New email address, new mail system

I’ve already sent out a message to those I contact frequently, but for the rest of you, my email address has changed from cdhowie@gmail.com to me@chrishowie.com. I have decided to migrate away from Gmail for a variety of reasons. I figured I’d use my domain so that I have flexibility in my provider choice. For…

Comcast modem fun

Well, the Comcast guy showed up today and dropped off the modem self-installation kit. About two or three hours later and it still wasn’t working quite right. Here is my setup. The modem is plugged into eth0 on a Linux box, and eth1 runs to a switch. Traffic routed out eth0 is masqueraded (also known…

The new Gazebo: a Gtk# interface to FICS

I’ve abandoned my idea of creating an AJAX interface for the time being. It is a cool idea but I think I can do much better by writing a proper application. The Linux FICS interface scene is rather weak. eboard is about the best there is in terms of usability, and it has its share…

Host configuration

Switching to a new web host is always fun. I spent most of Monday and Tuesday trying to get the Subversion client and Apache module installed and working. Today I tinkered with Sendmail enough to get it doing what I want. Installing Subversion was much more tricky than it seemed at first. My host has…

Linux Virtualization

I’ve been using VirtualBox for some months now. It’s pretty slick and doesn’t get in my way too much. Just for the heck of it I’ve been experimenting with a few other similar systems: OpenVZ, vserver, KVM, and Xen. OpenVZ and KVM are the only two I’ve tinkered with long enough to at least have…

Bluetooth presence detection

I recently found my USB Bluetooth adapter and have been tinkering with using it to talk to my Palm. I’ve successfully configured Linux to allow PPP connections over Bluetooth, so I can sync my Palm if I don’t have the cradle hooked up. But a more interesting use for Bluetooth is presence detection. BlueProximity is…

gnome-terminal cursor

The latest release of gnome-terminal has removed the ability to disable the blinking cursor, which I had previously turned off. The only way to disable it is to disable blinking cursors in all text entry widgets. For some reason I prefer the cursor in text boxes to blink, but cannot stand a blinking terminal cursor….

Tursiops 0.1 released

As expected, the hacking on Tursiops continued most of last week. I’m a little late getting a release out there, but here it is. The archive contains two folders, one for i386 machines and one for amd64. The copy of Tursiops in each is identical, but the glue library is platform-specific. If you want the…

Tursiops beta around the corner

I wrote a while ago about a project I had started to develop a universal trainer for Linux. I’ve been intentionally delaying the public release because I wrote it as one of my first C# projects and the codebase was less than maintainable, and probably had a lot of memory leaks. Additionally, the UI was…

Debian Etch released, layla upgraded

Etch has finally been released. I have upgraded layla (the server running this blog) from Sarge to Etch, and the upgrade process was pretty smooth. Only a few things needed manual attention. Quite surprisingly, there weren’t any problems upgrading the kernel to 2.6.18, even though this required replacing hotplug with udev, something I’ve experienced pain…