CareerNexus: a new way to find work

The start-up that I have co-found­ed, CareerNexus, is look­ing for job seek­ers to take part in a prod­uct test and mar­ket exper­i­ment. If you, or some­one you know, wants to know more and poten­tial­ly take part, mes­sage me. If we can help just a frac­tion of those peo­ple who…

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A Complete Literacy Experience For Young Children

From the “I should have post­ed this months ago” vault… When I led tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment at One Lap­top per Child Aus­tralia, I main­tained two gold­en rules: every­thing that we release must ‘just work’ from the per­spec­tive of the user (usu­al­ly a child or teacher), and…

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Interview with Australian Council for Computers in Education Learning Network

Adam Holt and I were inter­viewed last night by the Aus­tralian Coun­cil for Com­put­ers in Edu­ca­tion Learn­ing Net­work about our not-for-prof­it work to improve edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren in the devel­op­ing world. [youtube…

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Why ‘Free and Open’ matters

Adobe is drop­ping Lin­ux sup­port for their Adobe AIR devel­op­ment plat­form. To be hon­est, I don’t real­ly care. Why? Because I’ve been care­ful enough to not tie my efforts to a pro­pri­etary plat­form. I’ve had sev­er­al groups offer to write applications/activities for OLPC…

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OLPC support from the Prime Minister of Australia

We at OLPC Aus­tralia cel­e­brat­ed our first birth­day with a mas­sive bang — a black-tie gala event held at the Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art on Syd­ney Har­bour. It was a won­der­ful night of cel­e­brat­ing Aus­tralian Indige­nous art, music, cul­ture and food. Cor­po­rate spon­sors…

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vrms meme

I’m not usu­al­ly one for blog memes, but what the hell 🙂 A down­side of vrms is that it can only look at pack­ages installed via the OS pack­ag­ing sys­tem. I know I have the Adobe Flash Plug-in installed (man­u­al­ly) as well. Nev­er­the­less, the result isn’t too bad, and I…

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Bimbo and the Nerd?

An intrigu­ing offer came through to the SLUG-chat mail­ing list a few weeks ago: an Aus­tralian ver­sion of Beau­ty and the Geek is in the works, and they’re look­ing for geeks. I’ll be hon­est and admit that I’m a fan of the US ver­sion of the show. The ‘geeks’ feel like…

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Packing FOSS

Just for a sec­ond, put your­self in the shoes of an aver­age PC user. You use the soft­ware that came with your com­put­er, plus per­haps some oth­ers that you down­loaded, bought in a box or ‘bor­rowed’ from a friend. You’ve heard some good things about some­thing called “open…

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Great start… but the hard work is just beginning

Don­na Ben­jamin round­ed a small group of us togeth­er to write a let­ter to Julia Gillard, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Edu­ca­tion. The result was wide­ly syn­di­cat­ed, hope­ful­ly build­ing some mind­share in the process. The Edu­ca­tion Expo proved to me more than…

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Education Expo report

Two weeks ago, we had the Edu­ca­tion Expo. Here’s my report, as co-ordi­na­tor of the Lin­ux Aus­tralia stand: Edu­ca­tion Expo Sat 14 to Sun 15 June Rose­hill Race­course, Syd­ney The Edu­ca­tion Expo is an annu­al trades show tar­get­ed towards the K‑12 edu­ca­tion­al space. Vis­i­tors…

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Education Expo, this weekend!

The Edu­ca­tion Expo is on this week­end. I’ve sent a cou­ple of mis­sives to our helpers. The sec­ond one con­tains some advice that would work well in many sit­u­a­tions regard­ing FOSS (espe­cial­ly where mar­ket­ing is con­cerned), so I’ll repro­duce it (slight­ly edit­ed) here:…

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IRC on the run

Those who remem­ber my ancient quest for the per­fect IRC solu­tion might be inter­est­ed in these posts by Aaron Toponce explain­ing how to cou­ple a remote irssi ses­sion with GUI noti­fi­ca­tion. I’m still quite hap­py with my cur­rent Bip + Xchat com­bi­na­tion, but I’ve always…

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A Different Kind of Interview

Every now and then I’m invit­ed to pro­vide media com­men­tary on an issue regard­ing tech­nol­o­gy, par­tic­u­lar­ly when it is to do with (GNU/)Linux or oth­er free and open source soft­ware. On this occa­sion, the ques­tions took a slight­ly dif­fer­ent turn with the news that…

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Dancing with the Devil in the pale moonlight

Last night, SLUG’s month­ly meet­ing played host to four rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Microsoft: Sarah Bond, Plat­form Strat­e­gy Man­ag­er. Sarah was present to talk about Microsoft’s cur­rent posi­tion with OOXML, espe­cial­ly with regards to the inter­op­er­abil­i­ty with Lin­ux. Amit…

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Software Freedom Day 2007: Sydney report

It’s been indi­cat­ed to me that I nev­er put out a report on Soft­ware Free­dom Day in Syd­ney. Well, bet­ter late than nev­er 🙂 Advo­cates of free soft­ware cel­e­brat­ed at the Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales on 16 Sep­tem­ber for the fourth annu­al Soft­ware Free­dom Day. Mem­bers of…

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Has it been worth it?

I am still try­ing to under­stand the ben­e­fit to local res­i­dents of host­ing APEC in Syd­ney. Syd­neysiders have been effec­tive­ly told that they won’t be wel­come in their own city for over a week — so thought­ful­ly extend­ed by two days by our good friend George W. Bush (God…

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I swear to god that I didn’t cheat!

Two dif­fer­ent tests, one same out­come. Things that make you go hmm­mm…   Which Trans­former Are You? You are Opti­mus Prime! Take this quiz! Quizil­la | Join | Make A Quiz | More Quizzes | Grab Code   I AM 64% OPTIMUS PRIME Take the Trans­form­ers Quiz LotD: …

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Tipping point

Read­ing this Ker­nel­Trap arti­cle, I came across an inter­est­ing quote from Linus Tor­valds: “Real­ly ear­ly on when I was mak­ing Lin­ux, one of the things I was real­ly doing was read­ing Inter­net news from the uni­ver­si­ty com­put­er. I was dial­ing up to the uni­ver­si­ty, I…

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Optimus Prime lives!

“Free­dom is the right of all sen­tient beings.” — Opti­mus Prime This one throw­away line in the new Trans­form­ers film is in fact homage to the orig­i­nal Trans­form­ers series. As obser­vant read­ers of this blog may have noticed, I am quite a fan of the Trans­form­ers…

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Happy Tamil New Year!

It’s New Year’s Day in the Tamil cal­en­dar, so hap­py new year! I did­n’t know about this until only a few days ago, and coin­ci­den­tal­ly I con­clud­ed my job yes­ter­day. Also coin­ci­den­tal­ly, yes­ter­day was Fri­day the 13th. So it looks like I might be at the mer­cy of two…

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Eh-Oh!

I have been com­plete­ly floored by Ubun­tu’s new Migra­tion Assis­tant. It’s cer­tain­ly some­thing that we have need­ed in the FLOSS world for a long time. Any­thing we can do to reduce migra­to­ry hur­dles is by all means welcome.To play dev­il’s advo­cate, how­ev­er, I’d like to…

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Censorship?

What do you do when you’re in the city and need to kill some time? Watch­ing a film sound­ed like a fair option to me. The cin­e­mat­ic mas­ter­piece (!), ‘Epic Movie’, caught my eye. I was­n’t expect­ing much from it at all, so I placed myself into Low Expec­ta­tions Mode™,…

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Symbols of Wisdom?

I’ve recent­ly been pon­der­ing the ques­tion, what tru­ly con­sti­tutes wis­dom? Can it be deter­mined by age, your intel­li­gence quo­tient or how many peo­ple read your weblog? It is a ques­tion that shall prob­a­bly for­ev­er elude me.What prompt­ed me to philosophise over this is…

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Charles in Charge

For some rea­son, I’m remind­ed of the title of a 1980s sit­com. No, my name is not Charles, thank you for remind­ing me.My man­ag­er arranged to go on leave over the fort­night school hol­i­day peri­od, and in his pre-hol­i­day eupho­ria he decid­ed to leave the respon­si­bil­i­ty of…

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Teh winnar!

They say that the first step towards deal­ing with an addic­tion is admit­ting that you have one. For that pur­pose, I have a con­fes­sion to make: I am addict­ed to Open Source On The Air. For the unini­ti­at­ed, OSOTA is a week­ly Inter­net radio pro­gramme host­ed by James and…

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Most significant trend!

This report is pret­ty cool. The empha­sis was added by myself. The open source soft­ware phe­nom­e­non has spread far beyond Lin­ux and is gain­ing enor­mous momen­tum, accord­ing to an IDC study of over 5,000 devel­op­ers in 116 coun­tries, rep­re­sent­ing 38 devel­op­er net­works. The…

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Mockups & KDE4

KDE4 devel­op­ment is under­way, and users and devel­op­ers are hav­ing their say on how it should look. One thing that irks me is when some­one posts a mock­up of some ‘new’ idea, when in fact that idea is just lift­ed from some­where else. I have no prob­lem with deriva­tion or…

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Ice Skating & Superman

When­ev­er most peo­ple go ice skat­ing, they usu­al­ly begin by cling­ing onto the bar­ri­er going around the edge of the rink. I am no excep­tion, but con­sid­er­ing that I had­n’t skat­ed in close to ten years, I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised that I was able to skate away from the…

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Lazy Arse

I final­ly got off my lazy arse and set up a blog! I had been mulling over var­i­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties of imple­men­ta­tion, includ­ing set­ting up my own Web serv­er, pur­chas­ing host­ing and even cod­ing the whole thing myself in Djan­go or Ruby on Rails. There are some things I…

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Movie of the Year

I must nom­i­nate Hotel Rwan­da as my Movie of the Year. I know that it was offi­cial­ly released last year, but it only came to Aus­tralia this year. I rank it right up there with two of my oth­er favourite movies, The Killing Fields and Hotaru no haka (Grave of the…

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A+ Certification

I am now Comp­TIA A+ cer­ti­fied! Not that this is much to brag about. It is most­ly rote-learn­ing and is heav­i­ly Win­dows-focused. In fact, a major part of it is know­ing how to per­form tasks like set up a modem or print­er in Win­dows, right down to mem­o­ris­ing exact­ly what…

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Metropolis

2011-02-02 update: Updat­ed link. Thanks to Jack Moore. Yes­ter­day I watched the new Kino ver­sion of Metrop­o­lis. No, I’m not talk­ing about the ani­me (which I must see some­time since I’m a huge ani­me fan), but the 1927 Fritz Lang cin­e­mat­ic mas­ter­piece. The movie is…

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Smorgasboard of whackiness

Anoth­er Jack­ass copy­cat injured ” AN 18-year-old was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion after jump­ing from a five-storey build­ing in an appar­ent imi­ta­tion of a stunt from the tele­vi­sion show Jack­ass. ” The youth was attempt­ing to jump into a pool from the roof of a con­do­mini­um…

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Galeon rocks!

I am a heavy user of the Gale­on Web brows­er. IMHO, it is far and away the best brows­er avail­able for any plat­form. Tabs and ses­sion sup­port with crash recov­ery are bril­liant fea­tures. Not only has Gale­on had them for longer than most oth­er browsers, it imple­ments them…

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Nelson Mandela is dead

Haha, made you look! ” Rumors of their demise were great­ly exag­ger­at­ed, one could say, when CNN acci­den­tal­ly made pub­licly avail­able obit­u­ar­ies of sev­er­al inter­na­tion­al fig­ures who are in fact still among the liv­ing. ” Read the arti­cle at CNN and see the obit­u­ar­ies at…

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English Sans French

I came across this arti­cle at csmonitor.com. Basi­cal­ly, it’s point­ing out how juve­nile a boy­cott of all words and prod­ucts of French ori­gin would be, for exam­ple renam­ing French fries to free­dom fries. Besides, they are actu­al­ly from Bel­gium, not France. Maybe we…

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What’d you mean it’s 2003?!

I hope every­body had a great New Year’s Eve. I know I did. Reaper had a huge par­ty at his place, and from his bal­cony we had a prime view of the NYE fire­works on Syd­ney Har­bour. Need­less to say I had heaps of fun. Reaper’s punch (i.e. of the bev­er­age vari­ety) was very…

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glibc blues

I haven’t post­ed any arti­cles on PCLin­ux­On­line over the past three weeks because I b0rked my Gen­too sys­tem. I upgrad­ed from glibc 2.2.5 to 2.3.1 and since then I haven’t been able to run cer­tain apps with­out wreck­ing every­thing else. I’ve detailed my prob­lem here and…

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A New Hope

Yeah, so I ripped the title off Star Wars, so what?  About three weeks ago (I think… I lose track of dates eas­i­ly) on a Sat­ur­day I got a rather fran­tic call from my old friend Reaper. Here’s the Hol­ly­wood ver­sion (for your read­ing plea­sure): Reaper: “Aaargh! I’ve…

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