Bluetooth headphones headache in Linux: a trick with a2dp.py

If you ever used your bluetooth headphones in Linux you most likely noticed an annoying issue that the headphones are detected successfully, but the sound still not working correctly. This problem has been discussed numerous times and I found recently a very useful post that helps to address the problem. It seems like the solution …

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Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 support in Microsoft Hardware Certification Kit

At work I use Microsoft HCK as a framework for testing my projects which involves testing a few drivers and NT services. This is working great for us since we can do our custom test jobs as well as use the ones from WHQL tests. We invested a lot of time into creating different tests …

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Windows Update nukes wi-fi connectivity on HP ElitePad 900

I got recently yesterday an update from Windows Update for my ElitePad’s wi-fi card (Qualcomm Atheros AR6000) dated as 3/4/2013 and having the version 3.7.0.206. I have to say, that is the brightest update I ever received from Microsoft. Well, technically from Qualcomm (or HP), but Microsoft is responsible for a quality process involving HCK …

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Cannot locate any registered Enterprise message when running wttcl.exe from HCK

I’ve been doing some automation recently and came across a useful tool from Microsoft which allows to schedule remotely jobs in HCK called wttcl.exe. The tool typically can be found in C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Hardware Certification Kit\Studio\ folder. It’s ideal for doing some automation, since it supports all necessary commands to schedule jobs and manage …

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Cannot remove computer from HCK (DTM) server

I came across an interesting problem recently when trying to remove computer from a pool in HCK (also known as DTM) server. Every time I try to remove the machine, following message appears: ‘MachineId’ still has data associated with ‘Resource’ in the data store ‘MachineId’. If I look at the stack trace, it seems like …

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HP ElitePad wi-fi network problems

Intro I’ve got recently a tablet from HP: ElitePad 900 which is a very nice piece of engineering: it is slick, powerful, well-made and it seems to be the best tablet I ever kept in my hands. Symptoms However, once I configured HP Support tool to install automatically HP Updates I’ve noticed two important problems: …

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aplay -l shows different card ids after reboot in Debian Squeeze GNOME

If you experience sound problems in Debian Squeeze (GNOME) this article should help you: http://www.shcherbyna.com/?p=1800. However, sometime it happens that the card id you put into .asoundrc might be changed next time you boot your machine. I’ve noticed that after a few reboots the aplay -l command shows that my card is assigned a new …

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Bye-bye Windows, Hello Linux

First time ever in my life, I removed a licensed and activated Windows from my desktop computer and installed Linux instead. My 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate was getting slower and slower with time, and I decided to try something new, stable and preferably free. Before I always had a dual boot between Windows and Linux …

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Setting environmental variables in Mac OS (OSX) for Ida Pro

As a user of Ida Pro I recently bumped into a case when my Ida Pro could not connect to a license server because it was in another sub-network. So each time I was trying to open some file Ida was telling me: License server error: Unable to checkout: LM-X Error: (Internal: 443 Feature: IDAPROFM) …

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Web filtering went wrong for BitDefender Endpoint Security

I recently bumped into an interesting case when dealing with a web page blocked by BitDefender antivirus. If page is unsafe or blocked by system administrator, your browser will show a page like this: As shown on the screenshot, the page being blocked is a Ukrainian version of Google search: https://www.google.com.ua. Since I am not …

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Debian Wheezy Beta 1 : white (corrupted) screen with square mouse pointer on ATI Radeon HD 3600 XT (ChipID = 0x9598)

As I was having problems with installation of Wheezy I could not sleep well and miss the opportunity to test the new Debian release 🙂 If you recall, here is what I got after installation of Wheezy on my machine: This problem actually happened to me under GNOME and KDE and is resolved by installing …

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Debian Wheeze expirience or why FreeBSD looks more interesting compared to Debian

I’ve been using Debian Squeeze (6.x) at home for a while and in general it was quite good not counting a few bugs with kernel, flash, sound and kde. Recently I saw that development in Wheezy (7.x) has frozen and I decided to upgrade … Here is the result of my upgrade: Well, I was …

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Mac OS X vs Windows kernel development: from hell to paradise (Part # 2)

This post is a continuation of the compulsive thoughts about OSX vs Windows kernel development started here: Part # 1 So, it’s being a while since I was writing about OSX. My project has grown up a little and it’s time to release a first alpha. The kernel extention (kext) behaves as a socket level …

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Asus P5QL PRO: no post, fans spin, switch off / switch on

I have this bizarre bug with my Asus P5QL-PRO motherboard: each time I go to sleep in OS, and the sleep is interrupted by power off event, on the next start the motherboard does the following: 1. Screen is off 2. No post signal 3. Fans continue to spin 4. Machine starts, then stops, then …

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Asus P5QL Pro & Noctua NH-14 cooler

I’ve been recently playing with my oldish Asus P5QL Pro box trying to cool down CPU because the stock Intel cooler was already almost dead. I got idle temperature like 45 C or above. So, I decided to go for a Noctua NH-14 cooler which seems to be pretty effective when reading reviews, etc, etc. …

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Configuring gtalk in pidgin in Debian 6 Squeeze x64 GNOME for Google Apps account

If you are going to use Google Apps account in pidgin you have to use a few tricks to make things working: In Basic tab: 1. Change Domain from gmail.com to yourdomain.com In Advanced tab: 2. Remove check “Require SSL/TLS” and set “Force old (port 5223) SSL 3. Change “Connect port” to 443 4. Change …

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Configuring ICQ in pidgin in Debian 6 Squeeze x64 GNOME

I’ve always had problems configuring ICQ account in my pidgin in Debian. Somehow it never worked although I tried all these different combinations like “Use clientlogin” or “Use SSL”, etc, etc, etc. It never worked out of the box like it happens with Kopete in Debian KDE. At some point I thought it was a …

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ABM handlebar conversion kit for Honda CBR 600 F4i (FSport) 2001

Just got handlebar conversion kit for my Honda CBR F4i from ABM. The kit basically looks like this: It contains the following items: 1. Top yoke 2. Longer brake lines for front brakes 3. Longer clutch cable 4. Handlebar & handlebar ends 5. Longer wires for lights, etc 6. Dot 5.1 brake fluid 7. Some …

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alsa and no sound in Debian Squeeze x64 GNOME

I started to use Gnome recently under my Debian Squeeze and I noticed that I have no sound in flash (youtube) as well as in vlc. Well, it seems like I need to configure my .asoundrc with the proper card id. Here is a nice command which allows you to enum your devices: In my …

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