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Direct Buy Wood and Bamboo Flooring FAIL

I was pricing some bamboo flooring so I checked out everyone's website that doesn't totally fall down when Javascript is disabled, and one of the places I ended up viewing was http://bestbuyflooring.com/. After you install some personal information they let you know they want some money for shipping their flooring samples; they wanted almost ten bucks for some little scraps of wood. So I checked a radio button that said "delete my information and send nothing" and went on my merry way.

MiniDLNA on Debian 5.0 "Lenny"

For some time now I have been using ps3mediaserver to stream video to my Xbox 360. Since solutions for playing various video streams on various devices have become more convenient of late I've become less picky about what I transcode to, except that I like to achieve fairly high quality. ogmrip has become less useful of late, failing on most source video on which I try to use it, so I've gone back to Handbrake, the most competent and arrogant of DVD transcoders.

Steam/Half-Life 2 on Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 with nVidia

Half-life 2 gave me a black screen on Maverick until I upgraded to latest nVidia from ubuntu-x-swat x-updates PPA, and wine1.3 from ubuntu wine team PPA. Before the update from wine 1.2 (from the regular Maverick repos) I also installed directx9 with winetricks (from the repos also.) Presumably those files are still in my wine setup.

Unpacking umod files on Linux

After a couple hours of searching I finally found a tool capable of unpacking umod files on Linux today. I can't get umodpack to build so I gave up and downloaded a Windows tool written in Delphi and ran it in Wine, which works great. Looks like someone boned something somewhere and broke backwards compatibility that affects my ability to build umodpack, it happens while Perl tries to generate documentation and a quick search suggests that it's an endemic problem. Thanks, whoever you are! Douche. Download Unreal Tournament UMOD Extractor to successfully unpack umod files on Windows or Linux+Wine.

Userful -> UserFAIL?

I tried to install the Userful 4.0 beta for Ubuntu Maverick and got the following error:

Userful MultiSeat(tm) requires a specific version of the following system package
Version requirement: linux-generic >= 2.6.32.25.27

This is unfortunate because I am >=, as you can see:

drink@alexander:~$ uname -r
2.6.35-22-generic

WebDT 360 up and running

A long-awaited project (awaited by me, that is) has finally come to pass with my successful installation of debian woody on my WebDT 360 (Geode LX800 model.) This machine has a low-power 500MHz x86 processor with a tightly integrated architecture, a penmount resistive touch panel, and mediocre I/O. Luckily it does have USB2 and good bluetooth, but the WiFi is in most cases a VIA vt6656 which until recently did not have a GPL-safe driver, meaning you have to build your own.

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