Sunday, May 31, 2009

JPL's Mars Rover, Spirit, is stuck in the dirt

The JPL Mars Rover named "Spirit" has been stuck in the dirt for about a month now.   JPL is trying to determine the best way to drive the rover out of its rut by using a duplicate Rover here on Earth with a soil that is consistent with that of Mars.  Hopefully Spirit will be back on its way again some time soon!

Thru-You: Israeli DJ mixes up YouTube clips to your delight

Kutiel, an Isreali DJ, has taken various clips from YouTube and re-mixed them into a wonderful audio/visual delight.  Check out the various styles of music he has come up with at his site "Thru-You"

My personal favorite is "07 - Just a Lady".  The lead singer is 25-year-old World Bank administrative assistant, Leslie Harris of Washington, who taped herself singing in her apartment.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Backup / Restore Ubuntu System drives

From the files of "Not so obvious":  How do you backup / restore a Ubuntu system drive?

Well I found this handy article online that explains the procedure.  Essentially, use the Ubuntu LiveCD to use 'partimage'

Installing FreeNX Server on Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

Got around to finally installing the FreeNX server on my Ubuntu server.  Following this guide got me most of the way there with one caveat, Authentication.   In the last step of the guide where you run the nxsetup -install program, I got a problem where it claimed that the authentication wasnt working.  Upon closer examination I discovered that the key file produced by the NX installer is not configured in SSH.

To allow NX to autheticate do the following in addition to the aforementioned guide.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Man arrested for taking picture of ATM machine

As the title states, someone walks into an REI, takes a picture of two security officers servicing an ATM, and winds up being arrested.  Im interested to see how this turns up.