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Installing Debian on x86 readyNAS.

The Netgear readynas is essentially a x86 computer, with a handy Serial TTL interface at the back. However, it’s not entirely straight forward. Unetbootin-created usb-media did not boot, but the debian netboot iso appears to boot. However, it doesn’t support serial console out of the box. After remastering the netboot image with settings for console, […]

Raspberry Pi as cheap media player.

As you may’ve guessed from some previous blog posts, I have been expirementing with Raspberry Pi as media player. The setup was not entirely straight forward, as it was to be located at my girlfriends place, with access to the media I have at home. I was looking at OpenVPN as solution, tying the networks […]

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Xbian vs. Raspbmc

I’ve recently tested Xbian and Raspbmc. Xbian seems to be based of raspbmc, with a few changes, for example a quite sleek setup plugin. Raspbmc, in turn, are based on Debian, the well known Linux-distro, with apt and all the snacks. Both are painless to setup, and works quite fine for playing media files. However, […]

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The M570 Trackball

The Logitech M570 trackball is good. If I use a normal mouse, I’ll get a stiff shoulder after a couple of days. What I can use is an clitoris or trackball. My x220 has a clitoris, which I don’t like in games. The trackball, however, works fine in openTTD. I’ve used various trackballs before, but […]

chdk – again.

Once again, I’ve gotten myself a Canon compact camera that can run CHDK. Apart from some minor details, it works great. One of the stupid things is that the lens does not come out automagically when turning on camera with CHDK activated. I need to do a half press of the shutter first… OK, I […]

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CHDK on Ixus 100IS

CHDK is software for some Canon compact cameras, which allows somewhat more than the original firmware. Or rather – it’s a addon for the original firmware. Quite risk free. On Ixus 100/SD780IS (can someone explain why canon insists on seperate names for EU and USA?), it is as of writing only a beta port – […]

They get tinier…

One of the things I’m wondering about is what the two golden contacts at the opposite end of the USB is for. It seems strange to place ’em there, but who knows? In total, the active parts of this USB memory device 561mm3, and can contain 16GB of data. If we scale this up, we […]

OpenSuSE 11.2 – keyboard does not work in X.org

OpenSuSE 11.2 is out.As usual, not everything works. This time? In for a real charm: keyboard and mouse does not work in Xorg. Even when removing the config and running SaX2 it does not work. After som help from

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Olje, VG, og katastrofe. Gode ingredienser?

VG melder at “Spesialbåt for oljeoppssamling blir ikke brukt”. Spesialbåten for oljeoppsamling er ein FPSO, altså eit skip for prossesering av olje, m.a. oljeutskilling frå vatn. Det er ikkje eit oppsamlingsfartøy, slik VG ser ut til å tru. Så kva i helvete kan den båten bidra med no? Ingen verdens ting som ikkje en haug […]

Changing LCD panel on a laptop.

My laptop monitor got a crack, so I ordered a new one from ebay. After all, changing the panel should be quite straight forward. And so it was. Loosening 5 screws around the edge of my panel, loosening the signal cable and backlight power cable from the old panel, unscrewing a few more screws, dropping […]