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Ian Ward

Consulting
Boxkite Inc.
Software
CKAN contributor/tech lead
PyRF primary contributor
Urwid author
Speedometer author

Presentations
Contributing to Open Source
IASA E-Summit, 2014-05-16
Urwid Applications
2012-11-14
Urwid Intro
2012-01-22
Unfortunate Python
2011-12-19
Django 1.1
2009-05-16

Writing
Moving to Python 3
2011-02-17
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OCLUG Web Site Upgraded to Django 1.0 Beta 2 link
Posted on 2008-09-01.

Just in time for my presentation tomorrow I have upgraded the OCLUG web site to Django 1.0 beta 2. I have also added a media file listing page and an Ottawa area Linux/OSS Job board application.

Tags: Django OCLUG Python


The Boot Process
Posted on 2008-08-24, last modified 2011-05-23.

This is a recording of the second Kernel Walkthrough given by Bart Trojanowski for the Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group. This time Bart covers the x86 boot process in Linux. He gives a presentation with Q+A in the first hour. In the second hour he walks thorough the Linux C and assembly code itself.

We were generously hosted again by TheCodeFactory, a local hotbed of high-tech startup companies.

Special thanks again to Richard Guy Briggs for help with this recording.

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Tags: OCLUG Video Linux


LWN article on Audio Streaming over Bluetooth link
Posted on 2008-08-15.

I have written a second article for LWN.net: "Audio Streaming over Bluetooth". If you don't already subscribe, go sign up now — excluding my writing their articles are great.

Tags: Hardware Linux LWN.net


New Super Mario Brothers
Posted on 2008-08-14, last modified 2008-08-15.

The game and level designers at Nintendo truly brilliant every now and then. When looking for a way to make the New Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo DS more challenging I decided to try playing it with only one of the two primary buttons given to maneuver the little rotund plumber about. I figured that by only jumping and never pressing the dash button that I might be able to beat the game but that most of the secrets would be out of reach.

In fact, all the levels can be completed, 98% of the coins collected and 83% of the secret level exits accessed without ever pressing dash. And the game is much harder (it really was too easy to start with.)

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Tags: Games


LWN article on MARS and Cell processor link
Posted on 2008-07-31.

For the LWN subscribers reading: I have written an article for LWN.net titled "MARS and The Cell Broadband Architecture". It will be available to non-subscribers in a couple weeks.

Tags: Hardware Linux LWN.net


Linux Symposium 2008
Posted on 2008-07-29.

Jean Richard has improved the file names of the split-up proceedings of the Linux Symposium from 2001 to 2008, and I have hosted them here.

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Tags: OLS Linux


Don't buy anything from Samsung link
Posted on 2008-07-25.

I just came from a presentation purported to be about a stackable filesystem from Samsung called SynergyFS. The talk was more of a hardware sales pitch with no technical details, and technology that "can't be released under the GPL because if we give it to you you can give it to anyone else."

Samsung definitely doesn't get Linux and Open Source and deserves to remain on the "to avoid" list when purchasing new hardware.

Tags: OLS Hardware


Pitfalls of a Kernel Debugger Paper and Resources link
Posted on 2008-07-25.

Frank Rowand's paper on "Pitfalls of a Kernel Debugger" did not make in into the Linux Symposium Proceedings this year, so I have posted them here:

Tags: OLS


Posted on 2008-07-15.

This is a maintenance release that fixes a memory leak and a canvas bug affecting Urwid 0.9.8, 0.9.8.1 and 0.9.8.2.

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Tags: Urwid Python


Git Logo
Posted on 2008-07-13, last modified 2008-08-01.

This is a recording of the Git tutorial given by Bart Trojanowski for the Ottawa Group of Ruby Enthusiasts.

The talk was hosted by Jay Lawrence of Infonium.

Special thanks to Richard Guy Briggs for help with this recording. UPDATE: Richard has posted photos of the talk

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Tags: Video Git


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