These days so many things get postponed… today I just managed to come home after some fresh air in the afternoon (it was my day “off” supposedly), made sure everyone had something to do, fire up the video chat application — to find that the online discussion has been postponed just minutes earlier. At least this gave me enough time to prepare dinner…

Read/write access for Samba/cfis drive remotely using GNU/Linux

I’ve had some issues with accessing a remote network drive: I didn’t have the permission to write on the network drive, even though I should. Changing the permissions manually would have worked, but that seemed like the wrong approach. I didn’t log into this particular drive for a while, so I figured my mount options were probably incorrect. Turns out (as usual) that the solution was to set the uid option:

mkdir -p ~/mnt/remote_username

sudo mount -t cifs -o user=remote_username,,uid=local_username //home/remote_username$ ~/mnt/remote_username

Jitsi on GNU/Linux

We’re currently using Jitsi a lot, an open-source video conferencing solution. On my GNU/Linux machine running Ubuntu, I had issues with using it on Firefox, using up all the CPU and blocking/freezing after a while. Solution: it works fine on Chromium.