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Updating to Intrepid Ibex 8.10 RC on hp nx6325

Posted by lazybit on October 28, 2008

So, a few days before the final release I decided to update my Hardy laptop to Intrepid.

I checked the website and all components seemed to be good for installation.

So after a sudo update-manager -d and about 2 hours later the machine bootet up Intrepid nicely. Xorg did work, even though without accelleration. I had some issues with the older fglrx driver on the machine. After being told that there is porprietary software available I installed the ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver and rebootet. Again, everything went fine, 3d accelleration was now working. The only minor issue was with the bcm4312 card which was not working. The hardware drivers for Broadcom STA wireless did the magic.

For my point of view so far you’re good to go if you own one of the nx6325 series.

Have fun with Intrepid Ibex 🙂

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Windows activation and instant log off problem

Posted by lazybit on October 16, 2008

So, yes, I do run a copy of Windows XP64 on my machine (dual boot) which is my gaming platform. Sorry, but gaming under linux? There’s still some way to go.

So a few days ago after some automated update my system told me it’s not activated yet and gave me 3 days to do so. I use my student key I got via school which worked fine so far. But now not any more. Calling the “nice” hotline did not help. Not having time I postponed problem solution.

Well, so I ended up having an inactive copy of Windows. I could not activate it either. After logging in, it asked for activation. Which I said yes to, but I ended up being logged out seconds later. So dead end street?

After some research I tried the following method. I mounted the filsystem from linux, went into windows/inf/syssetup.inf and removed everything OOBE-related, in the hope I would be able to log back in (about 5 entries each 5-6 lines). To make sure I also used safe-mode. Voila, it worked.

Being back in on my windows desktop I installed a nice little patch you can find at our friends site in Sweden. Sorry, even if this seems to be the improper way, I for sure will not call any other MS hotline or write another support email for my valid copy. (go to hell?)

So far works without a problem. Hope it stays so.

Hope this can help you in some way

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Do you type like I do?

Posted by lazybit on October 8, 2008

Psylock managed to implement user recognition by evaluating a sentence you type into your keyboard. Of course it has to learn your way to type first, but after that promises very high probabilty of identifying you, and only you.

The way one types is a mixture between genotypical and conditional characteristics and is in that way unique.

Relevant factors are the time between keypresses, which shift keys used, how you correct errors, and so on…

Identifying myself so far worked quite good, but I didn’t get the chance to try it on different keyboards. I’d especially be interested in using something more unhandy ( like a crippled netbook keyboard ). To see if it still identifies me.

So far noone of my friends types even more than 3% to how I type. So the question is:

Do you type like I do?

Post me your result. I’m really interested.

You can find a whole article on the subject in the recenter German Linux Magazin, 11/08, page 98.

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Dell Mini 9 with Ubuntu as Microsoft Operating System, in Germany

Posted by lazybit on October 2, 2008

Dell tags Ubuntu as Microsoft operating system

Dell tags Ubuntu as Microsoft operating system

Microsoft did manage to bring out a decend operating system? Called Ubuntu 8.04?

Dells German homepage does not seem to be flexible enough in the operating system tab and seems rather Microsoft focused. But I guess that’s not something that would bother one when deciding to buy one of their netbooks.

A little more interesting is the 50 Euro price cut for the Linux version which goes along with a reduced solid state disk. So you save by not paying for the license and getting less hardware. The flexibility on ordering the model equals to zero, becaus you don’t get any options.

That’s a little pity. So lets wait a little longer. At least till the Mini10 comes out. Or maybe the Samsung NC10 will steal the show.

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Thunderbird Lightning and Google Calendar, bidirectional sync, ubuntu 64

Posted by lazybit on October 1, 2008

Here’s a quick howto on using your Google Calendar with Lightning when you’re at home, with all edits being synced, no matter if done online or with Lightning.

We’re using the recent 0.9 Version of the Lightning extension for Thunderbird. You need to download the 64bit extension manually. The direct download on the Mozilla homepage will only give you the 32bit version. You can find it here: http://releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/calendar/lightning/releases/ under 0.9/contrib/linux-x86_64/

After that grab the Google Calendar addon: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/sunbird/addon/4631

After installing both of them, you should be able to set up a: new calender -> on the network -> Google Calendar. Post your XML address in the field, enter your password and you’re ready for bidirectional editing.

A pictured howto can be found here: http://bfish.xaedalus.net/?p=239 the wiki is here: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Calendar:GDATA_Provider#Accessing_your_Calendar

Two things to mention:

  • make sure to use the recent addons, which is a bit of manual work, but otherise the field for the Google Calendar will not show up or may not sync.
  • make sure to use the remote caledar when adding entries and not the local one which was set up by default (you can delete it if you don’t need it to avoid confusion)

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Update 1: Flash 10 beta on ubuntu 64 with firefox

Posted by lazybit on September 3, 2008

Even though getting a native 64bit flash in the near future (meaning within this decade, not as posted some time ago) there is an update on flash 10 beta.

Over at me and ubuntu there is a very nice script, and tutorial.

Should work for almost everyone with a default ubuntu 64 install.

Thanks for the work. Have fun.

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Fix for Ubuntu 8.04 64bit 4gig ram and fglrx driver using mttr

Posted by lazybit on September 2, 2008

I’ve seen I’m not the only one running a 64 bit Ubuntu Hardy and running into a problem starting Xorg with the fgrlx driver when using 3+ gig of ram.

My Xorg is running (without crashes so far) for a few days now, thanks to this fix at the ubuntu forum.

I’m using a script during startup that applies the patch and then starts kdm.

Here’s the fix (as seen in the ubuntu forum, link above):

#!/bin/sh
# Fixup /proc/mtrr
echo "disable=2" >| /proc/mtrr
echo "disable=1" >| /proc/mtrr
echo "disable=3" >| /proc/mtrr
echo "disable=4" >| /proc/mtrr
echo "disable=0" >| /proc/mtrr
echo "base=0x00000000 size=0x80000000 type=write-back" >| /proc/mtrr
echo "base=0x80000000 size=0x40000000 type=write-back" >| /proc/mtrr
echo "base=0xC0000000 size=0x10000000 type=write-back" >| /proc/mtrr
echo "base=0x100000000 size=0x20000000 type=write-back" >| /proc/mtrr
echo "base=0x120000000 size=0x10000000 type=write-back" >| /proc/mtrr

I’m using a ATI 3870, and a P35 chipset.

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wordpress.com tag cloud fixed

Posted by lazybit on July 13, 2008

wordpress.com fixed the tag cloud. Previously it would destroy the layout when tags become too long or big. Now it wraps around. You can use it again 🙂

Thanks wordpress.

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Flash 10 beta in Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 64 bit

Posted by lazybit on July 6, 2008

Yes, there is no native 64 bit version (again!) for us, but with the good old ndiswrapper and this tutorial you will get it to work.

Full screen view is now working. Everything else seems the same as in version 9.

As in the previous version, it seems amazingly hard on the cpu. And after watching some flash movies on you tube npviewer.bin was consuming a lot of cpu time, even though all flash pages have been closed.

This seems either to be a flash or a flash – ndiswrapper issue.

Because I wanted my cpu back I killed the processes, indirectly disabling flash for the current running firefox.

Again, this seems to be a working solution, but not the best one.

Or maybe flash 64 bit is on its way. Hm, maybe next decade.

If I find out more, I will let you know.

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your blog on wordpress.com or your own host

Posted by lazybit on June 22, 2008

So you decided to blog with WordPress?

You’re probably just in for blogging, might have read one or two comparisons to other blogsystems? Drupal or Blogger?

Ok, you already made the decision, it’s going to be WordPress. But the questions is, use mydomain.wordpress.com and put it all into the hands of WordPress or get your own url and do it yourself.

It’s not only a question if you have the technical capabilities. Setting up WordPress is fairly easy. And if you only have webspace and a database, the hoster takes care of everything else.

So I just give you my point of view, I had some experience with Drupal and WordPress on my own server and now this blog on wordpress.com

wordpress.com takes a lot of decisions off you mind because you plainly don’t have too many options. One gets to choose between a few nice layouts and a limited set of plugins. But that’s actually enough for regular blogging. Also you don’t waste so much time playing around with the site or evaluation potential plugins, it has been taken care about already. I can live with that 🙂

It is also very surprising that you will get indexed very fast and the amount of traffic I received after just a few posts was outnumbering the daily visits I had with 2 years of my old blog. Trackbacks and Pings help a lot, but also that the community accounts work on your site. Additionally its also easier to comment and leaving a fingerprint behind.

And the good point is, if you want to grow, it’s easy to migrate to your own site, taking all the data along. You have no costs and liabilities.

So if you’re new and want to try it out, or if you were always sceptic if you could live with these limitations, which I must say I was, there’s no reason for not giving it a shot.

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