Archive for October, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Witchy Layla

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Layla’s first trip to Salem.

I have no idea how she got up there.

Spooky.

svn: Mismatched FS module version for ‘fsfs’: found 1.5.1, expected 1.5.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Or maybe you’re seeing some variation of the  “svn: Failed to load module for FS type ‘fsfs'” error…

What is this?

This is what you get for taking my advice running svnserve manually. Probably an upgrade has updated the svn binaries, though an older version of svnserve is still running. Either restart svnserve yourself, or figure out how to get the fancy shmancy init scripts to work.

Note that you may be seeing this on a remote client machine, though really it’s the server that’s the problem.

PHP Extension Trouble

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Just seen in the wild on an old-ish Fedora distro.

This works:

extension_dir  = /usr/.../php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613
extension = apc.so
extension = wbxml.so

Quick check shows good…

$ php -m
[PHP Modules]
apc
ctype
...
wbxml
xdebug
xml

But this does not:

extension = /usr/.../php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/apc.so
extension = /usr/.../php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/wbxml.so

And yet Zend modules seem to always require a complete path; eg:

zend_extension = /usr/.../php/extensions/no-debug-non-zts-20060613/xdebug.so

BlackBerry WiFi Connectivity Rain Dance

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

If you ever find yourself unable to get your BlackBerry to connect to wifi, try the following:

Settings -> Options -> Advanced Options -> Host Routing Table

In the “HRT Editor”, click the BlackBerry button and select “Register Now”.  You should get a “Registration message sent!” message and see some network activity.  Click “OK” and try to access the Internet again.

If you’re lucky, you now get to say “Voilla!” This seems to work about 80% of the time.

I think this is how BlackBerry locks down their devices so that folks are required to purchase data plans from a carrier.  No SIM card, no data plan, no wifi.

Would that this were rather more seamless.

Kernel conflicts in really old versions of Fedora

Monday, October 13th, 2008

If you find yourself upgrading a wicked old Fedora distro, you may run across an error like this:

Error: Package initscripts needs kernel < 2.6.12, this is not available.

Try upgrading your kernel. To upgrade your kernel, make sure that only the latest version is hanging around. Because of a bug in legacy versions of yum, any older versions of the kernel must be removed.

To check your installed kernels, run:

$ rpm -qa | grep kernel

Note that if you simply run “rpm -q kernel”, you may miss smp kernels or other. The above will give you a complete picture. Remove all except the very latest version, then run yum update.

Peace Rally, October 11th, Boston Common

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

On October 11, 2002 Congress approved the “Iraq War Resolution” granting the Bush administration authorization to invade Iraq.  It was to be a quick war, we were told.

Six years later, 1 in 3 Iraqis have been killed, wounded, or displaced.  Over 4,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed with tens of thousands more seriously wounded.

The three trillion dollar Iraq War, burning through $10 billion dollars per month, has been funded with deficit dollars — money we do not have.

How much longer will we borrow to wage a war founded on lies; when our ailing economy threatens jobs, education, healthcare, and disaster relief?

On Saturday, October 11th, 2008, Bostonians will gather in Boston Common to make a stand.

For more information, see the official rally website and the program for a list of performers and speakers.


Update: This drew a much larger crowd than I anticipated; where I expected to see hundreds, there were thousands. Still much smaller than it needs to be, but encouraging.

Crowds will certainly grow as the economy worsens.

A-Team to be remade as a 2009 Blockbuster

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Before you finish groaning, here’s the rumored cast:

Col. John “Hannibal” Smith — Bruce Willis
Capt. H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock — Woody Harrelson
Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus — Ice Cube

At least according to IMDb.

Due out June 12.

I love it when a cheesy Hollywood summer blockbuster remake comes together.

Running the BlackBerry Simulator on Vista

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

BlackBerry Simulator mysteriously dying every time you try to fire it up on Vista?  Same here. It’s a good thing I’ve become a compulsive reader of release notes. From the the latest JDE 4.6.0 docs:

If you install the BlackBerry® Java® Development Environment on a computer with Windows Vista™, if Use Account Control is turned on, launching the BlackBerry® Smartphone simulator might produce error messages and the simulator might not start.

Translation:  Simulator will definitely. not. start.  And of course they mean User Access Control. How-To Geek has an easy way to kill UAC here.