Monthly Archives: April 2011

Trick with labels in gmail – how to find out who is selling your e-mail address

I actually read about this in some comment field somewhere else, but here is a great explanation of my intention:

http://g04.com/misc/GmailTipsComplete.html#Tip-03
I thought first that I could just e-mail to address+label@gmail.com and it would automagically come to that e-mail. That’s not the case. You still need to create a label and set up a filter. But still quite useable. In case for example you want to send notes to yourself or something like that.
Another cool thing, let’s say you register on a website. Then don’t register with your normal e-mail, register with address+facebook@gmail.com

Then all those e-mails from facebook will come to you – with the above address in the to: field.

Quite neat huh?

In case you want to find out who is selling your e-mail address you can set this up for each place you register and then when you get a spam message you can click on more details and see where it was sent to!

Learning Storage

** 2011-08-18 Just updated the link to the HP forum.

I also wrote a primer to Data Storage.

Just listened to this podcast episode #96 of Infosmack on theregister (about storage).
Very interesting to hear what some really experienced people say about storage and the

future. Like hybrid disk drives becoming more and more predominant in the future and maybe encrypted drives?

One participant of the talk was Larry Freeman who wrote this book called storage brain that apparently Netapp uses for introducing new hires to storage. They also have a page with some other cool storage stuffs :

http://www.storage-brain.com/2011/04/my-infosmack-prognostications/

Book looks pretty cheap – might be quite interesting to read. The only other one I’ve read was HP’s Introduction to SAN – and evidently this is extremely HP specific and it is quite “high level” like the theory and intentions for a SAN. But it does go through the basics. Sometimes it is like reading a brochure.

I wonder if the Storage Brain is then focused on Netapp products?

Some more tips can be found in this HP forum thread if you are interested.

For example I really recommend Brocade’s FC 101 training. Excellent start for SAN – the networking part of storage. But there is a lot more: disk arrays, tape libraries, host side stuff like multipathing and why not disaster recovery, redundancy or replication.

Songs of the day 28th of April

The Submarines – You, Me and the Bourgeouisie – Lovely swing, great song to start the day with. Found a review on the Washington Examiner. Her voice sounds quite a bit like The Cardigan’s – Nina Persson. Or maybe Hello Saferide. Just beautiful anyway. … “here we are in the center of the first world”.

Glasgow – Julia and the Doogans – check em out on bandcamp. Soft and sweet.

Spinning Camera in FPS games

Ever experienced this relatively frustrating phenomena?

My setup:

Windows 7 x64 with an ATI Card HD5700 series.
A logitech wireless keyboard+mouse.

Camera just keeps on spinning and if you move the mouse it changes pitch, speed or whatever.

Things to try:

  • Got a joypad/joystick in the vicinity? Plug it out.
  • Got a bluetooth thing and a controller nearby? Disable bluetooth.
  • When it’s spinning you can try plugging out your mouse/kebyoard/joypad to see if it stops then.
  • Update graphics drivers
  • Try with a wire (cheap as you can find) keyboard and mouse.

I had been runnnig synergy for a week or so, this is an application for controlling the mouse on another computer – over your network – by just dragging the cursor to the edge of your screen. Was working fine, I had it running while playing Portal 2, Call of Duty, Crysis. Working fine except that it minimized the game when I was at the edge..

Then I decided to update Windows with Windows Update (bunch of security fixes only..) and new AMD/ATI Drivers for my HD5770 card.

Then suddenly it started (the updates required reboots).

I rolled back driver, unplugged mouse/keyboard, rebooted a couple of times. Went through the windows update. Killed synergy – by default even if you run a program in full screen it will switch over to the other monitor, which is not so awesome because it minimizes games like Portal 2. I scoured the Steam Forums but nothing that helped.

In the end I found a ‘synergys’ process running even though the service was disabled and stopped. To stop it I had to select the “view processes for all users” and then end it.

Then whoop! No more spinning!
I suspect it may have been the same even with the updates if I had just done a reboot.

 

Installing Squid 3.2 on CentOS 5.3

Giving this one a shot :) I will be compiling it myself as well.

Squid for those who do not know is a proxy server.
Proxys can be used for many things, but one great thing if you have a thinner connection to the Internet, you can use this to speed things up a bit. What it does is when you surf the web, the things you download are actually first downloaded to the proxy, and then your browser downloads it automagically from the proxy. If you afterwards browse to the same page the proxy should provide you with a cached copy and not re-download the whole page again.

Downloading/compiling

It’s a good idea to not run any service as root.

  1. Download it from http://www.squid-cache.org/ there are many options to chose from. Stable, unstable, 3.2, 3.1 etc. I just took a recent developer build from the 3.2 chain – squid-3.2.0.6.
  2. Untar this somewhere, doesn’t matter where. Move directory and:

To get the program to install itself in a location where you have access, you need to specify that while running the configure check.

You do this with:

./configure –prefix=/home/user/bin/squid-install

or wherever you want to put it. I just put it directly in /home/user/squid-inst.

If that completes without errors next step is to: make; make install. This will compile and then install it in the directory you specified above. After that completes sucessfully you can delete/hide the directory. I hide it just in case I want to change something in the configure or whatever.

Then it’s time to configure!

Now proxy servers you need to put some kind of authentication on. Unless you want a hoard of unwanted visitors.

There are a gazillion of different settings in the squid.conf.documented.

Configuration is done via ~/squid-inst/etc/squid.conf

cache_dir ufs /usr/local/squid/cache 100 16 256
The value 100 denotes 100MB cache size. This can be adjusted to the required size.
http_port 3128
This is the port you will be connecting to. Make sure you do not set one that other services on the machine uses. Might be a good idea to use a non-standard as well, to prevent some from “stumbling” onto it and trying to brute-force it.

Starting squid

  1. create cache directories with ~/squid-inst/sbin/squid -z
  2. run it in debug ~/squid-inst/sbin/squid -NCd1

If everything is working fine, then your console displays: “Ready to serve requests”.

You can now surf to your http://host:port

However, you cannot use it as a cache yet.

You need to set up the http_access part. The ACL – access list.

This can be complicated.

See here for some examples of that: http://wiki.squid-cache.org/SquidFaq/SquidAcl

However, all you “need” is as below. First, find out your IP-address. Let’s say it’s 12.24.48.96 for the fun of it. You can see what it is by surfing to www.ripe.net

add this somewhere on top near the other “acl” entries:

acl me src 12.24.48.0/24

Then a bit further down

http_access allow me

Now if you want to you can be more tight with the security, and you probably should.
The setting above means that everybody on that subnet can use your proxy server.
For example you might want to change it to only your IP – if you have a static one.

acl me src 12.24.48.96/32

If you change something in the configuration, you can do this to stop squid:

~/squid-inst/sbin/squid -k kill

~/squid-inst/sbin/squid &

is used to start it in a daemon mode (keeps running after you log off your shell).

There are other ways to set up password checks (used to be with .htpasswd) but I have no need for this today. I’ll have a look into it some other day :)
Also this proxy is transparent – meaning if you connect somewhere, people can see that you are indeed connecting through a proxy.

But first you need to set your browser to use the proxy, you do this under network settings.

Happy proxying!

Making use of IBM Laptop T40 – Part 4

Logging in!

Wireless worked straight from the start.
It says that my battery probably is broken (only 28% capacity).
Some 2.6~GB is used by the default installation out of my 40GB disk. 1.6GB for swap.

Step 1 – set up Synergy.

This is so I don’t have to use the laptop keyboard/mouse but instead can just move the mouse from my desktop and I can then control the laptop. It is pretty awesome. To do this, go to the Applications/ubuntu software center and search for synergy. Then install QuickSynergy. I had to click on “use this source” first.

Then go to accessories and quicksynergy and put in IP of the machine where you have synergy and a screen name. Tada. I wonder if this works after a reboot. But doesn’t matter much, you can just drag the entry in the applications menu to the ubuntu desktop and then you’ll see it when you log in.

You can find more details on the Ubuntu community pages.

Trying this out, it’s a little tricky. Managed to bork the login with this. Cannot even get into recovery console. Probably a wrong character somewhere :/ If this happens, hit CTRL+ALT+F1 to get to the console prompt.

Anyway, follow that guide. But you do not have to have the while thing when putting the stuff in the gdm session files.
Instead you can just put the “sleep 1”. This means you’ll have a lag of 1 second. But it’s working.

/usr/bin/killall synergyc
sleep 1
/usr/bin/synergyc --name identifywithname IP.IP.IP.IP

Step 2 – Install Updates.

This popped up automagically. 302MB of extra updates does it want to install. I just went with the default, always good to have updates :) The root password is the same as your normal password, unless you’ve done something special.
During the updates the cursor when I was using synergy was lagging behind. But that’s because I’m using a poor wirless connection (maxes out at 580kB/s) and the update probably uses all it can get. The normal mouse works fine :)

You may have heard that ‘you don’t need to reboot in Linux’ this is true unless you make a change to the kernel. Which is what this update updated.

The rest – whatever you feel is important :)

hdparm – testing hard drive

I have some suspicion that the internal hdd is singing on its last verse.
The built-in tool to test IDE/ATA drives is: hdparm.
First though you want to find what device name your disk has.
If you type ‘mount’ you will see on top something like this:

/dev/sda1 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0)

This will tell you that /dev/sda1 is where / is installed. / is root. The file system.

The syntax to test the hard drive cache:

martbhell@bottle:~$ sudo hdparm -T /dev/sda

/dev/sda:
Timing cached reads:   688 MB in  2.00 seconds = 343.59 MB/sec
martbhell@bottle:~$ sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sda

 

/dev/sda:
Timing cached reads:   774 MB in  2.00 seconds = 386.65 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads:  102 MB in  3.00 seconds =  33.95 MB/sec

So that looks good. I feel better now :)

webbrowser – ubuntu 10.10 comes with Firefox 3 and when I search it doesn’t find Firefox 4

So we install google chrome!

All you have to do is go use firefox and find google chrome page. Download the .deb package (ubuntu is based on debian). And open, this will open Ubuntu Software Center. Install.

DWM in Ubuntu

find dwm in ubuntu software center, also installing dzen2 with the add-on “i3status”.
When you install dwm you also get suckless-tools – which include dmenu and more.

To start it:

  • get to the login screen
  • select user
  • change from ubuntu desktop to dwm
  • login!
  • then in there, hit ALT+p – type quick, (you’ll see quicksynergy) – hit enter
  • set that up, and then you can use synergy in there as well
  • to log out: ALT+SHIFT+Q

To change stuff:

To change stuff in DWM you need to re-compile the package. Because I found dwm in ubuntu software center I was inclined to use that. But maybe the best option would be to do it manually..

Then, downloading it from suckless.org Making sure that the config.mk points to where dwm is not currently installed. (Maybe I should have uninstalled it first).

See /usr/share/xsessions/dwm.desktop
That is the file that starts dwm.
It’s also a good idea to point the xsession startup script to a script that runs xsetroot in a loop, if you want to update ‘xsetroot -name’ with time, for example.

You can see more details and my scripts in this blog post:

When I try to compile dwm, it complains that X11/cursorfont.h is missing. Probably because libx11-dev is not installed. After installing, it complains that X11/extensions/Xinerama.h is missing. Installing libxinerama-dev. After that it compiles just fine and runs just fine.

Previous posts:

Part1 – thoughts before installing
Part2 – ultimate boot CD – for diagnostics
Part3 – Installing Ubuntu

Music of the day – 19th of April + Go Detroit Day

Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine – Just awesome.

Satellite – Leila Boussard – Also quite nice. But not as nice as ^^

Happy Tuesday :)

Saw the 3rd game in the Detroit – Phoenix Stanley Cup series this morning.

Lovely to see Helm fight like a bull and the Mule got in a nice kicker in the top shelf with that goal of his.

Making use of IBM Laptop T40 – Part 3

Preface

Two previous posts:

Part1 – thoughts before installing
Part2 – ultimate boot CD – for diagnostics

I ran the laptop with google-chrome 10 and two flash-pages loading all night, no blue-screens, no errors in event viewer. No actually it looks and feels pretty ok. It’s not very fast, but I suspect this is the hard drive being slow.

Turns out I do have some CDs lying around!

Starting off easy with ubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386.
The reason why I’m not trying the 11.04 is because I tried that in a VM the other day and it gave lots of errors. I also read some post about that 5/11 users managed to crash the Unity VM. So not stable :p

If that works (maybe even just try live-cd? nah, that’s chicken) then maybe later I will can try something else like:

archlinux (which apparently requires setting up x-servers (required for graphical interface):

How to boot:

Put in CD, press F12 during boot, chose the ACPI CD0 entry.

The install:

Ubuntu loading logo looks like crap during boot (green pixelation around it). However during the actual install it looks fine.
It would be good to have an UTP cable so that you can have internet access during install (download updates to packages etc). I did not have a UTP cable so I will hope that the wireless works and that I can update after install.
I like that while the CD is copying files, you get to set some settings:

partition layout/hard disk layout, timezone, keyboard layout, username, passwords, computer name, home directory encryption,

While setting up the computer name, the installer automagically found out that it is a Thinkpad T40 that I have!

When it’s done, the CD pops out, take it, press enter, wait, log in!

Next post is about logging in and doing the initial setup.

Making use of IBM Laptop T40 – Part 2

Previous post in this series:
http://www.guldmyr.com/blog/making-use-of-ibm-laptop-t40-part-1/

I’m going to try to put ubcd on an old USB pen I have, lots easier than burning a CD/DVD. Which I may not even have. It’s an old Jens of Sweden 1GB mp3-player, that doesn’t start unless plugged in a USB-port..

On the UBCD (you can mount this on  your pc) there is a tool under x:\ubcd\tools\win32\ubcd2usb

Open a command prompt on your PC type:

  • x:
  • cd ubcd/tools/win32/ubcd2usb
  • ubcd2usb.cmd CDROM: USBDRIVE: (like ubcd2usb.cmd D: E:)

Then you need to put in the USB-pen, boot your computer. Check BIOS and put USB drive at the top.

Turns out I have forgotten my thinkpad supervisor password.. So that is a no-no because apparently to reset that I need to do some soldering. Also there is only a CDRW-drive, and I do not have an empty CD to burn, only DVDs :/

PXE boots is also an option, but this looks incredibly difficult. It probably isn’t (should be just DHCP and tftp server, but gotta make floppy boot disks, etc).

But, got a hold of my lovely laptop, boots up WinXP just fine. Going to patch it now and keep it going for a while running something, we’ll see if it crashes or not. Maybe it is OK?

Next post in this series will be published on the 18th of April. That one is about installing Ubuntu on the Thinkpad T40!

Making use of IBM Laptop T40 – Part 1

Next project coming up!

I want to have the laptop running so that I can have some use for it.
Maybe run some services on it instead of in a VM on my desktop?
But also so that I can chat while playing games ;)

I want to put Linux on this laptop! Which one? Haven’t decided yet.

  • Archlinux (keep it simple)?
  • Ubuntu (I used to run this before, worked even better than WinXP)?
  • Gentoo? – Too much work?

First: Go and pick it up ;) It’s been living in a friend’s cellar for half a year now.
Second: Find out what kind of hard drive/connector it is, in case it’s something special. Google says it shouldn’t be, but I would like to just buy a laptop 1.5″? PATA drive online and put that in instead. But they are some 60€ which is what a you pay for a 1TB these days.
Third: I want to replace that hard drive because it has a tendency to bluescreen a lot. But maybe I should run some kind of diagnostics on it first.. yes. I will run the Ultimate Boot CD – I have never tried it before but I heard it’s good. It’s only 300MB large.

Next post in this series.

King in ITRC!

Just got the Royal rank – 2500 points :)

http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=1477054&admit=109447626+1302808876390+28353475

Woop woop!

HP’s ITRC forum is a great place to learn more, help out :)

For me the primary reason is to remember the things I learnt while working at the support, because I do not work with hardware in that respect anymore it’s incredible how fast this kind of stuff is forgotten, at least the specifics :/

I hope the ITRC won’t change into something crap after the move to another forum system now in the summer.

gnome-screensaver uses a lot of memory

Just checked out a memory useage script (because honestly I find top a but too complicated).
I found one that looks good on asim.pk . The script is a nice little perl script. Just download it from the link and set chmod +x ps_mem.pl and you can run it with “sudo ps_mem.pl”, you need to be root for some reason to run this script.

My machine is a Lenovo T400 with a radeon card.

This told me that gnome-screensaver was using some 400MB. A bit of googling did not give me any real hints if there is a configuration change or so. So instead I decided to change the way I lock my workstation in dwm.

Now, I call upon a program I called “screenlock”, this I put in /usr/local/bin/screenlock:

killall gnome-screensaver; sleep 1; gnome-screensaver; gnome-screensaver-command -l

That’s it. (kills it, waits a bit, starts it, then locks)

Then in config.h for dwm this under /* commands */:

static const char *locksaver[] = { "screenlock", NULL } ;

and under keys

{ MODKEY, XK_l, spawn, {.v = locksaver } },

with all the spaces/tabs that is in config.h, unsure if it’s necessary but why take a chance :p

Now it stays around 10MB :)

The bash shell – Linux terminal keyboard shortcuts

Hey!

Recently found out that there are some quite awesome shortcuts available that I’ve missed – extremely useful if you use the bash shell in *Nix.

To see which one you are using you can type ‘chsh’ in a terminal – this will tell you if you are using /bin/bash.

Go try them out! This can speed up your work in the terminal incredibly.

** Updated 2011-04-05 – there are many moooore!
See this little link: http://www.faqs.org/docs/bashman/bashref_93.html#SEC100

You can see the bindings by typing “bind -P”

The easier shortcuts:

Ctrl + A Go to the beginning of the line you are currently typing on. Extremely useful in those scenarios when left/right arrow keys do not work. Same as HOME button.
Ctrl + E Go to the end of the line you are currently typing on. Same as END button.
Ctrl + L Clears the Screen, same as the clear command.
Ctrl + U Clears the line before the cursor position. If you are at the end of the line, clears the entire line.
Ctrl + H Backspace.
Ctrl + R Let’s you search through previously used commands. Hit again to roll through the hits in the history. Searches through .bash_history in the user’s home directory.
Arrowkeys Up/Down Same as CTRL + P and CTRL + N. This will browse through the history. Hit enter to execute the command.
Ctrl + C Kill whatever you are running.
Ctrl + D Exit the current shell – logout.
Ctrl + Z Puts whatever you are running into a suspended background process. You can then use the terminal for something else.
Type ‘fg’ in the terminal to restore the process.
Ctrl + W Delete the word before the cursor.
Ctrl + K Clear the line after the cursor.
Ctrl + T Swap the last two characters before the cursor.
Esc + T Swap the last two words before the cursor.
Alt + F Move cursor forward one word on the current line.
Alt + B Move cursor backward one word on the current line.
Tab Auto-complete files and folder names.
Shift + Page Up / Down Scrolls through terminal buffer.

 

The shortcuts that are a little trickier:

Ctrl + X * In a directory you have two files: awesomeapp1.deb and notawesomebutneededapp4.deb. You want to install both. In debian the program you call is “dpkg -i filename.deb”. If you don’t want to write out all the names, you can type this: dpkg -i *.deb CTRL+x * (first ctrl+x and then press the * on your numpad or * on your normal, like shift+’) and then it will resolve the names so that your command will be “dkpg -i awesomeapp1.deb notawesomebutneededapp4.deb”
Ctrl + X Ctrl + V Prints something like this: GNU bash, version 4.1.2(1)-release (x86_64-redhat-linux-gnu)
Macros CTRL +X ( to start, CTRL +X ) to save. For example: first hit CTRL+x SHIFT+8 (this is on my keyboard layout) – then put in your commands. Everything you type after this is saved in a macro. Then CTRL+X SHIFT+9 to save. Then hit CTRL+x e to run the macro.

Have fun!

NHL 2011 Playoff – Bets on!

Finally!

Time for some not so good sleeping rhythm in the next 8 weeks! Bye – bye circadian rhythm.
I like the 10.30pm games – means they start 5.30am here, which means early breakfast, watch game and then get to work :)

Who will fall, who will crush who, who will win!

The matches:

Eastern Conference

(1) Washington vs (8) Rangers
(2) Philadelphia vs (7) Buffalo
(3) Boston vs (6) Montreal
(4) Pittsburgh vs (5) Tampa Bay

Washington should not have a problem with Rangers.
My bets in this conference is that the Caps, Philly, Montreal and Tampa goes through to the next round. Would be nice though to see Rangers and Buffalo beat the team above but I think that might be to push it too far.

Western Conference

(1) Vancouver vs (8) Chicago
(2) San Jose vs (7) Los Angeles
(3) Detroit vs (6) Phoenix
(4) Nashville vs (5) Anaheim

Chicago has a lot of good players and they have a bit of experience from the last years. But is it enough? I don’t think they’ll be able to kick Vancouver down.
Sharks or Kings..  hm. So hard. Antti Niemi in goal in Sharks might make the difference, but by default I do not like the Sharks so have to side with the Kings on this one.
Detroit will beat Phoenix, again. Please. :)
Nashville.. nobody likes Nashville huh? Very even team. As far as I can tell Nashville hasn’t been this high up ever in the post-season. Nice to see them here. I’m going to side with Anaheim on this one though, like the players there more.

 

Sofiero Mörk

Ahh.

Beer.

I’m not a connoisseur when it comes to beer, I just usually like it :)

http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sofiero-mork-lager/65069/

Has some more discussions. Apparently it hasn’t arrived in Sweden yet? Not according to my sources in Växjö anyway – or maybe they are a little slow over there.

Sofiero brings nice memories from when I lived in Sweden.

Happy Friday here.

Checking out Florence the Machine and Glasvegas on the tube!

Ubuntu 11 in VMWare Workstation

Time for another test! This time it’s Ubuntu 11.04 Natty.

My setup is a Intel Core i7 920 on Windows 7 x64 with 8GB RAM.

*** Update 2011-04-29 – I just heard that if you run this in a Virtual Machine you do not get all the shebang on the default graphical user interface. But for me it looks fine. Also when I looked on this video it didn’t look much different except for the left side bar. If you want to check out the supposedly nicer graphical user interface I would recommend that you put Ubuntu on a CD/DVD and then boot your desktop with it. That way you can see if it’s for you and if it works without doing anything to your hard drives :)

*** Update 2011-04-29 Also added link where to get Ubuntu 11.04 as now it’s not in beta anymore.

Installing

  1. Install VMWare Workstation
  2. Download the Ubuntu ISO. (I got the x64 / AMD64 one) from http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/natty/beta
  3. As it’s public now, you can get it from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download
  4. Add new Virtual Machine (VM) in VMWare Workstation, browse to the .iso and it will with easy install find Ubuntu 64-bit.
  5. Gogogo! Chose language and set up your user account. That’s all. After that you can log on to the desktop. It took quite some time for me to install it – though I wasn’t in a rush so did not measure time and just left the PC. Maybe it went sleeping or something.

Uses 5.2GB effective disk space (checked properties on the directory from Windows) after install and that upgrade below.

After install.

Looks pretty smooth. Quite different from what I remember. I set it to 2GB  RAM and it’s only using 300MB from scratch. This is nice. And it turns off in a couple of seconds.

  • Unity thing in VMWare Workstation works from scratch (7.1.3 and 7.1.4). In 7.1.4 even with the VMWare Tools not installed updated.
  • First thing I ran was a software update – 160MB already after it being out only a couple of days. Guess some big package got an update.. however, no reboot required for it!
  • One thing you should be aware of, is that the program options/menu bar, is at the top of the screen, “File”, “View”, stuff like that. So quite a bit like Mac OS (if I’m not mistaken).
  • Audio is also working from start.
  • Resolution/screen proportions are automagically updated so that Ubuntu fits the whole screen. Nice. Ubuntu 10.10 does not do this in Virtualbox on RHEL6.

Comes default with these programs:

  • Mozilla Firefox 4.0
  • Libreoffice (not openoffice??) – looks like openoffice anyway.
  • Evolution Mail/calendar
  • Empathy chat cilent
  • Gwibber – twitter I guess
  • Transmission – torrent client
  • Shotwell photo manager
  • “ubuntu software manager” – where you download apps. There is still however apt-get and synaptic.

This “ubuntu software manager” is a bit of a fail. It seems very mainstream.

For example:

  • irssi cannot be found there

That’s about all I can think of for now.

Adobe Flash:

  • No flash from the start. But! Search for it in the software manager and you can install it. This however failed. I tried to report but it required a login so I skipped.
  • After fail the app still has a green check-mark on it.
  • Flash still works though. And it’s not lagging for me at all. But hey, I just tried it right after starting the browser. Maybe it gets choppier after some heavy browsing :p

Unity

The unity thing is pretty darn neat. What it does is it gives you an “extra” start-button. It’s not visible all the time, only when you go near your normal one – it pops out. With that you can then start a program from the Ubuntu virtual machine and it will look like any other program on your PC.

Supposedly Unity may work better after upgrading VMWare Tools. I got a little bar at the bottom of the screen, extracted and ran the thing. Then it was gone.

Conclusion

All in all, feels pretty good! I have some plans to get a laptop of mine up running this. Just need some other work done on it first I believe. There were some bugs, but that’s not surprising, considering it is in beta. Always liked ubuntu because installing it is so smooth. Might not be the most awesome for preserving system resources but honestly, only using 300MB from start is pretty ok isn’t it? If I get it on my laptop, I’ll definitely be trying another window manager, like awesome or dwm –  should bring the memory usage down :)

Update by bota!

http://www.guldmyr.com/blog/last-irc-post-of-bota-for-a-while/

They’re in Ontario :)
Almost the same trip I took in the summer of 2008.
Not that you have much choice going east.
Also I did not do it in a moving truck :p

A little update on their blog.

Also a google map is here, I’m trying to keep it updated, a little hard to keep track during the weekend but we’ll see :)