July
29
Filed Under (Movies, News) by Justin on 2005-07-29

Wired is running a story on how the film industry has finished up on a standard that would allow digital distribution from filmakers to the theater, ending the actual film prints from being created. This article states that the movie studios could end up saving anywhere from $600 million to $900 million and the viewers (that’s you and me…) get a better user-experience thanks to the quality of the original. So, to all my fellow Fight Club fans, that means no more cigarette burns and spliced-in extras.

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July
27
Filed Under (Asides, Geekspeak) by Justin on 2005-07-27

The new Mozilla Deer Park Alpha 2 is looking nice. Drag-and-drop rearranging of tabs is sweet!

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July
27
Filed Under (Asides, Geekspeak) by Justin on 2005-07-27

My iMac is on the UPS truck to be delivered to me today – w00t!

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July
26
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2005-07-26

I’m determined to become more organized and keep better track of what I’m supposed to be doing and when. I think I have a good set of tools at my disposal, but I’d like them to be better. I have te Calendar Extension for Mozilla Thunderbird installed on my WinXP desktop at work and Kontact/KOrganizer on my laptop is looking pretty nice. Both store their calendars in standard iCal .ics files, but I need to come up with a decent way to keep them in sync. Obviously I could cron something from Linux, but I don’t really have a good way to bring Windows into the picture. Not to mention the fact that it would just be a disaster trying to figure out which version is newer. Maybe I just need to find a new program that will automatically import/export to a remote location on open/close? Suggestions anyone?

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One of Russia’s most notorious spammer’s has been found DEAD in his apartment in Central Moscow.

Kushnir had died about 35 minutes earlier of severe head injuries from an apparent beating…

I honestly hope they find the person who did this and give them a medal. OK, yes I’m kidding. I don’t condone murder, but if they do catch the guy, I’d enjoy the opporotunity next time I’m in Moscow to go and shake his hand. The Moscow Times has the full story here.

On a more personal note, The Moscow Times was one of my favorite things to run across when we were in Russia because they typically only distribute it where there are lots of English speakers, such as at places like T.G.I. Fridays or Ruby Tuesday.

Hat tip: Eric.

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July
20
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2005-07-20

OK, I figured it out. Well, actually someone else did and Jim out-googled me and found it. That’s an amazing feat as I sometimes consider myself quite the expert on Google queries. But anyway, thanks to Jim for finding it.

The problem:

As previously noted, during the install for SUSE (9.1/9.2/9.3) the external PCMCIA CD drive was being configured as /dev/hda and thereby forcing the hard drive to be setup as /dev/hdc. However, after the initial reboot, the hard drive is then detected as /dev/hda (the proper setup) but all the boot files and /etc/fstab configurations point to /dev/hdc for the system.

The solution:

Connect the external PCMCIA CD drive just like normal, insert your SUSE setup disc. I’m using SUSE 9.3 Professional CD install, but it should be the same for any 9.x version of CD or Network installation. Hit the power button and your system should boot from the CD. When you’re prompted with options, go down to “Installation” and then type in the following boot paramater:

ide2=0x180,0x386

Basically, it forces the CD drive to by setup as a different device, in my case it was /dev/hde, which left /dev/hda available for the hard drive.

So, I’m on to installing the rest of the CD’s and then the tweaking begins.

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July
20
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Linux) by Justin on 2005-07-20

I made the mistake of wanting to upgrade to SUSE 9.3 Professional on my laptop. I say it’s a mistake because I’ve completely screwed up and can’t get SUSE to install on it properly again. The Vaio has a PCMCIA CD-ROM which the SUSE manual installer detects as /dev/hda and my actual hard drive as /dev/hdc. This is all well and good until the install is complete and the system attempts to reboot. Well, the CD-ROM drive isn’t initialized at this point, so to the MBR we go to get LILO. Looks like we’re about to get somewhere – but wait! Where’s /dev/hdc? The boot process dumps to a VERY MINIMAL shell at this point and I’m left with an unusable system. I found a few things online, but nothing has worked so far. If anyone has any ideas on how to force the installer to make the hard drive /dev/hda during setup, please help! In the meantime, I’ll be sitting here pulling my hair out. Have a nice day…

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July
19
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Website) by Justin on 2005-07-19

I took advantage of an extremely cool offer from Dreamhost and regsitered wantmoore.org. I don’t really know why, but I did. It’s a pretty snazzy deal – less than $10 got the domain registration and hosting for a year with some pretty outstanding quotas. I have no intentions of using the hosting for anything other than mirroring files if I need to, or maybe as a remote backup spot. But, anyhow, you can now access this site via wantmoore.com, wantmoore.net, and wantmoore.org – just pick your favorite three letters!

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