Ubuntu Laptop ACPI hard disk ‘clicking’ bugfix on the way

You may remember I had some issues on my Dell Vostro 1500 with a scary sounding periodic hard disk ‘click’, related to a bug in the pm-utils package. In brief: this bug effectively puts the disk into powersaving mode far too often, drastically reducing it’s working lifespan. Well, good news … it looks like the […]

Edit remote files over SSH / SCP using GVim

GVim, one of the graphical versions of vim for X11, has a handy feature … you can edit remote files over ssh. Launch GVim, and issue the command: :e scp://username@someremotehost/./path/to/file where username is your username on the remote server, someremote host is the hostname or ip of the server and /./path/to/file is just that … […]

This is a test of the TomboyBlogposter plugin

TomboyBlogposter plugin It’s a plugin that allows simple posting of a Gnome Tomboy note to a WordPress, Blogger or LiveJournal blog (or anything else that supports the Atom Publishing Protocol). It doesn’t allow setting of WordPress tags, categories or basically anything else except the title and the body text. But it is a convenient way […]

A visual guide to the crontab file

I sometimes need to remind myself how to edit that crontab file … today I found a great little graphic on the Linuxconfig wiki that sums it up nicely: Sometimes, I also pipe the stdout and stderr somewhere (like “/usr/local/sbin/backup.sh >>/var/logs/backups.log 2>/var/logs/backups.err“) if I want to avoid getting emails with the output from cron … […]