Combined Challenge 2006

During some weeks of March this year, there’s a big military exercise in Sweden called Combined Challenge 2006. This weekend, and the next, part of the battle force is moving around close to where I live. Alexander and Janet when to inspect some of the vechicles, and Alexander was impressed. So I went for a walk and brought the camera along.

It’s not very often equipment like this is sighted on the streets of Stockholm, and for all the might and power of the equipment and the display of it, I can of course never imagine what it would feel like to have tanks rolling down the streets of my birth place. When I was a kid, I used to spend some time down in Gütersloh (Bielefeldt) Germany, where my grandparents lived on Pferdehof St. Georg. Both my grandmother and my grandfather were part of the family business of running the Homrighausen Riding School. The place was actually located on a Royal Airforce (RAF) base, so we often got very close to military equipment. The scenery in Stockholm this weekend kind of reminded me of that time, some 25-30 years ago.

Check out the photos in the photo album.

Replacement power supply extends life of D-Link products

One common problem with technology these days is that the development of new “gadgets” moves forward so rapidly that manufacturers often cannot, or will not, keep a good stock of replacement or spare parts. So it was with a shaking of my head I had to realize that the power supply for my SoHo wireless router, the D-Link 624+, had gone to a better place for dead electronic parts.

After a few minutes I remembered I had a D-Link print server at home too.

Being one to often complain about manufacturers having their head somewhere dark and R&D departments not thinking things through all the way, I was about to be given proof of an exception.

I turned the print server over, followed the cord to the power supply and had a look at the voltage.. five volts, three amps.. the 624+ runs on five volts and two and a half amps.. this could work. So I disconnected the print server and connected its power supply to the router – voila! Yesss.. I was back in the real world! 🙂

Spending a few minutes praising the D-Link tech people, I realized this was probably not a coincidence, so I asked my local favorite internet retailer Dustin if there by any chance was a replacement D-Link power supply for sale. I was happily surprised when the return message said “Yes, there is; it’s called ‘PSE-S5VDC3A'”.

Not only does this power supply work with both my print server and my router, it works for a number of D-Link devices.

I realize it’s a bit weird that I should be so excited about something as obvious as a common part, right? Well, having spent a good part of my life (30+ years now) fiddling with electronics and related technology, I have come across so many situations where this would have been considered a miracle..

You can go back to sleep now 🙂 Continue reading Replacement power supply extends life of D-Link products

SuSE Linux 10 choking on Adaptec RAID controller

In a flash of foresight, I decided to redo a SuSE 9.3 server that had not yet reached production to a SuSE 10.0 server. It’s a plain vanilla P4 3.0GHz server with 1GB of RAM, an Adaptec 2100S RAID controller and two Seagate Cheetah 10K disks. I’ve built and installed over 20 servers with this configuration without a problem, so I wasn’t quite expecting any problems with SuSE Linux 10.0. Yet the system came to a grinding halt upon the first reboot after installation.

I saw all kinds of error messages in the log, “iop0: device already claimed”, “iop0: DMA/IO allocation for I2O controller failed”, and so on..

I found this thread on the SuSE Linux Community Forum which helped immensly. Maybe it’ll help you too?

What can I say, I love Google 🙂

Guns N´ Roses to play in Stockholm on June 26

Guns N´ Roses to play in the Globe arena of Stockholm on June 26 2006; or so the story goes anyway. The tickets are set to be released on thursday March 9. So the band and (in particular) Axl has almost four months to cancel the tour 🙂 GNR is also scheduled to play at the Roskilde festival in Denmark on June 29.

Seeing is believing they say, never have those words been more true than now 🙂

Previous entry hinting about acitivty is here

Joomla Search Cloud

“Have you ever noticed that cool tag thingy that they do on Flickr, Ning, or Technorati? The one where some words are displayed in a larger font than others? Now you can easily add one of these clouds to your Joomla site to track searches that your visitors submit. Users can simply click on a popular term to perform a search.”

So begins the introduction to phlooid’s Joomla Search Cloud module.

Having spent 35 seconds (!) on the installation, I can honestly say this one was a real piece of cake as far as a drop-in replacement for the integrated search handling; or as a companion is perhaps a better way to describe it. The Joomla Search Cloud module mostly spiffs up the display of previous search terms of course. I installed RC2 with Joomla 1.0.8 and it worked without a hitch.

Go check it out, you’ll like it.

If I were a video game character, I would be a ..

I am a Pacman Ghost. I like to hang around with friends, chatting, dancing, all that sort of thing. We don’t appreciate outsiders, and do our best to discourage others approaching us. I enjoy occasionally wandering around randomly, and often find that when I do so, I get to where I wanted to be.

Gee, I’m glad I asked 🙂

What pre-1985 video game character are you: