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

Wednesday, 5 November 2014 cooking

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.

Putting the Secure in SSH; hardening your shell server against most attacks

Tuesday, 4 November 2014 security ubuntu

SSH is the de facto remote access technique for Ubuntu and Linux servers and yet some of the defaults you’ll get from sudo apt-get install ssh can be downright dangerous in the wrong circumstances. This article will steer you around the biggest pitfalls to keep your server’s front door well protected.

Bulk renaming files in Ubuntu; the briefest of introductions to the rename command

Friday, 31 October 2014 bash rename ubuntu

I’ve seen more than a few Ask Ubuntu users struggling with how to batch rename their files. They get lost in Bash and find -exec loops and generally make a big mess of things before asking for help. But there is an easy method in Ubuntu that relatively few users know about: the rename command.

Hey Paypal, why do you need access to my microphone, camera and photos?

Friday, 24 October 2014 android paypal security

Who actually checks the permissions of applications they’re installing? A little while ago a Paypal update stalled because it required extra permissions. This is what happens if an app you have already installed wants more power. I was more than a little surprised with what I found.

Building a kiosk computer with Ubuntu 14.04 and Chrome

Thursday, 24 July 2014 kiosk security ubuntu

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.

Converting an existing Ubuntu Desktop into a Chrome kiosk

Thursday, 24 July 2014 kiosk ubuntu

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.

Two years without nicotine

Friday, 18 July 2014 smoking

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.

Can we have FFmpeg-proper back?

Monday, 28 October 2013 avconv ffmpeg ubuntu

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.

Arguments Against Rolling Release Ubuntu

Friday, 1 March 2013 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.

Migrating Django’s database

Monday, 17 September 2012 django

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.

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

Monday, 20 August 2012 facebook privacy

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.

Breaking the habit of a lifetime

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 smoking

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.

How to back up PPAs

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 bash ubuntu

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?

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

Friday, 15 June 2012 games ubuntu

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…

How to fix the 100% CPU issue in XBMC

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 boxee linux nvidia ubuntu 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.