It has been a busy few weeks since I first blogged about Communicado, here are some of the highlights of what has been going on.
If anyone wants to provide working configuration examples for SpamAssassin (or other similar tools), I will cheerfully link to them or post them here.
More news when I have it, have a Communicado-free afternoon!
November is really going to be Doctor Who month for me. It’s been Doctor Who year really, but things really ratchet up a notch this month, as I am off to lots of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show.
Last week I headed to the BFI for the preview screening on “An Adventure in Space and Time”, by Mark Gatiss. It tells the story of how a small team of inexperienced people made magic, despite the hindrance of the old guard in the BBC. As bizarre as it might sound to say about a drama set so long ago, I won’t spoil it for you. I will say that it was a magical way to spend an evening, ninety minutes of joy watching the excellent cast wearing familiar costumes in loving recreations of vintage sets.
The engagement from the audience was intense, and there were lots of sniffles and tears throughout the drama. The standing ovation was well deserved. It’s on BBC Two at 9pm on Thursday, and you should watch it!
Yesterday saw stand-up comedian, presenter and fan Toby Hadoke perform a double-bill of his two Doctor Who-related comedy shows “Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf” and “My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver” at the Garrick Theatre. Although they are ostensibly about Doctor Who, and there are more than enough jokes to keep fans happy, both shows tell a much more human and personal story. It was clear that both stories were affecting and again there were a few tears amongst the audience. It was nice to see a fair few Doctor Who alumni in the audience, including Katy Manning, Nicola Bryant and Dan Starkey, and a pleasure to join what has become a little family of Doctor Who podcasters at yet another event this year.
It’s hard to imagine after this week, but the best this month is yet to come!Pin It
If this post is visible I should have migrated the following virtual machines to a new home:
These previously existed on a machine at Bytemark, running under screen and KVM. Now they exist upon a different Bytemark-rented host.
TODO: Move 4096.io, configure an auto-builder guest (I have a slaughter policy for that), and allocate a /48 so that I regain IPv6 support (/56 would do, I guess. I want a /64 for each guest.).
Photographs used to be either portraits (taller than wider) or landscapes (wider than taller). Because paintings used to be portraits and landscapes. But at some point, portraits and landscapes stopped being called portraits and landscapes. Instead they became “verticals” and “horizontals”. Certainly less poetic, less wistful than the older nomenclature, the change represented a shift away from the preconception that a portrait must be taller than it is wider, and that a landscape can only be photographed with the camera oriented horizontally.
In fact, most of the images from the weddings I photograph are horizontal. And most are portraits of one sort or another (candid, groups, couples etc.) There’s something about the horizontal format that gives the shape of a person room within the frame. It helps place them in the context of their surroundings and show how they are interacting with their environment. In a vertically oriented photograph, the temptation is to fill the frame with the subject and you end up with a great image of the subject but nothing much else.
But I like to try and stretch myself to find images that work when composed as vertical images. Accompanying this post are a few photos in vertical orientation from weddings and engagement photo sessions I’ve been lucky enough to photograph over the past couple of months. Different events, different settings, but each one has something to say. I hope you like them!Pin It
Recently I decided to set myself a big photography challenge. The three options which I discussed with a couple of people were:
Ultimately I decided pubs would be most fun. Not least because you could do it every year or two, to see what changes occurred.
To make it more useful I decided to not only take the pictures, but to collect, and share, the meta-data too:
Today I spent an hour walking up Easter road, and down Leith Walk. I shot the outside of about 20 pubs, and then fiddled with the layout and organization of the images.
I'm reasonably happy with the result, but it remains obvious that I'm not a designer.
The data-set use to generate the site - which is perhaps the most interesting/useful part of the whole exercise to other people - is available online too:
All the data, even the images, is stored on github for collaboration purposes. I'm not sure if folk will join in, but I can probably manage a few of the major thoroughfares every weekend indefinitely it will only take a couple of days to get "city-wide coverage", then the rest is gravy.
Back in July, I bought a Dell XPS 13 Ubuntu (aka Developer Edition) laptop. It is a thing of beauty; the screen, awesome (1920 x 1080; full HD). The XPS 13 comes with Ubuntu 12.04 installed by default, along with some additional software from Dell to make the hardware work. 12.04 was, afterall, a year old already by then.
Unfortunately, not everything works out the box. This post is about how to make them work. I might, another time, write about the pleasant but frustrating Dell ’24/7′ ProSupport warranty process (though @DellCaresPRO is pretty responsive).Problems in 12.04 for the Dell XPS 13 Ubuntu laptop
I installed the following two packages from the Ubuntu repositories:linux-generic-lts-quantal xserver-xorg-lts-quantal
These install kernels and associated graphics drivers from future versions of Ubuntu. Basically, it means that when the bugs are fixed in future versions, you can use those fixes without having to upgrade the rest of the machine. The packages you’ll get are listed on the Ubuntu wiki. You can check which kernel version you’re using on your laptop by running the command ‘uname -a’.
The newer kernel version fixed problems 1 to 4. It also seems to have fixed most of problem 5 except for ‘edge scrolling’. I now use two-finger scrolling on the rare occasions I use the touchpad so I’m not too worried about this.
Problem 6 (for anyone, like me, who didn’t know this) is intentional. Receiving files by bluetooth is switched off by default in Ubuntu 12.04. I can see why that might be, but it’s not obvious how to switch it on. Someone pointed me to the answer on Ask Ubuntu.Upgrading Ubuntu
Alternatively, you could just try upgrading the whole laptop to a newer version of Ubuntu. A friend bought an XPS 13 at the same time as me and he immediately installed Kubuntu 13.04 (same as Ubuntu 13.04 where it matters here) on it and had no problems. Similarly, a recent post on Dell’s forum suggests 13.10 works well.
There were three reasons I didn’t upgrade:
I think it’s pretty bad that all this stuff isn’t installed and working out-of-the-box and that the 24/7 ProSupport warranty isn’t really worth much in practice (the support people I spoke to were fine but Dell needs to improve its support processes for this product).
I do, however, love the laptop. Now it’s working, I’m very pleased with it. Did I mention how lovely the screen is?