ch0wned – Adding Open Office 3.x and Java on EL4 for X86_64 in your homedir

Written by max on 2010-04-07

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a Linux user and don’t have root access.

Intro

Continuing my install series, here’s how you get OpenOffice 3 and Java w/ the Browser plugin working out of your homedirectory on an old linux install (EL4) without root access. I assume you already have a working 64-bit firefox compiled.

This guide assumes you’re leaving off from my previous post : http://warped.org/blog/2009/03/04/chown3d-part-2-gtk-and-glib-in-your-own-home-directory/ where you’ve setup a script called config_gapp.

Downloads

OOo_3.2.0_LinuxX86-64_install_wJRE_en-US.tar.gz
jdk-6u19-linux-x64.bin

Building

Open Office

After unpackaging open

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ch0wned – Building your own Thunderbird 3 on EL4 for X86_64 in your homedir

Written by max on 2010-04-06

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a Linux user and don’t have root access.

Intro

Having just gone through my guide on installing Firefox now you’re ready to do basically the same thing for Thunderbird.

This guide assumes you’re leaving off from my previous post : http://warped.org/blog/2009/03/04/chown3d-part-2-gtk-and-glib-in-your-own-home-directory/ where you’ve setup a script called config_gapp.

Prerequisites

firefox-3.6.2.source.tar.bz2
nss-3.12.6-with-nspr-4.8.4.tar.gz
sqlite-amalgamation-3.6.23.1.tar.gz
Python-2.5.5.tar.bz2
NSPR Patch from Standalone Linux (READ THIS!)
NSS Patch from Standalone Linux (READ THIS!)
My Patch for OSS

Building

Follow my guide on installing Firefox for all the

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ch0wned – Building your own Firefox on EL4 for X86_64 in your homedir

Written by max on 2010-04-06

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a Linux user and don’t have root access.

Intro

So you want Firefox 3.new on your EL4 workstation and don’t have root access? Worse off it’s an x86_64 machine? This is not for the faint of heart, and you will run into some snags, but hopefully with my help you can make it work.

This guide assumes you’re leaving off from my previous post : http://warped.org/blog/2009/03/04/chown3d-part-2-gtk-and-glib-in-your-own-home-directory/ where you’ve setup

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ch0wned – Building Amarok 1.4.10 in $HOME on Redhat EL4/EL5

Written by max on 2010-04-05

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a linux user and don’t have root access.

Intro

All I wanted to do was play Internet radio via a SOCKS proxy. Is that too much to ask for on Redhat EL4? Apparently so. So after many hours of frustration, here is how you get Amarok 1.x (1.4.10 was the last one made) to compile and run from your homedir on Linux 2.ANCIENT.

UPDATE 1/28/2011: Updated for EL5

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ch0wned – Installing TaskCoach and all its depenencies in $HOME for EL4/EL5

Written by max on 2010-04-02

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a linux user and don’t have root access.

Installing TaskCoach and its dependencies in $HOME for EL4/EL5

This guide assumes you’re leaving off from my previous post : http://warped.org/blog/2009/03/04/chown3d-part-2-gtk-and-glib-in-your-own-home-directory/ where you’ve setup a script called config_gapp.

Update: 2/1/2011 – Added EL5 . Irony : Spending a half-day trying to install an application that’s going to make you more productive.
Update: 3/12/2012 – Latest Version and $HOME install of python 2.6

Requirements

Python-2.6.7.tar.bz2 / python26

wxPython-src-2.8.12.1.tar.bz2

TaskCoach-1.3.9.tar.gz

Directions

Python

Install

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Updating your BIOS in DOS w/ Window 7 / Vista using a USB Drive

Written by max on 2009-11-22

Problem

You need to update your BIOS using a DOS boot disk and you’re running Windows 7, or Vista. Chances are you haven’t seen a DOS floppy, much less the floppy drive to put it in, since 1985.

Solution

I found many sites telling you how to make a USB stick bootable for installing Windows 7, but none on how to make it bootable for DOS for upgrading the BIOS or other diag.

Here is one solution I found :

Download

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Getting Accents / UTF8 in Mutt using Xterm with TrueType

Written by max on 2009-06-08

Overview

I’m starting to adopt Unicode/UTF-8 into my world to allow for more internationalization in my projects. Someday I might play with Perl6’s UTF-8 stuff too. I also want to be able have different charactersets render correctly while using Mutt. I often get email from people in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and SouthEast Asia, and they are all using different character sets. UTF-8 is the “universal” one.

Shows Hebrew, Chinese and Western European characters all at

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iTunes – Fixing ID3 tags in MP3’s – Take two

Written by max on 2009-05-03

Overview

In these last three posts [1] [2] [3] I tackled fixing my existing MP3’s to make them more iTunes friendly. I did it with three Perl scripts using two different ID3 libraries : Audio::TabLib which is a Perl wrapper to KDE’s TagLib, and MP3::Tag.

I’ve since given up on MP3::Tag. Although updated recently, it still does not support ID3v2 2.4, which, unfortunately is the default in iTunes versions 7 and 8. So I’ve combined all

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iTunes – Copying ID3 Tags in your MP3s from ID3v1 to ID3v2 in Perl

Written by max on 2009-05-02

Update

I’ve consolidated this script into a new one. GO HERE : http://warped.org/blog/2009/05/03/itunes-fixing-id3-tags-in-mp3s-take-two/

Overview

MP3’s have been around almost 15 years now. In the beginning there was a slot in the top of the MP3 file where you could hold the Artist, Album Name, Title, Track Number, etc. This is called the ID3 tag, and is part of every MP3 file. Fast forward some years and the ID3 standard has changed a number of times from

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iTunes – Setting the Compilation Flag on MP3’s using Perl

Written by max on 2009-05-02

Update

I’ve consolidated this script into a new one. GO HERE : http://warped.org/blog/2009/05/03/itunes-fixing-id3-tags-in-mp3s-take-two/

Overview

If you have an album that’s a compilation or DJ mix, then Cover Flow gets confused and does not group all the tracks together into an album because there is a different “Artist” for each track.

iTunes gets around this by setting it’s own custom flag in the ID3 tag : the TCMP frame in ID3v2 to be specific.

The Script

The following script uses MP3::Tag to set the TCMP flag on

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