Howard Durdle

Quitting Truecrypt ↪

“I think the TrueCrypt team did this,” Green said in a phone interview. “They decided to quit and this is their signature way of doing it.”

Two Days With Google Glass

In mid-April, for just one day, Google opened their Glass Explorer programme to any purchaser in the US. I took the opportunity to get one shipped to my US office, and on Friday my CEO returned to the UK bringing my package with him. So what is it like?

Mini LEGO Builds ↪

Chris McVeigh designs and publishes fantastic miniature LEGO builds, including the LEGO Atari VCS 2600 you see in the link. Mine arrived this week and I can confirm it is just as perfectly formed as it appears in his photos. He’ll even sell you the pieces you need beautifully packaged from his store.

Octopress Linked List ↪

Thanks to Jonathan Poritsky for his post on settings up Linked List behaviour in the stock Octopress code. The Octopress documentation implies that this behaviour is already baked in, but it seems this isn’t so – linked lists are not in the master branch right now.


Nearly a year ago I read a piece by @mattgemmell which inspired me to Tweet:

He responded, gamely, with:

And here we are, almost an entire year later – and a full two years since my last post – without any change in my site or increase in frequency of writing. Until now. The redesign is courtesy of Octopress with a healthy nod to Matt’s layout – especially the about page and his wonderful sharing icons. No purple links though, I do have some boundaries.

Are You LeakedIn?

As a bit of fun I got hold of the LinkedIn data leak and knocked up a tool to check if a given password is in the leak.  Take a look at it here:  By now there are probably multiple other sites doing the same thing, but I like the logo on mine and it was an excuse to play with JQuery, JSON and MySQL again.

.svn/tmp Directory May Be Missing or Corrupt

For future-Howard (and team), how to fix the error from SVN “your .svn/tmp directory may be missing or corrupt”.

for /R /D %i in (.svn) do if exist "%i" mkdir "%i/tmp"

Open CMD, cd to the SVN directory then run the above command. It will place a new tmp directory inside each .svn directory.

After you run the command, an svn cleanup should succeed.

ZoneMinder Control Script for Foscam FI8918W

Update 27/02/2011: Added IR control and password passthrough.
I’ve recently put together a CCTV solution using a few Foscam FI8918W cameras and the excellent ZoneMinder software. This is all running on a CentOS 5.5 virtual machine under Hyper-V (more on this setup another time). The Foscam cameras have pan, tilt and the ability to set and move to preset locations.

Exchange 2010 SP1 Breaks pre-SP1 Transport Agents

I’d encountered a few anomalies with the Exchange 2010 server over the last few weeks, so took the opportunity yesterday to upgrade it to SP1 and the latest Update Rollup. This revealed an annoying feature of — or bug in — Microsoft’s code that loads Transport Agents causing my RegExCatchAll Agent to crash. I also learned something I didn’t know about Powershell.