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Politics & Economics

Watching our politicians, economists and journalists arguing about the best, quickest least painful way to restore the world economy to what it was a year or two ago is intensely depressing. Maybe we should borrow and spend, or maybe we should save and repay. Maybe we should prop up some industries, or all, or none. … Read more »

Kubuntu 8.10

Finally got around to re-installing Kubuntu, and tried the AMD 64 option for the first time in about two years, and it’s not bad. The re-installation has cleared up most of the glitches I got with the earlier upgrade, whether that’s due to clearing out old config files or the result of having a 64 … Read more »

Training

Just had a very useful meeting with Dave Cawley of Denbighshire Enterprise Agency about provision of training for SMEs on Open Source software. Basic idea is that start-ups don’t need to buy a PC with Vista + Office on when a cheap machine from their local shop and a Ubuntu CD, plus a little training … Read more »

Intrepidly going

I’ve just upgraded Kubuntu 8.04 to 8.10 using the distro upgrade tool rather than re-installing, there were one or two issues with unsupported software I’d installed manually in 8.04, but only SK1 remains unresolved. KDE 4 is big on eye-candy but a resource hog so I’ve switched off the ‘effects’ and it’s a lot more … Read more »

Open Office 3

Today’s Beginners’ Linux page features Open Office 3. Since writing it I’ve discovered a snag. Normally I rely on KDE’s ‘Save Current State’ feature so that when I boot my PC in the morning it opens all the stuff I was working on when I shut it down the night before. Normally it works like … Read more »

WordPress

I’ve had a static web site for a few years and gradually got better at designing them, but not good enough and the rest of the world has been getting better quicker, so I’m setting up a new one on a new domain using wordpress. If you’ve stumblemd across it already, don’t tell me what’s … Read more »