Just relaying this cool bit from Ryan "icculus" Gordon: http://icculus.org/news/news.php?id=4467
GG icculus for pushing that through. Prey is based on tech 4 / doom3 engine. I had a great time playing it.
QuakeCon is next week. Between that and QuakeLive I have been way too busy to make posts on here (I'm doing that one while Oracle completes installation on a system we're bringing to the convention). Too bad, I would have had some good material about all the stuff we've been running into.
Wanted to relay a post on another blog that just saved my life: Installing Oracle Database 11g release 1 on Debian amd64
Debian has published Security Advisories for two consecutive days, trying to get a grip on what looks like a massive security hole in their SSH and SSL offerings. I spent 4 hours yesterday and another one this morning going through all the systems locking things down.
Details are still surfacing, but this time it seems they outdone themselves, making the key space apparently very, very small (we're talking '5 minute brute force' small). There are some bits of info on http://wiki.debian.org/SSLkeys
We use duplicity at work to manage backups for a few Linux systems. I maintain a script to automate the process (error handling, email report, rolling backups), which I've dropped into a git repository at github.
Well I played through Call of Duty 4 in pretty much one sitting, which took me to 4am last night. I usually like my games one bit at a time, at least I think I enjoy them most that way. Last I played was Half-Life 2 Episode 2, over about 2 weeks.
COD4 however took me all the way through. Nothing groundbreaking about the game, but it's brilliantly done and the continuous mindless rampage is very addictive. Plus it looks great, and it has those cool Ooh-ah moments.
So I had been trying to get PHP on a Debian system to talk to our Oracle database for a while, and it had been nagging me for long enough that I decided to post my solution here.
A bit of context:
I needed to get connectivity to our Oracle database on a Debian Etch x86_64
installation. Oracle provides the Oracle Instant Client (OCI), for which
PHP has support.
The Debian packages for PHP however were not compiled with OCI support,
but you can recompile your own and enable it:
libclntsh.so -> libclntsh.so.11.1
libocci.so -> libocci.so.11.1
You will also need to add the LD_LIBRARY_PATH to your /etc/init.d/apache2 script so it finds the OCI libraries on startup.
Let's start early. It's a slow day anyway:
There. And merry xmas.
I'm broke this year so I'm not going. Best of luck to the Armadillo Aerospace team who will compete again this year for level 1 and level 2 of the Lunar Lander Challenge. They are in good spirits, came pretty close last year, add another year of preparation .. to quote John it's just them and Murphy now.
Also, my yearly Linux podcast appearance is online.