A Curse Upon Those Who Ignore The System TZ Info

Submitted by James Purser on Fri, 06/27/2008 - 11:04

I've blogged about this before but I'm going to do it again.

Why, oh why do people insist on building their own TZ databases and ignoring the Operating Systems TZ dataset? Is this just a really stupid case of NIH? I've hit this in drupal (specifically the Events Module), Plone (inherited from zope), and I've been told about java having it's own tz set as well.

I might even do a t-shirt, this has got me that annoyed!

Open Source On The Air - Slight Delay

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 11:30

Okay, unfortunately we are going to have to delay the release of the first episode of OSOTA until next wednesday (2nd July 2008). This has come about due to a mix of family illness (it just keeps coming back!) and an increased work load which has meant that we've had re-jig time for interviews and so on.

We are coming back, this I promise, and our first episode will be a doozy.

Remember if you have something you want to talk about, or want to know about, let us know.

Podcasting - OSOTA and Webinars

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 14:13

Okay so we're seven days out from the launch of the new season of Open Source On The Air and what can you expect. You know, I'm still tossing up what to cover. So much has happened since our last episode. Just today, two major events in the Free and Open Source Software world occured. Firefox 3 and Wine 1.0 were released.

Things You Thought You'd Never Hear Yourself Saying

Submitted by James Purser on Sat, 06/14/2008 - 17:35

As a parent of three wonderful kids, during their brief existance on this planet, I have found my self running the gamut of things I thought I would never hear myself say. As an example I thought I would post just what I've heard myself say today:

 - To three year old: "Stop beating your brother up with bedtime bear"

- To three and five year old: "How many times have I told you, no tug of war on the toilet!"

A Minor Gripe

Submitted by James Purser on Sat, 06/14/2008 - 12:49

When I play with a new distro or *nix I tend to throw it into a virtual machine and install irssi on it. This allows me to work within the OS and ask questions without having to switch around too much. Given that most of the distro channels appear to be on freenode I give my virtual machine user a nick like purserj_$DISTRO to help distinguish.

What Have I Been Up To Lately?

Submitted by James Purser on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 12:35

I've been a little busy lately sorting out a couple of things relating both to the business and to OSOTA so I thought I'd talk about it here.

Firstly Open Source On The Air now has a new site at http://osota.fosscasts.org. It's got most of the old episodes available and I've added forums and what not so as to encourage listener participation. Have a look around, and let me know what you think.

Social Networking Does Not Mean Pwning My Email

Submitted by James Purser on Mon, 06/09/2008 - 20:14

I'm on one or two social networking sites, namely facebook and linkedin. It's a bit of fun, doesn't take up too much time in my day and has allowed me to talk to a few people I haven't spoken to in literally years.  However there are aspects about the whole social networking thing that concerns me.

Basically it boils down to people are too trusting.

OSOTA - Only Two And A Half Weeks

Submitted by James Purser on Mon, 06/09/2008 - 09:29

With only two and half weeks to go before we re-launch Open Source On The Air, I'm on the look out for some CC licensed music I can use to replace the intro music we used to use before.

Also we have a basic format sort of layed out so we're looking for some music to use to seperate each segment out.

I'm in the process of sticking a wiki up so that you can post suggestions, ideas, and so on for the show, until then please feel free to email your ideas to osota AT fosscasts DOT org.

I'll be posting more about the show either this afternoon or tomorrow. 

Home Power Generation

Submitted by James Purser on Sat, 06/07/2008 - 08:48

Dear Lazyweb,

I'm looking for information on home power generation projects that don't cost the earth. Specifically I'm looking at wind and biomass type projects.

Post em to me via da email or drop them into the comments for this entry.

Thanks.