Ian Ward

CKAN contributor/tech lead
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Posted on 2009-12-27, last modified 2010-01-21.

Something that has annoyed me for some time now (but not enough to google it, apparently) is Thunderbird's reply header. The default reply header has no date and time. Turning it on turns out to be pretty simple, it just hasn't been added to the configuration dialogs it seems. I need to do this on all the systems I check mail from so I'm documenting it here.

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Tags: Software Linux

Posted on 2009-07-25.

watch(1) is a very useful little tool when you want to see the results of a command changing over time.

Unfortunately it seems that it doesn't support Unicode or colours in its output. This is a short bash function that does much of what watch can do, but with no trouble handling Unicode or coloured output.

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Tags: Software Linux

Posted on 2009-07-18.

Another year another Linux Symposium. Here are links to some of the talks I enjoyed most (mainly so I can find them again later)

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Tags: OLS Software Linux

LWN article on Alternatives to SQL Databases link
Posted on 2009-04-16.

I have written a third article for LWN.net: "Alternatives to SQL Databases". If you're not a subscriber, check back in a couple weeks when it will be free for everyone.

Tags: Software Linux LWN.net

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Django talk at FOSSLC Summercamp/Geocamp 2009 link
Posted on 2009-03-31.

I will be giving an introductory Django talk at The Free and Open Source Software Learning Centre (FOSSLC) Summercamp/Geocamp 2009 Conference. The conference is taking place on May 13, 14, and 15 at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and early bird pricing is available until April 5.

Tags: Django Ottawa Linux Python FOSSLC

Ubuntu NBR on an EEE 900
Posted on 2009-01-26.

I picked up an Asus EEE PC 900 a couple months ago, and it quickly became the most heavily used computer in my household. I have been running the included Xandros Linux OS and Firefox, Thunderbird, Skype (Beta for video conferencing) and Picasa (Linux Beta). Xandros makes a nice OS, and the EEE works very well in its default configuration. My only complaint is it that seems Xandros has abandoned the OS in favour of versions for the latest EEE models: there are few additional packages to install and fewer updates to the packages that are available.

The EEE community site has recommendations for adding external repositories, but that doesn't seem like a sustainable choice, with the steadily aging base Xandros packages. One of the biggest strength of Linux distributions is the constant improvements available and new software available from all over the world, something Xandros just wasn't going to provide. I use Ubuntu primarily on my other machines, so I gave Ubuntu Netbook Remix (NBR) a try.

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Tags: Hardware Linux

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

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

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