Thinkpad Trackpoint sensitivity on Ubuntu

A while back I found some notes on configuring the sensitivity of my trackpoint on my Thinkpad T43 and took the time to tweak the values to get it just right. The commands were /bin/echo -n 171 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/sensitivity /bin/echo -n 119 > /sys/devices/platform/i8042/serio1/serio2/speed In order to keep those values the same on reboot, I placed those commands in /etc/rc.local. I rebooted and… values got reset. After struggling a bit and just giving up on the issue, I ended up just making a shell script that I would execute on boot each time (crappy solution). »

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Support for authorized-keys.d/

Why is there no subdir inside .ssh called authorized-keys.d where I can just throw my ssh keys and easily manage them by file name instead of having to edit the authorized-keys(2) file? I need to do some googling on this , a quick search yields this debian bug report on wishing for support for one. »

Python Quote module

Over the past couple of years I’ve been wanting to learn Python more seriously but really haven’t sat down and just done it. I’ve written a couple of various scripts for personal and work use but always felt they weren’t coded in a “pythonic” way. I’m now reading Learning Python (4th edition) from the beginning and making sure I learn things properly from the ground up. When I was writing my code in the past I wasn’t aware of what objects were immutable vs mutable or how generators worked. »

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Windows 7 64bit + iPhone sync

I somehow attract issues whenever I build a new computer or do a fresh installation on my desktop. I currently dual boot between Windows XP 64bit and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) which has served me well the last 3 years. My current setup is running atop a fakeraid mirror which at the time, was a PITA to get configured as it involved using a live cd and following a really long howto while crossing my fingers it would work. »

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Yahoo Finance message boards

… has to be the biggest waste of space on the interwebs. Clearly Yahoo doesn’t give a shit about them since they are not policed in the slightest and riddled with spam, trolls, and crazies. There are absolutely no insightful conversations going on for any stock. I wonder why they even bother keeping them around. »

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Camera of near future prediction

I predict cameras in the near future will begin shipping with wireless , 3G antennas or both. The cameras will be tied into social networking sites so that you can take photos of events and upload them as they happen. There will be a settings page in your camera to enter your Facebook, Myspace or Flickr account info. An option would be available to auto upload all photos taken or to prompt the user after each photo is taken for upload, and finally an option to just bypass that and worry about the uploading only when you are in review mode. »

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iPhone 3.2 Wishes (Updated)

Before I had an iPhone, I had just your average flip phone, didn’t care if it had a web browser on it or if it did anything else besides just have a decent battery life. This summer I finally took the plunge and bought my first Apple product ever, the iPhone 3GS. I had been waiting for some time for them to come out with a version with more storage before I even considered getting one and 32GB was just good enough for me (64Gb would have really been the sweet spot). »

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Reserved block space

Normally when a partition fills up, you remove some files, freeing up some space and watch your disk usage drop in df -h The first time recently I ran into a situation where that wasn’t the case. I had filled up my root partition and after removing some files and moving some others to another partition I noticed no change in my output of df -h Applications were crashing since they couldn’t write to the partition but I knew I had removed at least a few GB’s worth of data. »

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Online backup solution for Linux

The past couple of weeks I’ve begun looking into an online backup solution as I start to realize I’d be really really really pissed if something happened to my data. Currently I’m running my desktop in a RAID 1 configuration using dmraid aka fakeraid, under Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04. The reason I ended up having to use fakeraid was because I still dualboot Windows XP 64bit for doing photoshop work and the occasional game play. »

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