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International Domain Names (IDNs) for mail for phekda.org

The following are some Internaional Domain Names that I’ve used for testing mail clients or other mail processing systems in the past: Punycode UTF-8 xn--ss-2ia1b.phekda.org ðssæ.phekda.org xn--aa-yia.phekda.org aåa.phekda.org

More problems with Ubuntu 10.04 on Samsung N510

More problems with Ubuntu 10.04 on Samsung N510 My main laptop’s hard disk died at the weekend, so I started migrating all my data to my Samsung N510 netbook (thank goodness for backups). Unfortunately, I hit this Ubuntu 10.04 bug, which meant my netbook was crashing sporadically when I ran lots of programs – firefox and thunderbird simultaneously: Bug #539482: Page allocation failures on Dell E5500 I tried installing mainline 2.

Upgrading to Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 - no title bar or window decorations

Upgrading to Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 - no title bar or window decorations I upgraded from UNR 9.04 to 10.04 the other day, and found that the window decorations such as the title bar and close/maximize/minimize had disappeared from all windows (even in “GNOME” log-in sessions). My particular problem seemed to be caused by saved GNOME session state. I’ve attached a suggested resolution to Launchpad bug #576696.

Slow scrolling in Firefox on Fedora 12 - workaround

Slow scrolling in Firefox on Fedora 12 - workaround After upgrading to Fedora 12, I found that scrolling in Firefox was painfully slow. I’m using the Nouveau driver with a Geforce Go 5700 chip in my old 3.2 GHz Athlon64 laptop. Scrolling seemed to peg the CPU usage at 100% and render the computer unusable for the duration of the (very slow) scrolling. Disabling “smooth scrolling” in the general section of the preferences seems to have fixed this.

Mac OS X firewall vs. DHCP

Mac OS X firewall vs. DHCP I’ve been having some issues with Mac OS X not being able to configure itself with DHCP. It looks like the firewall was blocking DHCP responses. Quick solution was to turn off the firewall. Longer-term solution may be that I need to reinstall configd and mDNSResponder from the latest Mac OS X update, so that they are signed correctly, so that the firewall trusts them again.

Looking for a contractor for Professional Services

Looking for a contractor for Professional Services I work in the Professional Services team at Message Systems, where I have fun designing and developing custom integrations of our e-mail software platform to fulfil the needs and requirements of various clients. We’re looking for someone for a six-month contract in the Bristol area: From the full job specification: The Message Systems engineering team is looking for a highly motivated Professional Services Engineer to help build custom solutions on top of our best-of-breed messaging platform.

Macbook Pro overheating

Macbook Pro overheating It appears reinstalling Mac OS X Leopard has done something to the default fan settings on my work MBP. I’ve had problems today with the GPU overheating (triggered by several minutes of Spotlight indexing things). I’ve installed smcFanControl2 and cranked the default fan speed up to 3,000 rpm. This seems to be keeping the GPU temperature under control.

FileVault ate my home directory

FileVault ate my home directory Yesterday I upgraded my work Macbook Pro from OS X Tiger 10.4 to Leopad 10.5.6. It was not an entirely smooth experience. After upgrading to Leopard, it all appeared to work fine – everything seemd intact. I ran the software updates tool, and it downloaded some updates. I needed to reboot. I use FileVault to encrypt my home directory, to protect all the confidential data on it.

File::ExtAttr 1.09

File::ExtAttr 1.09 AKA the “reduce the CPAN Testers FAIL results” release. I also fixed a minor bug on Solaris, and documented a difference in the handling of empty attribute values on Mac OS X 10.4 vs. 10.5. See File::ExtAttr on CPAN soon. Changelog: 1.09 2009-03-07 - (richdawe) Add note to README about needing to install package that provides the headers <attr/attributes.h> and <attr/xattr.h>. - (richdawe) Fix RT #31970: "OS X: setfattr fails to set empty value".

Fedora 9 vs. VMware-server 1.0.8

Fedora 9 vs. VMware-server 1.0.8 VMware-server 1.0.8 seems to barf on the GTK+ theme files shipped with Fedora 9. I’m using Clearlooks. You can force VMware-server to use the system GTK+ libraries: export VMWARE_USE_SHIPPED_GTK=no vmware & On my F9 x86_64 install, I needed to install a few i386 packages first, before VMware start. VMware-server is an i386 program, so you need these i386 packages to be installed for it to be able to use the system GTK+ libraries: