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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...


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,...


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....


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...


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 ->...


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...


Fleeing Google

For some time, I have been concerned about the amount of data I store on Google. This post aims to show alternatives to the service. This is primarily for two reasons. The first is...


How not to be a jerk online – chauvinism

Do you remember at school, when the teachers mentioned that something would be on your “permanent record”? The big secret is that there isn’t one. Apologies to all teachers, but it’s not likely this blog’s demographic will...


Unicode hearts!

I was impressed by, and I’m always forgetting sequences for hearts, so I present: ♥ Hearts for all! ♥