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Day 1: Installing SecureCRT 6.7.1 in Fedora 15

In Linux on July 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Spent a good part of yesterday trying to make SecureCRT 6.7.1 work with Fedora 15.   However, I get this error during installation:

scrt-6.7.1-188.i386 requires libpython2.4.so.1.0

the current version apparently requires a lower versioned python lib (F15 uses python 2.7).  VanDyke tech support pointed out that setting up a symlink might just work.  Tried that:

lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      19 Jul 22 20:53 /usr/lib/libpython2.4.so -> libpython2.7.so.1.0
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      19 Jul 22 20:53 /usr/lib/libpython2.4.so.1.0 -> libpython2.7.so.1.0
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root      19 Jul 21 17:27 /usr/lib/libpython2.7.so -> libpython2.7.so.1.0
-r-xr-xr-x. 1 root root 1619016 Apr 13 00:16 /usr/lib/libpython2.7.so.1.0

and installed the rpm with the depencies turned off ( –nodeps), like so:

rpm -i –nodeps scrt-6.7.1-188.rhel55.i386.rpm

(note that those are two dashes before nodeps) and got  SecureCRT 6.7.1.

To upgrade SecureCRT do the following:

 rpm -Uvh –nodeps scrt-6.7.2-229.rhel55.i386.rpm

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Day 1 on Fedora 15: Times Roman, Arial, Trebuchet are owned by MS!

In Linux on July 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

One of the things that I noticed is Fedora doesnt have Times Roman and Arial as default fonts.  I’m used to having these fonts as defaults in my docs.. it turns out these are all proprietary fonts of Microsoft and requires a separate install.  No it’s not in the fedora repo.. fortunately,  others have already figured out how to do this easily and cleanly, like this one from Andreas Haerter.  To cut it short simply open a terminal and type:

1: wget “http://blog.andreas-haerter.com/_export/code/2011/07/01/install-msttcorefonts-fedora.sh?codeblock=1” -O “/tmp/install-msttcorefonts-fedora.sh”
2: chmod a+rx “/tmp/install-msttcorefonts-fedora.sh”
3: su -c “/tmp/install-msttcorefonts-fedora.sh”

and then reboot.  Thanks Andreas!

Windows XP to Linux (Fedora 15)

In Linux on July 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

Today, its time to put my money where my mouth is.. I’ll finally replace Windows XP in my 4++ year old Compaq Presario V3000 trusted workhorse with Linux (Fedora 15).   We’ll see how long it’ll take and whether I’ll regret it.. to use my favorite post-compile mantra: “it should work..” (then crash).  Here goes!!

ios 4.3.4 is available, update my iphone first! =)

8:30 AM:  Update my phone’s iOS first.

8:50AM:  while my iOS is downloading and installing just some notes on what I need to install in my new linux box:

a. Browsers (Firefox — should be pre-installed and Chrome)
b. Java JDK
c. Areca Backups (so I can extract my files!)
d. Thunderbird Email Client
e. MySQL
f. Netbeans
g. Wine — why? well I have to run a couple of ‘native’ windows apps =(  the alternative for this is to install my old XP to VirtualBox. We’ll see.
h.  SSH Client alternative to SecureCRT
i.   GIMP for simple graphics editing or Inkscape

9:00AM: ok itunes is now installing the iOS.  After that, one final run of my Areca backup!

note: have to include my Firefox and Thunderbird profiles but will probably be just doing this and this or this.

2:00PM: Ok finally installed all my files, GNOME3 looks good.

Coming from an ancient OS, the workspace concept is neat, the response is also snappy compared to XP.

Tried to install itunes as well using Wine..

itunes install attempt


this ultimately failed.

3:30PM: Have to discard GNOME3 accelerated and use the ‘fallback’ version  for my extended monitor which has a different resolution.  All apps are now working except for iTunes.

Working fedora.. XP to linux transition, is surprisingly smooth!


4:00PM: ok that’s it for now.. gotta have lunch!

Google+ app on iphone released

In Apple, Google on July 20, 2011 at 6:52 am

Well looks like Apple has finally released the G+ app on iphone.. unfortunately, I can’t give it a spin yet as its only available (it seems) for US based users =(

Apple taking time in approving Google+ app

In Apple, Google on July 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Two weeks and counting and so far theres no word on googles g+ app getting approved by Apple.

According to iphonedev it only takes about a week for an app to get approved or declined. Granted the g+ app is probably larger than the usual appstore app and may require more scrutiny it is still a little strange, afterall i’m sure they not only have automated testing tools but most probably also decompile each app for ‘verification’ purposes. I suppose this is going through something beyond a technical review. I bet people are losing sleep in Apple about this.. Should we? Shouldnt we? I hope to be surprised with an approval!

Steve: drumm..drum…drum…

Hats off to Larry and Sergey!

Google+ is not about Facebook, its about Apple.

In Apple, Google on July 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

after giving G+ a spin, I have to say I like the circles concept and execution a lot.  For one thing, it does make segregating people a lot easier so its easier to make a shout out to one without necessarily announcing it to the rest of your contacts.  At any rate, after checking out google.com/+ on my iphone’s browser, I realized that google already has a very rich web mobile app offering, a link to ‘more’ showed the available apps.

So is G+ simply about the FB-like functionality or a means to an end? the end being the entry into Apple’s platform?  I think its the latter, Circles — the FB-like functionality (which is cool btw) is a red herring, the real target is Apple and Apple knows it.   Once the G+ app goes in and becomes available in Apple’s App Store, then this is tantamount to a digital Trojan Horse with Google being able to provide their apps (see above image) using Apple’s infrastructure.  It’s beginning to look like Android++ within Iphone.

We know that the G+ app has already been submitted to Apple.. we’ll see if it gets approved or not.  Very interesting outcome either way.