Category: General

fire.java

I wrote this small applet twenty years ago, lost it to the sands of time – and found it again at http://www.1archive.com/java/fire/… (Thanks guys!) If you have a half-decent browser, it will probably refuse to show the embedded applet in

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uHOWTO: NTP in Windows 2003 – manual intervention required

Up to Windows 2000, using an NTP server as the time source was as simple as entering the server address in the Time/Date control panel. From 2003 onwards, you must follow the procedure detailed in KB816042 to configure the Windows

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MySQL fails after upgrade to 5.1 on Debian Squeeze

Are you running Debian Squeeze? Did you upgrade to mysql-server-5.1 ? Are you getting a message like this? Starting MySQL database server: mysqld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . failed! Did you

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Missing vmnetcfg.exe?

It turns out that from VMware Player 3.0 onwards, vmnetcfg.exe is included in the installer package but is not installed by default, so configuring NAT or additional network interfaces is next to impossible. Luckily, Tony has devised a solution for

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Link: JSESSIONID considered harmful

Craig Condit makes a strong case against JSESSIONID in JSESSIONID considered harmful. And I just learned that it is disabled by default in Grails 1.1.

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uHOWTO: Force script recompilation in embedded Perl Nagios

I just implemented elwell’s notify_via_jabber and it did not work at first. I got the following message in nagios.log: I promptly apt-get installed libnet-xmpp-perl but the problem persisted — with the exact same error message. But Net::XMPP was now there!!

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A dubious cure for shyness

As it turns out, there is a “cure” for shyness. Seth Stevenson’s story “Extroverted Like Me” is a journey into the world of coolness through chemical aids but it quickly turns into a cautionary tale for those willing to overcome

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U2 360º

In other news, I just got my tickets for U2s’ first concert of the 360º tour in Barcelona!!! *Yay!*. Thanks, Jordi!

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uHOWTO: Recover an empty Podcast playlist in iTunes

Our main iTunes box had flaky RAM -a heck of a problem to debug by itself- so it used to BSOD quite a lot during the past couple of months. One of the most common side effects was that the

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uHOWTO: Recover stuck modified keys from VMware Player or Workstation

If you use VMware Player or VMware workstation under Linux and you’re an alt-tab fan like me, you might end up with stuck modifier keys, so you can’t use keys like Ctrl, Alt or Shift outside of VMware. Xiao Feng

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