9th Sep

MySQL column truncation vulnerability

I saw an interesting article today pointing out a couple of overlooked vulnerabilities with data truncation in MySQL. It’s more of a bug in due to how you handle the event …

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9th Sep

Eat more fish!

I was entertained on the way to work today. As I drove through Hull I saw “Colin’s fresh fish” van.

His strapline, emblazened across his van was:

“Eat more Fish”

I just …

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14th Aug

Conservatives and Northerners

I like reading the Fifteen Minutes of Oompah Blog. Today’s entry deriding the Conservative Party think tank’s completely bonkers view of the North’s prospects is particularly good.


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13th Aug

Wednesday’s now my favourite day

Wednesday is OpenStreetMap Mapnik render day.

Here’s what I was busy with this weekend mapping Withernsea. There’s more to do, and a …

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9th Aug

A very excited geek

Morning all, I’m very very excited, just had to write a quick post.

Today was my first attempt at gathering a serious amount of GPS trace data.

The cat woke me up at 05:20 which was what I had hoped. I got …

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5th Aug

NaviGPS BGT-11

I got my NaviGPS BGT-11 in the post last week – yay!

To get it talking to Ubuntu I used this nifty perl script. And I could download all the manuals and things from the Locosys website.


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5th Aug

gnome-terminal locale encoding

Had a problem last week where my editor was defaulting to using UTF-8 whereas the files i was editing were ISO-8859-1. This ISO character set allows for extra single-byte characters beyond those in standard ASCII – including 163 …

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23rd Jul

Bazaar VCS

This is a quick related to my employer and day-job, Ebuyer.

They started using Subversion (SVN) for version control many moons ago, quickly found that it was lacking when it came to merging support. They then used …

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21st Jul


To follow on from my previous post about OpenStreetMap I have on the hunt for a digital camera. The idea being that I take snaps with the camera of street signs, post boxes, churches and other landmarks then marry …

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19th Jul

Open Streetmap

A guy I know up at Ryedale LUG has got me interested in the OpenStreetMap project.

The point of the project is to create a free, editable map of the the world.

Someone I was telling about this asked …

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17th Jul

S01E10 – Easy Come, Easy Go | Ubuntu UK Podcast

Go listen to the latest Ubuntu UK podcast and be in with a (realistic!) chance of winning one of these babies. Seriously, go do it – just listen, enter the easy quiz question to their email address and wait …

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16th Jul

What I learned today

I found out two things today.

The XSD for this XML:
<someElement anAttribute=”aValue”>someValue</someElement>
goes a little something like this:
<xs:element name=”someElement” type=”some-element-def”

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15th Jul

All about Linux: 10 Seconds Guide to Bash Shell Scripting

This is a useful guide for beginners to Bash shell scripting: All about Linux: 10 Seconds Guide to Bash Shell Scripting.

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14th Jul

Radiohead gig in Manchester

Again, a bit late in the day this one, but on 29th June I went with my girlfriend to see Radiohead play live in Manchester.

They played at Lancashire County Cricket Club‘s ground. The place was really easy …

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13th Jul

Integrating with Protx

A few months ago a requirement came up in the Land Rover Project to move from Paypal Website Payments Pro (UK) to using Protx.

Both of these systems enable you to take online payments directly from customers’ credit …

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