Updated appentry-optimize

I have released an updated version of my xfce-appentry-optimize script, and renamed it to appentry-optimize as it can now be used in Gnome, Xfce, KDE 3.x, KDE 4 and any freedesktop.org compliant desktop. The purpose of this program is to dramatically reduce the size of .desktop files on the system by removing unused locales. It is safe to use but does require root to modify the files. Download here if […]

The importance of rsync

What is rsync rsync is a tool commonly found in *nix systems for the synchronization of files across different machines. Put simply, it is a file transfer tool that has various uses. It is commonly used in backup solutions. It is fairly easy to get it working under windows with good results. Why rsync So why rsync? Why not just transfer files via FTP/Samba/NFS every x amount of days? The […]

Greenfoot: Michael Kölling

I recently had the opportunity to visit Kent University and attend a day with Michael Kölling (key figure in BlueJ and Greenfoot development and senior lecturer at Kent University) and play with the Greenfoot development environment. What interested me about Greenfoot originally is that it is a simplified game development environment (similar to Game Maker by Mark Overmars) but is in some respects more simplified. Rather than using a newly […]

Software I use when running Windows

This is a list of software I find useful when running Windows. Some of it is free (as in beer), some of it is free (as in speech and some of it costs money) Office / Production AbiWord — Great word processor that I use when I don’t need all the features of Microsoft Office or Openoffice. [http://abisource.com] Microsoft Office — Use this for compatibility reasons. OpenOffice — Use this […]

Flashing a BIOS via PXE

The scenario So I was sitting there wondering how I would flash my BIOS without a CD or floppy drive. The laptop I was trying to flash was the Dell Latitude LS (with A05 bios revision). It is an ultra portable without any drives other than a HDD. I was left with the choice of either buying an external floppy/cd drive, or finding a solution and using PXE to load […]

A real alternative to uTorrent — Halite

If you were an avid uTorrent user you probably know about the worry that is going around because of uTorrent being sold off to Bittorrent Inc. It might appear as if uTorrent was the ultimate lightweight client – but there are viable alternatives. If you’re like me you know that Bittornado is bland, Azuerus is bloated and BitComet is inherently leaky. The only clients that come close to stealing uTorrent […]

Simple tips for making Windows XP secure

These are a few simple ways of keeping Windows XP in particular secure. Some of it also applies to other operating systems. These tend to be the guidelines that I use and are great for a desktop/home system. If you’re running a server or making systems secure for a network in a company then you should probably be a bit more strict. Viral Scanning My personal view on virii (and […]

New xfce4-appentry-optimize release, and more..

xfce4-appentry-optimize release I have just released a new version xfce4-appentry-optimize, which is an application which can optimize the application menu in xfce and gnome to use less filespace (and in some situations, to improve load). It works by removing all the unused locales. The new version (0.2.2) fixes a bug in which a failure message is given, when in fact everything is actually working fine. It also adds official support […]

Removing useless locale data from xfce shortcuts

Xfce, just like kde/gnome can use an application menu which can have shortcuts. Each one of those shortcuts is actually a file, and all of those files are located in “/usr/share/applications/” on most systems running xfce4. If you trawl around “/usr/share/applications/” and take a look at some of those files, you will notice that some of them have a lot of locale data which you probably do not need. It […]

Getting rid of the kinit warning on *buntu 7.04 bootup

If you’re running *buntu 7.04 or higher you might be receiving the kinit warning message at bootup. (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/103148) Various fixes have been reported, although most of them seem to work for some and not work at all for others. There is one way to remove the warning.. which is to disable the initrd resume function. This was mentioned by Norbert Brondeau (fix 1, fix 2). Fix1 worked fine for me, […]