My Favourite Open Source Software
Aug12

My Favourite Open Source Software

I’ve used a fair bit of open source software in my time but have increasingly found myself using more and more. It seems the quality of a lot of the software is maturing and more notice is being taken of user experience. Open source software is defined as: Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available and licensed with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study,...

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get_iplayer on Ubuntu
Aug01

get_iplayer on Ubuntu

get_iplayer is a terrific little programme to download BBC TV and radio programmes off the iPlayer service. On Ubuntu, get_iplayer is packaged so go to the Software Centre and install. Note the a dash is used in the package not an underscore! Running get_iplayer is hardly the easiest, so this is how to do it. Navigate to the /usr/share/get_iplayer folder, then call then command: sudo ./get_iplayer.cgi -p 1935 This starts the service...

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Ubuntu 12.10 v Windows 8
Apr07

Ubuntu 12.10 v Windows 8

A while ago I decided to give the Linux distribution Ubuntu another go. I’d given Windows 8 a short go (perhaps not long enough due to the new interface) and I felt anything I wanted to do know could be done using a free operating system, after all with Crossover Linux, a lot of Office programs and games could run under Linux and programs like iTunes could surely run under Virtualbox running Windows 7. Well I tried, but failed....

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Pixel Pumper – OSX WordPress editor
Feb20

Pixel Pumper – OSX WordPress editor

Rather a bizarre name for an app, but this certainly caught my interest. All the web sites I’m involved with use WordPress as their base. On the Mac I normally use MarsEdit which has been around for years. As I have previously blogged, finding a decent blog editor for the Mac was a nightmare after using the superb Windows Live Writer.Unlike MarsEdit which can be used for a whole host of different blog platforms, Pixel...

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Elite’s Cobra Mk III
Jan04

Elite’s Cobra Mk III

The well documented Kickstarter success of Elite: Dangerous is great news. Even greater this evening was a cracking little video (narrated by a very excited sounding David Braben!) showing the original Cobra Mk III ship which everybody had in the original Elite, but now updated. There will be many ships players can have in Elite: Dangerous, but I’d imagine a large percentage of people who grew up with the original Acornsoft game...

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Ubuntu Wireless Issues
Jan04

Ubuntu Wireless Issues

This afternoon I was wanting to reinstall Ubuntu 12.10 onto my little old netbook. I’ve done this loads of times without issue, I always connect to a wired network to ensure all the updates and odd drivers (like the wireless) get installed OK. However on removing the network cable after install wireless wasn’t working. I checked the Software Updater and the Broadcom driver was apparently installed and working – a...

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