Monthly Archives: July 2008

Hardware clock fix for Debian on Mac Mini

On my Mac Mini, the hardware clock was seriously screwed up under Debian. The clock would set itself 1 hour back for each boot and cause all kinds of strange issues with cron when corrected. A small fix will remedy this situation. sudo vim /etc/init.d/ change ‘HWCLOCKPARS=‘ to ‘HWCLOCKPARS=”–directisa”‘ (note: that’s two dashes before directisa, […]

Disable Debian’s motd on login

Tired of seeing this? Linux ***** 2.6.18-6-686 #1 SMP Fri Jun 6 22:22:11 UTC 2008 i686 The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software; the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright. Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by applicable […]

Installing vmware from scratch

This is an updated (as of 6. July 2008) howto on how to install vmware server on top of a fresh install of Debian Linux. First, make sure you have all the required libraries. If you’re on a console-based installation, you may need to “apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` libx11-6 libx11-dev x-window-system-core x-window-system xspecs libxtst6 psmisc […]

The stuff I always install on a Debian box

Sitting here installing a brand new box, I look through what I use on other machines and figure out a list of things I want to have installed on any box I’m on. Here’s the list so far, in no particular order: vim – my favorite text editor ssh – the secure shell server and […]

SMS Message Recieved Confirmation – IMPLEMENT IT PROPERLY

Okay. If you have a cell phone, you’ve probably sent an SMS or two. I hate writing them, but sometimes they’re useful. When you’re on the subway and the connection goes in and out constantly, when you’re in a meeting, sending something which needs to be remembered or simply when you need to say something […]

How to reset the root password on a Debian machine

Today I had to bring up an old virtual machine which was used to test some homebrew modifications to the apache webserver. The root password, of course, was nowhere to be found. What can you do? There are several ways around this issue. A regular Debian system (etch) is normally set up to use the […]

Intellisense issues in Visual C++ 2005

This content has been deliberately stolen from and saved here for personal reference. All credits to that page. Intellisense issues in Visual C++ 2005 When we are working with Visual Studio IDE, sometimes we encounter issues related to intellisense. The main objective of this article is to provide some basic troubleshooting steps to overcome […]