Category: Tech

  • Trackball Reviews and Ergonomics

    I’m a programmer and a gamer, so I spend most of my day using a keyboard and mouse.  I haven’t had serious issues with repetitive strain injury, but my hands and forearms do get tired and uncomfortable after a long day on the computer or a number of days without a break.  I’ve tried a […]

  • Exciting and unexciting

    Things that have excited me lately: WakeMate – $50 and you might sleep better. It tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you between REM periods. It seems most useful for heavy sleepers, like me. My wife sleeps very lightly and wakes up often. I don’t think she’d need additional jarring. Samsung’s Galaxy S phones – […]

  • Linux Wake On Keyboard

    Quick tip – Not all Linux-based operating systems wake from suspend mode when you use your keyboard. To enable that feature, do this: echo USB0 > /proc/acpi/wakeup You can add that line to /etc/rc.d/rc.local (on Fedora, similar elsewhere) to make sure the setting is enabled on startup.

  • Intel 4965 wireless, Linux, and Afterburners

    Important note if you have Intel 4965 wireless (the card used in the Dell XPS m1330, for example) – the Linux drivers for this card do not work well with “Afterburner” mode in Linksys routers. I assume it’s the same for “Super-G” and modes from other brands. Turn off that feature and you may save […]

  • How To Fix a Fedora Bug, Plus Free Mini-Review

    In the spirit of my previous Exherbo review and guide to fixing an Ubuntu crash, let’s do the same for Fedora! I was growing a bit tired of the development lag in Crunchbang Linux and needed a new distribution. I want a well-built system that doesn’t take too much administration so I can focus on […]

  • Tim Pope matching donations

    Tim Pope is generously matching donations between now and Christmas on any of his Github projects. All money goes to Vim’s charity, ICCF Holland, that helps children in Uganda. Thanks Tim!

  • Review of Exherbo Linux (From A User’s Perspective)

    Exherbo is a Linux distribution led by a small team of opinionated developers. It’s lean, to say the least, but when they give you a solution for something you can believe it’s well engineered and that it does that task well – nothing more. Technically, Exherbo is most similar to Gentoo. It inherited some of […]

  • Android contest

    I’m a fan of Google’s Android effort – here’s a contest to win a T-Mobile G1 to try it out.

  • How to fix an Ubuntu crash

    CPU power stepping can cause issues in Linux and Windows alike.