A city I know well so maybe I should share some stuff with you.


The page was probably created as something my US colleagues might refer to, although I never put a “Hotels” linkroll on the page. I was also playing with an ambition to spend a Citybreak in London, I had lived there for many years before moving to Hampshire, and always said to myself that it was great to visit the museums, theatres, concerts and cimemas, but never did. This page was not updated between Feb 2009 and June 2013, although both my google maps and flickr sites were. On this page, I have a google map of my places in the ‘City’ and West End, although it expands to all over the world; it’s my “saved places” map, and I now have a South London & City map which is more up to date. I also have some links to my bookmarks and two linkrolls for restaurants and exhibitions. I also point at my public photos on Flickr.


Firstly, a google map, with placemarks for places to eat and things to do. N.B. I rarely stay in a Hotel and so there are non marked.

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I have a number of bookmarks in delicious, I use ‘London’ as a tag, and good secondary tags are Restaurant, ‘food+drink’, exhibition and News. The first list below is restaurants and a couple of web directories. The second list is of London exhibitions I have tagged, the third is a bunch of German bierkellars posted in the evening standard to watch or celbrate Germany’s vicotry in the 2014 World Cup.

This wiki now has a London tag.

My London set at flickr is here….

Installing Laconica

Is twitter or microblogging a service that would benefit from more active community management? It would seem that the people at friendfeed seem to thinks so but the people at Laconica have produced a package that allows for the hosting of a microblogging community.

Despite Peter Reiser’s statement (on his twitter feed at 1.41 am GMT 3rd Feb) that it installs on Solaris like a dream, I chose to install on Ubuntu Linux and there is a specific install page for Ubuntu at the Laconica site. It’s also useful to look at the README as it documents the pre-requisities and discusses the location of the site within the webserver’s root namespace in more adult fashion than the Ubuntu install page.

I installed version 0.6.3.

Critically you need Apache 2, MySQL Client Tools (& Server) and PHP 5, of which the latter two seem not to be installed on my version of Ubuntu (8.04 LTS Hardy Heron). (Actually I didn’t document my processes well enough and not everything was necessarily done in the correct order, so PHP might have been there, but the extensions weren’t.)

I had Apache 2 on my system, so I created a user to act as the Laconica administration user, ignored the suggestion to untar it in /var/www, the apache root and created a subdirectory.

It is best to now use the package manager to update MySQL & PHP, read the pre-requisites as you need some of the extensions which the Ubuntu package manager treats as separate packages. I found the Curl, MySQL and GD extensions. (I did this last and some stuff broke without the GD package.) I also re-installed the mod_rewrite package, as I had a problem and wasn’t sure of the cause.

Then its simple, wget and untar the package, edit the config file. The path parameter is relative so no preceding /, not ./

And up it comes, I have made a post, changed my avatar and checked the RSS, and I did it all in a Virtual Box image.

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Next, I want to look at the CSS and LDAP integration.