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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 12 November 2008 - 12:20pm.

    Controlling the conversations

    Here's an old post of mine about controlling conversations in web 2.0 projects. Key message: 'get out of the way'!

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    Bohdan Shmorhay posted a link on 12 November 2008 - 12:46am.

    Bohdan Shmorhay contact information

    Contact information for Ukrainian language tutoring.

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 11 November 2008 - 12:09pm.

    Digital Health Service

    My friend Gavin runs this great service that runs workshops in 'digital health' and provides tools to help people have more positive and productive relationships with technology. I may need to book myself an appointment...

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 11 November 2008 - 12:04pm.

    The Mindapples Test

    What's the mental health equivalent of five-a-day? Take the test and decide for yourself what *you* can do to manage your mind.

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    [video]Andy Gibson posted a video on 11 November 2008 - 12:00pm.
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    How to play The Smiths, This Charming Man bassline

    Interestingly, this bassline also fits "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes.

    Coincidence, or something more sinister...? ;-)

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    Peter Brownell posted a note on 11 November 2008 - 11:07am.

    School of Everything Amazon EC2 Server Architecture

    The School of Everything presentation on how we are using Amazon's Cloud is now availble online, along with a few other presenations from the Amazon Startup Sessions.

    http://www.slideshare.net/group/the-startup-project-aws

    http://www.slideshare.net/tracylaxdal/schoolofeverything-presents-on-aws-presentation

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    [video]Andy Gibson posted a video on 10 November 2008 - 11:45pm.
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    Money is debt

    Thanks to Euan Semple for posting this neat video about that dreaded, fearful thing... MONEY!

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 10 November 2008 - 5:06pm.

    ssh tunnels

    I have been trying to get my head around ssh tunnels lately as I need to be able to access a development web server on our private network that doesn't have an IP accessible from the internet.
    It's taken me a while to understand what is going on; it can be pretty confusing.

    I'd recommend the following for a good explanation of what ports are used, e.g. when your browser requests a page:

    http://www.tcpipguide.com/free/t_TCPIPClientEphemeralPortsandClientServerApplicatio.htm

    And I thought this was probably the best single page explanation of tunneling:

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 10 November 2008 - 12:00pm.

    Fixing my helicopter

    I spent quite a lot of the weekend fixing my Blade 400 helicopter but I didn't manage to finish it. The lesson here is after you crash, take it apart and work out all the parts you need first! I thought I could tell what was broken and went to the shop and bought the new parts, but it was only after taking it to pieces that I realised I needed other parts as well, so now I have to make yet another trip to the shop.

    And make sure you have all the tools you need beforehand. Obvious of course, but I still learned the hard way..

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 7 November 2008 - 2:58pm.

    Fred Wilson on hacking education

    Nice piece by respected VC Fred Wilson on how the web is giving 'power to the people' and what this could mean for education.

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    Hugo Rumens posted a link on 7 November 2008 - 11:37am.

    Linux commands

    Slashdot had a great comment thread on helpful/stupid linux commands the other day - "cd" is one of the most basic commands in linux and one of the first you learn, but I never knew that "cd -" would change your directory back to the last one you were on.

    The best comment though was the Russian Roulette method to delete something (the original had rm -rf / of course):

    [ $[ $RANDOM % 6 ] == 0 ] && rm some-file-to-delete || echo "You live"

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    [video]Dougald Hine posted a video on 6 November 2008 - 3:33pm.
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    Home brewing the easy way

    I haven't tried following his method yet, so I can't vouch for the quality of the beer you get! But the video seems to explain things clearly.

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    Dougald Hine posted a link on 6 November 2008 - 3:16pm.

    Try your hand at transcribing 17th century documents

    Try transcribing a document and get it marked.

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    Russell Blakeborough posted a link on 6 November 2008 - 2:20pm.

    Learn Hungarian

    A course to learn Hungarian

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    [video]Russell Blakeborough posted a video on 6 November 2008 - 2:11pm.
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    Magyar 2

    A hungarian cartoon about a goat in a house.

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    [video]Russell Blakeborough posted a video on 6 November 2008 - 1:59pm.
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    Magyar Népmesék

    A little video about a cat in Hungarian.

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 4 November 2008 - 4:41pm.

    US elections

    Today I've been trying to get my head around how the US election tonight works.

    Wikipedia is quite helpful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election

    and I thought this slideshow was very good at explaining things:

    http://www.slideshare.net/acordova/the-us-election-explained-presentation-695681/

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    Kim Fallen Bailey posted a note on 4 November 2008 - 12:59am.

    Learning Leaving Cert Music

    A good website for those studying music and looking for help on extra notes etc ppmta.ie (post primary music teachers association) and exam papers and marking schemes available at the sec.ie (state exams commission)

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    Peter Brownell posted a note on 3 November 2008 - 1:18pm.

    Bash variable scope, pipe and cat

    Here is a nice little bit of bash snagging for you. You need to grab lines from a file, process each in turn, and then at the very end report whether or not there was a problem for any of them. Simple ? Not quite.

    The following scripts are mangled to show how this works, so don't expect them to operate as-is.


    #!/bin/bash

    PROBLEM=0

    cat $CONF | grep backup | grep @ |
    while IFS=$TAB read var1 var2 var3 var4
    do
    PROBLEM=1
    echo PROBLEM:$PROBLEM
    done
    echo PROBLEM: $PROBLEM

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    Peter Brownell posted a note on 3 November 2008 - 1:16pm.

    The difference between $page and $teaser for node theming

    I have always been a bit confused by this one. Why does theme_node have both $page and $teaser as parameters ? Surely, if it's not a page then it is a teaser ? Not quite.


    function theme_node($node, $teaser = 0, $page = 0) {
    .....

    The docs don't quite spell it out clearly, but once you know the difference, you can see what they are saying. However, if you have not quite understood the difference, the docs don't help one bit. Here is my attempt to clarify.

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