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This is Ian Ozsvald's blog, I'm an entrepreneurial geek, a Data Science/ML/NLP/AI consultant, founder of the Annotate.io social media mining API, author of O'Reilly's High Performance Python book, co-organiser of PyDataLondon, co-founder of the SocialTies App, author of the A.I.Cookbook, author of The Screencasting Handbook, a Pythonista, co-founder of ShowMeDo and FivePoundApps and also a Londoner. Here's a little more about me.

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18 February 2008 - 13:23First Brighton Python Meet – Weds 20th

John and I are holding our first Brighton Python meet this Wednesday 20th at The Hampton Arms. Paul Silver’s The Farm is running on the same night – we’ll be sitting on a nearby table.

We’ll have a copy of Learning Python on the table, I’ll have my laptop with ShowMeDo‘s TurboGears code and John should have his laptop with the Django-based FivePoundApp.com code.

We can talk about A.I. and C-integration stuff (IPython, scipy, matplotlib, Numpy, ctypes) too, along with IDEs, resources and anything else you need to know. You can be experienced or ‘just interested’ – all are very welcome.

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16 February 2008 - 18:15Rupert and Eurogamer at the £5 App

Earlier in the week we had a great talk from Rupert about how he and his brother built the ‘overnight success’ Eurogamer in ‘just 10 years’ :-) I’ve written the event up at Rosie’s ProjectBrighton.

If you’re interested in presenting an idea, work-in-progress or fully-fledged story at a future event then please just get in touch, we’d love to have a chat.

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15 February 2008 - 14:00Learn Python – ShowMeDo Subscriptions

I’m rather proud to say that we released our Subscription package for new Python programmers last Saturday. We aim to be the on-line ‘Python school’ that so many beginners are looking for.

Python is a great language for beginners, has many learn-Python books and a strong Python Tutor mail list. One area that it lacks is in making it really easy for a non-Python programmer to get up to speed on the language easily and confidently.

Our target audience is ‘new Python programmers’ – at first those who have some prior programming experience (so they know about e.g. ‘if’, functions and variables) who want to learn how to write ‘good Python code’. Next we’ll probably target those who know less about programming.

I’ve already covered some of the basics like file reading/writing, csv data files, unit-testing, refactoring and common IDEs in my previous series. In my new series I’m looking at wxPython GUIs and later we’ll look at web-applications with Django and CGI.

This marks a turning point for us – now we know where we’re focusing and what we have to deliver (previously we had too many ideas and not enough focus).

Next I have to create several solid new series over the next 2 months and figure out how to market to the right users. It feels like this is a constant quest for skills-acquisition!

I’m very pleased to say that John Montgomery is joining us as our 3rd Python author – he has a great background in Python, Java, programming for the web and all sorts of geek topics.  His videos will make a great addition to ShowMeDo.

Onwards and upwards for 2008 :-)

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7 February 2008 - 14:07Disappearing Adobe Flash Player on Ubuntu (Gutsy)

This morning Ubuntu’s UpdateManager ran and informed me of 1 update to do with the Adobe flash player. I let it install…and promptly I no longer had the Flash player in Firefox :-( An ‘about:plugins’ confirmed that it was missing.

A few minutes poking on the web revealed this write-up and this bug-report which spells out the fix.

By following the setup and then removing flashplugin-nonfree, then adding it again, the Flash player reappeared in my Firefox. Fixed in 2 minutes.

After this I removed the ‘proposed updates’ from Software Sources (added via the bug-report’s instructions) and all seems to be well.

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