Error: “Operation could not be completed (error 0x000006d1)” when adding a Samba based network printer to Vista

If you are getting the following error while adding a Samba based network printer to Vista: Windows cannot connect to the printer. Operation could not be completed (error 0x000006d1). And you have a Samba server (version 3.0 and above) consider using the following technique to add the printer: Add a local printer (not a network one!) Select “create a new port” Select “Local port” as type of port In the port name enter the printer’s SMB path, i. [Read More]

“Unable to retrieve MSN Address Book” on Pidgin on Ubuntu / Debian?

Today I got the following error on Pidgin (I’m running version 2.5.2 on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex) while it tried to connect to MSN: “Unable to retrieve MSN Address Book” After searching a bit I found this post by Gijs Nelissen which said to use a different MSN plugin for Pidgin called msn-pecan. I’ll reiterate the instructions for those with Ubuntu / Debian: Close Pidgin (make sure the process is really down) Run “apt-get install msn-pecan” Start pidgin Change your MSN account type from MSN to WLM Reconnect I don’t know if this error affects other libpurple based multi-headed IMs (such as Adium) (UPDATE: It appears this IS a libpurple issue – so Adium IS affected), however, the msn-pecan project has a Windows binary release as well as source release (if you care/need/want to compile it for Mac OS X or other Linux distributions). [Read More]

Ubuntu 8.10, Dell D630, fan issues and screen repaints issues

On the day of Ubunut 8.10 I’ve upgraded my work laptop (Dell D630) to Ubuntu 8.10. I’ve previously ran my home desktop on the release candidates and saw that all is well so I didn’t expect any specific issues with the upgrade. After finishing the upgrade successfully I’ve encountered 2 problems. The first was with the computer fan. It was workin on and off in full steam in 4 seconds cycles. [Read More]

Google Developer Day 2008 Israel (yes, it’s in Israel)

About a year and a half ago I’ve written about Google Israel’s position in the Israeli development community (actually, there lack of) and that a company like Google should be more involved. This was written around the time the 2007 Google Developer Day happened in more than 10 places around the world but not in Israel. I opened my Email this morning and to my surprise I found an invitation to the Google Developer Day 2008 in Israel. [Read More]

Failed to run /usr/sbin/synaptic Unable to copy the user’s Xauthorisation file

If you get the following error while running Synaptic: **Failed to run /usr/sbin/synaptic Unable to copy the user’s Xauthorisation file.** Make sure to that you have enough space in your /tmp directory. To check if that is indeed the problem run the following command in your terminal: df -h This command will show you each mounted volumes you may have including the one mounted to /tmp. [Read More]

Solution (sort of): Mic problems with Skype on Dell D630 and Ubuntu 7.10 (gutsy gibbon)

If you are using Skype on Ubuntu 7.10 (Gusty Gibbon) on a Dell D630 and have the “famous” internal microphone problems due to the HD-Intel chipset, I’ve found a simple solution, sort of. I recently bought a Plantronics .Audio 470 headset at Best Buy for $50. Its a nice headset with good sound quality and a good mic that is also fold-able for good portability. That headset also comes with a USB adapter which allows you to basically get a USB based sound card so you can use that headset with machines without a sound card (or a problematic sound card/chipset…). [Read More]

SocialGraph FooCamp 2008 here I come!

I’m sitting in Frankfurt Airport (FRA) waiting for my connecting flight to San Francisco which will let me attend Social Graph FooCamp 2008. According to the cast of people assembled on the wiki it seems that its going to be lots of fun and hopefully very productive. I’ll be arriving to SF after noonish. If you want to meet, say hi, or anything else, Email me through the contact page. [Read More]

OpenID 2.0 Directed Identity and Emails

A couple of days ago I’ve talked with Eran Hammer-Lahav about an idea I had regarding his post about using Emails as OpenID identifiers. During the talk another sub-idea came into light in regards to OpenID 2.0 Directed Identity and Emails. While I’m not sure if this has been discussed before (I didn’t have much time to go through old posts on the OpenID mailinglist yet) I thought about bringing it up here. [Read More]

OAuth Core 1.0 Final – Out the door into a service near you

At IIW 2007b OAuth Core 1.0 Final was released. I wish I could attend IIW but I had previous work related obligations that I simply could not get out of. I do hope to attend the next one (IIW 2008a). Now it’s time to update the C# client to the latest and really final version of the spec. Congrats to everyone involved with OAuth. It is a truly amazing group of people and I think we can all be proud of the outcome! [Read More]