world time from the command line

here's a handy tip to know the time in some other part of the world:

TZ=':Australia/Sydney' date

with that line, you temporarily changed your timezone (TZ) to Sydney in Australia and asked for the time and date.

its nice to know, that Sydney is ahead of us and tomorrow starts earlier there than over here!.

getting windows mobile 6 working with fedora 8

on the 25th of december 2007 i bought myself an htc touch (p3450 / elf) and i have got it to talk to fedora!

this was done with a lot of help of gdiepen and his synce-kpm software.

the basics are:

lotus notes 8 on x86_64

so i upgraded my workstation from fedora 6 to fedora 7 to fedora 8.

thats not the point of this story. the point of the story is to remind myself of what i did to get notes 8 working on fedora 8.

the problem came when most of the gnome i386 libraries were uninstalled when i did my *ahem* yum upgrade to fc8. so i sat down and from /opt/ibm/lotus/notes/ i manually ran ./notes.

the CLFRj0010E error replies were related to the lack of the following rpms:


while the conspiracy theorists out there will think out otherwise, it is in fact simply ironic that the story was made mainstream by the BBC and the author of the original theory was also british.

ok i gave the game away. but if u dint get it: the answer to the question the meaning of life, the universe and everything is 42


novell owns unix

so now the judge has ruled, the fat lady has sung and while the dust is still settling, one thing is unmistakably clear. novell owns unix. then what?

what's novell next step going to be? sweep it under the rug again for another 10 years? thats basically what they did the last time round and thats how this problem came along. novell kept quiet for the first year or so then BOOM! "hey sco, we own unix!".

creating a raw disk on linux 2.6

it turns out that linux kernel 2.6 uses udev to manage devices on modern linux systems. and no u cant just use mknod to create that device in /dev.

what follows is the quick and dirty (and wrong apparently but gets it up and running) way of creating a /dev/device on a modern linux system.

before we begin a summary of steps to follow:

no to SCO

this is just such important news that i had to repeat: Court Rules: Novell owns the UNIX and UnixWare copyrights! Novell has right to waive!

and there is more news over at Google News

tsm administrative script

its good tsm practice to backup your tsm database (the db2 database on your tsm server that holds the activity log et al) on a reqular basis. what you see below is a script that the tsm support guys gave me that i beautified up with some descriptive comments. feel free to use it if u see fit or post comments if you have any tweaks and improvements.

history and the bash prompt

the history command is amazing little tool in the bash shell. when you type the command "history" it gets you .. the history of all the commands you typed in at the prompt. but thats not the only trick it does. you up and down arrow keys also work to let you view your historical commands.

more advanced tricks are covered by this article called "How to get the best out of the history command in GNU/Linux"


guarddog - a kde gui for the linux iptables firewall

i prefer to use a gui for when it comes to iptables and while there is firestarter and firewall builder i prefer guarddog. guarddog is an iptables gui for kde.

its nice, simple, helpful and gets the job done!

so without any further ado i present the rpm for guarddog for fedora 7 and the src.rpm for it too!


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