Archive for February, 2009

Gentoo/Layman/eix -update problems.

February 16th, 2009 2 comments

`eix` is possibly the most handy tool in the (gentoo) world. Rather than having to use `emerge -s` to search through portage (or any of your overlays), `eix` keeps a database of the contents and returns search results up to 100 times faster than using emerge.

Sadly, it seems that if you add an overlay to gentoo (for example `layman -a jokey`) and then run `eix-update`, it does not include the newly added overylay, even though it re-scans the default portage tree and any other overlays you might have installed. This, is very annoying!

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Windows 7, UAC & VMware

February 15th, 2009 5 comments
Windows 7; Pretty Fish

Windows 7; Pretty Fish

The first thing that has to be noted is the absolute PITA it is to try and downland a copy of the new Windows 7 Demo.

The web page where you get the download link and a serial number (I found) to be really badly obfuscated; ActiveX being necessary to register for a serial number, meaning I had to use Internet Explorer on a windows box1; which also meant using the proprietary Microsoft Downloader rather than something truly useful like wget.

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  1. Actually, if you’re desperate, you can run IE5, 6 and 7 on linux very easily using IEs4Linux []
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Free and Open?

February 12th, 2009 No comments

I just came across this on the governments website, and you just have to be impressed.

Its entitled “National Insurance Numbers (NINOs): Format and Security: What to do if you suspect or discover fraud”, and in this current climate of identity theft, it kinda makes sense and its probably worth knowing what to do if you do suspect fraud.

Sadly, the only text left viewable on the page, states “This text has been withheld because of exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000”.

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February 10th, 2009 24 comments

Arguments over ‘whether you should have to pay anything at all to Micro$oft to use its on-line service` aside, I found myself needing to buy and xBoX360 Live Gold membership (for the bf).
I decided there is no point getting 3 months for half the price of 12, and I didn’t fancy walking down to the BlockBuster’s Video to pay over the odds.
I didn’t want to wait for delivery either, its a pain in the ass and I don’t trust the post. I don’t want to have to pay more for the sake of a piece of cardboard.
So after a little googling I payed £29.99 for a 12+1 Gold subscription to be “instantly emailed to me” via

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Linux Source Swearing

February 10th, 2009 No comments

x=Swear Words, y=kernel revision
It was my attempt to track down some of the more amusing kernel source code comments I’d heard, that led me to thinking I’d broken the advanced tagline plugin (tho it wasn’t).

It was also this quest, that led me across this most fantastic graph, showing Linux Kernel Revision against #of swear words contained.

Many thanks to Mr. Holden of for posting this (and amusingly he’s currently using the same theme we are :))

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Advanced Taglines

February 10th, 2009 No comments

I’ve just had some minor problems with the Advanced Taglines Plug-in I use on the site.

Suffice to say, it turned out to be a minor mix of Interface Design Issues, but mostly my own stupid fault for not RTFMing or even checking the page source to see where I was going wrong.

I asked the author about it and he was back in touch with an answer within hours, and he was spot on the money about it being my fault. Excellent support and my greatest thanks to the author.

If you want to add some randomisation to your sites Tagline, then Advanced Tagline by Kevin Morey is well worth the install 😀

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