Archive for October, 2009

Off to LugRadio Live and OggCamp

October 22nd, 2009

Wow, it’s been more than a year since the last LRL. How time flies. The memories of Mr Ben in a Raccoon thong are still disturbingly vivid.

I’m off again tomorrow for THE reason to visit Wolverhampton; which has gained a reputation somewhat for hosting truly awesome FLOSS conferences, allowing said conference delegates the run of the town’s pubs and curry houses, and discounts in its hotels.

I’m hoping that this, the final LRL (alledgedly) will be as good as last year’s finalle event – with the added bonus of getting a second event chucked in courtesy of Dan, Fab, and the Ubuntu UK gang literally feet from where I plan to collapse in a heap after the LRL party on Saturday night.

OggCamp sounds an interesting proposition, if only to get an OggCamp mug and check in with the stars of my favourite Linux podcasts. It’s the first barcamp I’ve been to so I’m not 100% sure what to expect. More anon.

Dell Flashing Orange Button

October 5th, 2009

I had a PC brought to me today – a Dell Dimension 5150 – which wouldn’t power on.

When the mains power was plugged in, the power light flashed orange rapidly for about 20 minutes before the machine would finally go “off” (no lights on) and then power up when pressing the power button.

I read a whole heap of posts about this problem suggesting changing the BIOS battery, mainboard, PSU and checking for shorted USB ports.

After having a good look at the USB ports, it turned out to be the PSU. I swapped in a PSU from a Poweredge SC430 that I had spare which appears to have solved the problem.

Fixing iTunes Broken Links

October 4th, 2009

I spent some time today migrating iTunes from one PC to a freshly installed version of Windows – and in the process attempted to tidy up the mess of folders iTunes was storing its music in:

My Documents\My Music\Artist\Album\Track.mp3 –  and at the same time
My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music\Artist\Album\Track.m4a

Hmm.

I then found this blog post that contained the answer: http://paulbeard.org/wordpress/2008/07/20/itunes-library-fixing-a-broken-one-or-moving-one/

Basically, edit My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music Library.xml and find/replace the correct paths for each media file. iTunes creates that file as a backup incase the binary version, iTunes Library.itl, is corrupted. Replace iTunes Library.itl with an empty document and fire up iTunes.

It will see the library is corrupted and rebuild it from the XML backup – which now contains all the correct file paths.

Job done!

Conficker Cleanup

October 2nd, 2009

A friend of mine called today with classic Conficker symptoms on his network.

I’ve found the following article invaluable on several occasions – so I’ll link it here so I can find it easily again in future.

http://spchappell.blogspot.com/2009/03/conficker-worm.html