2011 July


 Moral dilemma

July 28, 2011

So, today I installed Virtual Box on my windows desktop, because of x.y and z.

I got the following prompt:


I’m not sure why it even asks. “Always trust software from ‘Oracle Corporation'”?

You must be mad.


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 A well written article with enough vitriol

July 19, 2011

Well done to Tarryn van der Byl

According to a report over on Patent Arcade, the lawsuit contends that Zynga persuaded SocialApps to share the source code for its own social networking game, myFarm, then simply made off with it.

It’s not the first time Zynga has faced similar accusations– shortly after launching Farmville, sceptical critics pointed out its uncanny resemblance to Slashkey’s Farm Town, a MySpace / Facebook game which is pretty much exactly the same as Farmville.

Perhaps more importantly, why does anybody play this crap?

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 debugperl and Devel::Leak funkiness

July 14, 2011

If you’ve ever tried to use Devel::Leak to debug some perl memory leaks on debian, and found that sv_dump doesnt actually output anything useful for you then try the following:

apt-get install debugperl

then, download Devel::Perl from cpan, untar and build with the following magic:

debugperl Makefile.PL DEFINE=-DDEBUGGING

As  Brendan O’dea (or bod of l2tpns fame) from down under puts it quite succinctly:

The perl-*-debug package provides a debug-enabled binary as debugperl. It does not however include either the config.h or Config.pm which were which match that binary. This is not generally a problem if you just want to debug from the command line (“debugperl -D…”).

Devel::Leak however uses the former (config.h) in the .xs to determine
whether or not to use sv_dump, and the latter (Config.pm) to warn about
-DDEBUGGING in the Makefile.PL.


Hopefully this helps someone else googling.

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 Vodafail Again….

July 5, 2011

I dunno,

I must be the un-luckiest bastard in the world.

Why is it that whenever I need to access this site, it’s broken ?


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 A windows tweak for Unix people

July 3, 2011

“fsutil behavior set disablelastaccess 1”

which is the equivalent of

“mount -o remount,noatime”


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