Installing the Netgear WG511v2 (China) Wireless Card on Linux

May 12, 2007

These instructions are intended to be used to install a Netgear WG511 v2 (China) on a Linux machine that dual boots with Windows. I take no responsibility for anything bad that might happen if you follow this guide (I try to avoid responsibility at every turn).

* Your machine must be a dual boot system
* You must have the wireless card installed and functioning on Windows
* The Windows partition on which you installed the wireless card already must be accessible to the Linux system (my Windows partion had the FAT32 filesystem which made this easy). If not you will first have to find a tutorial that covers this. A quick google on this topic should help. It will require you to update your /etc/fstab file. Here’s an article on this file but as I said googling around might find you even easier tutorials on this.

* I performed this on an IBM T22 running Ubuntu Linux 5.10 ‘Breezy Badger’ and also on OpenSuse 10.2. Windows 2000 was also installed as part of my dual boot system.

* As I did this on Ubuntu I used sudo instead of logging in as root. That’s what the rest of this guide assumes. On OpenSuse, I used su from the command line in order to become the root user. Depending on your distro you may have to log in as root if it doesn’t support sudo.

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The Future?

May 9, 2007


Super Shots Of New Zealand

May 6, 2007

Unfortunately, I have to admit these snaps aren’t mine. One look at them and you can tell 🙂

These are fab pictures of the Sheep Republic in glorious technicolour – Amazing NZ Photos!

IPCC Report On CO2 Cuts – We Can Do It!

May 5, 2007

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produced it third report this year which contains some positive news for a change. One of the things to emerge was an analysis of how much it would cost to retard greenhouse gas emissions in order to prevent dramatic climate change. The results suggest, if you excuse the horrible pun, that it shouldn’t cost the earth!

Javascript Tip Of The Day: “When Is A Width Not A Width?”

May 5, 2007

This is a bit of a gotcha for young players in the Javascript game. You have a web page with a DIV which you fill dynamically with, let’s say, 5 IMG elements. How do you get the width of the DIV? You can try “document.getElementById(‘divId’).width” but it will do you no good. The answer: use “document.getElementById(‘divId’).offsetWidth”. Here’s a handy guide when it comes to DHTML element position and locations.

Linux Community Must Help Dell Sell Linux

May 1, 2007

The announcement that many people wanted to hear is imminent. Early rumours abound on various sites but possibly by the time you are reading this, Dell will have already made the official announcement that they are to ship Dell PC’s with the Linux operating system – Ubuntu. This is the major breakthrough that Linux as a desktop OS has been waiting for. Now all Linux communities -be it Open Source, Free Software, Linux for home or business that is your cup of tea – must help Dell sell this dream.

The most obvious way to help is for bloggers or people with websites to display a prominent ad for Dell Linux boxes. Let’s show Dell that by listening and embracing the Linux community that we can help them out. Each and everyone can be a partner to Dell and it is in everyone’s interest that Linux market share grows. A bigger pie means that more hardware vendors will support Linux and having the Open Source desktop OS in the limelight will mean more development work for Open Source programmers. For consumers, it brings choice like they’ve never had before – the modern day Linux OS thoroughly outshines it competitors. I do not make this comment lightly. But this week I got my first glimpse at the 3D accelerated desktop for Linux – it is incredible! It leaves Vista for dead. And comparing the two side-by-side there is only one winner.

So let’s help Dell sell Linux. I’m going to be emailing them after the official announcement to get my Dell Linux ad. Never has marketing been such a pleasure! And never has the Linux Desktop looked so good!

The Frogface Project Website Launched

April 30, 2007

We’ve tried to start this before and never quite finished it. You can check out the site at This time things went smoothly, however I had to struggle through my hangover on Saturday while I polished off the final details. A big kudos to Veedles who did a smashing job creating the images and logo for the site – and now that she is the queen of web design is gonna spruce the site up even more over the coming weeks!

Frogface logo

The Frogface project is an effort to create a user friendly scuba dive logging application which runs on any computer. It’s still not ready for everyday use so us developers will have to keep beavering away for a while. Things are going well recently as I escaped my horribly busy work schedule in order to get phase 1 of the project done. Ganesh is working on getting the menu’s together over the coming weeks and I’m gonna try and get my head around beautifying the user interface and making it look real pretty. As they say, “There’s more than one way to skin an app!”

Elephant Dream – Art House Animation Extraordinaire

April 29, 2007

Here’s a superb 12 minute animation which features crisp industrial post-modern backdrops puncuated by expressively crafted chararcters; all done in Blender – an open source 3D modelling on the verge of the big time. It’s a hefty download so you’ll want a broadband connection, but it’s worth the wait. Just sit back and simply enjoy these wonderful graphics by visiting the download section at

Does Your Sheep Do This?

April 28, 2007

An Irish farmer’s lot is not always an easy one, but has anyone encountered this before.

Object Orientation and Javascript

April 26, 2007

Javascript is muck; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But it’s also unavoidable. My latest effort to write better JS code is to use inheritance when creating classes and objects. So before I forget, I’m posting these links – as they’re pretty handy. Sounds like a lot of hassle for a bit of inheritance though!

Very hardcore OO – but efficient

Again hardcore OO