Metric Rat Site Upgrade

In the middle of moving the site, should be back up on Friday 16th November. Which it is, but all images and uploads missing, and all my categories are gone :( . Will have to do these one by one. Categories now sorted, and a tag cloud created, and rescued all images and files from old site, just need to upload and re-link those now.

I am also about to move to a new domain so expect a bit of down time from this as well !


Of interest (?) I was importing the blog from 1and1 Blog, version 2.2.1. At first it would not import to this version 3.4.2, there was a missing entry regarding the wxr version in the exported xml file. Once I copied the required line

across the import went fine, apart from the media import. This was probably my fault as I move the blog before setting up this new one, and all the links may have been messed up. They aren’t even there on the backup 1and1 blog I set up. There was a warning about this from 1and1 but…..


It’s been far too long without a post on this blog, but will try to keep more up to date in future!

Gutsy has passed, Hardy has passed, and Intrepid is now the beast to work on. Also been moving away from default Ubuntu and working on Openbox and Xubuntu. In fact I have settled on Xubuntu 8.10 as my current environment since Ibex came out, and this has proven to be preferably to Gnome in many ways. Ubuntu-Freak’s multimedia guide is the mainstay of post installation improvements, the use of devilspie keeping control of windows, and the various hacks from the Xubuntu blogs have kept my system ticking along. For Openbox its worth visiting urukrama’s blog for full details on getting set up. Also tracked down another way to give windows folks access to linux shares, this time using sshfs. A great little program called dokan performs this trick. i have built up a nice set of Thunar custom actions to share too.

Need to post up in more detail on these things, plus  add links, so watch this space


Started using Ubuntu in Feb 2006, having been given a copy of a Hoary Hedgehog CD. Was pretty fed-up with Windows and the price of software, and was ready to try something different. Several previous attempts at Linux had ended in frustration, but this time things were different, Ubuntu offered a window to a real working environment, and the chance to get everything working.Well, it only took 13 months to get all my hardware going, and to satisfy all software requirements. Worked through Dapper 6.061 and currently on a highly modified Edgy 6.10. Have Feisty 7.04 installed at work and as a server at home. Also run an Edubuntu 6.06 as a server and LTSP server so everyone at home has access to everything, and can login as a client to terminal services if needed.

This site is a recap and work in progress, much of which can be found on, which has to be the best support forum for an OS on the planet!