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Lucid Lynx Review: Sweet! Get Ready for LTS


Having had a play, here are some initial thoughts about Ubuntu's latest Linux distro, Lucid Lynx, an important Long Term Support edition.

First, the key pros and cons …

  • Pros: Wireless works out of the box
  • Cons: Installer hangs *
  • Verdict: Impressive, promising

* right at the end, contained problem, see below.

I tested the release candidate beta a few days ago on an HP Pavillion DV2 laptop. ...

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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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VPS Bible: Do I Really Have to Charge? logo has been live for nearly a week.

It provides a niche home for the subject Setup Unmanaged VPS 4 Linux Noobs and I built it somehow to monetize the time it takes to produce these tutorials, while also giving Guvnr back its remit ...

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30 – b. 9th Feb 2010, Fair Weight. logo

At last that damn site's gone live. Just in time for me to go to bed and catch up some sleep.

Yeah right. Not quite.

But it's there now, and I'll be using it as an example, here on Guv, as to how probably not to build a community membership site thing.

Best give it some ranking juice then!:-

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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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Copy Writers, Bloggers & WebDevs – Forget target=”_blank”!

jQuery logo

If you regularly anchor links to external web pages, sites & blogs, chances are you don't always remember to use the target=”_blank” attribute. Even if you do, here's a cute shortcut to cut keystrokes.

I love jQuery. It's the absolute billy's walnuts! Here's another reason why.

When we think of jQuery, or Ajax, we tend to think of snazzy designer effects and usable content distribution, but it's just ...

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Link up: Good Yet Simple Back-Link Strategies


Problem: You blog to death, promote like mad, but still aren't receiving back-links.

Solution (or some of it): Read this, from Paul at WebDistortion.

It's not very often I write a post about someone else's content. Indeed, this is the first time – Friday Fun links aside – although I want to change that a bit and spread the love. ...

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VPS Bible Updated with New Nginx/WordPress Versions


The VPS Bible has been updated – and fully tested – to reflect the latest stable releases for Nginx (0.7.64) and WordPress (2.9.1). Dependency packages remain the same.

The test, meanwhile, which followed the entire VPS Bible process, went without a hitch. Hurrah-de-huh ..

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Easy-as-you-like! Adapt Square Boxes with Hassle-Free Curves

round corners without javascript or images picture

Give your site a design lift with this simple CSS code snippet. Simply choose a radius and drop it in a div for a real easy way to add curves without any images or javascript.

This is super-fast to do and works for all browsers except IE (so there's a surprise). Still, 60% of the market isn't bad for a few seconds work.

I'll ...

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Paypal Tip .. Get the Bloomin’ Email Address Right!!!


So you secured the client, you're doing the work, everything's hunkydory and besides, it's a Friday. What could go wrong? Er, you got the client to pay a stranger …

(What happened to the Friday Fun spot, huh? Good Q. Was wonderin' the same thing myself. Maybe this can kick-start an institution.)

Problem: Gave client somone else's Paypal address. Poverty. Stupidity.

Solution: Don't ...

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