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Installing AWS Tools on Ubuntu

Have to share this great article on installing the AWS API tools on Ubuntu, thanks Eric


Geocode for the UK

So I wanted to find out how to encapsulate the UK with a geocode. Using Free Map Tools, I found a point and draw a circle around it, positioning it so it covered the whole of the UK. It then gives you a URL in the form:

The numbers needed are clat and clng to give the lat/long grid reference and then the r to get teh radius of the circle. This can then be used in tools like twitter to produce a geocode like:


BBC iPlayer on Ubuntu

I was looking for a way to download and watch BBC iPlayer content on Ubuntu (Natty Descktop) and came across this great post by Christopher Downing on how to get it installed.

The only problem I cam across was whilst doing the update when I had to install a new Key, this was acheived by:

gpg --keyserver --recv <missing-key
gpg --export --armor <missing-key> | sudo apt-key add -

The rest of Christophers post worked a treat.


Lowry Parsons

Have recently been working on a new venture, Lowry Parsons, a publisher of eBooks. This has involved creating the website, but more interestingly publishing an ebook for Amazon Kindle. The book, The Five Minute Master on Email Overload, is available on Amazon now. 

More on the publishing process to follow as well as how to publish on Apple iBooks.


Getting MySQL Workbench to work on a remote host

When you first install MySQL on Ubuntu 10.04 server it is configured to only allow connections from localhost and so if you want to connect MySQL Workbench to the server for administration purposes then you need to allow connections from any IP address. This editing the /etc/mysql/my.cnf file and find the section [mysqld] and edit the bind-address entry from to be your full IP address or if you want to bind to all addresses then use Also make sure that there is no skip-networking section.

And don't forget to restart MySql

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql restart

And grant privileges to root for remote administration, through the mysql console

grant all on *.* to root;

You will also need to add the MySql port to the firewall rules to allow access

sudo ufw allow 3306

Thanks to Vivek Gite over at nixCraft for his great artical on the same subject.