Linux ToDoList

Install Fedora 15 (Beta) on a machine capable of running Gnome3 (Gnome3 does not like VMware).
Get Adobe Air + Tweetdeck to work in Fedora.
– Play BluRay movies in Fedora on Studio XPS 16 machine. No rush, almost never watch Blu-Ray on the laptop.
– Get 802.11n out of the Wireless NIC on the Studio XPS 16 (only .b and .g capable as of right now apparently). No rush.
Install proper drivers for Sunsway USB to RS232 on both HP Mini 1000 and Studio XPS 16 machines. (Update: Didn’t need drivers, only needed correct permissions)


IPv6 @home

Recently (31.01.2011 actually) had an application for a static IPv4 approved, and I’ve had my own IPv4 address up and running since 01.02.2011. Yesterday (26.02.2011) I got my account at SixXS approved, and today (27.02.2011) my /64 IPv6 tunnel approved!  I’m just a week (one week of tunnel uptime that is) away from my own /48 IPv6 subnet! Don’t know if I’ll apply for it straight away or save up some more ISK before I apply for one. As of right now I don’t even need IPv6 on the one (Fedora 14) machine, but it sure is nifty! I might just jump from SixXS.net to Hurricane Electric so I can get some hands on experience with BGP on the Cisco 887V. SixXS doesn’t offer BGP seeing how they don’t handle any routing themselves.


Operation No Compromise

Operation No Compromise is well on it’s way by the  Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and even though I should be cramming for my math exam tomorrow I opened Facebook while I got some food and found this awesome video. You have absolutely no idea, no way you can have a realistic idea, how enthusiastic this video made me. I really, really hope that this is the last season of Whale Wars (I like the show, but the whole point is to stop the whalers). Though, should it not be the last one, that just means I might some day join them in the fight.

Here’s the video. Enjoy. 🙂


Julian Assange

For once, there’s no need for a lot of words. At least no need for words written by me.
The picture below will probably tell you what you need about what I think about Julian Assange.

Julian Assange with V For Vendetta mask

W for Wikileaks

Though, if you want to read something (about Julian Assange), I’ll recommend this great article called “The Geek Who Shook The World” by Suelette Dreyfus.
If the article should be offline or something, you can get a print out here as PDF (for some reason WordPress thinks of postscript as unsafe/unsecure, FU WordPress).

Photo source: Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/56676642@N07/5249698237/


Wikileaks

I’ve been following and supporting Wikileaks for almost two years now, so I guess it’s about time I write something about why I support this organization.

My attention was first drawn to Wikileaks in February/March of 2008, when I read something in The Guardian about a whistleblower website being taken offline by court order. I remember thinking that this site must be worth watching if some evil corporation tried to silence them. I’ve always been skeptical when it comes to believing what I’m told by others, and ever since the movie The Pentagon Papers I’ve been noticing how there’s really no journalists left in the world. Freedom of speech is a bad joke at best, and the words free press isn’t neither free, nor a proper press. After some research (mostly googling and link hoppin’) I found out that this site had potential. Yes, it wasn’t a real Wiki considering not everyone could edit, but that was a good thing when it came to leaking classified/confidential/secret documents and exposing the truth. Anyways, sad to say, I didn’t donate anything to Wikileaks until they leaked the documents from the United Nations. I guess that was the thing that made me think “Holy shit, even the UN is doing this shit? How could I be so naive?”. Wasn’t that surprised when they leaked the documents about the war in Afghanistan or Iraq.

While writing this I don’t really know the point of this blog post, that’s probably a bad thing right?
I guess I just want it on the record that I’m on Wikileaks side, and that I support them both in ideology and economically. I wish I could do more. I also wish that Sweden would stop being Pentagon’s little bitch (here I had the Swedes pegged as neutral pussies) and drop the ridiculous accusations against Julian Assange. Though, I am looking forward to the next leak provided by Wikileaks, it’s supposed to be massive.


How to install Flash Player Square in Fedora 14

If you want to upgrade your old Flash player to the developer Preview (2) release of Adobe® Flash® Player “Square” here’s how you can do it.
This requires that you already have the Flash player plugin 1.0-1. If you don’t, you’ll find instructions in the unofficial Fedora FAQ.

Now, you’ll going to need to download Flash Player Square.
Direct link to the 32-bit version: http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/flashplayer_square_p2_32bit_linux_092710.tar.gz
Direct link to the 64-bit version: http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/flashplayer_square_p2_64bit_linux_092710.tar.gz

When you have downloaded it, you’ll need to extract the “libflashplayer.so” file to a temporary folder (to put it where it really needs to go requires root).

Now, open up a terminal, go root:
[jk@fedora14 ~]$ su –
Password: yoursuperstrongrootpassord
[root@fedora14 ~]#

Now you move to the folder where you extracted the file called “libflashplayer.so” so you can move it to your pluginsfolder in Firefox (or other browser).
In my case I put it in my Documents/Adobe folder, and my pluginfolder is in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins.
[root@fedora14 ~]# cd ..
[root@fedora14 /]# cd home/jk/Documents/Adobe
[root@fedora14 Adobe]# cp -pr libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
[root@fedora14 Adobe]#

Now, restart Firefox and open a 1080p YouTube video or something other in Flash In my case it was a lot better than 1080p YouTube video when I had the 10.1 version.

Remember, as Adobe says, you will have to manually update Flash when you have this preview installed.


My Desktop

Seeing how I agree with AdamW on his thoughts about the graphical desktop look, I felt I also had to post a screenshot of my Fedora 14 Desktop.

Here it is, go fullscreen and go bonkers.

Screenshot Fedora 14


Dell Studio XPS 16

My 3 year old Dell Vostro 1500 went belly up (it has been dying painfully on me for the last couple of months) and I had to get myself a replacement. After kicking and screaming for hours I landed on the Dell Studio XPS 16. I originally thought I would get a laptop that was smaller than the old 15 incher, one that had at least the same screen resolution (I usually have a large number of windows open simultaneously, some of them need a fixed amount of pixels). The reason I had to go up in size (to 15,6″) was simple, but so frustrating.
Usually computer manufacturers follow Moore’s Law in all aspects. But for some reason they haven’t followed that law in at least 3 years. My Dell Vostro 1500 bougt in 2007 had 1680 x 1050 screen resolution. Nowadays it’s frickin’ impossible to find a laptop that’s not more than 15″ that also has 1680 x 1050. For some reason everyone went down to the 1366 x 768 resolution! Anyways, I’ve accepted this fact by now and are just enthused about getting another proper laptop.

Specifications:

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 620M-processor (2,66 GHz, 4 MB cache)
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 565v graphics (1GB dedicated)
RAM: 4096 MB 1067 MHz (dual channel) DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 2048, upgradable to 8GB)
Screen: 15.6″  TrueLife 1080p (1920 x 1080) Edge to Edge Full-HD WLED
HDD: 500GB 7200RPM (I’ll swap this with my own Intel X25-M SSD 80GB)
Optical Bay:  Blu-Ray ROM Reader (4X)
Bluetooth: Dell Wireless 370 Euro
WLAN: Intel® 6200 2×2 802.11abgn
LAN: 10/100/1000Mbps (Gigabit)

How to get audio through the 3.5mm jack(s) in Fedora:
add “options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6” to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf. Reboot or reload module.
(thanks to http://www.rschulz.eu for solution)


Annual update

I’ve had a few questions sent to me via the contact form asking about an update. Apparently Twitter isn’t a real blogging service..

So, here goes: I’ve turned 22 years old. Yes, I know what you’re going to say. My warranty is expired and everything is downhill from here on out. But on the flip side, at least my 10TB NAS still has about 39,3% left of free space and the new (proper Intel) SSD in the Win7 laptop has reduced the boot time by one minute and 12 seconds. Fedora 13 is also right around the corner and by the beta test it’s looking really promising. In movie news, Iron Man 2 was awesome-effin’-tastic. Is that enough updates for ya?

OK, I’ll give you a real update on what’s up in my neck of the woods. I’ve been working a lot and enjoyed every second of it. I didn’t know a geeky (work) environment like this even existed. I’ve experienced a similar hackerspace in school, but that was only after 3 years of sifting out the non-geeks (their grades weren’t good enough). I’m actually glad to get up at 06:00 AM and get to work. I mean, it’s hectic and hard work, but it’s not all work and no fun. Every break we get we pull out our geek language. No, I’m not talking about us speaking Klingon or Elvish, I’m talking hard core tech speak where there’s more acronyms than actual words you’ll find in a dictionary. But here comes the weird part. Even though I’m flourishing at work I’m still extremely enthusiastic about starting school this fall. It’s 3 months until school starts, and my bag has been packed and ready to go for at least a month already. And the planning of our private little Hackerspace next year is also en route. There, that’s it. If I’m up for it there will be another blog post around the fall of 2011 or something..

Until then, STOP TRYING TO GUESS MY PASSWORDS! Seriously, you guys aren’t even close and the list of blocked IP-addresses is slowing my shit down. I’m almost considering switching from a blacklist to a very short whitelist.


Huge changes

Today I’ve probably taken the hardest and biggest decision in my 21 year long life. I started on my first year of Computer Engineering (3 year Bachelor Degree) earlier this fall, and it’s been Java, some more Java, and then some Java on top of that. And I don’t mean the island or the coffee. To be fair, I had C++ the year before, and still didn’t realize that programming isn’t my cup of tea. So Java as a programming language isn’t to blame. Anyway, it’s the day before the exam and I suddenly ask myself, “Is this what I really want to be doing for the rest of my life?”. And I come to the conclusion that, fuck no. Yes, I’ve known for 10+ years that I want to be “The computer guy everyone asks when they need help”, and all that time the title “Computer Engineer” has been related to that. Most of the people I were influenced by were Computer Engineers (Dataingeniør). Realizing that my only motivation was money (you make a good living as a system developer) and the title “Computer Engineer” I quickly came to the conclusion that I’m quitting this course and finding me something that corresponds more along the lines of being a System Administrator (Sysadmin), than a System Developer. So, I decided that I’m taking the next semester off (well, I’ll work as much as possible) and starting with the course Communications Engineer in the fall of 2010. I had Cisco (CCNA) with those guys the year before, and that was a far better experience than hitting the books constantly and program in Java all day long. Though, I’m still going to take the exam tomorrow. I guess it will be a learning experience.

I’ll excuse this whole wasted year with the fact that I already had a good education by the time I started with Computer Engineering. Service Electronics Technician (Fagbrev Serviceelektroniker) and Computer Technician (Fagtekniker Data ifra Teknisk Fagskole).

The almost funny thing is, I hated, I mean HATED(!), login scripts back in high school, how the hell did I end up with a course that does nothing else than write Java code? Login scripts seem like kittens playing in the snow right about now.

I’ve already sent mail to my boss at work hoping that they’ll let me work more than the 40% I’m doing at the moment.

The weird thing is, this is a major decision, and the only thing I feel about it is that I know that I’ve done the right thing. I get 6 months with “only” work to get my shit together before I start with a course that I’m actually enthusiastic about. I mean, I was probably enthusiastic about Computer Engineering, but not because it’s fun, but because of the title and the fact that it was the final step in my long education plan I’ve had had since I was 10 years old.

Until next time, if you get the possibility to pursue a career you’re passionate about, grab that possibility and never let go! Also, have you tried turning it off and on again?


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