Ubuntu VM: local dev environment on Windows

Recently, I went through the process of setting up a new development environment on Windows for my playground projects at home. My work is usually done and hosted on Linux with a standard LAMP stack, so using an ubuntu virtual machine lets me keep my Windows machine for gaming and…

An assortment of useful linux commands

This is a totally random post full of linux commands that I find useful but am always forgetting. I use linux at work and also on a command-line-only VM at home. I'm always battling with it, largely because I'm a noob. Usually after a couple of hours of playing with…

Another dot com boom...

Despite the current economic turmoil, many people are warning that the technology market is falling foul of another bubble. I've been following the discussion with fascination, and last week this article from TNW debunking the theory really caught my eye. This is not another technology bubble, this is natural economic…

Today I learnt Git...

I've been working with SVN for a couple of years. I'm familiar with it now, it no longer seems like a militant policing system that enforces rules on my way of working, and instead feels like a reliable old friend who looks out for me when I inevitably cock something…

How to view and extract Plesk backups

Have you ever had a minor developmental nightmare and needed quick access to a Plesk backup? Lost some data or needed a reference point and just wanted to get at a database's SQL without having to do a full restore? Perhaps you've just wondered what a Plesk backup was &…