Archive for the 'Toys' Category

Has your CurrentCost ever done this?

Friday, May 15th, 2015

A few days ago my CurrentCost starting reading just dashes. There’s also no transmitter icon, so I think it’s not receiving anything from the transmitter. It looks like this: I went and fished the transmitter box out of the meter closet expecting its batteries to be dead, but it still has its red LED flashing […]

Home file server / disk enclosure troubles

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

On March 26th the file server here at home started resetting one of its ATA links over and over, in a couple of bursts each hour. Like this: Mar 26 13:38:34 specialbrew kernel: [5137674.573170] ata5.03: exception Emask 0×0 SAct 0xc0 SErr 0×400000 action 0×6 Mar 26 13:38:34 specialbrew kernel: [5137674.579164] ata5.03: irq_stat 0×00060002, device error […]

Adventures in entropy, part 2

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Recap Back in part 1 I discussed what entropy is as far as Linux is concerned, why I’ve started to look in to entropy as it relates to a Linux/Xen-based virtual hosting platform, how much entropy I have available, and how this might be improved. If you didn’t read that part yet then you might […]

Adventures in entropy, part 1

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

A while back, a couple of BitFolk customers mentioned to me that they were having problems running out of entropy. A brief explanation of entropy as it relates to computing Where we say entropy, we could in layman’s terms say “randomness”. Computers need entropy for a lot of things, particularly cryptographic operations. You may not […]

Gating Twitter to IRC using Perl and Net::Twitter

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The other day I had a strop about someone carrying on a Twitter conversation in IRC, since I didn’t have a Twitter account and had no idea what people were talking about. It was at that point that I floated the idea of gating the channel members’ tweets into the channel so I would still […]

R. E. Perot, get gold card soul / My joy of life is on a roll

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

I thought I’d treat myself to some toys. With FOSDEM and other events fast approaching I decided I should buy myself a new compact camera as the Konica DiMAGE I have now is just too big to carry around all the time. I’m no camera expert and certainly not a very good photographer so I […]

Dear Lazyweb, help me set up my audio

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

In times past, when I had a desktop computer, I’d always have to be in that one place to use it, so attaching speakers to it was a reasonable way to play music while I worked. These days I only have a laptop for my personal computing needs, and all my data is on a […]

New fileserver for home

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

Recently my fileserver, becks, was not only getting filled to capacity but was also undergoing some severe performance problems. It’s by no means a poorly-specced machine (not for home use anyway) but my use of rsnapshot has grown so much in the last 6 months that it was no longer up to the job. Read […]

New ducti

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Last year sometime I bought a Triplett ducti wallet. It has served me admirably, but in the last month or two the clear tape on the outside started to peel back. With the underside of it being sticky it was getting fluff all on it and starting to look a bit scruffy. I mailed ducti […]

Optimus Keyboard: What a joke

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

Previously I blogged about the Optimus Keyboard, and how it would supposedly be available February 1st and cost “about as much as a good mobile phone.” Well the site now tells us that the first product will be available May 2006, the Optimus Mini. The Optimus Mini has 3 keys. It will cost $100. Now […]