JD - Simple but functional...

As you can see, there's not much here yet. But what there is may be of passing interest (only if you're interested in that sort of thing, of course...).


Getting Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04) working on a Dell E6510 Laptop

In July 2010 I got a Dell Latitude E6510 laptop, and put Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04) on it. Getting everything working has proved to be a lot harder than I imagined, a bit like being back in the bad old days of Linux. So, this page is to document what I've found out so far, what I've still got to do, what works, and what doesn't. Ubuntu Lucid on Dell E6510.

Buying and Riding a Greenspeed Recumbent Trike

Courtesy of a back injury, I changed from riding an upright bike to a recumbent tricycle. It's been fun, not least because now I'm able to cycle again, but there has been quite a lot to learn. Here are my experiences and thoughts on moving to a recumbent trike.

Replacing the motor brushes on a Miele W930 washing machine

Here are instructions (with photos) for replacing the motor brushes in a Miele W930 washing machine.


My dbmstools utility, which generates and maintains database schemas and data for multiple DBMSs from a single XML file. If the preceding sentence makes you think, "Goodness, he speaks Swahili!", it's a safe bet that dbmstools isn't for you - move along, now, nothing to see here. But if you're thinking, "Yeah, I *need* one of those", then it's worth a look. dbmstools can:


CLIChart is a toolkit for quick visualisation of tabular data on the command line (CLI) by generating and displaying charts. It can do all sorts of wonderful things, but it's mainly intended for those who have system logs they'd like to understand - there's nothing like a good chart to show what's going in a system. CLIChart also includes tools for extracting and massaging data from text sources (like system data) - this data can then be charted.

Contacting me

You can get me via captsens at gmail dot com.