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Easy Urpmi

I’ve just used Easy Urpmi on my Mandrake 10.1 installation. It’s an idiot-proof method of getting your Mandrake Linux configured so that you can use various ftp servers to install software.

I’ve used it on previous Mandrake builds and I’ve found it invaluable, especially when attempting to install applications that don’t come with the distribution.

If you use Mandrake, you absolutely must give this a go. This bloke deserves a medal ;o)

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Sweaty git

I’ve just got back from another three mile run, my first in about a week. I didn’t feel particularly energetic going round today so I only managed it in about 27 minutes, rather than the 25 minutes that I ran it last week. Perhaps the fact that I ate a few too many chick-peas for my lunch had an effect – I certainly didn’t feel too light-footed today.

I think I need to do this more often, rather than sit looking at my PC screen or watching the telly.

Whatever doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. Allegedly.

Posted in General Chunterings

I’m pissed

I mention this “pissed” state in a British sense, in that I’m slightly inebriated, not in the yank way of being upset.

I’ve been into town (Nottingham) and been round a few bars, drunk some beer and had an eyeful of the local talent (which is good). This is possibly a good a thing, in that I’ve had a fucking good time, oggled some fine women and drunk some good beer.

I’ve also eaten a Chinese once I made it home. Beef with cashews if that floats your boat. I’ve even saved some for tomorrow.

Life is good.

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Firefox Adblock list

Rather than blocking each ad as they come up with the rather excellent Firefox adblock extension, why not import a list of known ad sites (with wildcards attached) to block a whole range of ads with minimal effort?

Well, The Jackal has already created one for you. Go get it.

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Firefox 1.0 PR

Just installed Firefox 1.0 PR (preview release) and discovered that it has a most excellent plugin installer. I visited a page that required the Flash plugin (which I didn’t have) it realised I needed it and a little bar appeared at the top of the page prompting me to install it.

All I had to do was click two buttons and bugger me, it installed it without any fuss. It even works. Sweet.

It also seems extremely fast – pages are rendered very quickly indeed. It looks like Firefox may well eventually be the browser to beat all browsers. Get it here:

Firefox Home

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Mandrake 10.1rc1 installed

Before I set off to work this afternoon I started off downloads of the iso images for Mandrake 10.1rc1, which I obtained from By the time I got home all three had finished (thank you NTL!) and it didn’t take me long to burn some CDs using K3b.

One reboot later and I’m upgrading Mandrake 10.0 on my new drive – 30 minutes after that and I’m done. Piece of piss.

It looks just as polished as 10.0, in fact it looks exactly the same. I’ve no idea what they’ve fixed with this release. Perhaps I should pay more attention.

If anyone is thinking of trying a Linux distribution I can heartily recommend giving Mandrake a go – it’s really easy to install and I think it’s the easiest to use and configure. Plenty of toys and applications come as standard and it has a large fan base.

Now, having said that it’s time to figure out why Mandrake Update doesn’t want to work…

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Taxi drivers = cnuts

On the walk into work this afternoon I was the recipient of a little prank from some twat in a taxi who thought it would be funny to splash me by driving into a puddle. He actually has to drive off the road to this.

This does not help my already low opinion of these deranged individuals. I already see them as car-toting idiots with only a slim grasp of the highway code and penchant for driving like Stevie Wonder at a Donkey Derby.


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Well, the new hard drive works OK, that’s a bonus. Unfortunately the PC is still insisting on freezing at inopertune moments, such as when I’m down to the last 19 minutes of the installation on the second attempt through. Stupid piece of shite.

Anyway, I’ve moved the RAM stick to a different slot – we’ll see if that makes a difference. Plus I’ll be trying to swap it out with a different one at some point if the problem persists. It may still be the board or the processor, but we’ll see.

I had to come to work before Windows Update had completed, so I’ll be going back later to finish that off, get XP up to SP2, then onwards to installing Mandrake 10.0 on the remaining 60GB of the new disk.

Lots of new space for me to rip all my albums.

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This is where I kill my PC

If you never hear from me again, it’s because I’ve caused some catastrophic failure in my PC. I’ve been having a few issues with it recently, notably freezing on boot, and so I’m in the process of finding out what the hell is causing it.

Prime suspect is the RAM, then maybe the processor, but as the hard drive is the oldest part of the box (a gigantic 6 Gig monster from my old PC) I figured that I’d better rule that out first. Plus, XP has filled up the whole thing without even trying hard.

I’ve bought a nice 80 Gig Seagate drive from Micom – a firm that operates out of an office near our Coventry office. A friend and colleague of mine, Frank, went and picked it up for me, seeing as he works down there and all. It’s very convenient and fairly competitively priced too.

I’ll be inserting this into my box (not innuendo) tommorrow morning, assuming I can get my lazy arse out of bed before I have to head off for work at 1pm. I’ll be a happy chappy if it works.

See you on the other side…

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Beanz meanz fartz

FfffrrrrrtttttI spent rather a long time preparing my tea last night, but it was well worth it in the end. I’d decided that I was going to try something like a bean casserole, so I bought myself some chick peas, haricot beans and red kidney beans.

I got the ones where you had to soak them first, so I did that the night before. I cooked those up, added some lentils halfway through and steamed some vegetables as a side dish. At the same time I also put some couscous on to cook – surprisingly easy to make as it happens – plus fried some onions and garlic and opened a tin of sweetcorn.

I mixed the beans, onions, sweetcorn, garlic and some chopped cherry tomatoes together, then mixed in some chilli paste and a tin of tuna. It was evens still hot when I ate it, even though it seemed to take an age to prepare.

It was delicious! There was som much left that I think I’ll be eating it all weekend. Made me fart a lot today though…