I bought the Bose QC15 noise canceling headphones for my trip back from the US. See my previous posts about Noise Canceling Headphones  and Testing Noise Canceling Headphones  for the details of my search.
I first tried my new headphones in my hotel room and they worked really well at blocking [...]
Some time ago I wrote a little utility named memlockd . Memlockd will lock files into memory which allows significantly faster access when the system pages heavily, in my simulated tests I have found that having the programs and shared objects needed for logging in locked in memory can make it possible to login without [...]
I have returned from the US and my SE Linux Play Machine  is online again.
It was unfortunate that I forgot to pack one of my Play machine shirts, I ended up attending a meeting of the SDForum  on the topic of Cloud Security (it was a joint meeting of the Cloud Services [...]
I was doing some work on NRPE (the Nagios Remote Plugin Executor) and I noticed bug report #547092  which concerns the fact that the default configuration uses the same SSL certificate for all Debian servers and provides a patch to fix the problem. After building the patched package I followed the advice of the [...]
Dan Gilbert gave an insightful TED talk about our mistaken expectations of happiness .
Don Marti has an insightful post about net neutrality and public property . When net access requires access to public property then it should be sold in a neutral manner.
Rachel Pike gave an interesting TED talk about the scientific research [...]
Making Light has a post about the Canadian sci-fi author Peter Watts who was beaten and jailed overnight without access to a lawyer by US border guards because he asked what they were doing . Apparently one is supposed to cringe in fear whenever questioned by authority in the US, so much for “land of [...]
This evening I tested some Noise Canceling Headphones (as described in my previous post ).
I first tried the ones on sale at Brookstone , they were the on the ear type so there was never a chance that I would buy them but they seemed like good ones to test. I wore them [...]
My patience with the noise of airlines has run out, on my trip from AU to US I didn’t get any sleep due to the cramped seat and the noise of the plane. While I can’t do anything about the cramped seat without spending a lot of money it seems that I can do [...]
I’ve been investigating the Ext4 filesystem .
The main factor that is driving me to Ext4 at the moment is fsck times. I have some systems running Ext3 on large filesystems which I need to extend. In most cases Ext3 filesystems have large numbers of Inodes free because the relationship between the number of Inodes [...]