APR
5
2006

Hardware problems

I find todays hardware less and less reliable. Lately I feel it on my own skin. The story started with some mess I made on my hard disk and an upgrade of SUSE to 10.1 beta9. I reorganized my partitions a little, and after that my old win partition did not want to boot. Well, let's reinstall it, but the installer din not want to start from the CD. After a while it started. Whatever, I thought it's the win installer, as I never tried it since my upgrade to AMD64, so I forgot about it (I don't really use win, I just keep for the case that somebody brings me a software that doesn't run on Linux).

MAR
16
2006

aKademy 2006

So aKademy 2006 was announced. The date is interesting, as it starts on my birthday. ;-) I wanted to go there, but didn't start any preparation before the final announcement. Now I looked at what do I need to go there. First a plane ticket: it is 220EUR+airport taxes. This is not that bad, and the fact that I don't have to go to the capital city, but I can use another one (where my mother in law lives) is a bonus.

FEB
7
2006

Using NX

Today I took some time to configure an nx server on a system for which I am the administrator. It is a server in a library behind a firewall server.
Actually I have to access both a linux server behind that firewall and a windows server as the application they are using is windows based (and even if it runs just fine through wine, it is not enough in every case). So first I had to solve the direct access from myself to the linux server. With some iptables rules I did it (first time in my life!). It is not perfect as I am using a dial-up connection, so my IP address is not fixed and I had to enable ssh access from a wider range, but it works. ssh to the server behind the firewall worked on a non-standard port. Time to try nx. I had some problems running nxclient. For me, on SuSE 10, it showed an empty xmessage window with an OK button. :-0 I checked, I have everything installed, still nothing happens. As a last resort I downloaded the client RPM package from NoMachine. And the wonder happened: it works. Now I could enable the encryption for all traffic, meaning that theoretically I must be able to access the nxserver with only the custom ssh port open in the firewall. And for my surprise, it worked: I could log in to the KDE desktop from the library. The speed is quite amazing, I would say. I may tweak this even more for the future, but even now with a 800x600 screen it is fast enough.

JAN
11
2006

Slow booting? Not so slow anymore...

I did some performace tuning today on my laptop, so i can make Kubuntu start up faster. It was mostly about disabling startup services I don't need and optimizing KDE startup performace according to the performace tips from wiki.kde.org. I did not tried to use the patched fontconfig or do something like that. I just have the standard kubuntu debs installed. The system was prelinked, but it was before I even started to optimize it, so it is not really relevant.

JAN
6
2006

Kubuntu 5.10 review

I have to admit that I'm a big SuSE fun and used SuSE exclusively for the last 6 years or so. For me SuSE had and has several advantages over the other distributions and these are:

  • it comes with a lot of packages on the CD/DVD, meaning that you don't need to have an internet connection to install something. Very useful if you use dial up or other slow (or very expensive) connection. You just need to get the medium from somebody or order from the net.
  • it is very easy to install (and I did not have problems when doing upgrades as well)
  • easy configuration: YaST . It is priceless for me.
DEC
16
2005

Christmas presents

I haven't blogged since quite some time and when I did it was because of a sad story. But now it is different.
Christams is close and I already got some gifts from my friend from over the ocean and from myself. ;-) Read the rest only if you have enough free time to spend on blog-reading.

OCT
4
2005

Sun eclipse

The sun eclipse was also visible from Romania, altough it was not that spectacular. In 1999 was a full eclipse that I was supposed to see from the mountains, but minutes before the eclipse started, the sky was filled by clouds and some minutes after it ended, it cleared up. Go figure. ;-) Now it was cloudy, but cleared up before the eclipse started. I made some digital and non-digital photos. They are not so spectacular as the sone shined quite bright (you couldn't notice the eclipse from the amount of light if you did not know about), and I don't want to become blind, so I used a filtering material to make the photos. This way only the sun and the moon is visible. A picture can be seen here.

JUL
27
2005

The past six weeks

I don't blog too often, but several things happened during the last month and they are partly related to KDE as well. And as there is a short dot story now available, I would like to share something about the background of the story.

MAR
8
2005

Using KNewStuffSecure

As a follow-up to my last blog, here comes some detail about how to use KNewStuffSecure in your application. Shortly again, the idea behind it is to provide a way to upload and download digitaly signed resources, thus making it possible for the user to check the real

MAR
6
2005

KnewStuff and Quanta (for Ian)

Some minutes ago a mail from Ian landed in my Inbox, where he asks if I would blog or write a "short one paragraph snippet" on how KNewStuff is used in Quanta. I don't really get where should I write that paragraph, that I can certainly blog here. :-) Anyway, my PC is doing some video encoding using the nice DVD Rip-O-Matic application written in Kommander, so I have some free time. I have no idea if this will show up on planetkde.org or not though.

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