The Mandriva package manager, urpmi, is woefully underappreciated, I always feel. So here’s a quick guide to one of its cooler features… urpmi parallel mode does what it sounds like; you run an urpmi command and it happens on many machines in parallel. In more detail – the machine you run the command on tests […]
Bought a new printer today – a Samsung ML-1740, (very) cheap laser printer. I was a bit stunned at the prices you can pay for a laser printer today…this thing cost CAN$130, which is crazy. Doesn’t seem like so long ago a ‘cheap’ laser was £399. It seems to do exactly what it says on […]
Ah, I love it when something just works. I bought a tiny little wireless keyboard and mouse for the HTPC today, plugged the receiver in, did the pairing up thing, started typing, and it worked right off. Range isn’t brilliant – it’s an RF thing, so just a couple of metres – but it’ll do […]
Sorry I’ve been quiet the last few days…work’s been busy, and I’ve been distracted by the new toy! As I mentioned before, my phone is deadski, so I bought a new one. It’s a PalmOne Treo 600. It’s completely brilliant. It’s a PDA phone which makes a great PDA and a great phone, it does […]
Sorry, what the hell is it about Ubuntu again? A couple of months ago we (Mandriva) announced a European tie-up with HP to have MDV supported and shipped on several HP machines across their range. Resultant coverage in the press, geek press, blogosphere? Zip. Ubuntu announce a similar tie-up two months later, and everyone goes […]
Sorry the site went down again, apache was shut down while I was doing a package upgrade and I didn’t notice till I went to work this morning and couldn’t get at my webmail server. D’oh. I took the opportunity to do a quick kernel upgrade and everything should be cookin’ again. So for the […]
I upgraded the site to PHP 5 this morning. This should be visible in precisely no way at all, I just thought I’d mention it :). Have been playing with f-spot today; it’s a fantastic photo management application in early development. I really like the way it works. It’s a little sluggish and memory happy […]
Sorry for the site downtime last night, there was a cable outage.
User registration for the site now ought to work (it wasn’t working before as I didn’t have a mail transport properly configured). If you tried to register already, try again…if you didn’t try to register, DO IT NOW! 🙂
Some people have short fuses. I just got gagged on IRC for suggesting that when you take a package from Version A of a distro and rebuild it on Version B, it would be sensible and polite not to give the package the exact same name. The hell?