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Using thunderbird to sending images from picasa does not work per default. A little script is needed.

1. Create this file

  1. /opt/picasa/bin/picasa-hook-email.sh

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umlaute with X

May 8th, 2008

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To use german Umlaute (i.e. ä, ö, ü, and ß) with an american keyboard you have to patch Xmodmap.

Before you can edit the xmodmap, you need to identify the right code for each. This can be done with xev which prints contents of X events.


to see a key code for a certain, press this key and xev will show the code.

These codes can now be stored into your home dir into

  1. ~/.Xmodmap

Mine looks like this

  1. keycode 227 = Mode_switch
  2. keycode  38 = a A adiaeresis Adiaeresis
  3. keycode  30 = u U udiaeresis Udiaeresis
  4. keycode  32 = o O odiaeresis Odiaeresis
  5. keycode  39 = s S ssharp
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Once the number of installations becomes greater than one, I have to face two problems:

  • repeat the installation process
  • keep each installation up-to-date

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Boy, that proprietary software stuff sucks. My company offers VPN into the company network. Which is nice if you want to work from home. What’s not so nice: the client is windows only. It’s a “Check Point VPN-1 SecureClient”. Since Check Point stopped supporting linux there is no way to get into the network. But wait, actually there is. With a bit of tweaking, major inconveniences and a lot of traffic overhead I can still access the VPN from my linux box.

Our ingredients are

  • a virtual machine (guest) with a windows installation
  • an ssh server on the host machine
  • putty on the guest

You see, there is already a lot of infrastructural overhead involved. Now what am I up to? Here is the plan

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To swap rows and columns

1. select the rows and columns you want to flip
2. copy the selection
3. go to Edit -> Paste Special -> Options and check “Transpose”
4. click on OK

By the way, this also works with Excel.



After a recent update of my dhcp3 package I could not perform dhcp requests anymore and got the following error message

wifi0: unknown hardware address type 801
Can't allocate interface atlease {
interface .
Failed to bring up ath0.

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1. Select the entire document content.


2. Change the language of the selection.

Format -> Character -> Language

This should allow you to do the spellcheck in the language of your choice.

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1. add the language code line to /etc/locales.gen

en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8
de_DE.UTF-8 UTF-8

2. call

dpkg-reconfigure locales

You may need to restart your window manager for the new languages to take effect.
Each user can pick his language for its window manager of choice from the installed languages during the login.

Latex for Debian

January 23rd, 2008

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New to debian and looking for Latex? Run

apt-get install texlive

Let package speak for itself.

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I installed OpenOffice on my debian+gnome system but it looked so ugly. The trick is to install the tango-theme for oo

apt-get install openoffice.org-gnome tango-icon-theme