Fixing Vim 8.0

Debian Stretch and Ubuntu 18.04 (bionic) have come with vim 8.0, which breaks all sorts of things.

The following vimrc file seems to fix things

source /usr/share/vim/vim80/defaults.vim
set noincsearch
set scrolloff=0
set mouse=

And then a couple of things I like

set background=dark
set tabstop=8 softtabstop=0 expandtab shiftwidth=4 smarttab

The first line has to source the default to enable things like syntax highlighting (which vanish if you just have a normal .vimrc


Hello world!

20 years ago, I ran a website, mainly about a computer game, a fairly novel thing for a teenager to be doing at the time. University and life followed, and the rise of social media meant I didn’t bother, but for the last few years I’ve been thinking of relaunching my own space as somewhere to collect my rants and raves.

I lost control of in 1999, and all that’s left of which predated that site is a redirect. Nevertheless times change, and while I still love Star Trek (and can’t wait for the new Picard series to debut later this year), I thought this time I’d write something a bit more varied.

I work as a broadcast engineer for a large broadcaster, but clearly these pages are all my own views. There may be occasional thoughts on politics – from tuition fees to land value tax, there may be more technical thoughts on analysing RTP tcpdump output. I might not even write anything, but it’s nice to have my own personal server on the internet to throw some things on.