Friday, January 28, 2005

RHCE - passed!

I thought they said this RHCE thing was hard? I passed!

Can't believe I didn't get 100% over all though. ;-)


RHCE requirements: completion of compulsory items (50 points)
overall section score of 80 or higher
RHCT requirements: completion of compulsory items (50 points)

Compulsory Section I score: 50.0
Non-compulsory Section I score: 50.0
Overall Section I score: 100

RHCE requirements: score of 70 or higher on RHCT components (100 points)
score of 70 or higher on RHCE components (100 points)

RHCT requirement: score of 70 or higher on RHCT components (100 points)

RHCT components score: 100.0%
RHCE components score: 92.9%

RHCE Certification: PASS

RHCE - first part finished

I, like a few others, have already finished the first part of the exam (Troubleshooting and Maintainence) in 1 hour 4 minutes. 100%.

Big Head!

RHCE day

OK, so I'm here at Red Hat and I'm shitting myself. Wish me luck people!

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Mandrake 10.2 beta 1

So, if you thought Mandrake 10.0 was shoddy, 10.1 was better, then try 10.2 beta 1. It means I finally get GNOME 2.8 - which means better shortcuts to sftp sites and much more.

Weird things: The clock in the panel is now transparent a la 2.9/2.10. Epiphany 1.4 hasn't been included. (WTF?)

OK, so my laptop doesn't shutdown cleanly, the installer still hates my graphics card (i815) and there's no laptop loveliness for 4 year old laptops (unlike Ubuntu 4.10 which rocked in this regard).

But they're catching up. It's a shame that Ubuntu 5.4 and Fedora Core 4 are snapping at it's heels. live - but runs... is now live and ready for business now runs on Solaris.

A surprisingly fast site considering it's on Solaris and running Sun ONE / Java bollocks system server thing.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Fedora Core 3 2.6.10 + ATI drivers

Got the ATI driver to install and work in FC3 last night. Fairly easy. Only two stumbling blocks
  1. Change 'pci_find_class' to 'pci_get_class' in any of the code
  2. You have to cut and paste the Device section from the XFree86 config file into the xorg.conf (and the change the Device to the new name in the Screen section).
Just using VGA cable and not S-VHS nor DVI.

Centrino and Sonoma for Linux

Excellent, I'll be able to buy a Sonoma-based laptop and run Linux on it. Well done intel.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

PostgreSQL 8.0.0 is out

I've been using PostgreSQL 8 in beta/RC for a while and it's pretty good, and now it's released - woo-hoo!

We also use rhdb/PostgreSQL 7.3.x on a lot of boxes and that's fairly schweet. Not that I've anything against MySQL (I'm pretty sure that it's obvious that I prefer the GPL over BSD for the licence at least) but it just isn't anywhere near as featured as PostgreSQL.

Don't even mention SQLite! ;-)

An open source Java

Another open source java is going to break loose soon apparently but this time from one of the big names.

Very interesting.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Browser change

Currently, I've switched back from using Firefox 1.0 to Epiphany (1.2 on Mandrakelinux 10.1 and 1.4 on Fedora Core 3)

  • It's a bit faster
  • fits in better with the rest of the desktop.
  • Hopefully it shares more memory with the rest of the applications I run, but you never know.
  • Typing Bookmarks in the Location bar is more sensible. (You type the name of the site, not the URL).
  • No add-blocking (coming in Epiphany Extensions for 1.6)
  • Doesn't help the "we're all running Firefox" argument
That's my view, anyway.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Throw away the qube! (Not really).

Throw away the Qube or Mini-ITX PC and buy a Mini Mac instead. Seriously cool. But I have no money. :-(

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

ADSL a go-go

Fuck me, I've got ADSL working!

Draytek Vigor2600VG router thing and The Phone Co-op for access. I couldn't get it working until I looked at Draytek's support page.

So happy. :-)

Mrs Chippy vs. Maplin

I've ordered a 12V/5A PSU from Maplin for £12.49 (inc p&p). I'll try and bodge that into working.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Mrs Chippy: the PSU

Wheels has confirmed that it's the external PSU for Mrs Chippy that has blown. This is good news in a way, as I'll be able to find a 2nd hand laptop CPU and convert it. But safely?

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Qube 2; kernels; New Year resolutions

Mrs Chippy doesn't even power on. I've changed the fuse; the transformer windings buzz; the computer does nothing. Screwdriver time.

Alan Cox/Arjan van de Ven's kernels look like an interesting yum repo.

I'm undecided about new-year resolutions as I've spent the last year trying to change myself. But here's one for all you smokers out there: give up for this one reason only - you smell really, really bad. It's horrible.