Category Archives: Computing

I am a nerd after all

How to saturate a network of Bluetooth devices

At the beginning of the 21st century I started to hear about Bluetooth. I didn’t know back then I would end up to saturate its band with my home devices. Here is the configuration I have at home: The devices I use are the following: Nokia BH-109: Bluetooth headset which can connect two devices at […]

HTTP status code for 404 – page not found in Joomla!

In case you are setting an error.php page in Joomla! to customise the “404 Page Not Found” error page, remember to add the following lines in your your template index.php page, before the DOCTYPE line: if($this->error->code = ‘404’){ header(“HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found”); } ?> The reason is that when a request is made for a […]

Beautiful is better than ugly

Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Flat is better than nested. Sparse is better than dense. Readability counts. Special cases aren’t special enough to break the rules. Although practicality beats purity. Errors should never pass silently. Unless explicitly silenced. In the […]

New photogallery

I finally managed to create (for the envy of Mau, mainly) a new photogallery fully integrated in the blog, and also new pictures have been added. Information for nerds: I have integrated Gallery2 in WordPress using the WPG2 plugin, struggling a bit to make it work as I wanted (Gallery is really good and customizable, […]

Free software again!

Almost a year ago I was talking about free software, that is, how to be legal with your computer application licences and still not to pay anything. So I decided to write a separate page about the free software I use in my laptop, because I know I’ll need that list to reinstall all of […]

Broken discs

Sunday evening I was listening to a radio programme in Podcast with my laptop. At a certain point it froze. Nothing working. Hard shut down and straight to bed. The next day the horrible truth: starting the computer, black screen and just few lines: Windows cannot be started: missing file in C:\windows\system32 I got it […]

Running a Linksys WRT54GL in client mode

Update (9.4.2009): Whiterussian has been superseded by Kamikaze, therefore the information given in this post are to be considered out-of-date, and most of the links are dead anyway. Please refer to for up-to-date information. Need to run a WRT54GL wireless router in client mode? I’m so happy I made it myself work, that I […]

Spam, spam, spam!

Computing post, engineer's style 🙂 Question: I use an e-mail program to read my e-mail and I'm pissed off of getting every half an hour the announcement "you've got mail!" just to see that it is a spam message. Is there a way not to see these spam messages at all? Answer: Yes, there is. […]

Useful programs

Long time since the last nerdy post. Here below follows a list of useful programs that I have installed and actively use on my computer. Most of them are open source, so this could be useful for those who don't want to buy software, you'll realise that nowadays it is possible to do almost everything […]

Getting crazy for Wikipedia

I've got addicted to Wikipedia. I try to control it, but it's so fascinating. Wikipedia is a  free encyclopedia. Free has a double meaning: it costs nothing (it's on the internet, and can be freely read) anybody can freely change its content, or add new items. If the first point is quite clear, the second […]