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Playing Quake3 in Linux with Skype or Teamspeak

I wanted to play a game of Quake3 against someone, and have Skype or Teamspeak open at the same time, for obvious reasons. Somehow, it reported the sound device being in use: "device or resource busy". This doesn't make any sense, because my card can do hardware mixing, and also because all other games work fine with Skype or Teamspeak active. Read More »

Converting Monkey Audio to WAV in Gentoo

I had the bad luck that a CD image I acquired from the Internet consisted of a .ape file for the audio and a .cue file for the track offsets. cdrdao has no problem with .cue files but .ape is the file extension for Monkey Audio files. Monkey Audio is the awkwardly licensed monkey brother of Flac. (They're both lossless audio encoding formats.) Read More »

Mounting partititions residing inside a disk image

When you've read a disk with dd or ddrescue into an image file, one of the things you want to do is mount the partitions inside it. But, how does one do that? The answer is using losetup, with a bit of knowledge of partition offsets. Read More »

Using diff and patch to upgrade web application installations

Update (July 30, 2008): I added information about making sure that the patch was successful. Read More »

Moved from Mnemosyne to FlashcardDB

When I was studying Spanish last year, I had to choose a flashcard program to memorize new words. At the time, I couldn't find any on-line program that just did the job and did it well. In a comment on my blog post from last year, however, I was pointed by Jeff to his amazing FlashcardDB. Read More »

Rolling back a failed rdiff-backup session on a full partition

For those of you who use rdiff-backup, you may have run into the situation where the partition you're backing up to has no more space available. This is a very annoying situation, because rdiff-backup needs space to be able to roll back the session, so you're kind of stuck. You might think: "doesn't a decent file system have a reserved amount of space for the super user?" Yes, decent file systems do, but you'll often be running rdiff-backup as root, so that won't do any good. Read More »

Getting your terminal unstuck

Have you ever had your terminal freezing on you for a reason you can't identify? Fret no more, because this post will save your future login session. Read More »

Upgraded WordPress from 2.1 to 2.3.1

I'm now on WordPress 2.3.1. It was about time too; I was still on 2.1. Importing the tags from Ultimate Tag Warrior worked fine. Before upgrading and importing, I quickly patched my local version of WP with a little help from Subversion: Read More »

BigSmoke.US is no longer mine

Since my three previous posts [1, 2, 3], I've made over 7 phone calls to the US, alternating between Wild West Domains and NeuStar. And it turned out that, no, I'm not allowed to have a dot-US domain. So I gave it away. Read More »

Linde has learned to smile, and how!

Linde not only knows how to fly. She has learned to smile too. And, clearly, she's been getting a lot of practice lately: :-D Read More »