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.

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

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 2012-09-17. Read 680 times. Comments. Tagged: django

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 2012-08-15. Read 1,020 times. Comments. Tagged: smoking