This blog may be a bit quiet, I’m busy elsewhere

Sure, quiet is relative. Over the years I have gone through enthusiastic patches and months with nothing but the occasional scrap of a link. At the moment, though, the quietness here has a reason: I’m too busy having fun messing with software and hardware on my Raspberry Pi. If you don’t know already, Raspberry Pi …

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X Server on Windows using Xming

I have been exploring the use of virtual machine images for web applications recently, and found a tension between easy development (which realistically requires a GUI these days) and small, efficient deployment. So, after years of separation, I find myself back at the point of using X Windows to run “remote” applications using the display, …

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Don’t lose that command history

If you have ever run multiple terminal windows at the same time on a Linux system you have probably hit this problem. Only part of the command history seems to be saved for future sessions. This can be really irritating if you want to go back and re-sun some complex, finicky command. “Cube Rick” has …

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LiVES Video Editing System – Because the media should be open

I haven’t had a chance to try this out yet – I’m writing this on a Windows machine – but it looks interesting an open-source video editing system which mixes real-time and non-linear editing in one application. More news when I have had a play with it (or let me know your experiences!) LiVES Video …

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Disable that damn PC speaker under Linux

I have finally got fed up enough with the irritating beeping coming from my Ubuntu box that I looked up how to disable the speaker. It turns out there are a variety of approaches: To just disable beeping in bash (and most other shells) add the following line to /etc/inputrc set bell-style none To disable …

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Installing Linux on an elderly laptop

A nice article which goes throught the distro-selection process for running Linux on an “elderly” laptop. The final choice is interesting, but I’m not sure if it would still apply to my somewhat more “elderly” laptop. The one in the article has a 900MHz CPU and 384MB RAM, whereas mine is a mere 233MHz with …

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