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Windows / Linux: The local device name is already in use. This connection has not been restored and IP checksum offload

While setting up my gigabit ethernet network, during simulataneous Windows 7 file transfers to the HTPC+B setup, I've received a number of disconnects, virtually every time while transferring my files.  At the point, I not only lost connectivity with the HTPC+B but also my web access most of the time.  Here are the culprits and […]

Linux: Getting new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address or device descriptor read/64, error -62

Tried to connect my Camcorder to my RHEL based system over here but instead of connectivity I got: # grep usb /var/log/messages Aug 28 14:08:32 mbpc kernel: usb 7-4: new full speed USB device using ohci_hcd and address 3 Aug 28 14:08:32 mbpc kernel: usb 7-4: device descriptor read/64, error -62 Aug 28 14:08:32 mbpc […]

Microsoft Word: A delete key that doesn’t delete.

PROBLEM A little tidbit of Windows knowledge.  When highlighting a section of a Microsoft Word document and pressing the delete key, nothing happens.  No errors or messages at all.  Try this to fix it… SOLUTION

F9, KDE 4.X and Konsole: Extra spaces on console command line between cursor and text.

PROBLEM Following some recent upgrades to my distro the Konsole window cursor was always ahead of the text that was typed.  The problem was compounded when lines of text were longer though this problem wasn't present in other terminal applications.  This really looked horrible using vim, as you can probably imagine.  As you can see […]

Acrobat Reader on Fedora 9+: Seamingly never ending list of or non stop continous “expr: syntax error”

PROBLEM With the latest rollout of adobe / pdf software to the latest linux distributions, there was a rather basic bug introduced causing an infinite number of ‘expr: syntax error” messages being displayed. Fortunately this was a simple script bug frmo the provider that thankfully can be fixed by anyone. The error pops up on […]

Fedora 9+ and KDE 4.x: Problems starting applications due to xorg-x11-xfs

Because Fedora 9, like any new software, had a number of issues, logging into it and using it didn’t prove usefull at all having been used to my own configuration in KDE 3.X.  So much so I initially wasn’t too happy  upgrading from Fedora 8 to Fedora 9 entirely.  That is until I started to […]

KDE 4.X and Fedora 9+: Problems starting xserver after changing video settings.

Problems with Fedora 9 and above and KDE.  PROBLEM When initially logging in to the new Fedora 9 following the upgrade, KDE 4.0 GUI started but all my settings were gone.  Except for my documents that I had in various places, the settings and configuration like KDE themes I had installed earlier, were now gone.  […]

MailScanner: Receiving duplicate e-mails in your inbox.

If you have MailScanner running in the background, one issue you can run into is duplicate emails.  Try the below to see if it fixes your issue: PROBLEM Receiving duplicate or repeating e-mails in your inbox. SOLUTION

Sound Problems: Error while initializing the sound driver

Linux OS does a superb job of handling sound.  Since early on it will even be configured out of the box.  Unfortunately, keeping it that way is an entirely separate matter.  Especially when going through multiple upgrades or installing other packages possibly even applications that may alter your sound behaviour strange things may start to […]

Perl 5.8 sprintf / printf: Differences in use of regular expressions?

Today I stumbled upon an interesting Perl issue that was causing some random printout in my code then what I expected.  In fact, I’ve used the same sprintf /regular expression in another part  following the script I was writing but it seamed to work just fine there.  The issue was that the script printed two […]

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