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Get Airport Extreme and WPA on an old TiBook or PowerBook

We have an old TiBook 800 that was sitting around after I moved the network from WEP to WPA encryption. The Airport card built-in the old Titanium Powerbook did not support WPA or higher encryption. So, I went looking on the net and found a lot of old information on cards that would work with OSX but most of those PC cards were no longer available and all the posts across the net were pretty old...

Ubuntu Wifi Management With WICD

After running Ubuntu for quite a while now, most of the system is great and extremely functional. The real mess is with the lack of wireless management tools to handle multiple wireless networks. That is, until I have been working with WICD. WICD is the best manager I have used at it is great at storing keys, etc. This is really a must have for a desktop/laptop WIFI user. Installing it requires...

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
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San Francisco View From Twin Peaks 3
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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 angry.org 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. Cleanscores.com 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...