KMail: “Signing failed: Bad passphrase” message in Debian 6 Squeeze KDE

I was recently trying to setup automatic signing of messages in KMail and I hit a problem : each time I am sending something, I got the message “Signing failed: Bad passphrase” without any opportunity to enter passphrase for my private key. It looks like this:   It seems like you have to specify proper …

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Compiling kext for Intel82566mm under Lion 10.7.2 64-bit

I was recently playing with Intel 82566MM device driver for Mac OS X based on the e1000e open source project and noticed that the driver is really targeted for 10.6 and is unable to compile easily under Lion 10.7.2. I decided to play a little bit and compile it for Lion 10.7.2 x64 bit. Here …

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Changing background color of iGoogle or Google pages?

I noticed that since the beginning Google is not allowing to change background colour of it’s pages. It is pity, as if you take for example DuckDuckGo you are able to modify the background color easialy: DuckDuckGo Settings page. Moreover, you can easily specify to use always HTTPS, which is not yet the case for …

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Not Idle Task tool for Linux

Since I am using Debian most of my free time, I decided to re-write Not Idle Task tool for Linux. Voilà: If you have no idea what the “Not Idle Task” tool does, please consult the following page: http://www.shcherbyna.com/?page_id=1382 This version is tested in Debian 6 x86_64 and Fedora 16 x86_64 and is supposed to …

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Configuring Hamachi autostart under Debian 6 x86_64

I guess most of you know what VPN is and how it may be useful for you. Among different VPN solutions, Hamachi seems to be the most popular and easy to use for home users. You can easially install it in Windows or Mac and create/join VPN network just in a few clicks. Under Linux, …

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CdRom is not detected in Debian installer

When playing with different linux distributions I am using unetbootin tool to “flash” linux iso file on a USB flash drive, so I can boot from USB flash drive and avoid burning real CD or DVD disk. This way it is cheaper & faster. However, recently I noticed that the latest Debian isos (6.0.3) are …

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Disabling “kexec” kernel reboot in Debian

Have you noticed that by default Debian actually does not reboot machine when you try to reboot? Instead it uses kexec to “restart” the kernel. This is not very useful sometimes, because in some cases if you have multiple operating system installed, and you need to boot one of these, you’d prefer actual reboot really …

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Mac OS X vs Windows kernel development

I always thought that Mac OS is something poorly documented and developing kernel modules under “Mac” will be hard & complex. Until I actually tried it. It turns out, many things under Mac are actually more simple than under Windows. Just to give you some thoughts: On Mac OS X: 1. If you are going …

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Buying Russian watches from www.vostok-inc.com

I have always been dreaming about owning “Vostok” watches when I was a kid. Back in those days, Soviet Union was still alive, and finding Vostok “Komandirskie” or “Amfibiya” was quite hard 🙂 Now, when everyone has swiss or japanease quartz watches, owning a pair of Russian/Soviet made mechanical watches might be not a bad …

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Just another blog … forum

I have noticed that some of my posts have big amount of comments (> 100), and sometimes it is hard to navigate thru them as well as to make a proper notification system when someone posts something, so I’ve decided to create a forum instead: http://www.shcherbyna.com/forum/ I guess it’s pretty raw, and I have not …

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100 thousands hits and counting!

According to clustmaps my blog has collected more than 100 000 visitors since July 2008. Can’t say this is fully my reward, as Neil’s Matthews articles on RT-N16 has brought more than 40k hits here. Thank you, Neil! Anyway, it does not take much time to realize that niche topics are completely non popular, and …

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Mystery of RuntimeExceptionHelperModules in WerRegisterRuntimeExceptionModule(…) function

I guess this happens to everyone: you need to write a test project to see if some features work and you’re stuck in poor documentation and google has no examples for you … Recently I was trying to call WerRegisterRuntimeExceptionModule(…) to register my custom exception filtering module and I was stuck in registering module as …

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How to enable autologin in Debian 6 Squeeze KDE

I guess you have noticed that in Debian 6 KDE the check “Enable Auto-Login” is disabled: However you can re-run systemsettings as root and set this check on. First, make sure that you grant everyone to access X server: volodymyr@sv1:~$ xhost + access control disabled, clients can connect from any host And now you can …

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How to install packages from sid in Debian 6 Squeeze

Sometimes you need to install specific package from sid in Debian. There might be different reasons for this, for example, you need to install gcc-4.5 and g++-4.5 because you need to compile special software and it requires some extra gcc features. At the current moment, gcc-4.5 is not included in stable release of Debian 6, …

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