XFCE4 port of Hardware Monitor Applet

Just a quicky today: I'd briefly adopted the GNOME 2 Hardware Monitor Applet, only to find GNOME 3 dropping support for such applets.  However, all is not lost! Continue reading

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Ode to Amazon’s automated systems

A week or so ago I received a parcel from Amazon.  It was addressed to me, but inside the only thing was an HP inkjet cartridge (I own a Canon printer) and the receipt was someone else's (their name, address, etc., nothing to do with me).  Turns out, Amazon can't cope with this sort of error.

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Adding a guest WiFi connection to a Technicolor broadband router

I recently had to switch out my older router to the latest PlusNet “stock” router as it was playing up.  The old one had a “guest” WiFi capability which I liked, and so I set about trying to add it to the new one.

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HDMI Audio in Scientific Linux 6

I had expected that this was going to be a long post with excruciating detail on what I had to do to get audio out of my new PVR's nVidia card HDMI output.  But like all correct solutions, the answer was simple.

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Migrating from Visual SourceSafe to Subversion

We migrated from VSS to SVN some years ago, but the question of how to do it still crops up every now and again, so I thought I'd post my notes on the conversion process that I happened to use.

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Changing the default iPod application under GNOME 3

I've taken to using the rather nice cross-platform Clementine in lieu of Rhythmbox, which has been glitching and freezing since I upgraded to Fedora 16.  However, Nautilus (the file manager) was still proffering Rhythmbox when I plugged my son's iPod in.

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Read the current terminal size from within bash

I've long wondered about a clean way to read terminal (xterm) escape sequence responses, especially from script/the command line.  I've just come across a need to query the terminal size, and so it was time to go digging. Continue reading

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Using multiple fetchmail instances for instant gratification

For various reasons I have 10 email accounts spread across various servers for the family and me, and have always used an instance of fetchmail to round-robin connect to these and download all emails locally (see my previous post about cloud email). But this means I might have to wait 5-10 minutes to get new emails! But no longer...
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Pain with grub2 when upgrading from Fedora 14 to Fedora 16

I meant to blog this when it was still fresh in my mind, but frankly, it was such a nightmare upgrading my Fedora 14 box to Fedora 16 that I just wanted to put it all behind me and get the basics working again. Continue reading

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MythTV and the UK Digital Switchover

We had part one of the Digital Switchover in our area on Wednesday, so I finally had to bite the bullet and do a proper DVB channel re-scan on my MythTV box.

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