Friday, August 18, 2017


An ongoing classic with the GF. our Sunday Night Pasta, this time a magnificent lasagna.
Taken, obviously, last Sunday.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

VLC: vdpau_display errors

So, like I've already posted, installed a customized mini Lubuntu from an Ubuntu Mini CD the other on the Dell XPS M1330, after cleaning and de-gunking the hell out of its guts.

Pretty much everything went A Ok with the install, but I've had problems playing videos with VLC.

It refused to play any video (audio was OK) all videos went to a black screen, and generated this continuously onto the log:

vdpau_display error: output surface creation failure: A catch-all error, used when no other error code applies.

The solution?
Set VLC to use OpenGL video output.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gotta See The Godzilla

The biggest download yet, at least, AFAIK and as far as I remember... All in name of love... The GF wanted her Godzilla and she has to have her daily Godzilla, what can I say?

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Openboxing The Trusty Dell M1330 (II)

Made an upgrade to the "Openboxing The Trusty Dell M1330" project.
Installed Lubuntu's key components on the little lappie.

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-core

After that apt-get, downloaded 221 MB and once extracted, used 805 MB of HDD.
With the whole thing on (Chromium, VLC, etc, etc) I'm using about 5 GB of the disk.
After that, pretty muchs everything works on the lappie, and, BTW, it performs amazingly, but really amazingly well for the hardware it has, (I mean c'mon, it only has 2 GB of freakin' RAM!!!!!).
I had to fight a bit with VLC to get it to play videos, un-mute by hand the sound card, and edit the "/etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf" to get the WiFi card to work using the GUI, but things are golden so far...
Also, in order to customize themes easily, had to install this too:

sudo apt-get install lxappearance

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Sans Internet

You see the Cable LED on? Me neither.
Shit started to go downfall yesterday morning, but I went to the GF's  house, but things got worse by today (back at home because of work), so I'll have to wait till Wednesday for someone from The Internet Company to come here and take a look...
I bet my ass this is the same problem I had (Damn! Six years ago!!) and they'll have to drop a replacement cable from the roof... Guess I'm gonna be w/o decent internet for a while...
Right now tethering my web access thru the glorious Moto G4 Plus.
Tried adding and removing the attenuator, but shit is still the same....

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

GenMon That CPU Temp

A little, really a very, very little script to get the CPU temp from my boxes (tested on my baby Thinkpads and on the Dell XPS M1330).
Used with the little known marvel of the XFCE Panel plugin called GenMon (lately a favorite of mine)  you end up getting something like the screenshot on the left.
So here is the script:

cat /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/temp > /tmp/cpu_temp
echo $((`cat /tmp/cpu_temp`/1000))"°"

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Apt Sexy Progressing

I don't recall seeing this progress bar before...
Think it looks rather sexy on this Xterm.
30 seconds of Googling and OMG Ubuntu tell me that apparently it has been enabled for quite some time now.

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146K and counting!

Another thousand up!
A lot of joy to be able to use (and scrobble) like a monkey from and to Spotify once again.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Movies During The Weekend

  • The Andromeda Strain

Yeah, I know, a re-watch from a re-watch of the re-watch to begin with...
But we used this one as background to start a much welcom nap last Saturday.

  • Alien Covenant

Well... Another Alien flick.
Entertaining, it manage to keep both us up until the end, even tho we were dead tired, not as bad as I thought it might be,

  • A Cure For Wellness

The GF picked this one, and just by looking at the poster (and not knowing a thing about it) I was sure the things was another horror flick...
It turned out to be a really cool horror movie, with amazing  visuals.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

De-Gunking Wednesdays

Time for a good clean... The XPS M1330 was really needing it, will see if this helps a bit.
Also, a scrap of the old an a new coat of thermal paste was in order.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

The Rig

The Apple Cinema Display still rocks after all these years...

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

The current Linux Mint desktop

Saturday, August 05, 2017

145K and counting!

Also, scrobbling thru (web) Spotify is back!
I've noticed that on Chrome, running the Scrobbler extension listened music does get scrrobbled, at last, Spotify joy is on once again.

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Friday, August 04, 2017

Openboxing The Trusty Dell M1330

A little fun with the old and trusty Dell M1330, yes it returned home after Mother got her Chromebook.
Slapped and old SATA drive and installed an Ubuntu MIni, after that:

Filesystem                  Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/vacui--vg-root  291G  1.1G  276G   1% /

Just a little bit over 1 GB of HDD was used.
Added X Window, Openbox, Emacs, Elinks, OpenVPN, Tint2, PCmanfm, after all that, HDD usage jumped to:

Filesystem                  Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/vacui--vg-root  291G  1.7G  275G   1% /

Now comes the fun part... Configuring Openbox, hell, the whole system to my likings...

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Movies During The Weekend

So, the days of massive movie watching with the GF are back!

  • Colossus: The Forbin Project

Well, the GF slept almost thru this one entirely.
It was a re-watch for me, in I don't remember how many years.

  • Mechanic Resurrection

Time for to sleep this one through, almost completely, but the GF loved it.

  • The Descendants

Another re-watch for me, a first time for the GF.
We both loved this one.

  • The invasion of The Body Snatchers
The Kaufman version from 1978.
Pretty good, Chapman's cinematography on this one seems so bizarre nowadays.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The current Linux Mint desktop

A little something I'm working at the moment.
Flat, with some subdued greys, browns and greens.

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Plain Login

A little picture of my dull, flat and simple MDM login theme on XFCE.
What can I say... At this moment its a work in progress.

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