Use the working copy to restore a subversion repo.

Sept. 30, 2008, 1:51 p.m. Collaboration

The other day I suffered a hard drive failure and lost my subversion repository. As a result the working copies were at least 1 to 2 revisions newer than the repo. This in turn means you cannot carry out any commits or updates on it before you synchronize the two. Here is how to go about it: 1) The ...

Send Them to Microsoft

Sept. 29, 2008, 1:28 p.m. X11

Who ever came up with this menu system for KDE should be sent to work at Microsoft. Sure it can be turned off but yikes.I have always prefferred KDE over Gnome but finally it's now time to move to gnome. KDE's bottom taskbar needs at least 1/3 of your screen. It can be resized but then half of the c ...

Fedora 9 DOMDocument.

Sept. 27, 2008, 12:32 a.m. XML

Since moving to Debian and back again to Fedora , didn't have an occaision to meddle with the DOMDocument class in PHP till today. That's when I found PHP generate a rather annoying error message: PHP Fatal error: Class 'DOMDocument' not found in /tmp/domHTML.php on line 2 Hang on one second, I al ...

Recover Corrupt SD Card.

Sept. 25, 2008, 10:52 p.m. photography

A couple of weeks ago, I had a corrupt CF card and managed to recover most of the data thanks to the little bit of C code written by Mark Oskin. Today, I have a corrupt SD card on my hands. SD - CF - MMC it's all the same really they all have VFAT on them so you can often recover data by using fsck. ...

Photo Blog Updated to WP 2.6

Sept. 25, 2008, 4:32 a.m. photography , Wordpress

Soon after moving this blog from Movable Type to Wordpress, I decided to update by photo blog also to wordpress 2.6.2 This upgrade really was a piece of cake and was finished in less than 2 minutes - most of those two minutes were taken by by rsyncing template changes. ...

Howto Launch Qmail on Fedora 9

Sept. 24, 2008, 4:20 a.m. qmail

Fedora 9 now ships with upstart a poorly documented replacement for init. Upstart completely ignores changes to the inittab file, breaking the life with qmail installation guide (and I suspect many other installations guides as well). I found a few posts with instructions on making upstart start up ...

Bye Bye Movable Type.

Sept. 23, 2008, 12:05 a.m. MovableType , web 0.8 , Wordpress

I set off to upgrade <a href="http://movabletype.org">Movable Type</a> and ended up migrating to wordpress instead. It just goes to show prove that you never know where you will be swept off to if you don't keep your feet. The upgrade appeared to be straight forward until I tried to pub ...

Movable Type Upgrade.

Sept. 22, 2008, 2:19 a.m. web 0.8

This blog is powered by movable type. Has always been. I have experimented with a few other bloggers and on the radinks.com the press releases section is powered by wordpress so is my photoblog.At this site, I have almost moved several times but never really got around to it. So for the last four an ...

Lanka Bell Wimax

Sept. 18, 2008, 11:18 p.m. broadband

I rarely have anything good to say about Sri Lankan ISPs. This time I do. My Lanka Bell broadband connection suffered a major slow down a little while ago. I gave it a bit of time to get back to normal but didn't seem like it would do so on it's own. So I called Lanka Bell - Specifically I called Is ...

Hard Drive Failure.

Sept. 17, 2008, 9:25 a.m. subversion , toast

On monday, returned home to find my computer wasn't responding, straight away I reckoned that something bad had happened. I was right - a hard drive had managed to get itself toaster. It was actuallly the partition table that had been lost. I am no stranger to partition table losses, it had happened ...

Qmail on Fedora 9.

Sept. 15, 2008, 8:11 a.m. qmail

Qmail is said to be the second most popular MTA on the net and life with qmail / netqmail is the most popular way of installing it. At the heart of this approach is using ucspi and daemontools rather then xinetd (or god forbid inetd) to start qmail and keep it running. All this revolves around havin ...

Fedora Slow DNS Lookups

Sept. 13, 2008, 4:03 a.m. web 0.8

Now that kinks have been ironed out of my broadband connection, I am beginning to notice that DNS lookups are running very very slowly. Firefox for example seems to take 3-4 seconds to look up any name. Even one that ought to have been cached. I thought the ISPs DNS server was to blame (it certainly ...

FireFox 3 Offline Mode

Sept. 12, 2008, 8:19 a.m. web 0.8

Firefox 3 on Fedora 9 has the annoying habit of starting in offline mode. You ought to be able to make it start in online mode by setting browser.offline to false in about:config - that doesn't work.Then I read that you can fix it by setting browser.offline-apps.notify to false - that didn't work ei ...

Bell Speed Issue Fixed.

Sept. 9, 2008, 7:48 p.m. broadband

Earlier, I reported that Lanka Bell had crawled to a halt. Well, they fixed it. In fact they fixed it quite a few days ago but I didn't get around to blogging about it yet.The cause of the speed loss though is a very interesting story....... tell you more on saturday. Have an exam on Friday. Like an ...

Qmail Mail Stuck in the Queue

Sept. 6, 2008, 7:18 a.m. qmail

The other day, staff at a company that I occaisionaly act as a consult for, were complaining about not having any mail. You would think that might make anyone happy but unfortunately they weren't.When I checked their mail server (qmail + vpopmail + bincimap) which in fact I had setup for them someti ...

Corrupt CF card

Sept. 4, 2008, 7:18 a.m. photography

Last december, I lost some important images thanks to the Compact Flash card on my Nikon D70S becoming corrupt. That time though, only a small number of files had disappeared from the listing or had gremlins in their file names. That time, I managed to recover most of them by using fsck.vfat on the ...

Fredora 9 - Any regrets?

Sept. 3, 2008, 7:58 a.m. religion

When I moved from Fedora to Debian it wasn't long before I started regretting that decision. Now I am back on Fedora 9 but this time there are no regrets even though Fedora is as annoying as ever.One of the first annoyances is that Firefox 3 always starts in offline mode. I didn't even know that mod ...

Dialog Broadband - The Court Jester.

Sept. 1, 2008, 6:30 p.m. broadband

Dialog Telekom, once the #1 teleco in the country has been reduced to a sad state, they are now occupying the role of court jester , making mistakes at every opportunity adapting the wrong technology, hiring idiots to man their call centers and back rooms. Profits have been steadily declining and it ...