||platform detection with linux on single-board computers
||initial notes on the dell xps 13 developer edition (9360)
||some things i have been using lately
||I’ve been getting back into the exciting world of desktop Linux cat
vacuuming yak shaving lately. (I never completely leave, but I guess the
intensity of my presence varies.)
||extracting all (?) of the filenames from packages available in debian
||It’s some time well after midnight. There’s a storm rolling in over the
mountains and up from the south. On the radar, the colored splotches are
over Boulder now and not quite here. There’s that heavy feeling to the air and
the smell of flowers. The thunder is almost continuous, and you can hear
rain on the trees though it’s not exactly raining. I’m sitting in my back
room with a window open so I can hear. Someone’s windchimes are making
intermittent noise and there’s a breeze where there wasn’t one a few minutes
||userlands, 1 of ?
||systemd & fsck
||on replicating process - what makes programming hard? - debian packaging again - vagrant
||what version of what linux distribution is this? - armhf
||Debian packaging - MS-DOS / AGT
||Erik Winn was tall and skinny and had skin like tanned leather. He wore
glasses and shaggy sweaters and tall leather boots. His teeth were terrible,
until he had them all out and got dentures. He smoked constantly –
hand-rolled cigarettes from a big can of American Spirit tobacco. He rolled
more expertly and effortlessly than anyone else I have ever met. He drank
coffee, slowly, all day long. He seemed to live on peanut butter sandwiches,
bananas, now and then a baked good from Trident, where he was very nearly part
of the physical structure of the place when he was living in Boulder. He was,
whatever else my description might suggest, a handsome man, and I know there
were women in his life before I knew him, though by the time we worked together
he was almost monk-like in his ascetism and claimed variously to have given up
on love, on art, on a lot of what my Christian heritage is always calling the
things of the world. He played classical guitar, skillfully, and sang, though
I always had a hard time getting him to start.
||My ThinkPad has quit booting. Wanting a text editor, I wrack my brain and
ransack half the apartment looking for a working machine. One Eee PC has given
up the ghost, and the other is nowhere to be found. I have a whole stack of
old laptops somewhere, but I’m pretty sure none of them will actually power on.
All my desktop hardware has been stashed at the office for years now.
||So I got into a bit of a disagreement with my
Ubuntu install the other month.
It went something like this:
||So a while ago we hired a guy at SparkFun to start doing random desktop
support. Help-my-printer-won't-print kinds of things. And then we hired another
guy who is way, way smarter about network stuff than me.* And not
too long after these events, a really strange thing began to happen: My job
where I'm supposed to be a programmer turned into a job where I
actually write programs.
||Debian, I love
||Today it finally becomes apparent that my 5 year old homebrew computer is
direly in need of repair, as vibrations in the floor and some keypresses cause
the power to die suddenly. Once I've extracted the power supply, I'm sorely
tempted to crack it open and see if I can find a loose connection of some kind.
The "no user serviceable parts inside" warning, however, gives me
pause - I sort of understand this to be doublespeak for "there's a big
fat capacitor in here, dumbass, and it is not our fault if you get
||I'd like to take a moment to cast some opprobrium in the direction of Plesk, the control panel
software that runs on this server.
||I just grabbed abcde, a
CD ripper/encoder script for Linux. (Which is in Debian, so if you're fortunate
enough to be running this most excellent of distributions, just apt-get
install abcde and you'll have everything you need.) Just pop a disc in
the drive and run abcde, it does the rest. Niiiice. There goes my last excuse
not to rip my paltry CD collection...
||Having downloaded the recent
Opera, I have to say that this
remains (despite the obnoxious banner ad thing in the free version, and the
obvious fact that it's not open code) one of the best pieces of software I've
ever used. And the mouse gestures? To my surprise, they not only work - they
do so extremely well. Calling any computer interface intuitive is a
little dishonest, but this is quite clearly one of the closest things I've
||Wednesday, September 27, 19:31 CDT /
Watched "Midnight on the Firing
Line" on Sci-Fi a little earlier...
||Tuesday, September 26, 21:52 CDT /
certainly seems cool at first glance. Except that it took forever to load, and
it's being painfully sluggish for some reason, this is definitely
worth checking out further. Looks to be ahead of GNOME in
a number of ways, lagging behind in others. At least initially, there's
definitely more of a feeling of cohesiveness to the whole thing, and a more
complete set of basic apps and config tools.
||Tuesday, August 29, 23:21 CDT /
Well, I was going to get something done, but instead I wound up watching
Strange Brew. If you
haven't seen it, well, um... Let's just say it's that rare kind of stupid bad
comedy that's entertaining anyway.
||Thursday, July 13, 16:32 CDT /
Well, I'm running Helixcode's
GNOME distribution. They have it all nicely
packaged for a number of Linux distributions, including Debian. (GNOME, if you
don't know, is one of the big free software desktop projects.)
||Thursday, June 29, 11:08 CDT (posted later) /
I'm nearly finished downloading 120 megs or so of Debian packages from the unstable tree...
Installing this stuff should be fun.
||Wednesday, May 17 (posted later) /
Ahhh, a shiny new Linux installation.
||Wednesday, November 18, 18:37 CST /
Well, I'm back. I know you're all thrilled. ;)