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Taking office

Yesterday, my first term started as the Debian Project Leader. There’s been a large number of emails congratulating me, and thanks to everyone who sent those. I’d also like to thank Mehdi Dogguy and Gergely Nagy...

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Barbie the Debian Developer

Some people may have seen recently that the Barbie series has a rather sexist book out about Barbie the Computer Engineer. Fortunately, there’s a way to improve this by making your own version. Thus,...

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+++ BREAKING Debian 9.0 codename

A source close to the Debian Project has informed me that the project will break from it’s long running tradition of Pixar codenames for their releases. Going further than this, in what is surely...

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2013 party leader speeches: the tag clouds

Well, the autumn 2013 party conferences have now come to an end, and below are the three main party leader speeches, by tag cloud. Note that all three have had the word “People” removed,...

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Adblock adding ads to block ads

Confused yet? The popular browser extension AdBlock for Chrome/Chromium and Safari has launched a new crowdsourced campaign – to buy up internet advertising space inviting people to download AdBlock, so they can block ads....

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IT recruitment sexism is alive and well

With the number of female software engineers standing at 20.9% [1], recruitment of females into the industry is a major concern. A friend of mine, Rosemary Francis who’s MD of Ellexus, has a great...

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Kerning in LibreOffice

Are you a fan of kerning? Are all your letters running together? Do you want your documents in LibreOffice to look normal again? Try turning off hardware acceleration: Tools -> Options -> View ->...

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Let’s get physical

Two recent announcements have been made about how it’s viewed that people should interact with each other. Both, in my opinion, are misguided. Firstly, Yahoo’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer has announced that she’s banning staff from remote...