gmail and iceweasel

On logging into gmail yesterday morning on iceweasel I got the following message - "You are using an old version of Firefox that Gmail no longer supports. Some features may not work correctly" - are there any plans for upgrading iceweasel to get round this problem, or should I install a more …

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Elvis is dead!

Date Tags Elvis

Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll, died on August 16th 1977, whilst sitting on the toilet! Regardless of where he was when he died, it was a great shame and pity that he did so. He was arguably the greatest rock and roll singer and performer that genre …

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GTK-gnash

Date Tags tweaks

When running top from the command line, the process GTK-gnash always showed up usually with three instances of it. Killing it didn't seem to make much difference, it just reappeared again, and the killed ones became zombies. So, how to get rid of it?

The answer is to use apt-get …

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Begone kmail date bars!

Ever since I've been using debian and kde especially one thing has always bugged me, the date bars in kmail! These separate the mails into small chunks according to the day they were received, which sounds like a good idea until you see it implemented, and then you realise how …

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File Indexing

By default under KDE, Debian 6 indexes files using nepomuk which can be suspended on the desktop, but that is only valid for one session. If you reboot then you have to suspend it again, so I've been looking for a way of turning it off completely.

And here it …

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Tweaks - 1

A new addition to my root.crontab is -

00 3 * * * /home/boztu/cron/cache.sh

which calls the file 'cache.sh'.

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#!/bin/bash -x
 #shell script for use with rsync in root crontab
 /usr/bin/rsync -av /var/cache/apt/archives/ /media/disk/cache/ >> /home/boztu/cron …
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TOP and KILL

Date Tags tweaks

I've just discovered that you can kill any PID from TOP whilst its running by just entering k and then the PID number. Sweet!

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Crontabs and cron jobs

Date Tags cron

I was trying to explain my system of crontabs to someone on IRC today and didn't put it over very well. So this is my attempt at improving it. I have a users.crontab and a root.crontab both in my cron folder in my home folder. The users crontab …

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Bash prompt

Date Tags bash

If you add this line to the end of your .bashrc file, you will get the date and the time showing in your prompt -

PS1="[\u:\d \t @\w]$>; "

And if you add this ... [\!] ...onto the end of that line like this;-

PS1="[\u:\d \t @\w]$ [\!]>; "

you get a …

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Widgets!

Yesterday was spent fooling around with widgets, those mini-programs that run on the KDE desktop and its panels. To start at the beginning, for some reason I unlocked my widgets, and then lost my 'pager' of virtual desktops! Whilst attempting to get them back I deleted the panel that they …

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KDE menu

Date Tags KDE / menus

Using the KDE 4.4.5 of Debian 6 the default menu shows as a series of opening folders of various contents, which if you're not quick enough or don't know where to look, close too quickly on you locking you out of them. I much prefer what is called …

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334501 linux counter

Date Tags tweaks

I've just updated my entry with the linux counter http://www.counter.li.org to show that I'm now using Debian in place of Centos, and whilst I was there I noticed that I've been using linux since the 3rd November 2003! I didn't realise it was as long as …

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Time for a change - 2

I've been using CentOS for the last four years and got to know it quite well, but I'd become stale, it wasn't fun anymore. I needed a change, so I tried out Ubuntu, and Kubuntu as I like KDE, but neither really satisfied me. So I tried Debian 6 on …

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LibreOffice 3.4.0

With the new LibreOffice that came out recently, I downloaded it and opened it to my programme folder in my home directory, and then cd into the debs folder and - sudo dpkg -i *.deb - and it installed everything into the right place. Within five minutes, or thereabouts, I was running …

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Backups and rsync

Date Series Part 1 of script Tags bash / cron / script

I've now automated my backups with the following line in my users crontab - 00 */3 * * * /home/boztu/cron/backup.sh - which is calling the file backup.sh which consists of -

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#!/bin/bash -x
 #shell script for use with rsync in user crontab
 /usr/bin/rsync -av /home …
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A new start!

I've finally got Debian 6 set up the way that I want and not the way that the partition wizard wants! It wanted a / of just 350mb which was way too small for any decent work to be done on it! So, at the fourth attempt I've got it set …

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Time for a change

I've moved over from CentOS 5.6 to Debian 6 as I felt like a change and wanted to learn more, so from now on I'll be concentrating on Debian and documenting my progress with it, or not, as the case may be :)

A lot is similar but theres slight …

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The green side of the fence!

Date Tags linux

There are alternatives to the constant drip, drip, drip of money being used to upgrade Microsoft products to "the next best thing" and to the constant fear of viruses, malware, spam and hackers attempting to steal your identity. There is no need to pay good money for bloated Office suites …

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A smooth transition to the light :)

Date Tags desktop

Dubious about replacing your old familiar Microsoft Windows?

Worried that you'll be following a steep learning curve?

Then don't be.
You can make the transition gradually as I did.
All the programs that I would recommend that you use on Linux, are available for Windows.

My recommended programs are:

Email …

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Add Close buttons to Konqueror tabs

Date Tags tweaks

Firefox has an option to add a Close button to each tab; so does Konqueror but it replaces the website icon. To get the best of both worlds - a site icon that turns into a Close button when the mouse is over it - load ~/.kde/share/config/konquerorrc into kedit …

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LibreOffice

Having recently heard of this program, which is still in beta stage but perfectly usable I've found, I wanted to install it and try it out. So I downloaded the relevant package from their site, unpacked it and then navigated to its directory and then did -

sudo rpm -Uvh *.rpm …

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10 Reasons Engineers Hate The Phone!

  1. No one calls an engineer to catch up. People only call engineers to ask for things. Therefore, answering the phone is always the wrong thing to do.

  2. Without a doubt, whatever an engineer is currently doing is vastly more interesting than talking to you on the phone … unless it’s …

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