Archive for January, 2005


Synergy looks like some clever shit.

Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It’s intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).

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Multimedia keyboards and Linux

Doing a bit of research on Multimedia keyboards in Linux. I have a Microsoft Natural Wireless Multimedia keyboard, and as this guy says they make “excellent peripheral hardware”. He’s got some other interesting comments about Linux hardware, but that’s another story.

Anyway, I constantly get this warning message: “kernel: keyboard: unknown scancode e0 59”, on the console while installing new systems when I’m using this keyboard. Damn annoying. Couple times I’ve broken the keyboard input using random keycodes with setkeycodes, and had to hard reset. Damn stupid. So I decided to get a little smart, and while in the process of installing Debian on my new colo machine to go do some hunting for a quick fire solution.

No luck yet, mostly stuff for KDE, but a list of some interesting sites to conduct further investigation.

* Some comments about Kernel 2.6 and Extended Keyboard Codes. Nothing completely informative.
* The lineak project seems quite interesting for using extra keys in KDE.
* Although I’m not sure exactly how well it compares to the hot keys method.
* This article though has a very useful indepth discussion about unknown keys in kernel 2.6.x.

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Compiere (Open Source ERP) now runs successfully on Daffodil DB

Compiere is one of the most active projects at Sourceforge. Until now the need for Oracle was the main hindrances to many people going beyond first looks of this ERP/CRM system. For a long time there was talk of porting Compiere to Postgres, although recently this fell by the wayside. With this news Compiere (Open Source ERP) now runs successfully on Daffodil DB, the way is open for many to look again serious at Compiere in the SME sector.

Daffodil DB is a J2EE-certified, JDBC 3.0 and SQL 99 compliant Java database. They have One$DB a version of Daffodil DB, which was recently released as OSS.

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Access for

I’m looking forward to trying out Base an Access like application from It has some potential.

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Firefox Notes

Some useful notes here for accelerating Firefox: WLUG-Wiki – Mozilla Firefox Notes.

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Nerd Score

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Start using akregator a RSS/Atom feed reader, after noting an article on LWN. Its very clean, use to easy and integrates well with KDE.

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Apple – Mac Mini

Finally a test the water Mac Mini, at the right price point.

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XP Config Tweak Performance Guide

Couple other useful links in my archives:

XP users should definitely read this page.

By Black Viper.

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Handy Openssl Tar Recipe

Here is something I found sitting around in an old folder:

When I need to encrypt some files fast & easy, I just put them in a tarball, and encrypt that:
$ tar cvzf – ./* | openssl enc -bf -out encrypted.tgz
(don’t forget to wipe out the original files)

and to decrypt it again:
$ openssl enc -bf -d -in encrypted.tgz | tar xvzf –


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