Friday, January 14, 2011

Amazon mp3 store w/ 64-bit linux

I purchased Pink's "Raise Your Glass" from Amazon, and discovered that I had downloaded an .amz file.


Oh, that's the file extension for files that are meant to be downloaded by the Amazon music downloader. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have a 64-bit downloader for linux.

Help comes from Pymazon ( I installed pymazon (using the
current mercurial branch), and "pymazon -c AmazonMP3-1295025407.amz" was enough to download the file. It even made it through the corporate firewall. Cool!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ice in Houston

Ice in Houston, originally uploaded by g2boojum.

Not something we see every day.

Taken with a 2G iphone.

Friday, January 07, 2011

juniper ssl vpn w/ Fedora 14

I use the juniper ssl vpn client to connect to my work's internal network. Although there is a linux client, it requires the Sun (Oracle) jre to work, which doesn't play well with selinux on Fedora 14. (It's not Fedora's fault, it's a bug in the plugin.)

Temporary fix:
# setsebool allow_execstack 1

It's not persistent, so it's not a permanent hole, but it would be best if I figured out what needed to be set for the various files involved. *Sigh*

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Intel atom D510 motherboard, take 2

The cpu in my home server is dying, so I decided to replace it with an atom motherboard. All was going well, until the screen went wonky, and the computer shut itself down. I rebooted, there was a large pop, followed by the delightful smell of ozone. Ah, well. I now get to experience the Intel warranty system. Wish me luck!


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