I believe there is a misprint in the Tip of the Month on page 75 of the LXF 152 magazine, as I have just spent a while trying to get the tip to work, ie, the "Instant web server" using python.
To start I could not find the character you printed in the command which I show here in red.
python -≠m SimpleHTTPServer 1111
I presume this must be a non-printing character which should not have shown in the magazine, as it does not even appear in the character map on my gnome 2.32 ubuntu 10.04, and I could not reproduce it in any way.
Being a subscriber, I copied the command from the pdf of the magazine and tried that, but that showed an "unknown option -" I then tried the command without the odd character and, BINGO! it worked without a problem.
What a useful facility/utility for quick file viewing (and transfers) around the LAN; just like giver.
Xubuntu 12.04 user, and loving it!