Recording on Linux with Alesis io|2
Recording on Linux with Alesis io|2
This is unbelievably stupid of Paypal. I just got this email from them:
vinyl tap records would like you to use PayPal - the safer, easier way to pay and get paid online.
To send vinyl tap records your payment and see the details of this invoice, copy and paste this link into your web browser:
So much for "never click a URL in email". Even worse, if you log in separately, the request is not visible anywhere. Morons.
NatWest phishing service
I got some NatWest phishing spam the other day and was amused to notice this:
<title>NatWest - Security Information</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://www.natwest.com/microsites/global/phishing_demo/includes/css/generic.css" media="all" />
<a href="http://www.natwest.com/"><img src="http://www.natwest.com/microsites/global/phishing_demo/images/h_logo.gif" alt="NatWest - Load home page" /></a>
Enterprising of them to actually uses NatWest's explanation of phishing to ... phish.
Name and shame time
To quote 123-reg customer support:
> When will you be supporting AAAA records?
There are no current plans to implement this but notifications will be sent out if this takes place.
Avoid vps247 hosting
Late last year, I was forced to find a new host for movementarian.org, as my previous hosting provider (Blue Room Hosting, who were really great) were shutting down. I went with VPS247, as they were local to Manchester and seemed reasonable.
Unfortunately my experience has been terrible. They've failed to keep the machines on the net, regularly causing ssh sessions to die. The dmesg is full of warnings about the block drivers failing to write for more than two minutes: evidently the SAN setup they have is totally unreliable.
My VM went down for a significant amount of time and support were very slow to respond. During the total outage, there were no status updates, and no response on the support tickets or the forums. The penultimate straw was when my filesystem was massively corrupted. Even though my VM is hardly critical, I can't be doing with unreliability like this, especially when they're not reachable when problems occur.
My final straw, though, was when I discovered they'd deleted all the negative comments from the Client Comments section of their forum. That's really, really, not on.
I'm now with linode and happy (so far).
I've started using pbranch extension for hg more seriously. It works nicely but is a little rough around the edges, in particular:
Re-enable Ctrl-Alt-Backspace in Xorg
Create the following as /etc/hal/fdi/policy/30user/10-x11-zap.fdi:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
Default X.org input configuration is defined in:
Settings here modify or override the default configuration.
See comment in the file above for more information.
To see the currently active hal X.org input configuration
run lshal or hal-device(1m) and search for "input.x11*" keys.
Hal and X must be restarted for changes here to take any effect
<match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.keys">
<merge key="input.x11_options.XkbOptions" type="string">terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp</merge>
and then restart hald and Xorg.
Disabling that goddamn GTK bell
echo 'gtk-error-bell = 0' >>$HOME/.gtkrc-2.0
Changing liferea keyboard shortcuts
Liferea has no keyboard shortcut editor itself, but "Toggle unread status" demands the wrist-breaking chord action of Control-U. It expects you to be able to edit the shortcuts via the editable menu feature of GTK+.
Unfortunately that's disabled on all modern GNOME installs, and there's no UI for re-enabling it. As usual, gconf-editor to the rescue. The key you need to change is /desktop/gnome/interface/can_change_accels. After re-starting Liferea, you can then edit via hovering over the menu item and pressing the combination. Of course, this in itself is buggy: if it clashes with a menu accelerator (as 'r' is), it will perform that action instead.
It's simpler to directly edit the accels file in your Liferea dot dir.
Epson all-in-ones: avoid like the plague
Browsing the net, you might get the impression that Epson Stylus All-in-ones are well supported under Linux. Unfortunately this is not the case. The pipslite driver you have to install is extremely flaky, and Fedora SELinux doesn't work properly with it. There's no "draft" mode for some bizarre reason; printing is extremely slow and often randomly cancels half-printed jobs due to USB resets
The scanner doesn't work at all with the iscan software, despite claims to the contrary.
New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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