Adrian Tritschler's stuffMy website, an agglomerative mess, probably half-eaten by a gru

Beryl vs Compiz vs a usable screen

Thursday, Aug 30, 2007

I seem to have a semi-workable system after I started using the Feisty Fawn update of Ubuntu before it was released.

Memories….

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Finally got around to upgrading the memory of the system from 512M to 1.5G, there are two DDR slots in the motherboard, a single 512M DIMM already present, and the motherboard can support a maximum of 2G, A toss up between 1.5G or 2G, the former won.

1G of DDR 3200 Kingston DIMM for \$129 from CPL.

SSH tunnel instead of VPNC

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007

Rather than use vpnc to connect to the Monash VPN, I’ve been wanting for some time to use ssh tunnels.

Beryl

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2007

Following the instructions at http://lunapark6.com/?p=2916 I managed to install and configure the Beryl 3D window manager ontop of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Edgy Edge upgrade

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2006

Followed a suggestion in one of the messages I saw and ran the Ubuntu update-manager with the following:

gksu "update-manager -c"


millpond Registered

Thursday, Sep 21, 2006

Recreated my account on DynDNS.com, for some reason the old account (that admittedly I haven’t used for a couple of years) has been deleted.

VPNC fixed

Saturday, Jul 15, 2006

Seems I’d installed the lokkit firewall a few weeks ago. At the time I thought I’d tested it step-by-step as I implemented it, but it appears that all it was doing was writing the rules, not running them! Firewall rules took effect when I rebooted, and where blocking the vpn protocol.

Reboot, reconfigure

Thursday, Jul 13, 2006

Ubuntu upgrade yesterday, reboot this morning. Still had the -23 and -25 revision kernels hanging around so I removed them.

Ubuntu reconfiguration

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2006

Warning: the string include-menu-defs did not occur in template file /etc/X11/twm//system.twmrc-menu


VPNC difficulty

Monday, Jun 5, 2006

Over and over during the weekend, vpnc would either connect and then seem to hang up a little later, or wouldn’t connect. No log messages in either case, which was very irritating. Is it due to my upgrade to Ubuntu Dapper, or is it something at the server end?

Saturday, Jun 3, 2006

Finally managed to find the https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DapperUpgrades page on how to upgrade the ubuntu system from Breezy to Dapper online, I would have thought it would be easier to locate, but every page I saw seemed to be based on downloading a CD and installing or upgrading that way.

Cyrus recovery!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Seems all is not lost. After last ’s stuff-up I was moving file systems from disk partitions into LVM partitions, and scrolling past I saw enormous lists of files in mail folders. Were these the “deleted” mail I thought I’d lost? Turns out they are. I’ve got an “old” cyrus mail folder structure and a “new” one, both under /var/spool/cyrus/mail, but only one of them is being referred to by the IMAP daemon.

Disk rearrangements

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Scary stuff. I started out with the intention of moving from a single physical partition of / in /dev/hda1 to an LVM-based system with seperate logical volumes for /home, /var, / and swap, and a physical volume for /boot. Somewhere along the way I blew away the partition table and for a while had an unbootable system.

There's a grub on my lilo

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Learning all about Grub today in connection with administering the SuSE servers, so I decided to replace lilo with grub on my home machine. Have I the courage to reboot to see if I did it correctly?

IMAP returns

Monday, May 8, 2006

For some reason the line to include imap in /etc/services had been removed. I guess ubuntu wants me to only use IMAPS. Added:

imap	143/tcp


To /etc/services and restarted cyrus21 and all is well again.

logrotate cleaned up

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Checking on why something had or hadn’t happened, I realised that some of my system logs were getting very large. Looks as if logrotate hasn’t been running, and probably means that I should have paid more attention to the warning messages that cron sent me.

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006

Two steps forward, one backwards. Typical computer upgrades.

The Debian to Ubuntu upgrade kind-of sort-of maybe mostly partly worked. I’ve been finding things that it didn’t upgrade, and things that it should have upgraded.

PPP problem

Monday, Apr 24, 2006

pon wouldn’t run, ppp_generic wasn’t loaded. ppp_generic module wouldn’t load, slhc_* symbols not found.

USB video returns?

Saturday, Apr 22, 2006

An X11 hang, no keyboard or mouse response, only thing left seemed to be the big red button – or the big black button on the Shuttle.

Zope

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2005

Installed Zope on fafnir

Reboot resets rights

Thursday, Oct 6, 2005

Rebooted to start 2.6.12-1-686-smp.

The tty /dev/ttyS1 defaults to being unreadable by oww. I need to fix this.

OWW, that didn't hurt

Monday, Oct 3, 2005

Now have oww running again. Downloaded an updated copy of oww (oww-0.81.7-1.i586.rpm), converted to DEB and installed it.

…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.