April 19, 2006
Getting Right Shift to Work in Olin 404.5
Some of you have probably noticed that right shift doesn't work on under GNOME on the Sun Rays in Olin 404.5. The solution is to go to System > Prefrences > Keyboard Shortcuts, scroll down to E-mail click on it and hit backspace. Or you can run this command
gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome_settings_daemon/keybindings/email disabled
I found this from the Ubuntu on Sun Ray guide. It also has instructions on how to fix the Alt keys. Another good GNOME on Sun Ray guide is This blog post by a Sun employee. I recommend turning off wallpaper
gconftool-2 --type string --set /desktop/gnome/background/picture_options none
gconftool-2 --type string --set /desktop/gnome/background/primary_color \#037AD6
gconftool-2 --type string --set /desktop/gnome/background/color_shading_type solid
and the desktop
gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop false
October 16, 2005
Did anyone else think that the Dean Kamen lecture was incredibly poorly planned. Not only was it poorly advertised (I only heard about it via word of mouth) but I class was scheduled to end 10 minutes fore the lecture was scheduled to begin. Does that seem crazy to anyone else?
While we're at it would anyone have rather seen him bust open a Segway and talk about closed loop control. It seems like we always get these really brilliant people to come in and just let them go to waste talking about broad concepts like innovation. (Stephen Hawking's lecture was pretty basic too.)
I really did enjoy Dean's comments about American society when talking about FIRST.
Does anyone else think that the Segway is a south pointing chariot. I remember when they first came out and everyone made a huge deal about how these were going to revolutionize city life. Years later, I still have never even seen one of these in person.
September 07, 2005
Highest Volume Bookswap Ever
The highest volume Tau Beta Pi bookswap at Case in recorded history is over. We sold 806 books. For the first time I was a server admin for the swap making it much more stressful than it had been before. I was responsible for numerous small feature additions and bug-fixes. Now that it's done there are a plethora of small projects that need to be done. Some of the things that need to be done are: Single Sign On, CSS-ification, refactoring to make code (more) modular, and AJAX-ification.
A big thanks to goes out to everyone who bought and sold and all the bookswap volunteers.
August 29, 2005
On Friday, Ben and I managed to scavenge some a pair of sweet SPARCStation 5s (as well as a Sun monitor, mouse, and some cables too) from the 8th floor of Olin. Unfortunately we have no sun keyboards to plug into it (I think we're looking for a sun type 5c keyboard but I'm not positive.) I can see them boot some message about a keyboard but it disapears before I have time to read it.
July 03, 2005
Gis + Google Maps = Wiki Fun
It's so obvious... use the Google Maps API to with a GIS enabled Wiki to make the map a way to get to location wiki pages. I made a little proof of concept with the Case Wiki and the Case Quad.
April 25, 2005
In Soviet Russia you speak to CmdrTaco or why I will never troll on Slashdot again
Today Slashdot founder Rob 'CmdrTaco' Malda spoke at case. Hid hour long speech and QA session went for an extra 45 minutes before upb kicked us out. I asked Malda if he we were bad people for reading Slashdot without ads but not because we are subscribers. He said it's fine, because we're not driving the click-through rate down. Earlier, I had admitted that I occasionally troll Slashdot anonymously, so I promised to never troll Slashdot again before he gave me the an optical mouse. Chod won a copy of Norton AV. The person with the lowest UID won a nice subwoofer/speaker set. I wanted to ask if Malda still uses Linux for fun but didn't get the chance.
I noticed that Malda was using a Mac Laptop. Apple seems to be winning over more and more geeks. I've tried OSX but absolutely hate it. I would rather run Linux or even Windows XP with Cygwin.
March 17, 2005
The Nord Lab
I was in the nord computer lab today for the first time since spring break and I must say that the new setup is pretty sweet. Good work on the part of everyone involved. It already seems to be cutting down on the number of people printing redonculous amounts of slides. I do have two question though, does anyone know if its possible to remotely mount one's N: drive to their dorm pc and are the nfs drivers present such that it would allow mounting one's EECS UNIX home directory at the lab?