Archives, page eight.

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.

Is all charity good?

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.

Published 2007-11-15. Read 3,340 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: charity rant

Is making $150k each day in profits? 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?

Published 2007-11-12. Read 54,290 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: charity rant

Murphy's Law

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.

Published 2007-11-10. Read 1,990 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: raid rant

Skype for Linux gets video (at last)

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,

Published 2007-11-07. Read 2,391 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: linux skype

Will Windows 7 be another driver disaster?

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.

Published 2007-11-02. Read 2,521 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: windows


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

Published 2007-10-18. Read 2,820 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: linux ubuntu

So what's wrong with 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.

Published 2007-10-14. Read 3,800 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: linux ubuntu

Gutsy, you're just too… pretty

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…

Published 2007-10-12. Read 2,610 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: linux ubuntu

Game: Spot the death threat

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.

Published 2007-10-08. Read 3,510 times. 0 Comments. Tagged: distrowatch linux