Fixing your VMWare’s guest clock

If you’re using VMWare on a variable-speed processor (like all most modern cpu’s these days) you might have noticed that sometimes the guest OS runs a lot faster (causing the guest clock to run faster and all kinds of weird effects).

The fix for that is easy, and specified in this knowledgebase article:

Add to /etc/vmware/config the following lines:

host.cpukHz = 1700000
host.noTSC = TRUE
ptsc.noTSC = TRUE

replacing 1700000 with the actual top speed of your processor. Et voila, runs better ;)

Vmware console on Debian Lenny

I just installed VMWare server on my gf’s linux-laptop, but the server console didn’t want to start for some reason… Just came back to the command line, nothing happening.

Running vmware as
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/$LD_PRELOAD vmware made things work, strangely enough ;)

Guess it’s because she’s not running any dbus-aware windowmanager, and thus said library not being loaded before the start of the server console. Ah well, fixed now ;)

Trains and the lack of being on time

In Belgium, if you want to get somewhere on time – don’t take the train.

For the third year counting, the trains have been even less on time. According to the NMBS/SNCB, 89.3% of all trains arrives on time (this is 1.5% less then last year). This is a very wrong way of calculating, since this doesn’t take into account:

  • delays up to 5 minutes
  • cancelled trains
  • missed connections

If you take all that into account, only 47% of all the trains in 2007 was on time!


Out of personal experience, I can say that this the 47% is way more accurate – in the 1.5 months I’ve been taking the train, not half of them were on time. Usually you either depart too late and arrive later, depart on time and arrive late, miss connections, suddely stand still in the middle of nowhere with no reason given. On average I’ve been 10-15 minutes late getting somewhere. The top is 45 minutes, thanks to a missed connection (because of the first train being too late).

And yet they keep on saying that the train is the best medium to get somewhere… sure, if you don’t care when you get there.

wrt54g time to live exceeded?

I wonder how long the lifetime is of a Linksys WRT54G v2.2 router… I have one, and it’s been showing more and more problems with the WiFi part of the router: often after a powerup it just doesn’t initialise, no WiFi to be seen. The router reports it’s up, but there just isn’t any signal.

It usually takes 2-3 powercycles (unplugging and replugging the power) to get it running. Kinda annoying if half of your infrastructure depends on said WiFi :p and the router is on another floor :p

I just swapped my WRT54GL (that I used in a WDS setup) with the WRT54G, and now the internet-connected router is working well but the WDS one isn’t :p Time to either:

  • use my spare WRT54G v5 (which is flashed with dd-wrt micro)
  • buy a new WRT54GL (and flash it using Tomato – what I use now on my routers)

I’ll see. I still have a voucher for MediaMarkt that I need to use… ;)

Portal end squence… Still Alive!

I recently bought Portal – a puzzle game (based on the Source engine) by Valve. The game in itself is fun, but even more fun was the end sequence!

(warning – spoilers ahead – so finish the game first before watching this!)

Read this wonderful Ars Technica article if you want to extract it from your Portal installation ;)

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Telenet pushed the button… and nothing happened

Telenet has launched a big campaign, known as Telenet drukt op de knop (Telenet pushes the button) touting that their product line would be dramatically altered. Rumours flew around like a scrapping of the limits they impose, doubling of speeds, …

In the end, it’s basically just a big non-event: they multiplied the speed of their lowest subscription by 4, going from 256kbit to 1mbit… but keeping the ultra-low limit of 400 megabytes. Yes, that’s correct, megabytes.
They also increased the upload speed of the other subscriptions.

So now these people will be able to get a lot faster on smallband (56kbit connection), or buy blocks to increase their limits… and increase Telenet’s revenues – ofcourse!