Firefox 43 breaks downloads in multi-user Linux systems

by Dominic Mason on 06/01/2016

The Problem Firefox Release 43 has been breaking downloads in multi user systems by creating a folder in /tmp and granting ownership to the first person that does 'Save Link As' ls -ld /tmp/mozilla-mozilla* drwx------ 2 user1 user1 4096 Jan 6 10:49 /t ...

Why we want Dist::Zilla

by Alastair McGowan-Douglas on 13/10/2015

Dist::Zilla is a tool that lets you work how you want, and produce consistent, CPAN-compatible distributions irrespective of your particular personal preferences. A while ago (a "3 years" sort of while), Dist::Zilla was broken ...

Major websites vunerable due to the OpenSSL "Heartbleed" bug

by Technical team on 08/04/2014

A significant security vulnerability was made public yesterday (07/04/2014) with the Open Source OpenSSL library. This software underpins many of the secure services on the Internet, and the software that provides about 66% of web servers. It is a severe threat, enabling an attacker to decrypt an ...

Dealing with incompatible wireless modules

by Nick Hu on 22/07/2013

Recently, one of our finance staff acquired a HP ProBook 4540s laptop with a Ralink 3290 wireless module. There were some issues with installing and using it with GNU/Linux due to the lack of included drivers; the two options are to: Make it work with GNU/Linux Repla ...

EFI and SecureBoot

by Nick Hu on 18/07/2013

Universal Extended Firmware Interface (UEFI) is essentially the successor to the computer BIOS, and SecureBoot is a component which enforces checking bootloaders with public key cryptography to ensure that only verified bootloaders can boot, adding another layer of protection from malware at a lo ...

What is Linux?

by Tech team on 06/06/2012

What is Linux? Linux is the name for a Unix-like kernel created by Linus Torvalds in 1991 as an alternative to the expensive and complex Unix operating system and a modular alternative to Minix. This was to enable application development of Unix applications on a ...

Misa-Kitara - Muse playing Linux powered guitar on Jools Holland

by Dominic Mason on 25/10/2012

Those of you that saw Muse on the opening program in the latest series of "Later... with Jools Holland" during the show broadcast 25th September 2012 may have been slightly bemused - or even amused - by the doublenecked bass guitar Chris Wolstenholme was using on their new single, Madness. ...

Open Dyslexic font stabilises computer text

by NAV on 11/10/2012

The Open Dyslexic font from http://dyslexicfonts.com/ , a concept so simple it's genius. The problem we dyslexic find when reading is that letters tend to dance on the screen / paper when we try reading them, they refuse to stay still and that mut ...

Software development auditing

by Tech team on 08/07/2012

When customers are purchasing time and material based development, transparency is essential to maintain integrity and trust. We like to report on how the time is being used and what the customer gets. In order to provide detailed information on the people working on your project or ...

Xen clock not keeping time

by Tech team on 29/10/2011

By default, the guest domain (domU) will attempt to use the same clock as the host (dom0). This approach reduces resources where every guest has to manage its own clock and there is no reason for the hosts to have varying experience of time. However, it is com ...