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Author: halfgaar

Halfgaar is Wiebe. Wiebe is a contributing author on this weblog. He also has a lot of stuff (such as long, in-depth articles) on his personal website.

Wiebe works at YTEC, where he is a senior developer of customer-specific tailor-made software (“klantspecifieke maatwerk software“) for clients in a few select markets: wholesale, printing and healthcare.

SSHFS on Windows

Just as a jot, a tool to access SSH shares via SSHFS on Windows: win-sshfs. It gives you a drive letter, instead of fiddling with separate tools to access files. Read More »

Disabling http(s) trimming from Firefox address bar

Some time ago, the Firefox developers decided it was a good idea to trim the http(s):// from the address in the address bar. Since then, I've been getting HTTPS site where I don't want it, because I can't see what I'm doing. Especially so because HTTPS has no concept of virtual host names, and putting https:// in front of any domain might put you on a completely different web site. So, when I accidentally typed https:// in front of an URL once, it will remember that, but not show me... Read More »

Cheap Logitech USB video webcam

Noting this down to not forget. The Logitech HD Webcam C270 is a cheap webcam that is simply a USB video device, so it works in all OS's without special drivers. Read More »

20×2 LCD display

There are a million 20x2 characters LCDs out there, but this is one that I like: Farnell code: 9448780 Read More »

Making my USB webcam not the first sound card

When I booted my system with the webcam plugged in, it was sound device 0, instead of 1. This is annoying, so I added this to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa.conf: Read More »

Creating a Xen bridge with bonding on Debian

Like this, but then with bonding: Read More »

A new Archlinux upgrade, a new unbootable system

It's that time again... First my grub broke. So I had to type my config manually: root (hd0,0) kernel /vmlinux26 root=/dev/mapper/lvmopraid-root initrd /kernel26.img boot Read More »

Making a bash script terminate when a command returns an error

#!/bin/bash -e trap "echo ERROR HANDLING HERE." ERR echo "Starting" asdfasdf echo "End" Read More »

Chemical tin for circuit boards

For the record, about chemical tin PCB treatment: Seno Glans Tin Read More »

Making Linux less dumb about failed DNS servers

Whenever one of the servers in /etc/resolv.conf is unreachable, Linux/glibc/whatever isn't smart enough not to retry it for a while. This results in a lot of services becoming unavailable, because a lot of them do reverse lookups on all incoming connections (like SSH), which will hang for the time-out of the first DNS server query. Read More »