Vista won’t turn off the monitor

I run Vista at home primarily for gaming purposes (and I like uTorrent). One of the problems I had with it lately was it not turning off the monitor when the power saving plan was supposed to. I would watch it try and turn off, but usually wouldn’t quite succeed. Eventually I determined the problem was having the screen saver set to activate at the same time the monitor was supposed to turn off. I set the screen saver to activate 1 minute earlier and everything is now working correctly.

OpenDNS kills Google

Yesterday I was having problems getting to Google. The rest of the internet worked fine, but I couldn’t connect to Google. It struck me as unlikely that Google would be down and check with Down for Everyone confirmed that it was just me.

After much digging and a bit of thinking, I discovered google.com was not actually resolving to google.com. It was resolving to an OpenDNS service. Apparently they do some proxying of Google to make sure some of their advanced features keep working. To fix the problem, I just had to turn of the proxy and everything was golden.

To turn of the proxy:

  1. Login to OpenDNS
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Go to Advanced Settings (the link is on the left)
  4. Turn of the proxy
  5. Enjoy

Adobe Air in Jaunty (Ubuntu 9.04)

I just finished reinstalling Ubuntu 9.04 and was trying to install my air applications. Not terribly difficult…

  1. Download the installer from: http://get.adobe.com/air/
  2. Install ia32-libs
  3. Install lib32nss-mdns (from http://tr.im/jCFs )
  4. Install your apps

I got stuck on the third step when I was going through things. I could install Adobe Air applications, but they had no network access. Installing that library corrected the problem.

Ubuntu + Google Calendar

This is finally working for me in Intrepid Ibex (8.10). I am able to sync my desktop calendar with the google calendar without noticing that Evolution is involved. My primary goal was to get calendar events to show up in the clock/calendar dropdown in the top right corner (by default). To do this is actually pretty simple. In the settings for your Google calendar, copy the private ics link. Paste the link into the address bar and change the http(s) to webcal. Hit enter and it should prompt you to open it using evolution-webcal. Let it do that, answer the questions it asks and all should be good in the world.