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Web stores and questionable customer care

29 Mar 2013 14:00:00 misc, rant

Sometimes shopping online just works, sometimes it doesn’t. This is a story about the latter.

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Web stores and music downloads

28 Mar 2013 20:37:16 diary

Today I had my first experience in purchasing music in form of digital download. Everything went better that I ever dared to expect.

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ATA Secure Erase

12 Oct 2012 08:38:43 FFR, hardware

tl;dr: ATA Secure Erase works even when your screen appears to be dead after sleep/resume cycle. No surprises there, really.

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Introduction to cheap Android devices

1 Oct 2012 18:35:52 hardware

Buying a cheap Chinese Android tablet for no particular from Singapore may not have been my brightest idea, but what’s done is done. This writing is sort of report on how things have turned out.

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New hardware for katei.fi

26 Jun 2012 09:55:02 hardware

Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi!

Late last night I finished replacing chikan.katei.fi with ayame.katei.fi. Unlike chikan (and its two emergency replacements), ayame actually has some server pedigree. Ayame is HP Proliant N40L MicroServer with 8 GiB of DDR3 ECC RAM.

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Downgrading Debian packages

5 Oct 2011 11:13:17 Debian, FFR, software

Ever needed to downgrade a package with too many dependencies to count? plan-downgrade.pl may help. Read more.

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GStreamer stuff for future reference

10 Aug 2011 11:53:50 FFR

Do you have a dump from /dev/dvb/adapter#/dvr# but can’t play it with GStreamer (using decodebin2)? Can other application such as mplayer play it? Make sure you use the right demuxer. I discovered that on my work computer decodebin2 was using flutsdemux (from Fluendo) to demux the transport stream. Skipping the details, this didn’t work. FFmpeg’s ffdemux_mpegts did.

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Conquest, an epic space empire game

5 Apr 2011 13:26:33 software

I’ve finally released a “backport” of Conquest, an epic space empire game. This version compiles cleanly on GNU/Linux and fixes some annoyances and bugs of the “original” Amiga port.

Get the sources or read more about this premium quality project-killer.

And yes, it still has bugs.

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Debian Squeeze, Apache 2 and chroot

28 Mar 2011 13:11:20 rant, software

Using obscure Apache 2 modules can mean asking for trouble. Why would’ve known?

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icasefile

27 Feb 2011 21:42:12 software

icasefile is a LD_PRELOADable wrapper for several libc functions such as open(), stat() and chown(). It allows user to access files regardless of filename case – just like underlying filesystem was case-insensitive. If you can’t think of a reason why this would be useful, you don’t need this toy.

Minimal project page with link to sources.

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