Always Switch Sockets off Before Plugging in


Oh, and make sure your stuff is on a surge protector.

Normally I’m a stickler when it comes to electrical safety, probably because my Granddad was an electrician and taught me about it. The other night though, in a lapse of consciousness, I plugged my laptop’s charger into a power strip that was still switched on at the mains. Or, should I say, started to plug in the charger because as the plug went in, the air between it and the power strip ignited in a decent explosion.

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julius 0.2.0 Released


Besides the project page, I haven’t written about julius on this blog before so here’s a quick overview. julius is a stupidly simple command line tool for encrypting and decrypting text using the Caesar Cipher. It’s designed to play nicely with Unix redirections so you can use it to easily encrypt/decrypt the output of commands.

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New Design, New Tools, New Everything


I’ve spent the past week working on a new design for this site which should be live right now. The site wasn’t in desperate need for a redesign to begin with but I wanted to try out some new tools and figured a redesign was the best way to do it.

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Restoring the Network Manager Applet After Upgrading to Lubuntu 14.04


It seems there’s a bug when upgrading Lubuntu to version 14.04 that causes the network manager applet to disappear from the system tray. I’ve experienced the problem on two separate installations so I’m going to guess this is a widespread problem.

The fix is easy. Just open a terminal session and run this command:

echo "nm-applet" >> ~/.config/lxsession/Lubuntu/autostart

All the command does is add nm-applet to your LXDE autostart file. If you logout and log back in, the network manager applet should be running.

Some .sexy New TLDs


Today I became the proud owner of following in the footsteps of people like Myke Hurley of This is possibly the best $25 I’ve ever spent.

Joking aside, I couldn’t help but notice how stupid some of the new TLDs are. A sliver do allow for some creative and memorable domains but for the most part they’re pretty useless. Take, for example, the .guru TLD. How many times in the past year have you referred to someone as a guru? I’d guess it’s a pretty small number.

I’m probably getting cranky over nothing here. Nowadays people don’t access a website via its domain name anyway so the new TLDs will likely be of little importance. Still, I find it funny to think that a board of people at ICANN looked at TLDs like .sexy or .cool and thought they were good.