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. Continue reading “Dello in Neverwinter”

IRC Aliasing

I have been using irc:// 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

BT Home Hub

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 “”.

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 This page is completely outdated.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


The capital of Hungary


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, see the Link Roll below.
  • 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 my 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


They use the Hungarian Forint (HUF). Yahoo converts CHF:GBP here…. They take Euros nearly everywhere, not sure about the exchange rate you get. For a rate you can also use the Currency Converter by, the Currency Site, and there are now plenty of apps for the iphone and other smart phones.

Things to do

  • Shooting
  • Sightseeing
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Bathing

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


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.


My delicious site, tagged “budapest”

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 myt return I looked up all destinations and found this page, which lists them all. It seems I could have traveled 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 Continue reading “London City Airport (LCY)”

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. Continue reading “Installing WINE from source”

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. Continue reading “Shell Scripting on Windows”

Microsoft RDP & Virtual Box

At some point Virtual Box came with RDP as part of the set up and its allegedly faster than VNC. I want to connect my ipodtouch to my PC’s using Mocha’s RDP Lite.


I have a windows 7 beta VM. (See my Sun blog.) Initially I couldn’t connect using Ipod or the Alienware.

I am now connected using the Alienware and the Microsoft client. The Host is XP Home Edition, SP/3 with a W7 VM hosted in VB 2.2.4, networking = bridged, port = !3389, with the NULL authentication libraries. NB the port is not available on the internet. It does not work with external authentication, and the manual suggests that guest is experimental.

Perry says I need to have the VRDPAuth.dll library in a folder that is pointed to by the %PATH variable. This page at explains how to do it.

I don’t know if port 3389 will work or not because of the order of the testing, but the Mochasoft Client is still not working. They have a FAQ. I can’t get it to work on the EDGE either. Mochasoft suggest an incompatibility or a firewall as the problem. So

  • fix the authentication problems and turn it on
  • sort out the mochasoft problems

What didn’t work!

I had assumed that the initial failures were due to the failure to present the RDP port to the LAN and I tried to map the VM port to the real port. My VM was a NAT machine. I wrote about port mapping on my blog when I exposed apache to my network. I need to port the script, maybe now is the time to wrap it in TCL. The Virtual Box 2.1.4 manual discusses port forwarding in Section 6.1.4. This fails. The W7 image fails to boot; using [gs]etextradata to map port 3389 from the guest to the host causes the VM to fail to boot. I have amended the VM config to chnage the port as suggested by this thread at and this blog at I still get “your remote session has ended”. PerryG says you must use bridged networking.


N.B. The Virtual Box manual is the first port of call. Otherwise these might be usefull.




I have holidayed in Greece on many occasions, on packages and latterly with Sunsail.


eur500Greece now use the Euro (EUR). Yahoo converts EUR:GBP here…, and the Currency Converter by, the Currency Site. is also available – 1.24 EUR:1 GBP 22 May ’08


I fancy a trip to Athens Jan 2010. The rough guide suggests,

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Beach & Hotel

I am looking for swimming as good as Stoupa with a hotel so we don’t have to do self catering.

Return to Ithica

I am returning in 2009. The flight is early, which means that we need to get there before the first train from Guildford. Sleeping in airport lounges is no longer my idea of fun, I have opened a London Gatwick snip to register my links.

I need to go shopping for some stuff.

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

I travelled to Gatwick by train, which was a pain in the neck on the way home as we were very late.

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 200

Sunsail publish an itinerary map on the web, and I sailed for a week on an Odyssey 32, on the Kalamos flotilla route. This was rigged as a cruiser which was easy to use with our light handed crew. It also had a car power socket aka cigarette lighter socket which I used to re-charge my phone. It has continental power sockets, but we had no shore power lines and so could not use them. It had a cd/radio machine.

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.

Vodafone’s coverage was excellent throughout.

I wonder if the boats have UK eletrical sockets, or if I shall need the car charger.

I have tried to emulate the route on google maps, but Google seem to be missing maps of large parts of Greece. Lefkas seems to have been updated. May 2009

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I have bought the Rough Guides, 4th edition, June 2006

I used an ATM in Paleros, which is just north of Sunsail’s Vounaki base. 2006~~

Sunsail run flotillas in the Aegan including the Milinia Flotilla, which includes a stop at Skiathos, and the Cyclades 43 I saw at Vounaki looked pretty swish.

Danny is returning to the Ionian in May 2009 and on the way out will fly to Corfu, stay overnight in Corfu and then catch a ferry to Lefkas. 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”.

General Facts

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

and the Ionian Islands


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).


Some useful links,


The 5.2 Centos Deployment guide has a Chapter on SAMBA


Snipsnap & Ubuntu

Install Snipsnap

I decided to test an install of Snipsnap on my favourite Linux. I am using Ubuntu 9.0

  1. Download the tar from
  2. Make a user, with a home directory,
  3. Unpack the tar contents into the home directory
  4. Install Java 5 both JRE and JDK, use synaptic, now you have to go to the Oracle old distros page
  5. Get and unpack my utilities into $HOME/bin, this needs to be uploaded here
  6. Create a ./mkenv script that sets JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.5.0-sun <- Ubuntu specific, I think snipsnap needs Java 1.5, I should test 6 on Ubuntu again but I have failed this test once

The login script is currently set to /bin/false. Lets see if we can build a snipsnap instance, I need to

  1. Run
  2. Fix the apache conf file to redirect the port.
  3. Test the utilities, I know that will need some tarting about.

I had to change the login shell from /bin/false, couldn’t get programs to run as the snipsnap admin user. I should have another look at this. Need to version control snipsnap manager.

Installing the rc files

I have an rc script, but most stuff I insert has post install triggers, and since I am not using a package to do this, I need to work out how to install the scripts into the rc directories. I have not done this for Ubuntu before. The following links are/maybe useful

The program update-rc.d does the job.



I created a mirror for my critical snipsnap files here…

My package copies are hosted here


I decided to upload the current copy of my utilities for managing snipsnap; it should make bring it online easier

  •  snipsnap-scripts-dfl20100822.tar.gz 8Kb ….. Download…


I checked in July 2010, as I was looking at porting my Snipsnap due to the Qube’s final failure and found that my archives were corrupt, and the had gone. Leo has promised to restore it. I have uploaded a .tar. I’ll compress it and reload the .tgz later today. The .tar is 22 Mb so I obviously didn’t get it right when I uploaded the two files in March 2009. Bit Torrent will have to wait until I have a new web server and then only if I can find some other (people’s) servers to act as peers. 29 Jul 2010.

I have had the subversion pages pointed out to me and uploaded the HTMLMacro page. This page now points at the original source as well as hosting my tarballs and now HTML Macro, which is the only user contributed code I currently use. 7th July 2009

Comments and size amended, comments about the original locations added. I should add HTMLMacro.jar to this page as well. 24 March 2009

I went back today and still can’t find it. So I have uploaded a .tgz file I had lying around and I am adding a share this button on this page. I haven’t a clue why the sizes are so different, if you’re lucky I’ll investigate and document it. I might also upload .torrent file when I work out how. For now, I’d recommend the larger file. 20 Mar 2009.

The Ubuntu forums were hacked earlier this week, and are currently unavailable. 26 July 2013

I copied part of my static snipsnap mirror to this page, when I created it from the roginal on the snipsnap bliki in July 2013. 26 July 2013

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. Continue reading “NWN Playing a Wizard”

Implementing an XML feed viewer in HTML

Viewing an XML feed via an HTML browser

I decided to have another go as I was looking to consume some planet feeds on a static web page. I found Display Your Feed on a Static HTML Page Using FeedBurner’s BuzzBoost using Google and this points at Feedburner’s Buzzboost, which is part of their feed publicity toolset. Continue reading “Implementing an XML feed viewer in HTML”

Centos 5.3

I installed this on the Mac. I also have Centos 5.9 on the HP Probook.

Installing in Virtual Box

Remember to use the DVD copy, not Live CD

My first copy on the Mac has Desktop Gnome, Server & Server GUI packages installed. This might not be what I need.

I need to configure the admin user to be a sudoer. See Centos 4.7. In order to remake the kernel, on the Mac, or with 5.3 you need to force the shell interpreter i.e. sh ./

There is/was a kernel version mismatch; probably caused by the age of my .ISO image. I used the following commands.

# yum install binutils gcc make patch libgomp glibc-headers glibc-devel 
# yum install kernel-headers kernel-devel
# yum install kernel*

The advice was to install the first two lines, but it still didn’t work and so I ran the last line. Not sure what was used and what wasn’t.

I ran the Guest Editions (VB 3.1.6) install script on Centos 5.4 today. I used all the yum commands above and still got a failure to compile the guest additons module. I checked the log which stated it couldn’t find the kernel source, and recommended setting KERN_DIR, so,

export KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernel/2.6.18-164.15.1.el5-i686/
sh ./

which works I suggest you use bash’s autocomplete to do this, and I assume your current directory is /media/VBOXADDITIONS_*. This is also documented on the Virtual Box forum thread,Installing Guest Additions into CentOS/RHEL 5.4 27 April 2010

I am having problems with full screen mode. It installs with only 800×600 & 640×480. I have used Adminstration -> Display to change the Display device but at the moment, it’ll only support an 1152×864, despite using system-config-display to define a screen of 1440×900, which I though was the Mac Screen size. Shit! See Why is this pile of shit so popular? (I mean Centos not VB, of which I am still a fan.)The keyboard isn’t right either. See also this thread at the VB forums. Lets see if that’s fatal.


I need planet on this distro, so I need Bazaar. Not supported by the standard repositories, so has Centos advice. The repository rpm advised there doesn’t work for me so I used,

This site is advised at’s EPEL release page.

After which

yum install bzr

this works, AFIAK, I have downloaded planet venus using bzr.

Redland RDF

I decided to install Redland RDF first. i.e before testing planet. You would think I have the choice of,

  1. installing from source
  2. installing the RPM
  3. installing a remote REPO based on the directory and use yum?
  4. installing a local REPO and rsync it using the directory and use yum.

I decided to try and create a local mirror for the rpms with a local repository. I have written up how to make a local repository on my making a yum repo page. It has some links to pages that helped/inspired me.However I am stuck at the moment and plan to install from the source rpms. I will need the following resources,

In the SetupRpmBuildEnvironment page, above, there are instructions to set up a .rpmmacros file. The required syntax is

%_topdir /home/$user/$dirname

I am pretty clear that the syntax requires the variables to be expanded. The centos page recommends an echo > but I couldn’t get their syntax to work. I was helped by this script from http://www.oldrpm.orgI wrote a script that downloaded the sources from

I used rpmbuild –rebuild to create the RPMs then used sudo yum install to discover the missing dependencies and install them, one at a time. This worked fine until I tried to rebuild the bindings. The rebuild fails with the following errors.

Installed (but unpackaged) file(s) found

I have found the Koders search for, and google points me at the SPEC file in the rpmbuild tree. The %files section on redland-python has lines referenceing and locate can’t find these, and its getting a bit beyond me. has an SPRM for python-rdflib, but this won’t rebuild because of an error in


Notes as to how I got here follow.

The binary packages are hosted at They have a redhat downloads directory which is based on Fedora Release Versions. Using rpmfind, [rpmfind results html] suggests, Redland 1.0.7 i686 html, with this ftp .rpm download.

I used wget to download the .rpms from, which may be my mistake. Is fc7 == Centos 5.3? It seems that CENTOS 5.3 is RHEL 5.3 which is based on Fedora Core 6.

So just had another go, Dave Beckett suggests I source the rpms from I am still guessing as to which vesion of the package is required, but I found that the Centos 5.3 distro has rasqal in its repo, so when installing it, from a koji .rpm, it installs from the Centos repo and installs its dependent raptor package. This now leaves just the redland library itself. The versions I have tried all require to modern a version of libdb, libpq and libcurl. I am now trying to get old versions of librdf. Back to and ./fc6.

This also works without the repos.d/*.repo file. I used redland-1.0.6. It seems the rpm is in the distro.


In order to make apropos work, one must run makewhatis with root privilidge.

See also


Sudo holds its permissions in sudoers file. Centos uses the wheel group to aquire permissions. i.e. the chief user needs to be members of the wheel group.