Getting Adobe Digital Editions to work in Ubuntu

Today we have a guest blog post from my wife Angela.  She is an avid Ubuntu user (in fact, so are our kids) and a great web researcher in general.  She wanted to borrow digital editions of books from our local library; however, the books are only...

Observium and GPL misconceptions

EDIT: As of 2013-10, I've started an Observium fork called LibreNMS.  This is just here for historical reference. I recently started using Observium (a great network monitoring package which you should use), and found that I had some useful...

Queensland floods IT relief being wrapped up

I has been our privilege at Liberty Systems & Software to support the flood relief efforts of High and Dry Computers 4 U, a volunteer effort to provide computers for those affected by floods in the Ipswich area who are least able to provide them...

An interesting performance difference between perl and awk

(I used to love Stan Kelly-Bootle's column in Unix World, so i thought i'd share an experience a little like the ones he used to write about.  Hope some old-timers out there can get into it...) The task i was working on involved taking a file...

What's wrong with IT

I happened across this post on Infoworld today which is more than a year old, but still highly relevant to many organisations.  The con that is cloud computing will continue to take over traditional IT departments until organisations realise the...

Quote of the day

"Cloud computing was built for suckers by hustlers."     -- Ted Dziuba

dircproxy for always-on, unobtrusive IRC

I use IRC a lot for asking questions (and hopefully answering some as well) about Free Software projects, particularly Ubuntu-AU.  Most of the time i use IRC from my laptop, which means that every time i shut the lid or disconnect from the wired...

Email trivialities - a couple of first encounters

Last week i had my first encounter with a person who was unable to read an email which used Usenet-style quoting.  For those not familiar with the whole debate, which probably started probably before i first encountered the Internet (way back in...

Fix for Flash plugin crashing on Ubuntu karmic & lucid

I've had a few problems over recent weeks on both Ubuntu karmic (9.10) and lucid (10.04) whereby web pages built on Flash player (such as ABC iView) would display a large error screen proclaiming that Flash player had crashed. I first saw it on...