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Archive for April, 2008

Ubuntu 8.04 / Xubuntu 8.04 – Probably the best Linux distributions yet

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Yesterday saw the release of the latest version of Ubuntu, version 8.04. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this new version as I’d been playing with the beta versions. I downloaded and installed this version straight away. Download speeds were a little slow, due to the large number of users trying to download at the same […]

New email form on

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

I have created a new email form on my website. This form can also be used for my First Aid Information and Quiz website and my Linux Information website This has become necessary due to the large number of spam emails I have received by having email addresses included in the main web […]

Upgraded to WordPress 2.5 – Security Updates are important

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Firstly a bit of a confession. Although I do go to the trouble of keeping all my OS packages up-to-date (which is actually very easy with Ubuntu), I’ve neglected keeping WordPress up-to-date. I guess that the reason for this is that Ubuntu has done so well in making patching the OS so easy that it’s […]

Rename files in Linux using the command line

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Here are some short scripts that can be used to rename files in Linux. These are examples that can be modified as required. Change file extensions Rename all files in a directory that end with .php5 to end with .php for x in *.php5; do n=${x/.php5/.php}; mv $x $n; done Add a prefix to a […]

Testing Ubuntu / Xubuntu 8.04 – beta release

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

I have been testing the beta release of Ubuntu 8.04 and Xubuntu 8.04. There is only about 3 days until the final release, and I’ve been trying some of the latest beta versions. I had tried with some of the earlier betas, but hardware support was a bit lacking. I have had much more success […]

Review: Life on Mars – TV Series, book “The Rules of Modern Policing” and Soundtrack

Monday, April 21st, 2008

DVD – Life on Mars TV Series Life on Mars is one of the best TV series to come out of the BBC. It is based around the life of Sam Tyler a modern police officer who is involved in a car accident and wakes up in 1973. “Am I mad, in a coma, or […]

First Aid coming soon to Taecanet

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

I have given my permission for Taecanet to use the First Aid website in their educational e-learning system. Taecanet is a “not for profit” organisation providing a safe Internet based learning environment for schools. I am not receiving any money for the use of the quiz on Taecanet; I see it as a way […]

Ubuntu – Countdown to the next release

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Countdown to the next release of Ubuntu Linux

Windows Vista – Damaged Hardware (VGA Splitter)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

I have been involved in the use of computers in theatre shows. In the past I have projected video onto the stage, but this year I just controlled an autocue system, which I wrote myself. You can see a bit more about previous shows and the technology used: Flash on the theatre stage: Projecting Sight […]

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