Opera: Middle-click does not scroll/pan in Linux

Submitted by Druss on Sat, 2009-09-05 11:59

I'm pretty sure that this wasn't happening with the 9.x releases. But, I found that when I middle-clicked in Opera to get the scroll icon and scroll up/down a page, all that happened was that whatever was in my clipboard got pasted into the page, with the page trying to navigate to the clipboard text. In Opera's defence, the paste action is generally the default action across all applications in Linux. However, this also made this behaviour inconsistent across different platforms and even across other browsers on the same platform.

Marty Friedman interview + band recommendations

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2009-09-01 13:00
I came across an interview with Marty Friedman (look for edition 18) on the BOSS website. It covers a variety of topics including how he got together with Jason Becker, how he got the Megadeth gig and so on. Towards the end, when asked to recommend bands to listen to, he lists the following (all J-rock bands):

Windows XP: find uptime

Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2009-06-24 00:18

I had no idea how long the windows box I'm using has been up for... While on Linux, I could've just typed uptime to find out, it appears that m$ never expected their systems to be up long enough to bother with such a utility.

A little digging around and some experimentation unearthed the following methods for finding this out on XP:

  1. Open a command prompt and type "systeminfo" and look for "system up time". This might require an updated system.

Samba: subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2009-06-23 04:27

I made a mistake earlier today when looking for a GUI application to manage samba shares. I installed the wrong application - gadmin-samba (which is quite fugly and buggy) - instead of system-config-samba which is clean and has worked well for me in the past. gadmin-samba added all sorts of nonsense and in a bid to reset the samba configuration, I nuked the files in /etc/samba to give system-config-samba something of a fresh slate.

What is vjOcx1.9?

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2009-06-23 01:22

While doing some routine cleaning up of installed programs on my Windows box, I ran into an entry that simply said "vjOcx1.9"... I had no idea what this was, nor was any related information terribly helpful. Some googling later, I found that that this is very like connected to TV4Africa, a p2p TV player that IIRC, I installed to watch snooker via the net (It didn't work).

Hope this helps somebody out there :)

Installation Failed: D:\I386\asms (Incorrect Function)

Submitted by Druss on Wed, 2009-06-10 12:21

During a fresh install of Windows XP SP3, upon reboot after the initial copying of files, I ran into an error message stating that there were CRC checksum issues with a file on my CD-ROM, namely D:\i386\asms.(sys?). Google divined that I very likely had a problem with the disc media... but considering the fact that I've installed XP using the same media very recently, I doubted this to be the case.

Wicd: connect to wifi network before logging in

Submitted by Druss on Tue, 2009-06-02 00:43

One of my Linux boxen is primarily used as a server and frequently just sits around without monitor, keyboard or mouse attached. While previously, it used to be connected to the network via ethernet, now that I've got the USB wifi adapter for my machines, it's even niftier and only requires power to get up and running.

Edimax EW-7316Ug Wireless 11b/g adapter and Linux

Submitted by Druss on Sun, 2009-05-31 01:53

Today, I purchased and installed the Edimax EW-7316Ug wireless 802.11b/g USB Adapter. While I usually approach the purchase of hardware for Linux - especially for non-mainstream products - with a certain degree of trepidation, I was heartened to note during my pre-purchase exercise that the Edimax page specifically mentioned Linux compatibility and even provided a source code download. How rare is that?!


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