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Scraping websites with Python

Monday, 6 September 2010 python

How to extract data from sites without an API with just a few lines of Python and no regular expressions.

The BBC needs to learn how to Google

Monday, 6 September 2010

Somebody at the BBC has no idea about their gaming history. Worse still, they seem completely unable to do any proper research on the game in question.

Ubuntu 10.04 is good, not perfect

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Recently released, Ubuntu Lucid Lynx makes a lot of core improvements but in my eyes, falls further back in some aspects. This isn’t another review, it’s a list of what-and-why I hate parts of my favourite operating system along with some suggestions on how to make 10.10 better for everybody.

Dear ALSA, renew your domain!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Linux isn’t invulnerable. Don’t say it is.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Every month or so, I find some blog or forum post telling the world that because Linux is so hardcore, there’s very little chance of it getting any malware. As you can probably tell from the title, I disagree and want these people to recognise why their arrogance is dangerous.

Everything is new again

Sunday, 28 March 2010 news django disqus photography

It’s been 19 months since my last regular post here. I have a few excuses but I’ve come to realise that I really enjoyed writing… so I’m back. This post is a quick catch-up on what’s been happening with the site and me, and what you can expect from both of us in the future.

Debranding and Unlocking a Samsung M8800 Pixon

Sunday, 29 March 2009 technology phone unlocking

Locked, branded phones are a complete pain in the behind. Period. They shouldn’t sell them but they do. Luckily for you, me and everybody else, you can usually step around these issues. Here’s how I unlocked and debranded a fairly new Orange-locked Samsung Pixon

Facebook worm

Thursday, 7 August 2008 security trojan worm

Facebook isn’t all bad but here’s a message that just got sent to my wall for me and all my friends to download. If they’re not careful, Facebook could be going the way of email.

My issues with Linux et al

Wednesday, 23 July 2008 linux

Like a warm ocean current, the tides of contempt are slowly eroding my enjoyment of Ubuntu. I’ve been using it full time for eleven months now but I feel I have to write down my grievances before I find myself jumping ship.

Product placement gone wild

Tuesday, 17 June 2008 film rant sony

Films and TV need money to cover their extravagant budgets but is product placement the right way to cover those funds?

So you’re thinking of writing a comment…

Thursday, 17 April 2008 rant

Then please read this before you do. English is a seriously complex language, something too many of us take for granted. While modern browsers can help us with our spelling, they do little for grammar. Read this post to boost your grammatical karma and avoid my wrath.

Pimp’d my graphics card

Thursday, 3 April 2008 hardware

There’s something about shiny PC hardware I can’t resist. In my opinion, the shinier and harder to install it is, the better. Today saw the arrival of a Thermalright HR-03 Plus for my 8800GTS.

Does Linux really want Windows users?

Tuesday, 1 April 2008 linux

Linux is often criticised for its over-enthusiastic community trying to convert everybody and their grandma. Today I saw another post asking why we should care if more people use it. In short: yes but I’ve got plenty of reasons to back this up…

10 Reasons Why Linux Ubuntu is Better than Windows

Saturday, 29 March 2008 linux

Rather than listing 10 genuine reasons, I’m taking these points from a fanboy. I use Linux as my desktop operating system but these reasons are amazingly flawed.

Diagnosis? Dying HD?

Friday, 14 March 2008 hardware

Possibly the worst noise that you can expect to hear as a user of a computer: a HD in the process of kicking the bucket. Listen to this…