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Ramblings about cats, games and miscellanea.

Ubuntu 11.04 classic and separate x sessions

Forgive me regular readers, it has been almost 3 months since my last diary post. As usual I have many excuses (lots of work, fair amount of DIY, and two holidays), but for once I have a lot to say, so I'll try to get writing real entries soon. For now though: I'm alive, and stay tuned for my next entry, which should be here in a day or so and will most likely be about cats.

Now for a public service announcement. Here's a helpful hint for the two other people in the world who use ...

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Reinventing the wheel

Sometimes things are good enough. Sometimes you can work around the problems and make do. Sometimes you have to start from scratch.

Last week I was tapping away in SciTE, trying to overlook its obvious shortcomings as a text editor, as I always do, since it's the best that I can find. I was writing a program to tunnel telnet over HTTP, because neither protocol on their own was good enough for what I was doing. I was writing it in Python, which doesn't offend me as much as some languages, but it's still not perfect. I ...

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A busy couple of months

Once again, the diary has fallen silent while I've been caught up with other things.

Work-wise, I've nearly finished the CMS, and I've written a bunch of Django components as part of it, which I plan to release gradually as separate projects, so I'm hoping they should prove interesting to those of you who like that sort of thing. I also have several other projects that are nearly there (sysadmin, javascript etc), so I'm hoping 2011 will be full of releases, although that depends on how much real work I've got on.

Of course ...

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Well, it's that time of year again, where gets covered in snow! And unlike most years, the UK has joined this esteemed site in getting covered in snow too!

Apart from Cheltenham, that is. Yes, that's right, while the rest of the country has been plunged into a delightfully extraordinary early winter and has been getting 10cm of snow a day, which everyone on TV and Twitter has felt compelled to point out with snow reports and photos, we managed a half-assed sprinkling of white ice on Monday, and haven't had anything since.

Well, apart ...

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10 for 10 on 10/10/10 at 10:10:10

Hurrah! Happy 10/10/10 10:10:10 second, everyone! I had announced that to commemorate this amazing moment in time, and to celebrate (very approximately) 10 years of the very finest site on the entire internet (this one), I would release 10 of the projects that I have been working on! But since then, I had an even better idea, one that is about 10 times as awesome: instead of releasing 10 projects, I would release one project which is 10 years old! Yeah!

This decision has absolutely nothing to do with several unexpected and time-consuming work projects, and ...

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