"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." (Robert A. Heinlein)

Monday, 25 January 2010

New toy on the desk: Nokia 5800 XM

After some years I finally decided to buy a new mobile phone. Sorry no Linux here, Android based phone were still far out of my planned budget. My choice has so fell on the Nokia 5800 XM simply because it had all the features I was asking for (GPS, MP3 player, WIFI connectivity … and doing phone calls too, of course) at the lowest price.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Mounting a permanent Samba share

I recently bought a network disks in order to use it as external storage for all my computers. I so immediately felt the need of an easier way to access to Samba shared folders. This is even more evident in my desktop computer where Xubuntu standard file manager (Thunar) doesn't even support Samba shared folders.

Mount a samba share in fstab

I decided to permanently mount the network disk shares configuration file, I followed this how-to from Ubuntu wiki with only a few changes.
I first installed smbfs file system
sudo apt-get install smbfs