Tag Archives: opensource
October 5, 2009

SEO Tweaks For JobberBase

Paul from Blackdog was chatting to me earlier today about Jobberbase, so I naturally asked him if he'd managed to hack around its rather annoying "200 status" issue on "pages not found" ie. ones that should return a HTTP response of "404".

I've been using the software for the last few months on two free job sites that I setup - freelancejobs.ie and technicaljobs.ie.

Not only did he share the information with me, but he's made it available to the public here - cool!

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March 10, 2009

Pidgin 2.5.5

pidgin logo

I hadn't had any issues with either Pidgin or Adium since the minor issue back in January.

However, as of yesterday, ICQ was refusing to work on Pidgin.

Seemingly there was a new release of Pidgin (2.5.5), however Ubuntu hadn't released a packaged version.

Since Pidgin is open source and they release the source files it is possible for a user to create their own Ubuntu / Debian package (.deb), however I don't like doing that unless I really really have to.

Fortunately there are other people out there who are more than capable of packaging files, so you can get a working set of .deb files here.

In order to install the new version of Pidgin you will need to remove the old one first. You won't lose your configuration settings by removing the old version (unless you purge it completely). You can probably do that via the UI, however it's just as easy to do it from the command line as root:
apt-get remove pidgin

Download all the .deb files from the site I linked to above and install each of them using:
dpkg -i filename.deb

The last one you install should be pidgin itself (the version I got was pidgin_2.5.5-1~getdeb1_i386.deb), so the command would be:
dpkg -i pidgin_2.5.5-1~getdeb1_i386.deb

It seems to be working fine now, so I'm happy.

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January 15, 2009

Google Culls Its Flock – Jaiku and more gone

The online chatter today is buzzing around the announcement by Google that they are cutting back on several or their services - including Jaiku.

I've always preferred Jaiku's web interface to that of Twitter, as Jaiku supports threading - ie. you can actually follow a "conversation" without losing your mind!

Seemingly Jaiku isn't being fully shutdown, but it won't be developed any more and is going open source

Maybe this is a good thing?
jaiku stream

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January 12, 2009

MSN Messenger Broken on Adium and Pidgin

If, like me, you don't use Windows, then you probably rely on Adium or Pidgin for instant messaging.

As of this morning neither Adium or Pidgin has not been able to connect to the MSN messenger servers for instant messaging.

If you're on a Mac you can install the Microsoft Messenger for Mac software or you can downgrade Adium to an older version.

The Pidgin developers are aware of the issue and are promising to release a fix, though when remains to be seen

For more in depth technical details check out the post on the Adium blog

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January 7, 2009

A Bit of SQL For Jobberbase Open Source Job Board

JobberBase is an open source job board application written in php / mysql.

It's pretty powerful and is open source, so I've decided to use it for one of my many sideline projects that I promised myself to get off the ground this year.

Unfortunately there wasn't any SQL for the counties of Ireland, so I did up a simple one last night.

You can grab it here

Thanks to Paul from BlackDog for recommending the script!

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April 12, 2008

Ubuntu Countdown


It looks like the next release of Ubuntu will be hitting a mirror near you in a few days. According to the main Ubuntu site the next stable release will come out of beta in a mere 12 days.

So what kind of new features will it bring?

What is likely to break? (something nearly always does! :) )

I'm seriously considering doing a completely clean install on my home desktop, as a number of things have been acting a bit flaky over the last few months, probably due to my annoying habit of installing stuff to play with it. (It's annoying me more than anyone else!)

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