Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Using Pidgin to access Google Talk behind a Proxy requiring Authentication

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

There are many posts referring to accessing Google Talk from Pidgin, though I had some trouble accessing it from behind a proxy in addition to that. After finally getting it working, here is what I had to do. (more…)

32GB Flash Drive Bargain!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Someone here came to work with a 32GB flash drive that they purchased for the bargain price of R150. (Normally they cost around R400 at present). Needless to say, it does not work. (more…)

Putting SSH Public Key Authentication to Work

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

If you use SSH (Secure SHell) to remotely access machines, then SSH public key authentication is a convenient way to log into remote hosts.  without having to provide any credentials. And it’s very easy to set up.

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BCM92035DGROM woes

Monday, November 16th, 2009

After scouring the internet to find a way to get my no-name bluetooth dongle to work with my Vista laptop, I finally resorted to using what appeared to be the most closely related driver from the list, and fortunately, that seemed to work well enough.

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Blogging from OpenOffice

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

One of the qualms I have had with updating my blog is that writing articles, especially lengthy ones with illustrations, is just too cumbersome. Having to log in through the website, and especially the process of separately uploading and inserting images is just too much work. So I decided to see if there are any options for publishing from OpenOffice, and as it turns out, there are some.

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Improved ABAP Source Code Search

Friday, June 19th, 2009

In my last post I showed you how to create your own searchable index of ABAP source code using Ruby in conjunction with the Ferret and saprfc extensions. Today I am going to show you a hugely improved version that will reduce the indexing time and give you a nicer search interface. (Amazingly, this whole thing came in rather handy for me in the last week!)
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To Detail … Fanatical Attention

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
I took my car in for a service yesterday, and because there was nothing to read and because I was told I would have to wait an hour for the driver to take me to work, I took to reading the signs around me. This one was so good that I had to take a picture. (more…)

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor to the rescue!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I did a dumb thing on my workstation: I disjoined it from the domain and joined a workgroup; an irreversible change that left me stranded without a way to log back in after rebooting. Fortunately, there is a great tool/utility called the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor.

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L is for Learner

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

I’m going to stick a big red L on my computer (for “Learner”, not for “Loser”). Whenever we’re driving and I get frustrated because we’re behind a slow learner, my wife always says: “You also had to start somewhere”. She’s right. So what brought this on? (more…)

Input umlaut characters in Ubuntu (well, Gnome really)

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

One of my gripes when I switched to Ubuntu Linux was not being unable to input umlaut characters as I was used to doing in Windows. Being German-speaking and corresponding frequently in German, I resigned myself to using combinations of ‘a/o/u’ with ‘e’ (e.g. “Gefuehle”), which is also acceptable but not satisfactory to that little bit of built-in German perfectionism :-) No more! It’s simple in U!

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