Monthly Archives: October 2007

Last Weekend


Originally uploaded by martinlittle

It was a busy weekend, for sure. Friday was catching Arcade Fire in Glasgow, then Saturday was up fairly early (for us), to take Robert and Max to see Ratatouille at the cinema (film was OK, probably 6/10), before a spot of lunch and then playing in the park.

Saturday evening was James’s 30th birthday, which started with a tasty and very leisurely dinner at No. 3 Royal Terrace before we all trotted down to Vegas and spent the night looking for each other.

Sunday was complete relaxation time!

Autumn TV

Now that The Restaurant (The Apprentice for foodies) is finished, I’m enjoying The Long Way Down which is Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s sequel to Long Way Round.  Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares returns on Tuesday coming too, with one of my friend’s dad’s and sister featuring in one of the episodes.

Hello Ubuntu

Ubuntu logo

Since 2002 when I first started running a server in my house, I’ve gone through Red Hat, then Fedora (2004). The machine I was running this on was really beginning to creak, and it didn’t like having new bits and pieces added to it. When I moved house, the server was powered down and has remained that way until now.

Due to the craziness of OS licencing, it was cheaper for my boss to purchase a new computer with a Windows licence than to directly buy one. Thanks to a synergistic and complimentary deal, I relieved him of the box sans Windows licence so I now have a shiny Dell 5150 with dual core processor, a stack of memory and even … an optical drive, something I was missing on my old machine.

Ubuntu was something I’d heard a lot of about over the years, and seeing as it looked so nice I thought I should give it a whirl. After booting the box into Windows, I used the fantasic UNetbootin tool to grab the file to get my Ubuntu installation going. After a quick reboot, all Windows files were gone and an automatic download over the Web was underway. I didn’t measure exactly how long it took, but somewhere in the region of 30 minutes later and after entering a few passwords, my new box was up and running having found all the hardware without problems. Maybe that’s to be expected seeing as Ubuntu is the Linux variant that Dell offer directly.

Using Ubuntu is just a fantastic experience, and it’s so nice to see all the improvements since I last played with Fedora. The Synaptic package manager, which lets you select upgrades to both OS and applications in one neat window, works fantastically. Web browsing, document editing, email … all just feel great and work intuitively. Check this quick summary. If you want to try it out, download the CD and you can run it on your <insert other OS> computer without affecting any files, thanks to some Live CD magic.

Russ and Matt are both big fans of Ubuntu and I was going to link to some of their posts for useful reference, but there are too many, so here’s useful links on Russ’s site.

Recycle This Quiz

Before taking today’s BBC quiz on recycling, I would have liked to think of myself as very pro-recycling. At home I recycle and have done for years, even when it meant a long walk to the drop-off point. At work I currently take anything recyclable home, and am part of a small group working to encourage further recycling in the office.

My score of 3, then, was a disappointment, although perhaps it shows just how confusing and misunderstood the symbols are. Once you’ve done the quiz, you can brush up on all those symbols here, here and here. Let me know how you get on!