Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review: Lightbeam Addon for Mozilla Firefox

Lightbeam: See who’s tracking you online

"Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that uses interactive visualizations to show you the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. As you browse, Lightbeam reveals the full depth of the Web today, including parts that are not transparent to the average user."

Mozilla’s free Lightbeam addon for the Firefox broswer shows who's tracking your online movements.

On the one hand, Mozilla says the browser add-on will be 'a step forward in the fight for greater openness across the internet'; on the other, Mozilla is itself tracking you with low level information, under a disturbingly broad Terms of Service.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Review: Guess Who's Back? Ubuntu 14.04

It seems like a good day to revisit the hallowed halls of Ubuntu; the latest Long Term Support (LTS) release of Canonical's still-popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu 14.04, "Trusty Tahr" is released today, April 17.

And having played with the sole beta build of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, it turns out that Trusty (a Tahr being an African goat) is a much stronger release than recent lacklustre versions.

14.04 is anything but the bland, risk-averse LTS release. But search in the Unity Dash is still full of c**p.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

News: XP eXPires [Guest Post]

Windows XP desktop
While Microsoft has extended the end-of-life deadline Windows XP several times under consumer pressure, not least from Enterprise customers, we have reached that line in the sand. The party’s over.

Officially, Windows XP is now dead, but it’s not gone. Choose your stats carefuly; conservatively, between 20 and 27% of computers connected to the Internet still run Windows XP. Yet as of April 8th, we’re at the”end of support” – so what will happen to all those Windows XP systems now?

It will continue to run and activate, using the same activation process that checks with Microsoft to ensure you’re using “genuine” software and not a pirated version of Windows.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Also Live: Reason Network 2014

While we're celebrating successes, on Monday, the relaunched Reason Network also went live.

I can take a little credit for this one: a humble Wordpress site that I inherited from my illustrious predecessor, in need of a serious functional and cosmetic makeover.

Jointly run by Research in Practice and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), reason is the extension of the two organisations for research, evaluation and analysis support in children's services and education.

Monday, 7 April 2014

It's Live: Research in Practice Take a Bow

I can only take a tiny part of the credit here, but on Friday the main web-site of Research in Practice ( went live: new platform, new livery, new start.

Built for us by Exeter-based design agency AB, the smart new pages have been lovingly crafted on the Modx plaform.

Set up in 1996 as part of the Dartington Hall Trust, the mission of Research in Practice has been to champion evidence-informed practice in children’s services.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Opinion: Shutting down Ubuntu One file services

"Today we are announcing plans to shut down the Ubuntu One file services.  This is a tough decision, particularly when our users rely so heavily on the functionality that Ubuntu One provides.  However, like any company, we want to focus our efforts on our most important strategic initiatives and ensure we are not spread too thin."  (Jane Silber, CEO, Canonical)

To which my reply was "Really? No _ _ _ _!"

To kill two birds with one stone, both U1 and the Music Store are dead as of 2nd April, and your data will be gone by July 1. Neither  was profitable enough to maintain.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

News: Full Circle #83 is here to make you feel guilty about your spending

Full Circle, the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community is proud to announce the release of our eighty-third issue.
This month:
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Backup In Ubuntu, LibreOffice, and MultiSystem.
  • Graphics : GIMP G’MIC and Inkscape.
  • Review: HomeBank
  • Security Q&A
  • What Is: CryptoCurrency
  • NEW! - Open Source Design
plus: Q&A, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, Ubuntu Games, and a competition!
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