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A quick summary

As I haven't blogged at all in the last two months so here is a quick summary.

The last two months have being quite interesting I've been offered (and accepted) a job overseas. I'll be going for 3 months at first to get a fell for the place after which I'll decide if I say or not.

This will be my first time off the continent so it should be fun, at least I hope it will. I should be leaving about the middle next month unless something comes up.

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Merry Christmas

This is a bit late but I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

 

Linux Christmas Tree
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Going Pink for October

Pink for OctoberLast week I found the Pink for October website and it really got my attention. The idea is simple, you make your site pink for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This is a very different way to raise awareness and I guess that's why I got so interested in it. I never thought I would ever have a pink site but here is is.

 

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Software Freedom Day

On Saturday (Software Freedom Day) I went to the Department of Science and Technology (DST) at the CSIR in Pretoria which is Karl's soon to be new place of work. I helped a little bit with the recording which you can find at Odeo as a podcast or you can read about it on Tectonic.

The turn out was good it shows that people are interested in Open Source. Which brings me to the presentations more specifically the "content" that was shown on the screen. There was everything from plain black and white presentations to reading off the screen (Which is always boring) and even one person using a PDF. With that said the Translate.org.za and Creative Commons guys (and girls) gave good presentations.

All in all it was a good day, I even has someone recognise me from my website but I'm not sure if that makes me famous or not.

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Constructing Content

For the last few months I have been playing with the Content Construction Kit and Views modules and the final result is the portfolio section of my site. With this I created a new theme as well using some new techniques that I have learned.

All of these things I will discuss, hopefully, over the next few days.

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A month of silence

BarCamp Jozi BarCamp is here and it seems I'm one of the last to know. I'm not quite sure how I could contribute though but I'm open to suggestions.

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Jumping through hoops

I've decided to put a new theme up. It is by far one of the best themes I have done to date, I've even started to use Drupal's theme override ability. (Exhibit A: the RSS feed has and Atom feed icon next to it.) Its very simple but it's a start.

Back to the title of this post, as any good web designer knows Internet Explorer is just plain bad. I spent the last two days trying to figure out why it was adding adding extra space to a DIV tag, needless to say I managed to find a work around. They say version seven is going to be better but I'll believe it when I see it, which won't be any time soon the the rate Microsoft is creating software.

BarCamp Cape Town was this weekend and since I live nowhere near Cape Town I didn't go but I wonder how many people in the Jo'burg area would be interested in BarCamp?

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Mind games

Not so random thought:
It’s amazing how powerful your mind coupled with your emotions can be.

I’ll just leave it at that.

Now that I’m on the hunt for a job, I saw a nice web job at Canonical But sadly it wasn’t to be. So its back to the drawing board for me, hopefully I will find something soon.

On the project front I got my self a very small vps for VPSLink so at least I now have, among other things, shell access for those little extras my current host won’t allow access to. So look out for some Bazaar and maybe SVN repo’s in the near future. I just hope the Rand / Dollar exchange improves otherwise I’m going to have problems.

And finally it looks like Telkom are lowering there rates on ads line rental so there is some small glimmer of hope there.

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Chaos and Disorder

I've come to the conclusion that running my own business is not for me, I'm just not a business person so its back to the job hunt for me, hopefully I can find something in web design/application development or systems administration and bonus points if its an Open Source environment.

Since LinuxWorld last week very little has been said about it and with good reason, it was an anti-climax. The most fun I had was on the Thursday, I had just written my exams (the results of which will be released in the next few weeks) and I decided to hang out at the "Shuttleworth corner". I was at the Freedom Toaster deciding weather or not to get SuSE 10.1 instead I ended up talking to people about Linux and Open Source. While there I meet Neil Blakey-Milner, project manager of KnowledgeTree, it was nice been able to talk to some one who knows more about the current state of open Source then I do.

And the reason why I'm only writing this today? I decided to do the insane and migrate from Debian Sid to Ubuntu Dapper. Things got so bad I had to debootstrap from a live cd (ubuntu 5.10) So I just about installed everything from scratch except I kept all my settings, well most of them. So if you have the same idea don't do it.

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