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Ubuntu Gutsy and IBm ThinkPad T42 Xorg Configuration

Getting Ubuntu Gutsy running on an IBM ThinkPad T42 is easy, but the X Server can be a pain. Here is my config. # xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file) # # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using # values from the debconf database. # # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page. # (Type “man xorg.conf” at the...

Great Web Browser for Palm –> Opera Mini

It is no iPhone/Safari, but it is much better than the tired Blazer browser that is stock on Palm-based Treos. If you have a Treo 700p, this is really a must to handle non-pda optimized content. I think with all the iPhone envy, it is getting even more play. You can do the zoomed-out view and then zoom into the specific parts of the page. You can download here. For Palm, you will also need IBM...

Bonding Network Interfaces on RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5)

RedHat’s Knowledgebase has no info on correctly bonding network interfaces on RHEL 5. They do have some old RHEL 3 information, but things have changed a little bit and they have failed to add the changes to another knowledgebase article. Here goes the quick way to get you going. 1. Get the hardware addresses of your network cards. These are usually eth0, eth1, etc. but the addresses may...

Take Tivo Content to iTunes and iPhone in OS X

If you have a Series 2 Tivo, and have Tivo on the network it is very easy to get Tivo recorded shows to your iTunes and iPhone. Using Tivo Decode Manager it is really a breeze. Basically, you want to record in ‘High Quality’ from Tivo then setup TDM to do the MP4 conversion. You will get a file that then can be imported into iTunes and be recognized as a TV Show or Movie. Of course...

Views from Twin Peaks In San Francisco on a Clear Christmas Day, 2007

There were other things happening on Christmas Day in San Francisco besides the tiger mauling at the Zoo. It actually was a very clear day. We took some pictures from Twin Peaks because you so rarely get such a clear view. Links go to full downloads.
San Francisco View From Twin Peaks 1
San Francisco View From Twin Peaks 2
San Francisco View From Twin Peaks 3
San Francisco View From Twin Peaks 4

The Angry.Org Story

Details will continue to be added as time permits… Back in 1994/1995 I was working for Faludi Computing Inc. as a consultant and we wanted to play around and get familiar with DNS. So, we decided to put a basic webserver up with a funny domain name to test configurations and how the DNS propagated out to the rest of the internet. The domain name I chose was Robert Faludi (founder...

San Francisco restaurant ratings online

There are so many restaurants in San Francisco and so many sites that have bias and or sponsored reviews it is nice to have some sort of site with clear ratings. covers San Francisco and now Los Angeles restaurants and posts the inspection scores of the local authorities. Yes, they don’t post service ratings, etc. or individual opinions (a la Yelp) but it is great...

Getting rid of gophers in the garden

The gophers in San Francisco are tough and smart. There are not many places or them to go, so if you do have a garden, they know how to stay around. I guess they are also pretty tough because they must hit a lot of cement! The other aspect is, at least where we are located, the depth of dirt is only about 15″ or so before you hit solid rock, so tunnels can easily collapse if you try complex...

Read and Write NTFS on OS X Leopard

It finally is possible and stable.
Thanks to MacFuse and NTFS-3G. I have it running on an Intel MacBook Pro and Leopard (OS X 10.5).
This is extremely useful in dealing with large files between operating systems. We have Lacie Firewire/USB external drive that is NTFS to handle large files (greater than 4 gig) and now read/write is a breeze.

GRUB Linux Boot Large Volumes Issue Fix

RedHat Linux / RHEL 5 and previous versions have a problem with large volumes because of a boot limitation with GRUB .9x (now referred to as ‘GRUB Legacy’ which does not allow booting to volumes larger than roughly 2 terabytes. This is an issue because when you get servers with storage like a Dell PowerEdge 2950 and you load it up with a bunch of 750 gig drives and RAID 5 them, you...