This weekend I’ve been doing some network experimentation on my little DSL connection. I’ve learned a couple of things the hard way so I figured a quick blog post is in order in the hopes that it will save someone else time. PPP interface errors Over the last while my Internet connection has been a […]
I little while ago I was standing in front of the computer magazine section at my local Chapters when I noticed something interesting. There were three magazines with “Windows” in the title, three with “Mac” in the title, and four with “Linux” in the title. Of course this is hardly statistically significant in terms of […]
Two things. Both relate to Microsoft but that is just by coincidence. The first Apparently IE8 will allow the HTML author to specify the name and version number of the browser that the page was designed for. For example, the author can add a meta tag that says essentially “IE6”. IE8 will see this tag […]
A few years ago I wrote about the backup script that I use to do daily and weekly backups of my computers. Since this script must run unattended it makes use of a passphrase-less SSH key. The SSH key in question only exists on my main workstation and is used to login as a user […]
The main yum executable doesn’t have an option for downloading source RPMs. Fortunately, this task is made easy by yumdownloader which can be found in the yum-utils package. yum install yum-utils yumdownloader –source scponly This will leave a copy of the scponly source RPM in the current directory.
This past Saturday I spent the day at the Ontario Linux Fest which was held at the Toronto Congress Centre. Despite this being the inaugural year for the event it was very well organized and I think, well attended. The number I heard was approximately 350 attendees. The most enjoyable aspect of the event was […]
Q&A: Torvalds on Linux, Microsoft, software’s future CW: Lots of researchers made millions with new computer technologies, but you preferred to keep developing Linux. Don’t you feel you missed the chance of a lifetime by not creating a proprietary Linux? Torvalds: No, really. First off, I’m actually perfectly well off. I live in a good-sized […]
Recently Linus Torvalds did a presentation at Google about distributed version control. This is a great introduction to distributed version control if you have wondered what the big deal is. Unsurprisingly, the presentation also spends a considerable amount time talking about Git and picking on CVS and Subversion.
Arrived in Ottawa today for OLS. Managed to get in early enough to make it over to the new (2005?) Canadian War Museum. Unfortunately, there was only two hours left before close. Two hours was not nearly long enough to do the museum justice. Even if you have been to the previous war museum you […]
Red Hat has posted videos of the keynotes from the Red Hat summit in Nashville. So far, I have only watched two of the three videos. Both were excellent. Eben Moglen: Discusses the philosophical and political ideas behind free software. He argues that free software is about allowing individual creativity. If you donâ€™t â€˜getâ€™ free […]