Archive for January, 2007

Building Deb packages from source….

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Openvpn has been one of the tools of choice this week, so as I was tinkering on my ubuntu boxen…. I thought why don’t I install openvpn there as well for a little broader testing. So, I did, but was a bit disappointed to see that the version was not the most current. (Yes, they [...]

Good collection of linux commands ….

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

This is a good quick reference for some command line linux commands…. pixelbeat.org – linux command line tips. Nice reference. (of course you can also make use of man/apropos and -h to find out more….)    Send article as PDF   

UDP problem…

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I found a peculiar problem while I was setting up an openvpn link the other day. The goal was a simple shared key setup and I started with the sample configuration and modified it a bit to fit the circumstances, I allowed the correct UDP port through the firewall (I think 1194 if I recall [...]

Dell “open source” PC’s for sale

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I saw yesterday that Dell has a page advertising computers with NO preinstalled OS. Dimension line… n series and they are targetted towards people that want to install an Open Source operating system like Linux. They do ship with a freedos install disc, but come without formatting/preinstalling anything on the hard drives. They do note [...]

Link spam surge….

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Spam spam spam spam…. the last couple days have been busy for the akismet spam plugin for my sites. They’ve been catching a lot of spam comments it appears. Many of them (the comments) seem to be filled with links to forum posts. I’ve noticed several have been shut down at this point. It’s not [...]

Discovercard whoops….

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

This isn’t tech related except for the mail merge side of things. We got a letter in the mail day before yesterday from Discovercard. It had my name and address on the outside just as it’s on record with Discover and everything looked like a normal “account information notice” (read…. ad for some of our [...]

Fab@home 3d printing

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

I wanted to make a note here about a recent news story related to a topic that’s fascinated me for the ~10 years or so since I first heard of such things…. For some time there have been 3d printers. Devices that would use a liquid of some sort to “print” a real physical object. [...]

Converting mpg to dv

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

One of the slickest video editing tools I’ve used in linux is kino. The only problem is that it’s geared towards dv files which comes straight from a camcorder (using the dv format.) Most of my video clips are in mpg format…. so there are ways to get it converted… here’s one such suggestion…. ffmpeg [...]

dvdstyler under linux

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

One of the utilities under Linux I’ve made use of in the last few months is Dvdstyler. It essentially will take your dvd ready video and make the DVD filesystem (as well as menus). Simple menus are very straightforward as is setting bookmarks (chapters) within a file imported into a dvd project. However… for the [...]

Blacklists and rejecting mail with Sendmail

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

A long time ago I had found how easy it was to reject messages outright with Postfix that came from non-existent domains. You know… junk from asdflkjuasdlfkjh@imadethisupmyselfanditsnotregisteredanywhere.com Well, since the mailserver at THIS site runs sendmail I wanted to fix sendmail the same as my home server. My home server is postfix based and uses [...]

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