Older blog entries for Thias (starting at number 30)

Nexus S Android update to 2.3.4

These are my quick notes after updating my Google Nexus S Android phone to the latest 2.3.4 release from this week. The main issue I had was that my phone was rooted, making the official update package fail with a “status 7″ error, because the existing system was modified.

Step one was to restore the original [...]

» Nexus S Android update to 2.3.4

Syndicated 2011-05-02 18:32:28 from Thias' Blog» Computers

Firefox Sync with your own server

I’m now sharing browsing history, stored passwords and bookmarks between my work desktop computer, my home desktop computer and my laptop, thanks to the Firefox Sync add-on. The best part is that all of the shared data is encrypted directly at the web browser level and stored on my own dedicated server using https. You [...]

» Firefox Sync with your own server

Syndicated 2010-10-06 20:51:47 from Thias' Blog» Computers

RHEL6 (Beta) minimal installation

I’ve just started testing the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Beta, and I was really happy to see that the Minimal installation option is back at last. I know it’s always been possible to achieve something similar with RHEL5 and kickstart, or even something close enough by choosing to not install anything except the Base [...]

» RHEL6 (Beta) minimal installation

Syndicated 2010-04-23 09:10:58 from Thias » Computers

Apple iPod Nano 5th generation and Fedora GNU/Linux

I just got my first Apple iPod. Yes, me with an iPod. Don’t ask. It’s the latest Nano, the 5th generation, available since late 2009. It’s tiny, yet it packs 8GB of flash memory, a camera (for video only, not photo…), a microphone, an accelerometer, a relatively big screen, a radio… even a speaker.

I really [...]

» Apple iPod Nano 5th generation and Fedora GNU/Linux

Syndicated 2010-04-15 16:24:20 from Thias » Computers

Linksys WAG160N vs. D-Link DSL-2740R

I was having problems with my home DSL gateway device a few months ago. It was an old-ish Netgear device which had been running fine for years. Since it supported only wireless A/B/G, I decided it was a good time to replace it for a wireless (draft) N compatible device as my latest laptop supported [...]

» Linksys WAG160N vs. D-Link DSL-2740R

Syndicated 2010-01-09 09:08:10 from Thias » Computers

FreeNX headache

I’ve just wasted a couple of hours trying to get a FreeNX server working, but just kept getting this error : Cannot establish any listening sockets - Make sure an X server isn't already running Not very explicit, not very useful, and searching returns many results about people having the same problem. The solution is simple, though [...]

» FreeNX headache

Syndicated 2009-10-23 14:36:38 from Thias » Computers

GNOME menu entry for Xine DVD playback

Most GNU/Linux distributions include the proper mime types to be handled by Xine when it is installed, but not for DVD Video ISO images on disk. But it’s really easy to add.

If the DVD button in Xine work for real Video DVDs, then just create the /usr/share/applications/xine-open-iso.desktop file with the following content, and you’ll now [...]

» GNOME menu entry for Xine DVD playback

Syndicated 2009-10-03 19:24:09 from Thias » Computers

Fedora to display automated image or video slideshows

Here are some instructions on how to configure a computer using Fedora for image or video slideshows. The idea is to have the computer automatically run some fullscreen application on boot, which is typically what is wanted on public displays in fairs, hallways, stores etc, all this without running any window manager.

To achieve this in [...]

» Fedora to display automated image or video slideshows

Syndicated 2009-09-06 11:42:14 from Thias » Computers

Creating a restricted bzr+ssh smart server

The bazaar documentation is quite extensive, but not when it comes to setting up an ssh server. The solution for allowing bzr+ssh access to a server without a full shell access is nowhere to be found. But it’s actually quite simple…

Just make sure the ~bzruser/.ssh/authorized_keys entries are as follows :

command="bzr serve --inet --directory=/home/bzruser --allow-writes",no-port-forwarding,no-pty,no-agent-forwarding,no-X11-forwarding ssh-dss [...]

» Creating a restricted bzr+ssh smart server

Syndicated 2009-05-06 09:39:12 from Thias » Computers

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

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