I started running into a weird problem that I didn't immediately identify. Some programs just started failing: libreoffice, chrome, chromium, firefox, eclipse, ...
It was quite undeterministic and depended on the system ressources being fairly well used. I thought it was a RAM issue, not having enough memory would cause programs to fail. I have somewhat agressive ram settings, but, I also have 16 GB of RAM on my computer. Well, it wasn't a memory issue, I was able to reproduce the issue with loads of memory still left over.
Here's some of the messages I was getting.
Libreoffice: (similar bug here)
Chrome and Chromium:Read More
I tried this on my Dell e6530 and it seems to work pretty good.
For video acceleration :
Override software rendering list → Set to
This works for both Chrome and Chromium.Read More
I really would like a PDF reader that saves the open pdf files in tabs, like a browser does. It would let me get back to reading whatever I was reading after a restart. Currently, I try to restart as little as possible, usually between 20 and 40 days in order to save all my open stuff. I would use Mendeley except the open tabs feature request has been open since 2009 and not implemented yet!!! http://feedback.mendeley.com/forums/4941-general/suggestions/263198-remember-open-tabs-and-position-within-pdfs.
My answer for PDFs is to use my browser to store my open files. It might be a little overkill but it does the job decent enough. I mainly use Firefox + mozplugger + evince, but I also use the Chrome and Chromium browsers for different things including reading PDFs. Chrome has a simple PDF plugin that I like and its pretty fast, but Chromium doesn't have it because of licensing issues.Read More
I find the touchpad on my laptop way to sensitive by default. To change it, I've found the following settings comfortable:
I also have a wireless mouse that I sometimes use. It's way to sensitive. The following command makes it useable:Read More
I use acrobat reader sometimes, like when people send me an annotated pdf or if Evince doesn't print it properly. My main pdf reader is Evince, but it's a bit buggy. Also, I use okular to annotate pdfs, which it does a fine job at.
Anyhow, I was getting the following error after applying some updates:
It took me a while to track down the problem, which has a simple solution, just find the missing symbolic link. I ran into this page that describes the issue but nobody had provided the proper command http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=297151.Read More
I really like the 'alternative' french keyboard layout on my computer, a.k.a fr-oss. I like to use the deadkeys for accents in french and spanish, and I really like the alt-gr + ctrl# for doing arrows and stuff like that.
Earlier this year on my Fedora laptop (F20) for work the right ctrl key stopped working. It sucked because ctrl-arrows no longer jump through words in text documents. VLC right ctrl+Up/Down no longer changed the volume either, making me have to use both hands just for that. I figured it was a bug in Fedora so I found a neat command to fix the mapping while I waited for the problem to be fixed. However, some time later it happened to my wife's Ubuntu laptop and looking into it I found that the problem is comes from higher up the chain.
Someone decided to map right ctrl to something "new" instead of letting it be the same as the left ctrl key. Sure, if programs used the "new right control" it might be great and super useful. But they don't, so the key does nothing. Kind of beats the purpose, huh?
To fix the problem, here's the command you can run.
My Dad is a wonderful person and loves his children a lot, but as of late, he's decided to torture me with pictures from the beautiful Pacific coast of Mexico. Anybody who's been to California knows just how much sun there is. All. Year. Round.
Baja California is no different from California in that respect (well, it's even better IMHO).
That's all nice and all but I haven't seen the sun since fall started, back in October 2013 (wooooo, so long ago). In Rennes, France−the region of Brittany−we get the same shitty weather that the english get, give or take a less-cloudy day or two. So, how do you think I feel when Dad sends me these beautiful pictures? It makes me wanna cry. I feel nostalgic thinking of all of our fishing trips. I miss the food. I miss the sun. I miss the people. I miss a whole lot of things.
For example, here's a picture from last December.Read More
I ran into a weird bug that took me about 50 test emails to understand. Thunderbird appears to automatically convert your plain-text emails from one character set to another automatically if it detects that there is an incompatible character.
However, the conversion isn't as smooth as it should be. In fact, in my case, all leading spaces in my neatly formatted plain-text format=flowed emails disappear.Read More
This post is a test for markdown and Jekyll. I basically have all kinds of examples of how to do stuff in markdown, but it's not tidy at all.Read More
This is the my first post after configuring my site to use github pages, and more specifically, after I started using Jekyll.Read More
It's pretty easy to setup box.net with webdav and to have your files automatically saved to box.net. I got 50gb of storage space on box.net when I bought an HP Touchpad 32gb on firesale.
However, because it's not a paid or professional account, I can't really do anything with it.
UPDATE: I don't use this setup because box.net is just too slow and some people have been complaining that they don't implement webdav properly. I really wish they'd come up with a client for Linux like Dropbox has.
Originally posted on Ubuntu Forums: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=202761&page=4Read More
It's easy to setup additional IP addresses on Debian Linux. This is particularly useful for the NSLU which doesn't have a display so you need to remotely connect to it.
Having more than one virtual network interface allows us to have both a DHCP address and a static IP address, making the NSLU2 accessible pretty much always.Read More
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