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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]
Comment=Tiling window manager

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.

Was watching TV last night and saw another commercial for I'm amazed at the simplicity of the scam. 60 cents per bid. It's awesome.

They mention in the commercial somebody buying a car (Toyota Corolla) for $1,800.00. Wow. What a deal. Then you do the math.

180,000 x .60 = $108,000!! Nice profit for the company there. Now I know that they offer deals if you buy lots of bids up front but even if you get it down to 40 cents/bid they're still making a crap load of cash.

Maybe I should start up one of these sites?

Shaw is finally offering their Gateway product in Penticton. Yippee!

I've filled out their form at least twice before but never heard anything back. After my previous horrible experience with their shitty lack of caring about their long term customers, I decided once more to fill out the application AGAIN!

Here's some of my history with Shaw.

I've been a loyal customer for about 15 years. Always pay my bill. Never really changed anything or demanded anything special from them in all that time.

Several months ago, near the end of the Canada Post strike, I switched to their Plan Personalizer thingy. After the technician came out, my only TV that seemed to be working right was the one connected to our PVR (that I've paid over $800 for!!). I called and was told that I needed a digital box for the other TVs. Why wasn't I told this before? The Shaw representative said they'd ship me out two digital boxes as soon as the postal strike ended. Wow. Guess what? I GOT NOTHING!

Back to the last few days:

I actually got a return call from Shaw!! The representative asked if I was still interested in the Gateway product. I said of course. I also explained (for the 10th time to various Shaw representatives) how I've been paying $20/month for about 4 years for my previous PVR. And yet they can't offer me any deals for being a long time loyal customer who got totally screwed on his PVR price. The girl went on to say that if I switched to Shaw phone, that I could get 3 whole months free of telephone service. I told her I really wasn't interested and wasn't really impressed with the supposed deal.

So now we get down to the Gateway product piss off. You have to pay $17/month for the Gateway (PVR) unit plus one "Total Home Portal" (for a second TV). Now comes the kicker. It can't be put on your current Shaw bill! It has to be direct billed to a flippin' credit card. WHY THE F*** would I want to do that?

For crying out loud Shaw, GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER AND STOP TREATING YOUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS LIKE SHIT! I shouldn't have to leave you every six months to get treated like you give a rats ass about me.

I don't really want to do it but I think I'll be calling Telus in the next few days.

For the record, I like Shaw. Their Tech support guys are pretty good and helpful. It's their corporate guys that are pissing me off.

Playing with some software that needs to get out through a proxy.

$ git config --global http.proxy
$ git config --get http.proxy

I posted this on the Archlinux forum. Hoping somebody else will have an idea of what the hell is going on with my wireless:

I've recently purchased a new Lenovo Thinkpad T420s.

I have a Buffalo WHR-HP-G300N running the latest version of DD-WRT.

The wireless router has been working fine for over a year. I've had other laptops attach. The kids ipods, iphones, etc all work great with it.

I can successfully connect to the router without any problems. If I do minimal activities (like ping then the router works fine. As soon as I try to visit any web pages the router completely hangs. I actually have to unplug and plug it back in.

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This past Friday was my 9th time (if my calculations are correct) attending the annual Okanagan Fest of Ale. I think it might be my last.

I, and a lot of other people, have some major complaints about this years event.

First of all they doubled the price of tokens to $2. The size of the glasses didn't increase to compensate even slightly for the price increase. Very maddening.

Then there was the entrance fee - $24.50. It seems like every single year that price goes up too.

So what did we get for our money?

Way less breweries. The Fest-of-Ale site doesn't seem to have a history record for 2009 or 2010 but in 2008 there were 27 breweries represented. This year? 19!! 8 less breweries. But we did get more food. Looks like there was about 3 or 4 more restaurants. Maybe they should rename the event to the Fest-of-Restaurants instead.

Because there was less breweries and the same number of people, the lineups were flippin' insane by about 6:45 on Friday. Ridiculously long line-ups. We left at 7:45. It was just too much of a pain in the ass to try to get any more beer.

Now I'm not sure why there were way less breweries. Maybe it was the US economy. I don't know. But I was not impressed.

Between my wife and I we spent over $100 for this event. We could've gone to a nice restaurant in town and had a hell of a lot better time for less money.

Here's to hoping the organizers make some major changes to fix these issues or a lot of people won't be bothering to attend in 2012.

Finally received my Notion Ink Adam on March 30th. I used the stock Eden ROM for about 30 minutes and just didn't like it. Decided to install Beast ROM. It's 1000% better than EdenX, although some people might disagree with me - to each his own.

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OCZ Sucks

Jan 27


My last power supply (also an OCZ) died after approximately 3 1/2 years in mid December 2010. Decided to buy another OCZ because there was a good deal on one at NCIX.

Six weeks later and the f***** thing is dead! NCIX offers no support for OCZ products. I have to deal directly with the manufacturer.

Go to their site, fill out an RMA request. Over two days later I finally get a response with some tests they want me to run to verify the PS is actually dead. Yep, it sure as hell is. Now I need to wait for them to reply to this with the shipping address, etc for me to send it back in again. Then they'll ship me some hacked up fixed unit back.

WTF? It's six weeks old. They should damn well send me a new unit NOW and not some refurbished piece of crap. I better not be expected to pay for shipping.

I am not happy about this. OCZ SUCKS!

I see that Oracle has released Virtualbox 4.0. Let's give a try on Arch...

Kernel headers

$ sudo pacman -S kernel26-headers
resolving dependencies...
looking for inter-conflicts...

Targets (1): kernel26-headers-

Total Download Size: 4.01 MB
Total Installed Size: 38.27 MB

Proceed with installation? [Y/n] Y

$ sudo sh ./
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing VirtualBox for Linux installation..........
VirtualBox Version 4.0.0 r69151 (2010-12-22T14:35:05Z) installer
Installing VirtualBox to /opt/VirtualBox
WARNING: /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf line 4: ignoring bad line starting with 'snd_hda_intel'

VirtualBox has been installed successfully.

You will find useful information about using VirtualBox in the user manual
and in the user FAQ

We hope that you enjoy using VirtualBox.

Wow. That seemed WAY too easy.

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