Wednesday, November 25, 2009

How to split large files in Linux and *BSD

Suppose you have a large file that you need to "break down" to smaller pieces and then reconstruct. It's fairly simple, using the split command.

I will only give a brief usage example. For more information, check out man split (and info coreutils 'split invocation' on Linux).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

IPFW: rule-based forwarding disabled

If you want to enable IPFW (or load the module) and you get "rule-based forwarding disabled" in dmesg... and you need forwarding, well, that is just too bad. You will need to enable IPFW forwarding support in the kernel.

Shockwave content on Linux

Suppose you have the misfortune of having to access a page which only provides its interactive content in Shockwave, not Flash or Java. A stupid, ugly and slow leftover of old Macromedia (just before they released Shockwave Flash) that should not be supported anymore, anywhere, in my opinion.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Keypad/Numpad gone mad in KDE4

I upgraded to KDE4 – Kubuntu Karmic Koala (9.10).

All was fine, excepting for the numerical keypad. My notebook's design includes this keypad which allows me to use the digits (when NumLock is on) and the other keys, respectively (Del, Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, Ins) – when the NumLock LED is off.