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January 27, 2010

Shadows Under Icons and Windows

Filed under: User Experience — cygnl7 @ 7:20 pm

This is something that really annoys me, and Apple is doing it with the newly announced iPad.  But it’s something that happens pretty much everywhere (windows, mac os, gnome, kde, etc.).  If there were some configuration flag that turned it on or off as needed, then life would be grand.  What is it? (more…)

January 15, 2010

ssh keychain

Filed under: System Administration — cygnl7 @ 10:30 pm

For the longest time I’ve maintained my own ssh-agent management scripts.  Every time I set up a new box I’ve had to go out and gather the information all over again.  But no more!

January 12, 2010

Vimperator and Gmail

Filed under: System Administration — cygnl7 @ 8:28 pm

For a while now I’ve been tired of hitting ctrl-z every time I go to gmail to put vimperator into pass-through mode, and finally decided to see if anyone else had figured out a better way.  I found it. (more…)

January 1, 2010

Prime Time Communications; Oh, Really?

Filed under: Rant — cygnl7 @ 6:39 pm

I’m looking for an internet connection faster than my 7mbps/768kbps DSL line.  The upload speed is just way too low (as I do big remote backups and the like).  I’ve looked around at fiber solutions but haven’t been able to find one that comes to my area.

Today I stumbled upon Prime Time Communications and thought I’d contact them about availability in my area.  I filled out their availability form and clicked “submit.”  404 – Object not found.

So I filled out their support form and included my availability request as well as a note about how the availability form didn’t work.  When I clicked “submit” it went to a completely blank (i.e., no source to the page at all) page.  I tried again just in case, and it did the same thing.

“Wow, this is not good.”  Next I tried to call their phone number.  It started ringing after about 15 seconds (strange for a phone), rang about 4 times, and then a recording came on and announced something like, “All lines are unavailable.”

Prime Time Communications really doesn’t want to be bothered apparently.

Carol of the Bells

Filed under: Family — cygnl7 @ 4:52 pm

Lehi Children’s Choir’s 2009 Christmas tour’s performance of Carol of the Bells at the American Fork tabernacle.

Ubuntu 9.10; Arg!

Filed under: Rant, System Administration — cygnl7 @ 1:46 am

I’m a long-time ubuntu user, starting back in the Hoary Hedgehog (5.04) days.  I have a file server that has been upgraded from 7.04 (or was it 6.10?) without much incidence (besides openldap woes, but that has happened every time so I’ve given up on clean upgrades there).

All that has changed with my latest upgrade to 9.10.


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