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Flaming Linux
Date: 15/7/2003
Seeing as my KDE 3.1 doesn't restore my keyboard and mouse settings between sessions I've recently had to become conversant with the "command line" way of setting these. And so I'm now going to share this with you (like it or not).
xset m 5 4
xset r rate 250 30
Gives you some basic semblance of a usable mouse and keyboard.

Speaking of the command line whipping the new GUI tools I recently had the misfortune of having to burn a single file on to CD-RW from linux. An amazingly bad array of software is availble to eat your time away, seemingly endless broken packages will parade through your HD promising so much and delivering so little. Lets see, KDE Bake Oven was a complete non-starter. K3b started with a promising GUI config tool, detected all my hardware, setup the permissions to run and then hung X11 trying to saving the resulting config. Not cool... very NOT COOL!

So having a mere 15 minutes left to get the CD-RW burnt I got back to basics and used the command line tools. Which to my delight a) actually work and b) got it right first time. The file was tucked away in the plastic and I was outta there in the nick of time.

Finally I don't know what drug the Gnome coders were on when they made their Desktop folder '~/.gnome-desktop'. They should change it to match KDE's '~/Desktop' right away. Especially since there doesn't appear to be anyway of looking up it's current location. Let alone the user confusion caused when switching between Gnome and KDE. *sigh* (Btw symlinking .gnome-desktop to Desktop doesn't work flawlessly either... I tried it)

Needless to say I'm so impressed with the state of Linux usability that I recommend even seasoned computer veterans stay well away.
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Mozilla (on Linux) Bookmark Bar
Date: 8/7/2003
For the last 2 days I noticed I couldn't add any bookmarks to Mozilla's bookmark bar. I would just beep at me when I drop a link on it. Charming, but I did get to the bottom of this bizarre behaviour, basically the bookmarks file in my profile directory has somehow lost it's personal toolbar section. And once I copied it back in from some other profile it all rather un-magically works again. The 'zilla is pretty cool most of the time... but it's not perfect.

On another browser related note, I have managed to get internet banking up and running with Mozilla on Linux after all. Yay Linux.
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Australian Broadband
Date: 12/6/2003
After reading the recent Slashdot story on the state of broadband in Australia I bumped into these prices for ADSL which is substantially better than my current situation (i.e. Last months 28.8 hell). Now where was that contract paperwork... *evil grin*

Just make sure you never use the evil Telstra's services, every cent they don't get helps! (Proud to be telstra free for over a year! Except for one $.50 call, I'M SORRY I'M SO SORRY!?! It was an accident)
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GnuPG
Date: 10/6/2003
There is a new GnuPG Plugin for Scribe up for testing. I wouldn't mind a few encrypted and/or signed emails sent my way for testing.

I know, about 5 years late. But hey, better late than never.

The transparent encrypt/decrypt type idea is still lurking but I'd like to get the "manual" version fairly bug free first. There is different plugin type for associating plugins with contacts so that everytime you send to or receive from that contact the plugin has a chance to inspect the email and optionally modify it. Think of the possibilities! ;)
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Googlebot Is Sick
Date: 25/5/2003
Yesterday (something that claimed to be) Googlebot crawled my site, looking for pages like:
iftp.php/src/src/data/&
iftp.php/src/src/data/iftp-win32
iftp.php/src/data/&
etc etc, ad infinitum. And it kept on doing it 61 thousand times!!! So my stats had 61000+ hits for yesterday (which I fixed manually). Not happy Jan! Eating my bandwidth, screwing my stats up, and loading up the server for no good reason.

So what to do, what to do?

I've put a filtering on the site that logs all attempts to get pages with ".php/" in the URL and then not give the page to the requestor. This should slow Googlebots progress down somewhat. It still should be able to crawl valid pages, just not the weirdo freaky URL's it makes up out of thin air. Notice: Undefined variable: id in /home/fret/html/news.php on line 452 (More...)
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Bandwidth Hell
Date: 24/5/2003
I've been throw into bandwidth hell until the 1st of next month. My dear ISP recently upped all their prices for cable internet, so I chose a cheaper plan to compensate, however now I've used all my MB's (upgrading gentoo) and they've choked the access to 28.8kbit! (At least I'm not paying extra... I guess)

Anyway I discovered that at dialup speed most OS's TCP/IP stack falls in a heap. Downloads just slow to a crawl and stop. So after about 3 hours of rooting around google on a busted net connection I found how to set the MTU on Linux and Win2k. Which when set correctly can fix your choked connection enough to get the best throughput out of it. Dialup speeds like an MTU of about 500-600 for best throughput.

Linux:
ifconfig eth0 mtu 552
Win2k:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{xxx-xxx-xxx}
Set "MTU" to a DWORD: 552 (or whatever)
Just for the record...

*sigh*
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