A New Reason to Love ThinkPad

Home, Elsternwick, Australia, 2008-02-29

The cooling fan in my two-and-a-half year old ThinkPad T42 had started making death rattle type sounds and it was clear it was on the way out. I called the local service number to arrange to get it repaired under warranty. The process went something like this:

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Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore, Singapore, 2008-01-20

This is my first trip to Singapore

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Back to Bangkok

J.W. Marriott Hotel, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 2008-01-03

So I flew back into Bangkok overnight.

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Home, Elsternwick, Australia, 2007-12-27

My brother is most of the way through shooting a short film called Chinjoni. It tells the obscure story from World War I of Southern Sudanese who found themselves serving as soldiers on the Western Front for their colonial masters the French.

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Automated Tomcat / mod_jk / Apache httpd Setup

Home, Elsternwick, Australia, 2007-11-25

Getting Apache HTTPD and Tomcat to talk to each other via mod_jk is one of those things that always seems to be a painful task. I think this is because of two things. First, there are innumerable ways of configuring Apache HTTPD, and the locations and names of the configuration files may differ depending on your Linux distro, and who built your Apache binaries. Second, while there are many explanations of how to set up HTTPD / mod_jk / Tomcat, most explanations are copy-and-paste configuration dumps with not much explanation of how it all hangs together and what all the configurations mean.

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Tunneling VMWare Server over SSH with PuTTY

Au Bon Pan at Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, 2008-02-06

SSH tunneling is a really neat all-purpose technique for getting TCP/IP traffic securely from you to a remote server.

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Coffee in Bangkok

J.W. Marriott Hotel, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand, 2008-01-12

Sometimes you get a coffee that makes you stop what you’re doing because it’s so good. You stop everything and just admire the cup for a moment and say something like: “that is one fine cup of coffee”. If you’re a coffee person, you know what I’m talking about.

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VMWare Server on Debian Linux with Accurate Timekeeping

Home, Elsternwick, Australia, 2007-12-30

How to setup VMWare Server properly so that your guest operating systems dont suffer from slow or fast running clocks, and so you don't get the "rtc: lost some interrupts" error.

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How to work around the Debian installer hanging at 5% on software selection

Home, Elsternwick, Australia, 2007-11-25

The Debian apt system is awesome - it makes it incredibly easy to install new software onto a Debian box. It’s Achilles heel is the central repositories that host all the software packages. Making the whole world rely on just a couple of repository servers makes those servers very important, and means that when bad data gets into those servers, it causes problems for people all over the world.

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Favorite find Commands

Bangkok, Thailand, 2007-11-14

I’m always ducking into the man page for find - the syntax never seems to stick for me, so this my online MRU list of find commands:

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