Plusberry Pi – Ultimate Raspberry Pi Case

The Plusberry Pi is a special case for the Raspberry Pi. The most important thing about it is that it has enough space of a dedicated 2.5″ HDD.

It looks like a fabulous case. Just what I am looking for.

The only issue is that it is a Indiegogo project looking for funding.

Plusberry Pi Media Case on Indiegogo

As of writing it has 91% of the funding required ($35,350 out of $39,000). So not far to go, but only 4 days to go.

If you have any interest in the Raspberry Pi then this project would make a great investment, especially as it is the only case I have found that is designed specifically to house a 2.5″ HDD. It would be particularly useful for a home media server.

Take a look and see what you think.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to get Native Netflix support

In a recent discussion with Ubuntu developers, it seems that Netflix will soon work natively on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in the Google Chrome browser.

This has become possible because of the development of the HTML5 player.

The only prerequisite is for the NSS security package to be upgraded to at least version 3.17. This is planned to occur in the next couple of weeks as a standard security enhancement.

At the moment it is possible to watch Netflix on Linux, but only if you adjust the User-Agent string in Google Chrome.

Update 23rd September 2014

I can now confirm that the NSS package has been updated to version 3.17 and that Netflix is now working in Google Chrome.



OpenSSL SHA256 Certificate Migration

Over the last week Google announced that they were going to stop supporting the SHA-1 algorithm for signing certificates.

Google’s SHA-1 deprecation announcement

Because of this I have created a couple of posts explaining how to migrate to SHA-256 based signatures.

Generate an OpenSSL Certificate Request with SHA-256 Signature

Change OpenSSL Default Signature algorithm

Since I wrote those pages other security companies have started to post their own migration strategies.

Qualys SHA1 Migration: What you need to know

In addition, all the major Certificate Authorities (CA) have started providing customers information specific to their services. So if you have certificates already, then contact your CA for further migration help.


Raspberry Pi – London Tube Status

I just added a new Raspberry Pi section.

Complete with details on how to make a London Underground Status Board.

London Underground Tube Status Display


Fresh New Look…

This site was really in need of some Tender Loving Care. To try to rectify that I have given it a nice new theme.

I will also attempt to add a bit more content. I am sure I have lots that would be of benefit to others.


Netflix is now available in the UK – No Linux Support

Today I noticed that Netflix is available in the UK.

Unfortunately it seems that because it requires Microsoft Silverlight, it will not work with Linux. Not even with Moonlight.

When will people learn that we don’t want encumbered by DRM.

I will be terminating my membership straight away.

UK LoCo Christmas Dinner @ Dans Le Noir

Thanks to Alan Bell for organising a wonderful Christmas dinner at Dans Le Noir last night. It was a wonderful venue and the food was amazing. I never realised how dark, dark could really be.

I would recommend this restaurant to anybody.  Also remember, this is the only restaurant  where you can get away with eating with your fingers and licking your plate when you are finished. As it is so dark, who would ever know.

I was however, slightly disappointed that some of the other members of the podcast team couldn’t come. Maybe to make up for this, they should all be blindfolded while recording the next podcast.  Just a suggestion ;)

The Register Hacked (DNS Hijacked)

I can’t believe it.

I would never have thought that one of my favourite tech news sites could ever be hacked. Yet a few minutes ago I captured the following screenshot when browsing.

Come on guys, what is going on?

The Register Hacked

The Register Hacked

*Updated – 10:00pm 4th September 2011

After further investigation, it seems that The Register’s website was not hacked as such, but rather the DNS for that domain has been hijacked.

The bad A record IP appears to be instead of which is a rackspace server where the register is hosted.

If you go to and do a nameserver lookup you’ll see the register has the following nameservers now: 86129 IN NS 86129 IN NS 86129 IN NS 86129 IN NS

Which isn’t right.

It should probably look something like: nameserver = nameserver = nameserver = nameserver = nameserver = nameserver =

*Updated – 11:00pm 4th September 2011

It appears that has also been hacked. Hacked Hacked

*update again… Sites that have also been defaced include defaced defaced defaced defaced defaced defaced

*Updated – 7:15am 5th September 2011

The Guardian have interviewed the Turkish hackers that instigated the attack on the various high-profile websites.

*Updated – 8:10am 5th September 2011

The Register have now posted an article explaining a little about what happened.

HTC Desire will not get the Gingerbread update

HTC have announced that the HTC Desire will not get the Gingerbread update. It turns out that the design of the HTC Desire was fatally flawed. The article at the URL below effectively states that the Desire does not have the required RAM to run Android 2.3 + Sense UI at the same time.

I am not happy about this. I now find myself unable to upgrade my phone without shelling out a huge amount of money. The reason for this is that in the UK now, it is standard practice for phone companies to lock customers into 2 year contracts. I still have 1 whole year to wait before I can get a phone that I can update. I originally opted for the HTC Desire because it was the top rated Android phone on the market. That and the fact that Samsung phones, at the time, where not known for upgrading their phones to the latest release of Android. I now wish I had made a different decision. I didn’t think I would ever say this, but at least Apple don’t do this kind of thing. They keep their customers phones updated for a significant time. HTC sort yourselves out. You have lost me as a customer.

** Addendum **

HTC have now hastily retreated on this announcement, which is not surprising.

Interestingly Dan Lynch of Linux Outlaws fame made the following observation. Which is also a very good point.

“More worryingly for me, when did HTC decide that doing all their corporate communication via Facebook was a good idea? What next, a Geocities site or perhaps a MySpace page? They could do away with their website all together and just use 3rd party platforms.” – Dan Lynch (

I agree completely. HTC, Please get your house in order.


Ubuntu Manual Project – Position Openings

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What is the Ubuntu Manual Project?

The Ubuntu Manual Project Team is responsible for the Getting Started with Ubuntu book. This a comprehensive beginner’s guide for the Ubuntu operating system. It is written under an open source license and is free for you to download, read, modify, and share.

The manual is aimed at new users of Ubuntu to help them become familiar with everyday tasks such as surfing the web, listening to music, and scanning documents. With an emphasis on easy-to-follow instructions, it is suitable for all levels of experience.

Available positions

We are currently trying to fill the following roles:

These missing roles have meant that the project has not moved forward as we would have liked.

How to apply for these roles

Please provide responses to all the questions below and email them to

  • Full name
  • Contact email address
  • Role you are applying for
  • Describe any relevant experience you have in as much detail as possible
  • Describe why you think you should be considered for this position
  • What you would do in this role (e.g., how you would improve the release process or how you would engage the community

The closing date for applications is Friday, 11 March 2011 at 20:00 UTC.

Project leader

The Ubuntu Manual project leader is responsible for guiding and directing the project. The project leader’s responsibilities include:

  • Promoting the project in the community.
  • Recruiting new project members.
  • Scheduling regular meetings.
  • Release Planning.
  • Motivating project members.
  • Providing vision (and blueprints) for the project.

The project leader should have the following qualifications:

  • Be Self-motivated.
  • Good at managing people.
  • Have a firm grasp of American English.
  • Be able to guide and direct the project.

Editor in chief

The editor in chief is responsible for the overall quality and content of the manual and ensures that it is published in a timely fashion. The editor in chief manages the chapter editors and authors. The editor in chief must commit to the following duties for the duration of the release cycle (approximately six months):

  • Check spelling, grammar, writing style, and factual accuracy.
  • Track changes between previous and current Ubuntu releases and ensure that the current edition of the manual reflects those changes.
  • Motivate and coordinate with the chapter authors/editors to contribute in a timely fashion.
  • Provide regular status updates to the mailing list.
  • Ensure proper attribution for text that has been copied from other (CC-licensed) sources.
  • Maintain the list of credits (authors, editors, translators, designers, etc.).
  • Verify that all screenshots and graphics are correct.
  • Gives the final go-ahead to publish the online and print versions of the manual.

The editor in chief should have the following qualifications:

  • Be Self-motivated.
  • Good at managing people (namely chapter authors and editors).
  • Have a firm grasp of American English.
  • Fully understand the Ubuntu Manual Style Guide.
  • Be able to run alpha and beta releases of Ubuntu.

Additional Information

Please note that we are a community project, and these roles are unpaid.