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28 Aug. 2013 Posted by joe666 in Technology

Arch Linux Package for CUPS Brother MFC-J280W Printer

If you are looking to make your Brother MFC-J280W Printer work in Linux you probably already found the BROTHER linux drivers page.

There are packages for rpm and deb based systems, and if you want to save the hassle of decompressing, installing, etc in your Arch Linux install there is a new package in AUR that will allow you a quick setup of this particular model.

And for the new comers...

joe666@Kerberus:~/aur$ wget 
joe666@Kerberus:~/aur$ tar -xvzf brother-mfc-j280w.tar.gz 
joe666@Kerberus:~/aur$ cd brother-mfc-j280w 
joe666@Kerberus:~/aur/brother-mfc-j280w$ makepkg -s 
joe666@Kerberus:~/aur/brother-mfc-j280w$ sudo pacman -U brother-mfc-j280w-1.1.3-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz 



28 Aug. 2013 Posted by joe666 in Technology

VMWare crashes in Arch Linux (after curl update)

After upgrading Arch Linux VMWare Workstation suddenly started crashing.  At first I thought it was related to this reported issue in the Arch Bug Tracker.  But it turns out it was not the case.

The solution for this particular crash was simply to downgrade curl from curl-7.32.0-1 to curl-7.32.0-1.

pacman -U /var/cache/pacman/pkg/curl-7.31.0-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz 

You can see the bug report in Arch Linux

Hopefully this helps someone out there.  This solution came from Alex Mufatti at his blog but for Debian.

21 Jan. 2013 Posted by joe666 in Programming

Making HTTP POST request of JSON using Apache's HttpClient

Another way of implementing a REST talk to a remote API using Java and JSON.

Instead of making a URL encoded request or using a chunk one of binary data here is an example of simply posting a straight JSON string to an HTTP API Server

18 Jan. 2013 Posted by joe666 in Technology

Installing Skype in Debian amd64 (Multiarch)

Here is how I managed to properly install Skype on Debian 64 bit. While it may be obvious for the intermediate or experienced Debian user it was not so obvious for me and it took me a while researching to make it happen. Please note this was only tested in Debian Unstable (a.k.a. Sid)

You should start by grabbing the latest Skype version. There is a specific package for Debian, download it and we will install it up next.