Technology

On the search for better internet. Part 1

Let me answer a couple of questions about the internet. Is the internet a human right? No. Should it be? Not really. Would I become a raving lunatic if the internet was taken away from me? Probably! The reason I say this is that I have had enough of ADSL, it’s crap and that is putting it mildly. We have two ADSL lines coming into the house. Measurements taken at 1240 on a Sunday afternoon reveal that the main BT Business broadband connection manages a pathetic 3.15Mbps down and 0.38Mbps up with a 19ms ping through a Cisco 1841 router….
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Want a high-performance workstation? Step away from the Mac Pro

The other day I was engaging in a spot of Apple bashing with some fellow IT professionals and our thoughts turned to the subject of full sized performance workstations, namely the Mac Pro. We agreed that they are generally stupid, they use old technology and overcharge massively for the privilege. I decided to prove this by doing a rather unscientific but simple exercise. As part of this exercise I have built two Mac Pro systems, a mid-range model and a high end model. I am then going to build a PC equivalent of the Mac model on specification in order…
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Why Linux and LibreOffice suck!

Having written articles on small issues such as politics and religion, I now feel ready to once again stick my boot into a much larger topic. Why Linux is a steaming pile of Cow Turd! First, I will explain, the article you should have been reading at this very moment is about those who aim to disrupt the Olympics, but thanks to Linux and the LibreOffice suite, you get this instead. It started with me writing an article on my fully updated Ubuntu 11.04 powered netbook, having written most of the article the previous evening I decided to finish it…
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Waitress, I’m still waiting on my Raspberry Pi

When they announced the launch date of the Raspberry Pi, I kind of knew that it would never ship on time, no matter how much I wanted to believe it. Anyway, due to a manufacturing problem, it looks like we’ll be getting our juicy boards towards the end of this month. So when I do finally get one, what shall I do with it? Anyway, while I wait I was just looking at what is involved with getting Windows Embedded Compact 7 to run on the Pi. I am hoping that since ARM supply a BSP for the processor, it…
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HowTo: Manage Timestamps in a custom PHP/MySQL blog system

After my rant the other day about the state of Taiwanese politics, I thought I would lighten the mood with a technical article on how this website now does timestamp management, something which may be useful should you be looking to build a blogging system of your own, or any other sort of time indexed system. What follows is an incrementally built system for timestamp management with the rationale behind each increment explained, and some coding hints for implementing it. I am aware that in the strictest sense, what follows may not be considered good database design however I have…
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I fancy a slice of Raspberry Pi

A few months back the BBC ran an article on this new low-cost miniature computer that was designed to get kids interested in programming. The catch was that you needed a TV as a monitor since it has no screen, keyboard or mouse. It was literally a credit card sized computer called the Raspberry Pi. And then I forgot about it! Until a couple of weeks back that is when it stopped being a developmental idea and some real hardware emerged. Now the first 10 beta boards are up on eBay and are going for silly money, but it is…
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