I was chatting to a chap at The Ministry the other day, saying that he could use the Ubuntu Linux testing machine for checking webmail. He had never heard of Ubuntu.
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A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text. As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology). For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions. I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS.
I resintalled Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop Edition yesterday, because I need to set up a LAMP web server to be able to work on web sites on my ThinkPad X60S laptop.
I’ve had to reinstall Ubuntu Linux (Hardy Heron) on my rusty ThinkPad X60s. I did have great pretensions to create sweet music using Ubuntu Studio but life at The Ministry intervened, and now I need to set up a LAMP server so that I can work remotely and on the long train journey to and from The Village.
If you separate your coding names using an underscore rather than a dash (eg class_name as opposed to class-name), most text editors will treat the underscore as part of one word, and thus makes it easier to select with a double-click.
Bring ’em on…Meanwhile, back at The Ministry, I was given the task of constructing a monster department hierarchy table. In the past, I have created fairly complex accessible HTML tables (for uSwitch.
And the good news is that the latest version of OpenDisc was released a couple of weeks ago. OpenDisc is a collection of Free Open Source Software for Windows, and includes such gems as Firefox 3 web browser, OpenOffice, VLC media player, WinSCP FTP client and Notepad++ text editor, amongst other luminaries.
Well, to be more precise, this is probably my problem with Notepad++, the venerable open source Windows text editor.I can’t open HTML files.
I spent the weekend down at The Village, and finally I have broadband! Alas this post is not from The Cottage but from The Ministry, as I have been too busy mowing the lawn and drying my washing to do anything computer-related!
I went along to Teacamp today, a loose gathering of interested/ing folk who work with the UK government and online technologies (and a barcamp spin-off). I spoke to a very well-informed chap from Tyne & Wear who talked at length about the workings and machinations of The Digital Challenge & Inclusion Network, which was a bit of an eye-opener into the amount of politicking involved in the process.