Lenovo have announced their innovative new U1 “Hybrid” laptop . It consists of a tablet-style device with a resistive touch-screen that runs Linux on a 1GHz ARM processor which attaches to a base computer that has a keyboard and a Core2 processor running Windows 7. They apparently have some special software to synchronise web browsing [...]
Yesterday was ~30C in my area, today was well over 30C during the day (although cooler in the evening). They forecast 33C for tomorrow in Melbourne, but that means where I live it will probably be about 36C (it’s always a few degrees hotter than the overall forecast for the city). Monday is predicted to [...]
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 [...]
In a comment on my post about Designing Unsafe Cars  Noel said “If you don’t know how to make a surgery, you don’t do it. If you don’t know how to drive, don’t drive. And if you don’t know how to use a computer, don’t expect anybody fix your disasters, trojans and viruses.” Later [...]
Update: TumbleDry has a good analysis of the Square Trade report . It seems that there are significant statistical problems in Square Trade’s analysis and a possible conflict of interest.
Square Trade did a survey of laptop reliability and wrote an interesting article about the results . One thing to keep in mind when reading [...]
Sometimes computers fail. If you run enough computers then you encounter failures regularly. If the computers are important then you need to plan for the failure.
An ideal situation is to have redundant servers. Misconfigured clusters can cause more downtime than they can prevent and it requires more expensive hardware to properly implement a cluster [...]
Last night I was in the middle of checking my email when I found that clicking on a URL link wouldn’t work. It turned out that my web browser had become unavailable due to a read error on the partition for my root filesystem (the usual IDE uncorrectable error thing). My main machine is a [...]
Everyone who does any significant amount of sysadmin work will break a server. Most people who have any significant experience will have broken several. Anyone who has never broken one should be treated with suspicion by other members of the sysadmin team, they probably haven’t learned the caution that most of us learn from stuffing [...]
Anand Kumria has an ongoing dispute with Exetel, the latest is that a director of Exetel has libeled him in a blog comment .
Having public flame-wars with customers generally isn’t a winning move for a corporation. But doing so in the context of the blog world is a particularly bad idea. The first issue [...]
I recently decided to copy some of my FLV (Flash Video) collection to my LGU990 Viewty mobile phone . I was inspired by the ffmpeg cheat sheet .
deb http://www.coker.com.au lenny selinux-mm
Firstly I installed the version of ffmpeg that comes from the Debian-Multimedia repository . Then I spent about an hour getting it to [...]