February 2011

Create a kind of service under windows using the task manager

Running a program every minutes in the task scheduler will mimic a service at low cost.

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1999 Q3 First exotic hardware

I have always been interested by exotic hardware ! When I started working for Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, I saw a lot of Sun, Digital, SGI stations. Each of them where the Star for one month, in magazines like Byte or PC Magazine.

1996 Q1 First Write of Linux Kernel Module

At end of 1995, I wrote a Windows 95 application handling data from a data acquisition card ACL-8111! I had fun playing with the card and I bough the same for myself. I started writing a Linux driver and was very quickly able to handle direct IO access but also IRQ driven access.

1995 Q4 First Kernel Hacking

At end of 1995 I bought a new computer, a Pentium with a PCI BUS and wanted a PCI ethernet card. I choose a NE2000 but unfortunately the one I got was not recognized by linux and I had to hack the ne2000 driver.

I started to add some printk instructions to understand what was going wrong, and some reboot later, I got it ! An id ( probably the PCI id ) returned by the card was unknown by the driver ! I had to bypass the test and the card was recognized, and worked fine ! I got it.

1992 Q3 First Linux install

I had the use of Un*x system when studying at Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and wanted one on my PC too. I got a SCO Unix for i386 and used it to improve my knowledge of C language and C-Shell scripting. SCO was heavy, a little slow, austere and sad, of course I had no mail or talk to disturb friends. When I heard about a new Free Un*x distribution including the kernel sources, I wanted to try it ! It was released on about 20 floppy disks.

1992 Q4 First Kernel compilation

A that time you had no choices, everything was requiring a kernel compilation !
Even to set the right keyboard mapping you had to rebuild the kernel. Hopefully their was some FAQ and other HOWTO to guide us.

The crazy things I did with Linux

This compiles all crazy things I did with Linux.
Some of these were crazy at the time I did them, or crazy because of the way I did them. Some are still crazy now, other are just common.
I'm trying to add an new story from time to time.

SRP authentication for Python

srplib is a python library providing SRP authentication capabilities to your python applications.

Deploy your python application

Small applications are more attractive and easy to install when they are composed by one single runnable file. This article compare the different ways to release your small Python application to make it easy to install and easy to run.

Softwares

Here are some softwares I made for the public domain.

MKSBackup

MKSBackup is a free front-end for common backup tools like MS Windows ntbackup, and it successor wbadmin, Un*x tools like tar, but also popular ghettoVCB to backup Virtual Machine on VMware ESX(i) host.