intense debate

Posted November 13th, 2008 at 14:20 by Kaweh

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I have experimented with Intense Debate for a while now, as their commenting system looks tremendously promising. They have just been acquired by Automattic, the wordpress people.

It comes as a plug-in that syncs the comments on any given blog with their servers. Some sort of automated comment back-up, I guess. The plug-in features comment threading (comments appear as conversations, like in Gmail, not as chronological lists), replying to comments by email and importing and exporting comments to other commenting systems. So far so good. I really like it.

However, there does not appear to be a CSS file and it actually says on their website that they don’t recommend messing around with the CSS as the plug-in is in active development.

As Hugh has already pointed out, the design looked a little messed up. Thanks to Enzo, who suggested a small addition to our own little stylesheet, this issues has now been resolved and the comments no longer break the layout of the website.

So, no excuses, knock yourself out comment away.

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ubuntu 8.10

Posted November 2nd, 2008 at 15:00 by Kaweh

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I downloaded Ubuntu 8.10 a couple of days ago and today finally found the time to burn it to CD to try out the Live CD.

Hugh suggested that Broadcom Wifi might now work in Ubuntu without requiring all the fiddling stuff that has so far kept me from using Linux.

Everything worked fine until, somewhat expectantly, I tried to access the Internet. When I tried to add my wifi network (because it was not detected automatically) the network settings window crashed and needed to be force quit. The second time round it worked alright and allowed me to add the details of a wifi network. However, it did nothing.

I am willing to concede that this may simply be because Ubuntu was not installed, but only running from live CD.

However, I am not going to install Ubuntu unless I can be 100% sure that I can use the Internet without requiring a degree in fiddling.

Can anybody tell me what I am doing wrong?

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ubuntu (revisited, not)

Posted February 8th, 2008 at 3:37 by Kaweh

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Regarding Hugh’s question if I will try the new version of ubuntu I will have to say no.

I have a new computer that is used mostly for business purposes, and I do not want to experiment with it while everything works exactly as I want it to work.

Should I get my old laptop to do anything more than crash, I will gladly revisit Ubuntu.

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happy birthday

Posted February 2nd, 2008 at 2:04 by Kaweh

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Yeah, that is him, the Hugh among Hughs, grant, but not by name.

portrait stolen from Hugh's Space

© Hugh’s Space, picture was unauthorisedly nicked of his own website.

And here goes the song…

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you,

Happy birthday, dear Hugh, happy birthday to you…


Where is the bloody cake then?

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eu tube

Posted July 6th, 2007 at 9:29 by Kaweh

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I have to hand it to Hugh’s Space, for once he has found something about the EU before I did.

EU Tube is a YouTube channel by the European Commission about all things EU. It is not only entertaining, you might actually learn something.

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