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Budget *BSD remote servers

It’s no secret I’ve never really bought into the Linux mindset: I’m a *BSD diehard inside, even if I’ve had to ‘slum it’ on remote Linux servers for…

SSH error “roaming not allowed by server”

There are plenty of discussions around why you might need to enable sshd options if you see this error, but before hacking your config, did you add a…

Photo by Miemo Penttinen

Lasers and MIDI and software… Oh my!

Photo of Jean-Michelle Jarre performing in Helsinki in 2009 © Miemo Penttinen What happens when a music teacher suggests instrument variety is a driving force behind a child…

History of Programming Languages

Awesome ! Seriously, the most accurate insights into programming languages that any non-programmer can use and start fights with as easily as if they had been programming for…

Further Android Adventures (Goodbye iOS ?)

So the Nexus 7 was an experiment, and one that for the most part was a success but one that left my iPhone relegated to being used for…

How to apply for a programming job

Note that the opinions here are my own: they draw upon real world experience at my current employer, but they are not their views, I do not speak…

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…

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…

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…

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….