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Wifi frequency bands (from Geekzone)

Boosting Wifi signal by picking a different channel

Here’s just a small writeup of a good way I found to boost your Wifi signal. If you’re living in a residential area, you’ve probably noticed how more and more people have their own wireless networks. Unfortunately, most of the hardware which is distributed today is set to transmit data …

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Debian/Ubuntu cleanup

Springtime, that means cleaning out that lazy-maintained, often-upgraded dusty Debian/Ubuntu install, right? The following commands proved to be very handy in getting rid of stuff you most likely don’t need anymore, and you basicly won’t have to lift a finger. I’m pretty sure this only removes packages you don’t need, …

SSH Socks Proxy

There might be several reasons to tunnel your internet traffic. In my case, I had to test a website I was developing at Zeropoint.it. Local issues prevented me from viewing the site in its pure uncached form, so I had to use a proxy. Another reason why you might be interested …

Karmic Koala Beta

It’s that time of the year again. The 10th month means lots of things: start of spring,  silly birthdays and a new and shiny Ubuntu release. And it wouldn’t be the same without me recklessly updating to the beta a couple of weeks before release. What’s fixed? What’s broken? And …

WICD: An alternative network manager

There are lots of things to like about the GNOME desktop environment. It’s free, it’s highly consistent and backup up with excellent development ethics and a wide range of supported applications. It comes as no surprise that it is the default desktop in a lot of Linux distributions (Ubuntu, Fedora, …

Jaunty Intel Performance Fix (Update #2)

Since a lot of people seem to be struggling with this issue (getting good performance out of Intel Mobile Graphics chips on Ubunty Jaunty), I’ll give a quick heads-up on my findings again. I’m on an 945GM chip myself, so although this issue probably effects the whole range of chips …

Jaunty Intel Performance Fix (update)

A couple of weeks ago, I reported about a fix for Intel driver performance regression in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). The fix solved the overal responsiveness of the interface (especially for composite-enabled desktops), but introduced a new problem which wasn’t visible at first: a memory leak slowly filling up swap …