New server!

News
I finally got around to upgrading the server that serves this very page you're reading to Ubuntu Jaunty today, up from Ubuntu Hardy. Yes I know, maybe I should have waited for Karmic, or even Lucid, but the biggest reason why I did this was that I've migrated this server from the little Pentium 4 Shuttle XPC that was in use before onto a Virtualbox 3.0.6 headless VM hosted on an Ubuntu Jaunty box running on top of an Intel E5200 CPU. You're probably wondering why I'd use an E5200 when it doesn't have hardware virtualisation features built in? Well, the server consumes very little juice compared to the Pentium 4 (26% less in fact), it's more powerful, it's cheap, cheerful, produces less ambient heat, is a heck of a…
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Power failure!

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My site's been offline for most of the last 24 hours due to an unexpected power failure caused by a constant week and a half of rain shorting underground mains power lines, and taking half of my street with it. I have to admit I've been a bit complacent and have never acquired a UPS for the server that serves this blog! But the power's back now, and meantime I've gone and bought a shiny new UPS to keep the server running should there be any future power issues. Sorry the inconvenience, folks!
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Where will you be at 1234567890 Unix time?

News
Some of you may be aware that Unix systems and its variants including Linux, Apple OS X, etc store the time in seconds using a 32-bit integer, with the 1st January 1970 as the epoch. Tomorrow morning at 10:31 and 30 seconds, eastern Australians (except Queensland who will get it at 09:31 and 30 seconds) will experience 1234567890 Unix time. Where will you be on this momentous occasion? If you'd like to check your own local time, simply drop into a terminal and paste this line of perl in: $ perl -e 'print scalar localtime(1234567890),"\n";' Sat Feb 14 10:31:30 2009 $ After that, we only have the 32-bit Unix Millennium Bug to look forward to in 2038!
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Adobe Flash Player 10 for Linux 64-bit

News, Tutorials
Finally got around to downloading the Alpha of Adobe Flash Player 64-bit for Linux to try it out, and I have to say it feels good. My desktop box at home is no slouch, but clearly the old 32-bit wrapper and plugin combo was holding back Firefox badly - I notice it loads a little more snappily and heavy Flash-laden pages load much more smoothly and quickly. Normally I wouldn't endorse an Alpha to anyone but cutting-edge users, but I have to make an exception here. I'm going to keep using it until I come across a major show-stopper such as Firefox lockups or what-not. If you'd like to try out the 64-bit plugin for yourself, here's what you have to do. (more…)
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Whoops…

News
Made a configuration change to my DNS last night and inadvertantly made my site unavailable with a single typo and didn't notice until lunchtime today! That'll teach me for not testing my changes... Anyway, it's all good - back on the air. Sorry about that folks! :)
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Giant ASCII Tux

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Everyone's favourite penguin, turned into ASCII art - a big one. OK, while this one is technically not ASCII art, it's cool nonetheless, especially when you take a closer look at the ASCII itself.
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Ubuntu theme for my Nokia N95 mobile phone

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I came across this cool little Ubuntu theme for Nokia (and compatible) mobiles. It has nothing to do with Ubuntu directly, but it's a nice colour scheme with a bit of fanboi-ism thrown in for good measure. It now adorns my N95. :) [caption id="attachment_48" align="alignnone" width="250" caption="Ubuntu Theme for Nokia"][/caption]
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