New Stuff

Since building my first new computer in 9 years just a few months ago, i have been able to completely change the way i use my computer. My hardware before was not nearly powerful enough for me to do much with it, even on Linux. But now i have new hardware, while its not the latest and greatest, its still much more powerful than what i had before. It works very well under Linux, with the exception of my inbuilt sound, which did not seem to work on Ubuntu, but works fine under Arch Linux.

Since i got this new hardware, i have spent many hours gaming, compiling code, browsing the net and enjoying being able to do more than 1-2 things at once. People also seem to think that hardware compatibility on Linux is terrible, but its not. Sure, some companies devices work terribly on Linux (some of the older Lexmark printers for example) but a lot of hardware works just fine.

Expect more frequent blogging from me in the future.

One week with Arch Linux

I have now been using Arch for one whole week, during this week, I have been experimenting with it and discovering new things.

My initial thoughts are that Arch is right for me, it has no frills, it has no intention of being an annoying, newbie oriented, hindering, clunky, non-configurable distro. I am currently happy with my selection of fluxbox, its minimal, although requires some configuring to get right, even after a whole week, I have barely started getting it to the point where I am happy, but at least it doesn’t feel half-configured still, it’s just not the way I want it yet.

Pacman, I like Pacman, its quicker than apt and uses fewer resources, it does seem to have connection problems frequently, although that could be blamed on my net connection, which is currently behaving like a 5-year-old on drugs (i.e. Its frustrating, annoying and constantly making me want to stab something). One thing switching to Arch has done is made me rethink just about all my default application choices, with the exception of screen, irssi and bash, all of which I will probably never swap out.

Installing Arch is not nearly as hard as many people think, it is as easy as an Ubuntu install until you get to configuring graphics and sound, which caused me to become stuck, but I soon figured it out thanks to the awesome arch users on irc. One thing I can recommend to anyone who is thinking of trying Arch is to read the Arch wiki! The Arch wiki is hands down some of the best documentation I have ever used. Not only is it great quality, it’s also extremely comprehensive and provides more than just an installation guide.

The Arch repositories also contain everything you will ever need, they are just as big as Ubuntu’s repositories and they contain much more recent software.

Overall, I am loving Arch, it is a great distro and I plan on using it for a long time to come.

Im on github

I just setup an account on github in order to share my git repo of some of my more useful config files, you can see it here:


Ubuntu, the Web and Me

I realize I haven’t blogged in a fair while, this is my first post of 2011. 2010 was a big year for me in the Ubuntu community, I participated in so many cool projects, events and activities, and perhaps more importantly, I learnt a great deal.

At the end of last year I created a big list of things I wanted to do in 2011, some of you may be thinking “how could this bloke possibly have the motivation for all these things!?”, my answer to that? I am motivated because of the great community around Ubuntu, FOSS and around the interwebs.

Now, I do not wish to share the list with you all, simply because it has many things on it that I do not wish to share with everyone.

Some of the cool things I did last year:

  • Joined the Ubuntu Manual project and helped to drive it forward I am still active within the project, although have a reduced role due to commitment to other projects.
  • Received Ubuntu Membership
  • Joined the Bugsquad
  • Joined the Ubuntu Developer Manual project
  • Joined the Ubuntu Youth Team
  • Greatly increased my activity on IRC and other sites like and Diaspora.
  • Started my own project called Pytask
  • Joined in on Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week and ran a session.

I am planning on making 2011 the year that I really put an effort in. To help with this, I have finally got enough money together to buy new hardware.

Also, many people have been asking me when the next release of Pytask will be coming, I have been working hard over Christmas to get the next release out. There are many useful improvements that have been made and Pytask will be available in over 10 languages as of next release, so hold on to your hats!

New Pytask release!

I am very pleased to announce the latest version of an application of mine called Pytask, I hinted in a blog post a while ago that it was nearing release, but I was set back by both bugs in the code and other projects.

The new features in this release include:

  • Pytask is now translated into Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Hindi and Spanish
  • Pytask now has an indicator applet *with* a mono icon
  • The filter introduced in 10.06.1 has been further improved
  • You can now report bugs against Pytask using apport

You can get Pytask from my PPA here:



This is both a test post to ensure that syndication to Planet Ubuntu is working and also a quick hello post to all the planet subscribers.

Some of you may know me, some of you may not, I became an Ubuntu Member back in late August of this year through the Oceania Membership Board (I live in Australia). I really enjoy being a part of the Ubuntu community, it has taught me many thing’s.

Anyway, I can almost always be found on IRC using the nick nisshh, feel free to chat to me, I enjoy having a chat and meeting new people.

Now on DeviantART

I now have an account on DeviantART, which I will mostly just use for displaying model’s and stuff that I create in Blender. You can find my profile here.