Posted: 2007-03-14
Mac OSX 10.4.9 iSync and SonyEricsson P990i

Somewhat as expected - the iSync update in the update to Mac OSX 10.4.9 still gives that it is not supported. Oh well.

Posted: 2007-03-07
fink selfupdate fails due to cc1plus update

fink update was failing with the following error about head missing a -n option: It turns out that the issue is that when you install perl LWP it installs HEAD, GET and POST into /usr/bin. Mac OSX…

Posted: 2007-02-25
Upgrading debian from sarge to etch : sa-exim

After upgrading sarge to etch - spamassassin was installed - but sa-exim wasn't running (the headers in mail showed it to be to do with the setting of SAEximRunCond stating that it should not run…

Posted: 2007-02-23
Colour calibration - Macbook Pro -> Epson 2000P

I finally managed to get consistent colour right from the screen through to the printer. Here's what I needed to do. First step was to calibrate the screen (Macbook Pro in this case). To do this I…

Posted: 2007-02-14
Upgrading apache 2.0 to 2.2 with ldap controlled basic auth

LDAP authentication started giving: This is because apache 2.2 needs to be told what provider. Add: In addition - to be allowed to use require valid-user add: So - in full - the old config: changes to

Posted: 2007-02-09
Adding a .mac mail account to a P990i

To add a .mac mail account to a P990i. With the flap open: First - get to the correct configuration: go to Control Panel then Messaging then E-Mail Accounts then the New Button Now - fill out Finally…

Posted: 2007-02-06
Problems updating sarge -> etch

The following problems: Upgrade of kernel from 2.6.8-k7 to 2.6.18-k7 broke the network. The e1000 device was all configured up according to ifconfig and route was correct but always no route to host…

Posted: 2007-02-04
Migrating OpenBSD 3.6 firewall to 4.0 on a CF card

I have an OpenBSD 3.6 machine as my home firewall. I also have a mini-itx machine with IDE-CF converter card waiting to replace it. This is the state of play The build machine is running 4.0. chroot…

Posted: 2007-01-23
Protecting drupal update

An extra protection can be added to drupal update function by restricting which machines can access it. Add this to the .htaccess

Posted: 2007-01-21
Drupal cron script

To avoid having to set up multiple cron lines - here's a script that will read your drupal install(s) and call cron on each one found. Not sure where I saw the code (rss feed) - but the comment was…

Posted: 2007-01-15
Switching between java JDK's on debian

I use the java-package make-jpkg to install java JVM's. I have mostly used sun's JVM's up to now. I wanted to easily switch between them (which the alternatives mechanism handles well) but also to…

Posted: 2007-01-07
Upgrading drupal from 4.7 to 5.0

To upgrade a site from drupal 4.7 to 5.0: I have several sites running drupal 4.7 that will want to be upgraded to 5.0 - here's how I'm thinking of approaching it. Mostly culled from a Lullabot…

Posted: 2006-12-26
Amanda backup for OSX

I needed to get both my Mac machines (mac mini intel and macbook pro) to be included in the amanda backup I run. I could have tried going via samba - but the following page works exactly as advertised…

Posted: 2006-12-19
Debian sarge to etch test run

I have two servers running debian sarge (stable). Etch is nearly ready to go stable (in hard freeze) so I decided to test the upgrade on the least important box. This box has apache, samba, gnump3d…

Posted: 2006-12-08
LVM2 - Incorrect metadata area header checksum

I have most of my debian boxes using lvm2. On one (sadly my main server I was getting): but everything seemed to be working. So - I ran vgscan. This stated that there was a problem on /dev/hdd. Well…

Posted: 2006-12-07
Wireless Security

The following dialog appeared when I got to work this morning (where I connect via wired ethernet rather than wifi). I feel that someone has not really understood the concept of wifi security:

Posted: 2006-11-17
Squid proxying and and similar services

Just a quick note. If you configure the mac's HTTP proxy under network system settings to point to a squid server on your local network - then et al return your internal IP (in my case a…

Posted: 2006-11-16
Printing to HP 1015 via Synology USB Station

The USB Synlogy print server works just fine with Windows. The documentation states that it can only print to a Postscript printer from Mac OS X. The HP 1015 LaserJet is sadly not a postscript printer…

Posted: 2006-11-16
HP 1015 from OS X 10.4.8

Two machines - a MB Pro and a Mac Mini. One printer - an HP 1015 LaserJet. It doesn't seem to be listed in the standard drivers - but with a little help from linuxprinting it will work. Head to http…

Posted: 2006-11-10
/etc/hosts on Mac OS X

For details on how to use /etc/hosts on Mac OS X - see