Archive for December, 2010

Dec
15

Ikea’s Thin Client Woes

Lots of people tout the benefits of web applications over old fashioned fat clients or desktop applications. Yes, I agree that it solves the problem of rolling out software upgrades and requires little or no installation effort because the user just needs a web browser. People do tend to ignore the disadvantages of thin clients however. With the advent of software as a service it might be worth looking at those disadvantages before jumping on the bandwagon.
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Dec
15

Ubuntu Upgrade Breaks Screen Resolution

I had a couple of problems recently upgrading Ubuntu. I temporarily bricked my laptop after pressing the upgrade Ubuntu distribution button in Hardy Heron (8.04). It cost me quite a few hours or time and caused quite a bit of stress to get it fixed. Since then I’ve avoided pressing the same button on my desktop (same Ubuntu version) until I really have a lot of time to kill.

My Firefox was hopelessly out of date on my desktop so I thought I would upgrade the installed packages. Thinking that this would be less risky than a full blown distro upgrade I pressed ahead. I’ve just spent an hour fixing my graphics settings after my graphics card driver stopped working (or something like that) and I thought I should share the solution because I’m sure others will have the same problem.

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Dec
1

Carl and Steve

A “guest” post from Carl and Steve.  Enjoy…

Agile Software Engineering

Agile Software Engineering
Dec
1

Ilha Grande

img_24571With towering jungle covered mountains and picturesque beaches, Ihla Grande was our stop number two.  It takes several hours to reach the island by bus and then by ferry (or catamaran for the impatient).  On the island there are many species of birds and monkeys, but not a single car or motorbike.


We arrived in Mangaratiba, tired and hungry, on the docks to catch the ferry to Abraão (one of the settlements on the island), only to find that the ferry was running a Sunday service and that we’d missed the last one.

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Dec
1

Rio de Janeiro

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I’m currently enjoying my honeymoon with my wife Laura. We’d been planning/thinking about an exotic trip to South America for some years and our honeymoon seemed to be the perfect opportunity to finally put into motion those ideas that lay dormant on the drawing board.

In the following posts I hope to capture some of the adventure. The first stop on our journey was Rio de Janeiro. Neither Laura or I speak Portuguese, but we were hoping that it would be similar enough to Spanish for it not to be a problem. How wrong can you be? 🙂

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