hostname --fqdn Name or service not known

If your host name does not resolve correctly you can get an annoying Name or Service not known error when you ask for your fully qualified domain name - even if you have correctly set your full host name. Here's why and what to do about it.

System Backup

This is a short introduction to SysBackup, a swiss-army-knife-type utility that helps simplify and organize the nightly backup tasks. It allows the system administrator to quickly and easily script jobs that tarball folders and compress files into a backup set.

SPICE on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

SPICE is a remote display system designed for Virtual Computing. SPICE offers amazing video performance and stereo sound over a LAN connection. Read this FAQ to find out how to install and use SPICE on K/Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot.

QT5 on Ubuntu 10LTS

Some notes on listing dependencies in a shard object, identifying missing dependencies, finding needed files in the package repositories and in packages.

Arno's IPTables Firewall and OpenVPN

One of lifes great time-savers is Arno's IPTables Firewall Script. It usually works perfectly with only the most basic configuration - but it takes a bit of thinking to get OpenVPN to run smoothly. This FAQ contains the little details that most people would otherwise have to dig for.

Rogers Cellular Service Codes

This FAQ entry contains some notes for my personal reference - information that I collected from a variety of web pages found through Google. (I tried to find this info on but wasn't able to - hopefully they'll soon take the time to better organize their site!) Please note that I'm not sure exactly what all of this means or even if it works at all outside of the Rogers network.

Configuring Outlook 2003 for Mobile Computers

This document contains detailed information on how to add a new email account, for a mobile desktop computer, using Microsoft Outlook 2003.

Subscribing to a Mailman list from any web page

It happens quite often that you want people to be able to subscribe to your Mailman mailing list from a web page. It turns out to be quite easy to do this.

How to mount an ISO image in WinXP

I have an ISO file that I'd like to read from Windows XP. Is there a way to mount it as in Linux?

KDE Amarok 2 / Proxy Setting

If you're behind a firewall and you upgrade to Amarok 2.1 you'll need to configure your proxy server to be able to scrobble to Searching the web produces quite a few confusing answers to the question of how this is done - but it's really very simple!