Nick Geoghegan

Professional Yak Shaver

Going Back

Look! It’s Alan Hughes from TV3. I remember this ad growing up as a child. Why the ESB even released an advertisement like this is baffling, as in the eighties, there was no choice in electricity supplier, unlike – say – the NightSaver ad which was advertising a specific product or service from ESB. I’m surprised […]

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I am the 1%

I live in the American Gardens Building on W. 81st Street on the 11th floor. My name is Patrick Bateman. I’m 27 years old. I believe in taking care of myself and a balanced diet and rigorous exercise routine. In the morning if my face is a little puffy I’ll put on an ice pack […]

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Meanwhile, in Monroes

So, yeah. I may have followed them around Ireland in my van, solving mysteries and shit.  

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Meanwhile, at the Cork Opera House

Finbar Wright sees into your soul

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Issues with the NVIDIA 285.05.09 drivers on openSuSE 11.4

I came across an odd issue today with the Official NVIDIA Drivers on openSUSE. After updating the drivers, my external monitor would keep flickering and flashing regardless of the connection used (DVI or VGA). Unfortunately, the repo doesn’t keep old versions of the drivers, so I wasn’t able to revert back to a good, known […]

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Journey To The Center of a Circle

I found the below video recently, which blew my mind. Something as humble as the simple triangle, can have so many facets to it – yet again reaffirming the beauty of Maths. One thing I found out, from watching the video, is that there are multiple kinds of centers that a triangle can have – […]

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Automagically start irssi in a screen, on boot

I run a channel logger for Navit which is simply a screened irssi session on a server. Why an irssi session in a screen? Well, the latter is obvious. The former is because, if my main irssi session – on another server – dies, I can “jump in” to the logging screen and let people know […]

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The Road Not Taken — Robert Frost

    TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it […]

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Handy package – sysv-rc-conf

I recently re-discovered sysv-rc-conf. sysv-rc-conf is a lovely interface to view the runlevels of services in the the /etc/init.d/ directory via ncurses. sysv-rc-conf is available in the Ubuntu and Debian repos, but sadly not available for openSUSE: apt-get install sysv-rc-conf Debian, as well as most of the distributions based on it, like early Ubuntu, does […]

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Goodnight, Sweet Prince

I’m not a person who particularly had heros when growing up. ~ Dennis Ritchie Today, news broke that Dennis Ritchie had passed away at aged 70 after a long, but unspecified illness. It is hard to say how much of an impact he has had on computing over the years, as it’s incalculable. Today I found out […]

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Challenged, again

I found this while searching for Stuart McMillen’s poem, Challanged for my previous post.

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Dealing with an unresponsive server

Say you have a server that is currently under very heavy load. Thankfully you’ve already had a shell open, but the load is so high, even a quick check of the load takes 5 minutes. This is where the & is your friend. This single character will fork the process in the background, allowing it […]

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The Search

A lonely man’s search for the existence of life outside our universe takes a remarkable turn when he connects with a recently bereaved family.

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A prayer to *nix

Our root, who art in Unix, Hallowed be thy shell. Thy kernel come. Thy commands be run, @localhost as they are in iNet. Give us this day our daily updates, And forgive us of our four-oh-threes, As we forgive those who 403 against us. And lead us not into segfaults, but deliver us from /dev/null […]

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Ubuntu ruined my life

There are a few things wrong with this. $1100 for a “Bread and Butter” machine She should have made sure before ordering that the laptop had Windows. She could simply change operating systems Dell has a policy of shipping Linux to REDUCE costs. Every Dell purchase order clearly gives you the option of what OS […]

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Installing CEGCC on openSUSE 11.4

CEGCC is an a open source cross compiler for Windows CE. You can develop on a PC, and create apps that run on a WinCE device or a WinMo phone. After moving hard drives I noticed that I had forgotten about the cross compiler, which is in /opt/ – therefore not covered by a package […]

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Breaking WEP using Backtrack 3

I had a bet with a friend of mine (for a case of beer) that I could crack a fake WEP encrypted access point in under 5 minutes using my rather old Packard Bell Easynote Skype Edition. There are a few things to note, I used an old WEP only router that I was about […]

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