If you live outside the UK and are thinking of subscribing to Linux Format, hold fire: our subs team is working on a special limited-time subs offer for all overseas readers. It won't last long (that's why I'm warning you in advance!), but it will be a significant price cut that you absolutely won't want to miss. I'll post more details as soon as the deal is finalised, which should be Monday morning.
Every cloud has a silver lining, right? Right? I know a lot of you really hate it when LXF's built-in spelling system goes awry, so I wanted to come clean: LXF108 may well make your blood boil. In fact, if even the occasional error makes your head hurt, then LXF108 may cause you to self-destruct. Thanks to a small series of production mistakes - namely a number of wrong pages being sent to press by accident - there are some mistakes in LXF108 that are comically bad, and I apologise for that.
After several months on a waiting list, my Monome128 arrived last week. A Monome is a hand built walnut wood and aluminium box with 128 buttons lit by 128 LEDs - designed primarily for making weirdy electronic music. All Monomes are built by a couple of guys in Philadelphia, who promise economic and ecological sustainability in their design and production. Everything is open source, from the firmware to the PCB schematics, and many people create their own. You can even build them from an Arduino.
I had an email from a reader asking whether we could produce some sort of quick reference wall chart to common Linux commands, and it occurred to me that we did something similar almost 18 months ago when we produced our Getting Started guides to Linux.
Because my life is like a perpetual episode of Seinfeld, I ask you: What's the deal with toasters?
I mean, look at this. Here's the marvellous job done by my classy new Argos Cookworks toaster:
That's OK -- it's pretty dark and crunchy, just as I like it. But this is setting number four. There are nine settings. No sane person would want their toast much darker than this, so why are there nine settings?
It's a bit black over Bill's mother's (as my Nottinghamshire relatives would say). I popped over to Argos this evening, and while the weather wasn't great, it was fairly bright. On exiting the shop, I was confronted by this, the biggest and swiftest transformation in the skies I've ever seen (and I'm from Cumbria!).
Valentine Sinitsyn, the main man at Linux Format Russia, recently flew in to LXF Towers to
sample the local beer exchange ideas and do some sightseeing, and left me with one particularly memorable quote about how long LXF Russia subscribers have to wait for their issues: "our postal service is a bit like the UDP protocol." And you Australians thought you had it bad when waiting for your copies to arrive!