Monthly Archives: December 2010

Suppressing Warnings in PyFITS

PyFITS is obviously a great Python package if you ever need to deal with data in astronomy. One thing that consistently annoyed me however was their use of warning messages.  For example, whenever you overwrite an existing FITS file, the … Continue reading

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Installing Firefox 4 Beta 9 on Debian Squeeze

I find the easiest way is to download a precompiled binary from this nightly build repository. For beta 9 on AMD64: That’s it. For some post install configurations (such as incompatible add-ons), see a previous post.

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Mounting an ext4 Partition over NFS on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

The title says it all.  I want to use a USB drive formatted with ext4 on Snow Leopard.  I mostly use the drive with Linux but sometimes I wish to mount it on my iMac at work to transfer a … Continue reading

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Power Management on Lenovo T410s

T410s’s battery life is very short, providing only 2 – 3 hours without a ultrabay module battery. I wish to continually improve the battery life, ideally getting around 5 hours in the end with the main and the ultrabay module … Continue reading

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Automounting a USB Hard Drive in Debian Squeeze

I want to automatically mount a USB hard disk drive at a fixed mount point every time it gets plugged in.  I also want to automatically unmount the device from the system when it’s unplugged. With udev, this is easy. … Continue reading

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PS3 Media Server on Debian Squeeze

My music collection consists of Ogg Vorbis files.  Rather than re-encoding them again for PlayStation 3, I decided to serve music files via a media server.  Fortunately this is very easy to do. Installation Mostly following this note: $ sudo … Continue reading

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Installing Debian Squeeze from Hard Disk

Unfortunately the Debian installer does not work on my Dell desktop box.  I still wanted to do a fresh install of Squeeze, and the only sensible option for me was to install off hard disk.  I have been having the … Continue reading

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USB 3.0 ExpressCard Adapter on Debian Squeeze

My Lenovo T410s has a rather small 80 GB SSD, and with the amount of data that I need to deal with these days, something like mounting network drive isn’t fast enough for me.  So I decided to try USB … Continue reading

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Installing JWM on Debian Squeeze

To really save battery consumption when needed, I decided to install JWM on my laptop. As usual, I did $ sudo aptitude install jwm and just selected jwm at the KDM login menu. However, every time I tried to launch … Continue reading

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