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Volume Shadow Copy For Linux?

stefanlasiewski Re:no offense, but what a windows mentality (300 comments)

infrastructures.org looks interesting, but then I see they mention things like 'NetSaint' which was renamed to be Nagios about 7 years ago, and references to "LISA '98".

Some of this information looks old. Am I right? These days, shouldn't we be thinking more about virtualization and cloud infrastructure?

That said, they do touch upon many good ideas. It seems that many mid-sized shops do follow some similar ideas.

more than 4 years ago

Volume Shadow Copy For Linux?

stefanlasiewski 32.5GB? Or Terabytes? (300 comments)

Our thumper has 32.5GB alonep>

Did you mean 32.5TB, not GB?

more than 4 years ago

A Wireless Hotspot For Your Car — Why Not?

stefanlasiewski Re:Car hotspot? (135 comments)

I'm on a long drive. The passenger in my car is bored and wants to browse the Internet. There are kids in the back who are bored with their books and want to play on pbskids.org . I'm driving, my wife has a laptop and wants to check the Traffic on Google Maps. We want to stream Pandora.com through our car stereo.

Yes, there are other options for some of these issues but a Mobile Hotspot seems better and cheaper then many of the alternatives.

I'm not sure why Slashdot has an article on this. Mobile 3G Hotspots for cars have been around for a couple years now, but they seem really expensive. Crutchfeld.com had one for about $300.

more than 4 years ago

White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards

stefanlasiewski Re:US is one of the worlds largest exporters (555 comments)

That doesn't change the fact that we remain a nation of wasteful asses...

A couple shirts doesn't mean much, in the grand scheme of things - but if 350 million American made a similar decision each and every day, our economy would begin to turn around.

I'm not disputing that. In fact, I think we agree.

I was disputing the parent post's believe that the US doesn't "make anything itself". This is a pessimistic and uneducated belief.

I pointed out that the US *does* make many things, and we still export many, many goods.

more than 4 years ago

White House Issues New Gas Mileage Standards

stefanlasiewski US is one of the worlds largest exporters (555 comments)

The rumors of our death have been greatly exaggerated.

The United States still makes many things, and is still one of the worlds largest exporters, with over $1 Trillion in exports in 2009.




It appears that cars accounted for 11% of those exports:


more than 4 years ago

XKCD Deploys Command Line Interface

stefanlasiewski Potty brain... (288 comments)

Yes, sometimes I'm immature. But it's fun to find Easter eggs like this:

guest@xkcd:/$ go left
You cannot go left.
guest@xkcd:/$ go right
You cannot go right.
guest@xkcd:/$ go forward
You cannot go forward.

guest@xkcd:/$ kill

Terminator deployed to 1984

guest@xkcd:/$ fuck
I have a headache.
guest@xkcd:/$ help fuck
That would be cheating!

more than 4 years ago

The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam

stefanlasiewski Re:Blade Runner Reimagined (532 comments)

How do you know that I'm not a replicant? Maybe you are just dreaming, and we're all just figments of your imagination.

more than 4 years ago

Farewell To the South Pole Dome

stefanlasiewski Re:Dang Air Force cutbacks. (77 comments)

Here's an article that describes another reason for the cuts. There does seem to be alot of back and forth regarding this system.


Although the Federal Register notice also indicates that a decision has not been made on the need for a GPS backup, the announcement apparently brings to a close a seemingly interminable process of preserving and upgrading the terrestrial radionavigation system to provide an enhanced Loran (eLoran) capability that could serve as a multimodal backup to failures or interference to the Global Positioning System.

That process spanned several years, two administrations, and the expenditure of $160 million over the last 10 years to partially modernize a network of Loran stations that now will be phased out. It also flies in the face of an independent assessment team’s unanimous recommendation to establish eLoran as a GPS backup, as well as the efforts of navigation counterparts in other nations, notably the United Kingdom, to implement eLoran.

more than 4 years ago

Farewell To the South Pole Dome

stefanlasiewski Re:Dang Air Force cutbacks. (77 comments)

Hey, this administration dismantled LORAN-C, the backup system in case of GPS satellite spoofing or jamming.....

President Obama is influential, but he isn't capable of time travel. President Bush scheduled the dismantling, President Obama continued that recommendation. Both the Coast Guard and the DHS said they didn't need LORAN-C, so why maintain it? It smells like pork.

This dismantling was already scheduled by the previous administration, according to the FA.

The Department of Homeland Security last year started a painful upgrade to LORAN-C, adding modern electronics and solid-state transmitters, despite the fact that in 2008 President George W. Bush signed a law that scheduled the system's dissolution.


The DHS and Coast Guard both said they didn't need LORAN-C. From http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/Loran/default.htm :

The Homeland Security Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010 allowed for termination of the LORAN-C signal on January 4, 2010, after certification from the Commandant of the Coast Guard that it was not needed for maritime navigation and from the Secretary of DHS that it is not needed as a backup for GPS.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Sends Flowers To Internet Explorer 6 Funeral

stefanlasiewski Were the flowers sterilized? (151 comments)

And shortly afterward, plants surrounding the funeral began to wither and die from a exotic new fungus.

more than 4 years ago

There Is No Cyberwar

stefanlasiewski Re:All this cyberwar bullshit (149 comments)

I would say a portscan followed by attempts to login to various services with public interfaces without proper credentials not meant to be public could be considered an attack...

Is this an intentional cyberwarfare, or is a botnet simply doing what it's programed to do? In many of these cases, I doubt that the human controller behind the botnet cares about most of this activity. Your target isn't juicy enough, yet.

more than 4 years ago

Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

stefanlasiewski Re:The grass was denied individual insurance due t (1197 comments)

Last I heard, and I'm only being mildly partisan here, the Republican plan was to remove restrictions on medical and insurance industries. I can agree that some regulations are getting in the way of doing things more cheaply, but I don't think that's the real reason we don't have universally affordable health care.

I'm sure that streamlining the regulations will help a little, but I'm not convinced that regulations have contributed to the cost significantly.

My real question is why didn't the Republicans propose these changes when they had more power and when they had a friendly president? They saw the problem, and what did they try to do to help to contain costs back then?

This isn't exactly a new problem. My health insurance premiums have been rising by $1000 a year for a long time. The average health care plan costs $14,000 a year for a family. Eventually my employers will be unable to pay for this coverage.

Each year the insurance companies cover less and less (My family has typical needs).

more than 4 years ago

Health Insurance When Leaving the Corporate World?

stefanlasiewski The grass was denied individual insurance due to p (1197 comments)

The grass on the other side of the Atlantic doesn't seem green at all. Looks more like rotten.

The grass was denied individual insurance due to pre-existing conditions, and the employer had to drop coverage because the costs of premiums increased from $5000 in year 2000 to over $16000 this year.

Meanwhile, Congress sat on it's hands and did almost nothing to help deal with the costs which were spiraling out of control.

more than 4 years ago

Mock Cyber Attack Shows US Unpreparedness

stefanlasiewski Re:I'm Not Worried (148 comments)

If you think the use of the word 'cyber' is bad, check out this video promoting "Cyber ShockWave". It's produced by Bipartisan Policy Center, the organizers of the event.

The video is like something out of a bad action movie.


more than 4 years ago

"Logan's Run" Syndrome In Programming

stefanlasiewski Re:It is age discrimination (599 comments)

Devil's advocate, why won't older workers work at that price point?

Because there is often another employer willing to hire at a higher price point.

I hear many people complaining about H1B workers, but I have yet to run into a conflict myself after 13 years in this industry (I'm also not over 40).

I could be wrong, but H1B workers seem to work in many of the low-level and entry positions. Workers over age 40 often aren't applying for those positions.

more than 4 years ago

Steampunk Con Mixes In More Maker Fun

stefanlasiewski Re:Damn (50 comments)

most of it looks like a low-budget sci-fi from the 80's

I'd like to see if you can make anything better.

Most of this stuff *IS* low-budget sci-fi. Much of this stuff is designed, stitched, welded & hammered at home or a shared studio. You make do with the materials that you can fit into your time and budget. Not everyone has the time or money to build high-budget factory in their garage.

Homebuilt stuff may not look as cool as the shiny stuff you can buy at the store, but it will look better as the maker's skill improves-- that's one of the major drivers behind the DIY movement.

More power to them.

more than 4 years ago

Keep SSH Sessions Active, Or Reconnect?

stefanlasiewski Re:look into shwatchr and screen (307 comments)

Hrm, it appears that the author of shwatchr hasn't updated it since 2001.

I do like Mike Rash ( Cipherdyne.com ) and have used some of his software (psad will analyze my firewall logs using Snort fingerprints, to help determine the type of attack).

But I would hesitate to use any software which has not been updated in nine years.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Volunteer Professional Services?

stefanlasiewski Did he mention a disaster? No. (366 comments)

Did he mention a disaster? No. Did he mention Haiti? No.

Your snide comments are not helpful.

The poster wants to volunteer his technical skills abroad in an area with need. I'm sure there are plenty of places in the world who could use some professional expertise. You yourself suggest that he can help at home, but perhaps he'd like the experience to help abroad.

Unless you have an expertise in food distribution/agriculture, medicine, or communication ... you will probably just be excess baggage.

Really? The Peace Corp seems to be very active in building schools, hospitals and other infrastructure. They aren't excess baggage.

about 5 years ago

Minnesota Introduces World's First Carbon Tariff

stefanlasiewski Different interpretations of the law (303 comments)

There are multiple interpretations of the Interstate Commerce Clause. By some interpretations, States do have limited rights to regulate commerce with other states. Also, there seem to be additional interpretations of the law for state-owned services (See the paragraph on "In United Haulers Assoc. v Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority (2007)".

See the following site a good summary of some of the debates.


"The Commerce Clause is a grant of power to Congress, not an express limitation on the power of the states to regulate the economy. At least four possible interpretations of the Commerce Clause have been proposed. First, it has been suggested that the Clause gives Congress the exclusive power to regulate commerce. Under this interpretation, states are divested of all power to regulate interstate commerce. Second, it has been suggested that the Clause gives Congress and the states concurrent power to regulate commerce. Under this view, state regulation of commerce is invalid only when it is preempted by federal law. Third, it has been suggested that the Clause assumes that Congress and the states each have their own mutually exclusive zones of regulatory power. Under this interpretation, it becomes the job of the courts to determine whether one sovereign has invaded the exclusive regulatory zone of the other. Finally, it has been suggested that the Clause by its own force divests states of the power to regulate commerce in certain ways, but the states and Congress retain concurrent power to regulate commerce in many other ways. This fourth interpretation, a complicated hybrid of two others, turns out to be the approach taken by the Court in its decisions interpreting the Commerce Clause."

about 5 years ago


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Water-activated batteries (NoPoPo)

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Japanese manufacturer Aqua Power Systems Japan is producing Water-activated battery in the AA and AAA sizes, with larger sizes and capacities on the way. As far as I can tell, this is the only commercial offering of these batteries in the AA and AAA form factors.

Liquid is injected into the batteries via a pipette, where it combines with magnesium & carbon to form the battery charge. It's rumored that these batteries have a 10-year shelf life while dry, and can be reused several times. They have a 500mAh capacity (Standard alkaline batteries produce 1700mAh or more), which is sufficient to power a flashlight for a while.

Sadly, many websites are getting distracted by the fact that these batteries can be posted by urine. Discussions of this product quickly degrade into a kindergarten mentality, and there aren't many serious reviews.

While the 500mAh capacity isn't great, I can definitely see this product for use in emergency kits. I keep a couple of flashlights in my car for emergencies or for late night hikes. Often these 'long life' alkaline batteries are often dead (or leaking) by the time I use the flashlight, which I only discover a year later while trying to repair a flat tire on the freeway at 10:00PM in the middle of nowhere. This seems to happen even if I leave the batteries in the original package. The temperature fluctuations inside a car probably worsen this problem.

This battery could solve the 'dead battery', because it remains inert and inactive until activated by water. And I have water in my car and in my home earthquake preparedness kits.

Pretty nifty technology.

I remember reading about a similar 'emergency' battery when I was younger. In this other version the battery remained inactive until you needed it. The battery contained two chambers separated by a seal. Water is contained in the top chamber, and the carbon & zinc cells in the bottom. You twisted the top, which broke the seal between the two chambers, and activated the battery. This battery didn't seem to go anywhere, and I have no idea if it ever reached production. I can't find it anywhere.


California threatens to close innovative computer recycler

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Alameda County Computer Resource Center is an innovative computer recycler in Berkeley, CA. They are an environmentalists dream-- all waste is reused when possible, the rest is recycled. No waste is shipped to questionable trash dumps overseas. Locally, the ACCRC provides computers to local schools and nonprofits.

During the Makers Faire in San Mateo, California, the ACCRC brought in tons of computer and electronic parts which were salvaged and reused for various projects.

Sadly, the State of California is threatening to shut down the ACCRC, mostly for failing to maintain an inventory of all of their computer equipment, and for keeping interesting/historical equipment onsite (a Computer Museum), instead of destroying the equipment.

I've been using ACCRC (and their predecessors) for years, and I've volunteered for several Linux installfest events using their hardware. I sincerely hope that State is able to work with the ACCRC and reach a compromise.

Update: 10/02 23:46 GMT by stefanlasiewski:

My journal has been referenced on the front page article Major Linux Hardware Donor Is a CNN "Hero", which is about the ACCRC founder and manager, James Burgett.

I had this journal entry sitting in my Wordpress blog queue for the last couple of weeks, waiting for the final edit. I saw the article about the ACCRC coming down the firehose, and posted it here since it seemed relevant.


Linuxworld SF 2006: Unreal, dotOrg Pavilion & Segregation

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Gah, I barely made it to Linuxworld this week for a couple hours. I've worked at two businesses 3 blocks from the Moscone Center, so I try to go to the big Expos every year.


- Unreal Tournament- Sun was showing off their new workstations using Unreal Tournament. They held a competition, with prizes like a nice Apparently myAmygdala did pretty well.

I did pretty well at first--I was in the lead for about 3 minutes, and this was my first time playing Unreal Tournament. but then got snookered by the 'R' key. On other FPS games, the 'R' key typically for 'Reload'. In Unreal Tournament however, it stands for 'Chat"--so instead of reloading the gun, I kept getting the Chat prompt, filled it with phrases like "wwwasda awsdawdwww" and promptly got fragged. They would not let me redefine the keybinding, so I ended up dead last.

- The dotOrg Pavilion: I'm mostly interested in the projects at the dotOrg pavilion-- KDE, Gnome, Debian, the LTSP, OpenGroupware.org, X.org always have good, fun exhibits. I spent 2 hours talking to the developers up there. Great folks. I got several bootable CDs, inclusing the new CAOs distro which apparently was started by some smart folks that I knew at the Lawrence Berkeley Labs, a bootable version of the Mambo CMS product

- O'Reilly's Make 3.0 is coming out: I signed up for a subscription and got version 3.0 of the Magazine. This one has a couple appropriate articles on Halloween tricks, so I'll be sure to check it out.


- Segregation: The big commercial vendors were all in the big huge hall downstairs. The dotOrg Pavilion and a handful of other commercial vendors were hidden up on the second floor. I bet many attendees did not know they were there.

Perhaps this is actually a good thing. With the huge loudspeakers & noise of the commercial vendors in a different room, you could actually have a fun, pleasant conversation with the dotOrg folks.

The Moscone Center hosted a huge Coin Show two weeks ago, and they had a similar setup. The commercial coin vendors were all downstairs in the big exhibit hall, the nonprofit & government booths were upstairs.

- OReilly Booth: The OReilly folks always put on a nice set of educational presentations. This year their microphone/speaker didn't work at all, and you could barely hear the speakers over the ruckus of the Novell/IBM/HP/Sun areas.


Number of diapers changed in your lifetime? (rejected)

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I submitted a poll. It wasn't rejected right away which was a good sign that it might be accaped. But, alas it was rejected.

I've always been curious how many ./ers are parents, uncles, or have been around babies at all.

Number of diapers changed in your lifetime?

  1. None, Cowboyneal was born potty-trained!
  2. 1 - 10 : Occasionally baby-sit for my sister/friend/mother.
  3. 10 - 100 : Newborn! He's so cute!
  4. 100 - 1,000 : Yo kid! It's 3AM, let me sleep!
  5. 1,000-10,000 : I use a KSH script to automate repetitive tasks.
  6. 10,000+ : Perl is better for messy situations.
  7. The goggles, they do nothing!!!

2004-11-16 23:18:07 Number of diapers changed in your lifetime? (Polls,It's funny. Laugh.) (rejected)


Too many social networks is anti-social: Tribe, Orkut, LJ

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 10 years ago

One of the more recent trends in the Internet world is the concept of Social Network's and the Semantic Web. Social Networks are supposed to make it easier for you to interact with friends and communities online and make the web function more on a human scale.

Some of us remember Six Degrees, who tried to do this years ago and went under, and are coming back with a new site. I have had email lists for this sort of thing going for over 10 years now, and participated in newsgroup-type systems years ago, done the personal webpage thing, etc.

The Social Network sites offer great feature over my old, archaic mailinglists-- Friend-of-a-friend networking, personal journals, the ability to form interest groups, etc.

I'm looking to settle on one or two sites for my journaling wants. I'm looking for a Blog/Journal; flexible look-and-feel; User communities so I can talk to people with similar interests, ask technical questions, etc.; and a Friend-of-a-Friend service. I'd like the service to be indexed by search engines so that I'm not just speaking to a closed group.

Here is a short list of the communities I have participated in recently. There are dozens (hundreds) more:

Friendster - Probably the most well known. A "Bulletin Board", ,
Tribe.net - Like Friendster combined with Craig's List and a heavy influence of Burning Man. Pretty cool. Event listing, classifieds, but no journal capability! Arg!!!
Orkut - Invite only, which makes it more scalable and more "elite". Closed to the outside world which means that non-member's can't use your information at all.
Livejournal - One of the first Blogging sites. Confusing interface.
Blogspot/Blogger - Like LJ, but with a great flexible look-and-feel.
Slashdot - I have a ton of friends and foes on this site, but the journaling aspect leaves alot to be desired.

Here is my problem. There are many (too many?) social networking sites. Each site is isolated within it's own separate universe, with little or no interaction between the various sites. The lack of interaction adds an artificial barrier within the whole social networking idea. If one friend uses Friendster another uses Tribe, and another uses Livejournal; there is no interaction between these tools.

Likewise, I will post this journal text to the journal in each of my social networking accounts as an experiment. Unfortunately, the responses to each individual journal entry will remain separate, with no social interaction between the readers.

So my choice is to:

- Use all of the sites (too much work!)
- Look at different sites, become overwhelmed and give up (This is where I've been for the last several years)
- Pick one and stick with it
- Do it all on my own server, run it over my DSL line. This is also alot of work, and it there is no way for me to participate in the FOAF's out there.

Arg, what to do? What to do?


Quit my job, start a new job Wednesday

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I quit my job today, and am starting a new, better job on Wednesday (yes!). As I left the office for the last time, I had a funny thought and thought I would share it.

After 7 years in the IT business, I now know why the cupholder is broken.


I like the greenlight/redlight/bluelight better

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Hmm, looks like they replaced the green/red/blue liglights with happy faces.

Friend of Friend is a 404, as is http://images.slashdot.org/eof.gif.

I think I like the old system better. Gave some color to the otherwise drab ./ layout. Plus, I thought it was pretty intuitive for those of us who grew up with stoplights.

Green = good. Red = bad. Blue? Ok, blue wasn't very intuitive, but at least it was pretty.

Now it's smily = friend? Or does it mean Fan? I forget. Winking face does that mean Friend or Fan?
Red frowning face, ok, I know it means they hate me. Blue frowning face?

Like WTF!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!$$$$$$$$$##########


Even more brain tricks... (optical illusion heaven)

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Here's bunch of optical illusions, among the best I have ever seen.


Prepare to cross your eyes.

Actually, these are more like brain fucks... my head now hurts, and I think I pulled an eye muscle while staring at these things.


Fun brain tricks

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Acocdrnig to an elgnsih unviesitry sutdy the oredr of letetrs in a wrod dosen't mttaer, the olny thnig thta's iopmrantt is that the frsit and lsat ltteer of eevry word is in the crcreot ptoision. The rset can be jmbueld and one is stlil able to raed the txet wiohtut dclftfuiiy.

If you can read the text above, your brain is demonstrating the remarkable human ability to force patterns on even jumbled messes

I don't usually pass on these chain emails, but this one blows me away.


Bombing in Casablanca...

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago

There's been another bombing, this time in Casablanca. Too soon to know the details, but it seems as if the bombing followed a familar pattern: Simultaneous bombings in a city where Westerners and Muslims mix.

Here's my theory on the reasoning for the place of these bombings.

The coordinated bombings are much more scary then a single or even 4 uncoordinated bombings: it shows that the terrorists are organized and capable. Everyone probably agrees on this.

Moroco is a popular tourist destination westerners probably the most popular of any Muslim country, especially for Spainards. Moroco had the reputation of being the safest country for Western tourists in Africa, for example. Bali (where the Terrorists struck a nightclub last year), had the reputation of being a safe haven for western tourists as well.

The purpose behind these bombings, and the ones in Saudia Arabia and Indonesia, are to destroy the intercultural connections formed through tourism. Not just to "drive the westerners away" as a punishment, but to divide the two worlds apart by destroying the tourism industry, which will ruin the local economy (Since terrorists usually care about religion and anti-materialism over money), and encouraging both Muslim and Western cultures to turn away from each other.

If Muslims and Westerners are separated, our Xenophobia will grow on it's own. The bigotry and fear-of-the-other can do work for the terrorists, and it will be even harder for our two sides to find common ground and maintain peace.


Linux drives me crazy.... I just want my CD Burner to work!

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago


Days like today make me wonder why I use Linux.

A few weeks ago, I hit a wierd bug with 'cd'. Basically, I went (as root, from the root homedir):

[~]# cd /foo/bar
[~]# blah blah blah
[~]# cd -
[/]# chown -r root *

What I didn't notice was at the 'cd -' step, I was somehow dumped into / instead of /root. As a result, I changed the ownership of hundreds of files to 'root' before I noticed.

So my system is functional, but certain commands aren't working very well, because they need files owned by someone like 'daemon' or whatnot.

Well, I run RedHat 7.2. And since RedHat 9 was going to come out soon, I decided to not reinstall 7.2, and just upgrade to RedHat 9.

Yesterday, my RH 9 CD's arrived from CheapBytes. Groovy.

So today, I get ready to upgrade my system to RedHat 9. "This shouldn't take more then 2 hours" I thought...

I had problems when upgrading from 7.1 to 7.2, and lost some data-- Moving to from LILO GRUB hosed my MBR, to the point where neither the Win98 nor the LILO bootloader could *write* to the bootsector... really wierd.

Since I got burned before, I decide to save a bunch of files (/etc/ for future reference and /home/, and some other stuff) using my brand new CD Burner!

And then I enter this nightmare world of installing kernel support for the CD Burner. Some odd facts:

- Linux doesn't support IDE Burners, so you need to run an IDE-SCSI emulation somethingrather.
- The Documentation on how to do this is nearly 3 years old, and only talks about the Linux2.2 kernel. I can't be sure if the stuff I'm reading is accurate for my 2.4 system. Maybe it's fine, I don't know.

I've recompliled the Kernel several times today, with the correct modules (I think). I reboot, the new kernel loads, and I get odd errors like this:

Kernel command line: auto BOOT_IMAGE=linux-2.4.18-18 ro root=1605 BOOT_FILE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-18.7.xcustom options ide-cd ignore=hdd alias scd0 sr_mod
ide_setup: ide-cd -- BAD OPTION

Arg! Ok ok, so the documentation told me to use ide-cd as a module, but I compiled it into the Kernel. I'm bad. Still, since ide-cd is compiled into the kernel, it should still work. Right? RIGHT?

But all the other modules loaded fine, but I still can't get cdrecord to recognize see my drive!

[~]# cdrecord -scanbus
Cdrecord 1.10 (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2001 Jörg Schilling
cdrecord: No such file or directory. Cannot open SCSI driver.
cdrecord: For possible targets try 'cdrecord -scanbus'. Make sure you are root.

ARG!!! Ok, ok: Maybe I missed a module somewhere. So I go through "make xconfig" for the kernel again, look for anything I miss, change ide-cd to be a module instead of part of the kernel.

Now, I'm rebuilding the kernel, again, and now I'm getting "unresolved symbol with CONFIG_X86_SPEEDSTEP" problems during "make modules_install". What the heck is Speedstep? I go back to the documenttation, only to find no information for Speedstep whatsoever.

The compile survived through an hour of "make dep, make bzImage, make install, make modules", but failed in the very last step...


So here I am, a beautiful Sunny day outside, and I've spent the last 4 hours trying to figure out how to make my CD/RW work with Linux.


We now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So I finally turned on the Television, expecting to see live footage of reporters about happenings in Baghdad, or experts talking to former Secretaries of Defense about strategy, or something.

Instead, I see all the normal programs: Survivor, American Idol, sitcoms... one news program talking about the war (With ironically, Jim Miklaszewski).

It's like it never happened...


The surreal Baghdad webcam with microphone

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Holy shit, I can hear the birds chirping, the few cars honking, and the explosions of the bombs. At this point, I've heard several dozen explosions, so we're beyond the "target of convenience" now.

Tires screeching. Planes zooming overhead. The honking will stop during the more intense bombing. The birds keep chirping...

Posting here in the journal for interested people, to avoid the ./ effect:

http://www.msnbc.com/news/870749.asp?0cv=CA01 and click on Baghdad Camera.

I'm using Windows media. Not sure if there is a Linux tool that would work, however.


Moderator takes revenge on poor, sweet Stefan

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago Ouch! One of my enemies must have gotten some rating points today.

Guess this guy will get taken in metamoderation (But wait, "overrated" usually doesn't get metamoderated), but I still wish that Slashdot had the "Who moderated this comment list" like Kuro5hin.


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No More Trolls: the autotroll list

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Facinating, it appears that the Slashdot Staff (or a friend of Slashdot Staff) have set up an account to mark many known trolls. If you add this guy as your friend (I haven't yet, and I may not), you get the benefit of the "foe of friend" icon. Useful for some folks, not for others.

Check out the No More Trolls foes list.

How do I know this is a ./ or friend of ./ ? He's one of the few noneditors in CmdrTaco's friend list.

Or maybe I'm way off the mark.


No more RedHat Network leeching for me

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Guess I missed a change in the contract somewhere. I only bought RH7.2 15 months ago.

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Interesting trivia about the stefanlasiewski

stefanlasiewski stefanlasiewski writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Keeping some trivia here.

Earliest post by me in the Slashdot DB, right around y2k. Guess the DB doesn't go further back then that, because I know I had made posts before Jan 1, 2000.

What's really odd is I still remember making that statement. Sort of ironic, after being laid off 3 times since I said that.

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