MS Week 2009


Although many people have heard of MS, few people understand the complex, unpredictable, and potentially debilitating effects of the UK’s most common neurological condition affecting young adults.

During MS Week, as well as aiming to generally raise awareness and understanding of the condition, the MS Society is organising a number of national and local events which we need your help to make a success.

MS Week gives organisations working with people living with and affected by MS the opportunity to raise their profile in the public eye for one special week in the year.

Users of social networking websites are being asked to change their avatar to help promote the cause. There are a selection of avatars on the following page:

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Ubuntu, VirtualBox USB devices “unavailable”

After a brief return to Windows XP (surely it can’t have been that terrible… oh yes it was), I am now back on Hardy Heron once again. For those few essential Windows apps that I can’t live without I’ve recreate a VM in VirtualBox. All fine and dandy, except all of my host’s USB devices were showing as “unavailable”. Strange indeed. The host could access them perfectly well, but not the guest VM.

After a quick Google, I found the answer on this page:

Basically, I had to set up a “usbfs” group, add myself to it, and then create an entry in /etc/fstab that read:

# 1001 is the USB group ID
none /proc/bus/usb usbfs devgid=1001,devmode=664 0 0

Hey presto, USB device can now be connected to the VM. Bizarrely, this didn’t need to be done the last time I had a flirtation with Hardy.

*** UPDATE ***

VirtualBox 2.2 doesn’t actually need you to do this. All you need to do is add yourself to the vboxusers group.

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Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2009

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2009 will be celebrated around the world on Sunday April 26th. If you’ve never pinholed, check out the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day site for a workshop near you.

Pinhole! Pinhole! Pinhole! « Flickr Blog.

I’ve already ordered a pinhole camera kit from in preparation. Not quite sure what to expect, but it all sounds kinda fun. 🙂

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