Installing Apache+PHP on Ubuntu

Assuming you’re running Ubuntu 11.10 or 12.04 (probably works in others) you can install Apache with PHP like this:
$ sudo su
$ apt-get install apache2 php5 libapache2-mod-php5; service apache2 restart

I’m putting this here for my own reference!


I, uh, renamed my blog…

`Brian’s Blog-o-Blog’ was getting old.  We’re now going to go with `Ultimately the Cheese proved to be Worthless’, which is more in line with domain name.  There’s no real reason behind it.

Reviews of Shakugan no Shana novels one and two should be written in the next few days, as should the write-up of my PHP image viewer.  I just need to find the time.

My graduation ceremony was absolutely awesome.  Whit Diffie was there.  I’ll write more when I get around to it.


Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu – first impressions (plus some programming talk)

I just finished watching the first episode of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu (Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret) and I was moved enough to blog about it.

The show is a new Japanese anime that started airing a few days ago. I originally decided to watch it simply because of one my favourite voice actresses, Noto Mamiko is playing the main character. I then promptly forgot why I wanted to download it. While watching it, I had absolutely no idea what to expect from Haruka. When she started to speak, her voice hit me like a crossbow bolt through the heart. Bam! Instant win!

There is more to the show than just Noto Mamiko, of course. It’s a story about the most popular girl in school being a closet hardcore anime fan (or otaku). She gets found out in the very first episode by the male lead, which starts them down the path of romance. Exactly the kind of show I like to watch.

Moving on from anime, I’ve been working on some programming `stuff’ lately. I’ve been teaching myself PHP, for starters. The problem I always have with learning new things is deciding what to do with them. Sure, I could make a nice PHP powered website, but what should it do? Perhaps I should start writing down all of the ideas that I come up with, to help me through uninspired times…

Anyway, I made a nice PHP image viewer. It lets you browse through a directory hierarchy and view all the images in a directory one at a time, with previous and next buttons. There are a bunch of other options on it as well, but they’re not particularly interesting to write about. Once I’ve finished it off (there are just a couple of features left that I haven’t implemented) I’ll upload it to my code section with a full write-up.

I’ve also started learning C# properly. I learnt some bits of it during my third year Computer Games Technology course, but then just left it. I didn’t learn it very well, either, since we were mostly focusing on XNA. So, I bought myself a copy of C# Precisely and started reading. I didn’t get very far, as I discovered that I didn’t have the SDK installed, so I couldn’t even get the first example program working.

I’m going down to Surrey tomorrow for my graduation ceremony, which is on Wednesday, so I won’t be doing anymore programming until Thursday. Then I’ll attempt to dive into some C#! (Spoiler for the future: Brian attempts to carry on learning C# but is constantly hampered by his family asking him to make little changes to websites, fix their Microsoft Word documents, go up to Tescos to help with the shopping and play Tibia with them. He spends the day looking forward to when they leave him alone for nearly two weeks at the end of the month.)

Oh, and a little side note, I’m taking the first two Shakugan no Shana novels with me down to Feltham/Egham. If I feel like it, I might write a little review of them when I get back 🙂



It’s been about a month since my last exam. I think. Time has gone either quickly or slowly. I’m not really sure anymore. It seems a long time ago, but if I think about it – or check my diary, which I just did – then it’s been just under four weeks.


I’ve been learning some CSS recently. I did have a web technologies course in my first year, but it wasn’t very good. The normal lecturer didn’t take the course, for some reason, and the lecturer who ended up teaching the course had about two days notice to learn the material. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed her lectures, but it somewhat put me off the whole ‘web’ thing 😉

Point is, I now have some basic CSS knowledge to go with my basic PHP and HTML knowledge. I have used this knowledge to upgrade my website. I’m not sure that everything is working yet, so I’ve put it up on a subdomain – Once I’m awake enough to give it a proper test (that’d be after I’ve slept, I would think) I’ll finally upload it to the main domain.

The site is still rather lacking in content, but, darnit, it’s finally got some style!