Older blog entries for Thias (starting at number 17)

Encrypting the data on your USB key to use with GNOME

I just got a brand new Sony Micro Vault Tiny USB key. As you can see on the picture, it’s about half the size of an SD card, although slightly thicker. The trick it uses to be so small is to slide directly inside the USB port. The size makes it very handy to keep [...]

» Encrypting the data on your USB key to use with GNOME

Syndicated 2008-01-22 14:17:24 from Thias » Computers

Serendipity (this blog ran it)

I have to admit that I’ve been impressed by Serendipity. It just works. I really like PHP, but very often things are implemented pretty badly with it, and code gets rapidly hard to improve, modularize and so on… but here, it really looks like the developers have done a great job, congrats to them!

Update [...]

» Serendipity (this blog ran it)

Syndicated 2008-01-05 01:32:23 from Thias » Computers

Dell PERC5/E and MD1000 performance tweaks

I fought for days, literally, to get an external SAS enclosure, the Dell MD1000, working with decent performance on RHEL5 x86_64 (PowerEdge 1950 III w/ two quad cores and 16GB RAM) . It’s a 15 disk enclosure, and this one is stuffed with 15 Hitachi 1TB SATAII drives which deliver a raw linear read speed [...]

» Dell PERC5/E and MD1000 performance tweaks

Syndicated 2008-01-05 00:39:33 from Thias » Computers

Wow, such a long time!

I can't believe I haven't written anything here since last summer, I have the impression it was yesterday! :-)

Probably because there's nothing much to say... spanish life is cool, the language is coming quick and everything in my work and free software life is pretty much unchanged. I must say though that I'm really happy with what freshrpms.net is becoming : Over 1000 unique visitors per day on the main page, a link to it from the official Red Hat website download page (I didn't even ask for it ;-)) and many encouraging feedback from happy users.

Well, until next year's update... have fun :-)

Well, long since the last update, that must be because there's nothing much new in my "computer" life : freshrpms.net is still being updated all the time, but I haven't got much time to start anything new.

On a personal level, I've moved to Spain and I've been living there for two months now, the first one with my new girlfriend but she's gone back to France for the rest of the summer after...

Major updates successful :-)

Again, building my own RPMs out of everything useful that had never been built for Red Hat 7... and people seem to find it useful (this was one of my initial goals!).
So my website has now moved to : http://freshrpms.net/

Also, on a more personal level, I'll be moving to Spain in a month... maybe forever! Talk about a change :-) I'm going to work in Barcelona, right beside the sea!
(yeah, I've been living in France all my life up to now!)

New RedHat 7 RPMS website

Well, I've done it! At last my first real, useful php/pgsql website has been up and running for three days now and my statistics for visits are literraly exploding!

Just about one month after the static version, http://redhat.aldil.org/ has become much easier to use, to browse... in one word : "better" :-)

I've had an article on linuxfr.org/ (here) about this website and many very nice comments since, which makes me want to continue even more!

Here I go ;-)


Well... nothing much lately, still up to putting into RPMs just about anything that hasn't already been put into that format (I still haven't been able to fit a cat into one though :-). Many new and updated RedHat 7.0 packages have appeared since my last diary entry. The detail is on http://redhat.aldil.org/ as usual.

Oh, and tomorrow I'm leaving for Hong-Kong (you can't go any further when you're from France, it's on the other side of the planet!) where I'll be installing Linux servers and a 3Com RAS... the whole week! I'll also be having a second new year's day :-) I just can't wait!


Okay, here it is, finally! My dream has come true... and I will stop flooding this page with my RPM updates since they've now got their own brand new page :


Apart from that, I spent a cool new year with all my friends, 4 days away from the internet... so many new RPMs were made ;-) : avifile, iplog, xine etc. It's also been almost 3 weeks away from my girlfriend... I just can't wait until tomorrow!
I also noticed I've become an apprentice during the last few days, cool :-)
Happy new year everyone!


Today, I was feeling awful, sick as a dog...
I did go to work, and built some other RPMS : phpmyadmin and a hacked version of RedHat 7.0's initscript to handle the neat Linux Progress Patch that displays a nice frame-buffered graphical screen instead of the good old kernel messages and init scripts output. This thing is really fun and now all you need is get the Linux 2.2.18 source, patch the beast, upgrade the initscripts RPM and there you go :-)

I also spent a fairly long time trying to install a RedHat 7.0 server with an Adaptec 2100S RAID card... the i2o drivers for that thing only exist for 6.1and 6.2 on Adaptec's site! Luckily, I got in touch with a guy that had the same problem and he sent me the binary drivers for 2.2.16-20 some other guy from Adaptec had given him... why the heck don't they put them on their website? Dunno...

OK, now I'm going to get some sleep... aaargh my throat hurts :-(

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