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Sparta? Spartaa? Spartaaa?

19 Jan 2009 08:42:30 misc

How does Sparta rank in search results?

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Partition UUIDs and You

14 Jan 2009 08:26:05 Linux

UUIDs are unique (and stable). With Linux, /dev entries may not be. I learned this the (not-so) hard way.

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6 Jan 2009 13:20:03 misc

Another Nethack ascension with neutral female gnome healer.


64-bit Java-plugin for Debian/Ubuntu

17 Dec 2008 15:00:17 Debian, Linux, software

Sun has finally delivered 64-bit version of browser Java plugin for Linux. If you can’t wait for proper release (update12), you can try [Java SE 6 Updates Early Access Program][jdk6]. If you’re running Debian or Ubuntu, you can package everything neatly in a .deb-package. While java-package 0.4.1 don’t know how to deal with the early access version, this patch should help.

Link to “patches” page.

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VDPAU and Debian

15 Dec 2008 18:35:10 Debian, Linux

Now that NVIDIA has released updated beta (180.16) of its proprietary graphics card drivers for Linux, I’ve finally managed to install VDPAU-capable drivers without breaking everything else. Basically version 180.06 also worked, but for whatever reason it also caused X to consume nearly all available CPU time whenever Firefox was running. lf VDPAU is an API that allows applications to utilise GPU for video decoding and post-processing. In other words, you’ll get smoother video playback of H.264. To quote phoronix, “HD Video Playback With A $20 CPU & $30 GPU On Linux”.

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Ubuntu 8.10

10 Dec 2008 12:34:55 Linux, rant

I was lucky to get to work at department of computer science at University of Helsinki for the duration of my non-military service. I’ve spent most of my time doing two things: instructing – that is, not teaching – course on database applications and working on Ubuntu-based Linux distribution that will replace CSL2, RedHat-based Linux distribution used here at the department. Working on CSL3 (to be renamed) has been mostly rather smooth – until my personal experiences with Ubuntu 8.10.

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4 Dec 2008 17:21:32 misc

Another NetHack ascension! My seventh NetHack ascension took place as chaotic male orc barbarian on a public server at nethack.alt.org. In 93401 turns and eight days of wall time my character ascended to demigodhood. Cheers!


Woclema, now with valid Atom/XML

17 Nov 2008 13:58:39 software

The latest version of Woclema finally produces XML that validates against Atom DTD. The bad news is that the old feed will now have an invalid ID (in theory and practice). If you’re reading this post with a feed reader, you probably already wondered why you’re seeing all the old posts too. That’s why. Anyway, if I get to choose between “broken now” and “broken forever” it’s fairly easy decision. Especially because I think Woclema has somewhat limited target audience.


Using separate RSA-key with OpenSSH for unattended backups

17 Nov 2008 10:25:20 FFR

Using passphraseless SSH keys for unattended tasks and limiting their use to a particular job.

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Who broke my querybts?

2 Nov 2008 20:16:55 software

As you may or may not know, querybts is a command line tool in Debian to view bug reports. You can look for bug reports and their status by giving querybts either the name of a package or a bug number. Bug database can also be viewed with an ordinary web browser but personally I prefer command line and querybts.

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