Archive for March, 2011

maple sap boil @ home

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

maple sap boil @ home #NH, originally uploaded by marcn.

Trevor has tapped four trees and started the boiling down of the maple sap.

Super Perigee Moon tonight

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

DSC01770.JPG, originally uploaded by marcn.

I choose you!

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

I choose you!, originally uploaded by marcn.

From Penny Arcade East’s Expo

Penny Arcade Expo 2011

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Pano of PAX, originally uploaded by marcn.

Panorama of PAX (aka PAXeast)

Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery are in Bedford

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The Tibetian monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery have a cultural presentation last night at the Bedford, NH that included a slideshow, demostrations of prayers, debating and the creation of a mandala.

Drepung Gomang Monks

More photos can be found here: To view as a slideshow, click here:

synergy on Ubuntu/Debian desktops

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

I have three monitors in my home office connected to two different systems, which gives a lot of screen space, but I don’t want to use two sets of keyboard/mouse. The open source package synergy lets you do that. (It also works on Windows systems too)

Sitting in front of me is nyx.local, an hp EliteBook 8530w (Ubuntu/Maverick) in a docking station connected to two monitors, keyboard and mouse. To the right is a monitor from an hp workstation xw8000 named mm.local (Debian/Lenny). It is a tucked away in the corner and a bit hard to get to the power button.

My morning routine is:

  1. Boot nyx.local and log in
  2. power on mm.local using Wake-on-LAN (WOL): sudo wakeonlan 00:11:85:ad:eb:ca
  3. Wait a minute to mm.local to boot and autologin
  4. Start the synergy server on the system I’m in front of: synergys
  5. Run the synergy client on the other system: ssh -f mm.local synergyc nyx.local

Now when I slide the mouse to the right it moves focus to the remote system!

Here is the ~/.synergy.conf file.

section: screens
section: links
		right = mm.local
		left = nyx