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4th January marks 3 years!

Wow has it really been that long? I started experimenting with WordPress back in June 2008 with the intention of setting up a site for the company I was working for so that it was the were to get information within the company (intranet) However, as most things tended to never happen there it was never implemented so not long before I was made redundant I was given the server that hosts this blog (and other services) so I put it to use here at home!

So lets look back at the versions of WordPress, Now as I said I started tinkering in June of 2008 so that would have been version 2.5.1 (yes I cheated, see release history here) Now I won't give a breakdown of each release as you can read that from the link above! But WordPress has come a long way from my early days, there's a lot more automated items now where traditionally you would have had to ftp your updates or themes and the like.

Also within the 3 year period my server has changed a lot as well (software) as when I originally started it was using Debian Etch. Although my preferred Linux distribution at the time was Ubuntu 8.04, However for some reason the live CD of either the Desktop or install media for Ubuntu Server wouldn't recognise the RAID card! So that made for a rather short-lived prospect for running Ubuntu. It wasn't until Ubuntu 8.10 that I was able to install, as for whatever was the issue on the 8.04 LTS had been either addressed or the necessary module was now included by default. I was also wanting to host my Email server and there was some simple setup prerequisites that Ubuntu Server 8.10 introduced that made setting up Postfix with all the bells and whistles of using AmavisSpamAssassin & ClamAV to give you a bit of mail cleansing! So Ubuntu remained as the servers OS untill September this year when trying to update to 11.10 when horribly wrong! and I was left with a non working system, Yes I certainly did do a system backup of all the data that I considered important, but this didn't include a full drive clone though (something I considered but didn't do!)

I'd become a little displeased with the direction Ubuntu was going anyway (I'd stopped using Ubuntu on my desktop not long after the release of 9.10) and the usage of Plymouth cause me some headaches as the video chip wasn't up to spec for displaying the intended splash screen associated with Plymouth (even my desktop PC didn't play nice with Plymouth!) It is my opinion that a server should only show verbose output while booting so you can see if there are any issues, by hiding that (verbose output) behind a splash screen as default was a bad move! So after some thought it was clear to me that my server needed to return to Debian (stable release) so that happened on the 9th of September and hasn't missed a beat for me.

Now I have to admit that the majority of the content on this blog is really of no significance (to any one else!) but over the time of it's existence I've learnt how to set up a Web server, Email server and a few other monitoring solutions. This blog (well the server really) is purely for my self education and none of this would be possible without Free Open Source Software (FOSS) and the developers that dedicate their time etc…

So will this last another 3 years? … Lets hope so! 😉

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Ubuntu & my ASUS Eee PC 701SD

I have been searching the big WWW for some good examples of Ubunu desktop set ups to see if some of these ideas can be applied to the Eee PC bearing in mind their smaller screen size. Netbooks in my opinion really only suffer from one thing… limited real estate on the desktop! especially the 701 series as they are locked at 800 x 480 (16:10) and as I have been using mine now for about 4 months, I've settled on just using the standard desktop install over the UNR (Ubuntu Nebook Remix) edition.

Eee PC 701SD
Eee PC 701SD

I've taken an interest in conky, to display some of the basic elements of the resource usage, Conky its self is nothing new! but it is extremely customisable to suite what you use it for. For example, the theme is the Ubuntu Dust with the Oxygen based Breath 0.43 icon set I've also used conky-colours to set the display the dust colours as well. I've only touched the surface with what conky is capable of, and in time I'm sure that I'll get a little more sophisticated. But for now I'm happy with just this basic display.

Here's where I got most of the information for using conky and where to get some of the sources to compile and use…

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Ubuntu & my ASUS Eee PC 701SD

I have been searching the big WWW for some good examples of Ubunu desktop set ups to see if some of these ideas can be applied to the Eee PC bearing in mind their smaller screen size. Netbooks in my opinion really only suffer from one thing… limited real estate on the desktop! especially the 701 series as they are locked at 800 x 480 (16:10) and as I have been using mine now for about 4 months, I've settled on just using the standard desktop install over the UNR (Ubuntu Nebook Remix) edition.

Eee PC 701SD
Eee PC 701SD

I've taken an interest in conky, to display some of the basic elements of the resource usage, Conky its self is nothing new! but it is extremely customisable to suite what you use it for. For example, the theme is the Ubuntu Dust with the Oxygen based Breath 0.43 icon set I've also used conky-colours to set the display the dust colours as well. I've only touched the surface with what conky is capable of, and in time I'm sure that I'll get a little more sophisticated. But for now I'm happy with just this basic display.

Here's where I got most of the information for using conky and where to get some of the sources to compile and use…

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New Look… New Theme…

Well I've had yet another theme change! I'm wanting to design my own but I rally don't understand PHP so it will be a while off before I even attempt this! Although there are plenty of free WordPress themes about, I'm still searching for one that really fits me (or at least my perception of me!)
So tell me what you think of this current theme, I like the sunset picture! it feels relaxing, so for now its the winner! I was experimenting with some Ubuntu themes, but they really didn't look that good! (hence my reason to want to design my own!)

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WordPress Themes by Sam

Do you like the theme that my blog is using? If so, do you know where to get it so you can use it for your blog? If the answer to the above two questions is YES/NO then please read on…

The theme I'm using for my blog has been made available by Sam. OK so who is Sam I hear you ask! Well I can't answer that directly as we have only met via the Internet! (but I'm sure he's a great bloke!) Anyway Sam has made some WordPress themes that you can use with your own blog (yes they are free!) So if your interested then please go and visit his web page at…

Or you can also follow the link at the bottom of my blog!  Great work Sam! 😀