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Watch ESPN Live on Fedora 17 - Google Chrome

This has bugged me for a very long time. Could never get this to work - had to watch ESPN live inside a Windows VM. I don't know how universal or even how long lived this solution will be but for now it's working. 
Google-Chrome Version - Version 23.0.1271.97 OS - Fedora 17 x86_64 Flash Plugins - see below - I had two versions installed. I disabled the 11.5.31.5 version and left the 11.2r202 version enabled and things finally started working for me. Also enabled chrome popups for espn.go.com.
Unfortunately not currently working for me on Fedora 18 :(



Adobe Flash Player(2 files)- Version:11.2 r202
Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202 Name:Shockwave Flash Description:Shockwave Flash 11.5 r31 Version:11.5.31.5 Location:/opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so Type:PPAPI (out-of-process) Enable MIME types:MIME typeDescriptionFile extensionsapplication/x-shockwave-flashShockwave Flash.swfapplication/futuresplashFutureSplash Player.spl Name:Shockwave Flash Version:11.2 r202

Fedora 18 KVM guest in Fedora 17 - few tips and tweaks

Making sure KVM tools not pointing to the wrong (vbox) URI I decided to try the Fedora 17 command line kvm (libvirtd) tools to create a Fedora 18 virtual machine. This was met with failure, although for some reason the GUI tool, virt-manager, worked fine for this purpose. (I still don't know why the GUI "just worked", when the command line did not - I guess it assumes the correct URI while the command line tools do not.)

I was following the Fedora VM "Getting Started" guide found here and even the simplest commands resulted in failure.


# virt-install --prompt
ERROR    Error in network device parameters: Virtual network 'default' does not exist: An error occurred, but the cause is unknown

# virsh dumpxml default
error: failed to get domain 'default'
error: An error occurred, but the cause is unknown

# virsh net-list --all
Name                 State      Autostart
-----------------------------------------

# virsh net-start default
error: failed to get netw…

Deja Dup: "Restore Single File" fails with "cannot create directory" error message

While using Deja Dup to do a "Restore Single File" operation from within Nautilus into /etc/cups/ppd, which is owned by root, I encountered an error.  Deja Dup finds the file and tries to do the restore operation, but fails due to "cannot create directory" error.

Deja Dup needs to create a temporary directory into which the restored file is temporarily placed. If Deja Dup doesn't have write permission in this directory the restore operation will therefore fail with the "cannot create directory" message.

I probably could have run Deja Dup as root but maybe that's not such a good idea for one thing, and also I would have had to reenter the info regarding the access key etc. This info is already in Deja Dup if it runs in normal user mode.

There also doesn't seem to be a way when running in this mode to have Deja Dup place the restored file in some other directory  (/tmp/ or /home/me/tmp) other than the canonical one (i.e. the original location).

Thunderbird Stuck in Table Editing Mode

Help, I'm composing a message in Thunderbird, I've pasted information in the form of a table, and I can't get out!

Even information that does not appear to be a "table" may in fact have the HTML attributes of a table. Once you paste that info into a Thunderbird message no amount of mousing, tabbing, or other standard UI type manipulations will get you "out" of that table and allow you to add more information to the message you are composing.

Have a look at this Mozilla Bug #535475. The workaround therein provided is surprisingly easy.


Select the entire text with Menu | Edit | "Select All". Menu | Insert | HTML to get an HTML editing window.Add a "<BR>" HTML element where it is needed (typically before or after the table).Continue creating your message having freed yourself from the table that had previously constrained you.