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The homepage of Craig Loftus's personal website. Containing a variety of personal creations and recommended items.

Open Data consultations – Answers to the Data... 2011-10-25

I am currently responding to 2 Government public consultations, the Data Policy Consultation on the form and role of the Public Data Corporation and the Making Open Data Real consultation on the “culture of openness and transparency in our public services”. In this post I copy my answers to Chapter 4 of the consultation document, on charging for information, this was the section I felt most able to answer. I omit my answers to the other questions as I either skipped them or only gave cursory answers. The answers below are not particularly well considered either, but it felt better to contribute than to sit back and hope for the best.

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Changing the S3 bucket region with Déjà Dup... 2011-10-13

Déjà Dup is a simplified back-up tool for Gnome that lets you use a variety of storage options for backing up your computer. However, its handling of Amazon S3 is a little simplistic as it does not let you set the region of the bucket that it will automatically create for you or use a pre-existing bucket. Amazon charges based on where data is sent and got from, so if you do not live in the US Déjà Dup will cost you extra. There is a bug report of course, but that does not seem to be getting attention, so below are instructions for a work around.

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Letter to Nicola Blackwood MP on Theresa May’s... 2011-04-01

The following is a copy of the letter I sent to my MP (Nicola Blackwood, CON, Oxford West and Abingdon) regarding the comments in parliament made by Theresa May with regard to the anti-cuts protests in London on 2011-03-26.

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