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Oh noes! error: unpacking of archive failed: cpio: read

This problem arose after a failed Fedora 14 -> 15 upgrade via: yum –releasever=15 –disableplugin=presto distro-sync (via the Fedora project Wiki).  Long story short, it turns out that cpio depends on which was partially upgraded, so rpm (which uses cpio,

Posted in Linux, System Administration

New Libre Office Looks….. Old?

Wow, it’s been a long time!!! Ok so here’s a quick tip.  I installed Libre Office on a stock Fedora 16 (64-bit) install, and it looked, well…… kinda dated, right? Yeah, not the end of the world, #FirstWorldProblems and

Posted in Install, Linux, System Administration

Ambit Cable Modem: Disable Remote Configuration

I recently replaced a failing cable modem — the new one is an Ambit U10C109 Cable Modem. Plenty of configuration options provided you login with the admin:cableroot default username password, not the user:user one reported on the login page. By

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Get Processor Count

From time to time you may need to know at runtime how many processors (or more accurately processor cores) are available to your program.  For example,  you might want to determine how many threads to use with multi-threaded FFTW. Darel

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Posted in Apple Junk, Linux, Programming, Technology

Wrapper for vpnc

Here’s a small bash script wrapper for vpnc, the open-source VPN client for Cisco’s vpn concentrator. Put it in your path, and make sure you have an entry for you in your /etc/sudoers file (see comments in the script file

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Fixing Word 2000 on Crossover Office/Linux

Ok, short and sweet, this one.  On newer flavors of 64-bit Linux (Cent OS 5.2 x86_64 in my case) you may notice Word 2000 (via Crossover Office) fails to start, instead putting out lots of lines like this one: wine:

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Clinton in Concert?

Found an interesting juxtaposition in Yahoo!’s news RSS service, take a look:   Elton John, Secretary of State? Hillary Clinton live at the Palladium? You decide! 🙂

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