All posts for : John Clemens: Mostly Harmless

Free Online Finance Trackers

I’ve been toying some with our finances lately and I figure it’s about time I started tracking exactly where our money is going.  Most people use Quicken or MS Money for this, but as I run Linux those are out. I could maintain a spreadsheet, but I know ...

Wifi.

I’ve had the same old Linksys WRT54G router for years and it’s always been good to me. Recently I’ve noticed a bit of a problem though. I have several wireless devices, including several laptops, a Wii, and various wifi USB cards. They’ve all connected to the ...

150,000 Miles

I’m not a car guy, and outside of oil changes, I don’t do much to my cars.

My family always bought GM cars growing up, and you inherit your family’s prejudices. My first car was the family’s old 1982 Chevy Chevette, It showed me that you ...

Projects.

Just a short note talking about the various things I’m splitting my time doing when I’m not a) doing work, or b) enjoying my family life.

  • fprint support for the AuthenTec 2810 fingerprint reader. Every few days I’ll boot my computer into windows and try capturing the ...

T400

A few months ago both my personal laptops broke. My Compaq v3000z (only a little over a year old) had a power socket that went trippy, and my fallback old reliable iBook G3 900 finally gave up the ghost. But I didn’t have the money for a new laptop ...

Comments.

After several posts that get no comments, I stop checking my blag for a few months and suddenly people think I’ve written something interesting.

Sorry for disappearing for a while, work and life have been hectic. Mostly good, but hectic.

I’ve been burned by spam before on blogs ...

deb-arch trick.

Never knew this, but I was configuring apt-mirror to set up a ubuntu mirror and it dawned on me that I needed both amd64 and i386 binaries. In apt-mirror’s config file, there’s a ‘set defaultarch’ option to mirror a different arch then what your machine is currently, but ...

Create minimal LiveCD on Ubuntu Hardy and live-helper

Sometimes you want a bare-minimum LiveCD that you can use as a base for other projects. Creating one on Ubuntu is a rather big pain. GUI tools like ‘Reconstructor’ or ‘Ubuntu Customization Kit’ are meant to modify the existing install/Live CD’s, and don’t allow you to really ...

Schizoid.

One of our cats, Schizoid, is very sick. It started two weeks ago when he stopped eating and drinking, and got in very bad shape before we got him to the vet. It happened very quickly. He knew he was skinny but he was acting normal so we didn’t ...

Fixing Java on Ubuntu Hardy.

Java is failing for me while running Ubuntu Hardy. This seems to be because java6 (and java5?) rely on some locking in the XCB library which is not allowed in the new XCB library shipped with hardy. This is fixed in java7, but until that is available as a 32-bit ...