Archive for the 'Miscellaneous' Category

Yum Groups

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

The Fedora 18 installer does not allow single package installations, instead it prefers to install by package groups. You can also install groups after completing installation. This is especially useful since you can only select one Desktop Environment at installation. Alternatively, to have faster installations, select as few groups as possible and then only install […]

Legacy Man

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Legacy Man
by Mauriat Miranda
(with apologies to Billy Joel)
It’s nine o’clock on a Wednesday
The regular files are looking neat
There’s an old dev sitting next to me
Trackin’ bugs in his Excel spreadsheet
He says, “Son, can you debug this memory
I’m not really sure how it works
But it’s bad and discrete and I knew it complete
When I wrote a […]

Automated FTP Script

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I’ve been doing some development for some embedded Linux devices which only support ftp and telnet. In order to automate transfer of binaries from my Fedora development host to the target embedded device I’m using this handy ftp script:

# arg1 = dest hostname
# arg2 = local file
# arg3 = dest dir



ftp -inv $HOST<<ENDFTP
user […]

Downside to Enterprise Linux

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

(Note: For the purpose of this post CentOS is equivalent to RHEL)
It has been about 2 and 1/2 years since I built a dedicated server and chose CentOS instead of Fedora. Since I installed CentOS 5.1 I have used the upgrade process 4 times with no problems bringing me to version 5.5 with practically […]

HTC EVO 4G Battery Life

Friday, July 16th, 2010

I have read the most serious complaints about the HTC EVO 4G have been over battery life. I would like to offer my observations.
I got my EVO on May 19 with 1 free month of service till June 20. During that time I didn’t use the phone much. I switched my primary […]

Fedora 13 Released

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Paul W. Frields announced the release of Fedora 13.
The email there is quite comprehensive, so please take a look at it. Otherwise you can read the release notes in 1 page.
I have not had much time to spend with F13 in the beta period, but from what I have used, I’m quite pleased at […]

LCD Monitor Recommendation

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I have been on a 3 year quest to dump my old Sony CRT monitor and replace it with an LCD monitor, but I keep getting sidetracked.
I am looking for suggestions (recommendations really) for a high end/quality LCD monitor.
Resolution must be 1920×1200 or higher (NOT 1080), and most likely 24in display.
It would be really nice […]

Stable Release Updates in Fedora

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

If you missed it there seems to be yet another debate going on about updates in Fedora. I don’t intend to rehash anything. Josh Boyer has a bit of an op-ed post which I think is a good read.
Think of the issue in a simple scenario:
Should Fedora 12, which was released in Nov […]