The internet remembers everything 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 16:09 - General, Linux
Posted by Administrator
I just found this little translation I made back in 1998. It concerns 'mars-nwe', a clever netware emulator for Linux.

In those days you had to pay big bucks if you wanted a netware server for more than 5 users. As I had been using Linux since 1995, I installed this solution for the company I worked for at the time. It worked very well indeed. Each client machine had a dual boot Windows 3.11 - Redhat Linux + Windowmaker + Applixware installation.

hmm, I haven't installed windowmaker for a couple of years now...
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The mole in the hole 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 10:32 - General, Technology
Posted by Administrator
A friend and I both have mole invasions, although I must say mine are lesser than his.

He has tried every solution known to man, but only the most dangerous, explosives, actually work. Hoewever, they nearly blew his hand off last year.

So browsing around for other solutions, I found this mole trap. It looks quite promising, so we are going to try it out this week.

What does amaze me though is the time and thought that goes into creating these solutions. There is something in the French psyche that pushes them to re-invent the corkscrew again and again.

Which brings me to the Concours Lepine.
Held every year in the spring at the Parc des Expositions at the Porte de Versailles during the 'Foire de Paris', the 'Concours Lepine' is an inventors competition that was created in 1901 to promote invention and creativity.

If you want to see an inventors haven, there is no better place.

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Feed me 
Monday, September 1, 2014, 18:32 - General
Posted by Administrator
Just in case you were wondering,
here are the RSS, RDF, and Atom xml feeds for this blog.
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Passing the Buck 
Monday, September 1, 2014, 12:34 - Linux
Posted by Administrator
Isn't it great when Windows 7 can't find a driver.

The case in hand is a HP Deskjet 3820.

Windows 7 screams BORK! no driver! and tells you to go to the HP site.

HP tells you BORK!, you can't do that!, use the Deskjet 970cse driver. Then another BORK! because this driver doesn't exist either.

HP then says No trouble! Windows has it all! just use "Windows update" and printing nirvana is yours for all eternity! - well, at least until the next update...

So back to Windows update, and another BORK! because it repeats that it hasn't got a clue about this printer.


With Linux, I type
apt-get install hplip

I add the printer, and I print.

If the printer is very recent, I can also download the latest hplip from

Sorry Microsoft, you still haven't converted me.

=> Obligatory Bork link

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Tin can data sharing 
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 12:10 - Linux, Freedom, Technology
Posted by Administrator
A piratebox is a storage device that is not connected to the internet. Instead, you connect to it via wifi to access the contents. It is small and can be taken anywhere - to a café, to a meeting, or just leave it in a public place. It even works on Android now.

It was originally inspired by usb drive deaddrops.

In fact, I made one two years ago, but being the only technophile in my village it wasn't used. However, what a wonderful idea, and it's being continually improved.

Piratebox 1.0

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