Archive for May, 2006

Installing Flash in Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Flash install failedDue to a bug in the Ubuntu version of Firefox, installation of plugins like flash through the browser will always fail. The good news is, there's an quick way to fix it.

  1. Go to the "Applications" menu, then to "Accessories" and click on "Terminal".
  2. Enter the following (without quotes) in the terminal.
  3. "mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins"

That's it. Now you can go to a website that requires flash and it will install without a hitch.


Ubuntu Firefox Bug #41828

I'm slightly irked at the Ubuntu Firefox maintainers right now. Back near the start of May, I reported a bug that prevents people from installing Flash using the Firefox Plugin Finder.

The Firefox Plugin Finder is the little wizzard that pops up and walks you through the Flash install if you don't have the plugin. The alternative is to do things the nerdy way and run "sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree". Hardly as obvious or intuitive.

I have reported both the cause and an easy workaround. Maybe I don't understand what's going on, but it looks like they are ignoring the solution I posted.

Ian Jackson said: 

Certainly currently in my test system strace reveals that whatever the problem is, it's probably not a missing plugins directory somewhere and probably not a permissions problem.

If a missing plugin directory isn't the problem, why does creating one fix it? Can't a bash script create it the first time Firefox is run? It would be rather hackish, but it would provide a termporary solution until the source code or whatever is fixed.

The whole thing is rather frustrating. 

The truth about my sister’s injury

Last week, my sister Christina twisted one of her ankles and broke the other. As friends and family members watch her hobbling around on crutches, clubbing younger siblings with them, one question always breaks the surface.

How did it happen?

To which a far-fetched story is related, usually involving sky diving or some other high-risk activity. Most of these stories have, in fact, originated with me, but this is a minor detail. I will now reveal the full truth behind her injury. Seriously.

Ok, so she was doing motor-cross racing. One of her friends just happened to own a bunch of motorbikes and a large area of land with trails on it. It was Christina's first time riding a motorized, two-wheeled object, but she was surprisingly good, all things considered.

So, she'd was biking down a wooded trail, when she saw a badger in the underbrush. An enraged badger. It leaped though the air and sunk it's fangs into our heroine's foot. She screamed at the pain and agony of it all. The trail swerved sharply ahead. Thinking quickly, Christina held out her embadgered foot and bashed it against a tree. The angry, monochrome-colored mammal flew though the air and died upon the rock that it's brains were cruelly dashed out upon.

Later, spectators would give the badger an 8 for it's proformace, though it was unanemously agreed that it really hadn't had a fair start.

Meanwhile, Christina screeched to a halt, inches away from a conveniently placed cliff. Her foot had badger marks on it, but she was none the worse for wear. Then she saw a bungee jumping joint.

I tried to stop her, but, y'know.

Dorm Assignment

I got my LeTourneau dorm assignment yesterday. I didn’t get my first choice, but it has a wifi network, a severe lack of communal bathrooms, and a lobbyish type thing, so I’m happy.

Google sketchup

Google just keeps putting out neat stuff without announcing it. Like their latest thing, SketchUp, a free 3D CAD program. Why didn't I know about this sooner?

In which James taunted a scammer

From: James D <************>
Subject: Re: Your Reply
Date: Thu, 18 May 2006

You don't frighten us, Brunein pig-dogs! Go and boil your bottom, sons
of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called Prince Musa .B.
Bolkiah, you and all your silly Brunein guards. Thpppppt! Thppt! Thppt!
I don't wanna talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough
wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and
your father smelt of elderberries!
Now, go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!

Or report you to the FBI fraud bureau. Either one, really.

On Thu, 2006-05-18 at 22:01 +0700, Prince.Musa Bolkiah wrote:
> Dear Friend,
> I am Prince Musa .B. Bolkiah, the eldest son of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, former Finance Minister of Brunei, the tiny oil-rich sultanate on the Gulf Island of Borneo.
> I will save your time by not amplifying my extended royal family history, which has already been disseminated by the international media during the controversial dispute that erupted between my father and his stepbrother, the sultan of Brunei Sheik Muda Hassanal Bolkiah. As you may know from the international media, the sultan had accused my father of financial mismanagement and impropriety of US$14.8 billion dollars.
> This was as a result of the Asian financial crisis that made my father company Amedeo Development Company and government owned Brunei Investment Company to be declared bankrupt during his tenure in office.
> However my father was kept under house arrest, his bank accounts and private properties including a crude oil export refinery were later confiscated by the sultanate. Furthermore during this unfortunate period, I was advised to evacuate my immediate family outside the sultanate to avoid further prosecution from the sultan and his security operatives, but before I could do that I was placed under house arrest by the Sultan and I had no access to phone, but I have a Palm V hand-held computer from which I am sending you this mail. Some of the guards here are still loyal to me.
> Before my Incaseration, I went ahead to dispatch the sum of Four hundred and twenty Million United States Dollars (US$420,000,000.00) in cash with the assistance of a foreign diplomat who now reside in Europe.
> The money has now been deposited as valuables into different private security and trust company for safe keeping abroad. The money where splited and kept in the following countries in this proportion: US$50 Million is in London, US$80 Million is in Spain, US$40 Million is in Thailand, US $170 Million is in Cotonuo Republic of Benin and the balance of US$80 Million is in Holland.
> Please if you know you can assist in claiming and investing it in real estate/property to guarantee the future survival of my family, contact me fast so that I'll give you contact information of the security company in Europe and other parts of the world where the funds are deposited.
> For your assistance i will compensate you with 25% of the total sum and another 5% shall be set aside to defray any expenses that may arise.Please I count on your absolute confidentiality, transparency and trust while looking forward to your prompt reply towards a swift conclusion of this business transaction through my email address as follows: <>
> Thanks & May Allah's blessing remain with you.
> please i await your prompt reply.
> I remain yours sincerely,
> Prince Musa .B. Bolkiah

Introducing the Nii

What with E3 and all the buzz about Nintendo, I got bored and decided to parody it.

(Suggestions for improvement, etc welcome. This is just the first draft.)

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