Asterisk 1.2.0-beta2 released

First mail in my inbox today…. The release of Asterisk 1.2.0-beta2

A ton of bugfixies. Will i find some time to upgrade my asterisk installation ?

As a start i put it as the first item in my TODO list


Underwater Kinetics C4 eLed

I bought a Underwater Kinetics C4 eLed from a friend of our local diving club The Abyss

The item was new in his box.

It is really nice, light and bright….. I am waiting to find some time for a night dive to test it.

I am a fun of Underwater Kinetics lights, but of course we cannot compare them to Kowalski Xenon lights…. but the eLed is a good light anyway


Kernel 2.6.14

Hmmm, a kernel release…
So ? Just another kernel release ?
Should i upgrade ?

No, wait for a few days. Everything works ok with 2.6.13

These are the usual questions after a kernel release 🙂

This time since it was a weekend i want to give a try.

The ipw2100 make it way to the kernel tree. Nice no more another compile for my wireless laptop network card to work.

The vesafb-tng patches works ok with the new kernel. Nice i will not miss my 1024×768 terminal 🙂

The suspend2 team hasn’t release a new version so it will stay a couple of days ( maybe a week) with out hibernation.

The vmware needs the usual vmware-any-any-update 🙂

It took me a couple of hours but everything is running smoothly.

Nice work kernel guys


OpenBSD Turns 10

Reading slashdot is nice. I could have missed the birtday of OpenBSD 🙂

10 years have passed since Theo de Raadt did the commit of his Makefile into the CVS

Happy birthday OpenBSD


Inverting the F Lock

Some times Microsoft does good work on hardware. That is keyboards and mouse.

The problem is that they do it in their own way => Friendly for the user. Or as they think that is friendly 🙂

On the office keyboards the Function keys has been replaced by functions eg Help,Undo,Redo,New etc.

But i don’t want to press the F-lock every time i do an Alt-F4 to close the window.

If you want to invert the f-lock download and import the registry fix from the following site

Finally….. Pressing Alt-F4 works 🙂


DIY Oxygen Analyzer

For a long time i wanted an oxygen analyzer in order to double check my Nitrox mixes.

With a couple of parts an LCD display and a Teledyne sensor it is finally alive 🙂

DIY Analyzer

Total cost about 120 Euro


One year using gmail

Today i celebrate one year using the gmail.

2GB was more than enough. I use it for all my mailling lists and after one year i still use only 85MB of my space. It contains about 6000 conversations and counting

It is a relief for my normal mail account 🙂


GMail Sign-Ups Via Mobile

With a blog entry on Google Blog ( Google announced that gmail is open to public, It now accepts sign-ups via mobile.

The Beta logo on the gmail page still exists, also our invitations remain there.

I cannot see the sign up page maybe cause i am located to Greece, but if i do that using a host located at US the url for the sign up is located here


CompactDrive PD70X

Going on vacations without a lot of memory cards or a laptop is a really big mistake, so i bought a CompactDrive PD70X from eastgear.

The device came with a set of 2500mAh batteries from Sanyo, and a car charger. It is really small and is fast.

You can use it with one hand if you attach it on your belt with the provided case.

I put a 40GB disk inside and we are ready to go. No more laptop to unload my memory cards and i think that now is the time to start shooting using raw only.


Finding orphaned libraries

I came across with a really nice utility for debian.

It is the deborphan. What it does ? It looks for orphaned libraries in your debian system. That is library packages that you no longer use.

Give it a try


openvpn 2.0

Dag hasn’t provided yet an rpm of the openvpn 2.0 for Fecoda Core 4.

Here is one, just builded a couple of minutes ago 🙂


Sveasoft Talisman 1.0.5 Problems

I am using the Talisman firmware on my WRT54GS for about 2 months.

The last 2 days i was having problems with the connection to the internet. I am not sure that it was a problem with my adsl provider but i could connect at all 🙂

On the dmesg i was seeing messages like the following
[b]do_page_fault() #2: sending SIGSEGV to hotplug for illegal read access from
00000000 (epc == 00000000, ra == 00000000)[/b]

Nice ?

Rebooting and/or flashing again didn’t solve it.

I decided to see if it was a firmware problem and i switched to openwrt.
Openwrt released the whiterussian on 25-Jun-2005 and i can say that i am really enjoy it now, a lot of packages and a small, clean firmware


Building kernel modules the debian way

What i hate after upgrading a kernel ? Compile all your modules that there are not part of the main stream kernel.

If you use a custom kernel is easy. But if you want to stick for a reason with a prepackaged kernel sometimes is difficult.

The debian way = Allways build a package for your custom modules.

Download and install module assistant ( Module assistant makes the installation of modules such the nvidia, ipw2100 peace of cake.

It will download the sources using apt, compile them and finally create a deb package.

So simple 🙂


ipw2100 and kernel 2.6.12 issues

After upgrading to kernel 2.6.12 with software suspend2 the ipw2100-1.1.0 driver stopped compiling.

The following patch take care of it. It solves the[b] is_multicast_ether_addr[/b] and [b]create_workqueue[/b] errors.

diff -Naur ipw2100-1.1.0/ieee80211.h ipw2100-1.1.0.test/ieee80211.h
— ipw2100-1.1.0/ieee80211.h 2005-03-14 18:54:24.000000000 +0200
+++ ipw2100-1.1.0.test/ieee80211.h 2005-06-21 11:48:06.000000000 +0300
@@ -643,10 +643,12 @@
#define MAC_ARG(x) ((u8*)(x))[0],((u8*)(x))[1],((u8*)(x))[2],((u8*)(x))[3],((u8*)(x))[4],((u8*)(x))[5]

+#if LINUX_VERSION_CODE < KERNEL_VERSION(2,6,12) extern inline int is_multicast_ether_addr(const u8 *addr) { return ((addr[0] != 0xff) && (0x01 & addr[0])); } +#endif extern inline int is_broadcast_ether_addr(const u8 *addr) { diff -Naur ipw2100-1.1.0/ipw2100.c ipw2100-1.1.0.test/ipw2100.c --- ipw2100-1.1.0/ipw2100.c 2005-03-14 18:54:25.000000000 +0200 +++ ipw2100-1.1.0.test/ipw2100.c 2005-06-21 11:48:06.000000000 +0300 @@ -6401,7 +6401,7 @@ INIT_STAT(&priv->fw_pend_stat);

priv->workqueue = create_workqueue(DRV_NAME, 0);
priv->workqueue = create_workqueue(DRV_NAME);


Upgrading to Fedora Core 4

The machine that holds my blog, holds also everything for my domain 🙂

It was running fedora core 3 and it hasn’t been switched to Debian sarge (yet ?) due to the reason above.

After the release of Fedora Core 4 i had 2 options: Download the CDs and use them for the upgrade or do it over the net as i have done it for all my debian machines.

The isos are about 2.5 GB….:(

Upgrading over the internet using yum is simple.

Just follow this howto

The upgrade run with out any serious problems. The only problem after the upgrade was the php-mmache which i will investigate it a bit cause it gave me signal 11 error on the apache processes i suspect that was due to the fact i haven’t clean the php-mmcache cache directory.

A couple of reboots to test the new release and we are up and running


Hare Krishna spam

Today i received a strange email in my gmail account:

Subject: Gouranga
Call out Gouranga be happy!!!
Gouranga Gouranga Gouranga ….
That which brings the highest happiness!!

With a little search on google i came across on references on Wikipedia
and the following blog.

It appears that is know also as the “Hare Krishna spam”…


Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 released

Finally after 3 years the new debian sarge waits for us in the mirrors.

For as that we were using testing upgrading is simple:
Change the sources.list to point to sarge instead of testing and do
aptitude update && aptitude -f –with-recommends dist-upgrade.

I had allready done it when the sarge was frozen last week :). No packets changed 🙂 🙂


clamav hits 35000 virus definitions

In less than 4 months, 5000 definition where added into clam antivirus.

35000 as of today and counting.


LAUNCHcast Radio Limits

And the music stops playing….”Cause i have listened to over 600 songs this months. For the rest of the month, your free service will be reduced” 🙂

Yes it is allways open 🙂


Yahoo mail upgraded to 1 GB

My yahoo mail account has just been upgraded to 1 GB.

Yahoo has started to follow Gmail. Even gmail is in 2 GB and counting yahoo has started to follow the competition.

Let’s see if hotmail will follow also, cause my hotmail account is still in the 250MB limit