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Archive for April, 2008

a day in the life of a security technologist

Posted by anjilslaire on April 30, 2008

This is one of my favorites GIFs. It embodies far too many of my days recently.

Enjoy 🙂

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XMMS missing in Hardy, resolved

Posted by anjilslaire on April 30, 2008

I discovered that xmms is missing from hardy, and not even present in the repositories. It’s been replaced by XMMS2. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out of th box with Streamtuner, throwing an error of some kind (I forget what it was).

Anyway, there is a deb released, as I found out from a post on the ubuntu forums. Get it, if you are looking for it in Hardy. I like Amarok, but I also like choice. It’s why we run linux, eh?

Thank me later 😉

Otherwise, Kubuntu Hardy is treating me well.

UPDATE:
It seems that the launchpad url for this package has changed. The correct link above has been updated.

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Kubuntu 8.04 issues, updated

Posted by anjilslaire on April 25, 2008

OK,
I’ve installed Hardy with KDE3.5.9, for stability purposes. It detects pretty much everything, and my /home partition remains intact, with all my settings, etc.
There is NO Restricted Driver Manager included. Not even in Synaptic (which I prefer & install manually on top of KDE. Yes, I know its Gnome, blah blah blah)
I’ve had the RDM previously, and had no problems with it. But, there’s something not right with this thing. I need to play with it more. Of course, the repo’s are slow as mud, since its just been released and the servers are being hammered, but I cant even find this stuff in synaptic (yes, I’ve edited my sources.list).

I’m not a happy camper right now. I’ll keep you posted

*UPDATE*
Found the restricted driver manager, trying that out to see how it goes. That should be a huge fix for the issues on my box. Its listed as System > Hardware Drivers Manager… PEBKAC, I know…

*UPDATE part II*
OK, everything seems pretty smooth, but the repositories are getting hammered. It’s painfully slow to install anything. Of course, that’s to be expected of a new release. Still Bites, though.

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Hardy on the horizon: Decisions to be made

Posted by anjilslaire on April 22, 2008

As Hardy approaches, I’m getting pretty amped up for it. I love the shiny of new software, and every release of ubuntu has improved over th previous for me.
I’m a KDE fan, as I’ve mentioned, so my version of choice is Kubuntu. However, after reading that 8.04 will include a KDE version of the Compiz Effects Manager, making configuration and enabling the effects much easier, I think I may stick with KDE 3x instead of moving to 4.

With that in mind (the new release), I’ve been giving more thought to setting up a portable linux build on a flash drive that’s bootable, so I can use it on friends & families PCs when they’ve got problems I need to fix. Plus, its just plain cool ;). I know there’s DSL, and a lot of info on pendrivelinux as well. I need to do a bit of reading to get up-to-date and make a decision.

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DVD burner, part II

Posted by anjilslaire on April 22, 2008

I mentioned that I’d return with comments about the Lite-On drive I picked up recently, the LiteOn DH-20A4P-04.
I continue to be impressed, as it still rips my discs flawlessly, and burns great too. Other than that, I haven’t got much to say. It rips. It burns. It’s cheap. Can’t ask for more. Buy one.

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Lost in Oblivion

Posted by anjilslaire on April 22, 2008

So, I started playing Oblivion again this weekend, Sunday to be precise. I hadn’t played in a few months, it seems, as I’d gotten distracted and lost interested when I couldn’t find some I was supposed to. Whatever.
So, I loaded my last save, and with Her watching from the couch, I began wandering about until I stumbled upon some book that told me about some evil cult, etc, until I found myself running for my life and stumbling upon a new Oblivion Gate. Long story short, I’m back on track with the Main Quest, and have also joined the Fighter’s Guild, allowing my pathetic Gamerscore to bump up few more points. Of course, this took most of the afternoon and evening, wasting the majority of the day. It’s like a drug though. I keep thinking about what is going to happen next in th game. I was never this interested in Morrowind…

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Flashy Ninjas

Posted by anjilslaire on April 19, 2008

I’ve been playing N for quite some time, originally on Windows, and more recently on linux. It’s great fun, and has a really awesome physics engine. Also, the upcoming v1.5 will sport improved graphics and source code, so that’s really cool, too.

It’s recently been added to Xbox LIVE as well, and its the 1st title that’s sorely tempted me to to purchase. I may need to get a LIVE Points card to buy it (I’ll never give them my CC data. Sorry MS), cuz the demo is sweet, trust me. If you’re a graphics whore, you may want to pass.

Give it a whirl. Its free on Windows, Linux, and Mac.

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New Media

Posted by anjilslaire on April 17, 2008

I’ve added a new page Videos to the blog, to post my favorite clips. The inaugural post includes my all-time favorites, the Linux/Mac/PC spoof commercials. Watch ’em if you haven’t yet.

I’m getting very excited for Hardy Heron to release this month. Even though my Gutsy install is running smooth, something new is always exciting. I plan to run with the new KDE4, which I’ve mentioned previously. I’m not sure I’ll put it on the wife’s laptop however. Gutsy is running perfectly (Inspiron 1420 with intel wireless + nvidia 8400), so why rock the boat when I’m not the one sitting in front of it, eh?

In other news, I’ve replaced my aged LiteOn LDW 401/411/811 burner with a new LiteOn DH-20A4P-04 20X. It’s shiny & black, and does my DVD rips just fine, so I can convert to XVID and stream on my media server. I highly recommend it to anyone. Burn quality is good, too.

Anyway, I’ll post more in the next few days.

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Spring Cleaning

Posted by anjilslaire on April 11, 2008

I realize I’ve been neglecting the page; work continues to monopolize a majority of my time, and I have an extraordinary commute to tend with as well (extraordinary meaning triple digits on the odometer daily, but I don’t complain. Much). But, I suppose it absorbs most of one’s time for most people.

Let’s see, in the past few weeks I’ve found a local LUG in my neck of the woods, and have been making posts on their forum, updated the cfw on my PSP (when will we get DivX out of the box?!? 3.90 m33 FTW btw), started prepping my kid to go to the People To People Word Leadership Forum this fall (5th graders meeting Congress…scary) and general domestic living.

I’ve also been neglecting my 360 as well. My 360voice account has been shaming me. To rectify this however, I logged on, and loaded up every 360 game I own and played a few minutes each to look impressive. That in itself is rather pathetic, but it’s the appearance of hardcore that is easy to maintain.

I’ve been meaning to play some Wesnoth recently as well, but I seem to get too distracted whenever i get a free moment on my PC. Seeing as I get distracted easily on the net, I’m surprised I have any readers at all. However, I did get a comment on the previous post, so I wanted to let Tom know I appreciate it and will be more dutiful going forward.

Oh! I’ve recently learned that Amazon’s online MP3 store now natively supports Linux, and they even have binaries for a few platforms, including a deb that works beautifully on Gutsy. Love that. Cheap MP3s, DRM-free on my Linux box. If people knew me offline, they’d find quite a bit of irony considering what I do professionally.

I’ve also been staring at a beat-up regular xbox with a bad dvd drive that I’ve had for months, just waiting to load XBMC on and placed on my network. The bad dvd drive is irrelevant when I put in a modest 40gig hard drive to load a few games, and stream my Xvids from my media server. It’ll be perfect as a 2nd box in the bedroom (streaming video in the bedroom baby!). Uh, sorry for that image.

On a vaguely similar note, I’ve switched the TV back to regular (non digital) cable from the Dish Network we’ve had for a few years. I’m intolerant of the weather taking my viewing away, primarily since I don’t watch much TV, so it had well better be there when I want it.

Well, that and the fact one of my receivers went bad, and it was going to cost me over $100 to fix it. Screw you, Mr. RadioShack sales guy in the mall. Also, with a plain coax feed I can more easily build A MythTV box. Homemade DVR without the DRM is where its at.

Well, it looks like I did have something to say, after all…

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