When doing web and HTML5 application development I am currently favouring Google Chrome as my browser of choice.
I am currently working on a project which will output some XML, while playing with XSL for styling I discovered an issue with Chrome which prevented me from being able to view/debug my XML/XSL files. Continue reading
Well, it seems my Java plug-in woes are not over. This morning Apple have decided that I can no longer run Java within Safari (again).
This week has all been about Java for me, or rather being able to run Java Applets within a web browser. As specialists in remote support, a lot of systems we interact with such as network KVM’s, Virtualisation, and control panels require Java to deliver important functionality like a console screen for example. Continue reading
Sometimes I think the people who came up with the CSS syntax and structure all had a meeting and decided the following: Continue reading
Even though Microsoft have long forgotten about Outlook Express, today we had to deal with a simple customer request “Can you transfer the email from this machine to the new one please”. The new machine was a 64-Bit Windows 7 PC, the old machine was a Windows XP Pro system. Continue reading
If you don’t know what an MTU is, it’s probably best to stop reading now…
On what was a normal build and commission of a cloud Linux server for a customer everything was working fine except when it came to downloading via FTP. As this server was required to synchronise files with two others via FTP this was a problem.
Initially I put it down to a firewall or permissions issue but the more I dug into it the more I realised something else was afoot. Continue reading
I have an old laptop that I dual boot between Windows Vista and Ubuntu, now the latest version I could get to work on this laptop was Ubuntu 9.10, to get there I had to do the following:
Start with 7.10 on CD (I find this version although ancient works on most hardware)
I then went through the upgrade cycle on-line taking an image of the system each time before hand so if (or rather when) it hits a version that doesn’t work I can easily revert back to the last version. Continue reading
Well I bit the bullet and went for the install of Android x86 on my eeePC 701.
Initially I went for the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) that I use on my phone, and I thought was probably the best for the hardware specification.
The install was fairly straightforward with some repartitioning required.
However I was getting frustrated trying to get the keyboard to work correctly (the Android x86 project though it says it supports British keyboards, it only really support US ones).
I have an old Asus eeePC 701 running Linux that I use for very occasional light work, of course now the Firefox 2 browser is incapable of rendering most sites now and although I did setup a development environment for some retro ZX Spectrum development I haven’t used it for a while.
I have several Android devices, from smartphones to tablets and came across the Android-x86 project aimed at builds of Android for netbooks, like the eeePC, in fact some of the earlier releases seemed to be exclusively for the eeePC.
So I am now at the decision point of do I completely erase the eeePC and put Android on it, I have booted the Live CD version and it seems OK, but some things cannot be tested until I actually install it. Normaly this would be fine, I would take an image of the harddrive (or SSD in this case) and then this can restored if anything goes wrong. So I booted up a Linux Recovery CD and created a disk image using the dd command.
Sometimes the more rewarding work is the specialist stuff. We have a particular customer who utilises a mix of Windows Server and various flavours of Linux in an integrated system.
Some of his “boxes” run very bespoke industry specific software applications. We are often tasked with providing the necessary “glue” between these systems. Sometimes this “glue” can take the form of a simple cron script or it could involve installing and configuring more complex applications such as a clustered SQL database.