Festoon

festoon – memo writer Festoon prepares a memorandum on any undesired topic, containing length sentences (default is 20) and a specified percent of manufactured nouns (default is 5), suitable for input to troff(1). Options -p -e -t (which may be concatenated as -pet ) create pointless pictures, nonsensical equations and useless tables, respectively. I remember … Continue reading “Festoon”

Panasonic Viera DLNA client always lists album tracks in alphabetical order

Problem: The Panasonic Viera DLNA client always lists album tracks in alphabetical order when typically album track order is what is expected. Setup: Panasonic TC-39A400U – 39 Class HDTV Linux PC running minidlna 1.1.4 Solution: The Viera DLNA client does not request album tracks in track order, nor does the client have an option to … Continue reading “Panasonic Viera DLNA client always lists album tracks in alphabetical order”

LGPL License Option Added to Qt

(LGPL License Option Added to Qt) Espoo, Finland — Nokia today announced that its Qt cross-platform User Interface (UI) and application framework for desktop and embedded platforms will be available under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL) version 2.1 license from the release of Qt 4.5, scheduled for March 2009. Previously, Qt has been made … Continue reading “LGPL License Option Added to Qt”

Linux on a Toshiba Satellite A45-S130: Part II

Part II – Electric Boogaloo In Part I, our intrepid hero used Knoppix’s Linux Live CD to determine that the Toshiba Satellite A45-S130 would run Linux without any problems with incompatible hardware. At the end of Part I, we were led to believe our hero would next repartition the hard drive and possibly install Mandrake … Continue reading “Linux on a Toshiba Satellite A45-S130: Part II”

Linux on a Toshiba Satellite A45-S130: Part I

Part I – Will it even work?

I bought this Toshiba laptop back February because it supposedly works well with Linux. After 8 months of muddling along with Windows XP, I decided to get serious and install Linux. Rather than going through the trouble of repartitioning the hard disk and installing Linux only to find some obscure hardware incompatibility, I decided to try Knoppix’s Linux Live CD (basically a Linux distro that runs off a bootable CD).

Booting from the Knoppix CD is painless (hold ESC during boot, then press F1 to get into the BIOS setup to change the boot order). Knoppix boots successfully everything appears to work, including sound.

Getting connected to a wireless network

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Building XEmacs 21.1.14 on a Mandrake Linux 8.2 System

I recently ran in to a couple of problems building XEmacs 21.1.14 under Mandrake Linux 8.2. While running configure, I got the following: *** PANIC *** The C compiler can no longer build working executables. *** PANIC *** Please examine the tail of config.log for runtime errors. *** PANIC *** The most likely reason for … Continue reading “Building XEmacs 21.1.14 on a Mandrake Linux 8.2 System”