Watch Foxtel Now on Ubuntu Chrome

Thought I’d try out Foxtel Now to see if it’s worthy of the money they are asking. Whilst it is a significant improvement as far as quality and usability, it’s annoying to discover it won’t work in Ubuntu out of the box and you still can’t get the one package you really want (eg sports) without having to pay for a basic package, so no improvement on the pricing model despite their advertising efforts to convince you they are competing with Netflix.

Foxtel are using a simple javascript check to determine if your browsers operating system is Windows or Mac and will redirect you to /app when it’s not the correct os or version. To thwart this, simply change your user agent to a Chrome Windows one via these instructions:

How to Change Your Browser’s User Agent Without Installing Any Extensions

Happy Foxtel Now’ing on Ubuntu Chrome.

NBN – iiNet – Speedtest

I quite clearly don’t have 25Mbps but have to go through the motions to prove that I can only get 11Mbps at most on my NBN connection.

There was no way I was going to do this by hand 3 times a day, for 3 days on two computers as requested (instructions here: so I wrote a little batch script to do most of the work for me. I am by no means a batch script expert so this is a bit quick and dirty. Feel free to create a PR against this script or fork it if you can do it better.

Hope this is useful for someone else, it’s saved me a bucket load of time:

Intellij Kubuntu Alt+Backquote VCS Operations Popup

An annoyance with Kubuntu and Intellij where they share the same key mappings disallowing you from opening the VCS Operations Popup. You could change Intellij’s key maps but if you’re working on different platforms at home and work, teaching yourself different key mappings for the same shortcut isn’t ideal.

On Kubuntu (14.04), to change the Alt+Backquote keymap go to System Settings > Window Management > Task Switcher and find the ‘Current application’ area. You choose, either create new mappings or do what I did and set to none. Wallah! Intellij Alt+Backquote now works.

Eco Surf Art

I’ve been a big fan of Scott Denholm’s art work for some time, so it gives me great pleasure to help promote his art work and new website Eco Surf Art, which showcases a number of Scotty’s eco friendly surf art, including originals, surfboards, giclee canvas and paper prints.

What is Eco Surf Art? In Scotty’s own words, “Eco art has many different forms from artist to artist. Basically it’s when the artist chooses to use eco friendly art materials over traditional art materials which can have a heavy impact on the environment and even the artist’s health.”

What’s more impressive is that Scotty doesn’t just look at the materials he’s using, his whole painting process has the environment in mind. He is most likely the only eco surf artist in the world that has a process like this.

I hope you enjoy browsing through his work and reading his story as much as I did.

Scott Denholm – Eco Surf Artist

Squid Proxy Editor for White/Black Lists (PHP/MySQL)

squid_proxy_list_editorA small project to help with familiarisation of Github and to assist the System Administrator with maintaining white/black lists for Squid3. Still in development/testing but should be helpful for someone else nonetheless.

This project makes use of session based login, HTML5 and jQuery and introduced me to the jQuery Chosen plugin for the first time for nice displays of select drop downs.

Fork the project at Github: