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14 September 2005

Setting up a secure remote X session with gdm

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After the video card in my desktop computer fried last week for some reasons unknown to me, I moved to use my laptop as the basis of my daily work environment for a few days. And now that my desktop is back in service, I’m thinking to move to a laptop-only mode. But this move is pending some hardware complements (e.g. a port replicator), and I decided that I should start using my laptop system right now rather than later; I’d rather not plug all my existing devices in the laptop since I would have to unplug them too frequently, so I’ve decided to transform at least temporarily my desktop in a simple X Terminal.

9 September 2005

Setting Vonage line on and off

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For my W3C work, I (and a good chunk of the W3C Team) use Vonage as a Voice over IP service that allows me to participate to teleconferences, call my colleagues, etc. for a very low cost.

But one of my issues with it is that, being with a US number, you can get spammers calling you at US hours, which may or may not match the actual timezone you’re in. I had asked a while back to the technical support in Vonage if there was a way to ask your line to be off (i.e. directly on voicemail) at well-defined times of the day, but to no avail.

8 September 2005

Worldclock with gdesklets

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Working with people around the world, I often ask myself what time is it where X is? How long Y will be available? Until when Z will be pestering me? Although there are plenty of web sites that give you that information (I particularly like the worldclock from time and date.com), this kind of information is something I want directly available on my desktop, especially when I’m using IRC – our primary mode of instant communication in W3C.

So, using a Gnome desktop, I installed a set of 4 clocks on my desktop set on the timezones of the people I work the most often with… Et voilà !

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux (dom@w3.org) is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.