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Thu, 21 Mar 2013

Gnome shell weather extension

Noticed with a lot of happiness today that Gnome extensions list a new one showing weather information. (:

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Mon, 13 Jun 2011

Easy way to void() your Debian support

Craig Small gives a very bad advice on his recent post Debian Linux on HP DV6-6023TX. As soon as one loads such a binary graphics driver your Linux kernel is marked as tainted. Due to be running a proprietary module your box may behave strangely and is certainly not debuggable. Be aware that in such a case you are no longer running a free and open OS.

What he actually wants is a very recent 3.0 linux image from experimental and to google for vga switcheroo, which leads to the following commit with explanations for /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch: vga_switcheroo: initial implementation (v15).

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Thu, 26 Aug 2010

Coffee is better without sugar

Apparently this statements also holds true for frozen yogurt. An Austrian A1 spokes person has confirmed that the HTC Magic will not receive a 2.1 or 2.2 Android update. One can only wonder about the sugar HTC puts on top of regular Android that hinders themself to update their products. The Austrian A1 carrier sells you the device for a 18 month contract, but actively only supported it for 6 month. I must revise my previous positive review of the HTC Magic.

Some HTC speaker had promised earlier this year an upgrade to at least 2.1: HTC Magic 2.1 upgrade. A SFR speaker had promised an update to current Android: HTC Magic and Nexus One 2.2 upgrade.

The Webkit Android Browser can be easily tricked into leaking your user and passwords: Android Luecke. Beside the obvious that as a user one shouldn't give out to much data to untrusted third party this opens lots of Google accounts for criminal activity. The inability of the carrier to provide a secure and uptodate device is massively deceiving and certainly not appropriate handling of their defects liability.

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Thu, 03 Dec 2009

Vienna buying Office Licenses

When you just read the following sentence: "usage of a software, that can only be used together with the Internet Explorer". You already know the consequence that several hundreds Wienux boxes are gone.
Heavily disgusted by the waste of community money.

The online local newspaper has a comment that seems quite to the point to me: "If as sysadmin you introduce Linux you'll be accounted for eventual failures, while with softies people just accept the shortcomings and won't blame you."
German source: Wiener Inkompetenz in IT Managment.

P.S.: Wienux got setup by inexerienced people having no prior exposure to Open Source. The project setup included a calculated failure from the start.

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Wed, 21 Oct 2009

Particle Physics Planet is a shiny new selected blog roll of prominent Particle Physics blogs. Reading it should keep you updated on progress at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) as well as on new discoveries in High Energy Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmology, advances in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), String Theory, Black Holes and many other hot physics topics. Most posts should be readable for scientifically interested public. Enjoy a daily read. is the Austrian outreach site of Austrian particle and nuclear physicists. Authors are leading austrian scientists. The site just got relaunched with new features including some socialweb goodies (planet, share links on the bottom, better readability, noframes, ..). Happy if you send corrections or suggestions to

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Mon, 26 Nov 2007

Sony VGC Ubuntu Install
This Sony 22' display is fun to watch movies or tv. Installed Ubuntu on such a all in one desktop for a friend. As much as Debian improved visually thanks to newer Gnome and good upstream tango icons. I'm much less impressed by the visual appearance of Ubuntu 7.10. The compiz stuff is fun of course, but the replaced icon sets seem like a regression nowadays.
The logout buttons seem uglier and more misplaced then the usual Gnome ones, same story with the orange or the gnome menu icons. Restricted-manager failed in strange loops due to no initial network availability. Network-manager seemed to write settings to the correct file for static ip setup, but didn't actually set up the network. Also the "play Dvd" usecase seemed not much easier then in Debian. Only bonus is the python apt sugar "Add Remove Applications".

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Mon, 22 May 2006

Grazer Linuxtage 2006
The organizers managed to squeeze lots of interesting talks on a broad range of topics in one day. The bad news was the unmanned Debian booth, hope we'll do better in Vienna. Although i missed some funny talks like Funkfeuer Graz or an Puredata overview. I was busy doing my own talk and workshop. Homepage - Grazer Linuxtage. The atmosphere was warm and bright questions got asked. During the speakers dinners had an nice talk with mika about the good and bad sides of Debian. grml manages to do a lot. Tighter upstream integration will need more Debian work. Looking forward to that.
I even played billiard with mika's friends. :) Discovered in an never ending night the Postgarage. They played an Russian disco. Russian meant strange scratch effects, when switching lp and repeating songs. The chanson featured very sexy voices and the night was fabulous.

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Thu, 04 May 2006

302 moved
9 spannende Monate auf der WU. Nun Zeit mich wieder vollständig auf die Physik zu konzentrieren, dieses Blog wird auf der TU Wien weitergeführt, allerdings keine ahnung wo vorerst. Vermutlich kriegt es ein Link von Klausi's blog. Allen Lesern Danke + cu

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Mon, 03 Apr 2006

wine 16bit app needing a printer
Come across of an old legacy application that my chemical friend _must_ run. It analyses her experiments data. Shooting up the app with wine gave an stupid box with "Can not find an active printer":

wine LEGACY.exe
Invoking /usr/lib/wine/wine.bin LEGACY.EXE ...
err:dc:CreateDCW no driver found for L""
err:dc:CreateDCW no driver found for L""
Wine exited with a successful status
Googling i found lots of strange similar reports, but no clean way to get out of that trouble, nor any hint in .wine/*.reg. Be sure to have cupsys installed, add:
sudo apt-get install cups-pdf
Configure this file printer and be happy. :)

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Wed, 18 Jan 2006

C Programming
Leider auf Deutsch dafür aber sehr klar und verständlich gibt es als openbook C von A bis Z und auf wikibooks C Programmierung.

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Fri, 25 Nov 2005

GCC 4.1 Release
Changes, New Features, and Fixes features lots of optimizer improvements.

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Thu, 06 Oct 2005

Free Java
Jpackage organises free java packages and their dependencies - mainly rpm based. The linux distribution base their work on the free java section. Licences are checked and binary blobs converted to dependencies. Thanks to free java several packages moved already to sarge: Moving Java to main - Debian Java Packaging Project. In etch newer gcj offers thanks to Classpath even more possibilities. A branch already opened to cover 1.5 library work: The GNU Classpath distro DevJam

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Tue, 20 Sep 2005

LSB under heavy fire
Ulrich Drepper (glibc Maintainer) lists a lot of known points around the Weakness of the LSB certification.
I guess this wont help the guys, who only want to use ISO certified foobar stuff.

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Thu, 11 Aug 2005

UKUUG 2005
Interessante Konferenz zu Linux, Ping Wales berichtet ueber die 3 Konferenztage: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3. Unerwähnt blieb der spannende "Keynote" von David Miller abends.

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