Apr 02 2017

What a pair!

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A misogynist President in favor of ‘grab’m by the pussy’ and a Vice President who won’t have a private lunch with a women (for fear of carnal thoughts?). How can a person vote for that combo? They just don’t go together; but they did. What’s the over-riding concern that says ignore this?

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Feb 03 2017

Let’s hide the payments!

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The Republican Congress has quickly let Energy Companies continue to keep secret ‘taxes and fees’ paid to foreign countries. It is the fees part that can hide a truck load of bribes and other forms of graft. Should all be made public.
Read story here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-regulations-idUSKBN15I1JF

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Jan 20 2017

True then, true now

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“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which a man knoweth least”
— Montaigne

“Revisiting why incompetents think they’re awesome”
— http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/11/revisiting-why-incompetents-think-theyre-awesome

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Nov 24 2016

What to do now?

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If you live in the US and are not pleased with the outcome of the recent presidential election, what can be done now? Lot’s of actions are possible and appropriate, but one that I think is appropriate and many should take is to support solid, investigative journalism as opposed to rumor and innuendo. Paper based distribution of ‘news’ is on its way out, but investigative journalism shouldn’t be. Don’t just rely only on ‘free’ stuff. Where good work appears, pay for it. Support it. Many newspapers seem to be dying. Pay for their online versions, voluntarily or not.

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Aug 10 2016

Entering a linux rabbit hole

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I’ve been using linux for a long time but whenever possible using distributions (mainly Debian) and other sources of packaged software. Often read man pages and such but do not delve delving into all the cli options and features. Now, I’ve decided to install arch linux and switch from bash to zsh. Both of which seem to be entry into mazes of options and features. Nice places to get lost (or is that educated?). We’ll see.

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Jan 19 2014

Server Hardware

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Since this will be an all new machine, I went shopping online and ended up with the following collection of parts for about $600. Many, many choices and I didn’t spend too much time researching this. Chose vendors that I’ve used in the past and models influenced by limited ‘googling’ and, naturally, my requirements.

    ASUS H87M-PLUS/CSM DDR3 1600 LGA 1150 Motherboard
    Intel Core i5-4430 Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.0 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1150
    Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM
    Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive
    Silverstone Tek GD05B-USB3.0 Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX HTPC Computer Case
    SilverStone Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX

Except for initial setup, this will be a headless system managed via ssh.
Mass storage is yet to be acquired. The SSD will have partitions for boot, root, home, var, etc. Bigger spinning storage will be acquired and then managed via LVM to provide media storage, backup space for other machines, etc.
The CPU in particular might to overkill depending on how many systems I actually run on this box. We’ll see.

Update (29 Jan 2014):

Found I had access to a 60GB OCZ SSD so that replaced the Crucial 120GB SSD.
Ordered the wrong DIMMs (laptop version by mistake) so quickly bought a pair of Corsair Dimms at BestBuy. Kinda of funny as they come with big, blue, heat spreaders.
With those changes, everything came together nicely. Machine has been running, doing nothing much, for about a week pending arrival of a hard drive.

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Jan 19 2014

New server

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I’ve been running this site and several others on an old Apple PPC based Mac Mini running Debian Linux, but have now decided it is time to upgrade. Hopefully, before the old hard drives spin their last. This time, I’ll build a “PC” from scratch. In addition to running WordPress on Apache2, the new server will server as a NAS for our laptops.
The new installation will also let me install and learn a couple of new technologies: LVM as a step toward a really new file system and XEN for virtualization. I plan to run my replacement web server in a virtual machine for greater security. Another VM may later be used to run mythbuntu as a MythTV backend.
The machine will be built in a “home theater”(HTPC) case so that it can fit under a cabinet in a hallway.

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Nov 21 2010

OS X Applications Memory Usage

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I expect OS’s and applications to keep running for days on end. I don’t like to close and relaunch apps as I expect them to be available. Unfortunately that comes at a price of ‘lost’ RAM. Recently, I’d been getting a lot of spinning pizzas (delays) when switching between programs and when using a program. So I checked into memory usage.

The following examples have the same page or files open and ‘rendered’ before and after relaunch.

Firefox: 750MB before 140MB after relaunch
MoneyDance: 140MB before 70MB after relaunch

Pretty dramatic differences.

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Jul 05 2008

WordPress upgrades

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I’ve been using wordpress’ automatic update plugin on several sites and it works very nicely. A little tedious in places since it pauses to let you download backup files, tell you what’s next, etc. But, overall it is an excellent feature since installing upgrades is not an everyday thing and I forget the process between upgrades.

Update: The plugin has an automate upgrade option that avoids most of the pauses mentioned above. Very efficient.

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Mar 09 2008

The Dark Side

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As a change from the slick designs portrayed in the prior two posts, here’s a glimpse of something nearer to reality.

The other side

We’ll be building a Home Theater PC (HTPC) which will likely lead to a few future entries in this blog.

Choosing a mainboard for the HTPC was a laborious task. I was amazed at all the options out there. CPU’s, support chips, graphics chips/cards, etc. After reading for a couple of days, I made some arbitrary choices to narrow the field and then ended up choosing a ‘low end’ board with integrated graphics. It may not be sufficient in the end but will provide an initial platform on which to learn a few things. At a relatively low cost.

The board is a Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H. Intel CPU with NVidia support chips and graphics.

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