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Viewing package changelogs with yum

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To quickly review the latest changes to an rpm package, there’s a handy plugin for yum called yum-changelog. It’s part of the Fedora repository and can be installed by invoking The usage is quite self-explanatory, but here a a few useful examples anyway: To list the whole changelog history of a package, run To list the changelog of a specific… Read more »

Updating STK500 firmware

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Unfortunately, Atmel does not ship a hex file for their STK500 development system that could be used to update the firmware using 3rd party tools like avrdude. Instead, an encrypted ebn-file comes with the latest Atmel Studio. The tools that is used to flash the firmware onto the ATmega8535 is a bit dull, though. Preparing serial connection First, hook up… Read more »

Re-enabling KDE touch pad

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As I wrote in an earlier post, the ambient light button on HP EliteBooks is per default mapped to switch off the touch pad. Since it’s placed right next to the function keys that increase or decrease the screen brightness, it happens quite often that the key is hit by accident. If you’re running KDE, hitting Fn+F11 not only switches… Read more »

Fixing HP EliteBook ambient button

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The button that is supposed to toggle the ambient light sensor on HP EliteBooks 8440p and 8460p per default switches off the touch pad. That is because Fn+F11 (scancode 0x33), which is the ambient light button, is incorrectly mapped to KEY_TOUCHPAD_OFF (keycode 193) in kernel. To remap the scancode to another keycode, you can use setkeycodes. An appropriate choice for… Read more »

C/C++ compound binary logic operations

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I’ve always had trouble reading and understanding compound binary operations fluently. Whenever they appear in a piece of code, I have to decode them to actually understand what they are doing. This is mainly due to the fact that I infrequently work close to hardware were heavy bit manipulation is a daily occurrence. I won’t bother you with the truth… Read more »