James Gifford
Last seen April 19, 2016, 6:48 a.m.

Website: http://jamesrgifford.com/
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Survey on Small Business IT
Sept. 20, 2012, 8:38 a.m. by James Gifford

Howdy folks! For those of you who do small business IT work, I'd appreciate it if you could take a moment and fill out a survey - I ask a few simple questions about VoIP, Monitoring, how many users you serve, etc. Click here to take survey


Review: DoStuff, a todo.txt client for humans
Aug. 20, 2012, 7:18 p.m. by James Gifford

DoStuff is a unusual application - it's simple, and it is based off of a "standard". For those of you who don't know, there is a project called todo.txt, which plans to "Future proof" your todo list by storing it in a file called... todo.txt of all things! A product of the Ubuntu App Showdown, DoStuff is simple. While I ...


Unity 6 Lands in Quantal
July 19, 2012, 6:31 a.m. by James Gifford

In the "Ubuntu+1" category, early this morning <a href="https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/quantal/+source/unity/6.0.0-0ubuntu3">Unity 6.0 landed in Quantal</a>, the development release of Ubuntu. The changelog is as follows: <!--more--> <blockquote>unity (6.0.0-0ubuntu3) quantal; urgency=low Add a dconf migration script from /desktop/unity to /com/canonical/unity debian/unity.migrations, debian/control, debian/rules: build-dep on dh-migrations include the upstream migration script (cherry-picked)</blockquote> <em> As with all things related to the development release of ...


12.10 Updates: Shiny new session menu
July 11, 2012, 3:46 p.m. by James Gifford

After reports of users being confused about the session menu and the user menu, they have been merged into one. <a href="http://2buntu.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Selection_002.png">[image:Selection_002.png]</a> <em>Like all things related to 12.10, it is entirely possible and likely that by the time it is released, the feature spoken of here will be removed, or completely flipped upside down on its head. Also, upgrading to ...


How to set up nagios on Ubuntu 10.04 and 12.04
July 10, 2012, 4:54 p.m. by James Gifford

For those of you who are budding sysadmins out there, I highly recommend that you take a look at the Ask Ubuntu question and answer below on how to set up and install Nagios, the industry standard in monitoring. <div class="stacktack" data-site="askubuntu" data-id="145518" data-answers="accepted"></div>


App Developers need your help!
July 10, 2012, 12:51 p.m. by James Gifford

Daniel Holbach from the Canonical recently sent out an email with a request for help with the approval process for <a href="http://developer.ubuntu.com/showdown/">the Ubuntu App Showdown</a>. So, here it is, go lend a hand with the app review board! <!--more--> <blockquote>Hello everybody, I hope you all have seen the news about the recent Ubuntu App Developer Showdown 1. It has been ...


SSH Client, Now available in the Chrome Web Store
May 1, 2012, 2:31 p.m. by James Gifford

For those of you who were following my adventures in the cloud a few weeks ago, you'll know that one of my greatest frustrations was the lack of a SSH Client in Chrome OS. However, there is now one in the Chrome webstore! James Gifford takes you through on a tour of it. Here is a video showing how it ...


12.10 Has a Name: Quantal Quetzal
April 23, 2012, 9 a.m. by James Gifford

Mark Shuttleworth has annouced the next Ubuntu Releases' (12.10) name: Quantal Quetzal. <!--more--> As <a href="http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1121">was posted on his blog</a>, 12.10 (Hereafter reffered to as "Q") will have some cool changes: <blockquote>From a styling point of view, we think in terms of quadruples: this next release starts a cycle of four, which will culminate in 14.04 LTS. So there? an ...


12.04 Desktop To have 64-bit as the default?
April 16, 2012, 9:59 a.m. by James Gifford

Steve Langasek has brought the topic back up in the ubuntu-devel mailing list, after it was almost entirely ignored after the UDS session. <!--more--> As per <a href=" https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/foundations-p-64bit-by-default">the Launchpad blueprint</a>: <blockquote>It's expected this cycle that Multiarch will provide superior 32-bit compatibility for any packages that previously required ia32-libs, as well as a scalable way to add compatibility for other ...


Kubuntu Finds A New Sponsor
April 10, 2012, 12:30 p.m. by James Gifford

<a href="http://www.webupd8.org/2012/02/kubuntu-to-become-community-only-ubuntu.html">As was announced</a> back in February, Canonical will no longer fund Johnathan Riddell's work on Kubuntu after the 12.04 release. Well, it looks like Kubuntu has a new sponsor! <!--more--> As stated on the <a href="http://www.kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-to-be-sponsored-by-blue-systems">Kubuntu blog</a>: <blockquote>Kubuntu will have a new sponsor in <a href="http://blue-systems.com/">Blue Systems</a> from the 12.10 cycle starting in May. Kubuntu is a community led ...


Video tour of 12.04 Beta
April 10, 2012, 12:14 p.m. by James Gifford

A quick walkthrough of Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin", by James Gifford. <!--more--> [important]Just a reminder: 12.04 has not been released yet, so if you upgrade, please be careful. Upgrading to the pre-release version of Ubuntu is not recommended, as we frequently state.[/important] <iframe src="https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/llsQqjmp8pU" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe>


Ubuntu, GNOME and Design.
March 31, 2012, 4:29 p.m. by James Gifford

I recently had reason to boot into my Fedora VM - it is the latest and greatest Fedora 16 in all its glory. Along the way, I realized something. Fedora's fonts suck. &nbsp; <em>please note that if you load the full article, you will have a lot, and I mean a <strong>lot </strong>of screenshots loading. Its a large number of ...


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