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Apt-based distros pulling in packages from the wrong pin!

Apt-based distros pulling in packages from the wrong pin!

Don't panic! It is all okay, well it's okay if you are worrying about this particular non-problem! So you may ask:

Why do I see packages coming in from releases I have pinned below my main release?

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LTSP thin client tips

LTSP thin client tips

Thin clients are a great way to repurpose older PCs or get cheaper systems and still get a powerful network of workstations for schools or institutions with many different cubicles/offices for a fraction of the cost, both in cash, time and staff invested in its deploying and maintenance. However, just like any other computer, there are details that have to be worked out here and there. Tonight I'll give a tip about a particular implementation: LTSP plus Windows virtual machines with concurrent sessions over RDP (tested with Ubuntu 12.04 as a base OS and Windows 7 Ultimate as guest OS under Virtualbox).

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Keep on cleanin'

Keep on cleanin'

First, a few notes! The site is in a bit of flux as Kaede makes changes here and there, so expect a few oddities! They'll pay off we swear it...

Anyway I may have in the past blogged about my effort to clean up a lot of my data sitting on my machine. I just wanted to say... I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel! And it's been a boat load of effort, but I feel it's been worth it. So my advice to people if they take on this endeavor is, don't give up! Also, make sure you keep clean what you keep downloading to your computer or writing for that matter so you don't add to the problem you're trying to fix. Also, make sure you set standards for yourself, directory layout, naming and file choices. I think that's it for this late night rant!

Mata ne!

Web of mistrust

Web of mistrust

You may have heard of the Web of Trust plugin for browsers. This product is marketed as a "Safe Browsing Tool", and supposedly improves the security of the web by allowing users to view the rating of a site before even clicking on it (as it places an icon next to all links), as well as other measures such as an icon next to the address bar, and a popup warning you if you try to visit a site that does not have a good rating.

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KDE multiple screen issues

KDE multiple screen issues

It's been a long time since I've posted anything here. We've been busy - and perhaps I've been playing a bit too much Guild Wars 2. ;)

Recently I added a third screen to my system, and this only made the existing multi-screen issues I had with KDE even worse. Finally, I decided to do something about it, hunting down each issue one by one and fixing it. This post is just to serve as a guide to fixing these problems.

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