20 June 2011

They Killed the Chivalry


Have they completely lost the plot? These are not covert assertions of superiority or suppression. They are simply expressions of respect. And they are as fundamental to being a real man as underarm hair and an inclination to loud farting. Either you were brought up like this, in which case you understand what it is all about and, hopefully put it into action, or you weren't. If you were a guy you should have seen your father doing these things for your mother. And if you were a girl your father should have exercised these courtesies to you too.

I will be damned if I am going to stop opening doors and pulling out chairs.

10 June 2011

A Podiatrist's Dream

Some footage (you see what I did there?) from NDC-2011.

08 June 2011

Shrek the Sheep

Shrek the sheep is something of a New Zealand icon. Born in around 1994 he managed to elude shearers for many years by hiding out in caves. Eventually they did get hold of him and he was shorn, yielding 27 kg of wool. He was later shorn again on an iceberg. Sadly old age finally caught up with him and he died on 6 June 2011 at the age of 17. Farewell Shrek.

07 June 2011

Installing Moodle on Ubuntu

The installation of most software on Ubuntu is pretty straightforward. For some reason I had a pretty hard time with Moodle. With the help of Brett we figured it out. Here are some notes.
  1. Install apache2 (version 2.2.17)
  2. Install php5 (version 5.3.5)
  3. Install mysql-server (version 5.1.54)
  4. Install moodle (version 1.9.9)
Unless you have a compelling reason to do otherwise, select the default URL for the moodle site. Also take the easy way out and configure the database using dbconfig-common during the installation process. The moodle site will probably have been installed under /usr/share/moodle, so you will want to link this into the directory for the web server:

# cd /var/www/ # ln -s /usr/share/moodle

Now visit http://localhost/moodle/ with your browser. Follow the instructions...

ChocNut Clusters

These are the way.

02 June 2011

Replicating an Ubuntu System

You might want to set up a new Ubuntu system with all the same packages that are installed on an old system. To do this, first go to the old system and execute:

# dpkg --get-selections >package-list.txt

Transfer the package-list.txt file across to the new machine. On the new machine start up Synaptic Package Manager and click File → Read Markings. Select package-list.txt and press Open. Then hit the Apply button. It is possible that it might grumble about some broken packages. This is easily remedied with Edit → Fix Broken Packages.