James Purser's blog

Crops Are a Coming

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You know, for our first effort at this vegie gardening lark we haven't done too badly. We've learnt lessons along the way and will certainly be preparing a bit more for the winter season, however given the crop we've got coming up, we can hold our heads up high. So far we've got the following coming to crop:

  • Zuchinnis - Black, Golden and other
  • Squash of many varieties
  • Cherry Tomatos
  • Stringless Beans
  • Pumpkin (growing in the old compost heap of all places)
  • Capsisum
  • Eggplants

So really can't complain :)

Sunset Over Dapto

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Occasionally we get some beautiful sunsets down here and I manage to get a couple of pics off.

Sunset Over Dapto  

Turning Weeds Into Usefulness

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As I continue on this gardening kick I've been looking at exploring the whole fertiliser concept. While I think I've got the compost concept down I haven't turned my hand to creating organic fertilisers yet.

So the other day I decided to try and make some liquid green manure. For those of you who don't know what a green manure is, essentially it's a plant that you either grow or harvest purely for the purpose of composting. It can be anything from a bed of comfrey (which I'm told makes an excellent green manure) or any non seeding weeds you find.

Open Source On The Air - 2008-11-07

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We return for another episode!
This time round Karin sits down with Peter Garret to chat about the Inx LiveCD project.
I get to catch up with Arjen Lentz about OurDelta, a new MySQL Distro

Argh, Argh, Argh, Argh

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And we were so confidant as well!

Turns out there is going to be a days delay as we try and recover one of the interviews that has exploded due to something going horribly wrong. It will be up by  midnight Saturday night.

The Grils!

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After a particularly insane morning in #linux-aus I was inspired to create this:


Sigh, if only the AUD didn't suck so much compared to the USD at the moment, I might actually sell something.

OSOTA - You Mean We've Done Another One?

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Hey guess what we're going to be doing tonight?

That's right, we're going to be releasing another episode of Open Source On The Air. We've finally managed to sit down and put together a couple of great interviews about a very cool livecd project and what I like to call a brand new MySQL distro.

It should be out late tonight.

A Couple Of Myth Questions

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From my last post:


Hey James, found you blog via planet.ubuntu.com.au. Wanted to know how you setup the TV guides in MythTV? It is probably the most frustrating for me.

As I'm using a digital card I tend to rely on the EIT that gets transmitted with the rest of the stream. I did have an xmltv thing setup (shepard I think it was called) however something went phooey and all the shows were being given times at least 11 hours out.


Rebuilding the Home Server

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Well it finally happened, the home server packed it in. So I'm currently in the process of re-installing everything, which is taking a while because I'm sticking with gentoo as the base OS. While I'm doing this I thought I would have a look a what I'm running on it:

  • MythTV
  • Asterisk
  • VMWare Server with a couple of VM's for business and development
  • Web
  • Nagios
  • Backups for the business
  • Network Printer

And more.



Plone Buildout Part 1

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Okay, enough of the touchy feely, let's get into some tech.

For those of you who may not know, I work with Plone, the zope based CMS. I view Plone as an excellent foundation for your extranet/intranet and sell it as such.

Up until recently, I've been using the universal installer when I setup a Plone/Zope instance and then have modified it from there. However project I'm working on at the moment (more on that later) requires that I finally make the move to the very cool build out system.