IE6 Doesn’t Need Leechblock

My company still has Internet Explorer 6 as the standard browser on all their machines. IE6 is of course appalling. Microsoft itself is telling people that enough is enough, and that IE9 is out now, and please upgrade. There are a couple of campaigns to kill IE6 once and for all, because it is old… Continue reading IE6 Doesn’t Need Leechblock

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today, That We Went After The NSA

Had a fun and social time at the Electronic Frontier Foundation 20th Birthday party at SF’s famous DNA Lounge last night. Met up beforehand with foodie and antiques fan Adam at Tu Lan Vietnamese restaurant, which is a tiny grubby place, with amazing food at incredible prices. It was the first time we’d met after… Continue reading It Was Twenty Years Ago Today, That We Went After The NSA

PDF Forms, Linux, Fax Machines And Pain

Because I know you’re all crying out to hear about how things are going in SF with C, I’ve decided to write about creating PDF forms in Linux. I knew you’d be pleased. When I got home from work at about 18.45 a couple of days ago, C told me she had to had to… Continue reading PDF Forms, Linux, Fax Machines And Pain

Don’t Masquerade With The Guy In Shades

OK so I got new prescription sunglasses. I felt (and I was agreed with) that my current simple metal frames were not cool enough, considering I now live (for the moment) in a city with plenty of sunshine. I’d seen a few reviews of these cheap online sunglasses stores, so I decided to take a… Continue reading Don’t Masquerade With The Guy In Shades

Personal Data Flow Diagram

With my Palm Centro, I’ve been playing with methods of keeping all my contacts and calendars up to date. I’ll admit it’s more of a geeky labour of love rather than a legitimate need for a solution. As the complexity of the links involved became clear, and after I had some problems with timezone shifting… Continue reading Personal Data Flow Diagram

Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 5 – It’s Alive

See also Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 With the recent release of Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope (the number means April 2009, and the name is an alphabetical progression – the last release was Intrepid Ibex, with Hardy Heron before it) I was able to grab the Netbook Remix version. This has a… Continue reading Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 5 – It’s Alive

The Stupid, It Kills.

There’s lots of dangerous anti-science nonsense going around at the moment, with today’s highlight being that Oprah Winfrey, who controls the minds and opinions of millions of people, has made a deal with anti-vaccination loon Jenny McCarthy to shill her well-meaning but wrong ideas about vaccination and autism. The Bad Astronomer is very disappointed, and… Continue reading The Stupid, It Kills.

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

There’s lots of talk about Twitter at the moment, so here’s my two cents worth penny’s worth one Expat Trading Token’s worth. I like it, I use it. If you don’t like it or don’t use it, fine. End of. “It sounds stupid” – OK, don’t use it. You’re probably right, and we’ll all thank you when… Continue reading Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 2

See Part 1 here. Inspired by Flesh’s new Acer Aspire One, I decided to have another go at getting Ubuntu on my EeePC. This thing is now a bit old by netbook standards, being a first-generation 700, but it still makes me smile. I’d had some problems getting Unetbootin to run on the EeePC, something… Continue reading Ubuntu On The EeePC, Part 2

ORG 3rd Birthday

The UK Open Rights Group has now been around for 3 years, and they have released their 2008 Review of Activities. It shows how busy the group has been, and also how much more they are needed. It seems that a week doesn’t go by when a CD isn’t lost or a laptop isn’t stolen… Continue reading ORG 3rd Birthday