Compiz, Ubuntu 12.10 and wallpapers

The Ubuntu 12.10 upgrade last October broke a lot of Compiz plugins. This is because the Compiz decided to clean up their code, which in turn that some of the less used plugins were broken and disabled. Ubuntu 12.10 shipped with Compiz 0.9.8, but without a lot of the plugins. One of these is the […]

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Amazon Glacier and glaciercmd

I’m pretty sure that everyone who even reads this blog is familiar with Amazon Web Services. If not, here’s the rundown. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a HUGE web platform created and managed by Amazon. The biggest point of this platform is that anyone can make an account (provided you have a credit card), and […]

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The Next Web 2012 – Hack Battle

Recently, I entered the TNW2012 Hack Battle with a group of three co-developers from Cyso, consisting of Gawin and Reinier for design, and Peter and me for code. The application we made for that challenge won three of the ten available prices, totally suprising our team. I wrote a blog post about this on Cyso’s […]

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Mazda RX-8 and Raspberry Pi

Recently, I was forced to sell my trusted Ford Probe, because it was getting old and maintaining it became increasingly hard and expensive. It was my first real car that I paid for myself, so parting with it was hard for me. I really wanted to buy a new car that was a worthy replacement […]

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A Linux LVM primer

Linux’s Logical Volume Manager, or lvm, is a method for dividing a physical disk (or physical volume, PV) into blocks (or physical extents, PE). These blocks can be assigned to partitions (or logical volumes, LV). The process of assigning PE‘s to a LV creates a map for translating PE‘s to LE‘s, called the allocation map. […]

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Local network broadcast with PulseAudio

PulseAudio has been the standard sound system in Ubuntu for several versions now, and seems to be replacing, or rather supplementing, ALSA and OSS. Its main benefits (for me) are: per application sound levels, and streaming to a remote PulseAudio instance over network. At home, I have a HTPC running Xubuntu with XBMC hooked up […]

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