Beryl window manager and Java blank windows

If like me you’re using the Beryl window manager for linux (extremely cool eye candy) and have misbehaving Java applications that don’t show windows properly, the title bar draws but the rest is blank, then you’ll need to employ the fix as detailed in several places on the net including Arch Linux Wiki – Beryl.

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Metamorphosis

Just an intro for those who know us already as Co-Comp Ltd, well we’re still that as a legal entity but we’re now going by the name of Solution Perspective Media as that better reflects who we are and what we do these days. The new site, to go along with the new name, should

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Cool Firefox plugin

Just discovered a new Firefox extension plugin today – ScribeFire (formerly performancing) which lets you create and edit blog posts direct from within the firefox interface. In fact this is my first post using it, so it’s a bit of a ‘test’ post! It’s pretty cool as it supports a wide variety of blogging APIs

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Netgear Wireless Access Point woes WN802T

I’ve been having issues with Netgears WN802T wireless access point – there’s a full rant on Netgears’ forums about it – I’ll see what comes of that. It’s really annoying when QA suffers as it seems to have done with these devices, hopefully a later firmware update will start to rectify things but for now

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Suspend / resume finally working Acer Ferrari 4005WLMi

The day has finally come, my laptop finally suspends and resumes correctly under Fedora Core 6 – it’s mostly got part way through the suspend operation before and then hung, or on the few occasions where it shutdown, it would hang or panic on resume. Today using kernel 2.6.19-1.2911.6.5.fc6 it worked – suspend all the

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New Staff

We’ve just taken on a new member of staff Rachel Williams as a designer / coach. This action should help out lots round here – things have been way too busy for a long while (hence the scarcity of blog entries!). Welcome aboard Rachel. Her role is partly design (especially web design) based and partly

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VMware need to re-run vmware-config.pl every reboot on linux

I found using VMware server or workstation on udev based linux kernel (2.6.x) hosts, that I had to re-run the vmware-config.pl script after every reboot – which is quite annoying when you want the guest OS to run as the service starts. The issue is that due to udev being a dynamic system, nodes are

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Yum upgrade FC4 to FC5 dbus session failure

Just solved an issue on a machine upgraded via yum from FC4 to FC5 tha had been bugging me for ages. The symptoms were that gnome power manager would fail with a message saying that dbus was not running and that eval `dbus-launch –auto-syntax` needed to be run. The other symptom I noticed was that

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Online banking HTML output to QIF, import to Grisbi

Had an issue in extracting info from our online banking facility into something a little more useful. I had decided on Grisbi (available for Linux and Windows®) as an appropriate tool to do what I was after. The challenge is how to get from my banking data into Grisbi. Firstly I checked with the bank

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