256-Color XTerms in Ubuntu
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It’s not commonly used, but most Linux terminals can support 256 colors. It’s also a bit of a pain in the ass to set up if it doesn’t Just Work out of the box. Having spent a while today tinkering and searching and cursing and testing and trading mail/IM with folks who understand the eldritch depths of terminals better than I, I thought I’d write up my findings for anyone else who’d like spiffy colors.

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Epson Perfection V100 in Ubuntu
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Epson v100 I just bought an Epson Perfection V100 scanner and wanted to post about how I got it working in Ubuntu for anyone else who noticed it doesn’t Just Work. The drivers are binary-only, so you have to dick around a little to get them installed — the SANE folks have said they’d integrate them if they were open source, but most hardware companies fail to provide source and doom their hardware to early obsolescence. Tangent aside, here’s how to get your scanner working:

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Which Vista Version?
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Today Windows Vista is available to customers in seven versions, and I’ve had some friends and family ask which they should buy:

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Dual-Head on the 13″ Macbook
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Since Ubuntu Edgy came out last week I decided to spend some more time tinkering with getting dual-head display working, and this time it took.

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