Make nvidia driver work after Ubuntu Feisty upgrade

April 22nd, 2007

My /etc/X11/xorg.conf had been modified by a previous download of the nvidia driver. I think it may have been a tar file from nvidia’s website. At any rate, the driver was no longer loading after I upgraded to Feisty (and maybe it had not been working before). xorg.conf provides a command to overwrite the file with the repository version, which worked perfectly for me. It also realized that I had nvidia-glx installed already, and put in the correct settings for it.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

While I was cleaning up, I removed the old open source nv driver, xserver-xorg-video-nv.

06/18/2007 Hmmm… Somehow my nvidia driver got screwed up and I had to use vesa (installed via the above example) to get GDM up. I tried reinstalling the nvidia-glx-new driver mulitple times, as well as the restricted modules to no avail. Finally in reading through this¬† (dead link:¬† example, I found the command:

sudo apt-get install linux-generic

which seemed to upgrade my restricted-modules to match my current kernel. I’m not sure how they got out of date, but after running:

sudo nvidia-xconfig --no-composite

everything seems OK again.

Set up netbios name with Samba

April 17th, 2007

I’m not sure why the System->Administration->Shared Folders gui does not let one set up the netbios name for your Samba server, but it does not seem to in Feisty Beta at least. To set the name, you must edit /etc/smb.conf and add a line

netbios name = <the name you want>

I restarted Samba for good measure: sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart. I found this in a post here.

Copying Figures from PDFs

March 12th, 2007

I found this discussion in a google search. I will distill what I took from it and what worked for me. The best suggestion for free software was ghostscript and ghostview with pstoedit. Install in that order. Ghostscript is the command-line backend used by the ghostview gui. Pstoedit is a plugin to ghostview/ghostscript which allows you to save a page in a number of formats. For importing to Microsoft products, the best format is Windows Enhance Metafile. Once you have opened your pdf file in ghostview, select edit->Convert to vector format… Then choose the file type and the page you want to convert. I was not able to figure out how to select just a portion of a page. Read the rest of this entry »


July 10th, 2006

The flight was uneventful; I liked JetBlue. I couldn’t help noticing “Outdoor World” as I drove to my hotel. As I was a little lazy the next day, I was able to stop in just after it opened. They have everything the outdoor person or outdoor wannabe could need. From thousands of fishing rods to furniture to make your house look like a camp to stuffed wildlife to waterfalls and guns. The building was Huge, designed in a Rocky Mountain style complete with huge lodgepole timbers hollowed out to fit around the I-beams holding the building together. It wasn’t until I checked the internet that I realized there are quite a few of these stores around the country.

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Puerto Rico

March 9th, 2006

6 Days 5 Nights
496 Miles Driven

Not that we were counting, but we noticed 3 Wal-Marts, 6 K-Marts, 1 CompUSA, 3 Home Depots, and 43 Condom Worlds
Of course there were countless McDonalds and Burger Kings and even a couple Dunkin Doughnuts

We left Boston for San Juan, PR on Wednesday morning, and arrived in time for some sightseeing. However, since we hadn’t bothered to get a map, and had only a GPS and the Lonely Planet, the trip to the hotel took most of the afternoon. We quickly found that numbered roads are often far from highways in PR (case in point). Our first hotel was a small hotel in a residential neighborhood (read: gated community) right on the beach in “Ocean Park.” During a walk around the neighborhood, Kate went into a liquor store to get a bottle of water. The conversation with the cashier went like this: “Where are you from?” “Massachusettes.” “Where in Massachussettes?” “Near Boston” “Where near Boston?” “Worcester” “Where in Worcester?” Read the rest of this entry »

Installing Courier IMAP On Westhost VPS

May 9th, 2005

WARNING: Use at your own risk. Following any of these procedures could cause problems with your VPS account. I don’t claim to be an expert on this, I just kept working at it (ugh, like for a whole weekend) until I got it to work. I have only been using this setup for a couple of days, but so far so good. There may be better ways of installing an IMAP server, and there may be better IMAP servers. This just happens to be the one I found. Please email me if you find any errors in this document, or have any suggestions. Read the rest of this entry »

Cross-Country Travel, Chapter 5 – Highest Point, Lowest Point

September 30th, 2002

September 2002

This update starts right after Burning Man. Luckily my friend had relatives in Carson City, so we drove there and had the first shower in a few days of desert dust and heat. His uncle also made a really good dinner which was great after days of canned vegetables and instant soup. It was especially good to be able to taste something again. The dust on the playa got into my tastebuds and my nose, until everything tasted and smelled the same (including Bud Light, and the porta-potties). It turned out there was a place to go 4-wheeling right nearby.

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Cross-Country Travel, Chapter 4

August 31st, 2002

This part of the trip starts after I had been in San Francisco for a week with my parents and my sister. My parents and I headed out for Olympia Washington from San Francisco via the coastal route. The coast of California and Oregon were beautiful, but also VERY foggy. So foggy that one town we went through had an all-time high temperature of 69 degrees. From the coast we headed into the Columbia River Gorge. The scenic drive has many waterfalls. The Columbia Gorge, as it turns out, is also a wind-surfing “Mecca”. Read the rest of this entry »

Cross-Country Travel, Chapter 3

July 21st, 2002

June 25, 2002-July 21, 2002

I’ve started reading 400-page “Blue Highways” by William Least-Heat Moon. The book is about his trip across the country on “blue highways” (two-lane roads). I was surprised to find out that he was only on the road for 3 months (which makes me a little skeptical about the length of the book). Anyway, get ready, because I’m taking the challenge, and my monthly updates are going to be about 120 pages from now on. I added links to pictures in this email, since I haven’t managed to make a real website. I can’t take credit for the pictures of Chaco, and ballooning; they are borrowed.

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Cross-Country Travel, Chapter 2

June 12th, 2002

June 1, 2002-June 12, 2002

I started in Atlanta, and then headed to northern Georgia, to the mountains and National Forests. Northern GA reminded me a lot of NH, and I started to feel relieved to be out of FL. In GA I did alittle four-wheeling in the National Forest, camped at the highest lake in GA, drove to the highest mountain, and then headed to Asheville, NC. In Asheville I went to my favorite Chinese Buffet, and got ready to head to the Great Smokey Mountains.

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