Category: Interesting Stuff

Enable WakeUp from PS2 Keyboard in Ubuntu 8.10

Enable WakeUp from PS2 Keyboard in Ubuntu 8.10

One of the annoying “missing features” I’ve struggled with under Ubuntu is that I was unable to wakeup the PC from suspend or hibernate with my keyboard. Of course, Windows just does it – tap the keyboard and the PC starts up again. I could press the power button on the front of the PC, …

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Print Processor Updates for Windows Queues

Print Processor Updates for Windows Queues

A while back I wrote about a few little tools from Microsoft that allowed an easy way to create remote print queues. One of the things I didn’t realise then was that another handy tool exists (in the Server 2003 Resource Kit) called setprinter.exe that opens up a few more options. We use a non-standard …

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A Closer Look at Wiki Authorship

A Closer Look at Wiki Authorship

Jeff Atwood takes an interesting look at the history of changes to wiki pages and the balance between opinion and fact. The larger wikis (e.g. Wikipedia) have a huge amount of data around page edits and Jeff’s article also highlights an IBM study on how the more popular Wikipedia content evolves over time. There’s also …

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Think Txt Messages Are Cheap? Think Again

Think Txt Messages Are Cheap? Think Again

The NYTimes has an interesting article about the cost of txt messages that I’m sure most of us have suspected in the past. Not only is it extremely cheap for a mobile provider to run a txt message service, the data uses a portion of the transmission that gets sent anyway. A scientist at the …

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Installing VMware Server 1.06 on Linux

Installing VMware Server 1.06 on Linux

Installing the free VMware Server is a common but slightly tricky process on some newer Linux systems. Having had to go through it again recently I thought I’d write some of it down. Of course if you are using Ubuntu 7.10 then the simple option is to enable the Canonical Partner repository and just use …

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Measuring Your HelpDesk

Measuring Your HelpDesk

Often one of the more difficult things in running a help desk is measuring performance. It’s right up there with trying to find talented staff, but often doesn’t become an issue until everything else is in place. If you’re part of a reasonably sized company, no doubt your employee reviews contain some sort of performance …

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You know Google has won when

You know Google has won when

Friends last Saturday night started talking about how they were using Google AdWords to help drive traffic to their old-school business websites. We’re talking a locksmith and a moving company here – not a web savvy SEO or Web 2.0 developer in site! Discussion turned to how much they were each spending on their AdWords …

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The New Media

The New Media

Last night the Auckland region was rocked by three earthquakes which did little or no damage. They were the biggest quakes in close to 40 years in a normally stable area. All three hit after the evening TV news had aired so people were looking for news on what happened. Where did they turn to, …

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The Cool Features of MS Class of 2007

The Cool Features of MS Class of 2007

I headed along to Microsoft’s latest “Business Value” presentation this morning on their latest products – Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007. The keynote was headed by Microsoft CFO and New Zealander Chris Liddell who, along with business journalist Rod Oram, spoke about the need for NZ companies to step out of old roles and …

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The Best Web Organiser so Far?

The Best Web Organiser so Far?

Scrybe looks to be the next big thing for web-based organisers. Have a look at their pre-beta release video which shows some very cool ideas. There’s the usual linking and moving of events in the calendar with day, week, month, year views but keep watching. How about dropping in data from Excel that actually formats …

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