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Archive for 2004

Cinema: Phantom of the Opera

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Yesterday I’ve been at the cinema. My girlfriend and me were watching the german version of ‘The phantom of the Opera’. The pictures are impressive, the sound is great. What we didn’t like was the voice of Uwe Kröger for the phantom because the actor of the phantom didn’t look like Uwe. ;-) Conclusion: A […]

tcprobe: get information on movie files

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Today I discovered the useful tool tcprobe. Till today I used mplayer and GNU strings for getting details on movie files. tcprobe is part of the transcode package and provides detailed information on files: $ tcprobe -i test.avi [tcprobe] RIFF data, AVI video [avilib] V: 25.002 fps, codec=DX50, frames=1597, width=352, height=288 [avilib] A: 32000 Hz, […]

Book: Linux Server Hacks

Monday, December 27th, 2004

Linux Server Hacks by Rob Flickenger (ISBN: 0-596-00461-3) is a collection of 100 tips and tricks for servers running linux. I read the german version (ISBN: 3897213613) and enjoyed it. First of all I like the short “stories” because it’s possible to savour the book when you’ve just a few minutes of spare time. About […]

xmas for geeks

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

echo ‘Du gruenst nicht nur zur Sommers zeit, nein auch im Winter, wenn es schne it. O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, wie gruen sind deeeeine Blaetter’ | festival –tts

Kernel Debugging: Unknown symbol

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

While preparing and testing the Linux kernel 2.6.9 for the grml-system I noticed problems with loading the reiser4-module: # modprobe reiser4 FATAL: Error inserting reiser4 (/lib/modules/2.6.9-grml/kernel/fs/reiser4/reiser4.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg) # dmesg | tail -1 reiser4: Unknown symbol find_get_pages_tag Google does not know the problem (yet ;-)) and taking a […]

Software-Magazine: Software 2.0 Extra

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004

While checking for new magazines at the bookstore I discovered Software 2.0 Extra. The magazine is published by Software Wydawnictwo. That’s the company you might know from their other magazines like Linux+, Hakin9 or PHP Solutions. AFAICS there have been already two releases of the german version of “Software 2.0 Extra”, the current one covers […]

Working on grml

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

As you can see in the screenshot I’m using 2.6.9 for the current devel-release of grml. It was hard work to set it up due to problems with cloop in the initrd (thanks to Worf for his help!) but now it works like a charme on my laptop. Now I’ve to add some more modules […]

Making source readable

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

You still don’t have a computer on your toilet? Well, make a hardcopy then. ;-) My prefered way of making sourcecode more readable: $ which makereadable makereadable() { output=$1 shift a2ps –medium A4dj -E -o $output $* ps2pdf $output } Together with my a2psrc it provides a readable output. Take a look at my pdf-files […]

OpenSource-CD for Windows

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

Opensource-CD is a german project which provides several open source programs for windows. Version 1.1 provides 70 up2date programs. I just downloaded the ISO and took a look at it. I think I don’t have to build my own ISOs anymore, because most programs I usually need when sitting in front of a windows box […]

grml on harddisc – the niki release

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

At the end of december I would like to release grml version 0.2. Many new packages will be available, some more scripts which should make life easier and a first public version of grml2hd by Jimmy should be available too. Today I installed grml to harddisk with a first version of grml2hd: grml@grml ~ $ […]

mutt: mainstream vs. upstream (Update)

Sunday, November 28th, 2004

I used a self compiled version of mutt for a long time with a lot of patches. Debian’s mutt-package includes also some useful patches so I wanted to switch to debian’s version. First of all I installed the latest version of debian’s mutt. And it sucked. Debians /etc/Muttrc unsets the variable ‘use_from’! :-( That’s awfull […]

Windows and netsh

Friday, November 26th, 2004

netsh is available on Windows systems since Windows 2000. I noticed that even many windows-sysadmins don’t know of it’s existence. ;-( But netsh is really useful if you have to debug network problems on windows boxes or want to set up network without clicking through lots of menus. Using netsh you can configure and display […]

rootserver, postfix, zsh, grml,…

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

My blog looked like dead in the last few days, I know. Sorry for that, but my load was and still is quite high again. ;-( In the last few days I set up my own rootserver. Apache, Apache-SSL, MySQL, Courier and Postfix are doing their job now. If you can read this message it […]

amaroK – a(nother) music player

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

amaroK seems to rock. I don’t like xmms because it’s just a very bad winamp-clone without an useful file-dialog. xmms is useful for me when I want to use a static playlist and jump to a specific file via ‘j’, but that’s it. A few days ago I tried Muine because Thomas Themel mentioned it […]

Linksys WRT54G

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

Together with jimmy I ordered a Linksys WRT54G router, and got it yesterday . Why I bought the WRT54G is the fact that it’s quite cheap (~70 Euro), you can get the firmware’s sourcecode and it’s running on Linux: $ telnet 5431 Trying… Connected to Escape character is ‘^]’. help HTTP/1.1 400 […]


Saturday, November 13th, 2004

Yesterday the admins of the mailserver in VC-Graz activated authentication. I was using exim because setting it up via debian’s eximconfig using a smarthost was quite trivial. Now it was time for changing to Postfix. Setting up postfix was done in a few minutes and I wrote down the required steps. Since a few weeks […]


Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Is anyone out there who has not installed Ubuntu yet? Ok, one person less out there because I installed it on my workstation at work. :-) Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that starts with the breadth of Debian and adds regular releases (every six months), a clear focus on the user and usability (it should […]


Monday, November 8th, 2004

DeMuDi is part of AGNULA: AGNULA (acronym for «A GNU/Linux Audio distribution», pronounced with a strong g) is the name of a project funded by the European Commission (number of contract: IST-2001-34879; key action IV.3.3, Free Software: towards the critical mass). After the end of the funded period, AGNULA is continuing as a volunteer based […]

Running Damn Small Linux on Windows

Monday, November 8th, 2004

No, that’s not a joke. Using the file from the DSL-project (Damn Small Linux) let’s you run Linux on your Windows box: It’s running via qemu (QEMU CPU Emulator): START qemu.exe -L . -m 128 -hda harddisk -cdrom dsl.iso -boot d -enable-audio -user-net -localtime It’s not very fast (because of running in an emulation) […]

convert: thumbnails

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

I just discovered another useful feature of convert (part of imagemagick). Run: $ convert ‘vid:*.jpg’ thumbnails.jpg .. and you’ll get an overview of your jpgs in the file thumbnails.jpg. Also take a look at the examples-section of the convert manual page.