Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Turning Off the Annoying Windows Beep (on Server 2003)

I followed http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/turn-off-the-annoying-windows-xp-system-beeps/ and yes, while doing it, I had to restart the server!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Installing Hudson as a Service on Vista

Keep in mind the issue discussed at

Doxygen Doxyfile Changes I Usually Do (To the Default Generated File)


the following for browsing through sources:

for collaboration diagrams:

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mediawiki SMTP Setup On Windows

Mediawiki is surely not fun to work with. There are thousands of configurations needed to set up the basic/essential functionalities like SMTP. To use secure SMTP with gmail SMTP server, I had to install PEAR as per http://articles.sitepoint.com/article/getting-started-with-pear/2 and then run "pear install --alldeps Mail-1.1.14". After this I restarted my web server (apache in my case). So much for SMTP.

Windows sleep command

Poor man's sleep command in windows:

PING /n 1 /w 5000 #sleep 5 sec

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Installing Secure SVN Server on Windows

I set out to set up a SVN server on Windows with secure authentication.

I started out with setting svn server as per http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001093.html. Then I followed http://turnleft.inetsolution.com/2007/07/how_to_setup_subversion_apache_1.html.

In the middle I got stuck with htpasswd command as it would not execute, saying "Illegal character :". Something to do with the file path. So I installed cygwin, including openssl (followed http://daveonsoftware.blogspot.com/2007/06/installing-cygwin-with-openssl-package.html). After this the htpasswd command worked fine.

Then, as per http://raibledesigns.com/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=ApacheSSL I set up apache with ssl.

I tried to start Apache, but won't. In Event Viewer I saw it returned error code 1. As per http://www.issociate.de/board/post/474531/2.2.6_won%27t_start_-_The_Apache2.2_service_terminated_with_service-specific_error_1_%280x1%29..html I debugged httpd.exe using command line. It said "DAV is not allowed here". The following configuration (amendment over the "turnleft" solution above) worked (I have replaced SVNParentPath by SVNPath too):

<location /svn>
DAV svn
SVNPath C:/svn/repository
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Subversion Repository"
AuthUserFile conf/svn-passwd.pass
AuthzSVNAccessFile conf/svn-authz.conf
Require valid-user

Creating a service under windows

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/001093.html describes how to create a service under windows:

sc create svnserver binpath= "c:\svn\bin\svnserve.exe --service -r c:\svn\repository" displayname= "Subversion" depend= Tcpip start= auto

sc config binpath = ...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Latex Figure Numbering Incorrect

As per http://www.terminally-incoherent.com/blog/2007/04/14/latex-fixing-wrong-figure-numbers/, latex figure caption should be put before label, otherwise you will probably get the figure numbers incorrect, as I did.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Useful Synchronized Notes

Tomboy Notes is a simple note-taking utility, I first discovered while using Ubuntu Linux. The good thing is, tomboy can also be used together with Dropbox to synchronize notes between computers -- this is quite simple, just set the preferences of Tomboy Notes to sync to a local folder within the local Dropbox directory.


Dropbox is a nifty tool to share files between computers. In a nutshell, anything within a folder is synchronized on to the Dropbox server. The content on the Dropbox server is also available on other computers in which you install Dropbox. By default, it gives 2GB of free space.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Using Xterm on Ubuntu

gnome-terminal does not have much configurable font size. I started using my old love among terminals called xterm. http://dnh500.blogspot.com/2007/05/use-xterm-in-ubuntu.html is good about how to edit your menu to make xterm readily usable. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=702664 is about configuring xterm.

My simple .Xdefaults file:

! you should run> xrdb < ~/.Xdefaults
xterm*font: -*-lucidatypewriter-medium-r-*-*-12-*-*-*-*-71-iso8859-*

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

VMWare Player with Ubuntu on Windows Vista

Just a short note. This is quite easy: just follow the instructions at http://johnbokma.com/mexit/2005/11/07/vmware-player-ubuntu-installation.html

Probably a more straightforward way is to download from http://www.vmware.com/appliances/

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Trying out Medical on Ubuntu 9.04

Checking out Medical (sourceforge project of the month). Depends on OpenERP. Trying to install OpenERP. But seems to be non-trivial task. OpenERP has problems and can't install with Ubuntu 9.04. Will forget about using Ubuntu for Medical, and try Windows later.