Sunday, April 29, 2007
He brought it over, and I hooked it up to my desktop. The desktop is an old, unreliable backup machine that runs Windows Server 2003. Windows wouldn't see the drive. At all. Though the drive was detected by the BIOS at bootup. I rebooted the machine in feisty from the CD, and sure enough the hard drive appeared and mounted. I am secure copying the files to a hard drive on the network. Feisty is awesome.
Strange that Windows didn't see the drive at all.
First if you are on Feisty and you don't have the sun jdk installed, you will get segmentation faults. Downloading the java sdk from the sun site, installing it, and modifying the path so that the newly downloaded jdk version runs should fix the issue.
Second when building the flex sdk samples in OS X in a background terminal leads to focus issues. In my case, I was reading in a web browser, and all of a sudden the browser would lose focus. The focus would go to flex2.tools.Compiler.
Just some items of note.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
To get an idea of what all this cool technology is, watch this video. Ely Greenfield from adobe draws an amazing diagram of the technologies involved, and shows which parts have been open sourced.
BTW, Robert has two videos here about the open source news here.
Here are some more interviews of related Adobe technologies.
PS. I guess this post of mine just proves how irrelevant Robert is! :)
Thanks to the slashdot thread, I found this site that lists some other open source flash related projects.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
"Desktop search engines are all the rage these days. While Beagle may be the most popular desktop search engine for Linux, there are alternatives. If you are looking for a lightweight and easy-to-use yet powerful desktop search engine, you might want to try Recoll. "
Added to the list of software to be tried out. The only reason I don't use Beagle is because of Mono. It was too slow on my old machines, and I just haven't gotten over that.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Several people have asked about when we will offer solid state—or flash-based—hard drives. User reg submitted it on IdeaStorm, and there are several related ideas about these drives as well. Today, we're selling them on our ultra-mobile notebook the Latitude D420 and the D620 ATG semi-rugged notebooks. We will also offer these drives across our entire next-generation notebook line.
I found the drive available separately as an offering for your D420 here:
32 GB Solid State Parallel ATA Hard Drive for Dell Latitude D420 Notebook - Customer Install
Its only 32GB right now. I wish their were some benchmarks we could get on these.
You can buy the disk direct here
(Hmm... even though it has the buy direct link, I can't seem to find it in the store!).
"Last week at the Web 2.0 Expo, Brad Neuberg (the developer) gave a presentation on the Dojo Offline Toolkit. He's taken his slides and redone his presentation."
(Via O'Reilly Radar.)
The article above includes a cool presentation by Brad Neuburg, who talks about Dojo Offline, his creation. I wonder how long till Gmail gets this functionality, if at all. I tried Moxie the example app when it was in beta, and its amazing.
A mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum was contracted to help identify an unknown mineral found in a Serbian mine. While he initially thought the miners had discovered a unique compound, after its crystal structure was analyzed and identified the researcher was shocked to find the material already referenced in literature.
"This tutorial shows how to set up a Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.4) based server that offers all services needed by ISPs an"
Not sure how good the idea of installing feisty as a server is. Its supported till 2008, whereas Dapper LTS (Long Time Support) is supported up till 2011. I'm already regretting running my server on edgy. The only reason I see for using Feisty on a server might be better hardware support.
Monday, April 23, 2007
"'Stephan Binner, a well-known KDE and openSUSE developer, has released a set of live CDs featuring the latest development snapshot of KDE 4 (screenshots)."
This probably Pre-Alpha, so don't get your hopes up. Still its good to see the system evolve. Looking at the screenshots, the fonts remind me of BeOS. I loved the fonts on that lovely operating system, and I hope they keep that in KDE4.
Startup meme mentions quite a few efforts:
Less than a month ago Adobe launched Apollo, enabling developers to create web applications that work seamlessly irrespective of whether a user is connected to Internet or not. Apollo was soon challenged by Dekoh, which was pretty much offering the same functionality with the added glitters of being open source and cross platform as a result of being written in Java. This was followed by Slingshot, a Rails framework developed by Joyent, that brought offline functionality to Rails apps.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
"In celebration of Adobe shipping its CS3 suite tomorrow I visited three teams, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Apollo, and had conversations with them. Those three videos are now up on ScobleShow."
I really liked these videos which finally showed some real software. Really getting tired of Web2 sites that I don't actually use. Out of all the sites that I've seen two that I do use are clipmarks.com and stumbleupon. I started using stumbleupon just two days ago, but it is definitely a good tool for when you're bored. Other than that, I haven't used a single web app, I much prefer rich native software that runs on my machine. I probably won't use these three apps though. Far too expensive.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Another point to consider. The abc.com online player used to work just fine on all platforms. Their new improved player doesn't work with Linux. Or Vista. What does the new player have to offer that made it acceptable to break Linux/Vista compatibility?
Update: A day later, and their is a slashdot post about this issue:
Monday, April 16, 2007
I was home sick today, so I tuned in between consciousness I tuned in to scoble and jeremiah's live feeds from the Web 2.0 conf. It was quite interesting. I saw Dell's Lionel Menchaca come up and talk to scoble, and I saw scoble setup and shoot an interview right in front of us (I forgot the name, I think sharebook or something similar). Their were times when the signal wasn't good and we got choppy video/audio. But when scoble moved to the lobby the signal was good and the interview was pretty good. Almost as good as being their, at least for the parts I was awake.
This live tv thing might have something to it, at least at conferences.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
"As you may know, Active Directory relies on DNS. It relies on DNS to the point that if you don't have a DNS server when you first create AD it prompts you to make your first Domain Controller a DNS server. Since a lot of folks set up their network with defaults, that means there are a heck of a lot of Domain Controllers out there vulnerable to this, which means not only would an evil net gremlin have access to your server, but they'd have access to some of the most sensitive information on your network, including the (highly encrypted) database that holds all your user information."
I just started using stumbleupon and look at what I stumbled upon! Guess its time to lock up RPC and hope you don't have to do any administering remotely.
Microsoft does add some tips for preventing the exploit, but unfortunately they all have to do with locking down the RPC service on the server, which means you'd have no way to do remote administration.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
sandro$ wget -m -A mp4 http://www.shmoocon.org/2007/videos/
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
To my surprise the post actually didn't list any proper native RSS readers for Linux. RSSOwl is a java based app as far as I remember. In any case, the two cool RSS readers for Linux I've tried are as follows:
Liferea -- Gnome/GTK based RSS reader
aKregator -- KDE RSS reader
I'm sure their are a lot more.
I like both of them. I use google reader though, just because I keep switching machines/Operating systems all the time!
Monday, April 09, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Yesterday I made a post that said Vista seemed slow to me. I removed it five minutes after posting, because it just didn't seem right. I've had Vista Business running on a test machine that I've used every day for the past month or so. I've never had a problem in terms of speed. But when I installed Vista premium on my personal machine it seemed slow.
After clicking through to the post of Carl Campos from the above blog I read this:
As I write this, my 2 GB system...
And things seemed to click. The test system had 2 GB of Ram, my personal system has 1GB. Further, I have different antivirus suites (both symantec, but one corporate, and the other personal). I think these two aspects might be the difference.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome 915resolution
apt-get install build-essential quanta kdevelop anjuta screem bluefish vlc emacs-snapshot-gtk gaim gaim-guifications gaim-extendedprefs gaim-hotkeys gaim-encryption mozilla-thunderbird deskbar-applet openssh-client openssh-server subversion k3b screen inkscape pan gqview unrar par2 nmap wireshark bitchx gstreamer0.8-plugins libgtk2.0-dev python-mode
manually install automatix to get more apps.
manually install beryl.
Dell e1405 WXGA+, X wouldn't start
Essentials, 2006 edition
Note: Transmission source 0.6.1 has a bug where it identifies gtk 2.10 as old, downloading source from svn and compiling that fixes this problem.
Friday, April 06, 2007
In Vista, pressing CTRL-ALT-Right Arrow will change the display orientation so that its easier to read web sites or what have you. It doesn't work well on my laptop though, even though it is a wide screen, it gets darkish when you flip the laptop like that.
Oh and press CTRL-ALT-Up Arrow to get back to the proper orientation.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
I finally got kubuntu edgy installed in Virtual PC.
First of, the normal install CD won't work since X doesn't display properly. The alternate CD has a text based installer, which works though. I first went to ubuntu, but their new download page doesn't seem to have an option to download the alternate CD (If it does, please comment :). The kubuntu page was quite simple though, with the alternate CD right their. Since I prefer kUbuntu, I didn't spend more time looking around.
The first time I tried the install, the text installer wasn't displayed properly as well. I had to reset, and specify 640x480, on the grub menu. I think the option is F5. Once done, I set networking to NAT, the default was my broadcom NIC, which wasn't connnected, hence no network. And from their the install went along as normal.
After the install, the X display is still corrupt. Just as X started I pressed Ctrl-Alt-F1. If you take too long, it will corrupt the display, can Ctrl-Alt-F1 will remain corrupt as well. Their is a better way by passing the proper options in grub to boot to text mode, but this was easier, and I forgot what those options are. Once on the console, I edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf, and set the Default Depth to 16. Restarted kdm, /etc/init.d/kdm restart, and I have kUbuntu running on Virtual PC.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
"IIS 7.0 is included within the Windows Vista client release, and is now available with the home editions of the operating system (unlike IIS 5.1 which was only available with XP Professional). IIS 7.0 for server will ship later this year with Windows Longhorn Server, and will add a bunch of additional deployment features - including much richer hosting support, secure FTP support, and built-in web farm deployment support. "
(emphasis is mine)
I should have known this! Maybe I knew of this, but just forgot. Now where is the Vista dvd...
(I have Vista business installed, and it seems you don't need the Vista DVD. At least it didn't ask me for it.)
Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off -> Internet Information Services
Some more interesting reading:
Tip/Trick: Using IIS7 on Vista with VS 2005
Wordpress in Vista
Monday, April 02, 2007
The main thing I like about clipmarks is how easy it is to select clips (parts of a page) from an article, and have that posted to the blog. I couldn't find that functionality in Google Notebooks, which for me means the tools are not in the same category.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
"When marking a message as read, Google Reader gives me the message 'Oops...an error occurred. Please try again in a few seconds.' . It occurs both in Firefox & MS Explorer. "
Yup, I'm having the same problem! It started last night, and I even tried switching machines, and wireless network. Something is definitely up with the service.
I'm switching to netnewswire for now.
Update: A google reader engineer left a comment that it should be fixed now. Sure enough, it is. Nice service! :)
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