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LinuxWorld London, day 1

Well, I can't say I was there at the very opening of the event - ticket shenanigans meant we caught a later train than we planned, but the intrepid Mr Saunders and myself arrived at Olympia before midday, to find an encouraging number of people visiting the show.

The pedant’s revolt

Autumn. Saturday morning. Blue sky.

Pretty much my favourite time of the week, year, ever, ever. But recently I have been forced to reappraise some of my other favourite things. Favourite smell remains a bonfire at night when I am outside (has to be dark), favourite animal remains the sting ray. But my very, very favourite thing in the whole world – writing lists – I am no longer so sure of. In fact, these days it makes me feel a bit feint (ruled).

Mac Upgrade, Graham downgrade

My Mac has been upgraded (yes, LXF is still made on Macs, yadda yadda). I've gone from a 450MHz G4 to a 466MHz G4, and now have 1.25GB of RAM rather than just 1GB. The immensity of this upgrade should mean that LXF production can be completed at least 30 seconds earlier per issue, which means 30 seconds more of Unreal Tournament.

Return of Cretinous Ex-Cretian

Future supporting Breast Cancer Care

Well, blog readers, it's been a busy few weeks - hence the last of posting. LXF73 is out of the door, utilising the most innovative, exciting and thought-provoking cover I can remember us printing. We've also been tied up taking part in Talk Like a Pirate Day and, most importantly, Breast Cancer Care.

Sun, sea, sangria…

...and all sorts of other things I didn't get to see much of, at this year's BrainShare conference. Held in the gorgeous city of Barcelona, Novell's BrainShare 2005 brought together users, developers and partners of Novell's extensive software range. Oh, and a gaggle of journos too. The conference was held in the CCIB building on the coastline -- splendid views of the Mediterranean sea were to be had (just behind this view of the building). I didn't have any time to paddle in the lush blue sea though...


Meskin food

In between bouts of expletives, our current Art Editor, Effy, revels in telling us all that there is no such thing as chimichangas. Being Mexican, he knows all about Mexican food, you see, and therefore is the office authority on nachos, fajitas, and Doritos - three foods that are clearly eaten all day, every day in Mexico.

Efrain Hernandez-Mendoza, the Linux Format Art Editor

So, say it with me...

New Team Member!

Graham has abandoned us in favour of a h-o-l-i-d-a-y to Crete. We all know he's never coming back - not because he doesn't like us very much, but because he's well aware that when he leaves Crete we'll call him an ex-Cretian. Thank you, I'll be here all night...

Ah! Yes, the reason I'm posting: while Graham is away, we have a Graham substitute in his place. We sent numerous email offers to the Tub of Lard from Have I Got News For You, but were rebuffed each time. Falling back on our last resort option, we have a sprightly young sprog called Scott coming in for some work experience.

On the polarisation of light

Yet again, Canon must have seen me coming: I've spent £160 on a small pane of glass. The lens I tend to use on my camera is the 70-200 2.8 IS, which is a great all-round camera for the kind of shoots I do. The downside to such a fast lens is that it requires huge filters, hence £160 for a circular polariser. Despite being pricy, these are cool, but first I'll explain what these things actually do if you're not into photography (and yet, for some reason, still care what a polarising filter is...)

Stalking Stallman

RMS is a nice guy; I agree with a fair chunk of what he says, and I think some of the Stallman/aureole photos are hilarious:

Over the last week or so, I've been trying to get a comment from the great man on the recent Australian trademark wrangle. This is for a news piece in the next issue, and while I've not had an answer (yet), I have had to agree to several of RMS's own questions before he would consider a reply.

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