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.

Breaking the Internet won't stop terrorism

Governments want to intercept all terrorist communication but… they can’t. You can talk online with perfect secrecy if you know what you’re doing. Their solution to this is banning strong encryption. Most people have probably switched off but this will affect you (and won’t stop terrorists).

Published 2015-01-14. Read 3,770 times. Comments. Tagged: security uk

Streaming your Kodi library over the Internet

Even if you’re leaving your media centre behind while you travel this Christmas, you don’t have to be without all your media. I’m going to show you that in just a few steps you can access all your TV and movies remotely on an Android device over a nice, secure SSH connection.

Published 2014-12-19. Read 4,880 times. Comments. Tagged: kodi ssh ubuntu

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 1,710 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 3,750 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 2,860 times. Comments. Tagged: cooking