The following 4 guides have been moved over to my MediaWiki site and updated:

Intro to the ViM Editor
Vim and R
iPhone 1.1.4 and Ubuntu Linux
Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) on a Toshiba Portege M400

I think it makes them much, much easier to read and follow.

Friday, June 13th, 2008 General, Technology 4 Comments

Moving to MediaWiki

Due to the fact that most of my content is guides and that wordpress isn’t properly displaying some of the text, I’m moving my how-tos over to MediaWiki at The other content will stay over here on WordPress. I’ll be making posts when I add new content to the wiki.

Monday, May 26th, 2008 General, Technology No Comments

Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) on a Toshiba Portege M400

I’ve been working on getting Hardy running on my M400 and have documented my progress here. The page can also be found under my How-Tos.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 Technology No Comments

Debian, lighttpd, and logrotate

I noticed that everyday I had a defunct logrotate process on one of my servers running Debian and lighttpd. After some searching I found this bug report that said to make the following changes to my /etc/logrotate.d/lighttpd file:

            if [ -f /var/run/ ]; then \
              if [ -x /usr/sbin/invoke-rc.d ]; then \
                 invoke-rc.d lighttpd force-reload > /dev/null 2>&1; \
              else \
                 /etc/init.d/lighttpd force-reload > /dev/null 2>&1; \
              fi; \

Changes are in red. Just add “2>&1″ to the end of each command.

Thursday, March 27th, 2008 Technology No Comments

Ubuntu Gusty (7.10) and Wacom

I upgraded my Toshiba Protege M400 to Gusty and to my surprise the wacom input stopped working. After searching the internet without much success, I notice that there were two wacom devices, /dev/wacom and /dev/input/wacom. Both were symlinks to /dev/ttyS0, which makes sense as the tablet is basically a serial device attached to the notebook. In my /etc/X11/xorg.conf I had the lines

  Option        "Device"        "/dev/wacom"

under the wacom cursor, stylus, and eraser input devices. After changing the lines to

  Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/wacom"

and restarting X, the input started working again. Why? I don’t know, as they both point to /dev/ttyS0.

Hopefully this is helpful to someone out there.

Sunday, December 30th, 2007 Technology No Comments