Asus M4N78-VM and wakeup under linux

I guess if I wait until I’ve completed something, I’ll never blog about stuff like this. So I’ll try to have this here in smaller bites:

My new mainboard for the vdr (Asus M4N78-VM) runs great so far with linux, especially at the moment yavdr: HDTV on the DVI worked out of the box. And my biggest fear that I’ll get problems with the wakeup are completely wiped out: The board woke up after setting a time with acpi-wakeup. (Well, it didn’t boot up, because there are some problems with the standby mode, but I don’t need that too bad.)

Only real bummer: The board doesn’t fit in my gorgeous Silverstone LaScala SST – LC 11M. Don’t know what to do yet, the case is really nice, but quite small. I would like to buy something where I can fit pci cards without a riser card, but that on the other hand doesn’t fit in my living room anymore.

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Installation via USB

I just got some new hardware for my new (or overhauled) vdr. (More on that later…) I wanted to try out yavdr and needed a cd drive for the installation. I looked in my basement for an old drive, finally found one in an old IBM Intellistation and got it out of there. Then I burned the cd, very sloooowly, so the old drive can read it, found a PATA cable to connect the drive and booted. Half through the boot process the drive couldn’t read the cd anymore… All that hassle, just because I seem to be too oldschool to think of usb drives. Since I already got the iso image on my computer, it took around 3 minutes to use usb-creator to create a bootable usb drive. Too easy for me I suppose…

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New Ubuntu LTS release


I’m quite curious how the new release will work out, I’ve got a couple of servers waiting for new software versions (e.g. samba). Things changed since 2008. 🙂

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Links in a CMS WordPress

While using WordPress as a CMS in a project of mine, I had a problem with linking to other internal pages easily. There is no way in the wordpress link dialog right now to refer to an internal page. But just using the absolute URL is no real solution, since the pages or even the site base URL might change. There are nice solutions to this problem, like creating your own shortcode for that. (German) While that is a neat solution, it is not user friendly, which I need or at least want for my CMS thing. So I searched a bit more and found Absolute Links, a plugin that converts all internal links to the default format (/?page_id=6) and while rendering replacing that with the current setting for permalinks (/about/contact). On the outside everything looks great, you can input the links as you like, but you stay a 100% flexible. Simply a great plugin.

Absolute Links

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