Older blog entries for Thias (starting at number 21)

Dell OptiPlex FX160 and GNU/Linux

I needed some SFF (Small Form Factor) computers for a project, and Dell recently released the FX160 which looked exactly like what I was after. But let me give you some quick advice before you read any further : If you want to run GNU/Linux, you’re in for some ugly surprises.

It’s really a shame since [...]

» Dell OptiPlex FX160 and GNU/Linux

Syndicated 2009-01-28 20:19:05 from Thias » Computers

Playing Blu-Ray Video Discs with (Fedora) GNU/Linux

I did it. I bought a Blu-Ray and HD-DVD player yesterday… then I bought a couple of Blu-Ray video discs earlier today (Superbad and Stranger Than Fiction, two movies I absolutely love).

My problem is that I want to watch them using exclusively free software. On Fedora 10 x86_64 to be more precise…

So I’ve started looking [...]

» Playing Blu-Ray Video Discs with (Fedora) GNU/Linux

Syndicated 2009-01-09 15:15:10 from Thias » Computers

Upgrading a Cisco 3750 IOS from a .bin image file

I just wasted hours trying to figure out how to upgrade a Cisco Catalyst 3750 using the .bin image instead of the .tar archive, since I don’t want any fancy web interface on any of my core network devices.

All of the current documentation explains only how to use the archive command, which can’t be used [...]

» Upgrading a Cisco 3750 IOS from a .bin image file

Syndicated 2008-11-10 18:34:46 from Thias » Computers

Using bonding with Xen bridging on RHEL5

I ran into a chicken and egg problem recently, while trying to configure Xen’s bridging interfaces on top of bonding interfaces. This setup is for HA (High Availability), since with 4 network interfaces on the system, connected to two different switch cards or stack units, and configured as 2 LACP bonding interfaces in RHEL5, you [...]

» Using bonding with Xen bridging on RHEL5

Syndicated 2008-11-10 08:32:13 from Thias » Computers

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!)

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