Dear lazywebs: My family has all received Logitech quickcam Chat cameras for Xmas (and happy holidays to you!). Ive managed to get the Logitech Quickcam Chat camera to work under various Ubuntu Karmic installs and I know for a fact it works under Windows Vista. I am running Debian Lenny however, and haven’t gotten it to work after installing gspca-source_0.1.00.20-1.all.deb as well as running m-a a-i gspca.

lsusb | grep Logitech
Bus 006 Device 003: ID 046d:092e Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Chat
user@host:~$ dmesg | grep gspca
[113379.415192] gspca: USB GSPCA camera found.(SPCA561A)
[113379.415192] gspca: [spca5xx_probe:4275] Camera type S561
[113379.417630] gspca: [spca561_config:711] Spca561 chip Unknow Contact the Author
[113379.417639] gspca: Failed to configure camera
[113379.417668] gspca: probe of 6-1:1.0 failed with error -5
[113379.417730] usbcore: registered new interface driver gspca
[113379.417735] gspca: gspca driver 01.00.20 registered

sudo modprobe gspca returns no output. thoughts and thanks in advance?!

–eddie m.

Watch me get jealous

July 3, 2009

My friend redDEAD from the Chicago Loco and Ubuntu Mini sent me the following Ubuntu skateboard. WICKED!


Design by Stephen Slaby at Three Media for those interested.

LEGAL STUFF: This board was a one time design, with no commercial intent and cleared Ubuntu Trademarks through Michelle Surtees-Myers at Canonical UK Ltd.

Okay here is the background on my problem:

A year or so ago I stumbled upon, or should I say i remember, stumbling across a website which basically ran inside firefox. To be clear, it was running an instance (virtual machine?) of Ubuntu Linux inside Firefox. I’m not really sure how else to describe it, but it launched an Operating System inside a host web browser.

Am I going crazy, or does such a website exsist, now or in the past?


eddie m.

Facebook fail

February 18, 2009

Apparently this photo was labeled inappropriate, or offensive by Facebook. Normally, I wouldn’t post this on the planet ubuntu sphere, because this has nothing to do with software at all. It departs largely from the battle over the Facebook Terms of Usage which caused a huge scandal on the Internet. But I want the exposure. To re-iterate. The following photo. Offensive. On Facebook.


Um… ARE YOU KIDDING ME? REALLY FACEBOOK? REALLY? A dolphin. Eye to Eye with a puppy. REALLY? I fear for mankind’s survival at times like this.

the blogs

December 16, 2008

Since I dont have much to say about anything lately, I’m just going to link you to a Chinese Santa Claus atop a full grown ostrich.

Book Meme

November 12, 2008

My book isn’t long enough, so I used the only sentence on page 5/6

“McQueen wasn’t happy about fixing the road. He wanted to get to California for the race”

If you dont know what this sentence is refrencing, then we can no longer be friends.


Eddie M.


  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open it to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Here I Am (Meme)

September 20, 2008

1. Take a picture of yourself right now.
2. Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair…just take a picture.
3. Post that picture with NO editing.
4. Post these instructions with your picture.

Fresh out of bed...

You’ll excuse the messy look, I just rolled out of bed.

-eddie martinez

I would like to take a moment to discuss a serious issue and that is this:

Operating Systems are hard to install.

Unless you are dealing with a libc6 issue or installing Gentoo onto a 16TB SCSI server server, you will not run into big errors installing your OS. Below is a basic quiz on XP/Ubuntu/OSX. More complicated installs, will of course be more complicated. DUH! 😛 However, for the most part, most grandma users will not be running 5 partitions on their hard drives, so let’s look at this. Which OS installer asks you to do the follow:

Read and agree to an EULA.

Choose partition and filesystem.

Select region and language from a dropdown menus.

Select your keyboard. Hit Enter.

Name your computer something snazzy such as ‘POWERRANGERS’. Note: You may NOT use that as your computer name, I already took it. :P.

Setup admin/user passwords.

Select date/time.


This is a fundamental issue that bothers me to no end. At the very core of every OS, they all do the SAME thing. The difference, and the fun, and the reason why people stick a PARTICULAR OS is not what it can bring to the table in terms of world shattering innovation, but the IMPLIMENTATION with which it approaches OS issues that matters. On the levl of Firefox, or Pidin, or editing a picutre, NOBODY worried about IRQ or the 4th layer of the OSI model. That is not for the average person to consider or contemplate. IF they want to learn, and discuss such matters, there are plenty of places to learn about such matters.

Watching youtube videos however, wont change much better WIndows and OSX. And it shouldn’t. So when I hear people say ‘Installing Linux is hard’ or ‘OSX is so stupid’, I have to stand back and disagree with these statements.


Starring the best communication protocol known to man: ssh+screen+irssi

Most nights I am done with my computer for the night and I want to leave IRC on one computer. To detatch the screen session and return  to it later I do ctrl+a and then ctrl +d. Then I type ‘logout’ and then ‘exit’ go to bed. To get back in the morning I do ssh and then i authenticate. I return to irc using the screen -rd command. Very simple.

Sometimes I try to leave by doing this. ctrl+a and then ctrl+d and then +exit+exit. The next morning I get mad and have to log back into IRC.

Explanation. Ctrl+a followed by ctrl+d in screen will detatch the screen at the server. However, by using ‘exit exit’ twice to close my connection to the server and the terminal/konsole/bash shell on the laptop, I am killing screen and the attached irssi/irc sessions. This is the opposite of why I want to use screen+irssi+ssh.

The proper way is to do ctrl+a and then ctrl+d for screen on the remote server. Type ‘logout’ to end the connection and then type exit to close my terminal.

So don’t do what I do, follow proper screen+ssh+irssi technique unless you want to wake up in the morning, curse at yourself, and sign back into all your irc rooms.

Silly things that I do

June 30, 2008

Remember now:

ctrl+alt+backspace will restart X

ctrl +shift + backspace will clear your private firefox data.

don’t mistake the two, it could result in a widespread emberassment.