Category Opinions

What’s In A Name?

Apparently there’s quite a lot in a name actually. Especially when it comes to online handles and call signs, to use the CB radio terminology. People spend ages trying to think of the right nickname for them and then checking…

A Message To Mandy

As many of you know I’ve been supporting the Open Rights Group for some time. You’ll see the little banner in the sidebar of this site.  They campaign on behalf of ordinary people in the UK and try to protect…

Times Online Pimps Ubuntu

After the recent debacle of Ubuntu‘s appearence and relatively firm bashing on BBC breakfast television (as chronicled by Popey), I was pleased today to come across some positive coverage from the online division of The Times newspaper. Journalist Jonathan Richards…

Why Software Patents Suck

You may already know my feelings about software patents, I’ve mentioned them before, but after the events of today I felt it was worth exploring the subject a little more. In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft themselves have now fallen…

What Century Is This?

Please forgive the forthcoming rant, but I wanted to relate my recent trials in trying to send some money to Germany via electronic transfer. As some of you will know I went to Germany last month to visit my Linux…

Are The Mono Wars Over?

There’s been a lot of controversy and argument over the use of Mono in the Linux world rightly or wrongly, and this long running issue recently reared it’s head again when Richard Stallman (founder of the FSF) chipped in. Now,…

Use Your Voice

Today is polling day for the European Elections in Britain, I realise this is last minute but I wanted to remind everyone to use their vote. About 10 days ago I went to a Billy Bragg concert in Liverpool, I…

Weekly Rewind #11

O hai, it’s time for another Weekly Rewind already. It’s been an interesting week punctuated by some very cool events. It all started with Linux Outlaws 88 on Monday night, as my weeks always seem to do these days. We…

Don’t Believe The Hype

Yesterday saw some pretty monumental news as the administrators of The Pirate Bay – one of the top BitTorrent trackers – were convicted by a Swedish court and handed down hefty sentences. The trial had been going on for some…