(as seen on a car on the grocery’s parking lot)
I installed the new and shiny Ubuntu Karmic on my computer today. Now there’s a speciality: I run the same installation (on a 2nd harddrive) both natively on the computer, but also in a VirtualBox VM.
That’s actually not complicated to setup, and most of the things work out fine, but there’s a remaining wart, which is the X-server needs additional and different configs for native-mode and running under the VM.
In former times, I just set the X-server being run by gdm (in /etc/gdm.conf) to /usr/local/sbin/Xserver.sh and used that shell-script to launch the correct server (with a different config, or even the same config but different “layouts”).
Now the wise men of gnome (gdm programmers) and Ubuntu decided to hardcode the paths of every component involved… And I only found out after learning…
So, again, in the sake of… “simplification”, or should I say dumbing-down, of their core programs, they made deviating from their “single user on a dedicated machine with internet dial-up” standard scenario even more painful. I might just use MS Windows then, because it basically adheres to the same “do what we have forseen and don’t deviate” belief.
Immediate update: One can adjust the symlink /etc/X11/X! Which isn’t documented (as far as I see) and also not as flexible as the original gdm.conf solution, but should suffice.
Opera just announced the existence of a upgrade to it. I told it to proceed, shorty after I noticed my (usually silent) PC to spin its fans vigorously…
This repeats whenever Opera is restarted, so I had to delete the offending file somwhere in %TEMP%. Great engineering, guys!
New project: Using a Atmel ATmega168 to control a graphical Everbouquet LCD that itself uses a T6963C Controller. Right now it seems that I can read the status-register and data successfully. The integrated DC/DC controller (for the negative LCD driving voltage) powers up and delivers –9V.
I started playing around with a breadboard. Until now, I never had done this, but I have to say, it’s kind of convenient. The only downside: I don’t have pre-cut cables, so I used the one from a big spool I found, but they are kind of pink-ish ;-).
It hums. And I’m annoyed.
What did I do on Saturday? Well, via the wonder of the web, I watched my friend burn both himself and his baby daughter with his home-made amplifier, then rail against excel and python in an attempt to print out some gradesheets. He eventually got so angry he threw himself out the window. He was in the basement, but you have to appreciate the attempt.
Update: I modified the last stage to have less gain (4 instead of 20), so it better matches my source, furthermore I added a 5k resistor at the input to have less input impedance. That helped a lot.
Just a quick note about the harm that you can suffer, should you try to install the “dmraid” package in your linux distribution: It’s EVIL! The problem is that for me it installed the dmraid signature in my harddisks last sector, so that Ubuntu’s initrd would automatically create useless mappings from…
Everything completely pointless, and wrecking my distribution’s ability to boot. I usually run my self compiled kernels which exclude the device-mapper for this exact reason, but it’s not possible on my other PC for one reason or the other. And the final and correct cure is to boot with the greatest bootable live-system there is: GRML, and overwrite the harddisk’s last sector (which holds the signature) with zeroes:
# dmsetup remove_all # get rid of the mappings
# cat /proc/partitions
8 0 12345678 sda # your harddisk
# sdd bs=512 –inull of=/dev/sda oseek=12345677k count=1 # overwrite last block
Reboot and enjoy. Use this recipe at your own risk!
There’s a post over at slashdot about the Twitpocalypse… What it’s supposed to mean is that twitter, this stream of useless short-messages you can (or, if you are like me: you don’t) follow to be informed about the social life or bodily functions of your peers now has accumulated over 231 items, a number exceeding the range of a 32bit signed integer. I’ll never understand how anyone can care about such a thing, but it for sure made it’s inventors famous and rich. And there’s one comment about the stupid choice of words and names I think is especially hilarious (see screenshot).