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[25 Jul 2007 | One Comment | ]

Update May 2009: If you made it here trying to find how to write Django apps for Facebook, probably the best resource I have seen to get started is

Internet Goodness, Python »

[21 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

I am very much into music (and I don’t own an IPOD!) and not quite your normal, radio delivered stuff either – I have a passion for World Music – here’s a bit of a list of some of my favourites – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Fela Kuti, Orchestra Baobab, Fania All Stars, Tinariwen, Cesaria Evora, Hector Lavoe, Africando, Afro-Cuban All Stars and in the english speaking world I like Miles Davis, Tim Buckley and the Godfather of Soul – James Brown.
I have used plenty of different music …

Internet Goodness, Python, vi, vim and gvim »

[20 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

Seems I am a bit slow to the party on Yubnub – I guess I kind of see it like a cross between the unix command line and the vi of search engines – it has modes, commands and even split screens:
For example: ls australia gives you all the yubnub commands that include Australia.
Here’s some of my favourites:
gaus <searchterm> – Google.com.au Australia localised search – pages from Australiagau ebayau <product> – Ebay Australia searchauspc <town> – Australian Postcode search shopbot <product> – Shopbot search (Australia’s equivalent of pricewatch.com)seek <job keywords> …

Internet Goodness, Linux Administration, Python, vi, vim and gvim »

[3 Jul 2007 | No Comment | ]

I remember watching the first screencasts of Ruby on Rails and seeing class structures appear as the author was typing and it was almost like “fill in the blanks” – then I found out it was Textmate, then I found it was a Mac only thing.. that left me out – anyways (Nacho libre spanish accent), who cares I am a systems admin right?
Yes, I still trudged around in my daily grind jealous of the textmate crowd and waiting for something similar… then e-texteditor appeared for Windows and Scribus appeared …

Internet Goodness, Linux Administration, Python »

[23 May 2007 | No Comment | ]

Two days ago, I was doing my weekly browse of Freshmeat when I came across Pylucid,a CMS that seems to be getting refactored from it’s original Python foundations into Django.
Now, it’s versioning is still 0.8.0alpha1 and yes, it is alpha quality software with many things not working etc. but SOME things really struck me about it.

It’s the first Django released application I have seen that came as an ‘all-in-one’ bundle; meaning I downloaded it, untarred it, clicked the standalone_run.bat and the thing ran on Django’s built-in webserver.
To achieve this, it …

Internet Goodness, Linux Administration, Python »

[2 May 2007 | No Comment | ]

Disclaimer: I am not a programmer ;)
In my last entry, I had a dig at Microsoft’s Silverlight for not being cross-platform and referenced python as an example of a truly cross-platform language. I’ve been wanting to collect many of my thoughts and research on the topic and want to put it all together in a place I can reference.
First up: Why Python and / or it’s derivatives
It’s Cross-Platform – truly
I am a Systems Administrator, with an equal share of my day spent between different *nix varieties & Windows. When I …

Internet Goodness, Python »

[19 Apr 2007 | No Comment | ]

As part of our MSDN subscription, I am subscribed to MSDN Flashes.. newsletter blurbs about how Microsoft are doing great things.
Today’s story is about “Silverlight” – the sound of which has a textmate, expose, finderish ring to it to me.. but anyway.
At the Microsoft blurb, it seems Microsoft want to take on the role that currently Adobe’s Flash plays. Thankfully, Adobe recently released Flash player 9.0 for Linux.. which means it truly is cross-platform.
Here’s what Microsoft have to say about Silverlight
What is Silverlight?Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for …