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Metoffice Observations in OpenHAB

The article explains how to access MetOffice Observations in OpenHAB via the JSON API they provide. In the UK the MetOffice offer free weather observations and forecasts via their DataPoint service. This could be used for a variety of rules … Continue reading

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Accessing partitions within an image or LVM volume used as an iSCSI target

I recently reinstalled the software on my NAS (open media vault) and tidied up the host name etc. As part of this I changed the name of the iSCSI target. This meant that my media PC wouldn’t boot over the … Continue reading

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/dev/md0 can’t read superblock

Sometimes when my Stora NAS gets rebooted the array fails to mount and I get /dev/md0 can’t read superblock To correct this I do the following: Try mount /dev/md0 (you probably tried this and got the above error) Do xfs_repair … Continue reading

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XBMC Frodo for Legacy AMD Graphics Cards (pre 5xxx)

Apparently AMD/ATI graphics cards less than 5xxx series have been left behind in the latest drivers. This is a bit of a pain for me as I have a 24xx series in my media PC. I tried the stock XBMCbuntu … Continue reading

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MediaPC in a Xen Virtual Machine

The aim of this project was to get my MediaPC running as a VM host. This would allow me to run instances alongside my MediaPC, thus giving me a platform to experiment and develop things without having to setup separate machines etc. … Continue reading

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Indefero errors fatal: bad argument fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

I was trying to commit something to my Indefero project management server today and was getting the following error: fatal: bad argument fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly I puzzled around for a while and then tried manually logging … Continue reading

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Exporting Routes From Runkeeper

I was planning out a route for a 140km cycle and wanted to get some information like maximum incline etc of the RouteYou website. Unfortunately RouteYou’s plotting functionality is a little frustrating in manual mode so I thought I would … Continue reading

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Getting JetPack working

I had two issues with JetPack – but I finally got it working. Issue one –  Jetpack could not contact WordPress.com: register_http_request_failed. This usually means something is incorrectly configured on your web host. Operation timed out after 15000 milliseconds with … Continue reading

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Lenovo USB Modem in Linux (Ubuntu 10.04)

I recently bought a Lenovo USB modem for some experiments in telephony that I am working on. I want it to work on Linux. It is based on the Conexant RD02-D400 device. When plugging it in I get the following … Continue reading

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Pairing Apple 1st Gen Keyboard (A1016) with Windows 7

I was having some errors pairing the Apple 1st Gen bluetooth keyboard to my media centre. I discovered that you need todo the following: Turn on the keyboard Open up Bluetooth ‘Add Devices’ and wait for windows to discover the … Continue reading

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