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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.

Popular Posts

Bootable USB Flash Drive

(853,030 reads)

What Really Slows Windows Down

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What Slows Windows Down?

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Get an @live.com email address!!

(220,250 reads)

The Cutest Human-Test: KittenAuth

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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 5 months, 2 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, 1 month 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 1 year, 7 months 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 1 year, 7 months 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 1 year, 8 months 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 1 year, 8 months 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 1 year, 10 months ago. Tagged with: games ubuntu

How to fix the 100% CPU issue in XBMC

Long time users of XBMC and Boxee on Linux will probably be aware of a very annoying bug that essentially uses an entire CPU when just sitting at menus.

Published 2 years ago. Tagged with: boxee linux nvidia ubuntu xbmc

How to unblock Wikipedia

I thought I could go without Wikipedia for one day and I was wrong. Less than an hour into the day and I needed to look something up. I could go and look it up somewhere else but I like Wikipedia!

Published 2 years, 2 months ago. Tagged with: javascript ubuntu

DPD are terrible

There are few things more tedious than waiting for a delivery. One of those is waiting for a delivery, seeing the van turn up and just drive off without delivering the item. Worse still when the driver says it was your fault.

Published 2 years, 3 months ago.