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Latest whisk(e)y purchase

Safe as Milk - Thu, 29/01/2009 - 3:30pm

I was hunting recently for any online whiskey supplier who still had some Redbreast 15yo in stock and on sale for less than the current asking price of €120, since I only have about a third of my bottle (bought for €55 in the Whisky Lodge in Lyon) left, but I came up short.

Anyway, that got me thinking that I haven’t bought any whisky in a while, and I went on a bit of a shopping spree on the very excellent Maison de Whisky website. I will soon be receiving, hopefully, 5 bottles in the mail, not one from Scotland.

Wisconsin Ubuntu fall-out

Safe as Milk - Fri, 23/01/2009 - 10:03am


That’s what I am. Bamboozled.

For those who haven’t heard this story over the last week, a young woman in Wisconsin accidentally ordered an Ubuntu laptop from Dell and dropped some college classes because she couldn’t make her internet connection work, because when she put in the CD it didn’t launch, and she didn’t have Microsoft Office, which was a requirement for her online classes.

Hibernate in Ubuntu 8.10

Safe as Milk - Mon, 19/01/2009 - 2:57pm

When I hibernate my Dell Latitude D420 in Ubuntu, when I restart the computer I go straight into the Grub menu, and when I select the usual menu entry, I get a fresh boot.

Anyone know what I need to do to restore after hibernating? What does the UI look like? I was expecting not to see a boot menu at all, and just boot directly to a locked screen.

Links for getting flights

Safe as Milk - Fri, 16/01/2009 - 2:38pm

After my last post, a few really useful links came out in the comments, they’re worthy of getting more attention, on top of sites like (where I got my tickets).

Edward Hervey recommended - a nice web 2.0 site that aggregates low-cost airlines as well as traditional airlines, shows you prices on or around your flight dates for more options. It didn’t find my train-and-plane combo, while Expedia did, but definitely worth a try.

Gran Canaria flights: Now is a good time

Safe as Milk - Thu, 15/01/2009 - 4:11pm

I just bought a round trip for the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, flying out on July 3rd and returning on July 11th, with Europa Air, from Lyon to Las Palmas via Madrid, for €254 including taxes. I found the ticket on Expedia.

This is, quite frankly, very cheap - and I expect that ticket prices will only start going up from here on in.

To all those planning on attending: please buy your tickets now.

Christmas baking

Safe as Milk - Mon, 22/12/2008 - 3:09pm

I made what is shaping up to be a yummy Christmas cake this weekend - it’s just out of the oven & smells gorgeous!

Christmas cake

Ingredients (all weights approximate, mix & match to taste & availability for fruits & nuts, total quantities are what’s important):

Judo gold medallist 2024?

Safe as Milk - Sun, 21/12/2008 - 12:02am

I hope I’m not becoming one of those dads…

I was really happy to get home from Gran Canaria (more to follow next week on the trip) in time to see Thomas compete in his first Judo competition in the local club. It was great to see the concentration on his face during the bouts, followed by the big smile & thumbs up when he did something he was proud of.

Increasing Ecosystem Co-operation

Safe as Milk - Sat, 20/12/2008 - 10:46pm

Reposting from Neary Consulting: This is an article accompanying the presentation I gave at MAPOS 08 in London on December 9th 2008.

Moving the Mobile industry from purchasing to co-development in free software communities

Tips of the day: Thunderbird

Safe as Milk - Fri, 12/12/2008 - 2:39pm

I may be the last to find some of these out out, but anyway…

In Thunderbird, if you want to select all messages in a thread, there are two ways to do it. The shortcut, which is revealed in the Edit menu, is Ctrl-Shift-A. I’ve been using this for years (it broke in Thunderbird 1.5).

The other way, which I discovered recently, is to click on the little threading logo beside the +/-. This is extremely useful if you use the mouse to move messages to other folders from the inbox - just click & drag the little thread icon, you’re done.

FFMpeg strikes (again)

Safe as Milk - Fri, 05/12/2008 - 4:04pm

Trying to build VXL so that I can test out OpenGazer - neither are packaged in Ubuntu - I get this error:


Safe as Milk - Thu, 04/12/2008 - 5:36pm

Following on from my post earlier today, here’s the program I use to play Go in GNOME, usually: Quarry.

Quarry counting a game

Quarry counting a game

Busy December…

Safe as Milk - Thu, 04/12/2008 - 1:30pm

I’m going to have a busy busy month of December.

Internet Tablet Talk to become

Safe as Milk - Tue, 02/12/2008 - 12:02pm

Reggie Supildo announced today something that we’ve been talking about for a while now - ITt will be coming under the umbrella. Internet Tablet Talk, for those who don’t know, is a community-run forum where members have always been unfettered in their praise and criticism of Maemo, and of Nokia’s running of the project. And they will continue to be unfettered - as part of

Handicap International Centre icom’

Safe as Milk - Fri, 28/11/2008 - 4:39pm

Friday afternoon I went along to Handicap International’s Centre icom’ here in Lyon, to see what they do first hand, to talk to the people there, and to figure out if there was any way that GNOME could be working better with people like them.

Things to learn for GNOME?

Safe as Milk - Thu, 20/11/2008 - 6:42pm

Having made a donation previously to Medecins Sans Frontieres, I occasionally receive mail from them solliciting donations. After one year when I didn’t give anything, I received a letter asking if I was unhappy with MSF and the work they were doing, with a detailed presentation of their major actions, and today, just in time for the end of the year, I received another mailing asking if I wanted to give again this year.

The entire mailing fascinated me, especially their donation form.

France’s right is left

Safe as Milk - Thu, 20/11/2008 - 5:36pm

Warning: political opinion

On a day of yet another national strike in France, with 60% of teachers on strike (according to the unions) in protest against a recent law on minimum service in schools and other education related issues, I have been thinking about how politics in France is so different to what I knew in Ireland, and what I’ve read about during the recent US presidential campaign.

Boeuf Bourguignon

Safe as Milk - Thu, 20/11/2008 - 4:10pm

I don’t cook often, so when I do, it’s an occasion worth marking.

Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon (for 6 people)


Jerry Maguire on the future of the free software industry

Safe as Milk - Fri, 24/10/2008 - 1:48pm

[Reposted from my professional site]

Suddenly, it was all clear. The answer was fewer clients. Less money. Caring for them and caring for ourselves.

Jerry Maguire

Call to release team: Open shop on GNOME 3.0 planning!

Safe as Milk - Wed, 22/10/2008 - 2:48pm

vuntz has blogged today about some of the brainstorming that has come out of the Summit this year - and that’s great. The Summit’s an important chance to get a lot of focussed work done.

Congratulations Jono

Safe as Milk - Wed, 22/10/2008 - 8:43am

Jono: Congratulations on the release of Denied by Reign - I must admit it’s not my cup of tea, but I’m looking forward to the first non-metal remixes/covers of it.

If it’ll help the advancement of your plan for world domination, I’ll happily leave the album scrobbling on - playing on repeat all night with the speakers off ;-)

GNOME at JDLL 2008

Safe as Milk - Fri, 17/10/2008 - 2:53pm

It’s been a quiet day in GNOMEland here in Lyon. Not too many people around the JDLLs this year - hopefully things will be more lively tomorrow, and some lessons will be learned for the organisation for next year.

I finally got some A1 & A2 posters printed up that look very nice, if I may say so myself - special credit to artists & contributors andreasn, mizmo & zagorskid for the material.

End result

Safe as Milk - Thu, 16/10/2008 - 9:20pm

After all the to-and-fro of an afternoon on the phone with various departments saying it wasn’t their problem, I finally got on the phone with the French company that (allegedly) has the event box. Unfortunately, with the information I have, they can’t find it. They might have it, it might get to me soon, but as the guy said, “If you send stuff with the postal service, we don’t guarantee a delivery date”. Helpful.


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