About a year and a half ago, the price of Hard Drives (and their size) suddenly made it possible for us to imagine having most of our content (music, DVDs) archived on Hard Drives and easily accessible across devices. As it turns out, we are still in the process of importing some of our CDs […]

Recently, I was given a Virtual Machine development appliance to work with. The machine was running Debian which I like but it had been installed in French which I … dislike. First, I find Debian to be not so well translated and I’d rather use it in English. Second, I use qwerty keyboards so the […]

There are a few things I always do when setting up a new system running Debian: I install the bash-completion, I set up my terminal colors, enable coloration in vi/vim and other little improvements. In order to make my next setup much easier and save some time, I gather the necessary steps in this post. […]

Before I was a mac user, I have used Windows and Linux for several years. I still use Linux daily (via SSH) and I still see Windows running on machines all around me. From these two worlds, there are very few things that I am missing on Mac OS X. From the Windows world, I […]

I use three different small backup drives as three backup volumes. I turn them on on sunday, the backup scripts runs overnight, and I turn them off on monday morning. I’ve shared the backup script in a previous post. The problem is that the backup script ¬†starts by mounting the backup drives. It expects them […]

Two days ago, I ran into a strange problem with my email server which refused to send any more emails. It turned out my hard drive was full… I started by emptying the tmp directory and running aptitude clean and aptitude autoclean but that wasn’t enough to free enough space to allow me to breathe […]

While Debian boots, several warning, error or information messages appear and quickly disappear from the screen. If you wish to log these messages in order to consult them later on, you need to enable the bootlog by editing a single configuration file. 1vi /etc/default/bootlogd The file should say something like 1BOOTLOGD_ENABLE=No Simply ,change it to […]

I have setup Subsonic on my server last week as a standalone applicaiton. That means that Subsonic runs its own webserver. The only drawback of this method of deployment is that, to access the application, I had to type http://<subsonic server>:8080. To access Subsonic while using port 80, I enabled the mod_proxy and added a […]

Today (or yesterday as I write), Debian Lenny was released. If you with to upgrade, the procedure is as follow: Edit /etc/apt/sources.list and replace all occurences of “etch” by “lenny” run apt-get update or aptitude update run aptitude upgrade run aptitude dist-upgrade The little discovery I made tonight was that apt needed keys to update […]

KDE4 on Debian Sid

June 14, 2008 | 1 Comment

Well, with a running Debian Sid distribution, I am all set to test KDE 4. The installation process is simple enough but, before getting into it, remove any previous version of KDE. Here is how I’ve done it : I added references to experimental in /etc/apt/sources.list: 12deb http://ftp.fr.debian.org/debian/ experimental main contrib non-free deb-src http://ftp.fr.debian.org/debian/ experimental […]

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  • About Me


    photo of Samantha Halfon Samantha Halfon
    Software Engineer
    blueKiwi software
    Paris, France
    I enjoy playing with my computer(s), listening to Bob Dylan (and related artists) and watching movies (especially if they were directed by Martin Scorsese or John Cassavetes). Sometimes, I play a little guitar... If not doing any of the above, I am either riding a small red bike around Paris, or, making videos. About my videomaking please check out World Wide Angle and its blog.