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Trivial bug in synaptics is so frustrating...

There's a rather annoying bug in the synaptics driver on Linux on the Dell XPS 15 9550. Basically, if you are using one finger to move around and another to click the "button" areas at the bottom of the screen, instead of taking that second finger as "click here", it sometimes interprets the second ...

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Dell XPS 15 2016 on Kubuntu 15.10

So I finally got a replacement for the old laptop, which works, but is winding up out-of-RAM basically all the time. This time, instead of going for the cheap inspirons I decided to plunk for a higher-end machine that includes a discreet nVidia card. Installing Ubuntu on it was... not particularly fun. All of the ...

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Infrastructure Failures Suck

So this morning every single VirtualBox VM refuses to load. Ever-so-helpful "there was an error" messages. I'm assuming I'm looking at a driver, libc, or similar failure from the dist-upgrade of the host this morning. Yay. This is *not* what I needed to work on this morning.

[Update] a workstation/server reboot (Egads ...

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Kubuntu 15.10 seems fine so far

So I pulled the upgrade switch on the (Dell Inspiron) laptop on Friday. It trundled for almost the whole day doing the upgrade, then rebooted to a black-and-totally-unresponsive screen, with no way to switch to virtual consoles... I did a hard-reboot, booted to recovery console and reinstalled the fglrx (proprietary AMD) drivers, then rebooted... and ...

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Fire Tablet, wow, that's kinda pointless

We happened to win a Kindle Fire HDX tablet at an event. Since we've been talking about getting the kids a tablet for a while I thought "yay, sorted"... until they actually tried it.

There are no apps for the thing. Or, rather, the apps the kids actually use, YouTube, various games, Google Maps ...

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KDE Seems to run on fglrx now!

So when I started testing the soon-to-be-released KDE Plasma 5.x releases they were... less-than-usable on fglrx (and would fairly frequently fail to come back from suspend/resume), so I had to switch the laptop over to Intel graphics. However, since I need to be able to run OpenCL and OpenGL/GPGPU stuff on the ...

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Dockerfiles and Kernel Tools

So I've been wrapping a troublesome service in a Docker container today. This service has all sorts of assumptions where it "runs the show" on the server, all of those assumptions being wrong. So far it's been going pretty well. I'd already done most of the isolation work previously when I'd ...

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Did I just create another Inotify Interface?

This is one of those moments where you finish something and think "why did I go and do that?"

I recall an hour or two ago thinking "you know, wouldn't it be nice to have inotify integrated into Twisted", and that lead me into reading the Inotify man-page, which lead to me thinking "oh ...

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Monitor Sinks a Whole Day of Work

So a while ago I purchased an Acer H276HL monitor to replace an old Asus monitor that had developed some weird behaviour where it would get stuck in a strange mode, then just decided not to turn on again. This morning when I got home from the cafe I discovered that new monitor in a ...

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