Archive for 2004

Moyles-proof code

April 11th, 2004  |  Published in perl, python

While the rest of the UK was enjoying a Good Friday lie-in, I dragged myself into Yalding House (home of BBC Radio 1) at 7.30am. I was there to see our new text message system get its first live broadcast use on the Chris Moyles show in a preview of the Ten Hour Takeover.

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More notes on installing Debian on a Dell Latitude X200

April 1st, 2004  |  Published in hardware

Last year I bought a Dell Latitude X200 laptop, which was a wonderful machine. In October it was stolen from my flat in a break-in. I made do with a refurbished HP Omnibook 500 but I wasn’t happy with it. When a 2nd-hand X200 came up on ebay last week at a good price, I couldn’t resist snapping it up. In the time since I last installed linux on one of these machines, there have been a few developments and new releases that make installation and configuration easier.

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XML Europe is nearly here

April 1st, 2004  |  Published in xml

I’m off to XML Europe in a couple of weeks (better get in quick if you’re thinking of going, registration closes April 9th). I’ve been looking at the schedule, which has lots of semantic web goodness in it, and thinking about what talks I’m going to go to. Here’s my list so far

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Planet RDF as a starting-point for semantic web crawling

March 29th, 2004  |  Published in rdf

I was thinking about scuttering and useful ways to gather information. It occurred to me that as well as following rdfs:seeAlso links as usual, it was worth scanning associated HTML for semantic links (eg FOAF autodiscovery metadata). I decided to use the blogroll at Planet RDF as a testing ground, on the assumption that if anyone was going to embed useful metadata in their HTML, it would be the hackers listed there.

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Work at the BBC

March 8th, 2004  |  Published in python

There’s a job being advertised at BBC Radio and Music Interactive in London, where I work. It involves Python, XML, CMSes, digital radio and other interesting technologies. You’d like it there.

UPDATE: Applications have now closed.

FURTHER UPDATE: for unknown reasons, this page is (at the time of writing) number one hit on google for the search term work at the bbc (and perhaps some similar terms). For those who come here looking for work, I suggest you look at the BBC Jobs site or perhaps BBC Talent, where budding writers, presenters and DJs are sought.

Crawling the Semantic Web

February 12th, 2004  |  Published in rdf, talks, web

I’ve had a proposal for a paper accepted for XML Europe 2004. Yay! Looking forward to meeting lots of old friends and making new ones in Amsterdam in April. Let me know if you’re going to be there. Here’s what I submitted:

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Hackdiary redesign in progress

February 1st, 2004  |  Published in web

It’s time to rework the hackdiary site and get rid of the nasty design that reeks of a lazy movabletype user. The HTML could do with a tidy-up too. It’ll probably look a bit broken for now.

It’s now about 80% of the way there, with a colour scheme inspired by a photo of a warning sign that I took somewhere in East London last year.

Source distribution for Chumpologica now available

January 24th, 2004  |  Published in foaf, python, rdf, rss

Now available: the first source distribution of Chumpologica, the system behind Planet RDF and the Daily Chump Chumpologica.

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Revoking a GPG key

January 18th, 2004  |  Published in misc

A couple of months ago, I lost my lovely laptop in a burglary. This weekend, Edd reminded me that my GPG private key was on the machine, so I performed the necessary rituals to revoke it. I found the documentation on this a little sparse, so here are the steps I took.

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