What You Get for $50 (AUD)

Ok there is a lot of ISP’s around these days, they all want your money and promise you the world!  I put out the challenge for you to find a better deal than Internode

So can you get a better deal like this from your current ISP?

Wilfred … There is a dog!

Well there is a Television Series that has me in stitches! it’s called Wilfred…  Screens here in Australia on the SBS network

A boy, a girl and a bong smoking dog who thinks he’s human…continue their dysfunctional love triangle.  When Adam asks Sarah to marry him and she says ”yes”, her jealous mutt Wilfred unleashes his own special brand of hell.

Then there are the gladbag of guest stars who will join he, Adam and Sarah over eight hysterical weeks, including Sarah’s nudist parents, Richmond’s sexiest cat and a handful of dogs who fight, fornicate and make friends with Australia’s most loved walking, talking four legged freak.

Hang on to your souls Australia, this is a show that takes love, hate, humour and healing to unheard of places. Put the kettle on and refrain from doing the naughty boy because Wilfred is back and he’s got a very itchy arse.

Visit Wilfred’s Facebook page.
Follow Wilfred on Twitter.

Enjoy some clips (mainly from season 2) oh and did I mention there is a FaceBook page and a Twitter page for Wilfred as well !!!  😀

Both Season 1 and Season 2 DVD’s are available from Dymocks

Ubuntu-au syndication removal

I’ve requested that this blog RSS feed be removed from the planet.ubuntu.org.au

I don’t see myself as having a positive and constructive input to be considered a true contributor for both ubuntu-au and ubuntu as a whole. So until this happens, you may see some blog posts that have nothing to do with ubuntu as the feed that is used for my blog is the full feed and I have no way to stop unwanted noise going into the planet.

So for those of you that are keen and have great ideas for ubuntu, then keep holding onto that and do your best to achieve your dream…

UPDATE: The syndication has now been removed (as per my request)

Mailman and my mistake!

Being an Amateur Radio Operator I use and beta test a small device called a TinyTrak4. Now there is a support group for the development of this small device, hosted on Yahoo Groups. As most of us would be aware, Yahoo Groups has many adverts embedded into their mailing lists. Now I thought I’d be cleaver and set-up Mailman on my personal server and mirror the Yahoo Group list into my Mailman mailing list. Well the idea was a good one in thought, but just recently I have just discovered an error in my way.

To start off with I was getting a copy of the target mailing list with a small perl script called yahoo2mbox.pl so as the title implies it simply grabs the yahoo mail list of your choice and saving the output as a mbox formatted file without getting all those unwanted adverts! I went about this the following way…

./yahoo2mbox.pl tinytrak4 –user=user –pass=password && cp tinytrak4 tinytrak4.mbox && chmod 664 tinytrak4.mbox && chown www-data:list tinytrak4.mbox && cp tinytrak4.mbox /var/lib/mailman/archives/private/tinytrak4.mbox/tinytrak4.mbox && mmarch tinytrak4 && echo Import Complete!

Can you spot the error? OK lets break the above down into steps, firstly we invoke the script then advise of the mailing-list we want to grab the content from, then passing a valid user and password. This then created an mbox formatted file (in this case tinytrak4) this was then renamed to include the .mbox extension and the permissions & ownership altered to match the default used by Mailman and then copied to the location used for this mailing-list… an now for the big mistake…  by executing mmarch, this then causes a complete rebuild of all archive pages without removing the previous archive run thus accumulating multiple copies of the same information! So over time this is just eating up hard disk space.

So a lesson here is here that I should have seen this problem after a few runs of this script because of the excessive hard disk space being consumed… sadly I didn’t pick up on this until now (nearly a year after running this once a day!)  😐

I have since removed this mailing list from Mailman regaining 77% storage space back! (34GiB total storage for this server with 1.5Gib set as swap space)

Tasmanian Politics where to now ?

Well the news is out that after nearly three and a half weeks of limbo, the Tasmanian Governor had the final say in the next four years of politics.  The decision to keep David Bartlett in government has been made!

So will it be onward and upwards? or just flounder for the next four years? Well who knows … Clearly the people of Tasmania will have to wait and see.

WordPress logout redirect (3.0 beta1)

For those that use WordPress for their blog, you will be aware that when you logout you get directed to the login page (default action) However I find this a little annoying as I’d prefer to be placed back to the blog front page. I had a look through the available plug-ins to see if there was one that would take care of this for me, but there are none that specifically target logout, rather to set a redirect upon login!

If you take a look at the wp-login.php file and search for the following … (line 354)


case ‘logout’ :

$redirect_to = !empty( $_REQUEST[‘redirect_to’] ) ? $_REQUEST[‘redirect_to’] : ‘wp-login.php?loggedout=true’;
wp_safe_redirect( $redirect_to );


case ‘logout’ :

$redirect_to = !empty( $_REQUEST[‘redirect_to’] ) ? $_REQUEST[‘redirect_to’] : ‘index.php?loggedout=true’;
wp_safe_redirect( $redirect_to );

You notice the reference to wp-login.php I have simply changed this to index.php and now when I logout from my blog I am redirected to the main page of my blog!  😀

WordPress 3.0 beta1

Today WordPress has just released the new 3.0 beta1 … I’ve been running the nightly builds for some time and I have to say that this build is fast! previously in the 2.9x series the admin page used to be quite painful for me, to the point where I backed up my blog and did a fresh install to find that it didn’t alter anything!

So what’s changed?

  • New WordPress Theme [Twenty Ten Theme]
  • Custom Menus System
  • Improved User Interface
  • Custom Post Type functionality