Category: Tech

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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A brief note about Spamhaus Policy Block List

After getting in closer-than-usual acquaintance with my mail server logs I thought I’d share a brief note I found in the Spamhaus PBL FAQ: The first thing to know is: THE PBL IS NOT A BLACKLIST. Oh, and since you’re

Posted in Debian, General, Linux, Rant, SysAdmin, Tech

DiskAid: access the files in your iPhone or iPod Touch

A few weeks ago I upgraded my wife’s iPod Touch to 2.1, and I just can’t believe that iTunes won’t let you backup your content even if it means a paid firmware upgrade. I would have used PodsBlitz to back

Posted in Gadgets, Hack!, iPod, Rant, Tech

uHOWTO: Use your N95 8G as a bluetooth modem under Linux with Telcel

For completeness, here’s a followup to my post about using a Nokia N95 as a bluetooth modem under Linux. This is a working wvdial configuration for use with Telcel in Mexico. Remember to enter your SIM’s PIN in pin-telcel, and

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HOWTO: Use your Nokia N95 Cellphone as a Bluetooth modem for Linux

Did you know that you can use your data-enabled N95 to get a thethered Internet connection from Linux? The access mode and speed will depend on your actual coberture, and as usual YMMV, but I’ve been using this setup for

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Farewell to Arthur C. Clarke

I just found out -thorugh an email from Thinkgeek, of all ways- that Arthur C. Clarke has passed away. 2001 was a mesmerizing experience for me when I first saw it. I think I was about 8 years old then.

Posted in Science, Tech

Prodigy Infinitum, SMTP through port 25, botnets and such

After pulling my hair for a couple of days I just realized that my DSL provider is blocking all outgoing connections to port 25 with an ICMP Unreachable packet, which translates as a totally bogus “no route to host” message

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Bourne Shell Server Pages

Easy. Portable. Buzzword-compliant. Ingenuous. Elegant. Right-out wicked cool: Bourne Shell Server Pages. As I write this I’m looking for a excuse to use this revolutionary technology in my next project! Behold the simplicity of ASP and the power of sh:

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About typos in technical manuals

The product you are in charge of maintaining has been in active use for a decade. The manual is several megabytes long, and there’s an army of programmers, consultants and technical writers that make a living off it. As you

Posted in Rant, SysAdmin, Tech

Whitespace Matters

Mark Jason Dominus just released SuperPython 0.91, “a Perl source filter for the SuperPython language, allowing SuperPython code to be embedded into Perl programs”. In terms of language, it goes way beyond python itself to give proper semantics to whitespace.

Posted in Code, General, Perl, Python, Tech