Welcome to the fabled blog of Oli Warner.

I’m a Python and Django web developer, Ubuntu Member, Ask Ubuntu Moderator. This is my personal blog where I get over-excited about a whole raft of different topics, mostly technical.

Python isn't always slower than C

If you ask developers to describe Python in a few words you’ll probably hear easy, dynamic and slow but a recent impromptu game of Code Golf showed me that Python can actually be pretty competitive, even against compiled languages like C and C++ when you use the right interpreter: Pypy.

Published 2014-11-14. Read 1,480 times. Comments. Tagged: python

It's time we buried Internet Explorer 8

Every web developer loves to wail on Internet Explorer but we need to act now if we want to stop the history of IE6 repeating itself with IE8. The longer we don’t, the longer we agree to limit ourselves to not using new and exciting features that make the internet better and our lives easier.

Published 2014-11-13. Read 2,580 times. Comments. Tagged: browsers ie8 microsoft webdev

How to build a DIY sous vide water bath for £25 in 25 minutes

Cooking sous vide can revolutionise the way you think about food but commercial water baths are expensive. For mere pocket money, you can throw together a DIY sous vide that does the job better than some off-the-shelf units. It’s time to start cooking like the professionals.

Published 2014-11-05. Read 2,850 times. Comments. Tagged: cooking

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 2014-07-18. Read 2,310 times. Comments. Tagged: 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 2013-10-28. Read 1,390 times. Comments. Tagged: avconv ffmpeg ubuntu