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US Mining Data Directly From 9 Silicon Valley Companies

planckscale What would be the test? (404 comments)

So ok yeah protecting the U.S. from terrorist attacks by foreigners. I get it. Protecting U.S. citizens from internal threats such as bombings etc, I get it. But what does it take to be "disappeared" by the U.S. government (which was typical of the old Fascist governments) these days? Yeah everyday we're breaking some law some how, but we're being not thrown into jail or a camp because of minor infractions or voicing our opinions. Again, what does it take to be disappeared? Reveal top secret information such as identities of CIA agents -check - (didn't someone like Rove almost do time for this?) Reveal top secret communications between foreign states and diplomats? - check - that Manning guy's life is in ruins. Threaten and plot against the safety of government officials and the innocent public? Check - they took down some domestic cells recently. So pretty typically these types of actions protect the country (which I love don't get me wrong) and the public from real harm.

As defined, Fascist ideology consistently invoked leaders such as Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany as embodiments of the state and claimed indisputable power. So I suppose that in a sense what the NSA and CIA have become are Fascist governmental agencies in that they are the ones with indisputable power provided by the U.S. government. Not fascist in the sense of ethnic cleansing (some groups would dispute this notion as to the amount of their kind being imprisoned in massive jails) or monetary control, but in sheer power to do what it wants as long as it wants. And by the government absolving large corporations of wrongdoing by allowing surveillance of their systems, so that they can maintain their control shows something is twisted there.

So it wouldn't it seem the real test to determine if the government, NSA, CIA, or branches or wings or whatever are fascist (indisputable power) would be to organize the people and shut down these agencies through peaceful means (voting)? I mean it would seem that the only true test to see if these entities are the ultimate authority would be to shut them down via the people's will - of, by, and for... - right? I mean a complete cut-off of funding and turning-off-the-power type closure.

I'm not sure people are motivated or concerned enough. But if that test did take place, what would a failure look like? Mass jailing of citizens that support shutting down these entities? Massive economic punishment for supporters? Removal of the bills from the ballot? Bills not making it through congress? The Senate? At what point do we draw the distinction between what the government has become what we believe is good for us and what is right? Would we only know if we have a true democracy and true freedom from an oppressive government if the people actually did cut off, shutter, and board up one of these behemoths? I'm mean I'd like to take the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branch's word for it that they're keeping the military and intelligence industrial complex in check. But reports like those from Tim Clemente and other intelligence leakers (who obviously have concern for what's taking place) are driving a lot more people towards action. Maybe this is a natural progression for which the human psyche does not enjoy the looming paranoia of a big brother or the secret indisputable powers that watch us all. We should all be grateful for those who are looking out for us and our children. But I thought I'd at least ask the question. What would be the test?

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Study Getting an Unwanted Tune Out of Your Head

planckscale Solution here! (219 comments)

Ok so once I heard a way to stop the song going in your head is to end the song in your head with a big huge finale ending (complete with fireworks and encore if you want to go big). Then right after that start a different tune in your mind of any other song you know. This has worked pretty well for me

about 2 years ago

IBM Designing Superman Servers For World's Largest Telescope

planckscale sensitive (67 comments)

The impressive part of the blurb to me was the ability to detect something like an airport radar on a planet 50 light-years away. With that sensitivity I would think this could go a long way towards SETI, nevermind background radiation.

about 2 years ago

Feds Offer $20M For Critical Open Source Energy Network Cybersecurity Tools

planckscale Aren't the free tools already available? (56 comments)

As far as identifying and responding to intrusions, it seems everything is already there, just needs to be implemented with agents that can monitor controllers, which I'm sure has already been coded anyway. Mashups of current security tools like SecurityOnion http://securityonion.blogspot.com/ would be a good starting point methinks.

about 2 years ago

British Pirate Party Asked To Pull Pirate Bay Proxy

planckscale they own the switch why are they asking (80 comments)

They probably own one of the hops along the way, so just divert the traffic. Re-route all traffic through the mitm site and log everything, sue everyone. Give RIAA the 2 million+ hits every day and let them go to town. Sue everyone, make it all public and give them everything they're asking for. Then give all that money from the suits back to the artists, they will be so grateful. Throw a million of people in jail and bankrupt all the pirates. IP address = person/family. Sue the fuck out of each and every one that uses that IP and if they can't afford the fines throw them in jail. The end goals of RIAA + MPAA will make everything better again and the world will be just and fair. Order will be restored.

more than 2 years ago

Nobel Prize Winner Got Free House and Free (as In Beer) Beer

planckscale Re:And after that day (118 comments)

The Soviet scientist community offered him a home near Russian research facilities too. Bohr was the kind of guy that would walk up to the white house, knock on the door and ask to come in to talk to president about sharing atomic bomb information with the Soviets. Also, he would visit New Mexico and do the same to convince Oppenheimer the sharing of scientific advances in nuclear fission with the Soviets. Bohr was one of the only forward-thinking scientists at that time on the ramifications of developing the bomb and felt that by sharing the information there would be less suspicions by Soviet scientists thus quashing an arms race. He probably lit a fire under Oppenheimer to begin thinking seriously about ways to prevent Nuclear annihilation and proliferation. If anyone's interested more in this stuff I recommend reading American Prometheus which is an Oppenheimer BIO.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon To Throttle Pirates' Bandwidth

planckscale Re:I've got a way around this (224 comments)

or starts with a P and ends with a ROXY? or starts with OPEN ends with WIFI? or starts with SERVER and ends with RENTAL? or or or

more than 2 years ago

Lulzsec Member Raynaldo Rivera Pleads Guilty To Sony Pictures Breach

planckscale sentencing (81 comments)

Possibly 5 years in Jail and $605k in fines is the guilty plea bargain. Sound like a deal to me, go ahead and reciprocate by doing the same time and paying each user who was hacked by Sony and their drm rootkit.

more than 2 years ago

California Legalizes Self Driving Cars

planckscale What's the point.. (508 comments)

...if a driver needs to be behind the wheel? I mean yeah it's great and all you don't need to put your hands and feet anywhere but if you're supposed to be alert watching that the car doesn't make a mistake then what's the difference? You still can't text, read the paper, play cards, eat dinner, whatever - or can you?

more than 2 years ago

New IE Zero-Day Being Exploited In the Wild

planckscale exploit yes, virus no (134 comments)

This exploit has been targeting chem and defense companies. The thing about these exploits is that they typically are just a method to drop the actual payload which is usually a virus or trojan. In this case it looks like the payload is Poison Ivy, which was added to NOD32 AV defs back in 2008. Yes, the attacker could compromise the machine and get admin shell, but the majority of the time they’re installing a keylogger or other virus which NOD32 will catch.

From TFA:

First, a file named “exploit.html” appears to be the entry point of the attack, which loads “Moh2010.swf”, an encrypted Flash file that it decompress in memory.

According to AlienVault's Jaime Blasco, the payload dropped is Poison Ivy, as was the case with the previous Java zero-day. Poison Ivy is a remote administration tool (RAT) that was used the Nitro attacks that targeted chemical and defense companies. Interestingly, after exploitation, the attack loads “Protect.html”, a file that checks to see if the Web site is listed in the Flash Storage settings, and if it is, the Web browser will no longer be exploited despite additional visits to the malicious site.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?

planckscale Re:Evernote for Note-Taking (364 comments)

I prefer workflowy to evernote. it takes list-making to the next level

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?

planckscale workflowy? (364 comments)

I just found workflowy.com - great for creating lists in a way evernote cannot. Seems like it would be great for taking notes.

more than 2 years ago

Who Needs CISPA? FBI Has a Non-Profit Workaround

planckscale The banks take all the work out of investigating (79 comments)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-26/wall-street-tracks-wolves-as-may-1-protests-loom.html This post reminds me of this article. The banks are doing the investigations and identifying people who they feel may be a threat and passing the information on to police. I guess it's totally legal for them to do this, but if you were arrested for a crime, would your conviction be based on evidence gathered by police or by the "firms"?

more than 2 years ago

The Lytro Camera: Impressive Technology and Some Big Drawbacks

planckscale just a touch on things to come (220 comments)

Imagine when cameras suck an entire event in it's full 3D life-like quality. So you have a dome of some sort, it has millions of high res cameras with full Lytro effect, kind of like a retina. And you can almost go back in time when you stick your head in the flexible LED chamber complete with eye movement trackers and brain control motive predictors. Or just use glasses and 3D earphones. Things will focus as you look at them. You could even insert keystrokes into a virtual terminal embedded into the stream. Not unlike tron or something because you pull all senses into the stream somehow, in any manner you know of to play back at some point when the technology can catch up. I've been tripping on how cameras are kind of like time portals - albeit only into the past, but they way they catch "reality" and hold it, is to me a little creepy.

more than 2 years ago

VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

planckscale HDMI fasteners? (704 comments)

One concern I have with HDMI are the connectors in PC's and how they are fairly easy to disconnect and damage. Also one of my HDMI cables became damaged because of a sharp angle. Sure there are adapters and alternative cables like these http://www.smarthome.com/81271/HDMI-Cable-with-Secure-Connection-Screw-in-Fastener-15-Feet/p.aspx , but they are not the standard. I've never really had a problem with screwing in VGA or DVI connectors except for the random stripped screw.

about 3 years ago

Compared to 2011, I expect that 2012 will be:

planckscale Just got a raise! (309 comments)

Last year was interesting. I was pretty secure in a decent pc support position, but working with a real unfriendly staff. I was offered a position with an IT consulting outfit, which was nice but not busy enough; within 4 months I was laid off. Found a different IT Consulting company much bigger and busier, and within 4 months of being hired I'm getting a raise. Looking optimistic and hopeful for the new year.

about 3 years ago

Human Survival Depends On Space Exploration, Says Hawking

planckscale Populate the oceans (438 comments)

Learning how to live underwater would teach us how to live in space, and will get us used to living underwater on planets/moon such as Europa. Since 3/4 of the planet is covered in water, maybe we can spread "West" into the ocean? It's prettier down there anyway and chicks dig dolphins. Running out of air down there would be less consequential than in a vacuum. Most likely we will be shooting for a planet outside our solar system only if it has water. High radiation levels etc would be easier to avoid underwater, and I think it would take a long time for oceans to evaporate should global warming become global boiling.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Derek Deville About High-Altitude Amateur Rocketry

planckscale Accuracy and difficulty (148 comments)

To what accuracy is the thrust nozzle lathed? In the rocketry movie October Sky http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0132477/ I recall that the nozzle/motor was the most important build. Which component required the most math/sweat/swearing?

more than 3 years ago

I tend to keep random notes most often ...

planckscale Evernote (314 comments)

I use this option most often if I have a PC or smartphone up and available. Evernote is the best for having a notepad that is always available from almost any internet device. Otherwise, a good old pen and notepad is fastest when trying to dictate, doing a discovery, or making a to-do list.

more than 3 years ago



Multiverse theory gains ground with predictable data

planckscale planckscale writes  |  about a year and a half ago

planckscale (579258) writes "Information about the beginning can never be lost and some researchers calculate how the information contains a tiny amount of data about other universes and entanglement with those universes. The cold spot of the CMBR indicates there is a source that messes up the homogeneous nature of the universe and the prediction that the suppression of the CMBR in the southern hemisphere is indeed not homogeneous. The possibility that ours is one of many universes has gotten more backing based on predictable data and that is in my opinion fascinating. Link attached is translated by chrome pretty well. A long video about the findings can be found here: http://iai.tv/video/how-to-find-a-multiverse"
Link to Original Source

Mass Can Be 'Created' Inside Graphene

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 4 years ago

planckscale (579258) writes "At the Saudi Center for Theoretical Physics in Saudi Arabia, physicists say the amazing properties of graphene now include the ability to create mass, according to a new prediction. The paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1010.3437 states that by folding the [graphene] sheet into a tube [fermions] acquire non-zero effective mass as they move along the tube axis. Could the ability to trivially create mass (or anti-mass) allow for exotic propulsion methods to be explored?"
Link to Original Source

Li recharge time cut by oscillating current

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 4 years ago

planckscale (579258) writes "By applying an oscillating electric field to a Lithium ion battery computational model, researchers have demonstrated exponentially faster recharge times than conventional methods. Although the effect could have dramatic ramifications for the battery industry, the method may damage batteries."
Link to Original Source

Brightest-Ever Gamma Ray Burst Discovered

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 5 years ago

planckscale (579258) writes "NASA's Fermi Telescope spotted a massive explosion http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/02/19/gamma-ray-burst.html in the Carina constellation and scientists worked out that the blast was stronger than 9,000 supernovae. Will LIGO [Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIGO be able to detect Gravity Waves from this event?"

LIGO fails to detect gravity waves

planckscale planckscale writes  |  about 7 years ago

planckscale (579258) writes "Last weekend, LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LIGO did not detect gravitational radiation in association with a gamma ray burst (GRB) http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=24501. The non-detection was actually a valuable contribution by providing collaborating evidence of the event. The detector is due to be upgraded this year for even more accurate measurements. The interferometer is constructed in such a way that it can detect a change of less than a thousandth the diameter of an atomic nucleus in the lengths of the arms relative to each other."

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 7 years ago

planckscale (579258) writes "After spending another hour deleting .tmp files from a bloated XP machine I started to wonder, is the .tmp file necessary when coding an application on the MS platform? Why do so many apps produce .tmp files and is it just because of bad coding or does the use of them dramatically speed up an app? Don't coders use dev/null to reduce them in linux? I can understand the use of them in case an app crashes for recovery purposes, but why don't more apps have the capacity to delete their own .tmp files once they are done with them? Is it too much to ask to at least have the option when closing an app to delete your temp files?"



NexentaStor iSCSI Virtual NAS/SAN

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 6 years ago I found NexentaStor which is a virtual NAS/SAN product built on solaris. It uses zfs and has a theoretical storage capacity of 16 petabytes. The free version allows up to 6TB of storage. zfs is an amazing filing system and has many features I'm just beginning to grasp, but it is very fault tolerant. Essentially NexentaStor is simply a vmware virtual machine that you can run on anything that vmware server will run on. You use vmware virtual hard drives to create your volumes and then the NexentaStor software to create zpools and targets. It has a great web interface and graphs. Also, if you have another NexentaStor NAS, you can create an autosync connection where only the data that's changed goes over the wire, and other fault tolerance features. Using big boxes offsite could eliminate backups to tape if only for archival purposes. I guess Stanford uses the software for their graphic arts dept. Because the NAS is virtual, moving it to better hardware in the future seems painless, rather than having to rely on an Adaptec warranty.

You could have the free NextentaStor NAS, running on free VMWare Server, running on a free linux box, where the only thing you pay for is hardware. Plus you have a hugely robust web-based software solution probably much better than Adaptec's software.

I see it as a proprietary iscsi killer, but then again, the server is only as good as the hardware it's running on and I'm not sure someone could build the same grade hardware as Adaptec...


Compile PHP5 when Mysql is already installed

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 9 years ago How to compile PHP5 when you have installed mysql, but - you can't find the "mysql header files" or - get this error:

Cannot find MySQL header files under /usr/

If you want to use mysql 4.0 (*not* 4.1 or even higher!) just download & extract the latest mysql4.0 binary distribution to e.g. /root/mysql40/

but don't start it (it even should not work, if you have a mysql server already running)

Then use --with-mysql=/root/mysql4 within your php5 configuration.

After compiling/installing (make, make install), you may delete the /root/mysql40/ directory, or keep it for later versions of php5.


planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 10 years ago This is the entry for configuring a share in Samba to be mapped in windows:


Remember after creating the share to run the command smbpasswd from the command prompt and create a windows user account on the pc that will connect - basically follow the fricken article above.


custom smiley bash prompt

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 10 years ago to change the root prompt:

issue command:

#vi /etc/profile

near bottom of file change

PS1 line to

PS1="\u@\h \[\e[33m\]\W\[\e[0m\] \[\`if [[ \$? = "0" ]]; then echo '\e[32m=)\e[0m'; else echo '\e[31m=(\e[0m' ; fi\`\] \$ "


LinuxOnLaptop Toshiba Satellite 5105-S501

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 10 years ago General Hardware Specifications of [Laptop]:

Toshiba Satelite 5105-S501

Hardware Components

Intel 82845 I/O Controller

USB 1.1 - no USB 2.0

40GB Toshiba MK4019GAX Hard Drive

Nvidia GeForce4 440 Go 32MB

Matshita UJDA730 DVD/CDRW

Toshiba PCI-0804 Smart Media Host Controller

Texas Instruments IEEE 1394 Bus controller

SMC IrCC - Fast Infared Port

Toshiba Software Modem AMR

LCD Monitor max resolution: 1400x1050

Intel Pro/100 VE Network Connection

PCMCIA Toshiba ToPIC100 Cardbus Controller

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 Mobile CPU 1.7GHz

Yamaha AC-XG Audio Device

Harmon/kardon speakers Dolby Digital

3 USB 1.1 ports

1 IEEE 1394 (small) Firewire port

1 Serial Video Out port

1 External Volume control wheel

2 Smart media card slots

1 external IR switch


Status Under Knoppix Linux 3.6 v8-16-04 w/ Kernel 2.6.7

Works Great! - very quick - detected my USB MS Intellimouse and USB keyboard. Mounts my firewire external HD okay also.


I didn't partition my HD for a full Knoppix/Debian-linux hard drive installation (this is my work laptop) so I tested simply with the latest version of Knoppix. Knoppix is a full-featured linux debian distro that boots directly from the CD-ROM. You can download the .iso cd image from http://knoppix.net/ (KNOPPIX_V3.6-2004-08-16-EN.iso). I find the Mirrors in Germany (de) are the quickest for downloading the ~700MB file.

This laptop requires you to hit the arrow keys during post to select the CD-Rom for boot (second icon from the left). Upon booting to Knoppix CD, hit F2 (may have to toggle Fn key, or use Ctrl+F2, or Alt+F2) to get to knoppix cheat codes. Enter at prompt "knoppix26 screen=1400x1050"

The LCD Screen and Resolution at 1400x1050 looks beautiful!

Sound, USB, Firewire, CD-RW/DVD, Ethernet are working correctly -modem unable to query with modem setup at /dev/modem (Intel ICH Modem)

Processor (CPU)

processor : 0

vendor_id : GenuineIntel

cpu family : 15

model : 2

model name : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Mobile CPU 1.70GHz

stepping : 4

cpu MHz : 1694.695

cache size : 512 KB

physical id : 0

siblings : 1

fdiv_bug : no

hlt_bug : no

f00f_bug : no

coma_bug : no

fpu : yes

fpu_exception : yes

cpuid level : 2

wp : yes

flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm

bogomips : 3350.52


Knoppix Detects and installs nVidia GeForce4 440 Go 32MB

Works - XINE plays .mov files, mpeg files fine


512MB, SDRAM, 2x256MB DIMMs

40 GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive

Works- Knoppix will mount this volume to the desktop as hda1

No Floppy Drive

Integrated Network Card


Internal 56k Modem

Doesn't Work

16x cd-rw max write speed

Works- didn't test DVD because bootable OS cd in drive

D-LINK AirPlus DWL-G630 802.11G Wireless PCMCIA Card:

Doesn't Work - haven't had time to do a HD install and test the DriverLoader drivers.

In Process

L-ion DC 10.8V 4000mAh Toshiba Battery


Yamaha AC-XG Audio Device

No special procedure required if using Kernel 2.6.7 - no cracks or pops; external volume wheel functions correctly.

Setting up additional features for Knoppix

from penguin menu choose utilities -> install software (while running from CD)


Not tested

Unresolved issues Software Modem drivers, Wireless PCMCIA card, Smart Media (will it read sm cards?), Remote controll (most likely will only work with Toshiba's implimentation of Windows Media Player under Windows XP.

KDE battery meter appears to function correctly.

Contact Information

e-mail address: jasoncoltrinatgmaildotcom

Yahoo! ID: tiwerd

http://www.linux-laptop.net/ - Linux on Laptops


planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Only after finding the the instructions below, was I able to get the drivers running okay (with an additional twist at the end -see below). The thread can be found here: http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10329
but I'll go ahead and include them anyway in case someone else finds their way to my thread. Thanks kelmo!!

wget ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/linux-2.6.5.tar.bz2
cp linux-2.6.5.tar.bz2 /usr/src
tar jxvf linux-2.6.5.tar.bz2
rm -f linux
ln -s linux-2.6.5 linux
cp /boot/config-2.6.5 linux/.config
cd linux/include
ln -s asm-i386 asm
cd ..
make oldconfig
patch -p1 ../knoppix-kernel26.patch
make include/linux/version.h (bug in cleaning process of linux-2.6.5)
cd /usr/bin
rm -f gcc (the kernel image was compiled with gcc-2.95 but symlink is to gcc-3.3)
ln -s gcc-2.95 gcc
cd /usr/src
apt-get update
apt-get install nvidia-kernel-common nvidia-kernel-source
tar zxvf nvidia-kernel-source
cd modules/nvidia-kernel
debian/rules KSRC=/usr/src/linux-2.6.5 KVERS=2.6.5 kdist_image
cd ..
dpkg -i nvidia-kernel-2.6.5_1.0.5336-9_i386.deb
apt-get install nvidia-glx
cd /usrbin
rm -f gcc
ln -s gcc-3.3 gcc

Thats the building and installation procedure done, now to let xserver know what driver to use. Edit /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 with your fav text editor and make the following mods:-

Drivers Section
Replace "nv" with "nvidia"

Modules Section
Remove or comment out lines including "dri" and "GLCore"
Ensure there is a line with Load "glx"

After running, this install, I tried to run
# kdm
but the server failed to start. The logs weren't specific, but it said "nvidia" not found, failed to start server.

I then went back to the console and ran
# export CC=/usr/bin/gcc-2.95
# sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run

Edited /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 - made necessary changes

The installer finished sucessfully and I finally now have the nvidia drivers running.Yay!! Still the Postal2 demo won't install, I get a greyed-out "Begin Install" button, but oh well I can try to find a different OpenGL game to try.

I got sick of the nvidia logo so I
added this line to the device section of XF86config-4:-

Option "NoLogo" "true"


planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 11 years ago in regards to "glib could not be found" when installing GTK, pango, and glib,

To: gtk-list@redhat.com Subject: [gtk-list] Re: Problems installing GLIB and GTK

Chances are you've installed glib and set your PATH correctly, but your LD_LIBRARY_PATH is still wrong. If this variable is set you should do something like


export LD_LIBRARY_PATH otherwise try (this works for me):



You want to place the /usr/local/lib (or whereever your glib/gtk libraries are) *before* the rest of the LD_LIBRARY_PATH so that the newly installed libraries are detected first ... This usually solves this stuff for me


planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 11 years ago Using .deb files I downloaded from debian.org, I installed the packages using the command dpkg -i "packagename.deb". The installer will let me know if there are dependencies missing. Installed CenterICQ, which is an IM client that allows me to IM over a SSH shell. Also installed logcheck which emails my root account a condensed security log of failed login attempts. logcheck can also be modified to create the mail message on a set schedule through webmin. I have webmin running with OpenSSL module I loaded up and runs via https.


Knoppix/Debian install

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 11 years ago Found out how to use apt-get to install gtkrellm and sendmail.

Simply issue the command(s) from the prompt:

apt-get install gtkrellm

apt-get install sendmail

This makes installing apps on Debian a breeze. I got sendmail installed but I've been running into problems sending and receiving mail from different domains. It's worked on a couple occasions, and I can send and receive email too and from work, but we have our own DNS servers here and perhaps the rest of the net is still unaware of my IP. Have to give Register.com 3 days for the changes I made to my records permiate the *cloud*. Once sendmail's installed, webmin is a great tool for configuring accounts and mail settings. Still, I can't figure out if my current problem is a DNS problem, I bungled the installation, or Cox.net has closed my ability to run a webserver. Same with Apache. I can see my websites if I change the default port within apache to :88, but if I leave it at the default, I get a DNS error - cannot find server. I'll install apache on my XP machine to see if it's my Apache installation, or my D-Link firewall/router. I'm thinking of doing a complete install again because of the newer version release of Knoppix 3.24.03. I'm currently running 3.21.03.


Knoppix 3.2 Continued...

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 11 years ago Due to the German language popping up in error messages, and other apps, I went ahead and downloaded KNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-03-21b-EN.iso rather than using CD-rip straight from Germany. I know, I know, I'm impatient... Anyhoots, I have the installation down pretty well. I've found that it's best to exactly double the size of the system memory for the swap size. Then I'll subtract that size from the total disk space size and create a primary partition. Then choose Type as # 85 (linux extended). Then I'll choose 'Write', Yes, then toggle the partition bootable. Next I'll create a logical partition with the remaining space, type = 82 linux swap (default). Then 'Write' again.

I'll quit the partition manager, then jump through a couple hoops, tell the installer to use ext3 file system, and next it starts to install to the hard drive. Once the files have been copied to the hard drive, I'll log in as root and hit Ctrl+Alt+F2 and do an

apt-get update ('apt-get upgrade' messed up my last install - won't try that again)

Voila! New Debian installation with all the latest and greatest packages, updates, and all my hardware has been detected and installed.

Next installed webmin, and now I'm going to try to install the cool app 'gkrellm'. Wonder why it didn't come pre-installed with Knoppix...?


planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 11 years ago After a good install, I tried apt-get upgrade. This in turn upgraded the Debian install. I made a wrong choice to keep my old mouse configuration which hosed my mouse. Also, the upgrade either moved or overwrote many of the Knoppix apps and the Control Panel on the taskbar wasn't even available. So, back to step one - new install, tried to just "Write" the old partitions, resulting in a IRQ7 error during the copy to the HD and another Kernel Panic upon reboot. Sheesh! Next time, complete re-install and new partitions, then just an 'apt-get update' rather than 'upgrade'.


planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, 3rd time's a charm - this time I exactly doubled the amount of memory for my swap size, installed LILO, created an ERD, and other than that, the rest of the installation was the same. I now have a complete Debian installation. Now time to apt-get update, install webmin, get FTP running, and then try to tackle setting up a mail server from home. Yee haw!


Knoppix 3.2 Installation continued...

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 11 years ago I went through another round of what's written below, and even though it looked like I chose the same options, somehow it got past the error and appeared to install and copy the OS to the hard drive. I chose to install smail, samba, and all the other servers (except the printer server and LILO) and it said it finished successfully.

It put me back to the shell prompt and I entered: shutdown -h now

The machine shutdown and I booted it up again, this time without the CD.

Knoppix started to boot, but ended in a kernel panic:

EXT3-FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on IDE0(3,1), internal journal

EXT3-fs: recovery complete.

EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.

/linuxrc: /static/pivot_root: not found

Freeing unused kernel memory: 128k freed

Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel.

I have little experience troubleshooting kernel panics. My next try is going to be to do a new clean install, this time with a LILO boot loader and exactly twice the MB of installed memory.


Knoppix 3.2 Hard Drive installation

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 11 years ago I downloaded the latest .iso for Knoppix 3.2 from www.filemirrors.com last night, burned a cd and it boots and runs correctly from the CD on my Inspiron 8000 - yay! I was able to use Knoppix 3.1 to install the full version of Debian on my hard drive. Just tried it again with Knoppix 3.2 and it's giving me trouble. At the desktop I press Ctrl+Alt+F1, press enter, then enter again, and get to a command prompt. At the prompt I type


this brings up "Choose a hard disk". By pressing the space bar I select my HD and press enter (ok)

This brings up cfdisk 2.11y. I delete all partitions and then I choose 'new' -> Primary -> Size: 9400 (mb) -> at beginning of free space. I have a 10gb HD and want to leave 600mb for my swap. I then chose 'type - #85 (linux extended) and then chose 'write' partition table to disk and mark it bootable.

Next I select my 600mb partition, chose 'new' -> logical -> type = Linux swap -> write -> yes.


Do you want to use a swap partition? -> yes

choose a swap partition: (x) /dev/hda5 619MB

Do you want to set up /dev/hda5 as a swap? ->yes

Choose root partition: (x) /dev/hda1 8965MB

Filesystem type: (x) ext3

Do you want to create a filesystem -> yes

An error occured while creating the filesystem. Some messages from mkfs: /usr/local/bin/knx0hdinstall: line 845 /sbin/mkfs.ext3: Input/output error

Maybe it's a cd-read problem, or the mkfs cannot use my system bus to create the file system. Next I will try to install without creating the filesystem. I ran into a different problem earlier trying to create a swap but overcame it by choosing to make the swap partition logical rather than a Primary swap partition.


RedHat 7.2

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 11 years ago Setup a Redhat box on a AMD 1300 Duron. Set up FTP with multiple user accounts with different rights to different accounts. Next, setup webmin from www.webmin.com. Great utility and facilitated my setting up FTP with less difficulty. Also was running my site, www.thedank.net with php. Ended up selling the box with xp on it - should have kept it for my new Cox Cable connection. Okay, so I set up a box with ftp and webservers, where's my new linux admin job??


Knoppix 3.2

planckscale planckscale writes  |  more than 11 years ago Knoppix 3.2 is supposed to come out soon. Supposed to support saving configuration settings on flash cards and whatnot.


planckscale planckscale writes  |  about 12 years ago Tried my first Knoppix installation. It would be cool to have the Citrix Client embedded into the installation and have an AGIA-formatted system as an emergency client.

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