links for 2009-04-29

30 04 2009
  • If you are using CentOS/Redhat/RHEL/Fedora Linux…

    Just open your /etc/modprobe.conf file and turn of auto loading using following syntax:
    alias driver-name off
    If you are using Debian / Ubuntu Linux…

    open /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist file and add drivername using following syntax:
    blacklist driver-name

  • Seems that there is an issue with VirtualBox Guest Addons and Jaunty. The VirtualBox video driver will not install with the latest release of X. So what I did was extract the .run file:
    # sh VBoxLinuxAdditions-*.run –target foo

    This will extract the binary file into the directory foo. Once that is done I go into the foo directory and edit the file.
    # cd foo/
    # vi

    Instead of using vi use your preferred text editor. Next thing you want to do is search for the number 1.6. In vi, that would be /1\.6. Once you have found that, you will see something like 1.5.99.* | 1.6 ). Change the 1.6 to 1.6.0, save the changes, exit out of your text editor and then run the file:
    # sudo ./


links for 2009-04-28

29 04 2009

links for 2009-04-23

24 04 2009

links for 2009-04-22

23 04 2009
  • Nickelodeon's Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide chronicles the wacky adventures of Ned Bigby (Devon Werkheiser) and his best friends Jennifer Mosely (Lindsey Shaw) better known as Moze, and Simon Nelson-Cook a.k.a., Cookie (Daniel Curtis Lee) at James K. Polk Middle School. Ned breaks the fourth wall to share tips and tricks on navigating middle school or junior high hurdles.

    Each 22-minute episode contained two 11-minute shorts, both of which deal with a subject about school life, each containing a primary plot and a secondary plot.

  • As noted above, processes can ignore, block, or catch all signals except SIGSTOP and SIGKILL. If a process catches a signal, it means that it includes code that will take appropriate action when the signal is received. If the signal is not caught by the process, the kernel will take default action for the signal.
  • You’re a big fan of Survivor, and like being dropped into an unfamiliar environment and having to figure out all over again how to do the things you need to survive
  • A good password has the problem of being difficult to remember. And sometimes you might need to get in to a system where the root password is long forgotten (or left with the system administrator before you).
    Luckily there are ways of getting access to systems without having the password. This is of course in a sense also a security risk. That's why you should always be aware that having unattended physical access to a computer system means the same as having root access to the operating system. Unless the information on a system is encrypted, it's only as save as the room it's in.
  • You have to read this paper! Microsoft – A History of Anticompetitive Behavior and Consumer Harm [PDF], and it's from the European Committee for Interoperable Systems, or ECIS. ECIS has written it in support of the EU Commission's recent preliminary findings, on January 15, 2009, that Microsoft violated antitrust law by tying IE to Windows.

    It is, to the best of my knowledge, the first time that the issue of Microsoft's patent threats against Linux have been framed in a context of anticompetitive conduct

  • This is a short tutorial on how to add a custom Google site search to the Firefox search bar. For illustration purposes, the example I will use is a Google search of (which is, in my opinion, one of the best resources for Ubuntu and Linux support). I am using Firefox 3.0 on Ubuntu, but the steps should be the same for any Linux distribution. The process is basically the same for other operating systems, but some variables may be slightly different (such as the location of the Mozilla configuration folder).

links for 2009-04-20

21 04 2009
  • Last week we looked at why Linux deserves some consideration when choosing an operating system for your digital recording studio. But even the worthiest operating system is useless without useable apps.

    Fortunately, there is a long list of excellent music applications available for Linux. If you choose one of the Linux distributions recommended last week, many of them come preinstalled,

    We’ll leave out the programs not directly about making music – programs like guitar tuners, streaming systems, notation software and guitar tab apps – but we will look at some of the plug-ins and effects systems that are available. And we’ll leave out the applications that have better alternatives. My original list had over 50 programs.

links for 2009-04-17

18 04 2009