Tuesday, December 27, 2005

YUM - Repository base is listed more than once

While checking what packages were available using the yum tool I kept getting the message:

Repository base is listed more than once in the configuration
Repository addons is listed more than once in the configuration
Repository extras is listed more than once in the configuration
Repository updates is listed more than once in the configuration

I couldn't find a great deal of help on the internet (hence this post!) but eventually it turned out that I had a .repo file which was listing the same repositories as my yum.conf file. The .repo file was in /etc/yum_repo.d/ directory, but yours might be called something else. So, check for a /etc/yum* directory and see if you find any .repo files. In my case they were identical so I used renamed the .repo file to .repo.hide and used yum.conf instead.

I hope this helps someone as I know I could have done with finding it 2 hours ago!

PS. Merry late Christmas.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Previous Windows wallpaper shows on shutdown

Wow, long time since I posted on here! If you see your previous Windows wallpaper/desktop image every time you shutdown or boot up then you might be interested to know how to get rid of it for good. The solution is simple (he says with hindsight): Just select 'None' from the list of wallpapers (having right-clicked on desktop and gone to properties > desktop) and then click 'Apply'. Then select your current wallpaper again and click apply. Next time you shutdown or boot-up you will just see a plain wallpaper rather than that old wallpaper- hooray! (Source: Found this first which lead me to this KB article)

Monday, August 01, 2005

PayPal UK telephone number

I've just cancelled a PayPal account and during the process it said that I could call them on 08707 307 191 if I wanted to discuss things. As I was only cancelling because I had another account I didn't bother to call them, but I thought I would post the number here in case it's useful for anyone else - PayPal don't exactly make it easy to find normally!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Goodbye Tiny/Time Computers

While I feel sorry for the 1,500 people who have now lost their jobs, I can't say I'm sorry to see the back of Tiny/Time. The original company, Time, seemed ok, but then like all good things they decided to buy Tiny and rename themselves The Computer World. As soon as they did this I had a feeling their days were numbered. Firstly why lose the strong name of Time and replace it with a blatant play on PC World. Perhaps they were trying to trick PC World customers in to their stores?! Also, if you ever had a chance to go around a Computer World shop, you would have been presented with lazy and clueless staff and a load of cheap looking PCs in a very drab, mid-80s designed store.

Realising this was strategy was doomed to failure, they recently attempted to start trading under both the Time and Tiny brands again. Tiny pushed hard on cheap and massive plasma/lcd screens and became an online only brand. However their attempts to go back to the original business plan (selling things direct via newspaper ads and online) was too late. Remember kids, if something isn't broken - don't fix it. Time were doing fine and then they tried to 'fix it' and now we bid them farewell!

Monday, July 25, 2005

French raise terror alert

AP and UPI reported that the French government has raised its terror alert level from Run to Hide on their four level danger scale. The two higher French danger levels are Surrender and Collaborate. The rise was precipitated by a fire yesterday which destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralysing their military according to informed sources.

Sorry, couldn't resist this! Also, I didn't want this site full of just sad stuff and rants!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Bombs come to London - again!

Today saw another 4 bombs 'exploding' on three tube trains and one bus in central London. Fortunately it appears that in all four cases only the detonators blew rather than the bombs they were connected to. As you might expect there were scenes of chaos but fortunately no deaths this time around. All four bombers appeared to have escaped and a manhunt is on.

I really couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the news, this is an identical attack (albeit in different locations) to the ones exactly 2 weeks ago. Are we now in the middle of wave of attacks? If those bombs had gone off, we would probably be looking at least another 50 dead.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Toilet air freshener rant.

Being a rather tall (6'3") kind of guy, I've increasingly become the victim of those automatic air freshener machines that are appearing in toilets around the world. In case you don't understand what I'm talking about, I've found a picture of one here. They are basically mounted on the wall, in a supposedly 'high' place, and then release a squirt of air freshener on a regular basis.

Yes, and who cares? I hear you ask. Well, the problem is that in toilets with low ceilings, these machines are often at head height for people like me. As you might imagine, getting squirted by a neat dose of strong air freshener chemical is not exactly the world's most enjoyable experience. It's only a matter of time before someone sues a bar owner for blinding them - remember where you heard it first!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Amusing dog video found!

I understand (from sources) that this video is actually a few years old, but I'd never seen it before. Perhaps it's my love of dogs, or perhaps it's this particulary slow moving Tuesday morning, either way it made me laugh out loud - which is always worrying when you are alone! The bit that really 'got me' was the poor dog's bemused reaction to the thing as it fires off... chuckle, chuckle!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Terrorism comes to London

At the time of writing over 30 people are reported dead in a series of 4 explosions on the London Underground and bus network.

Edit (19/7): Official death toll now 56

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Mother calling...

I know (thanks to imdb.com) that the The Manchurian Candidate starring Denzel Washington was a remake/slightly changed version of the 1962 movie, which in turn was based on a book by Richard Condon, but nevertheless I really enjoyed it. It's 2005 I hear you say, why on earth am I reviewing a film that came out in 2004?! Well it's Blockbuster's DVDs-through-the-post that's to blame. Anyway, back to the film, if you've not seen it yet then do not watch the trailer or read about it beforehand, just do what I did and watch the film from scratch. It's not exactly high brow, but it's an enjoyable way to kill 2 hours on a raining Wednesday night.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Just testing my picture posting ability and showing off a photo I took with the Nikon D70...

So, here we go again.

The blog is back, inspired by my continued 'need' to share random titbits of information that I find during my hours (and I mean hours) of online browsing and general pondering. Unfortunately the contents of the last blog were lost, but at least it gives me a fresh start.