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4 Windows apps I can’t let go

Monday, 19 November 2007 linux

If you’ve read anything by me in the past month, you’ve probably seen that I moved to Linux. I’m extremely happy here but I still find myself loading Windows in VMWare for several tasks.

AutoPacker - Optimise your JavaScript

Saturday, 17 November 2007 javascript php webdev

Do you juggle several JavaScript files around your site? Too much effort to compress them down? Now you can compress them down as soon as you edit a file without having to run the files through an external tool, all done transparently and on the fly.

Is all charity good?

Thursday, 15 November 2007 charity rant

In light of some of the feedback surrounding my last post, I address the core problem I see with good causes like FreeRice, namely that they don’t do nearly as much good as they could and probably harm other charitable causes.

Is FreeRice.com making $150k each day in profits?

Monday, 12 November 2007 charity rant

FreeRice.com is a site that tries to educate and feed the world at the same time, but just taking a quick look at their figures shows there is a massive potential of earning money from this "philanthropic" gesture. Just how much is the owner keeping?

Murphy’s Law

Saturday, 10 November 2007 raid rant

If something adverse can happen, chances are it will, just to spite you. I’ve just had my first hard drive crash in years and it waited until just after I dismantled my RAID5 array. Just perfect. Strong and colourful language in this post.

Skype for Linux gets video (at last)

Wednesday, 7 November 2007 linux skype

I once heard that good things come to those that wait and today Linux users who’ve been waiting for Skype to push out a video-chatting client finally got their wish, albeit in beta form. Download link included,

Errata: Linux needs cross-platform applications

Friday, 2 November 2007 linux

Some time ago I wrote that Linux needed "golden applications" to succeed on the desktop. I was wrong because I’ve seen the light that is Amarok. Cross-platform FOSS will cause platform freedom.

Will Windows 7 be another driver disaster?

Friday, 2 November 2007 windows

As Linux and OSX toddle on, catering for every hardware device under the sun, Windows 7 looks like it’s going to have a complete refresh of drivers, effectively taking it back to square 1 in the game of hardware support.


Thursday, 18 October 2007 linux ubuntu

The Gutsy-fever is approaching tangibility and unlike most other bouts of mass-enthusiasm, I’m actually enjoying this.

So what’s wrong with Ubuntu?

Sunday, 14 October 2007 linux ubuntu

While there’s definitely progress in the latest release of Ubuntu, there are still problems: some limited to Ubuntu, some ingrained in gnome and some endemic to Linux as a whole.

Gutsy, you’re just too… pretty

Friday, 12 October 2007 linux ubuntu

It’s that time of year again: "Oli attempts to migrate to Linux"! This time (using Gutsy) I’ve got to say that it was considerable more successful that previous times and damn, it’s just too pretty for words…

Game: Spot the death threat

Monday, 8 October 2007 distrowatch linux

In short: Caitlyn Martin said last month that she was unable to review Puppy Linux. She claims today that a commenter in a Distrowatch thread issued her a death threat… Nasty stuff but I just can’t see the threat angle of it. "Threat" included in the post.

Distrowatch’s statistics don’t mean popularity.

Thursday, 4 October 2007 distrowatch linux

Distrowatch’s HPD stats are often bandied about to make out one distribution is “the best”. But do the numbers actually equate popularity and why do some care so much anyway?

Apple needs to respect its users

Friday, 28 September 2007 apple iphone rant

They warned you but Apple decided to follow through and give those iPhone enthusiasts exactly what they wanted: shiny, bricked iPhones. Well done Apple. Way to meet the needs of your customers.

O2 giveth; O2 taketh away

Sunday, 23 September 2007 google o2 technology

O2 are souring the pot by removing video calls from inclusive minutes. From next year they cost as much as a cheapish sex line. Hoorah for progress. Hoorah for competition. Perhaps Google can fix things.