Archives, page four.

The Archives are the living record of almost everything that I’ve written for the site over the many years I’ve been running it. Some of the earliest, less-legal and libellous content has been put to the torch.

ProTip: Change DNS without downtime

A few times I’ve found that I need to move a site to another server without any downtime but every time, DNS rears its ugly head and ruins my day.

Published 2010-12-09. Read 2,810 times. Comments. Tagged: dns

Nano: Open a file at a specific position

Nano isn’t the best editor but it does a fairly good job at staying out the way and letting you edit or view things without needing a cheat-sheet of cryptic keyboard shortcuts. However, what do you do when you have a 50,000 line document and you want to get a specific line somewhere near the middle?

Published 2010-10-17. Read 200 times. Comments. Tagged: linux nano

Doing cool things in Django's Admin

As somebody who proudly considers themselves a Djangophile, I’m always looking to make one of the biggest aspects of Django (the Admin site) just that little bit better.

Published 2010-09-23. Read 2,870 times. Comments. Tagged: django

Why I love Disqus

Once upon a time if I wanted comments on a website, I would do them myself, tediously tackling problems solved a dozen times before to deliver an intuitive system. But today is a new day and I wouldn’t dream of writing comment code unless I really had to.

Published 2010-09-16. Read 570 times. Comments. Tagged: django webdev

Why I can't recommend VPS.net

I’d love to say VPS.net were a hip, awesome and competent company. I’d love to recommend them. I’d love to give you an affiliate link, sit on a beach and get rich… But I can’t. One quick look past their glitzy website and stunning feature array and you’ll see VPS.net are not the industry-leaders they aspire to be.

Published 2010-09-15. Read 2,770 times. Comments. Tagged: hosting

The BBC needs to learn how to Google

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.

Published 2010-09-06. Read 70 times. Comments.

Ubuntu 10.04 is good, not perfect

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.

Published 2010-05-11. Read 4,340 times. Comments.