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  1. Projects.

    Published: Sun 14 September 2008
    By john

    In linux.

    Just a short note talking about the various things I'm splitting my time doing when I'm not a) doing work, or b) enjoying my family life.

    • fprint support for the AuthenTec 2810 fingerprint reader. Every few days I'll boot my computer into windows and try capturing the ...

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  2. T400

    Published: Tue 02 September 2008
    By john

    In linux.

    A few months ago both my personal laptops broke. My Compaq v3000z (only a little over a year old) had a power socket that went trippy, and my fallback old reliable iBook G3 900 finally gave up the ghost. But I didn't have the money for a new laptop ...

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  3. deb-arch trick.

    Published: Sat 21 June 2008
    By john

    In linux.

    Never knew this, but I was configuring apt-mirror to set up a ubuntu mirror and it dawned on me that I needed both amd64 and i386 binaries. In apt-mirror's config file, there's a 'set defaultarch' option to mirror a different arch then what your machine is currently, but ...

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  4. Create minimal LiveCD on Ubuntu Hardy and live-helper

    Published: Fri 20 June 2008
    By john

    In linux.

    Sometimes you want a bare-minimum LiveCD that you can use as a base for other projects. Creating one on Ubuntu is a rather big pain. GUI tools like 'Reconstructor' or 'Ubuntu Customization Kit' are meant to modify the existing install/Live CD's, and don't allow you to really ...

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  5. Fixing Java on Ubuntu Hardy.

    Published: Wed 13 February 2008
    By john

    In linux.

    Java is failing for me while running Ubuntu Hardy. This seems to be because java6 (and java5?) rely on some locking in the XCB library which is not allowed in the new XCB library shipped with hardy. This is fixed in java7, but until that is available as a 32-bit ...

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  6. PowerNowD.

    Published: Sun 27 January 2008
    By john

    In linux.

    PowerNowD v1.00 is released out into the wild. This marks the last release of the software. If others want to take it further, they may do so with my blessing. But since the 'ondemand' kernel governor is now working pretty reliably, that seems to be the wave of the ...

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