Archive for January, 2010

Is asterisk ready for a fork?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

It is with a heavy heart that I start writing this entry. I’ve always enjoyed working with asterisk after overcoming an initial (unfounded) fear of it, in part due to the words from a relatively brilliant ex-coleage of mine from my days working at Techteam (CS dept at the University of Pretoria). It’s a mind-bending experience, to say the least, fun and requires a decent amount of intuition. However, recently I’ve been realizing that the current state of affairs is oh so very far from ideal. (more…)

RadeonHD … and some dual-head trickery

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

So for a year now I’ve been using ati-drivers (fireglrx, ccc, catalyst, watever you want to call that garbage) and wishing every other day that I didn’t have (some versions simply doesn’t work, older versions won’t compile with newer kernels – which I sometimes need for other bugfixes wrt wireless and possibly due to external requirements – asterisk’s dahdi driver comes to mind). So finally during the week when the proverbial shit once more hit the fan where I wanted to upgrade my kernel to 2.6.32 for some intel wireless fixes and the newest ati-drivers simply exploded in my face and the version just down didn’t want to work … I decided it’s time. Time to try the OSS drivers that didn’t want to work slightly over a year back again. And this time the story is quite different … (more…)

non-root users and ACPI

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

In my experience dealing with ACPI events as a non-root user is a pain in the backside. Firstly, let’s say for arguments sake (even though this isn’t that often) multiple people use a laptop, and want to deal with the “external monitor on/off” button in different ways? Currently there is no simply way to do that AFAIK. So … enters a little script to deal with that particular gripe. (more…)

Linux, 3G, bluetooth and DUN

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

So I got this working on my older Nokia 3120, then got an E52 and then had to go through all of this again. So I decided that’s that, I need a reference. Posted here because it’s least likely to go away, and easiest place to find it again. Also, other people may find this useful.