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Latest rev of Macbooks and keyboard conking out after sleep

So I’ve been slowly re-initiating myself into the Church of Mac with a new Macbook however not all is well in Mac-land… It seems the Macbook can have an unresponsive keyboard if you sleep it and wake it up (Also here). Needless to say I find this bug extremely irritating and it really hurts the […]

Some long term thoughts on using a Kohjinsha SA1F00V

Awhile back I bought a Kohjinsha SA1F00V to test it out as a lightweight Tablet PC. After a few months of usage, I can say that I’ve not been that impressed with the device but neither have I been so frustrated with the device that I felt the need to toss the thing out the […]

Voice Chat for Second Life Linux client still not working

This past Saturday I tried checking out the Second Life version of the November TLUG Meeting due to some previous obligations barring me from attending in person. So I went through the rigmarole of installing Second Life on my Linux machine at home and getting it configured to work properly with these things called SLurls […]

Fix the ‘missing key: categories: Cannot read the portsdb!’ for portupgrade

I ran into this exact problem when trying to upgrade a bunch of ports lying around on my FreeBSD system. Luckily Well-Rounded documents the fix for this. You’ll have to upgrade portupgrade manually to rebuild its database with an updated version.

Book Review: Practical Ruby for System Administrators

One of the things I do with Ruby is to use it to help handle some of my tasks when I am wearing my sys admin hat. I can’t say I’m a Ruby expert by any means but when it comes to writing code, I always get the shivers looking at Perl which is a […]

Where have you been… again??

Hi folks, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated this blog. This is my attempt to try to bring back to my life my little corner of the blog universe back alive. So what have I been doing? Well this and that. I’ll leave it at that for now and promptly try to start blogging more […]

Linux and the MSI-7265, the final straw

I’ve written before before on my battles with Linux and Core 2 Duos. After waiting a long time for Feisty to get closer to a release state I loaded up Feisty (after some initial install pains. The alternate install CD recognizes enough to install but the desktop version doesn’t and requires a USB CD-ROM or […]

Templating languages, templating languages… and yet more of them

In the realm of web development, anytime you start using some software platform to deal with the tedium of writing web pages by hand, it’s quite often it leads to some sort of templating system to handle it. While nice in theory and can promise many things (Seperation of logic from presentation, blah blah blah) […]

A sad tale of technology dependence

I love technology misery stories for some reason. I guess working at a job where it is your job to expect things to break in weird ways does that to you… I guess we can reword that as I LOVE corner cases A sad tale of technology dependence I made sure nobody was ever going […]

Messages like Warning: require_gem is obsolete. Use gem instead. driving you nuts?

If you’re seeing tons of those messages like I’ve been and wondering what in the world that is all about. After Googling around I finally found a definitive answer on Jason Young’s Blog what it was all about. What is it Since rubygems 0.9.0 the command require_gem has been deprecated in favor of just plain […]

Optimized for more memory than yesterday’s big iron servers

Here’s something I never want my Operating System to be asking of me users should consider 4GB of RAM if they really want optimum Vista performance

Migrating instiki from one database type to another

The Rant Instiki is one of the premier wikis for Ruby on Rails which is another way of saying the other rails-based solutions don’t look that great so far from what I’ve seen. Here is an except from the instiki website: 1. Download 2. Run “instiki” with Ruby 1.8.4 or greater. (on windows, that’s instiki.cmd) […]

Public Key Infrastracture gone wrong (or why you MUST have Windows to function in S. Korea)

Gen Kanai writes about S. Korea’s dependence on Internet Exploder due to misplanning a Public Key Infrastructure South Korean legislation did not allow 40 bit encryption for online transactions (and Bill Clinton did not allow for the export of 128 bit encryption until December 1999) and the demand for 128 bit encryption was so great […]

Linux and the MSI-7265 Motherboard

In an earlier post I wrote about the pains of Core 2 Duo motherboards and Linux support. Since September, there has been quite a bit of progress in the Linux community to support the JMicron SATA/PATA controller that is on the Intel P965 based motherboards. However, I’ve found that things are STILL not all rosy […]

gem install mysql failing on Ubuntu fix

The problem Did you try something stupid (and expect something hopeful) like: $ sudo gem install mysql Then get something beautiful like: ERROR: While executing gem … (RuntimeError) ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension. Gem files will remain installed in /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/mysql-2.7 for inspection. Welcome to getting bit by the policy of the Debian packaging […]