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xwd, the best X11 screen grabbing tool

xwd (1) is my favorite screen capture program for X Windows. Usage is simple: "xwd|xwdtopnm|pnmtopng>/tmp/screen.png" Read More »

WordPress 2.7 administration panel changes

I really, really liked the new style of administration panel that was introduced in WordPress 2.5. In all the time since I've upgraded (and increasingly with every update), I've started to like it more and more. I hadn't thought it possible but everything just felt at exactly the right place, while before 2.5, the whole always felt like it had been thrown together by a blind child. Had I written it myself, it would have at least felt as being thrown together by an adult (chimpanzee). Read More »

Creating a custom device node for specific hardware with udev

Sometimes you want specific hardware to get a specific device name in /dev. For example, I want my backup hard disk to have the same device name. I can't automate anything if sometimes the device is sdc and other times it's sdd. Read More »

Clonezilla as disk imager

I was always using partimage to make backups of the hard disks of workstations. When trying to restore one the other day, it just started giving CRC errors. After recreating the image and running a simulated restore, it gave CRC errors again. So, apparently, it's not incidental. It must be due to the experimental NTFS support. So, I set out to find a new tool. And that's how I found Clonezilla, which gives me a very good first impression. Read More »

Gentoo update: Portage configuration confusion

During the first gentoo update session for this machine, I didn't get very far. I already mentioned the problem I had with e2fsprogs, but this was not the first or the last problem that I had. Read More »

Tracking /etc/ updates with Git

During my recent Gentoo update session, I was once again confronted with the inconvenience of not having my /etc/ directory under version management. This time, I thought I had the ideal SCM for this job: Git. Read More »

Lost my Sysop rights in the 15Monkeys wikis

I am constantly bugged by spammers in my 15 Monkeys wiki farm[1, 2], but I wasn't allowed to protect the victim pages anymore. So, I wondered where my Sysop rights had gone. Read More »

ImageMagick can convert PDF to anything

I encountered one of those scans which was shared as a single-page PDF. I don't want it that way, because I want to include it in a web page. I want a simple bitmap image. ImageMagick comes to the rescue: Read More »

smbmnt user needs to own the mountpoint if you want to mount rw

I just found out that it's impossible on my system to mount /mnt/smb-docs as user bigsmoke, even with the following fstab: Read More »

Google AdSense + Postbank’s name registration rules = $0.0

In November I had expected my second AdSense payment. Simply, because they told me I would get it. But, I didn't. Read More »