VoIP and Scams.

Dec. 29, 2008, 5:34 p.m. Macbook , security , web 0.8

Sadly too many VoIP sites are run by scammers but it was a different kind of scam that I encountered when recently I did an asterisk related search on Google. The URL shown on the results page is very different from where I ended up (after a redirect) Microsoft Security Warning? You idiot this ...

Security Update? No thank you.

Dec. 24, 2008, 2:29 p.m.

It's not often that I reboot my mac, so it wasn't until many weeks after the last mac security update was issued that I was prompted to install it. That stupid dialog only pops up just after you login unfortunately it doesn't have a 'Hell No' button caused I am most definitely not going to install a ...

Submarine cables severed.

Dec. 20, 2008, 1:19 p.m. broadband

The net is crawling once again (as you can see from the stats below). For once I can't put the blame on my Internet Service Provider because a submarine cable (in fact several cables) have been cut off and traffic is being rerouted. Lankabell. My ISP usually relies on Flagtel the company that owns t ...

Bush Video Censored?

Dec. 16, 2008, 5:22 a.m. video , weird

Someone threw a shoe at George W Bush and when I tried to check it out the video wouldn't play. Firefox just gave me a gray box. Has the Sri Lankan government started censoring the web as  they have being threatening to? Perhaps it's the US government that's doing it. Apparently it's not censorship ...

Broadband speeds in different parts of the world.

Dec. 15, 2008, 7:13 a.m. broadband

After having done a lot of speed tests with Sri Lankan broadband companies, I wondered  if people living in other countries have to suffer through the same problems with their ISPs as well. According to some of the comments posted on previous blog posts apparently they do. really do get the speeds a ...

Webalizer Take II

Dec. 13, 2008, 2:56 a.m.

It's been a long long time since I used anything other than analog to process my web server log files. My own analyzer - Log Mine is still half baked (heck it's hardly even ready for the oven after all these years). Analog itself is showing signs of age and hasn't been updated in a long time. So I d ...

Sound and Flash Movies.

Dec. 12, 2008, 6:08 a.m. video

Having sorted out the problem with sounds on MythTv it's time to turn my attention to flash movies - they are playing fine on my Fedora 10 installation but with out the sound. Before upgrading to F10 I had flash setup correctly. I did so by adding the adobe repository to YUM, installing the RPM and ...

meta

Dec. 11, 2008, 4:18 p.m. web 0.8 , Wordpress

It seems like only yesterday that I decided not to upgrade to wordpres 2.6.5 - hang on a second it was yesterday! Well that decision is obsolete now with WP 2.7 out and well , i have taken the plunge and done the update - piece of cake really. Wish Fedora updates were as smooth as this.There was jus ...

Python and Tidy.

Dec. 11, 2008, 12:32 a.m. Python

The other day, I was having a spot of bother parsing HTML fragments using the python DOM. Though I did overcome that problem I immediately ran into other problems due to the odd missing tag and the odd special character. Rather than get into a mess of regular expressions, I thought to try the HTML T ...

Fedora 10 glitches part 2

Dec. 10, 2008, 1:16 a.m.

All kinds of problems screamed for attention after updating from Fedora 9 to Fedora 10. Zoiper the softphone by digium wouldn't start up. The following message pops up. If you try to run it from the command line a more detailed error message can be seen: Gtk-Message: Failed to load module "canberr ...

Bye Bye Wiki

Dec. 9, 2008, 1:30 a.m. Python , web 0.8

I have been having a Wiki on this site at http://www.raditha.com/wiki/ for nearly four years but was finally forced to take it down because I couldn't keep pace with the spam bots. The last straw came when I ran into the following error while trying to clean up after the vandals. Database error A da ...

Parsing HTML with Python.

Dec. 8, 2008, 1:08 a.m. Python

Needed to make a small change to my photoblog - a change that should be reflected on every single post.  Thought I might be able to use python DOM to get it done. With PHP it's quite easy, I have done that sort of thing many times in the past. Can't that be handled by the template? no because this ...

Solving the permalink migration mystery.

Dec. 7, 2008, 3:57 a.m. Wordpress

Ever since I switched to Wordpress from Movable Type a few months ago. I have wanted to change the permalink structure. The scheme in use was just to have the post id (padded with zeros to make it appear to be a six digit number ( "%06d" ). I wanted to change the links to the postname but the older ...

Linux Desktop Recording.

Dec. 6, 2008, 2:09 a.m. video

Until a couple of weeks ago, I had never posted a video on Youtube and thought I would make my debut with a video of the Fedora 10 bootup. I had seen a few choppy videos that were generated by someone holding a camera at their monitor. Surely even I can do better than that. All that's needed is to c ...

Video Howto : Fedora 10 Installation

Dec. 5, 2008, 1:19 a.m. video , virtualization

I am ashamed to say this but some of my best friends and even my own mother still uses windows. Even those friends and relatives who are fed up with Windows are strangely reluctant to switch. They are asking whether it's possible to dual boot windows and linux. Dual boot is the stone age way of doi ...

Mean time between failures.

Dec. 4, 2008, 1:52 p.m. broadband

It's hard to imagine how any ISP anywhere in the world can do worse than Lanka Bell Broadband has done over the past few months. Well Lanka Bell just did! They have outdone themselves, they have jumped from one failure a week to two failures a week. The ink hasn't even dried on my post about Monday ...

MythTv

Dec. 4, 2008, 1:46 a.m. quadruple play , video

My Desktop's menu says mythtv is installed. I can even run it and watch TV. But it doesn't have any sounds. Mythtv has been muted. I reckoned updating it ought to fix it ( F9 -> F10 upgrade will leave this behind because it comes from third party repositories). YUM  has it's own ideas and tells ...

Sri Lanka Broadband Speed Comparison.

Dec. 3, 2008, 5:23 a.m. broadband

The following comparisons were done at an office in Peliyagoda where they have two WiMax connections (both 2mbps) attached to the same router. In actual fact the router is a Linux Box with IPTables running and doubles as the mail server for the organization. It has three network cards on it. Maldive ...

SLT ADSL

Dec. 2, 2008, 1:34 a.m. broadband

Today, I am going to do the unthinkable and apply for an SLT ADSL connection. I was a long time ADSL user and found their services to be horrible. Their customer support is unbelievably bad, SMTP servers are frequently listed in blackhole lists and speeds very low.Being disgusted with SLT, I obtaine ...

Someone shoot me

Dec. 1, 2008, 4:20 p.m. broadband

Someone shoot me for being a Lanka Bell Broadband customer. They are offline once again. I seriously doubt if they will fix it anytime soon. Last time they took nearly 2 days to get it back online. ...

Netbeans on Fedora 10.

Dec. 1, 2008, 9:44 a.m. netbeans

I was delighted when I first heard that Fedora 10 ships with Netbeans. I have been a netbeans user for a long time and was happy to know that I no longer need to install it manually. Sadly the version they ship with Fedora 10 is netbeans 6.1. I already had version 6.1 from a previous manual install ...

Fedora 10 Glitches.

Nov. 30, 2008, 2:16 a.m. bootstrap , X11

The Fedora 10 Live Update trials I did earlier with my virtual machines went smoothly. That was in stark contrast to the difficulties faced with the upgrade of the host operating system. In other words, a real upgrade on a real system running on real hardware was anything but smooth. Well, perhaps n ...

Fedora 10 Gold

Nov. 29, 2008, 8:35 a.m. bootstrap , green , X11

The final release of Fedora 10 was made available a couple of days ago. There was the early delivery and and the problems with my WiMax connection so it wasn't until a little while ago that I managed to do the updated from Fedora 10 Preview to the Final release. (That too only when the little tyke w ...

Old dogs can learn new tricks

Nov. 29, 2008, 1:57 a.m. virtualization

Yep, you live and you learn. For years I thought you can invoke fdisk only on a physical hard drive. How wrong I was! You can invoke it even on a file (you will then have to manually set cylinders etc etc). This is very usefull when working with Qemu images.I didn't know that dd had a 'sparse' optio ...

Religion

Nov. 28, 2008, 2:46 p.m. religion

You might have noticed that I have an item named religion in my tag cloud. Does that mean I have suddenly become religious? Hello no. Exorcise that thought. Religion is the opium of the poor (well I am not exactly rich but I am not poor and don't do opium). Heaven and hell exists only in the minds o ...