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World’s smallest USB drive… now even smaller!

The PQI i810 claimed to be the smallest drive on the market at one point (I’m not sure if they still do). But having just made a chicago screw compact keychain, I no longer had a spot on my keychain … Continue reading

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Stop #@$!ing up my last name!

My last name is not: Braun-jones Braunjones Braun Jones Yet those were my options according the the person responding from info@reunion-specialists.com. I fully understand the problem they face1: Sorry about the limited options, alumni were entering their names with all … Continue reading

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Patching and PPA'ing

I do this so irregularly that I can never remember the proper steps and haven’t been able find a simple source that has all the information I need, so here it is. Get the source with

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Lifestyle Creep

As far as I know, this Mint blog post coined this phrase, but I actually like this post from diveintomark.org that covers the same topic of happiness through simple living. Things like shedding material attachments.

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Debian/Ubuntu Package Installation Shortcut

Alt-F2 then type

Simple, quick, and should work in any window manager. Just remember that package names are case sensitive and almost always lowercase. Here’s an example where I install XBMC: Then just click Install: This example is with Ubuntu’s … Continue reading

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Synergy for HTPC control

Synergy. Great app. Synergy for HTPC control. Great application. Setup is pretty simple, but the Synergy HOWTO on the Ubuntu Community Documentation was pretty horrendous. I decided I’d give back a little and did a major clean up/rewrite of it … Continue reading

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Waking Up is Hard to Do

Since I couldn’t possibly write it any better, this is plagarized from the user page of a random Gnome developer: 2:00 AM: Set alarm for 10 am (physical switch) 2:03 AM: Tape piece of paper over alarm with the text … Continue reading

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Better FOSS QA Testing

I just had a random thought when I came across the following in the Changelog for VirtualBox 3.1: Mac OS X hosts (64 bit): don’t interpret mouse wheel events as left click (bug #5049) This seems like something basic that … Continue reading

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Easy, automated backups with rdiff-backup

Let me start by saying rdiff-backup is exactly the tool I set out to find when looking for a backup solution. It makes use of librsync so you get all the goodness of the rsync remote-delta optimization algorithm, plus incremental … Continue reading

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Ugh… Why the paranoia, Transmission!?

Just wasted an hour because of the janky configuration setup for an otherwise great BitTorrent daemon, Transmission. Basically, the default configuration for Transmission that ships with Debian has RPC authentication turned on in two places. Finally discovered this by reading … Continue reading

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