Sunday, August 31, 2008

The actual highs will crumble

This week promises to be a mixed one.
I specially like the description for what will be happening on Tuesday, could it be any longer than that?
I you might expect it, I hope it effing rains like hell and the temperature drops a lot.

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New toy

On Friday I got a new toy!
My employeer got me an upgrade on the cellular phone I was using, a Nokia K300, which was by far, the worst cellphone I had ever had, the piece of crap was fragile, ugly, small, and amazingly uncomfortable to use with that freaking and unresponsive joystick.

The new cellular is actually a Black Berry, so far, it is very good, it is little bigger than the Nokia, (a thing I like), the sound quality (of the calls) it is amazingly better than what the Nokia offered, and the photos that it takes are very good for a cellphone.

I was after either this model, or the 7200 series model (call me old fashion, but I like the way those looks) But those were not available, the -really- good thing about the 8300 is that it has a built in camera.

Sync' ing the data to the Outlook 2003 on Tango was totally painless; that is, for the contacts, getting the email up & running is another subject that involves the Telco AFAIK... So, I'll have to wait until tomorrow, Monday morning.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Damn highs are getting closer

Damn hot weatherAmazing... Will be topping near 27 degrees on Tuesday, god damn!
What a hell of a weather!

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Synergy, loving every keyboard combo

Save desktop space!
Being kinda busy lately... Lost of work
Kept playing a lot with Synergy lately, tweaking & trying to find the exact configuration to work confortable between Thor and Tango.

For the moment, I have left Orbis Tertius, my new Ubuntu Queen, out of the setup, haven't used it much these last few days. So. I have configured the Synergy server to be with just one client, and another few options, by far the most useful one is the screen switching via keyboard combo.

Here is the current configuration:

## -----------------------------------------------
## synergy.conf from thor.arenales.lan
## -----------------------------------------------

section: screens
switchCorners = none
switchCornerSize = 0

switchCorners = none
switchCornerSize = 0


section: links
left = tango

right = thor.arenales.lan


section: options
screenSaverSync = true
switchDelay = 500
keystroke(shift+control+left) = switchToScreen(tango)
keystroke(shift+control+right) = switchToScreen(thor.arenales.lan)
# EoF #

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Music right now (7)

Social Distortion's Social Distortion
Social Distortion - Story of my life

High school seemed like such a blur
I didn't have much interest in sports or school elections
And in class I dreamed all day
About a rock 'n' roll weekend
And the girl in the front of the room
So close yet so far
Y'know she never seemed to notice
That this silly school-boy crush wasn't just pretend

Life goes by so fast
You only want to do what you think is right
Close your eyes and then it's past;
(it's the) story of my life

And I went down to my old neighborhood
The faces have all changed, there's no one left to talk to
And the pool hall I loved as a kid is now a seven eleven

I went downtown to look for a job
I had no training, no experience to speak of
I looked at the holes in my jeans and turned and headed back


Good times come and good times go
I only wish the good times would last a little longer
I think about the good times we had and why they had to end

So I sit at the edge of my bed
I strum my guitar and I sing an outlaw love song
Wonderin' bout what you're doin' now and when you're comin' back



Quite a dump, dude

Now this is more like it
Amazingly the temperature dropped like hell today, after a few tough showers.
Hope this will last.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The end is near

At least, it is still peaking from some nice lows

Even tho I refuse to think about it, I'm afraid that the temperature that we are having these last few days it is going to stay with us.

The spring is less that a month away, and I really doubt that we'll get any more real cold from now on.
This winter has been a total drag; just a couple days of real, intense cold.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Only in the USA

To hackintosh or not to hackintosh...

Remember these hardcore guys?
Today, after been sued by Apple for what they have done, they are counter suing Apple, with charges of antitrust.

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Welcome to the jungle

Oh my god, it is full of (brown) plants!!
The plants on my balcony -or perhaps, the whole balcony- it is going thru a "Lost World", post apocalypse, Nuclear Winter phase or something, I better do something about it, fast.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Highs on the raising

What a hell of a weather...

The highs will continue to raise this week.
If it happens to come, the Wednesday rain, will, perhaps, lower the whole thing just a notch or two; but towards the weekend will be getting again on the 20s, no doubt about it.

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Transfer Evolution data to a new box

To a brand new Linux box setup, that is... As easy as 1,2,3,4...
On the old box, open Evolution, if not open, and click on: "File" -> "Backup Settings".
A new window will open, set the name, and the place to store the Evolution backup file.; it will prompt you if you want to close Evolution, click "Yes".
Let it do its job and wait, if the computer is as slow as Odin, you'll have to wait, I mean, really wait. Exporting my emails et all, some 500 MB of data, takes around 10 minutes or so.

Copy the file that has the Evolution backup from the old Linux box, to the brand new one, and then open Evolution; you'll see sort of a welcome screen:

Evolution welcome screen

Select "Restore Evolution from the backup file", and select the box using the drop down menu; the click "Apply".

Select where the backup file is located

And then, once again, wait.

Wait until all the files are copied

When this step finishes, your data has been totally transfered.

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Less than a month to spring

The spike goes on
Once again, the temperatures start to raise.
The last week has been a rather nice one, but for the one that is about to start we are going to have some rather high highs.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Vacation planning (II)

A couple of links I come across.

New England Travel Planner
Official visitor site for greater Philadelphia

The first one has an amazing amount of information on every single place on New England, not only on the tourist attraction, but also on history of the whole region.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Keep up the good work

Keep up with the good work
I just read on Viva Linux that the Argentine Ministry of Economy is the number one Government Agency consulting Phrack .

Phrack en el Ministerio de Economía de Argentina

No wonder we doing so well lately, I just hope the IMF (nor the MF Chávez) hears about this one.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Synergy go-around (2)

Save desktop space!
I found an interesting bit with Synergy, using this configuration I have for three boxes, you can actually circle the whole setup, ok.

But, they thing I found out last night, while I was unplugging, and turning off some of the boxes, that, once all the clients are off, if the server is still active, when the mouse hits the right side of the screen on the server's monitor, it would jump to the left, and vice versa.

Strange, one would think, or assume, that since all of the clients are off, it will give and error when you try to access them, but, it transparently ignores the unavailable clients.

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Ubuntu on high resolution

High resolution Ubuntu
Modified the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file from Orbis Tertius, and hooked up the box to my Samsung monitor.

Damn! The combination of Ubuntu + NVIDIA + a higher resolution looks rather sexy.

Too bad I had to settle for 1280x960 as the resolution, because at 1440x900 it leaves black unused space around the main screen, maybe the card is too old for this widescreen resolution? Or needs a new ROM, just like the one Thor has needed?
Nevertheless, it is a pretty cool resolution.

Here is a copy of the xorg.conf file:

# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "PS2 / USB Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"

Section "Device"
Identifier "NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400]"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "NoLogo" "False"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Samsung SyncMaster 920NW"
VendorName "Samsung"
Modelname "920NW"
Horizsync 30-81
Vertrefresh 56-75

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Samsung SyncMaster 920NW"
Device "NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400]"
Defaultdepth 24
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"

SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1440x900" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1024x768" "800x600"
Viewport 0 0

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
screen "Default Screen"

Section "Module"
Load "glx"

# EoF #

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Firewalling Tiger (V)

With the rules to access the SNMP server on Tiger.

# To list the current rules
# sudo /sbin/ipfw list

## The startup of this script is controlled by the files on:
## /Library/StartupItems/Firewall/

# Variables to simplify maintenance


# LAN Arenales

# Judith

# You can add more servers, these are comma delimited

# Enable firewall logging
#/usr/sbin/sysctl -w net.inet.ip.fw.verbose=1
# Disable firewall logging
/usr/sbin/sysctl -w net.inet.ip.fw.verbose=0

# Flush existing rules
${ipf} -f flush

# If the rule was added to the dynamic rule table, let it in
${ipf} add check-state

# Allow traffic to flow on the loopback interface
${ipf} add allow all from any to any via lo0

# Allow established connections
${ipf} add allow tcp from any to any established

## ------------------------------------
## Incoming connections
## ------------------------------------

# Allow ICMP traffic
${ipf} add allow icmp from ${LAN} to me icmptype 0,8

# Allow SSH connections
${ipf} add allow tcp from ${LAN} to me 22 keep-state

# Allow DHCP
${ipf} add allow udp from ${LAN} 67-68 to me 67-68

# Allow snmp
${ipf} add allow udp from ${judith} to me 161-162

# Allow Synergy connections
${ipf} add allow tcp from ${LAN} to me 24800 keep-state

## ------------------------------------
## Outgoing connections
## ------------------------------------

# Allow SSH connections
${ipf} add allow tcp from me to any 22 keep-state

# Allow non-secure web traffic
${ipf} add allow tcp from me to any 80 keep-state

# Allow ntpd traffic
${ipf} add allow tcp from me to ${NTPD_SERVERS} 123 keep-state
${ipf} add allow udp from me to ${NTPD_SERVERS} 123 keep-state

# Allowed so SNMPD connections can return to Judith
${ipf} add allow udp from me to ${judith}

# Allow secure web traffic
${ipf} add allow tcp from me to any 443 keep-state

# Allow IMAPS
${ipf} add allow tcp from me to any 993 keep-state

# Allow Messenger
${ipf} add allow tcp from me to any 1863 keep-state

# Allow RDP traffic
${ipf} add allow tcp from me to any 3389 keep-state

# Allow HTTP alternative access
${ipf} add allow tcp from me to any 8080 keep-state

# Allow Webmin
${ipf} add allow tcp from me to any 10000 keep-state

# Allow Synergy connections to the server on Tango
${ipf} add allow tcp from me to ${LAN} 24800 keep-state

# Allow me to get to my DNS servers
${ipf} add allow udp from me to ${DNS_SERVERS} 53 keep-state

# Allow ICMP traffic out
${ipf} add allow icmp from me to any out keep-state

## ------------------------------------
## Close down

${ipf} add deny log ip from any to any

# EoF #

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Synergy go-around

Save desktop space!Since the family is getting bigger, Synergy has to change its configuration too.

Here is a copy of Thor's actual Synergy (server) configuration file, the important bit (if I can call it that way :p ) is that since there are three screens now, I can do a full circle either way from one screen to the other, pretty handy to get there fast!

## -----------------------------------------------
## synergy.conf from thor.arenales.lan
## -----------------------------------------------

section: screens
switchCorners = none
switchCornerSize = 0

switchCorners = none
switchCornerSize = 0

switchCorners = none
switchCornerSize = 0


section: links
left = tango
right = orbis-tertius

right = thor.arenales.lan
left = orbis-tertius

left = thor.arenales.lan
right = tango


section: options
screenSaverSync = true
# EoF #

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20 Gs

A butt load of music
Added the CDs I have ripped on the weekend to my iTunes library. Wanted to post this here, because I have noticed that I broke the 20 GB mark, I can't believe I have that much music, not to mention, that much HDD space!

ITOH the iPod I have can hold 3 times more that amount of files, I find that simply and utterly amazing, an uninterrupted month of music.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Enable the NVIDIA card on Ubuntu

In three steps and a reboot, I couldn't believe it was so easy.
The problem with the resolution is due to the monitor I'm using, to work that out I had to edit the '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' file, but it wasn't that hard.

Ubuntu itself identified the card as a valid one, or at least, as possible candidate; with the icon on the upper Menu Bar, the one that looks like a small card.
After ticking the option "Enabled", it will download the necessary driver and install it.

On my case, I have a GeForce2 MX/MX 400 video card, Ubuntu used the nvidia-glx driver, once installed, it will inform you that you need to reboot the machine.

It will do so, by any means available :)

After the reboot, on my case, the resolution got actually, low, even tho, the driver got activated, this was the only part that I had to do by hand, and without a GUI, but, once again, it wasn't that hard at all, simply had to add the Vertical and Horizontal values for my monitor, and then add a few modes to the "Screen" portion of the file.

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The family grows

The family grows and grows
The operation keeps growing and growing... Synergy certainly goes more than the extra mile to help keeping things as organized as possible.

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NVIDIA glory

At last, a Ubuntu screenshot that doesnt suck
Finally, it is running, in the end it was a piece of cake to make the NVIDIA magic happen on Ubuntu (I'll post some pics later.

There is a big difference between this one and the 800x600 that Odin can give.

Behold! Orbis Tertius, with its full 1024x768 glory!

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Alternate CD Command Line Only install

Reinstalling Ubuntu (8.04) on orbis-tertius... Yeap, just once more...
But, this time will not install the server first, and then the Desktop, since I want to play with a full blown desktop, there is no point to it; besides, I want a clean slate to get the NVIDIA video card up & running.

For this one, I have used the Alternate CD, and I performed a "Command Line Only" install, the option to do such install on 8.04 is within the F4 key options.
Boot from the Alternate CD, press F4 key, labeled the "Modes" option, and then navigate with your keyboard to the "Command Line Only" and select it with an Enter; then press Esc to goto the main menu again, and select "Install Ubuntu" and press Enter.

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Garbled Menu on Tiger (iTunes + Safari)

Totally garbled Menu text
Finally being able to get ahold of a screenshot of a problem I had a bunch of times while switching between iTunes and Safari windows (the URL is not to be held responsible :p )

Couldn't change anything, the past times, by simply trying to switch windows, the garbled Menu fixes itself; so, I was lucky to had an SSH session opened from Tango, due to my current Synergy setup, so I could run my screenshot script thru that PuTTY.

This seems to be happening only on my Quicksilver beauty, Thor, but ITOH, I don't use -at least for the moment- my PowerBook that much to be able to stumble upon the bug.

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Synergy server config

So this won't happen again, I'll post it here, along with the one I already posted for Windows, client side of Synergy.

section: screens
switchCorners = none
switchCornerSize = 0

switchCorners = none
switchCornerSize = 0

section: links
left = tango
right = thor.arenales.lan

section: options
screenSaverSync = true
# EoF #

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Music: right now (6)

Sigue Sigue Sputnik's Flaunt It
Massive retaliation, from Sigue Sigue Sputnik's Flaunt It.

What a glorious decade that was!
80's brat and effing proud!!


Orbis-tertius /etc/X11/xorg.conf file

Trying to get the NVIDIA video card to actually, work, you know...

# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "AOC Spectrum 4Vn"
Device "NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400]"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1024x768" "800x600"
Viewport 0 0
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1024x768" "800x600"
Viewport 0 0
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1024x768" "800x600"
Viewport 0 0
SubSection "Display"
Depth 32
Modes "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1024x768" "800x600"
Viewport 0 0
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
Defaultdepth 24
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
Section "Device"
Identifier "NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400]"
# Driver "nv"
Driver "nvidia"
Busid "PCI:1:0:0"
Videoram 65536
Option "NoLogo" "False"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "PS2 Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
screen "Default Screen"

Section "Module"
Load "glx"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "AOC Spectrum 4Vn"
Vendorname "Aoc Spectrum"
Modelname "aocd350"
Horizsync 30.0-50.0
Vertrefresh 50.0-100.0

## This seems to be not doing anything, that is, not having any effect,
## disabled for the moment
#Section "Extensions"
# Option "RENDER" "true"
# Option "DAMAGE" "true"
# Option "Composite" "Enable"

# EoF #

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Some Orbis-Tertius Ubuntu install notes

Most of the problems I had (or still having, if you count the NVIDIA video card...) were because this is really old hardware that it is not designed for this use, and it took all this "days" to get this baby on its feet because I had to do all the work during the nights, and -mostly- because it is way too slow, specially during the first two days, anything that involved the CDROM (booting form it, copying files from it) took for ever.

Day one:
Lotsa problems with the (pretty old) BIOS.
Had to set the HDDs to different IDE channels, since putting them all on IDE 1 did not work.
Set the BIOS to ignore the large HDD that will hold the /home partition (the BIOS simple chocked if it stumbled upon it)

Day two:
SQUASHFS errors galore, tried to make a regular install with Ubuntu, Xubuntu, and Ubuntu Server, in the end, only Ubuntu Server worked, but I had a problem with the BIOS that I did not forsee, and the system was unable to boot.

Day three:
Re-installed Ubuntu Server, after re-arranging the HDDs layout. On the IDE0 channel, the smaller HDD that will hold the /boot and the / partitions, as well as the swap, on the IDE1 channel, the larger HDD that will hold the /home partition.
This day finished with the installation up and running A Ok.
Friday, August 15th, in the early dawn hours.

Day four:
The same Friday, towards 4 PM started the install process to transform the Ubuntu Server, onto a plain vanilla Ubuntu (with Gnome desktop et all).
It took some 500 MB of file transfers, and about of 3 hours of setting up to get everything up & running... By far, the worst thing was the amount of time that 'scrollkeeper' needs.

Day five:
Used most of this day to set up X Window (that was fast & easy) and to do test after test after test to get the NVIDIA card working (this was slow & cumbersome)
In the end, the video card is recognized as an NVIDIA one, X Window does load it correctly, but it doesn't seem to be working properly, that is, I still have no 3D effects from it.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

The upgrade that never was

Bumping (trying to) Acer's RAM
A nice thing about upgrading other people's (as well as your own's) computers is that you inevitably end up with a lot of spare hardware, the bad thing is the given hardware usually is a piece of crap.
Like, for instance, this case, my mother's laptop has a really, really amount of RAM, 256 MB, and even XP crawls with that.

So, I tried to maxx up that RAM, but any of the RAM sticks I have work... That laptop needs, ideally, this RAM kit, while, what I had to offer was this one, or this one.

BTW, that Acer is really a piece of sh*t. All silvery plastic (that rubs off at the palm rest), lightweight, yes, but a fragile feeling all around to; and the bundled software... Boy, that sucks... A lot (and I mean a LOT). A whole lot of Acer crapware pre-installed; the nice thing it has is the keyboard.

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Easy going ripping Sunday

Nothing much, a nice, cold (somehow & thinking locally) Sunday. tomorrow's a national holiday (moved to a Monday to increase tourism) so I have decided to rip a few of the CDs I left behind.

The taks was an ideal one for Tango and CDex.

Added to the collection:

- Kraftwerk - Autobahn
- Bob Dylan - Greatest Hits, Volume II (Disc 1 & 2)
- Depeche Mode - Ultra
- David Byrne - Rei Momo

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Vacation planning (I)

Towards the end of the year, the family reunion will be in Florida (waaaaay much better than Bs As in the heat of the effing summer). So, I'll go ahead and take my vacation too.

For years wanted to go to the Smithsonian, particularly the National Air and Space Museum, specially, during the winter, while Bs As will be melting under the January's summer, I'm planning in freezing my b*lls in Washington.
Found a nice hotel -nothing fancy-, from 79/ 89 U$S per day, which seems fair enough, just a couple of miles from all the museums.

The other thing I want to do is a little New England sight seeing, never being to Boston, Philadelphia... I guess a 2 week period will be enough? For the Smithsonian (and Washington), Philadelphia & Boston; the only thing that worries me is that distances up there are enormous.


Passing the torch

Judith takes a bow, Orbis Tertius stands up
Since we are all immersed on the Olympics...
Judith -the one on the left- is no more, now Orbis Tertius rules.
Orbis' case is not as "stylish" as Judith's, but what a hell, it is a speed bump (of sorts), besides, that's progress, and you can't stop it, no matter what you try.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

It is alive!

Well, Orbis Tertius is ready.
It took me a lot of time and testing to get it on its feet, it was like a total deje vu kinda a thing, like a time warp to the early days of the popular Linux, that is, around the early 2000.
Getting the whole thing to install, on that ultra (and effing old!!!!) crappy BIOS.
For the moment, I have settled for Ubuntu Server.

Info form lshw:

description: System memory
physical id: 0
size: 512MiB
product: Pentium II (Deschutes)
vendor: Intel Corp.
physical id: 1
bus info: cpu@0
version: 6.5.1
size: 350MHz
width: 32 bits
capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr up

*-display UNCLAIMED
description: VGA compatible controller
product: NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400]
vendor: nVidia Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: b2
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
capabilities: vga_controller bus_master cap_list
configuration: latency=64 maxlatency=1 mingnt=5

*-network:0 DISABLED
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 9
bus info: pci@0000:00:09.0
logical name: eth1
version: 10
serial: 00:50:fc:47:0c:a6
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 latency=64 maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 module=8139too multicast=yes
*-network:1 DISABLED
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: a
bus info: pci@0000:00:0a.0
logical name: eth2
version: 10
serial: 00:50:fc:53:ec:3a
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 latency=64 maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 module=8139too multicast=yes
description: Ethernet interface
product: 21x4x DEC-Tulip compatible 10/100 Ethernet
vendor: Davicom Semiconductor, Inc.
physical id: b
bus info: pci@0000:00:0b.0
logical name: eth0
version: 31
serial: 00:80:ad:80:f0:ad
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=dmfe driverversion=1.36.4 ip= latency=64 maxlatency=40 mingnt=20 module=dmfe multicast=yes

With a minimum install, with only the openssh-server, emacs-nox, and screen, it uses this amount of HDD:

esteban@ot:~$ df
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 5.6G 630M 4.7G 12% /
proc 0 0 0 - /proc
/sys 0 0 0 - /sys
varrun 252M 40K 252M 1% /var/run
varlock 252M 0 252M 0% /var/lock
udev 252M 56K 252M 1% /dev
devshm 252M 0 252M 0% /dev/shm
devpts 0 0 0 - /dev/pts
/dev/sda1 92M 23M 64M 27% /boot
/dev/sdb1 74G 180M 71G 1% /home
securityfs 0 0 0 - /sys/kernel/security

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Weather gizmo

New weather gizmo @ local forecast pageThere is a new gizmo on the local forecast service for Argentina, it looks, how can I say it, definitively not spiffy :p

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Thor reinstall- 2nd problem

Save desktop space!
This one is actually, it is not even a problem, but merely an annoyance.
Forgot to backup the Synergy configuration file, so, I had to rebuild it from zero.

As usual, when this type of sh*t happens (the lose of a small file, that would take less then 5 seconds to copy) it is more the feeling of being so stupid, than the actual loss.

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Its the end of Judith as we know it

The new beast is being assembled
Got me a new dumpster monster...

Orbis Tertius it is raising!

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Thor reinstall- 1st problem

It seems like I have been way too optimistic...
The iTunes Playlist did transfered all the Play Count and Ratings, but, I found out today that some of the tracks are not properly linked to the iTunes Playlist.
Definitively not a biggie, but, nevertheless, a royal PITA.

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New life for Thor

Os X, just before the storm of updates
Reinstalled Os X on Thor.
This time, I used the 2 HDDs as a one, with Disk Utilities' RAID setup.

Right now I have a 149 GB HDD to play with, since the whole thing is sort of "virtual" is the right word, I'll have to be specially careful with backups, since, if one of the HDDs goes down, the whole thing will go down in flames, taking all the information with the fire!

The whole process wasn't that painful, although, not until I had all my iTunes data on the HDD again, I was not relieved. On this setup, since I don't have different partitions like before, migrate the iTunes data from Thor to Trantor will be a lot easier.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Vade retro

Today's high, near 24 degrees
Sunday got a little too hot for my taste... Apparently tomorrow night it will rain, and drop once again, but it will not get any closer as the lows we had the past few weeks.

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Tango, now on Cinerama!

Vista screenshot, with a 1440x900 glory
Hooked up my HUGE monitor to Tango, just for kicks... Strange I haven't thought of this before, but never mind.
Vista seems rather cool with this amount of screen real state.

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MenuMeters (for Windows)

Found a nice program, a free one, called DriveGLEAM, that sort of adds the same functionality that MenuMeters has on Os X.

* Monitor physical disks or partitions (or both)
* Allows for CPU, RAM , VRAM usage display in tray.
* Read / Write / ReadWrite and Idle status indicators
* Indicators in tray or the parallel port, output directly to LED's, Just place some LED's on top of your monitor and enjoy real monitoring of read/write status realtime ;) (no special hardware required)
* Keyboard scroll lock LED option.
* Uses very few resources (including cpu usage)
* Very stable.
* Does not "hook" into your system
* Standalone, does not require a install but uses ini setup for your convenience.
* Failure in DriveGLEAM can't "freeze" your drives.
* Configurable start with os delay
* Configurable poll rate
* Does not install lots of files in your system.

It doesn't look as cool & spiffy as the Apple one, but it is as handy.

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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Consulting adults

I don't know, sort of a companion to this old post: No means no

So you want to be a consultant...?

The tips, the advices, on this one are less "chatty" and more to the point, but, at the same time, the "war stories", if I can call them like that, are real.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Another shot at things

The setup, as of right now, nowHere is how things are lined up right now.
Judith, practically on the middle of the pic, is in between OSes at the moment, the last one installed is IPCop, for some tests I'm doing.
And on the table, Tango and Thor (at least, the monitor)
(Damn cel pictures, you know?)


The cable is here, the HDDs are cool

HDD cable connector

Finally got the cable, so both hard disk drives are no longer one on top of the other, will keep and eye to see if the temperature drops starts to drop a bit; specially on the only one that reports.

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Play count (8)

iTunes Play Count
Once again, nothing much has changed, except that I have moved up one notch, every single theme has been listened at least 7 times (or more)

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The definition of erotic hardware

AspireOne hottie
I read on a Linux forum about this beauty: Acer's AspireOne, it seems rather sexy looking.

The only thing that it doesn't stand to the hotness is the name of the Linux distribution that comes bundled with the baby: Linpus

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

More Power(book) problems

Lately I have been using Trantor, my PowerBook, mostly for DVD burning (as I'm ripping on Tango, the Compaq laptop, simply because it is 3 years newer and faster).

Trantor seems to be a little shaken these days, a bit slow during boots, to name one... Also, the AC power adaptor it is starting to bust my chops, the usual ("usual" God damn) problem with the cable (link 1, link 2).

So, it looks like I'll have to get a power adapter sometime in the future (like this one: Newer Technology 65W AC Power Adapter, not even drunk another Apple one), right now it is working, but, I have to bend the cable so the same adapter sits on top of the cable. I prefer to spend some 60 bucks, than rpy open the effing thing, and end up burning the department in the near future :D

Once again (link 1, link 2), the PowerBook has power related problems, the whole thing is a bastard, this laptop doesn't have 3 years as of today, I'm more and more convinced that Apple hardware was designed "for suburbia use", and in any case, as a sole machine.

Is really a piece of crap when the hardware starts to fail, specially, expensive one ;) , you loose confindence on the whole thing.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

iTunes firewall warning

This is new... Since yesterday's upgrade, now iTunes warns me that I can share my collection because of my firewall settings.
Well, that's the idea, I don't have the "Share my library on my local network" option enabled.

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SU Mystery Theater (2)

To Reboot or Shutdown, that is the questionInstalled a couple of updates on Thor, the security one, and the new iTunes -but I'm not sure if there isn't a new iTunes version already-.
Everything seems to be A Ok.

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Bunch of Ubuntu Server links

Well... Maybe, not all of them are Ubuntu Server specific, but, they might come handy later on, so, I'll keep them here.
Collected these today, while researching a bit more on Ubuntu Server

Ubuntu Installation on Low Memory Systems
Ubuntu Minimal Desktop

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The cold gets warmer

The lows and highs for the days to come
It kinda looks like the winter will be retreating in the following days, but, not much, luckily, it might look like the winter this year had a (very) slow start.

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The message from Judith

The dmesg file from Judith, fresh from the install:

[ 0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpuset
[ 0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpu
[ 0.000000] Linux version 2.6.24-16-server (buildd@palmer) (gcc version 4.2.3 (Ubuntu 4.2.3-2ubuntu7)) #1 SMP Thu Apr 10 13:58:00 UTC 2008 (Ubuntu 2.6.24-16.30-server)
[ 0.000000] BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
[ 0.000000] BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
[ 0.000000] BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
[ 0.000000] BIOS-e820: 00000000000e0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
[ 0.000000] BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 0000000008000000 (usable)
[ 0.000000] BIOS-e820: 00000000fec00000 - 00000000fec01000 (reserved)
[ 0.000000] BIOS-e820: 00000000fee00000 - 00000000fee01000 (reserved)
[ 0.000000] BIOS-e820: 00000000fffe0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
[ 0.000000] 0MB HIGHMEM available.
[ 0.000000] 128MB LOWMEM available.
[ 0.000000] Entering add_active_range(0, 0, 32768) 0 entries of 256 used
[ 0.000000] Zone PFN ranges:
[ 0.000000] DMA 0 -> 4096
[ 0.000000] Normal 4096 -> 32768
[ 0.000000] HighMem 32768 -> 32768
[ 0.000000] Movable zone start PFN for each node
[ 0.000000] early_node_map[1] active PFN ranges
[ 0.000000] 0: 0 -> 32768
[ 0.000000] On node 0 totalpages: 32768
[ 0.000000] DMA zone: 32 pages used for memmap
[ 0.000000] DMA zone: 0 pages reserved
[ 0.000000] DMA zone: 4064 pages, LIFO batch:0
[ 0.000000] Normal zone: 224 pages used for memmap
[ 0.000000] Normal zone: 28448 pages, LIFO batch:7
[ 0.000000] HighMem zone: 0 pages used for memmap
[ 0.000000] Movable zone: 0 pages used for memmap
[ 0.000000] DMI not present or invalid.
[ 0.000000] ACPI: no DMI BIOS year, acpi=force is required to enable ACPI
[ 0.000000] ACPI: Disabling ACPI support
[ 0.000000] Allocating PCI resources starting at 10000000 (gap: 08000000:f6c00000)
[ 0.000000] swsusp: Registered nosave memory region: 000000000009f000 - 00000000000a0000
[ 0.000000] swsusp: Registered nosave memory region: 00000000000a0000 - 00000000000e0000
[ 0.000000] swsusp: Registered nosave memory region: 00000000000e0000 - 0000000000100000
[ 0.000000] Built 1 zonelists in Zone order, mobility grouping on. Total pages: 32512
[ 0.000000] Kernel command line: root=UUID=c62c019a-8228-4623-b854-92e326052b2a ro vga=773 quiet splash
[ 0.000000] Local APIC disabled by BIOS -- you can enable it with "lapic"
[ 0.000000] mapped APIC to ffffb000 (0110c000)
[ 0.000000] Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
[ 0.000000] Initializing CPU#0
[ 0.000000] PID hash table entries: 512 (order: 9, 2048 bytes)
[ 0.000000] Detected 267.280 MHz processor.
[ 29.506818] Console: colour dummy device 80x25
[ 29.506848] console [tty0] enabled
[ 29.507382] Dentry cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 4, 65536 bytes)
[ 29.508309] Inode-cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
[ 29.536604] Memory: 117984k/131072k available (2255k kernel code, 12560k reserved, 1032k data, 384k init, 0k highmem)
[ 29.536670] virtual kernel memory layout:
[ 29.536679] fixmap : 0xfff4c000 - 0xfffff000 ( 716 kB)
[ 29.536690] pkmap : 0xffc00000 - 0xffe00000 (2048 kB)
[ 29.536701] vmalloc : 0xc8800000 - 0xffbfe000 ( 883 MB)
[ 29.536711] lowmem : 0xc0000000 - 0xc8000000 ( 128 MB)
[ 29.536722] .init : 0xc043c000 - 0xc049c000 ( 384 kB)
[ 29.536732] .data : 0xc0333e95 - 0xc0435fe4 (1032 kB)
[ 29.536742] .text : 0xc0100000 - 0xc0333e95 (2255 kB)
[ 29.536768] Checking if this processor honours the WP bit even in supervisor mode... Ok.
[ 29.536980] SLUB: Genslabs=11, HWalign=32, Order=0-1, MinObjects=4, CPUs=1, Nodes=1
[ 29.687049] Calibrating delay using timer specific routine.. 535.51 BogoMIPS (lpj=2677582)
[ 29.687287] Security Framework initialized
[ 29.687351] SELinux: Disabled at boot.
[ 29.687479] AppArmor: AppArmor initialized
[ 29.687524] Failure registering capabilities with primary security module.
[ 29.687624] Mount-cache hash table entries: 512
[ 29.688671] Initializing cgroup subsys ns
[ 29.688717] Initializing cgroup subsys cpuacct
[ 29.688811] CPU: After generic identify, caps: 0183f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
[ 29.688890] CPU: L1 I cache: 16K, L1 D cache: 16K
[ 29.688919] CPU: After all inits, caps: 0183f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000040 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
[ 29.689031] Compat vDSO mapped to ffffe000.
[ 29.689122] Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
[ 29.727272] SMP alternatives: switching to UP code
[ 29.734509] Freeing SMP alternatives: 12k freed
[ 29.735455] Early unpacking initramfs... done
[ 32.525887] CPU0: Intel Pentium II (Deschutes) stepping 01
[ 32.525939] SMP motherboard not detected.
[ 32.525956] Local APIC not detected. Using dummy APIC emulation.
[ 32.526610] Brought up 1 CPUs
[ 32.526738] CPU0 attaching sched-domain:
[ 32.526766] domain 0: span 01
[ 32.526780] groups: 01
[ 32.529165] net_namespace: 64 bytes
[ 32.529208] Booting paravirtualized kernel on bare hardware
[ 32.534266] Time: 3:31:00 Date: 08/05/08
[ 32.534547] NET: Registered protocol family 16
[ 32.539199] EISA bus registered
[ 32.542294] PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfdba1, last bus=1
[ 32.542318] PCI: Using configuration type 1
[ 32.542338] Setting up standard PCI resources
[ 32.558951] ACPI: Interpreter disabled.
[ 32.558988] Linux Plug and Play Support v0.97 (c) Adam Belay
[ 32.559684] pnp: PnP ACPI: disabled
[ 32.559722] PnPBIOS: Scanning system for PnP BIOS support...
[ 32.559892] PnPBIOS: Found PnP BIOS installation structure at 0xc00f8070
[ 32.559918] PnPBIOS: PnP BIOS version 1.0, entry 0xf0000:0x785e, dseg 0xf0000
[ 32.573626] PnPBIOS: 15 nodes reported by PnP BIOS; 15 recorded by driver
[ 32.579697] PCI: Probing PCI hardware
[ 32.579743] PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
[ 32.581024] * Found PM-Timer Bug on the chipset. Due to workarounds for a bug,
[ 32.581042] * this clock source is slow. Consider trying other clock sources
[ 32.581155] PCI quirk: region 6100-613f claimed by PIIX4 ACPI
[ 32.581177] PCI quirk: region 5f00-5f0f claimed by PIIX4 SMB
[ 32.590515] PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX/ICH [8086/7110] at 0000:00:07.0
[ 32.617231] NET: Registered protocol family 8
[ 32.617260] NET: Registered protocol family 20
[ 32.617930] NetLabel: Initializing
[ 32.617961] NetLabel: domain hash size = 128
[ 32.617976] NetLabel: protocols = UNLABELED CIPSOv4
[ 32.618114] NetLabel: unlabeled traffic allowed by default
[ 32.618432] AppArmor: AppArmor Filesystem Enabled
[ 32.619191] system 00:00: iomem range 0x0-0x9fbff could not be reserved
[ 32.619228] system 00:00: iomem range 0x9fc00-0x9ffff could not be reserved
[ 32.619253] system 00:00: iomem range 0xe0000-0xfffff could not be reserved
[ 32.619278] system 00:00: iomem range 0x100000-0x7ffffff could not be reserved
[ 32.619305] system 00:00: iomem range 0xfec00000-0xfec00fff could not be reserved
[ 32.619330] system 00:00: iomem range 0xfee00000-0xfee00fff could not be reserved
[ 32.619354] system 00:00: iomem range 0xfffe0000-0xffffffff could not be reserved
[ 32.619447] system 00:08: ioport range 0x6100-0x613f has been reserved
[ 32.619473] system 00:08: ioport range 0x5f00-0x5f0f has been reserved
[ 32.619496] system 00:08: ioport range 0x4d0-0x4d1 has been reserved
[ 32.619519] system 00:08: ioport range 0xcf8-0xcff could not be reserved
[ 32.626895] Time: tsc clocksource has been installed.
[ 32.628161] PCI: Bridge: 0000:00:01.0
[ 32.628196] IO window: d000-dfff
[ 32.628220] MEM window: fc200000-feafffff
[ 32.628240] PREFETCH window: f2000000-f40fffff
[ 32.628374] NET: Registered protocol family 2
[ 32.727596] IP route cache hash table entries: 1024 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
[ 32.729633] TCP established hash table entries: 4096 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
[ 32.729982] TCP bind hash table entries: 4096 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
[ 32.730342] TCP: Hash tables configured (established 4096 bind 4096)
[ 32.730364] TCP reno registered
[ 32.757979] checking if image is initramfs... it is
[ 37.919960] Freeing initrd memory: 7140k freed
[ 37.927262] audit: initializing netlink socket (disabled)
[ 37.927360] audit(1217907065.400:1): initialized
[ 37.928623] Total HugeTLB memory allocated, 0
[ 37.965430] VFS: Disk quotas dquot_6.5.1
[ 37.966720] Dquot-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order 0, 4096 bytes)
[ 37.970490] io scheduler noop registered
[ 37.970523] io scheduler anticipatory registered
[ 37.970541] io scheduler deadline registered (default)
[ 37.970780] io scheduler cfq registered
[ 37.970866] Limiting direct PCI/PCI transfers.
[ 37.970960] Boot video device is 0000:01:00.0
[ 37.974927] isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
[ 38.333100] isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
[ 39.119055] Real Time Clock Driver v1.12ac
[ 39.120533] Serial: 8250/16550 driver $Revision: 1.90 $ 4 ports, IRQ sharing enabled
[ 39.121489] serial8250: ttyS0 at I/O 0x3f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
[ 39.123023] serial8250: ttyS1 at I/O 0x2f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
[ 39.131328] 00:0a: ttyS0 at I/O 0x3f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
[ 39.134644] 00:0b: ttyS1 at I/O 0x2f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
[ 39.149937] RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 65536K size 1024 blocksize
[ 39.150900] input: Macintosh mouse button emulation as /devices/virtual/input/input0
[ 39.152545] PNP: PS/2 Controller [PNP0303] at 0x60,0x64 irq 1
[ 39.152579] PNP: PS/2 appears to have AUX port disabled, if this is incorrect please boot with i8042.nopnp
[ 39.154307] serio: i8042 KBD port at 0x60,0x64 irq 1
[ 39.178301] mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
[ 39.180575] EISA: Probing bus 0 at eisa.0
[ 39.180722] EISA: Detected 0 cards.
[ 39.180746] cpuidle: using governor ladder
[ 39.180766] cpuidle: using governor menu
[ 39.182491] NET: Registered protocol family 1
[ 39.182833] Using IPI No-Shortcut mode
[ 39.183088] registered taskstats version 1
[ 39.183651] Magic number: 4:180:512
[ 39.184136] BIOS EDD facility v0.16 2004-Jun-25, 6 devices found
[ 39.191662] Freeing unused kernel memory: 384k freed
[ 39.216332] input: AT Translated Set 2 keyboard as /devices/platform/i8042/serio0/input/input1
[ 40.153712] vesafb: framebuffer at 0xf3000000, mapped to 0xc8880000, using 1536k, total 4096k
[ 40.153750] vesafb: mode is 1024x768x8, linelength=1024, pages=4
[ 40.153769] vesafb: protected mode interface info at c000:4974
[ 40.153789] vesafb: pmi: set display start = c00c499b, set palette = c00c49fd
[ 40.153805] vesafb: pmi: ports = 3b4 3b5 3ba 3c0 3c1 3c4 3c5 3c6 3c7 3c8 3c9 3cc 3ce 3cf 3d0 3d1 3d2 3d3 3d4 3d5 3da
[ 40.153874] vesafb: scrolling: redraw
[ 40.153897] vesafb: Pseudocolor: size=8:8:8:8, shift=0:0:0:0
[ 40.155846] Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 128x48
[ 40.182845] fb0: VESA VGA frame buffer device
[ 41.159993] fuse init (API version 7.9)
[ 41.463064] thermal: Unknown symbol acpi_processor_set_thermal_limit
[ 46.777803] SCSI subsystem initialized
[ 47.182800] usbcore: registered new interface driver usbfs
[ 47.183031] usbcore: registered new interface driver hub
[ 47.204584] usbcore: registered new device driver usb
[ 47.273904] 8139too Fast Ethernet driver 0.9.28
[ 47.274275] PCI: setting IRQ 9 as level-triggered
[ 47.274304] PCI: Found IRQ 9 for device 0000:00:10.0
[ 47.276880] eth0: RealTek RTL8139 at 0xe800, 00:50:fc:47:0c:a6, IRQ 9
[ 47.276910] eth0: Identified 8139 chip type 'RTL-8139C'
[ 47.303215] dmfe: Davicom DM9xxx net driver, version 1.36.4 (2002-01-17)
[ 47.303582] PCI: setting IRQ 10 as level-triggered
[ 47.303612] PCI: Found IRQ 10 for device 0000:00:12.0
[ 47.329718] eth1: Davicom DM9102 at pci0000:00:12.0, 00:80:ad:80:f0:ad, irq 10.
[ 47.372039] Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
[ 47.601513] FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
[ 47.899969] ne2k-pci.c:v1.03 9/22/2003 D. Becker/P. Gortmaker
[ 47.900293] PCI: setting IRQ 11 as level-triggered
[ 47.900322] PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 0000:00:0f.0
[ 47.902977] eth2: RealTek RTL-8029 found at 0xef80, IRQ 11, 00:c0:df:f9:31:24.
[ 47.945607] libata version 3.00 loaded.
[ 47.953877] USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v3.0
[ 47.954344] PCI: setting IRQ 12 as level-triggered
[ 47.954377] PCI: Found IRQ 12 for device 0000:00:07.2
[ 47.954475] uhci_hcd 0000:00:07.2: UHCI Host Controller
[ 47.955555] uhci_hcd 0000:00:07.2: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
[ 47.955667] uhci_hcd 0000:00:07.2: irq 12, io base 0x0000ef40
[ 47.957050] usb usb1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 47.957360] hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 47.957452] hub 1-0:1.0: 2 ports detected
[ 48.030587] 8139cp: 10/100 PCI Ethernet driver v1.3 (Mar 22, 2004)
[ 48.140264] ata_piix 0000:00:07.1: version 2.12
[ 48.154385] scsi0 : ata_piix
[ 48.157903] scsi1 : ata_piix
[ 48.158281] ata1: PATA max UDMA/33 cmd 0x1f0 ctl 0x3f6 bmdma 0xffa0 irq 14
[ 48.158314] ata2: PATA max UDMA/33 cmd 0x170 ctl 0x376 bmdma 0xffa8 irq 15
[ 48.496686] ata1.00: ATA-6: WDC WD800BB-00JHC0, 05.01C05, max UDMA/100
[ 48.496720] ata1.00: 156301488 sectors, multi 16: LBA
[ 48.496901] ata1.01: ATAPI: CREATIVE CD5233E-CF, 1.04, max MWDMA2
[ 48.516660] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/33
[ 48.676677] ata1.01: configured for MWDMA2
[ 48.856729] ata2.00: ATA-4: SAMSUNG SV0432A, JV100-31, max UDMA/33
[ 48.856764] ata2.00: 8421840 sectors, multi 0: LBA
[ 48.876644] ata2.00: configured for UDMA/33
[ 48.877682] scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access ATA WDC WD800BB-00JH 05.0 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[ 48.879117] scsi 0:0:1:0: CD-ROM CREATIVE CD5233E-CF 1.04 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[ 48.880759] scsi 1:0:0:0: Direct-Access ATA SAMSUNG SV0432A JV10 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[ 53.150100] Driver 'sd' needs updating - please use bus_type methods
[ 53.207018] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 156301488 512-byte hardware sectors (80026 MB)
[ 53.207271] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
[ 53.207306] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[ 53.207734] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[ 53.208413] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 156301488 512-byte hardware sectors (80026 MB)
[ 53.208662] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
[ 53.208697] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[ 53.209123] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[ 53.209176] sda:<4>Driver 'sr' needs updating - please use bus_type methods
[ 53.228658] sda4
[ 53.229314] sda4:
[ 53.229844] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI disk
[ 53.230629] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] 8421840 512-byte hardware sectors (4312 MB)
[ 53.230876] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 53.230911] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[ 53.231333] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[ 53.232050] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] 8421840 512-byte hardware sectors (4312 MB)
[ 53.232297] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 53.232331] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[ 53.232755] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[ 53.232808] sdb: sdb1 sdb2 [ 53.245868] Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
[ 53.246266] sr 0:0:1:0: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0
[ 53.269930] sdb5 >
[ 53.270763] sd 1:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk
[ 53.409301] sd 0:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0
[ 53.409588] sr 0:0:1:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 5
[ 53.409829] sd 1:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[ 54.235400] sr0: CDROM (ioctl) error, command: Test Unit Ready 00 00 00 00 00 00
[ 54.236728] sr: Sense Key : Equal [deferred] [descriptor]
[ 54.236761] sr: ASC=0x2 <> ASCQ=0xac
[ 55.210759] Attempting manual resume
[ 55.210795] swsusp: Resume From Partition 8:21
[ 55.210809] PM: Checking swsusp image.
[ 55.227705] PM: Resume from disk failed.
[ 55.364290] sr0: CDROM (ioctl) error, command: Test Unit Ready 00 00 00 00 00 00
[ 55.364986] sr: Sense Key : Equal [deferred] [descriptor]
[ 55.365013] sr: ASC=0x2 <> ASCQ=0xac
[ 55.586231] kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
[ 55.586351] EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
[ 62.086885] sr0: CDROM (ioctl) error, command: Test Unit Ready 00 00 00 00 00 00
[ 62.087575] sr: Sense Key : Equal [deferred] [descriptor]
[ 62.087602] sr: ASC=0x2 <> ASCQ=0xac
[ 63.231236] sr0: CDROM (ioctl) error, command: Test Unit Ready 00 00 00 00 00 00
[ 63.231929] sr: Sense Key : Equal [deferred] [descriptor]
[ 63.231957] sr: ASC=0x2 <> ASCQ=0xac
[ 71.604809] Linux agpgart interface v0.102
[ 71.745053] pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
[ 71.825147] piix4_smbus 0000:00:07.3: Found 0000:00:07.3 device
[ 71.905453] input: PC Speaker as /devices/platform/pcspkr/input/input2
[ 72.168216] udev: renamed network interface eth2_rename to eth1
[ 72.285212] agpgart: Detected an Intel 440LX Chipset.
[ 72.293969] agpgart: AGP aperture is 64M @ 0xf8000000
[ 72.415208] shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
[ 73.787969] udev: renamed network interface eth1_rename to eth0
[ 73.874970] udev: renamed network interface eth0 to eth2
[ 80.005927] dmfe: Change Speed to 100Mhz full duplex
[ 80.771680] NET: Registered protocol family 10
[ 80.774562] lo: Disabled Privacy Extensions
[ 81.565563] parport_pc 00:0c: reported by Plug and Play BIOS
[ 81.565706] parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778), irq 7, dma 3 [PCSPP,TRISTATE,COMPAT,ECP,DMA]
[ 90.963318] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
[ 91.889124] loop: module loaded
[ 92.121592] lp0: using parport0 (interrupt-driven).
[ 93.035236] Adding 240932k swap on /dev/sdb5. Priority:-1 extents:1 across:240932k
[ 93.648402] EXT3 FS on sdb1, internal journal
[ 100.045937] ip_tables: (C) 2000-2006 Netfilter Core Team
[ 118.795220] ppdev: user-space parallel port driver
[ 119.728865] audit(1217907147.509:2): type=1503 operation="inode_permission" requested_mask="a::" denied_mask="a::" name="/dev/tty" pid=4214 profile="/usr/sbin/cupsd" namespace="default"

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Ubuntu serving Judith

Installed Ubuntu Server (8.04) again, but this time on Judith.
The install went with no problems at all, although, sloooooow, it might have been a couple of hours alright, perhaps even 3.
Installed everything but the PostGrep packages, for the moment, I'm testing it only on the first HDD, the one that is 4 GB, but I like the way things go, so I guess I'll re-install again, using the second HDD, the one that is 80 GB, as well.

This is the amount of HDD that is being used:

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb1 3.8G 782M 2.9G 22% /
proc 0 0 0 - /proc
/sys 0 0 0 - /sys
varrun 62M 40K 62M 1% /var/run
varlock 62M 0 62M 0% /var/lock
udev 62M 44K 62M 1% /dev
devshm 62M 0 62M 0% /dev/shm
devpts 0 0 0 - /dev/pts
securityfs 0 0 0 - /sys/kernel/security

Disabled some services that I'm not using at the moment:

sudo update-rc.d -f mysql remove
sudo update-rc.d -f samba remove
sudo update-rc.d -f winbind remove
sudo update-rc.d -f apache2 remove
sudo update-rc.d -f atd remove
sudo update-rc.d -f dovecot remove
sudo update-rc.d -f cupsys remove

Installed Zile, and enabled the high resolution console, (don't forget to issue a 'sudo update-grub') and also customized the console font.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Old Stasi ENTel telephone

Old ENTel Argetnina telephone
Found an old ENTel Argentina telephone.
The thing has a lot of retro geek points in it.


Sunday, August 03, 2008

With highs that are actually, low

Highs that are lows
At last, the winter is for real.

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Cold, windy and cloudy

Cold, windy and cloudy
A near perfect winter Saturday...

Cold, windy, cloudy, and it even rained a little on the morning, the sky full of those cold, heavy clouds that only promise more & more cold.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

The current setup

The state of things
What an amazing crappy pic! Thor sits on the floor, Tango sandwiched in the middle.

And, yes, I have to get that wall painted, but I can't handle the mess right now... Painting is a royal PITA.

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