March 15, 2011

Improved Ubuntu notifications: gnome-stracciatella-session

Posted in Software at 19:34 by graham

If you are an active user of Ubuntu’s notifications, for example via lintswitch you may of noticed that they have two key problems, which are easily solved:

March 7, 2011

Elizabeth Yin: You don't need a programmer, you need a market survey

Posted in Software at 07:24 by graham

These days, for most internet businesses, the number one challenge is customer acquisition and marketing — not building a website. The overwhelming majority of startups that fail don’t fail because their website didn’t work. They fail because not enough people used it. This means that as entrepreneurs, we need to do a better job of vetting our markets before even building anything. It’s just too much of a waste to build out things that people don’t want.

From Elizabeth Yin’s talk at Web 2.0 Expo.

The crux of her talk (the talk hasn’t happened yet, I’m extrapolating from the linked interview) looks to be that you probably don’t need to start building yet, and what that means is you don’t need a technical co-founder yet. You need to vet your market first. Here’s what she suggests:

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March 1, 2011

Running a Tor relay / node / server on Ubuntu

Posted in Society, Software at 07:29 by graham

Updated October 2013: Minor edits.

Right now, for people like me who have access to servers, the single biggest benefit we can provide to society at large is by running a Tor relay. Tor provides anonymity to users of the Internet.

This page is about contributing to the network by running a relay (or server, or node – same thing). If you want to use Internet services anonymously, you probably want the Tor Browser Bundle.

There’s are good official instructions on running a relay.

Install it from the official repository

Edit your sources list: /etc/apt/sources.list

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