

CloudFlare: Welcome to the Collective

Home hosting of content is a great idea (I’ve been doing it for over a decade) but at some stage the cons start to outweigh the pros. In…

Why buy a new camera ?

This post is sort of a follow on from last year when I wrote about how great it was to seek out 5 year old hardware as it…

PogoPlug and pkgsrc MySQL server

For the most part, I’ve had no real issues building {pkgsrc} on my {PogoPlug}, but all three variants of {MySQL} server failed to build due to a conflicting…

PogoPlug, FreeBSD (kirkwood) and pkgsrc

Having bought an end-of-line v2 (pink) PogoPlug, I ignored all the setup guides (of course !) and reflashed the stock u-Boot image with Jeff Doozan’s version. After the…

Digital Literacy

For over 10 years I’ve been concerned and then frustrated that the UK (state) school system appears to regard teaching Computing as simply running a series of Microsoft…

Buffalo LinkStation cheap serial port

After plenty of frustration trying to upgrade my {LinkStation} box to a newer version of {Debian}, I gave up and tried {Gentoo} as per the nas-central guide, and…

opensolaris, ntpd, transparent routing and sendto problems

I’ve been running an ntpd server as part of the UK pool since 2007 but since upgrading from {OpenSolaris} 2009.06 to snv_129, I’ve had a very poor score….

aperture 2.1.4 hack

Tweak the Info.plist if required in order to remove or reduce the CPU MHz limit, and then open up /Applications/Aperture.app/Contents/MacOS/Aperture file in 0xED and jump to the offset…

does this mean i have to return my passport ?

Oh dear. “You have failed the practice citizenship test. Questions answered correctly: 13 out of 24 (54%) Time taken: 02 minutes 46 seconds “ Life in the United…