Monthly Archives: March 2009

New D40x

While in Canada, I decided I needed a new digital camera. After reading about it for a bit, a Nikon D40x looked like a really good fit. So far, I’m extremely happy with it.

I went ahead and bought a Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor Lens to go along with it. This should give me a little more zoom for long-range work.

Now, I just need to go take some nice photos.

SSD in the M1530

Today, I finally set up my new OCZ SSD hard drive:

All I had to do to convert my M1530 running Ubuntu over was use the cp command:

mkdir /mnt/root && mount root_partition /mnt/root
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/target
cp -a /mnt/root/ /mnt/target/

You might also have to repeat for other partitions like boot and home. cp -a is awesome. It does exactly what you need for this process. Now my computer runs perfectly (other than me having to tweak grub a little for the right boot options). The only issue is you will have to move the contents of /mnt/target/root in this case to /mnt/target after this is done, as there’s an issue with dotfiles being copied in the root directory of the source.

Greasemonkey Script to get Jabber Room for Google Group Chat

So, today I was invited to Google Group chat for the first time. This would be really cool on a terminal that’s not equipped with an IM client, since it’s all done through the web with flash and magic. But, since I don’t like having 2 IM clients running at the same time (Pidgin and the Flash one from Google), I decided I needed to rip out the Jabber Group Chat Room name from the invite page. I got some tips from this site, and wrote a Greasemonkey script to do so.


All you have to do is copy the room name into the Join Chat window, and put in as the server.  I hope you find it useful.  If anyone knows how to make this a link that GNOME will throw at Pidgin, let me know.  That would be awesome.

Get the Script