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You have stumbled into the online lair of Oli Warner, web developer, blogger, freedom enthusiast, Ubuntu member and Ask Ubuntu moderator.

Over the years I’ve written a silly number of articles ranging from technically interesting all the way through to the bizarre. You can run back in time via the archives.

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Converting an existing Ubuntu Desktop into a Chrome kiosk

You might already have Ubuntu Desktop installed and you might want to just run one application without stripping it down. This article should give you a decent idea how to convert a stock Desktop/Unity install into a single-application computer.

Published 1 month, 3 weeks ago. Tagged with: kiosk ubuntu

Building a kiosk computer with Ubuntu 14.04 and Chrome

Single-purpose kiosk computing might seem scary and industrial but thanks to cheap hardware and Ubuntu, it’s an increasingly popular idea. I’m going to show you how and it’s only going to take a few minutes to get to something usable.

Published 1 month, 3 weeks ago. Tagged with: kiosk security ubuntu

Two years without nicotine

So it’s that time of year again, it’s my ex-smoker-versary. Okay I’ll come up with a better name for next year but for now you’ll have to make do with my reflection on smoking and why it’s really not that hard to quit, as well as a few silly numbers.

Published 2 months ago. Tagged with: smoking

Can we have FFmpeg-proper back?

A couple of years ago some FFmpeg developers decided they didn’t want to live under the tyranny of the project leaders and forked the project into Libav. That’s all fine except that for two years Ubuntu has erroneously been calling them the same thing. And they’re not.

Published 10 months, 3 weeks ago. Tagged with: avconv ffmpeg ubuntu

Arguments Against Rolling Release Ubuntu

I’ve just read through Rick Spencer’s argument for rolling releases in the Ubuntu Devel mailing list but I’m frankly less convinced than I was before.

Published 1 year, 6 months ago. Tagged with: ubuntu

Migrating Django's database

Django is awesome but there’s one job that can be a bit trickier than you’re used to: moving from one database to another.

Published 2 years ago. Tagged with: django

Why you should never log in with your Facebook account just to read news

I’ve noticed a growing trend when you click an external link on Facebook from a desktop computer: you’re asked to log in. While this might seem like it’s only a minor inconvenience, in the long run this could be extremely dangerous.

Published 2 years ago. Tagged with: facebook privacy

Breaking the habit of a lifetime

For the past 10 years, I’ve been a nicotine-dependent smoker. The unpleasant sort who can’t go for an hour without really craving a cigarette, getting irritable when they can’t have one. I recently quit but the strange thing is, not smoking is the easiest bit in this process.

Published 2 years, 1 month ago. Tagged with: smoking

How to back up PPAs

Personal Packaging Archives are a popular method for sharing software not yet in the main repositories. You might be using one to gain a particular update you need. But how can you quickly get a list of all the PPAs you’re using?

Published 2 years, 1 month ago. Tagged with: bash ubuntu

Humble Indie Bundle is the single greatest thing to happen to Linux in years

I’ve been a full-time Ubuntu user for about five years and I don’t own any consoles. If you approached me three or four years ago and asked which games I played, you might have received a rather defensive reply. High quality games were few and far between, that is, until May 2010 when things changed forever…

Published 2 years, 3 months ago. Tagged with: games ubuntu