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Cholsey to Newbury

September 24th, 2016

Here’s a variant on a couple of walks I’ve done previously: a 24 mile jaunt from Cholsey near Didcot to Newbury along a bit of the Ridgeway and through the North Wessex Downs.

I’d really recommend it actually: scenery on the downs is lovely and the detour at the end avoided a boring trudge down the side of the road that blighted a previous adventure in these parts.

Here’s some happy looking pigs going out for a morning forage.

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And this is Donnington castle near Newbury. I didn’t get to spend long there as I was in a massive hurry to catch a train.

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Xcowsay 1.4

September 8th, 2016

Once upon a time I used this this blog to publish softwares of questionable utility, and if my analytics stats are anything to go by, I should have stuck to that. So today I’m proud to announce the release of… xcowsay 1.4!

This is just a rolling up of various minor tweaks over the past few years:

  • Fixed various usages of deprecated Gtk features
  • Allow values with quotes to be set in the config file
  • Fixed a crash when the -r option was used without a value
  • Added a --release option to close the window on mouse button release

Download it here or wait for it to appear in your distribution. Report any problems via the GitHub issue tracker.

Summertime Oslo

September 4th, 2016

I was over in Oslo for two days the week before last. Because everyone in the office there slacks off about 4pm I had some time in the evening to explore. That, and the sun never sets. 😯

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So I wandered around the area by the harbour and castle. I go to Oslo quite often but it’s been nearly seven years since I last went to this part of the city. The light was really lovely: I don’t know if this has to do with being so far north.