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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Divine Code

Bangkok, Thailand, 2007-10-27

Often while naming variables or methods I’ve noticed that some related words have the same number of characters. I love this because it makes your code so much prettier, and I started keeping notes of these paired words. Here’s what I’ve found so far:

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Quick and Dirty Dual-Boot Setup

Home, Elsternwick, Australia, 2007-09-30

This is almost certainly not the “right” way to set up a dual-boot system. But: it’s quick-and-dirty, and it works. Tutorials on setting up dual-boot often get you to create a boot floppy, but as I don’t have a floppy drive in my laptop, after a few iterations, I ended up doing it this way. The process set out below is adapted from that described in an article from the Ubuntu forums.

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Diggnation Blocked in Thailand

Hansar Cafe / Bar, Sukhumvit Soi 1, Bangkok, Thailand, 2007-04-11

Diggnation is blocked in Thailand today for some reason

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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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Creating an ISO with dd under Cygwin

Bangkok, Thailand, 2007-11-01

Alright, this is a “blog it so I don’t forget it” post.

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Desktop: Numb

Bangkok, Thailand, 2007-10-17

I created this desktop wallpaper a few months ago, but never got around to posting it.

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Using the new Apple Keyboard on a PC

Home, Elsternwick, Australia, 2007-08-22

I’ve been shopping for a new keyboard for a few weeks now. The keys on my old board have been getting harder to press down, and frequently don’t connect unless you hit them direct on. Probably a combination of age, dust and cheapness. After doing a bit of research to make sure it would work okay with a PC, I ended up getting one of the new Apple keyboards which were announced not long after I started shopping around.

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Thailand Expat Tips

Hansar Cafe / Bar, Sukhumvit Soi 1, Bangkok, Thailand, 2007-03-22

A few random tips I’ve picked up from organizing different things over the past couple of months:

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