linux 2.6.8

Sept. 30, 2004, 10:51 a.m.

After downloading the tarball for version 2.6.8.1 version of the kernel and my trusty old compiler had a go at installing it. Other than the stability problems I mentioned the other day I have a couple of other reasons to upgrade the kernel.One is a recently aquired USB storage device. Sadly it's no ...

Time for a kernel upgrade

Sept. 26, 2004, 8:06 p.m.

The time has come to upgrade my kernel from what it is now (2.6.5) to the latest version (2.6.8). Since no one else logs into my machine I am not the slightest bit concerned about the vulnerability that was reported sometime ago with older kernels (I have fogotten the link, but a logged in user can ...

Making a Wiki

Sept. 23, 2004, 10:36 p.m. wiki

It's been an year since I first tried out the mediawiki project. Since then I have modified/customized several versions of the software but I have not aquired a taste for it yet. The reason is that mediawiki is extremely complicated. Extremely complicated does not mean bad. This is a very good piece ...

pgsql, mysql and date time functions

Sept. 22, 2004, 12:26 a.m.

Despite years of programming I have never quite got the hang of date time functions. They all look pretty similar and cumbersome to use regardless of programming language or RDBMS.Date and time functions in mysql are particularly confusing though less confusing than the counterparts in PHP. To simpl ...

AITCOM woes continue

Sept. 21, 2004, 12:23 a.m.

Due to to a bungling by the bank that issued my credit card my AITCOM woes continue. A few weeks back I wrote on how to cancel an AITCOM account. The only way seems to be to cancel your credit card. That is indeed what quite a few others seem to have done as well.Unfortunately, Cancelling your credi ...

10 days at the top

Sept. 20, 2004, 12:17 a.m.

Mega Upload has been among the top 1% of projects listed at sourceforge for 10 days running. If I remember correctly this is the longest period during which it has been in the top 1%During this perioud it reached a high of the 38th most active project quite something for a download that's only about ...

Ram Disk on linux

Sept. 15, 2004, 2:06 a.m.

When I tried out the Sinhala Knoppix a few days ago, that was the first time I had seen a Ram Disk in action since the days of MS DOS.Well to be precise, I should have said a Ram Disk mounted after the operating system had booted up. It's quite common for linux to make use of a Ram Disk at boot time ...

Mega Upload - Finally a new JSP edition

Sept. 14, 2004, 2 a.m.

The java version of megaupload has finally seen a new release after a long long time. It's entirely thanks to a code contribution made by one of it's users.Simon Chiaretta liked the JSP edition so much that he spent some time on it to bring it upto a level that is comparable to the other editions. A ...

Java Help

Sept. 11, 2004, 10:13 p.m.

It was in march that I downloaded java help. It took just one look for the realization to dawn that the help on java help needs a lot of help. So it has been in the back burner for six months. Today I had another look at it and this time struggled through a few chapters of extremely boring documenta ...

PHP 4.3.8 and file uploads

Sept. 10, 2004, 9:03 p.m.

On the surface handling file uploads with PHP is a piece of cake (then why do we see so many messages in mailing lists on this topic?). It's what's under the hood that causes the problem.For example most installations of PHP are geared only to handle a maximum total file size of 2MB. Many users who ...

Mysql License

Sept. 9, 2004, 12:31 a.m.

I made a startling discovery that could potentially make the mysql jdbc driver obsolete. More on that later I need to investigate it some more. In the meantime I decided to catch up with what others are saying about the license issue. Curiously there seem to be a shortage of new entries most of what ...

Sinhala Linux

Sept. 8, 2004, 1:45 a.m.

Today I picked up a Sinhala Linux CD at the Colombo Internation book fair. The book fair itself is an event worth talking about but more on that later. The CD is a modified version of the knoppix worked on by a bunch of Sri Lankan geeks.These geeks belong to two non profit organizations, one being t ...

Postgresql Upgrade

Sept. 6, 2004, 2:48 a.m.

The time has come to upgrade my postgres installation from the ancient 7.3.2 currently running on my computer to the more recent 7.4.5 version.Upgrading is a bit tricky because the pg_dumpall function in the older versions isn't as good as it could be. The developers have presented a chicken and eg ...

Tomcat Upgrade

Sept. 4, 2004, 9:24 p.m.

Another victim of an upgrade on my system is Tomcat. Though a 5.5 version has been released I decided to upgrade from the current version is 5.0.18 to 5.0.28 instead of using the more recent version.It's been rare for tomcat to display major differences in behaviour between minor version numbers. Ho ...

Sale

Sept. 4, 2004, 7:26 a.m.

The Print Suite has barely hit the shelves but we have a sale already. So much for the saying that IT products of this nature take at least 60-90 days to start moving.The print suite was finally released on the 31st after a long delay so it's taken just four days for the sale to occur. This is in sp ...

Gnome Upgrade

Sept. 3, 2004, 11:34 a.m.

Yesterday's story was about a Jmeter installation that dragged over many moons. Here is another. I began an installation of gnome 2.6.1 from source a quite some time ago.Don't for a moment think I spent six weeks doing nothing but compile gnome, instead I would multitask running the configure, make ...

JMeter

Sept. 1, 2004, 8:35 p.m.

Many moons ago I found a tarball of JMeter in my downloads folder. Finally I decided to have a go at installing it a task that turned out to be rather more complicated than it should have been.To start with; Jmeter source that I downloaded does not seem to be compatible with java version 1.5 (or 5 ...

Print Suite released (at last)

Sept. 1, 2004, 2:57 a.m.

At Rad Inks we have finally been able to release our long delayed web based printing software. The reasons for the delays are numorous but one of the major causes is that we have been too distracted with our other products and working on customizations.Another major stumbling block that we ran into ...