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APC CS-500 causes USB disruption

I'm having a EM interference problem with the APC CS-500 UPS on two different locations. Those two locations are near each other and there seems to be something wrong the power grid in that area. Both UPS's momentarily switch over to battery several times a day. Some of these times, the apcupsd daemon sends a message saying that the communication with the UPS has been restored (and therefore it had been lost at some point). Read More »

Tracking MediaWiki in a Subversion vendor branch

Vendor branches are the proper™ way of merging upstream changes in your web application installations. In Subversion, managing vendor branches isn't so easy as it is in Git. Still, vendor branches make it much easier to track upstream. Read More »

TheSixtyOne, a better social music site

If you liked Last.fm, you'll love TheSixtyOne. Discovering music is turned into a reputation game. Much like Last.fm, you can explore similar artists, genres, tags, moods and users. But, by doing so and hearting songs, you can earn reputation points and extra hearts. As your points increase, you level up, which gives you more authority. There's an endless amount of quests to earn points faster and to make you discover all the facets of the application. Read More »

Setting up Rsync daemon

What can you do when you want to backup your entire machine to a remote location but only have non-root shell access? You use rsyncd. Read More »

Editing Wikipedia/MediaWiki articles with VIM

Wikipedia has a number of tips for people who like to edit Wikipedia articles with VIM. Read More »

winepath

I have all these little scripts in my $HOME/bin directory to ease the execution of Windows programs. For instance, I don't like to type the full path to Excel Viewer every time when I need to view an Excel sheet in Linux: Read More »

Native execution of Windows programs on Linux

When I installed this laptop last year, I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of vanilla Wine (and Gentoo's default Wine configuration). At that time, my only memory of Wine was that getting anything useful to work took work and that your best bet to get anything working was to install CrossOver Office. Things change and in the meantime Wine has even come to version 1.0. Read More »

Xerox 7232 communication failure

The Xerox 7232 color laser printer we're leasing at work has a very vague problem causing communication failures all the time. When you boot it, it works fine. After a while it starts getting slow. And if you wait even longer, it doesn't work at all anymore. This happens within a few minutes. Read More »

Installing grub on RAID1

When you have your kernel image and grub boot stages on a Linux software RAID1 partition, installing grub needs a bit of trickery. Read More »

Fixing “expected NAV packet but none found” error on some downloaded DVD’s

With certain DVD's, Xine fails when seeking in the movie saying "Expected NAV packet but none found". It seems that I have finally found out how to fix this and it is not even difficult. If the theory is correct, it only happens with DVD's obtained as an ISO image. Read More »