Rainbow Chard

An assortment of indigestible things

Month: March 2012

Moving from Debian ‘stable’ WordPress to the latest version

I’ve been running WordPress 3.0.5 for a while now, as it’s the version in the current Debian ‘stable’ repository. For a while now I’ve been meaning to move to the latest and greatest (which, as I write, is 3.3.1), but didn’t want to mess about with pinning in apt to run a ‘mixed system‘. WordPress has had its own automatic upgrade system since 2.7, and with a history of nasty vulnerabilities, I want to be able to apply upgrades as soon as they are released by the WordPress team.

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Digitising my radio memorabilia

Radio Sofia logo

A few weeks ago I dug out two bulging ring-binders full of brochures, letters, leaflets and books that I received in the late 80s and early 90s from radio stations all over the world. I scanned a fascinatingly po-faced bit of propaganda from communist Albania, before (possibly foolishly) deciding to scan the lot and make it all available. I figured that some of this stuff must be pretty rare, and possibly of interest to someone or other. Then again, maybe not 🙂

It’s a huge task: I’m no archivist, and I don’t have a big fancy scanner like they do at work, so it’ll be a while before it’s all available.

Have a look at what I’ve done so far (at the time of writing I’m only half-way through ‘C’!).

Leafing through the Marxist-Leninist press

If you’ve arrived here expecting a cache of Marxist-Leninist newspapers, I may have misled you. I am neither a Marxist nor a Leninist (although I do have a soft spot for Imagine), and if I’m completely honest I don’t really know the difference. The title of this post is actually taken from a c1990 programme schedule for Radio Tirana, the English-speaking Albanian equivalent of the BBC World Service. As someone who heard that programme first hand, I can tell you that it was exactly as interesting as it sounds. We’ll get back to Albania shortly, but first a little context.

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