I have the pleasure of having a UK money in a bank account and credit card. This is great, because UK cards are the only ones that don’t charge exorbitant currency-conversion charges when you use them overseas. I live in Cape Town, so I’m almost always using it overseas.
Chip and Pin, never used to be supported on South African credit card equipment, but these days, it’s mandatory in UK, and supported on almost all credit card machines. Back when it wasn’t supported people just used to swipe the card. Now, they actually try and read the chip. The procedure is something like this:
At some point, they give up, and ask for another card. The good ones can go between swiping and poking in a fraction of a second, in the belief that the faster they do it, the more likely it is to work. The only real solution seems to be to get the supervisor card out, and override Chip mode….
I thought that was all, until yesterday, when I got an even more interesting error message: “The PAN length does not comply with the min/max length in the BIN file”. Does anyone know WTF that means??? :-)
I spent a morning trying to debug my LTSP server, which wasn’t booting after it’s feisty upgrade.
I assume it was something to do with RAID & LVM on the root initially, but after I got through that, it still wouldn’t boot.
Aah, but the recovery option worked
Ok, so maybe it’s something with usplash, restart and boot without
quiet but with
Eventually I found that it just needed a few extra seconds of spin-time in the grub screen (increase
timeout to 10), and now it works.
Thanks to Debian bug 407171, if you had
mod_proxy installed in apache2, and upgrade to etch, it’ll also install
mod_disk_cache, which means your
/var partition is going to fill up quite quickly.
This happened to 2 CLUG servers.
I don’t think this is the correct behaviour, and I’m even more suprised to see that it the appearance of the bug is documented in a bug-report.
I had the pleasure of trying to get an AVM Fritz ISA card working under linux 2.6 this week. While drivers for AVM’s premium equipment is in Linux mainline, these drivers are not. The used to be obtained from AVM’s ftp site, but these days, if you look there, all that you’ll find is old 2.4.
Before I continue, I wish that all hardware vendors that write linux drivers would get them mainlined. I’ve begged AVM to do this before.
I tried porting the old driver to a modern 2.6 kernel, but while I could get it to compile, I never actually got it to work :-)
For the record, and for googlers, here’s how you build these buggers:
fritz.pcmcia, the entire
atomic_xchgfunction is removed; this must happen for
I got the
fritz.classic driver working with Linux 184.108.40.206, thanks to Gentooers :-)