Category Archives: Computergeekery

Restoring C-A-backspace to Xorg server

Recent versions of Xorg have removed the old stalwart key combination of pressing CTRL-ALT-BKSPACE to kill the X server. I’m not sure why this was removed. I can only guess that such a drastic way of exiting your X session, without … Continue reading

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Navigating to the $HOME/Library folder in Lion

In Lion the Library folder in your $HOME folder is now hidden. You can unhide it fairly easy, but a far easier way of navigating to it is holding down the [OPTION] key and using the FINDER GO menu.

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messing up .htaccess in WordPress

If you change a hard link in WordPress it appears to edit your “.htaccess” file to fix it. I’d had some custom lines to use php5 instead of php4. These got removed and my website stopped working. Simple-Tweet is php5 … Continue reading

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Impressed by the write speed on my new ReadyNas Pro 6

A 100GB file to a NFS mounted share scotgate mnt # dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/distfiles2/TEMP bs=1024 count=100000000 100000000+0 records in 100000000+0 records out 102400000000 bytes (102 GB) copied, 1115.25 s, 91.8 MB/s scotgate mnt # dd of=/dev/zero if=/mnt/distfiles2/TEMP bs=1024 count=100000000 100000000+0 … Continue reading

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removing a file extension from a bunch of files

During my Ph.D. I used a VMS machine with GCG a great deal. Not a powerful machine by any stretch of the definition but it was there, accessible and had a copy of GCG with updated databases. VMS has more … Continue reading

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Problems uploading images to 1and1 hosts : Server error 500

I’ve had lots of problems with a 1and1 WordPress installation and uploading images within Marsedit. Generally the image was uploaded correctly to the correct location on the host but gave a “Server Error 500” error message. This meant that Marsedit … Continue reading

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New mythtv frontend setup

I’ve just setup a new Mythtv box. Although the previous system was relatively quiet, it was in a big box, and I want minimalism now rather then obvious geekery in the living room. So I’ve got myself an Acer Revo … Continue reading

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weird scsi controller shennanigans

My main Linux workstation uses a pair of u320 300GB SCSI drives with a pair of RAID1 arrays (Linux RAID) attached with a LSI Logic LSI20320-R MPT Fusion based controller. This card has stood me in good stead for quite … Continue reading

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Update for Quicksilver

So after writing about Alfred the other week, there’s an update to Quicksilver! Download it here The changelog says increased performance. Nice to see an old dog keep getting updated!

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Alfred: A Quicksilver replacement?

Alfred is a new app launcher (and as with the best of those apps it is much more) for OS X. It’s currently in beta, that you can sign up for at their website. Ever since Raj pointed me to … Continue reading

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