Posts tagged: Ubuntu

  • Garmin Forerunner 305/405 musings

    Updated from previous posting! UPDATE: thanks to the efforts of lots of people in the community we are now able to download tracks from the Garmin Forerunner 405 Linux. See comment 3432 for a summary of how to do it. I’d really like to get a Garmin Forerunner. It’s a GPS device with a heart… Read more »

  • Shopping delivered to Great Grandma, by Ubuntu Linux

    This article serves as a reminder that as professional web developers we should never assume a certain level of prior knowledge from our users; it also demonstrates how Windows needn’t be the first operating system we introduce our relatives to.

  • A brief hello…

    Hi faithful blog fans. Nothing much to report – busy with the kitchen, have replaced the rotten joists (read: door frames, grrr!) and laid new laminate. On with the new units now Oh, and upgraded to Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, seamlessly as always – it’s such a great operating system, please ditch Windows for a day… Read more »

  • How to downgrade packages in Ubuntu

    I had an issue today when installing pytrainer. It wanted to install some extra python packages but it couldn’t. The reason was that I had python2.5 v2.5.2-2ubuntu5 installed but the extra packages depended on an older version – 2.5.2-2ubuntu4.1. I don’t know how I had ended up such a knot, but the ubuntu5 packages I… Read more »

  • Partion Windows and Linux with GParted

    I run Windows Vista on dual boot. My inclination is to get rid of it altogether, but I paid for a license thanks to the Microsoft Tax when I bought the machine and sometimes vendors (Garmin for example) only support Windows. I gave Windows Vista 12GB with virtually no applications and it’s used it all… Read more »

  • Cupsd Authentication in Ubuntu

    Typical, after my last post extolling the virtues of how easy it was to install a printer in Ubuntu I hit a problem today. The symptoms are that you go to do a printer administration task, like add a printer, either through the gnome print manager or cups/cupsd web interface you get and a challenge… Read more »

  • Easy printing in Ubuntu from Windows

    I need to do a bit more flag waving for Ubuntu Linux. I have said it before, and I will say it again: Ditch Microsoft Windows. Download Ubuntu for free, don’t pay the Microsoft tax. Anyway, my most recent wonderfulism was when I was sharing printers. A few years ago I was using Fedora Linux… Read more »

  • gnome-terminal locale encoding

    Had a problem last week where my editor was defaulting to using UTF-8 whereas the files i was editing were ISO-8859-1. This ISO character set allows for extra single-byte characters beyond those in standard ASCII – including 163 (0xA3), the simple UK ‘£’ sign. This is nonsense in UTF-8, but my editor cheerfully didn’t inform… Read more »

  • What I learned today

    I found out two things today. The XSD for this XML: <someElement anAttribute=”aValue”>someValue</someElement> goes a little something like this: <xs:element name=”someElement” type=”some-element-def” minOccurs=”1″ maxOccurs=”1″ /> … <xs:complexType name=”some-element-def”> <xs:simpleContent> <xs:extension base=”xs:integer”> <xs:attribute name=”someAttribute” type=”xs:boolean” use=”optional” /> </xs:extension> </xs:simpleContent> </xs:complexType> To get bzr 1.5 running on Ubuntu Hardy Heron add a couple of entries to /etc/apt/sources.list… Read more »

  • Ubuntu UK Podcast

    I recommend that if you’re a little bit interested in Linux you have a listen to the Ubuntu UK Podcast. Recently I joined the transcribers’ team. The aim of the team is to transcribe each of the existing episodes and all future ones to publish on that there Interweb. My only contribution to date is… Read more »

  • Ubuntu Hardy Heron

    I am itching to install the next release of Ubuntu – Hardy Heron. I tend to break things by getting overly excited and installing betas so I am going to have to be patient and wait until April…

  • Ubuntu Gutsy/Nvidia GeForce Go 6100/GLX.

    Ages ago I noticed that the shiny desktop effects on my Ubuntu Gutsy laptop had stopped working. I have only just got around in investigating, I eventually sorted it out but only after a couple of hours of fiddling. The symptoms were that although my /etc/X11/xorg.conf reported that my device driver was “nvidia” I could… Read more »

  • Ubuntu Linux – Gutsy Gibbon

    I was speaking to good friend the other day and he was surprised to learn that I use Linux instead of Microsoft Windows. Given that he is doing some IT training at the moment it is a bit of a shame as he didn’t appear to regard Linux as viable alternative. I have been using… Read more »