Archive for 'content'

Writing for Packt: modern day slavery (even cotton pickers had bed and board) …

So now my ‘publisher' is selling my book, name and experience and, near as damn it, a year's work … yet is PAYING ME ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in royalties

… and despite Douglas Paterson, their ‘Publisher (Open Source)', having admitted that their pre-launch editorial and post-launch marketing “made mistakes at every conceivable turn” (and also despite Packt's Technical Ed having said I was one of the best writers he'd ever worked with).

Can you believe this dialogue, for example:-

I ...

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Guvnr: relaunching my pyjama blog!

This post is brought to you by Olly Connelly who likes cute bulldogs and who sometimes feels like this one.

Hey people, awol guv here! Back, kicking, blogging.

It's been a funny old few years. What's left of my community here at Guvnr may well have thought I'd kicked the dust. From time ...

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Community Chest: The Sunny Side of the E-lance Coin

"thanks guvnr" thank you note

You're a freelance content pro and you know how it is: you're poor and running on fumes!

It's no easy deal quitting the corporates to take the e-lance route, swapping the fast lane for the slow lane that is online blogjam.

I guess frustration is the keyword as you try to zip thru' the traffic just to dead-end with ...

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Alinghi, Way More Than Just a Boat

Alinghi's America's Cup catamaran

It's a dreary, rainy old day in Valencia today, and full of dusty heads.

The weather echoes the sentiments of many here, who watched and hoped for a win by the Swiss boat, Alinghi, in the America's Cup. That wasn't to be.

There can be no hiding the fact that Alinghi, the defender of the last Cup, was out-sailed ...

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0 – What, Why & Other Q&A’s logo

Those of you who've been following this blog will know I've taken steps to port the VPS Bible series to a new home of its own. In fact, that happens this week.

By way of an introduction to the new site, the whys and therefores, I figured it'd be nice to ...

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14 & – Focussing on 2010

using ssh and bashrc for easy login

Sure, there has been a pause. A month, no less, and how weird is this: I feel like the kid at school who sidles into the classroom, totally late, hair strewn and face sheepish, having missed Assembly and, oh no, they already started that ruddy Math test. Which I'd also forgotten. Bugger!

Oh well. Being a confident sort of an idiot, let's ...

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GUV NEWS: Guvnr & MakeUseOf Karmic Tie Up

Karmic Bible really Digged

PRESS RELEASE: teams up with to promote the ultimate Ubuntu 9.10 installation guide.

Been a busy week or so with the release of the Karmic Koala Bible as a pdf with the boys at *. ...

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One Man And His Web

censored website, UAE-style

So I've relocated for a few months, to an Arab country that shall not be named. My website, on the other hand, still lives in Newark, New Jersey, before traveling about. And I have a dilemma.

On arriving here, I checked my site and was greeted with the fact it is unavailable. Banned, sensored, deemed inappropriate.



Holiday’s Over, Now Coming Up

back to the web

OK, so I'm aware most of my subscribers are Statesiders, and I know you folks don't really do the whole holiday thing 😛 Being one of those antique Europeans, on the other hand, I'm a lazy sod and, being Spanish, my wife is even worse, so we kind of take a few weeks out.

This year, I'd planned to ...

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File Sharing Site Torpedoed After Fine Threat

pirate bay logo

The file sharing peer-to-peer network, The Pirate Bay, has had the plug pulled.

The decision to suspend the site was taken by their main web host, Black Internet, which was threatened with a hefty fine by Sweden's Stockholm District Court.

The penalty decision, written in Swedish, also targeted three of the Pirate Bay's founders, and here's a translation ..

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