FOI

I need to write an FOI request, I have Heather Brooke’s book and checked the ICO FOI page. Heather is probably best known in this country as the journalist who used the FOI Act to break the MPs expenses story. She later wrote a book about how to use the Act, called “Your Right to Know, A Citizen’s Guide to the Freedom of Information Act”, available from Pluto here, otherwise google it! The book contains some template letters which I propose to use. See below/overleaf … Continue reading “FOI”

Hitler rant from Downfall

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As you know, a number of people have set alternative words to the scene in Downfall where his Generals tell him that there are no more soldiers between the Red Army and Berlin. I am particularly taken with this one which explores the funding of the UK Police and has clearly been written by someone who knows a lot about it and feels very strongly. There’s also some swearing. It seems now that there is a web service/site that will build one for you from text. I must give it a go. Continue reading “Hitler rant from Downfall”

Raspberry Pi

I bought a Raspberry Pi to act as a Media Server in the home. I bought a PI, case, SD card and power source. As ever here are my notes. Currently, getting started (or 1st boot), 1st customisations, and early days with the media browsers and XBMC/Kodi. I have BBC, ITV and YouTube working, Channel 4 is going to be very hard and so is Sky, since among other things since Silverlight is deprecated. I have given up, and bought a Roku stick. In addition to the challenges of getting all the channels I want, even v3 of the Pi struggles with iplayer HD; it might be the CPU, it might be the BT broadband plus speed but it’s too hard. I shall reconstruct the page and use comments, as one of the purposes of making a notes page was collecting the various web pages that helped me get to wherever I got. Continue reading “Raspberry Pi”

Docker

About Docker, looks awesome. Easy to create bootable, runnable images, easy to deploy because the global hub site is a crucial part of the proposition. The free usage of the hub, encourages the publication and sharing of images which are then imported over the internet. Originally written the summer of 2015, and revised in the Summer of 2016

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Related Posts Plugin

I have been using the Related Posts plugin by Sovrn Zemanta. At some time, WordPress deprecated this and one of the webservice providers “Zemanta” withdrew/failed or something … this led me to consider how to replace it as I very much like the feature, although given the low readership, I wonder how many others than me find it so. Continue reading “Related Posts Plugin”

Ubuntu 13.10

I am installing this on the Mac under Virtual Box. This snip is about Ubuntu.

The first problem is that it comes with quite a bit of crap installed and the Unity search is over zealous and too network noisy.

This might be helpful, an article about the first 10 things to do. I seem to have a problem with finding the dash plugins to stop the internet searches. This needs to be tuned.

I want to configure the software package manager to check daily.

I have installed Unity Tweaks.

I have turned the virtual desktop manager on.

I have uninstalled Ubuntu One.

XSLT

As the discussion on Snipsnap to WordPress implies, I am having another look at using XSLT to convert my old snipsnap dump to WRX.

Links

and an article at stackoverflow, which includes a book list.

Making from source

I decided to remake my copy of xslt on davelevy.info. I got instructions from http://www.sagehill.net/docbookxsl/InstallingAProcessor.html

I got the sources from http://xmlsoft.org/sources/

Currently,

  1. http://xmlsoft.org/sources/libxml2-2.7.2.tar.gz
  2. http://xmlsoft.org/sources/libxslt-1.1.20.tar.gz

Then run configure && make, see below because I I do not have root privilidge

$ ./configure --prefix=$HOME/xslt

 

EXIF and MacOS X

I have listened to Stop 43, and the British Journal of Photography I have read what Tim Bray has to say and decided I may need to ensure that my picture’s EXIF data is accurate.

You can’t give away what you don’t own, and it seems you need to assert ownership of pictures. The way to do that is via image meta data, known as EXIF.

I plan to use reveal.app on MacOS X 10.5, which has its home here.