Friday, August 07, 2009

Sorry We're Closed (Again)

OK, to make this as concise as possible, I'm moving back to WordPress. Blogger is great, but curiosity killed the cat (again). I plan to close down Isaiah 8:16 on Blogger and WordPress indefinitely, and combine the two blogs (have no plans to discuss nearly as much theology as computer/scifi/geek/etc related stuff, but that could change). From here on out (unless I come back in a week or two), I can be found here:

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Free Grace Broadcaster

OK. OK. I know. "This isn't a blog post; it's a bookmark!" you say. True. Guilty as charged.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

VI intro (The Cheat Sheet Method)

vi intro -- the cheat sheet method

IBM has a good tutorial on vi (originally posted several years ago). Viewing the tutorial requires registration, but is worth it in my opinion.

Now, I have no intention of entering into the religious holy wars of emacs versus vi(m). I prefer the simpler path of enlightenment, myself, and tend to prefer the much more user-friendly newbie-oriented text editors like pico, nano, and gedit (kate's good too). Personally, I have always thought that one should be able to type something and actually have it appear on the screen at the same time, not have to enter a command mode and ask your editor permission first before actually being able to accomplish anything. But then again, I fell off the wagon of glory somewhere along the path of enlightenment long ago, so I have learned that expecting something intuitive often short-circuits enlightenment.

Seriously, I think it is good to know vi(m), even if I know I'll never use it until one of those dreaded "what if?" doomsday scenarios happens.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Ubuntu and Microsoft VPN

OK, here's a solution for connecting to a Microsoft VPN using Ubuntu Intrepid. I wondered why it would not work, and then I read this solution about using Gnome Configuration manager to set a key to refuse EAP authentication since there is not an option in the GUI to do this (yet?). Sweet!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Straining out a NAT

OK, First the positive. I've been playing around with VirtualBox in Ubuntu, using a Vista guest, and loving it. Specifically, it's great to be able to use NAT (Network Address Translation) inside the virtual machine networking setup to access the internet (however, having my router which is currently offline hooked up, online, and using Host networking to actually place the virtual machine on the local LAN goes beyond "great" and comes just a tad shy of "magnificient"). I made a happy discovery that I did not need the guest additions to access my Samba folders on the Ubuntu Linux side, because I can just map a drive to the Samba folder, for example, \\\D can be mapped to X: on the virtual machine. Sweet.

Now, the negative. Seems like I SHOULD be able to, on the host machine side, see the virtual machine as (the IP address assigned to it by VirtualBox), but for some reason, it only worked for a few brief seconds and then stopped altogether. I have no idea why. In this regard, I preferred VMware because I liked the way it did NAT networking better, but to be honest, that was several versions back.

More positive, now. Kudos to the VirtualBox people for removing the old clunky Linux networking interface and making everything just work. They don't get nearly the praise they deserve for that. I actually clapped for them just now, but you'll have to take my word for it.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Faxing in Ubuntu 8.10

I bought a Brother IntelliFax 4100e combination printer/fax way back when and I am pleased (as punch) that I have been able to set it up for both printing (using the excellent CUPS interface and specific drivers from the Ubuntu repository) and faxing from the command line (using the dgcmodem package from, an excellent site and the driver was free). (Digital) life is sweet!

I also installed some extra packages, like mgetty-fax I think it was, and some others. I can print to a postscript file, then convert it to a fax-formatted TIFF using "fax make" and that creates,, and so on, one TIFF file/image per page. On my machine, the modem is /dev/ttyACM0 so on the command line, I can fax this to 555-1212 like so,

sudo efax -d /dev/ttyACM0 -h "MyFaxStation page %d of %d" -t 5551212*

And voila! Most of the time, it works (assuming I actually reach a fax machine on the other end, that is).

*EDIT* I forgot to mention, I bought a Zoom 3095 USB modem for this, excellent little device. It spends its life clinging tenaciously to the back of my PC like some long-forgotten barnacle on the underside of a ship. I forget it's there until I need it, which is the way I like it. (If you need some Zoom in your life, buy one. You won't regret it.)