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Using userstyles.org

Using userstyles.org

This page was originally written in 2010, and may have been posted to the snipsnap bliki. When I rescued it, I copied it to the blog and then decided it would be better on the wiki. I made a major rewrite in 2021 as I considered writing alternate style sheets for some old sites that I enjoy using. Here as ever are my notes on stylish/user styles.

Posted by Dave on

Dello in Neverwinter

Dello in Neverwinter

I finished my second run through Neverwinter Nights the other week, with a Barbarian called Dello. I started with a low charisma, but its not a good idea to take a low charisma character through this game, a number of story lines are not available and there’s not a lot of compensation, well apart from the extra attributes. Anyway, I cheated his charisma up using Leto.

Posted by Dave on

IRC Aliasing

I have been using irc://rizon.net as a chat server and they offer some identity management tools.

Here is some more comprehensive instructions. ircaliasing

These allow you to take ownership of a nickname and declare a virtual host.

/msg nickserv register <password> <email>

This causes rizon to send you a confirmation code and message. They send it to the email address, remember to check the junk mail box.

/msg nickserv confirm <code>

Then ask for a host alias and turn it on

/msg hostserv request toss.pot
/msg hostserv on

Wonder if it works with pidgin

Posted by Dave on

BT Home Hub

BT Home Hub

On 13th July 2013, I upgraded to BT Infinity, and my HH was replaced with a V4 Hub. This page is completely outdated.

BT are the largest provider of broadband lines in the UK. They provide a hub/router as part of the package. This is was my bliki page detailing my use and knowledge about the hub, we’re talking V2. here. I cleaned the page up in March 2010, when I simplified the content on this page, mainly be shifting the Vista & Wifi stuff to “filesaveas.com”.

Posted by Dave on

Budapest

The capital of Hungary

Why

This page was created after my second visit which was with some friends. ( A stag night in fact). The first was a business visit in 2009, and the picture above was taken then, all my Budapest pictures on flickr are in this set.

April 2010

I blogged about the journey in a series of articles called

  • Back Home in London which talks about the journey home, getting to Budapest Ferihegy Airport, where there are now 4 lounges, and dealing with a schengen-nonschengen journey at Zurich. Ferihegy is a small airport and only those airlines with a lot of flights Malev & Lufthansa have automated machines and permanently manned kiosks. SWISS opened theirs two hours before take off and so you can’t get airside ’till then.
  • Memento Park, they’ve moved many of the public statues from the Communist era to this park. See also my pictures @ flickr
  • A not so long way home talks about what we did.
  • A place to lay my head, which is mainly about the journey, talks about the three airports, see LCY, where AMEX don’t do HUFs, at Zurich, SWISS now let Priority Pass members use their business lounge with an hour’s free Wifi and wired connected machines as well. At Budapest, it talks about money exchange and ground transport. I used the Airport Shuttle bus, which was easy, cheaper than a taxi and saved having to navigate the public transport routes. It looks like the planes used by LCY operators can’t get that far and so your choice of carrier determines where you change planes. I considered flying to Vienna and then using the train, but this wouldn’t have saved me a change, but would have put me in the middle of Budapest which would shorten the taxi ride.
  • I have posted some of my pictures to Flickr

Money

They use the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Yahoo converts CHF:GBP here…. They take Euros nearly everywhere, not sure about the exchange rate you get.

Things to do

  • Shooting
  • Sightseeing
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Bathing

This is appallingly incomplete, I’ll update it n ext time I plan a trip.

Hotels

The Bristol that we used had european plugs and free public wifi. Le Meridien is very central and has an interesting history, but is usually more expensive than I want to pay. I wonder what a bit of notice does.

My Map



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This is meant to have the icons on, I’ll fix this some time, but not now.

 

Posted by Dave on

London City Airport (LCY)

It’s been a long time since I updated this page. I tried to travel to Copenhagen last week and couldn’t find a flight. On my return I looked up all destinations and found this page, which lists them all. It seems I could have travelled to Hamburg and then by train, I looked, maybe they were full since BA only do two flights a day and weekdays at that. 24 Oct 2014

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Installing WINE from source

Installing WINE from source

At the backend of 2009, I started experiments with WINE on MacOS. I documented my findings at my WINE page on this site. In March 2010, I returned to the project having been advised to use the Macports installation of WINE, instead of building from source. This page documents how I built from source code, and how I installed winetricks. I have moved some of the comments here, from my WINE page, which I now use to capture my experiments with MacPorts & Porticus.

Posted by Dave on

Shell Scripting on Windows

I want to write bash scripts to be emulated using cygwin. This has a problem in that XP uses spaces in its file folder hierarchies and the environment variable initialisation process isn’t good enough. This is actually a snip on writing shell script using cygwin. The virtual boix commands are just the use case which led to me doing the research.

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Microsoft RDP & Virtual Box

This article was written in 2010 and became defunct. I have not deleted it as I still use the product and that use is increasing. I may create an RDP page as I don’t expect to need this and the RDP integration with today’s W10 is much better. The article looks at using an ipodtouch to connect to a Windows 7 PC.

Posted by Dave on

Greece

I have holidayed in Greece on many occasions, on packages and latterly with Sunsail. This page was updated and used between 2004 & 2009. It was flagged by the broken link tool in 2017 and the content was pretty dated.  I removed most of it. 17 Feb 2018

Sailing in the Ionian

I sailed in the Ionian with Sunsail. They run several routes/flotilla’s from their base in Vounaki, in NW Greece. I traveled with them in the second week of June and it was beginning to get a bit busy. I wouldn’t want to go later in the season, when its also a lot hotter. 16th June 2008

Preveza (PVK) airport is small and similar to many of the Greek airports. Don’t take pictures. It has a cafe on both sides of security, but its very expensive, and a tax free shop, if you need it. Otherwise take water, food and books on the return journey; charter flights are often delayed, and were in my case. 16th June 2008

Kalmos Harbour CC DFL 2008 BY-SA

I will buy and take a parallel ruler and chart-plotter next time. They lent us a copy of Ionian by Rod Heikell, which we used as our almanac, I may get a copy of this to plan my next holiday.

While researching my 2009 trip, I discovered that Igoumenitsa is the important entry port from Italy, so maybe another time. NB There are ferries from Venice.

Island Hopping

An article from Fodors suggesting an Aegan route using the “Flying Dolphins”. See https://hellenicseaways.gr/en/fleet/category/flying-dolphin

More

Here are some web sites with general facts about the place.

and the Ionian Islands

I thought I might go back to Santorini via LastMinute.com and they offered me a flight via Athens airport, Athens Eleftherios Venizelos, here’s what I found about how to spend my time there.

Will I go back to Santorini?

 

Posted by Dave on

Samba

Samba

Not just for file sharing, but also supports printing and name services. I now make it part of my standard Linux builds within Virtual Box. I can then use VB shared folders or the host OS virtual file systems. (Is this true for Mac OS? Need to test it).

Ubuntu

Some useful links,

Raspbian

And now I need it on my little pi. Check this out!

I can now mount the NAS drive on the PI, but I need to mount it on a partition, check out clonezilla.

Using a credentials file

Here’s a link on credentials files,

  1. https://forums.ni.com/t5/NI-Linux-Real-Time-Discussions/Samba-share-using-credentials-file/td-p/3643381

And here’s a LMGTFY on “Linux Samba”

Posted by Dave on

Snipsnap & Ubuntu

Snipsnap & Ubuntu

I decided to make an install of Snipsnap on my favourite Linux. I am using Ubuntu 9.0. This snip talks about how to, and configuring the rc.d files. It must be pretty useless now, and I have marked it deprecated and is another page that points at my mirror and thus needs to acknowledge that the source is now on github,  https://github.com/thinkberg/snipsnap

Posted by Dave on

NWN Playing a Wizard

NWN Playing a Wizard

Some notes on Playing a Mage in the NWN Official Campaign. I made her an Evoker. An extra spell per level, but you lose “Summoning”. I have never played a wizard under wither V2 or V3 rules, and it’s really changed. I need to check up on the offence, defence, buffing, protection and counterspells. About the specialisation, despite losing summoning, neither Shades nor Mordenkian’s Sword are summoned, it would seem. This article contains broken Bioware links.