codeblog code is freedom — patching my itch

12/21/2007

best universal remote evar

Filed under: Blogging,Security,Ubuntu — kees @ 6:16 pm

As a quick break from software, I spent a little time this evening soldering together my TV-B-Gone Kit. It was way fun to break out all my microelectronics gear. Gave me an excuse to clean up my desk. This thing is the silliest tool ever: it’s programmed with a mess of TV remote codes — but only those to turn off TVs. So, just point at a TV near you, hit the button, and it’ll almost certainly turn off.

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12/20/2007

VMware on Hardy

Filed under: Blogging,Ubuntu — kees @ 4:17 pm

For people using VMware, the new Hardy kernel requires updates to the source module tarballs that live in /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/

Grab the three updated tarballs from the “vmware-any-any” tar.gz here. Currently update115 works for me just fine.

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12/18/2007

force sendmail to deliver a specific item from the queue

Filed under: Networking,Ubuntu — kees @ 8:11 pm

In case I or someone else ever needs this trick again, here’s my quick solution to work around QueueAge limits, and only force a specific queue id to get delivery retried:

/usr/sbin/sendmail -v -o MinQueueAge=0 -qI${ID_GOES_HERE}

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12/12/2007

search for a crisp monospace true-type font

Filed under: Blogging,Ubuntu — kees @ 9:36 am

I’ve been using xterms forever. Whenever I try to switch to using a terminal with a true-type font, my eyes hurt after a few hours. I’ve tried changing the various font-rendering options, and gone through lots of monospaced fonts — nothing gives the same clarity as the fixed raster fonts. I suspect this is basically the same problem as Icon Scaling. Things don’t work correctly when trying to line up a vector image against hard pixel edges. I wish I could find a workable fix for this.

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