(mis)adventures in software development...

23 January 2014    Web Development

Upgrading to Pelican 3.3

Bothersome broken pipes and pesky HTTP headers: my experiences upgrading to Pelican 3.3.

Maybe it’s just me, or maybe it comes with the territory of being a geek with a blog, but seems I often have to fight the urge to tinker with the blogging technology I’m using — in my case Pelican — in order to get any actual blogging done.

Initially, the tinkering took the form of endlessly tweaking the custom theme I’d hacked together based on Bootstrap 2. Eventually the theme got to the point where I was happy …


15 January 2014    Python

Raiders of the Lost Django Registration Templates

Django user registration: Sample django-registration templates and demo code using Bootstrap 3.


Hey you.

Yes, you there, looking at the screen with a combination of confusion, surprise and frustration. Is this the first time you’re trying to create a Django website with user sign up and log in capabilities? Looking for a “built-in” way to do that?

Well, there isn’t one. Sometimes implementing common website functionality that you’d think should be easy and straightforward isn’t so much. But hey, that’s pretty much always going to be …


06 January 2014    Satire

Booze To The Node

Why Fibre to the Node technology for the National Broadband Network is a crappy idea. A guide for non-geeks and alcoholics. With dick jokes and overwrought analogies.

Because when it comes to politics, technical merits don’t seem to matter. It’s all about politicians and pictures of their privates. Apparently.


05 January 2014    Satire

Screwed To The Node

Politics, sexting, hypocrisy and a Fibre to the Node NBN.

The futility of using logic and reason to convince illogical and unreasonable politicians that a Fibre to the Premises broadband network is the best option.


30 December 2013    Technology

The Deviant Luddites Screwing Us

As politicians around the world find entertaining ways to use technology to destroy their own careers, is there something those of us in the technology industry, unhappy with many of the decisions politicians are making on our behalf, could perhaps learn from all this?

It’s bad enough we’re being screwed, but it’s worse that those screwing us are such incompetent deviants.


27 December 2013    Technology

Hacking Government: An Ineffective Digital Militia

Guns, geeks and secret trade treaties: Why gun owners are so much better at standing up to politicians trying to take away their freedoms than geeks.

The lack of serious gun control in the US is a testament to how effective the NRA and gun lobbyists are at stopping the government from encroaching on their gun rights. By contrast, things like a fundamentally broken patent system and legislation like the DMCA are a testament to how useless geeks are at stopping the government from encroaching on their digital rights.


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