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Android Phones
Written by Clif Brunstetter   
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:29

Lately, Android phones are hot.  About time.  Anyway, recently, a friend asked about my phone, here's my response...

Last Updated on Friday, 18 February 2011 07:21
Linux please
Written by Clif Brunstetter   
Thursday, 21 October 2010 03:49

So, in pondering the value systems we see generated, I suddenly realize, Apple has it's devout followers, Linux has it's fanbois, but where does that leave MS?

Although King of the proverbial OS hill, I don't see any fans.  Lots of folks are very, very afraid of moving away from MS, but there really aren't many fanbois, for the worlds most used OS. 

Things the make you ponder life, as we know it...


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Selectively edit the lxpanel menu
Written by machiner   
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 22:38

lxpanel populates its menu with the .desktop files in /usr/share/applications. An easy way to prevent an app from appearing in the menu is to edit its <app>.desktop file and add the line:


If you've already got NoDisplay=false then change it to true. Save the file, kill and restart lxpanel and there you go; menu item gone. Thanks to skottish for this handiness. Although, I didn't cp any files as suggested. We all have our own ways of doing things ;)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 December 2010 22:40
Not so much: Adapting to GNU/Linux
Written by machiner   
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 05:44

I disagree with the assertion that a computer user adapts to Linux, or anything else that's new to them computer-wise. I never adapted to anything when I switched to Debian GNU/Linux. I merely continued. Sure, my computing "knowledge" was expanded, that's terrific 'cause that's the way I roll....but adapting? Naah. Don't get caught up in all that. Don't think that you are forced into a night-and-day switch form Windows.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2009 05:50
Copying or ripping DVDs in Linux (Debian)
Written by machiner   
Saturday, 23 April 2005 06:41
It's easy to copy your DVDs in Linux, and we use Debian here. Completely ignoring any and all philosophical or legal rhetoric, if you want to copy your "Dr. Seuss" DVD before your 4 year-old flings it across the street then you're at the right spot. Read this if you like: France bans DRM on DVDs   Also, read this interesting DRM Dissertation by Cory Doctorow.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 March 2011 06:46
Update Notifier Goodness on your Debian Lenny Desktop
Written by machiner   
Thursday, 19 February 2009 08:07

Update Notifier

So, I am sitting here at the dining room table with my daughter this dreary looking Thursday morning. She sits to my right eating her cereal, infrequently punctuating my news reading with quirky remarks about this and that. She's so wonderful. When, from out of nowhere a tiny orange "thing" appears up in my status bar.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2009 06:46
nVIDIA 3D drivers for Debian 5.0 Lenny
Written by machiner   
Tuesday, 17 February 2009 08:14

Just a few short weeks ago we all got the ability to install nVIDIA the "Debian way" again as it hasn't worked for a while during testing. Way to go team, hooo-RAH! From a fresh installation of Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 - Lenny, it's easy to get the nVIDIA drivers installed if you've got that kind of card on your box. My laptop has an 8400 something, something and playing games like Nexuiz is a joy on it. GoogleEarth and Celestia are pretty cool, too.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2009 21:12
The Wicked - compare some stuff
Written by machiner   
Friday, 18 February 2011 07:12

Say you're poking around a cdrom backup you just popped into your computer. 3 deep in your documents directory you find a list of software you had on your box, say, 8 months ago. If you're anything like me the very first thing you think about when you see this file is to compare it to current. OK, so let's do that.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 February 2011 08:26
Intermittant nvidia driver reinstalls
Written by machiner   
Sunday, 12 December 2010 09:28
As I run with the evil Nvidia binaries every once in a while I have to reinstall. Say if there's an Xorg update, as there was this morning. I can still boot to a pretty desktop but Nexuiz won't run. Well, it's a simple thing to fix it up.

If you run gdm or the like you'll have to stop it. Ctrl+Alt+F1, login as root, run /etc/init.d/gdm stop (or gdm3, whatever you have). Now you can work the nvidia drivers.

With your display manager off so X isn't running it's a snap to get your fancy 3d game back. Here is what I do in order:

  • # nvidia-installer --uninstall
  • # cd ~/downloads/multimedia/nvidia
  • # ls
  • # rm /usr/bin/gcc
  • # ln -s /usr/bin/gcc-4.3 /usr/bin/gcc
  • # sh

I do not allow it to mess with xorg.conf.

  • # modprobe nvidia

Now you can relink gcc-4.4 to /usr/bin/gcc and then restart gdm. Done deal. Took, what? 1 minute?

Happy Sunday

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 December 2010 09:29
Data Recovery in the event of your Death
Written by machiner   
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 09:26

It's a scary thought. Computers have completely usurped pencil and paper. We all store our precious family pictures and important data on our computers and some of us go the extra step of securing this data from prying eyes through encryption, obscurity or at least strong passwords. Some of us manage data for others, too. Say you manage servers or websites. Would your family be able to get data to clients? Would they even know where it existed on your machine? Would your family know that as a webmaster there are many memberships you belong to or forums, chat groups, etc? Would your family be able to tell which of the 5 versions of patches and upgrades you have stored in each project's sub-directory was current or even applied?

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 12:58
Wireless on Lenny from a net install iwl4965
Written by machiner   
Saturday, 28 February 2009 11:11

With a net install you may not have all the firmware and drivers you need to be fabulous from square one, so it's important to have what you need on hand before you start. Unless you don't worry about connecting wirelessly from your porch. But if you want that you can have it with a little planning. I have an HP Pavilion laptop. The wireless nic is an Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN. Although the Lenny installer will prompt me for the firmware during install it forces a WEP encrypted connection and I use WPA2. Therefore I don't bother with this functionality, but you can if you like. I already have copies floating around of the deb files I need, namely:


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2009 12:05
Managing Your Debian System Software
Written by machiner   
Sunday, 22 February 2009 11:13

EDITI just made a little video0 of a quick package installation using aptitudea. Those using Debian and its package management schemes can't say enough about how sweet it really is /EDIT

Pre-Goods Rant

It's not easy to please Humans.  Most of us demand gold if we are to give up our tin and have many other unreasonable expectations of things.  It's usually from all the lines of BS that we hear.  Our heads get filled with fantasy and it's pretty attractive, a damn site more attractive than what we've already got.  For example when some kid tells you that his car is better than yours.  Or, his computer never gives him trouble, or - I can do this...can you?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 21:14
Setting up Debian GNU/Linux 5.0, Lenny - HP Pavilion 6871
Written by machiner   
Friday, 20 February 2009 10:18

Setting up Debian Lenny for desktop action

The HP laptop I use these days suits me just fine (See bootnote below). It's got some decent specs and running Debian on it has it acting as if it can anticipate my demands. Which is, of course, exactly what I expect. Back in the NT4 days boxes that I set up ran schwiiing like this, too. In my experiences on desktops, NT4 and Debian rock them hardest. And who doesn't want that kind of action? See here for specs.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2009 09:31

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