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

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On the office keyboards the Function keys has been replaced by functions eg Help,Undo,Redo,New etc.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 http://www.mvps.org/jtsang/flock.html

Finally….. Pressing Alt-F4 works 🙂

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 (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/08/sign-up-for-gmail.html) 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 https://www.google.com/accounts/SmsMailSignup1

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.

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 🙂
[url]http://www.billy.gr/downloads/openvpn-2.0-1.i386.rpm[/url]

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 (http://packages.debian.org/stable/devel/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);

-#ifdef CONFIG_SOFTWARE_SUSPEND2
+#ifdef CONFIG_SUSPEND2
priv->workqueue = create_workqueue(DRV_NAME, 0);
#else
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
[url]http://www.brandonhutchinson.com/Upgrading_Red_Hat_Linux_with_yum.html[/url]

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gouranga
and the following blog.

http://www.juju.org/archives/2003/04/06/call-out-gouranga-be-happy

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 🙂 🙂

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