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Mon 06 February 2017

Updating the BIOS on a Dell Latitude E7270

Posted by Georg Sauthoff in misc   

Dell distributes BIOS updates for the Latitude E7270 as PE32 Windows GUI executables. It turns out that the BIOS itself is able to extract the firmware images from such executables and to apply them.

HOWTO

  1. Get the latest BIOS update executable from e.g. https://www.dell.com/support/home …

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Fri 22 July 2016

LD_LIBRARY_PATH considered harmful

Posted by Georg Sauthoff in C   

The purpose of the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable is to instruct the linker to consider additional directories when searching for libraries. Its valid use case is the test of alternative library versions installed in non-standard locations. In contrast to that, globally setting the LD_LIBRARY_PATH (e.g. in the profile of a …

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Tue 19 July 2016

Shipping Books (in Germany)

Posted by Georg Sauthoff in misc   

There are several products for shipping books in Germany. Two products are really book specific ('Büchersendung'), they are cheap but they are slowly transported and there is no tracking. The following table compares different attributes and constraints of the products available in the market (last update: 2018-08-11).

Company Product < g …

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