Posts tagged weird

Today's Challenge

Nov. 28, 2011, 9:45 a.m. cse , warrants , weird

Ladies and gentlemen, the challenge before you now to go through the Colombo Stock Exchange's top gainers list for today and find a counter worth investing. You may click on the table to bring up a larger, clearer one. Top Gainers list for Nov 28, 2011 at the Colombo Stock Exchange Couldn't spot any ...

Gnash WTF?

Dec. 13, 2009, 5:34 a.m. netbeans , weird

My machine got really slowed down all of a sudden I suspected Netbeans and did a `ps -ef | grep java` to find it's pid and kill it. The output from ps floored me: ...

Wierd Firefox Errors

Aug. 20, 2009, 12:23 p.m. weird

Every once in a while I get fed up with Firefox and switch to Konqueror, only to return a few days later. The latest annoyance with ff is an old one; when you type in a text into the search box, an error pops up. ASSERT: *** Search: _installLocation: engine has no file! Stack Trace: 0:ENSURE_WARN(fa ...

Follower/Following Oddity.

July 29, 2009, 10:32 a.m. twitter , weird

At the time of I drafted this (July 16 9:30 pm) I had 557 followers on twitter. Since then many have been culled in a spammer/bot cleanup that has thrown everyone into confusion. This confusing fact though was detected before the cull and the original post (in present tense though it belongs to the ...

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 ...

Google SearchWiki new Feature Or WTF?

Nov. 21, 2008, 6:43 a.m. web 0.8 , weird

Just five minutes ago, I did a search and got the same old same old Google UI. Just now I did a search and got something completely different. What does this mean? has google become a social network. Will spammers now be able to vote legitimate search results out of existence? Will companies with ...

Python or Ratsnake?

Nov. 3, 2008, 9:19 p.m. Python , religion , weird

So is this language a Python or a Ratsnake? Actually Rat snakes are very harmless species of non venomous snakes. As the name suggests they eat rats and mice so if you see one slithering into your house you shouldn't chase it away. They are always welcome into mine. I spotted one in the store room a ...

ImportError: No module named dom.minidom

Oct. 31, 2008, 11:51 p.m. Python , weird , XML

I Thought, I would try my hand at XML parsing with the python DOM. Whatever programming llanguage you use the DOM pretty much the the same. However things didn't get off to an auspicious start. Even the sample code on the python docs didn't work and produced an error: Traceback (most recent call las ...

"IOError: [Errno 95] Operation not supported"

Oct. 28, 2008, 2:07 a.m. Python , weird , X11

To my great surprise (nay shock), I found that you cannot redirect output to /dev/null with cat for certain file types. For example  cat dsl-n-01RC4.iso > /dev/null will result in the following error: cat: dsl-n-01RC4.iso: Operation not supported Surely this cannot be? Yet, cat works fine for ot ...

Sun Java Sucks (at least on 64 bit linux)

Oct. 24, 2008, 11:59 p.m. weird

Several years ago when 64 bit java came out the sun java plugin for linux wasn't available. By the time I bought a 64 bit processor for my file server early this year, they ought to have fixed it but they haven't. No wonder sun is in decline. I had a lot of trouble with activating the java plug in o ...

Adsense Targeting Gone Haywire

Oct. 21, 2008, 4:05 a.m. web 0.8 , weird

Many geeks complain that they are not getting enough revenue from the banners on their site. That's primarily because,only geeks visits geek sites and geeks don't click on ads. Heck nowadays, even ordinary folks are avoiding cheesy banner ads like the plague. If that's not bad enough google adsense ...

RTFM causes 500 internal server error

Oct. 19, 2008, midnight weird

I can never quite remember whether it's print_r or var_dump in PHP that can send a detailed dump of an object to the server log file.  Who wants to remember it anyway, that's what the manual is there for. I want the manual to be instantly available, so I have a local copy. It's been working fine so ...

subrequested from r->uri

Oct. 16, 2008, 5:37 a.m. weird

Having looked through some of the python introductory guides. I decide that my deep end of the pool is going to Python Server Pages. Since I am more skilled at web apps and desktop apps this is the logical choice however. I couldn't quite get off to an auspicious start - even my hello world resulted ...

JoPPP

Aug. 28, 2008, 7:49 a.m. broadband , security , weird

We know of PPPoE and POE which are crucial to Wimax implementations that use Alvarian outdoor antennae, but have you ever heard of JoPPP? that's short for Junk over PPP, which is what is passed back and forth over the PPP link when using Lanka Bell WiMax. No wonder it's crawling ...

sshfs debian

July 25, 2008, 1:42 a.m. security , weird

Thought I would play around with SSHFS, which allows you to mount a folder on a remote computer locally using SSH. Obviously that would be much more convenient than using SFTP and would be a hell-ova-lot safer than using No File System (NFS). Getting started with it on Debian, though wasn't quite so ...

/etc/alternatives mess

July 18, 2008, 12:37 a.m. weird

Fedora insists on not shipping Sun Java because it didn't fall into the open source definition of free. Something that can be downloaded free of charge isn't free. Even if the source code is shipped free of charge, that still doesn't make it a free software. But then sun java changed their license m ...

Getting Aquainted with Debian.

July 14, 2008, 5:30 a.m. weird

It's been a couple of weeks since I switched to Debian after being a loyal Fedora/Redhat user for many, many years ago. It hasn't been smooth sailing all together. There were few teething problems here and their.First up I was looking to install the latest versions of Thunderbird and Firefox and was ...

Fedora Updated but Repos left behind.

June 22, 2008, 4:59 a.m. weird

I mentioned that there were hardly any noticable changes since moving from fedora 8 to fedora 9. That's probably because the upgrade process is messed up. Consider this: ...

What's up at Freshmeat

June 2, 2008, 9:23 a.m. web 0.8 , weird

Freshmeat stats seemed to be messed up all of a sudden. Usually they report the number of record and url hits on a daily basis. But yesterday, they seem to have reported all the past hits (that is the sum of all daily hits) as the hits for the first of June. I noticed this when looking over the fre ...

Java Woes on Fedora 8 (part 2)

Feb. 25, 2008, 8:50 p.m. weird

It's a mystery why Fedora 8 doesn't ship with Sun Java by default. But then again it's presence wouldn't have solved the java plugin issue that I have been experiencing. Why? well the 64 bit version of Sun Java for linux doesn't include plugin.jar . That's what I found out after downloading JDK 1.6 ...

What's an M$ ad doing on a linux site?

Dec. 9, 2006, 4:58 a.m. web 0.8 , weird

(Click to enlarge)This screenshot is from http://www.linux-mag.com/content/view/2830/ at the time I checked it out, There was an MS ad running on it (as you can see). Would an M$ site or even a pro M$ site ever carry an add for an open source project? I don't think so.I clicked on the add just out o ...

One thing leads to another ....

Dec. 7, 2006, 8:42 a.m. weird

Hear about an open source clustering system for java called Terracota, went to download it, halfway through firefox bailed out saying there is no space on disk. Surprising. I have three hard drives on my computer ranging from 40GB to 120GB. It's just junk (mostly old downloads) filling up the home p ...

There is no magic in jarsigner.

Nov. 29, 2006, 11:51 p.m. weird

Tried to sign an applet and ran into an error: ...

Fedora and Local Repositories.

Nov. 16, 2006, 11:59 p.m. weird

One of the most annoying things about Fedora is the fact that it will not install any packages from the DVD! Sounds absurd? of course it is. If you decide to add any package after the OS installation has completed YUM will look for it online rather than on the DVD. Seems such a waste of bandwidth an ...

Wierd IE 7

Oct. 16, 2006, 5:48 a.m. weird

This wired screenshot is off Internet Explorer 7. Well it's by microsoft, what do you expect?Hopefully they will fix it in time for their full release. ...

Network Neutrality

June 16, 2006, 2:58 a.m. web 0.8 , weird

Network Neutrality? what on earth is that? I didn't even know such a thing existed until a few minutes ago, when I encountered the term in the Adwords blogThe wikipedia defnition is rather confusing but it the lobbists say it could take away your freedom of choice. It's touching to see that Google c ...

What a week.

March 1, 2006, 4:57 p.m. lame , toast , weird

It has been an unimaginable week. Trouble began on Wednesday the 22 when we had a problem with the Radinks.com domain name, as a result the was that the web server was inaccessible and mails started to bounce. It took more than 12 hours for services to return to normal.Then on Thursday, the third ha ...