Sunday, September 30, 2012

installing nvidia drivers in fedora 17 64bit

first, update everything you need to update, reboot into the newest kernel
go to add/remove programs, search for nouveau, unclick and apply. don't reboot yet

run as root (and you will find these all over the net)

rpm -Uvh
rpm -Uvh
yum install akmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs


reboot and re-scan for udpates.

Friday, September 28, 2012

easy bios update using drac or ilo (floppy image or iso)

This is the easiest (and most efficient) method i've found - anything easier please let me know.

Get the Bios upgrade DOS executable from Dell or your vendor and rename it to something like bios.exe

1. Go to and download the zipped files. You can forget those instructions, but the files are very well done and planned out. Extract.
2. Go to and download the zip. Not a bad idea to buy it if you will use it more than once, since it seems to last 30 days in trial mode.
3. Execute winimage, and open the file bootCD\CD\Floppy.ima that you extracted before.
4. From the menu, Image, Inject, and choose your bios.exe. If the file is too big, first make the "floppy" 2.88 mb in size with Image, Change Format. Save, close.
5. That's it! Use the edited bootCD\CD\Floppy.ima with your drac or ilo as a virtual floppy image.

Whatever you choose when you load (I do the shift+f5), you can see the file is there with a "dir"; just type "bios" and you will be flashing.

It's amazing how difficult these 5 steps are to find with a google search.

What if you need ISO? In the bootCD folder, there's a Build-ISO.cmd script that will create an ISO using that Floppy.ima that you already injected with your bios update executable. So, that would go after step 4 above.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Legalize online poker in the us

there isn't anything as american as poker. Well, maybe nfl. But you get my point.

All over america, people play home games, visit their local casino, go to bars for free tourneys. Every household has a favorite game. Ever since it came on tv it has not dropped - it is hence, popular. It's in american's dna.

I would almost propose that we can trace the current economic depression to around the time black friday came - the day when all those people good enough to survive (and many, thrive) playing poker online, found themselves with very few options. You had to move to canada or go back to getting a real job ;p

Let's be honest. Online poker was good for the usa, it's citizens, it's economy. Poker is a skill, and americans have it. The rest of the world is catching up online and they're catching up fast.

Legalize it - tie it with the IRS's mainframe for all I care, I was a recreational player at best - and let's stop pretending this won't happen at some point. It will help some americans get more income, increase money going to vendors, increase money going to government.

And also, let's be honest about something. Poker is controlled risk taking. It is not something people should quit work to play. I'm not saying everyone should do this. I'm just saying there are plenty of people in the usa who have proven to have enough talent to make this a profession and are now being restricted from exploiting this talent.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

92.5 the wolf payroll payout name tracker

I'm going to start tracking the names in the comments here. Just hate missing one and not knowing who it was. If anyone has a better link or wants to help, please do!