Category Archives: Education, Training and Information

Social Network Wishlist

All I want for 2015 is a Free/Open Source Software social network which is: easy to register on (no reCaptcha disability-discriminator or similar, a simple openID, activation emails that actually arrive); has an email help address or online support or … Continue reading

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GPG Transition Statement

Rather late but I guess that just confirms it’s really me, right? The signed text and IDs should be at http://mjr.towers.org.uk/transition-statement.txt Thank you if you help me out here I’ll resign keys in a while.

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New comments methods

After years of resisting it, I’ve added the least evil Twitter/Facebook comments plugin I could find to this blog as a test and updated the comments policy a little. Please kick the tyres and try commenting to see if it … Continue reading

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Send updates to live cycling news reports to the speech synth

The BBC coverage of the UCI Women Road Race World Championship wasn’t starting until 3pm, BBC Radio 5 Live had football and Sports Extra was playing an advert loop (really BBC?), Eurosport wasn’t covering the race at all, RAI Sport … Continue reading

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Upgrading to Debian 7 wheezy

So I have upgraded my main workstation at last, but there are a few things I wanted to figure out. Some of these I found an answer to, but others I haven’t and some answers open more questions: Where did … Continue reading

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Misusing a Royal Baby and Child Porn to Censor The Internet

There’s been some media coverage at the start of this week about blocking child porn. Except it’s not about child porn – that’s a trojan horse. People who want to access pornography that is already illegal (Protection of Children Act … Continue reading

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What’s the current state of Windows Anti-Virus?

One of our co-op’s clients asked me what I use for anti-virus at the moment and tips for what they should use on their Windows system. Well, flame me now, but I don’t actually use any anti-virus at the moment: … Continue reading

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Wireless Networking on this Clevo

This Clevo laptop is a new machine and like a lot of new machines, not all of its hardware has drivers in the current stable release of debian. Happily, there is a driver for its rtl8723ae wireless networking device in … Continue reading

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Debian Project Leader 2013 election campaign links: part 1

This is basically a link-post to the Debian Project Leader election email discussions on GMANE’s blog-style interface to debian-vote. After only 3 days of the 21, there’s already a pageful, so if I don’t start collecting links now, I’ll probably … Continue reading

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In Praise of Consensus

The constitution of the debian operating system project says things like “consistent with the consensus of the opinions of the Developers” at various points but doesn’t say how strong a consensus or how the project will test for consensus. I … Continue reading

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