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    RAM tester
    01/05/2005 1:09PM
    memtest86 is a tool for executing thorough tests of you x86 computer's RAM. My P3/550 has been running 24x7 for almost five years and finally started choking up on me; it regularly locks up, leaving no error messages.  I wanted to know if there could be a problem with the RAM and I found a tool called Memtest86, available at http://www.memtest86.com.  It can be run on a Windows box or you can download a very small ISO to burn to CD, which is what I did. 

    Memtest conduct lengthy thorough tests  of the RAM.  Unfortunately for me, my RAM passed all tests with zero errors...
  • RSS Feed Validator
    01/04/2005 3:21PM
    Anatoly just forwarded me a link to a very cool RSS Feed validator.

    http://feedvalidator.org/check.cgi?url=<url of feed to check>

  • firefox - about:config
    01/01/2005 5:34PM
    Instead of editing the "prefs.js", Firefox has a built in preferences editor. Just enter "about:config" in the urlbar. That will present you with a UI to edit the values of prefs.js.

  • Demo Article
    12/30/2004 3:56PM
    Just demo'ing the CLOG for Lance. here's the body of the article.
  • FireFox fonts suck under RH9 w/ LCD Monitor.
    12/26/2004 9:05PM
    As I've seen with a number of apps, if you don't have xft support fonts looks like crap under Mozilla and Firefox.

    Under RedHat 9, to get decent looking fonts on my particular LCD monitor setup (SAMSUNG SyncMaster 192T) I compiled firefox from source. They use this .mozconfig setup so instead of adding options to the Configure line you add them into .mozconfig. (see article below).

    The lines I added for my particular setup are:

    ac_add_options --enable-xft
    ac_add_options --disable-debug
    ac_add_options --enable-optimize
    ac_add_options --enable-strip
    ac_add_options --prefix=/usr/local/firefox-1.0-fromsource

    The --enable-xft gets me reasonable looking fonts. Bolds are coming out a bit fatter than in Mozilla 1.7 but otherwise everything looks about right. The prefix option identifies where "make install" should put the resulting executables. The rest are to build a slightly quicker and smaller version of FireFox. (although I imagine the FireFox developers would want you to not disable debugging or strip the build so that crash reports have enough info in them ... )