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  • Can SAML use saleforce login information to log into another system inside a view?

    - by steve
    I want my sales people, whom use salesforce every day, to be able to view orders in a ecommerce system through a dashboard view in salesforce. The ecom is built and sitting on my web server but the sales reps dont like to log into too many things in one day so they are not using what I built them. I read recently that salesforce can use SAML but it was unclear as to what you can do with it. What I'd like, is to make a new dash board view that will open up the ecom inside of salesforce. The ecom uses a login system but if it is inside of saleforce would SAML automatically log into the ecom?

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  • Autoscaling in a modern world&hellip;. Part 2

    - by Steve Loethen
    When we last left off, we had a web application spinning away in the cloud, and a local console application watching it and reacting to changes in demand.  Reactions that were specified by a set of rules.  Let’s talk about those rules. Constraints.  The first set of rules this application answered to were the constraints. Here is what they looked like: <constraintRules> <rule name="default" enabled="true" rank="1" description="The default constraint rule"> <actions> <range min="1" max="4" target="AutoscalingApplicationRole"/> </actions> </rule> </constraintRules> Pretty basic.  We have one role, the “AutoscalingApplicationRole”, and we have decided to have it live within a range of 1 to 4.  This rule does not adjust, but instead, set’s limits on what other rules can do.  It has a rank, so you can have you can specify other sets of constraints, perhaps based on time or date, to allow for deviations from this set.  But for now, let’s keep it simple.  In the real world, you would probably use the minimum to set a lower end SLA.  A common value might be a 2, to prevent the reactive rules from ever taking you down to 1 role.  The maximum is often used to keep a rule from driving the cost up, setting an upper limit to prevent you waking up one morning and find a bill for hundreds of instances you didn’t expect.  So, here we have the range we want our application to live inside.  This is good for our investigation and testing.  Next, let’s take a look at the reactive rules.  These rules are what you use to react (hence reactive rules) to changing demands on your application.  The HOL has two simple rules.  One that looks at a queue depth, and one that looks at a performance counter that reports cpu utilization.  the XML in the rules file looks like this: <reactiveRules> <rule name="ScaleUp" rank="10" description="Scale Up the web role" enabled="true"> <when> <any> <greaterOrEqual operand="Length_05_holqueue" than="10"/> <greaterOrEqual operand="CPU_05_holwebrole" than="65"/> </any> </when> <actions> <scale target="AutoscalingApplicationRole" by="1"/> </actions> </rule> <rule name="ScaleDown" rank="10" description="Scale down the web role" enabled="true"> <when> <all> <less operand="Length_05_holqueue" than="5"/> <less operand="CPU_05_holwebrole" than="40"/> </all> </when> <actions> <scale target="AutoscalingApplicationRole" by="-1"/> </actions> </rule> </reactiveRules> <operands> <performanceCounter alias="CPU_05_holwebrole" performanceCounterName="\Processor(_Total)\% Processor Time" source="AutoscalingApplicationRole" timespan="00:05:00" aggregate="Average" /> <queueLength alias="Length_05_holqueue" queue="hol-queue" timespan="00:05:00" aggregate="Average"/> </operands> These rules are currently contained in a file called rules.xml, that is in the root of the console application.  The console app, starts up, grabs the rules and starts watching the 2 operands.  When it detects a rule has been satisfied, it performs the desired action.  (here, scale up or down my 1). But I want to host the autoscaler  in the cloud.  For my first trick, I will move the rules (and another file called services.xml) to azure blob storage.  Look for part 3.

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  • Protecting Consolidated Data on Engineered Systems

    - by Steve Enevold
    In this time of reduced budgets and cost cutting measures in Federal, State and Local governments, the requirement to provide services continues to grow. Many agencies are looking at consolidating their infrastructure to reduce cost and meet budget goals. Oracle's engineered systems are ideal platforms for accomplishing these goals. These systems provide unparalleled performance that is ideal for running applications and databases that traditionally run on separate dedicated environments. However, putting multiple critical applications and databases in a single architecture makes security more critical. You are putting a concentrated set of sensitive data on a single system, making it a more tempting target.  The environments were previously separated by iron so now you need to provide assurance that one group, department, or application's information is not visible to other personnel or applications resident in the Exadata system. Administration of the environments requires formal separation of duties so an administrator of one application environment cannot view or negatively impact others. Also, these systems need to be in protected environments just like other critical production servers. They should be in a data center protected by physical controls, network firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, etc Exadata also provides unique security benefits, including a reducing attack surface by minimizing packages and services to only those required. In addition to reducing the possible system areas someone may attempt to infiltrate, Exadata has the following features: 1.    Infiniband, which functions as a secure private backplane 2.    IPTables  to perform stateful packet inspection for all nodes               Cellwall implements firewall services on each cell using IPTables 3.    Hardware accelerated encryption for data at rest on storage cells Oracle is uniquely positioned to provide the security necessary for implementing Exadata because security has been a core focus since the company's beginning. In addition to the security capabilities inherent in Exadata, Oracle security products are all certified to run in an Exadata environment. Database Vault Oracle Database Vault helps organizations increase the security of existing applications and address regulatory mandates that call for separation-of-duties, least privilege and other preventive controls to ensure data integrity and data privacy. Oracle Database Vault proactively protects application data stored in the Oracle database from being accessed by privileged database users. A unique feature of Database Vault is the ability to segregate administrative tasks including when a command can be executed, or that the DBA can manage the health of the database and objects, but may not see the data Advanced Security  helps organizations comply with privacy and regulatory mandates by transparently encrypting all application data or specific sensitive columns, such as credit cards, social security numbers, or personally identifiable information (PII). By encrypting data at rest and whenever it leaves the database over the network or via backups, Oracle Advanced Security provides the most cost-effective solution for comprehensive data protection. Label Security  is a powerful and easy-to-use tool for classifying data and mediating access to data based on its classification. Designed to meet public-sector requirements for multi-level security and mandatory access control, Oracle Label Security provides a flexible framework that both government and commercial entities worldwide can use to manage access to data on a "need to know" basis in order to protect data privacy and achieve regulatory compliance  Data Masking reduces the threat of someone in the development org taking data that has been copied from production to the development environment for testing, upgrades, etc by irreversibly replacing the original sensitive data with fictitious data so that production data can be shared safely with IT developers or offshore business partners  Audit Vault and Database Firewall Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall serves as a critical detective and preventive control across multiple operating systems and database platforms to protect against the abuse of legitimate access to databases responsible for almost all data breaches and cyber attacks.  Consolidation, cost-savings, and performance can now be achieved without sacrificing security. The combination of built in protection and Oracle’s industry-leading data protection solutions make Exadata an ideal platform for Federal, State, and local governments and agencies.

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  • Blog comment spammers &hellip; help!

    - by Steve Clements
    Hey, I need some advice/help, now I’ve been writing on this blog for a few years, I don’t blog a great deal in comparison to many of my peers and my blog doesn’t get a massive number of hits, BUT I seem to get a fair share of comments spammers!! I have an image verification on the comments and I have put an Akismet API key into the Geekswithblogs settings, but I still get a bunch of spam comments. They could almost be real, until you see the link going off to some dating site or casino crap. What does everyone do?? Delete them every time?? Moderate comments?? I would rather not moderate comments if possible, but is that the only way to stop the crap?? Thx Technorati Tags: spammers,comments,help

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  • vi issue in SSH TTYs to Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

    - by Steve Campbell
    After upgrading my server to Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, I can no longer use the vi editor to edit anything in an SSH terminal (I access the server by launching ssh sessions from Cygwin running on Windows). The empty portions of the vi window fill with garbage. The workaround is to launch an xterm from the server back to my Cygwin/X display. Using vi from within the xterm works fine. Setting my TERM to vt100/vt220/xterm does not help.

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  • Traffic estimation for a multiplayer flash game

    - by Steve Addington
    hey, i want to know if my rough traffic estimations are right, it would be for a pretty simple realtime flashgame in the style of haxball (but not as a soccer game) heres a video of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_xBdFg1RcI So here comes my estimation, i dont know if they are realistic! i hope someone can help me. consider the packet attached as a typical one sent every 200ms, its 148bytes + 64 bytes of header will make around a 200bytes packet. The server will receive 200bytes x 6 players x 5 times a sec=6000bytes/s=5.85Kbytes/s=46.9kbit/s plus he has to send all back to the players, so at this point are 94Kbit/s.The server received all the information, perform the definitive calculation and send the new position to all players, in a bigger packet of around 900bytes that have to be delivered to the others 6, which makes 900bytes x 6 players x 5 times a sec=27000bytes/s=26Kbytes/s=210kbit/s. overall that would be 26kbyte per second. thats like 130mb traffic per hour for a 6player room. but somehow i think the numbers are too high? that would be really much traffic for such a simple game. did i calculate something wrong?

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  • Are you ready to take a walk in the clouds?

    - by Steve Loethen
    Cloud computing is here, whether we want it or not.  When I say "a walk in the clouds” I am not talking about a pleasant romantic comedy, but a real alternative to hosting applications on-premise.  For years we have had the power to host our web sites on remote systems.  Sure, challenges existed.  Mostly web sites.  I could, with a few clicks, create a account at a myriad of web host sites, put my site in the hands of a remote hosting company, and boom, I was a site on the internet.  But choices, power, and management was limited. Now, we have a set of services to let us approach and power and control we love, but with scalability of the data center.  My personal web site is hosted on a laptop running hyperV in my basement.  I have to manage the machine, patch it, make sure it is powered up.  This is fine for the “hello, this is my dog skippy site” that I maintain. If the football pool I run has an issue, one of the 10 users I have calls or emails me and I go check it out.  All is well. But this falls well below the needs of even the simplest of enterprises.  A business needs a stronger datacenter, a better pipe to the world.  Do I really want to base my business on a dynamic dns and a dsl line from the local phone company? Cloud computing gives us most of what I value (control, a db of my own, updating my site from Visual Studio). Come learn how this technology can transform your business.  If you are a Microsoft shop, or are interested in Microsoft in the cloud, on April 8 and 9, a 2 day free Azure training class is being conducted in Kansas City.  http://www.azurebootcamp.com/city/kansascity Hope to see you there.  If you come, make sure you look me up.

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  • Use a Fake Http Channel to Unit Test with HttpClient

    - by Steve Michelotti
    Applications get data from lots of different sources. The most common is to get data from a database or a web service. Typically, we encapsulate calls to a database in a Repository object and we create some sort of IRepository interface as an abstraction to decouple between layers and enable easier unit testing by leveraging faking and mocking. This works great for database interaction. However, when consuming a RESTful web service, this is is not always the best approach. The WCF Web APIs that are available on CodePlex (current drop is Preview 3) provide a variety of features to make building HTTP REST services more robust. When you download the latest bits, you’ll also find a new HttpClient which has been updated for .NET 4.0 as compared to the one that shipped for 3.5 in the original REST Starter Kit. The HttpClient currently provides the best API for consuming REST services on the .NET platform and the WCF Web APIs provide a number of extension methods which extend HttpClient and make it even easier to use. Let’s say you have a client application that is consuming an HTTP service – this could be Silverlight, WPF, or any UI technology but for my example I’ll use an MVC application: 1: using System; 2: using System.Net.Http; 3: using System.Web.Mvc; 4: using FakeChannelExample.Models; 5: using Microsoft.Runtime.Serialization; 6:   7: namespace FakeChannelExample.Controllers 8: { 9: public class HomeController : Controller 10: { 11: private readonly HttpClient httpClient; 12:   13: public HomeController(HttpClient httpClient) 14: { 15: this.httpClient = httpClient; 16: } 17:   18: public ActionResult Index() 19: { 20: var response = httpClient.Get("Person(1)"); 21: var person = response.Content.ReadAsDataContract<Person>(); 22:   23: this.ViewBag.Message = person.FirstName + " " + person.LastName; 24: 25: return View(); 26: } 27: } 28: } On line #20 of the code above you can see I’m performing an HTTP GET request to a Person resource exposed by an HTTP service. On line #21, I use the ReadAsDataContract() extension method provided by the WCF Web APIs to serialize to a Person object. In this example, the HttpClient is being passed into the constructor by MVC’s dependency resolver – in this case, I’m using StructureMap as an IoC and my StructureMap initialization code looks like this: 1: using StructureMap; 2: using System.Net.Http; 3:   4: namespace FakeChannelExample 5: { 6: public static class IoC 7: { 8: public static IContainer Initialize() 9: { 10: ObjectFactory.Initialize(x => 11: { 12: x.For<HttpClient>().Use(() => new HttpClient("http://localhost:31614/")); 13: }); 14: return ObjectFactory.Container; 15: } 16: } 17: } My controller code currently depends on a concrete instance of the HttpClient. Now I *could* create some sort of interface and wrap the HttpClient in this interface and use that object inside my controller instead – however, there are a few why reasons that is not desirable: For one thing, the API provided by the HttpClient provides nice features for dealing with HTTP services. I don’t really *want* these to look like C# RPC method calls – when HTTP services have REST features, I may want to inspect HTTP response headers and hypermedia contained within the message so that I can make intelligent decisions as to what to do next in my workflow (although I don’t happen to be doing these things in my example above) – this type of workflow is common in hypermedia REST scenarios. If I just encapsulate HttpClient behind some IRepository interface and make it look like a C# RPC method call, it will become difficult to take advantage of these types of things. Second, it could get pretty mind-numbing to have to create interfaces all over the place just to wrap the HttpClient. Then you’re probably going to have to hard-code HTTP knowledge into your code to formulate requests rather than just “following the links” that the hypermedia in a message might provide. Third, at first glance it might appear that we need to create an interface to facilitate unit testing, but actually it’s unnecessary. Even though the code above is dependent on a concrete type, it’s actually very easy to fake the data in a unit test. The HttpClient provides a Channel property (of type HttpMessageChannel) which allows you to create a fake message channel which can be leveraged in unit testing. In this case, what I want is to be able to write a unit test that just returns fake data. I also want this to be as re-usable as possible for my unit testing. I want to be able to write a unit test that looks like this: 1: [TestClass] 2: public class HomeControllerTest 3: { 4: [TestMethod] 5: public void Index() 6: { 7: // Arrange 8: var httpClient = new HttpClient("http://foo.com"); 9: httpClient.Channel = new FakeHttpChannel<Person>(new Person { FirstName = "Joe", LastName = "Blow" }); 10:   11: HomeController controller = new HomeController(httpClient); 12:   13: // Act 14: ViewResult result = controller.Index() as ViewResult; 15:   16: // Assert 17: Assert.AreEqual("Joe Blow", result.ViewBag.Message); 18: } 19: } Notice on line #9, I’m setting the Channel property of the HttpClient to be a fake channel. I’m also specifying the fake object that I want to be in the response on my “fake” Http request. I don’t need to rely on any mocking frameworks to do this. All I need is my FakeHttpChannel. The code to do this is not complex: 1: using System; 2: using System.IO; 3: using System.Net.Http; 4: using System.Runtime.Serialization; 5: using System.Threading; 6: using FakeChannelExample.Models; 7:   8: namespace FakeChannelExample.Tests 9: { 10: public class FakeHttpChannel<T> : HttpClientChannel 11: { 12: private T responseObject; 13:   14: public FakeHttpChannel(T responseObject) 15: { 16: this.responseObject = responseObject; 17: } 18:   19: protected override HttpResponseMessage Send(HttpRequestMessage request, CancellationToken cancellationToken) 20: { 21: return new HttpResponseMessage() 22: { 23: RequestMessage = request, 24: Content = new StreamContent(this.GetContentStream()) 25: }; 26: } 27:   28: private Stream GetContentStream() 29: { 30: var serializer = new DataContractSerializer(typeof(T)); 31: Stream stream = new MemoryStream(); 32: serializer.WriteObject(stream, this.responseObject); 33: stream.Position = 0; 34: return stream; 35: } 36: } 37: } The HttpClientChannel provides a Send() method which you can override to return any HttpResponseMessage that you want. You can see I’m using the DataContractSerializer to serialize the object and write it to a stream. That’s all you need to do. In the example above, the only thing I’ve chosen to do is to provide a way to return different response objects. But there are many more features you could add to your own re-usable FakeHttpChannel. For example, you might want to provide the ability to add HTTP headers to the message. You might want to use a different serializer other than the DataContractSerializer. You might want to provide custom hypermedia in the response as well as just an object or set HTTP response codes. This list goes on. This is the just one example of the really cool features being added to the next version of WCF to enable various HTTP scenarios. The code sample for this post can be downloaded here.

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  • Autoscaling in a modern world&hellip;. Part 4

    - by Steve Loethen
    Now that I have the rules and services XML files in the cloud, it is time to sever the bounds of earth and live totally in the cloud.  I have to host the Autoscaling object in Azure as well, point it to the rules, tell it the management certs and get out of the way. A couple of questions.  Where to host?  The most obvious place to me was a worker role.  A simple, single purpose worker role, doing nothing but watching my app.  Here are the steps I used. 1) Created a project.  Separate project from my web site.  I wanted to be able to run the web in the cloud and the autoscaler local for debugging purposes.  Seemed like the easiest way.  2) Add the Wasabi block to the project. 3) Configure the settings.  I used the same settings used for the console app.  It points to the same web role, uses the same rules file.  4) Make sure the certification needed to manage the role is added to the cert store in the sky (“LocalMachine” and “My” are default locations). I ran the worker role in the local fabric.  It worked.  I then published to the cloud, and verified it worked again.  Here is what my code looked like. public override bool OnStart() { Trace.WriteLine("Set Default Connection Limit", "Information"); // Set the maximum number of concurrent connections ServicePointManager.DefaultConnectionLimit = 12; Trace.WriteLine("Set up configuration change code", "Information"); // set up config CloudStorageAccount.SetConfigurationSettingPublisher((configName, configSetter) => configSetter(RoleEnvironment.GetConfigurationSettingValue(configName))); Trace.WriteLine("Get current diagnostic configuration", "Information"); // Get current diagnostic configuration DiagnosticMonitorConfiguration dmc = DiagnosticMonitor.GetDefaultInitialConfiguration(); Trace.WriteLine("Set Diagnostic Buffer Size", "Information"); // Set Diagnostic Buffer size dmc.Logs.BufferQuotaInMB = 4; Trace.WriteLine("Set log transfer period", "Information"); // Set log transfer period dmc.Logs.ScheduledTransferPeriod = TimeSpan.FromMinutes(1); Trace.WriteLine("Set log verbosity", "Information"); // Set log filter to verbose dmc.Logs.ScheduledTransferLogLevelFilter = LogLevel.Verbose; Trace.WriteLine("Start the diagnostic monitor", "Information"); // Start the diagnostic monitor DiagnosticMonitor.Start("Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Plugins.Diagnostics.ConnectionString", dmc); Trace.WriteLine("Get the current Autoscaler from the EntLib Container", "Information"); // Get the current Autoscaler from the EntLib Container scaler = EnterpriseLibraryContainer.Current.GetInstance<Autoscaler>(); Trace.WriteLine("Start the autoscaler", "Information"); // Start the autoscaler scaler.Start(); Trace.WriteLine("call the base class OnStart", "Information"); // call the base class OnStart return base.OnStart(); } public override void OnStop() { Trace.WriteLine("Stop the Autoscaler", "Information"); // Stop the Autoscaler scaler.Stop(); } I did have to turn on some basic logging for wasabi, which will cover in the next post.  This let me figure out that I hadn’t done the certificate step.

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  • Oracle OpenWorld Healthcare Integration Session Highlights Challenges & Solutions

    - by Bruce Tierney
    In today’s session co-presented by Steve Schenks, Integration Architect from Ascension Health and Oracle’s Sundar Shenbagam and Suresh Sharma (apparently your initials must be SS to present during this session), interesting insights in many different areas including Steve’s descriptions of the challenges with their previous environment: Disparate hardware and software is an issue common across healthcare and most other industries…Larry Ellison spoke on this topic during Sundays’ keynote address. In the last part of session, Suresh is planning to go over some of the best practices and lesson learned to implement successful healthcare applications and will discuss the different options to model Sequencing (FIF0) use cases (one of most common use cases in the provider market). The session was “Implementing Successful Healthcare Applications with Oracle SOA Suite” – Session # CON8546. For more information about this session, please contact Senior Principal Product Manager Suresh Sharma

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  • Oracle OpenWorld Healthcare Integration Session Highlights Challenges & Solutions

    - by Nitesh Jain
    In today’s session co-presented by Steve Schenks, Integration Architect from Ascension Health and Oracle’s Sundar Shenbagam and Suresh Sharma (apparently your initials must be SS to present during this session), interesting insights in many different areas including Steve’s descriptions of the challenges with their previous environment: Disparate hardware and software is an issue common across healthcare and most other industries…Larry Ellison spoke on this topic during Sundays’ keynote address.  In the last part of session, Suresh is planning to go over some of the best practices and lesson learned to implement successful healthcare applications and will discuss the different options to model Sequencing (FIF0) use cases (one of most common use cases in the provider market). The session was “Implementing Successful Healthcare Applications with Oracle SOA Suite” – Session # CON8546. For more information about this session, please contact Senior Principal Product Manager Suresh Sharma Ref : https://blogs.oracle.com/SOA/entry/oracle_openworld_healthcare_integration_session

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  • Netbook performs hard shutdown without warning on low battery power

    - by Steve Kroon
    My Asus EEE netbook performs a hard shutdown when it reaches low battery power, without giving any warning - i.e. the power just goes off, without any shutdown process. I can't find anything in the syslog, and no error messages are printed before it happens. I've had this problem on previous (K)Ubuntu versions, and hoped updating to Ubuntu Precise would help resolve the issue, but it hasn't. The option in the Power application for "when power is critically low" is currently blank - the only options are a (grayed-out) hibernate and "Power off". I have re-installed indicator-power to no effect. The time remaining reported by acpi is unstable, as is the time remaining reported by gnome-power-statistics. (For example, running acpi twice in succession, I got 2h16min, and then 3h21min remaining. These sorts of jumps in the remaining time are also in the gnome-power-statistics graphs.) It might be possible to write a script to give me advance warning (as per @RanRag's comment below), but I would prefer to isolate why I don't get a critical battery notification from the system before this happens, so that I can take action as appropriate (suspend/shutdown/plug in power) when I get a notification. Some additional information on the battery: [email protected]:~$ upower -i /org/freedesktop/UPower/devices/battery_BAT0 native-path: /sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/device:00/PNP0A08:00/PNP0C0A:00/power_supply/BAT0 vendor: ASUS model: 1005P power supply: yes updated: Fri Aug 17 07:31:23 2012 (9 seconds ago) has history: yes has statistics: yes battery present: yes rechargeable: yes state: charging energy: 33.966 Wh energy-empty: 0 Wh energy-full: 34.9272 Wh energy-full-design: 47.52 Wh energy-rate: 3.7692 W voltage: 12.61 V time to full: 15.3 minutes percentage: 97.248% capacity: 73.5% technology: lithium-ion History (charge): 1345181483 97.248 charging 1345181453 97.155 charging 1345181423 97.062 charging 1345181393 96.970 charging History (rate): 1345181483 3.769 charging 1345181453 3.899 charging 1345181423 4.061 charging 1345181393 4.201 charging [email protected]:~$ cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/state present: yes capacity state: ok charging state: charging present rate: 332 mA remaining capacity: 3149 mAh present voltage: 12612 mV [email protected]:~$ cat /proc/acpi/battery/BAT0/info present: yes design capacity: 4400 mAh last full capacity: 3209 mAh battery technology: rechargeable design voltage: 10800 mV design capacity warning: 10 mAh design capacity low: 5 mAh cycle count: 0 capacity granularity 1: 44 mAh capacity granularity 2: 44 mAh model number: 1005P serial number: battery type: LION OEM info: ASUS

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  • Visual Studio 2010: Custom Start Page

    - by Steve Clements
    As Visual Studio 2010 IDE has been mostly written in WPF, extending the start page has become pretty darn easy and I for one find this quite interesting as I always open with the start page and the more customisation I can have the better! There are a few things you will need to install first to get going Visual Studio 2010 SDK Start page project template, which you can either get from the New Project dialog, in the online gallery section in VS or download from here   I was going to write a blog post on how to create a custom start page, but decided that msdn have done such a good job I was pretty much wasting my time, so take a look here, it has in detail everything you need to know to get it done! :) Technorati Tags: Visual Studio 2010,Custom Start Pages

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  • case-specific mod rewrite on Wordpress subdomain multisite

    - by Steve
    I have split a Wordpress blog into multiple category-specific blogs using subdomains, as the topics in the original blog were too broad to be lumped together effectively. Posts were exported from the parent www blog and imported into the subject-specific subdomain blogs. I believe .htaccess provides mod rewrite for all subdomains (including the original www) in a single .htaccess file. I use .htaccess to perform 301 redirect on post categories to the relevant post on the subdomain's blog. eg: RedirectMatch 301 ^/auto/(.*)$ http://auto.example.com/$1 The problem I have is that the category has been retained in the permalink structure in the subdomain blog, so that www.example.com/auto/mercedes is now auto.example.com/auto/mercedes. The 1st URL is redirect to the 2nd, but unfortunately, the 2nd URL is redirected to auto.example.com/mercedes using the same rewrite rule, which is not found, as the permalink on the subdomain's blog retains the parent category of auto. The solution would be to adjust the permalink structure in the subdomain's WP settings, so that the top level category does not duplicate the subdomain. My question would be: how do I then strip a section of the original (www) blog's post URL from the subdomain's URL when redirecting? eg: How do I redirect www.example.com/auto/mercedes to auto.example.com/mercedes? I'm assuming this would be a regular expression trick, which I am not great at. Update: I might have to use: RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !auto.example.com$ in the default Wordpress if loop in .htaccess, and seperate my custom subdomain redirections into a second if loop section.

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  • Search engine friendly, SEO blog software

    - by Steve
    Is there a comparison of the SEO capabilities of different blogging software/blogging plugins? I'd like things to be as optimised as possible. I have a basic grasp of SEO principles, probably 12-24 months old. I'm about to start a blog, after having a few previously. Also, I'm not up to speed on what pings are in the blogging world. What are they, and how do they work? I assume it is best to have blogging software that automatically pings.

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  • Avec 1.5 millions d'unités écoulées, les Windows Phone 7 sont "les meilleurs du marché", Ballmer également satisfait de Bing

    1.5 millions de windows phone 7 HTC écoulés annonce Steve Ballmer le 17/01/2011 Selon son PDG Steve Ballmer, qui semble officialiser des propos tenus en interne par Achim Berg fin décembre 2010 (lire news précédente), le Windows Phone 7 HTC est "le meilleur sur le marché". Le dirigeant de Microsoft est apparu très optimiste quant à la réussite des mobiles et des décisions techniques de son entreprise, malgré une série de départs et la concurrence rude sur le marché des Smartphones avec Apple. Ballmer a parlé des jeux et des moteurs de recherche comme d'une réussite, notamment avec la Xbox qui selon lui n'est pas seulement une ...

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  • how to set different wallpapers in ubuntu workspaces

    - by Steve
    I'm having an issues trying to customize ubuntu workspaces in the gnome environment. Assuming the default four workspaces aka desktops, how can one have a different wallpaper for each one? When I go to an individual workspace to set its wallpaper, all of the workspaces use it. So if I set: wallpaper B on workspace 2 wallpaper C on workspace 3 What will happen is that all the workspaces will default to the last wallpaper set no matter which workspace it was set in. What's even weirder is that the very first wallpaper set upon using it for the very first time is what shows up when i call up the Workspaces tool. Even though once I settle upon a workspace, no matter which one, the original wallpaper disappears and the last wallpaper set is the one that always shows up.

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  • I have discovered a fundamental truth about TV shows and plots

    - by Steve Loethen
    For years, we have all known (okay, maybe I give people too much credit) that there is a very small finite number of plots.  I propose a project.  Let’s use the blogosphere to catalog those plotlines, and then find and document the episodes of shows that use them, including the show title. As evidence, how many shows have used the following plot line:? The standard “evil twin” plotline?  Once relegated to soaps, it has show up in crime shows, with the twist of DNA.  Step one, concentrate one this one.  Tell me about every show you recall that has used this plot.  I will collect and document the shows on my website (www.loethen.net) and we can build a database of the plots. Step two, what other common themes should I offer up?  How about the bigamist plot line?  The “bad guy was dead” plot line (revenge from the dead"?  The “vast government conspiracy” plotline? Let the games begin….

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  • Fun With the Chrome JavaScript Console and the Pluralsight Website

    - by Steve Michelotti
    Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/michelotti/archive/2013/07/24/fun-with-the-chrome-javascript-console-and-the-pluralsight-website.aspxI’m currently working on my third course for Pluralsight. Everyone already knows that Scott Allen is a “dominating force” for Pluralsight but I was curious how many courses other authors have published as well. The Pluralsight Authors page - http://pluralsight.com/training/Authors – shows all 146 authors and you can click on any author’s page to see how many (and which) courses they have authored. The problem is: I don’t want to have to click into 146 pages to get a count for each author. With this in mind, I figured I could write a little JavaScript using the Chrome JavaScript console to do some “detective work.” My first step was to figure out how the HTML was structured on this page so I could do some screen-scraping. Right-click the first author - “Inspect Element”. I can see there is a primary <div> with a class of “main” which contains all the authors. Each author is in an <h3> with an <a> tag containing their name and link to their page:     This web page already has jQuery loaded so I can use $ directly from the console. This allows me to just use jQuery to inspect items on the current page. Notice this is a multi-line command. In order to use multiple lines in the console you have to press SHIFT-ENTER to go to the next line:     Now I can see I’m extracting data just fine. At this point I want to follow each URL. Then I want to screen-scrape this next page to see how many courses each author has done. Let’s take a look at the author detail page:       I can see we have a table (with a css class of “course”) that contains rows for each course authored. This means I can get the number of courses pretty easily like this:     Now I can put this all together. Back on the authors page, I want to follow each URL, extract the returned HTML, and grab the count. In the code below, I simply use the jQuery $.get() method to get the author detail page and the “data” variable that is in the callback contains the HTML. A nice feature of jQuery is that I can simply put this HTML string inside of $() and I can use jQuery selectors directly on it in conjunction with the find() method:     Now I’m getting somewhere. I have every Pluralsight author and how many courses each one has authored. But that’s not quite what I’m after – what I want to see are the authors that have the MOST courses in the library. What I’d like to do is to put all of the data in an array and then sort that array descending by number of courses. I can add an item to the array after each author detail page is returned but the catch here is that I can’t perform the sort operation until ALL of the author detail pages have executed. The jQuery $.get() method is naturally an async method so I essentially have 146 async calls and I don’t want to perform my sort action until ALL have completed (side note: don’t run this script too many times or the Pluralsight servers might think your an evil hacker attempting a DoS attack and deny you). My C# brain wants to use a WaitHandle WaitAll() method here but this is JavaScript. I was able to do this by using the jQuery Deferred() object. I create a new deferred object for each request and push it onto a deferred array. After each request is complete, I signal completion by calling the resolve() method. Finally, I use a $.when.apply() method to execute my descending sort operation once all requests are complete. Here is my complete console command: 1: var authorList = [], 2: defList = []; 3: $(".main h3 a").each(function() { 4: var def = $.Deferred(); 5: defList.push(def); 6: var authorName = $(this).text(); 7: var authorUrl = $(this).attr('href'); 8: $.get(authorUrl, function(data) { 9: var courseCount = $(data).find("table.course tbody tr").length; 10: authorList.push({ name: authorName, numberOfCourses: courseCount }); 11: def.resolve(); 12: }); 13: }); 14: $.when.apply($, defList).then(function() { 15: console.log("*Everything* is complete"); 16: var sortedList = authorList.sort(function(obj1, obj2) { 17: return obj2.numberOfCourses - obj1.numberOfCourses; 18: }); 19: for (var i = 0; i < sortedList.length; i++) { 20: console.log(authorList[i]); 21: } 22: });   And here are the results:     WOW! John Sonmez has 44 courses!! And Matt Milner has 29! I guess Scott Allen isn’t the only “dominating force”. I would have assumed Scott Allen was #1 but he comes in as #3 in total course count (of course Scott has 11 courses in the Top 50, and 14 in the Top 100 which is incredible!). Given that I’m in the middle of producing only my third course, I better get to work!

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  • How can I compare between web development technologies?

    - by Steve
    I would like experts to explain for me how can I compare between web development tools or technologies in order to be able to choose the right one. I'm tired from searching always in the regular way: X Technology vs Y Technology. I'm tired from peoples' biased opinions and usually I don't find a fair comparison. I have decided to put my question here about how can I compare them so you may identify to me the main standards for comparisons so I can compare them by myself and becoming able to choose the technology that is appropriate for the project I will develop. Note: in web development technologies I mean server side languages (e.g. PHP). One important requirement for me that can be defined as major one is cost efficiency and I mean that I don't care about the cost in the near future or the current cost, but what is more important for me is the cost in the future. If, for example, the site becomes one of the most 100 visited sites.   So, how can I compare the cost of different technologies for a future status of a site (such as being very famous site) so I can scale my option easily without missing a good technology like what happened with some sites when they chose not the most effective tool.

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  • Ubuntu 12.04 OpenCL with Intel and Radeon?

    - by Steve
    I want to setup my Ubuntu 12.04 with OpenCL(Open Computing Language) support for i7 2600k and Radeon HD5870. My Monitor is connected to the integrated Graphics of the i7. Intel OpenCL SDK is installed and working. Iteration of avaliable OpenCL devices shows 2 entries for Intel. As recommended I installed AMD APP SDK 2.6 first and then the fglrx driver. I installed fglrx from Ubuntu repositories. This works fine till here. When I run aticonfig --inital -f and restart the system I get into trouble. Xorg starts only in low-graphics mode. cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log [ 21.201] X.Org X Server 1.12.2 Release Date: 2012-05-29 [ 21.201] X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0 [ 21.201] Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.24-29-xen x86_64 Ubuntu [ 21.201] Current Operating System: Linux chimera 3.2.0-24-generic #39-Ubuntu SMP Mon May 21 16:52:17 UTC 2012 x86_ [ 21.201] Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-24-generic root=UUID=c137757b-486b-4514-9dfe-00c97662 [ 21.201] Build Date: 05 June 2012 08:35:55AM [ 21.201] xorg-server 2:1.12.2+git20120605+server-1.12-branch.aaf48906-0ubuntu0ricotz~precise (For technical suppor [ 21.201] Current version of pixman: 0.26.0 [ 21.201] Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org to make sure that you have the latest version. [ 21.201] Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting, (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational, (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown. [ 21.201] (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Fri Jun 8 14:22:36 2012 [ 21.247] (==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf" [ 21.247] (==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d" [ 21.450] (==) ServerLayout "aticonfig Layout" [ 21.450] (**) |-->Screen "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" (0) [ 21.450] (**) | |-->Monitor "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0" [ 21.451] (**) | |-->Device "aticonfig-Device[0]-0" [ 21.451] (==) Automatically adding devices [ 21.451] (==) Automatically enabling devices [ 21.466] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist. [ 21.466] Entry deleted from font path. [ 21.466] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/" does not exist. [ 21.466] Entry deleted from font path. [ 21.466] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/" does not exist. [ 21.466] Entry deleted from font path. [ 21.473] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi" does not exist. [ 21.473] Entry deleted from font path. [ 21.473] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi" does not exist. [ 21.473] Entry deleted from font path. [ 21.473] (WW) The directory "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType" does not exist. [ 21.473] Entry deleted from font path. [ 21.473] (==) FontPath set to: /usr/share/fonts/X11/misc, /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1, built-ins [ 21.473] (==) ModulePath set to "/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/xorg/extra-modules,/usr/lib/xorg/extra-modules,/usr/lib [ 21.473] (II) The server relies on udev to provide the list of input devices. If no devices become available, reconfigure udev or disable AutoAddDevices. [ 21.473] (II) Loader magic: 0x7f0ad3b9ab00 [ 21.473] (II) Module ABI versions: [ 21.473] X.Org ANSI C Emulation: 0.4 [ 21.473] X.Org Video Driver: 12.0 [ 21.473] X.Org XInput driver : 16.0 [ 21.473] X.Org Server Extension : 6.0 [ 21.473] (--) PCI:*(0:0:2:0) 8086:0122:1458:d000 rev 9, Mem @ 0xfb800000/4194304, 0xe0000000/268435456, I/O @ 0x00 [ 21.473] (--) PCI: (0:1:0:0) 1002:6898:1787:2289 rev 0, Mem @ 0xd0000000/268435456, 0xfbdc0000/131072, I/O @ 0x000 [ 21.473] (II) Open ACPI successful (/var/run/acpid.socket) [ 21.473] (II) "extmod" will be loaded by default. [ 21.473] (II) "dbe" will be loaded by default. [ 21.473] (II) "glx" will be loaded. This was enabled by default and also specified in the config file. [ 21.473] (II) "record" will be loaded by default. [ 21.473] (II) "dri" will be loaded by default. [ 21.473] (II) "dri2" will be loaded by default. [ 21.473] (II) LoadModule: "glx" [ 21.732] (II) Loading /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/xorg/extra-modules/extra-modules.dpkg-tmp/modules/extensions/libgl [ 21.934] (II) Module glx: vendor="Advanced Micro Devices, Inc." [ 21.934] compiled for 6.9.0, module version = 1.0.0 [ 21.934] (II) Loading extension GLX [ 21.934] (II) LoadModule: "extmod" [ 22.028] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libextmod.so [ 22.041] (II) Module extmod: vendor="X.Org Foundation" [ 22.041] compiled for 1.12.2, module version = 1.0.0 [ 22.041] Module class: X.Org Server Extension [ 22.041] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0 [ 22.041] (II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER [ 22.041] (II) Loading extension XFree86-VidModeExtension [ 22.041] (II) Loading extension XFree86-DGA [ 22.041] (II) Loading extension DPMS [ 22.041] (II) Loading extension XVideo [ 22.041] (II) Loading extension XVideo-MotionCompensation [ 22.041] (II) Loading extension X-Resource [ 22.041] (II) LoadModule: "dbe" [ 22.041] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdbe.so [ 22.066] (II) Module dbe: vendor="X.Org Foundation" [ 22.066] compiled for 1.12.2, module version = 1.0.0 [ 22.066] Module class: X.Org Server Extension [ 22.066] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0 [ 22.066] (II) Loading extension DOUBLE-BUFFER [ 22.066] (II) LoadModule: "record" [ 22.066] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/librecord.so [ 22.077] (II) Module record: vendor="X.Org Foundation" [ 22.077] compiled for 1.12.2, module version = 1.13.0 [ 22.077] Module class: X.Org Server Extension [ 22.077] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0 [ 22.077] (II) Loading extension RECORD [ 22.077] (II) LoadModule: "dri" [ 22.077] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdri.so [ 22.082] (II) Module dri: vendor="X.Org Foundation" [ 22.082] compiled for 1.12.2, module version = 1.0.0 [ 22.082] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0 [ 22.082] (II) Loading extension XFree86-DRI [ 22.082] (II) LoadModule: "dri2" [ 22.082] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/libdri2.so [ 22.083] (II) Module dri2: vendor="X.Org Foundation" [ 22.083] compiled for 1.12.2, module version = 1.2.0 [ 22.083] ABI class: X.Org Server Extension, version 6.0 [ 22.083] (II) Loading extension DRI2 [ 22.083] (II) LoadModule: "fglrx" [ 22.083] (II) Loading /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/xorg/extra-modules/extra-modules.dpkg-tmp/modules/drivers/fglrx_dr [ 22.399] (II) Module fglrx: vendor="FireGL - ATI Technologies Inc." [ 22.399] compiled for 1.4.99.906, module version = 8.96.4 [ 22.399] Module class: X.Org Video Driver [ 22.399] (II) Loading sub module "fglrxdrm" [ 22.399] (II) LoadModule: "fglrxdrm" [ 22.399] (II) Loading /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/xorg/extra-modules/extra-modules.dpkg-tmp/modules/linux/libfglrxdr [ 22.445] (II) Module fglrxdrm: vendor="FireGL - ATI Technologies Inc." [ 22.445] compiled for 1.4.99.906, module version = 8.96.4 [ 22.445] (II) ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Version Identifier:8.96.4 [ 22.445] (II) ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Release Identifier: 8.96.7 [ 22.445] (II) ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Build Date: Mar 12 2012 13:06:50 [ 22.445] (++) using VT number 7 [ 22.445] (WW) Falling back to old probe method for fglrx [ 23.043] (II) Loading PCS database from /etc/ati/amdpcsdb [ 23.082] (--) Chipset Supported AMD Graphics Processor (0x6898) found [ 23.107] (WW) fglrx: No matching Device section for instance (BusID PCI:[email protected]:0:1) found [ 23.107] (II) fglrx: intel VGA device detected, load intel driver. [ 23.107] (II) LoadModule: "intel" [ 23.211] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/intel_drv.so [ 23.475] (II) Module intel: vendor="X.Org Foundation" [ 23.475] compiled for 1.12.2, module version = 2.19.0 [ 23.475] Module class: X.Org Video Driver [ 23.475] ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 12.0 [ 23.476] ukiDynamicMajor: found major device number 249 [ 23.476] ukiDynamicMajor: found major device number 249 [ 23.476] ukiOpenByBusid: Searching for BusID PCI:1:0:0 [ 23.476] ukiOpenDevice: node name is /dev/ati/card0 [ 23.476] ukiOpenDevice: open result is 8, (OK) [ 23.476] ukiOpenByBusid: ukiOpenMinor returns 8 [ 23.476] ukiOpenByBusid: ukiGetBusid reports PCI:1:0:0 [ 23.540] (WW) PowerXpress feature is not supported [ 23.540] (EE) No devices detected. [ 23.540] (==) Matched intel as autoconfigured driver 0 [ 23.540] (==) Matched vesa as autoconfigured driver 1 [ 23.540] (==) Matched fbdev as autoconfigured driver 2 [ 23.540] (==) Assigned the driver to the xf86ConfigLayout [ 23.540] (II) LoadModule: "intel" [ 23.540] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/intel_drv.so [ 23.540] (II) Module intel: vendor="X.Org Foundation" [ 23.540] compiled for 1.12.2, module version = 2.19.0 [ 23.540] Module class: X.Org Video Driver [ 23.540] ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 12.0 [ 23.540] (II) UnloadModule: "intel" [ 23.540] (II) Unloading intel [ 23.540] (II) Failed to load module "intel" (already loaded, 32522) [ 23.540] (II) LoadModule: "vesa" [ 23.583] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/vesa_drv.so [ 23.620] (II) Module vesa: vendor="X.Org Foundation" [ 23.620] compiled for 1.12.2, module version = 2.3.1 [ 23.620] Module class: X.Org Video Driver [ 23.620] ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 12.0 [ 23.620] (II) LoadModule: "fbdev" [ 23.620] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so [ 23.661] (II) Module fbdev: vendor="X.Org Foundation" [ 23.661] compiled for 1.12.2, module version = 0.4.2 [ 23.661] Module class: X.Org Video Driver [ 23.661] ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 12.0 [ 23.661] (II) ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Version Identifier:8.96.4 [ 23.661] (II) ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Release Identifier: 8.96.7 [ 23.661] (II) ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Build Date: Mar 12 2012 13:06:50 [ 23.661] (II) intel: Driver for Intel Integrated Graphics Chipsets: i810, i810-dc100, i810e, i815, i830M, 845G, 854, 852GM/855GM, 865G, 915G, E7221 (i915), 915GM, 945G, 945GM, 945GME, Pineview GM, Pineview G, 965G, G35, 965Q, 946GZ, 965GM, 965GME/GLE, G33, Q35, Q33, GM45, 4 Series, G45/G43, Q45/Q43, G41, B43, B43, Clarkdale, Arrandale, Sandybridge Desktop (GT1), Sandybridge Desktop (GT2), Sandybridge Desktop (GT2+), Sandybridge Mobile (GT1), Sandybridge Mobile (GT2), Sandybridge Mobile (GT2+), Sandybridge Server, Ivybridge Mobile (GT1), Ivybridge Mobile (GT2), Ivybridge Desktop (GT1), Ivybridge Desktop (GT2), Ivybridge Server, Ivybridge Server (GT2) [ 23.661] (II) VESA: driver for VESA chipsets: vesa [ 23.661] (II) FBDEV: driver for framebuffer: fbdev [ 23.661] (++) using VT number 7 [ 23.661] (WW) xf86OpenConsole: setpgid failed: Operation not permitted [ 23.661] (WW) xf86OpenConsole: setsid failed: Operation not permitted [ 23.661] (WW) Falling back to old probe method for fglrx [ 23.661] (II) Loading PCS database from /etc/ati/amdpcsdb [ 23.661] (WW) Falling back to old probe method for vesa [ 23.661] (WW) Falling back to old probe method for fbdev [ 23.661] (EE) No devices detected. [ 23.661] Fatal server error: [ 23.661] no screens found [ 23.661] Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support at http://wiki.x.org for help. [ 23.661] Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information. [ 23.661] xorg.conf: cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "aticonfig Layout" Screen 0 "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0 EndSection Section "Module" Load "glx" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0" Option "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver" Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor" Option "DPMS" "true" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "aticonfig-Device[0]-0" Driver "fglrx" BusID "PCI:1:0:0" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" Device "aticonfig-Device[0]-0" Monitor "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 24 EndSubSection EndSection Is there a way to get the Radeon to work in a hybrid configuration or to use the Radeon as an OpenCL only device?

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