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Round up of the year so far and future plans

Writing a blog post seems a rare event for me these days. Apologies folks. I thought I’d get back in the swing of things by updating you with what I been up to this year so far and plans for the rest of the year.

My primary focus has been on leading the Arctic Online project which offers web design services. With some great projects completed I’m very pleased with what’s been achieved so far. Here a couple highlights:

A Witch in Time

I worked with Alice to deliver the vision for her website, to provide an online store where folks could purchase products for their home that would help them to get the feeling of bringing a bit of outdoors indoors.

The site is fully e-commerce enabled and I’m very proud of what we achieved.

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Trayl Body Work

Trayl is a highly trained manual therapist and lecturer at the famous Sunshine Massage School in Thailand.

Trayl offers a huge amount of knowledge in the form of videos on his site, accessible to all. It’s been a honour to provide Trayl with the tools to share his wonderful and in-depth knowledge so others can benefit.

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There been many more development projects, but those are the highlights for me.


With web-development work comes server administration, well if you a geek like me that is. I been looking after a few Debian based servers for some time now and have enjoyed the challenge of being a Systems Administrator. I don’t have the pressure of likes of Google’s SysAdmins for sure… which is probably why I enjoy it still 🙂

Some additional projects I’m involved in include a Bitcoin venture, publishing of a book (more news on that soon) and a few others at various early stages of progress.


On a personal level, I been focused on spending time with my family and my dogs and really moulding the way I want to live my life for the next 10+ years.

My Dad has not been well for some time now. As they say, you can’t get time back and I been fortunate to be able spend more time with him since returning to South Africa last year. My Dad is a great man and gave me a childhood a boy could only dream about. My Dad is a pineapple farmer, will be till he passes, and although he no longer has his farm, he was the largest producer of pineapples in the Southern Hemisphere in his day. More important than that, he would give the shirt off his back if it could help someone and I’m very proud of him.

Noonie and Bono
Noonie and Bono, click the image for more pictures

My dogs are perhaps one of my greatest loves. We been working hard on training and on some quality fun time too. We been hitting the beach, swimming and doing some long walks.


Looking ahead, I’m working on merging my passion for conservation and technology by finding work with conservation organisations that require help with Internet technology or IT in general. To be honest, I’d do pretty much anything as I want to get more involved, but that’s where my strengths are I feel and how I could benefit an organisation like that most.

I’ll be launching a website to help further this end soon and will post more about that when it’s ready. In the interim, if you know of a position or organisation that could use my help, get in touch please.

Screencine launched

I’m very pleased to announce that Screencine has been launched. I am the project lead for Screencine and I’m very proud of what we’ve

Screencine website

achieved for the launch.

Screencine is a screensaver application that allows you to display a video as your screensaver.

Screencine is build on the foundations of community, creative commons and open source. By this I mean that where possible all the code and creative is available for anyone to re-use or modify as they like.

My goal as project leader is to bring these contributions together to make the project stronger, the application better and increase the content available.

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20 Years of Linux

Linux 20 years old!

I’m a bit late on this, but something worth sharing!

Via Lxnews: The Linux kernel has recently celebrated its 20th birthday. Linus Torvalds announced the project to the world on 20:57:08 GMT on August 25, 1991:

Hello everybody out there using minix –

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.  This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready.  I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

I’ve currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I’ll get something practical within a few months, and I’d like to know what features most people would want.  Any suggestions are welcome, but I won’t promise I’ll implement them 🙂

Linus (torva…@kruuna.helsinki.fi)

PS.  Yes – it’s free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that’s all I have :-(.

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