Archive for November, 2007


Powertop is a command line utility to help you to reduce power consumption on linux laptops.The tool is written by a guy from Intel, so it probably only works on intel chipset based laptops. I have a Intel Centrino based Thinkpad T42 so I thought I’d give it a go. If you use linux on […]

Jabber messages in your dwm status bar

One of the features of dwm is that whatever you pipe into stdin ends up in the status bar at the top of the screen. I thought this would be a great way of getting the last message from a jabber chat onto the screen. There aren’t really a lot of examples of how this […]


dwm is an interesting little tiling X window manager. It’s made by the people who pride themselves on small useful programs that won’t bloat and bloat over time. This attitude about making small succinct programs is very much in line with my attitudes to programming. Anyway, I’ve tried lots of alternative X window managers […]

cloning linux and the missing eth0

To save some time today, I made a clone copy of an existing Slackware 12.0 installation. I basically booted the Slackware 12.0 host from a Slackware install CD and then did a tar to tar copy to an external USB drive. It all went pretty well. I set up lilo on the new disk and […]

A decent linux command line SIP softphone

I’ve recently jumped on the VOIP bandwagon. Sure I’ve played with Skype and the voice quality is generally very good, but SIP based stuff seems to be a lot more flexible and interesting. I’ve signed myself up with a SIP provider and also have a work Asterisk server I can make calls through. When I […]

OS X – Disabling bluetooth

My Mac mini has wifi and bluetooth built in. I’m not a big fan of either so I have them both turned off. The mac makes this easy. There are bluetooth and wifi icons on the main menu bar. If you pop down a menu for either you can turn them off. I assumed that […]

synergy glitches

Since my last post I’ve been continually trying different distros at home trying to resolve my synergy glitching problem. The symptom is simply that the mouse freezes on my T42 for a few seconds and then comes good. I use my old Thinkpad 600x as the synergy master, the T42 is to the right of […]