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Through a gift mix-up with my wife and a friend I ended up with a Magellan Roadmate 5255T. Pretty cool device. Has a backup camera, GPS, etc. Only one problem. Magellan's Content Manager Software is crap.

Here's the story. Following their instructions in the box with the unit I went to www.magellangps.com, registered and downloaded the Content Manager software. Installed CM on my laptop (Windows 7) and away I went. Unfortunately, I could not log in. It kept saying "Server Busy. Please Try Again." Tried for two days with no luck. Googled for solutions. Found mention if reinstalling, disabling AV, firewall, etc. Tried it all. No luck.

Finally got onto their support chat system and talked with somebody there. First question from Support was "Do you have any special characters in your password?" Well of course I do. I'm a security geek. Not to mention their password changing system RECOMMENDS IT! Take a look at the following screenshot:

Magellan PW Change

She changed my password to 123456 (Yes...I've changed it since then!) and sure enough I could log into the CM software. Got my system updated and it's working pretty well.

Response from Support was that they'd see about updating the site to reflect this requirement for passwords. No! Fix your fracking poorly written software so I can use a secure password.

UPDATE: January 29, 2014: Looks like this worked. System hasn't frozen in two weeks.

My system at work is a new(er) Lenovo ThinkCentre and it's working great except for an irritating issue where it seems to randomly freeze up totally. It can go days without freezing or freeze on my everyday for 3 days in a row.

When it freezes, apps still seem to be running. For example, I can still hear VLC playing audio. But I can't do anything on my keyboard, move the mouse, etc.

The only error I see in my logs is:

(EE) NVIDIA(GPU-0): WAIT: (E, 0, 0x857d)

Did some reading and there's mentions of this error over the years from older NVidia drivers and more recently, errors in regards to the 3.2.x kernel. The video card details are:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GT216 [GeForce GT 220] (rev a2)

So what I did was fire up /usr/local/bin/sxmi and installed the latest Nvidia Drivers (331.20). I was running 304.88 (I believe that was the number).

Well, I'll let 'er run and see what happens. Hopefully this resolves my problem.

Made the switch at work to Crunchbang with I3WM and absolutely love it. While I really liked Linux Mint I found it was just a little too much overhead for me. I3 handles dual screens so much better than xmonad.

Been having the same problem with the middle click on my Logitech Marble Mouse that I had with Mint. Solution is pretty damn simple. Found it at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Logitech_Marblemouse_USB

# nano /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-marblemouse.conf

Add the following:

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "Marble Mouse"
MatchProduct "Logitech USB Trackball"
MatchIsPointer "on"
MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
Driver "evdev"
Option "ButtonMapping" "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9"
Option "EmulateWheel" "true"
Option "EmulateWheelButton" "8"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "XAxisMapping" "6 7"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
EndSection

Restart X and away you go. Now you click on button 1&4 together and that will paste for you.

Damn simple.

Note: One problem with the following is that I found I had to run the command every time I logged in. Above article for Crunchbang will probably work for you on Mint

Made the switch to Linux Mint and the one pain in the butt thing was that the middle button emulation wouldn't work with my Logitech Marblemouse. Very frustrating. I didn't realize how much I used the middle click to paste text.

Found a fix at grepmonster.wordpress.com.

Simply install gpointing-device-settings, run it and select "Use middle button emulation". Done!

If you get an email from a friend asking you to go to skillpages.com DO NOT follow the link. Immediately delete the email.

If you go anywhere near their site and try to register, a Java app loads up and will dump all your contacts in Outlook (you poor Windows users) and flood your contacts with spam messages. If you're on a corporate Exchange system it will try sending emails to EVERYBODY in your global address list.

Again...skillpages.com is run by spammers. Stay away from them.

Picked up a used Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 on Ebay for a good price. I want to root it to load DroidWall, etc.

You can find a great tool to do this with called SuperOneClick (it'll root a lot of different Android devices) at http://shortfuse.org/.

I've had so much problems with getting this to work.

The last round of challenges was that it kept stopping at "Shell rooting device...- Step #5". No explanation. Nothing. Just hangs.

Finally figured out the problem. There are two files in a directory called Exploits. If you extract these files with your AV running, they will get deleted! So...turn off your AV. Download. Extract. Run and you should be happy.

Lots of information here too - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=803682

Playing with kpcli.

kpcli is a "KeePass Command Line Interface (CLI) / interactive shell. Use this program to access and manage your KeePass 1.x database from a Unix-like command line."

Want to see if I can get it working on FreeBSD 9.0.

Prerequisites

# portmaster devel/p5-Clone
# portmaster security/p5-Crypt-Rijndael
# portmaster textproc/p5-Sort-Naturally
# portmaster devel/p5-Term-ReadKey
# portmaster shells/p5-Term-ShellUI

# perl -MCPAN -e 'install File::KeePass'

$ ./kpcli-1.2.pl

KeePass CLI (kpcli-1.2) v1.2 is ready for operation.
Type 'help' for a description of available commands.
Type 'help ' for details on individual commands.
* Please install Term::ReadLine::Gnu for better functionality!

kpcli-1.2:/>

YIPPEE!! IT WORKS!

The kernel on Arch Linux has been updated to 3.2. Now I get nothing but errors when trying to install the kernel modules and the patch says it's already been applied.

Fix:

$ wget http://weltall.heliohost.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/vmware8linux32fix.tar.gz
$ tar xvzf vmware8linux32fix.tar.gz
# rm /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/.patch
# ./patch-modules_3.1.0.sh
...
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vsock-only'
Built vsock module
Starting VMware services:
Virtual machine monitor done
Virtual machine communication interface done
VM communication interface socket family done
Blocking file system done
Virtual ethernet done
VMware Authentication Daemon done
Shared Memory Available done

All done, you can now run VMWare WorkStation.
Modules sources backup can be found in the '/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source-workstation8.0.1-2012-01-19-08:44:31-backup' directory

Saw that Ubuntu was going to be switching to Lightdm for a login manager. Thought I'd give it a try with Arch and Xmonad.

When I followed the instructions here it started but I wasn't given an xmonad option.

I start xmonad from in ~/.xinitrc

Create a file /usr/share/xsessions/xmonad.desktop

Put in the file:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Xmonad
Comment=Tiling window manager
Exec=/usr/bin/xmonad
Type=XSession

Log out and you should see the option in there now.

Cleaning up my office at home and have some old PCs to get rid of. Usually I fire up DBAN live CD to wipe any hard disks before disposal. Unfortunately, one of my PCs refuses to run DBAN properly. Don't want to spend a bunch of time on this so I Googled and found this article.

Fire up a Knoppix Live CD, open a terminal and run the following:

# shred -n 5 -vz /dev/sda

-n 5: Overwrite 5 times instead of the default (25 times)
-v : Show progress
-z : Add a final overwrite with zeros to hide shredding

Thanks. Works great.

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