Author Archives: philroche

QNAP TS212 Turbo NAS review

It’s OK folks I’m still alive, here’s a short review of the QNAP TS212 Turbo network attached storage device. There was an email flying around last month on what to get a friend of mine for his 30th. We decided in the end for a PS3 but his brother suggested a QNAP NAS. I’d never seen […]

Synching Thunderbird/Lightning or Windows Calendar with Nokia PC Suite in Windows 7

Guest blog post from my buddy Frank Smyth Nokia only plays nice with Microsoft products. That didn’t bother me for years because I used Outlook for email and calendar and Nokia PC Suite got along fine. Then one day I decided to migrate my email to IMAP and the problems began. The first problem was […]

Run-A-Muck Challenge … awesome fun

After being coaxed into it by a mate on the football team I partook in the inaugural Run-A-Muck Challenge in Clonkeeran House, Co. Kildare. It was probably the most fun race I have ever “competed” in. It was just like when myself and my brother went mountain running in Norway except there was a shit […]

Spotify Singles Chart playlists

I’ve been using Spotify premium for a few months and I’ve been loving it. There are tons of sites with Spotify playlists but none for listing the current UK or US charts. I decided to write a playlist generator which parsed RSS feeds of the singles chart and then created a Spotify playlist based on […]

Simple Django install on Amazon EC2

I set up an amazon ec2 instance this weekend and as I knew I’d bedoing it again I noted the steps performed. Hopefully they’ll be of use to someone. Firstly you need to set up an EC2 account. I’d also recommend downloading ElasticFox(XPIinstaller) which makes it easier to manages instances, volumes andelastic IPs. Also install […]

Dublin- Clare in just over 2 hours

The new motorway between Dublin and Galway is now complete and open all the way down now. Because of this I managed to get down from Dublin to my Dad’s place near Ballyvaughan in just over two hours. Only a few years ago the journey used to take over 4 hours. For once I saw […]

Django project dependency management and deployment

I’m not our server admin here at Ticket-Text but the whole issue of project dependency management and deployment does interest me. As such I’ve been looking at ways to help and have compiled the following list of what I have found most useful. I admit I have not read all of these yet but Fabric […]

Encoding all files in a directory using ffmpeg

The wonderful folks in the Django community have uploaded all the videos from Djangocon 2009. I’ve downloaded them but needed to convert them to mp3 so I could listen to them on my commute. I used the ever awesome ffmpeg for f in *.ogv; do ffmpeg -i “$f” -acodec libmp3lame -ab 256k “${f%.ogv}.mp3″; done

Ran out space on virtual machine (Virtual Box)

I use VirtualBox OSE for my virtual machines and really love it. I tried to change to the non-free VirtualBox (so I could use USB) but moving from one to the other in Ubuntu was not a simple process and eventually I rolled back (thank Christ for CloneZilla). I’ve got a Win XP virtual machine […]

Bloggy mcBlog Blog

Happy New Year fockers!!!! In the wake of the interest surrounding http://project52.info/ and Matt‘s return to the blogging world, I’m going to try and get blogging a bit more (I know I’ve said it before). I’ve alot going on at the moment – work, GAA starting back, Kettle Bell and my Masters so surely I […]