Linux Terminal Server Project

Last updated on June 28th, 2015 at 12:07 pm

I?m doing a proof of concept project using LTSP: Linux Terminal Server Project. After a few fits and starts I?ve decided to use 4.4.1 distribution. Don?t let the K12 fool you. It isn?t just for schools, but they have packaged Fedora Core and LTSP for a fairly straightforward build process. I?ll post my build notes shortly.

D-Link multiport print servers

Last updated on August 21st, 2015 at 01:58 pm

I?m configuring a D-Link DP 300U multiport print server for use at home with OpenSuSE 10.0 and I thought I?d keep some notes on my linux adventures here.

DLINK print servers listen on ports 9100, 9101 and 9102 for multiport models and 9100 for the single port models

So all I have to do is configure my CUPS printing to point to theIP address of the print server and the port numbers are 9100 = LPT1; 9101 = LPT2 and 9102 = USB.

BTW the DP 300U defaults to but if someone else has configured it, the only way to reset it to factory default is to download the D-Link windows software from the D-Link site, connect the PC and the DP300U to a hub and let the software find it. Then you can configure the device.

Social Networks

Last updated on June 24th, 2015 at 02:16 am

The social network OpenBC now has a blog called?OpenBlog.

If you haven?t checked out social networks yet, comment below for an invitation. Of the range of social networks out there, I found OpenBC to be the most feature rich and useful.

Plus I like reading about the people behind the business.

Update: OpenBC is now called Xing

Update 2: and it’s a publicly listed company now.

Popularity of Paul

Last updated on June 24th, 2015 at 02:13 am

According to the Social Security Administration here are the stats for the popularity of the male first name Paul for boys born in every year since 1990:

Year of birth Rank
2004 128
2003 124
2002 118
2001 109
2000 100
1999 95
1998 89
1997 79
1996 78
1995 71
1994 64
1993 56
1992 55
1991 53
1990 49
Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth.You did not specify the sex for the name Paul, sowe used male data based on popularity.Name data are from Social Security card applications for births thatoccurred in the United States.

Now according to the US Census Bureau in the 1990 census Paul was the 13th most common name with 0.948% of the sample population having that name.

Ok with that many Paul?s and it?s declining popularity over the last 15 years I think it?s time to recognise the pick of the crop.

I?ve introduced the Paul of the Day category to highlight top Pauls.

eBay System maintenance

Last updated on June 24th, 2015 at 02:09 am

eBay is having system maintenance that may affect all systems

The eBay system will be undergoing general maintenance from approximately 23:00 PDT on Thursday, October 6th to 01:00 PDT on Friday, October 7th. During this maintenance period, certain eBay site features may be intermittently unavailable or slow.

That two hour window starts at
Friday, October 7, 2005 at 06:00:00 UTC or
Fri 4:00 PM Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Fri 3:30 PM Adelaide, Darwin
Fri 2:00 PM Perth

Social bookmarking not just

Last updated on July 3rd, 2015 at 04:37 pm

So Sim? researched then found him. People are already trying to improve and innovate social bookmarking. Sim? will write about his experiences.

One other exciting side effect of blogs and tagging is that people with a product, service, technology, or idea can reach out to people interested in that space.

Tags can even be used by groups to bring stuff to the their attention. Pick a unique tag you all agree on and start using it with for:usernametag. This tags for two is explained on the blog


Last updated on July 3rd, 2015 at 04:37 pm

Further to yesterday?s post on David Muir pointed me to his excellent guide to While it assumes your browser is Internet Explorer, it is the sort of guide I could give my mum, so I?ll forgive that. It?s a great introduction, explanation and exploration that answers the question, “why use”

David is a lecturer in the Educational Computing division in the Jordanhill Campus of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. So it?s good to see educators making these sorts of guides available.

forget favorites, beyond bookmarks, try

Last updated on March 27th, 2017 at 04:29 pm

I was chatting to my friend Sim’¬†about blogs and stuff when I raised and he said

I looked at – yet another web system of questionable value was my analysis unless you can convince me it’s worth the effort?

That’s when I realised I didn’t get delicious until I saw a couple of screencasts about it. Specifically Charlie at This is going to be BIG! produced a screencast for integrating into the Firefox browser and John Udell created the screencast.

Now I don’t use favorites or bookmarks anymore. If it’s important enough to keep I’d rather tag it online and be able to find it again in context. How often have you seen a link in your favorites and wondered “what was that for?” Instead for example I now tag a page with “howto screencast” you can even see my list of screencasting items.