Ubuntu, Serial port, Bluetooth console, Nokia E61i, Python

23 01 2009

A while back, in this post here, i described how to access the Bluetooth console through Bluetooth from a Nokia E61i to Win XP.

After that i’ve been meaning for a long time to write about the same procedure, but running Ubuntu now as an operating system.

First we need to install Python for Symbian (pys60). The .sisx file can be found on the project’s SourceForge page here.

Hardware used:
Dikom Bluetooth Usb Dongle : 00:02:72:XX:XX:XX
Nokia E61i : 00:17:E5:XX:XX:XX
Dell Dimension C521 running Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (8.10)

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Dual Screen Ubuntu – Windows XP with Synergy

21 10 2008

Truly, i cannot believe i had missed this piece of software up until a few weeks ago.
Here’s the description from the official page:

Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It’s intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).

Says it all, and was exactly what i was looking for.

Synergy works with a client server architecture. The box that i mainly use, runs Ubuntu 8.04, and i will be using this one as a server. The other machine, that i want to share the input devices with , is my laptop, that i will be booting into Windows XP. This one will be the server.
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Remotely monitoring MySql databases with Mytop and Terminator

21 10 2008

When finding yourself maintaining Mysql servers within a cluster, network, or even further spread out, it becomes very handy, for monitoring purposes, to take a peak at the activities of Mysql.

A very useful little tool that helps doing this, is MyTop

mytop is a console-based (non-gui) tool for monitoring the threads and overall performance of a MySQL 3.22.x, 3.23.x, and 4.x server. It runs on most Unix systems (including Mac OS X) which have Perl, DBI, and Term::ReadKey installed. And with Term::ANSIColor installed you even get color. If you install Time::HiRes, you’ll get good real-time queries/second stats. As of version 0.7, it even runs on Windows (somewhat).

The source can be found on the official page. For ubuntu, the package is in the repositories, and this is the case we’ll be talking about.

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Enabling Desktop Effects for Ati Radeon Xpress 200M on Ubuntu Hardy Heron

10 08 2008

To make sure that this is the model of your graphics card, on a terminal window and type:

lspci | grep -i vga

The output should be similar to this :

01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon XPRESS 200M 5955 (PCIE)

Now we need to install the fglrx driver:

sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx

Enable the Ati driver from the System -> Administration -> Hardware Drivers.

Reboot the system, open a terminal window and type:

fglrxinfo

The output should be the following:

display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon Xpress Series
OpenGL version string: 2.1.7412 Release

That’s it.





Configuring Windows Media Center Remote control for Elisa on Ubuntu 8.04

9 08 2008

Hardware used:

Windows Media Center Remote (usb, 2nd model)
Hewlett Packard Easynote R0933 Laptop

Software used:

Ubuntu 8.04 Website
LIRC Website
Elisa Media Center Website

Before we begin, it would be a good idea to check your remote model.
Use this documentation over here.
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