Google - speed bumps - Android

Submitted by tarvid on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 22:29

Google's motto was "Don't be evil". Alphabet's motto is "Do the right thing". Both are examples of corporate mendacity. 

Android Marshmallow and Nougat introduced a feature which requires an arcane incantation to unveil much of the underlying power of the world's most popular operating system. As an example, enabling MTP, the USB transfer mode which allows Windows to download photos from your smart phones camera, requires the following:

Paypal

Submitted by tarvid on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:10

Finally added a Paypal button. I'll know if it works. If it doesn't email tarvid@ls.net

It works!

Forums

Submitted by tarvid on Tue, 01/10/2017 - 08:07

I've enabled Forums. That fixed a couple of Drupal bugs and may even be useful.

Merry Christmas

Submitted by tarvid on Sun, 12/25/2016 - 09:10

To all who stumble here. A bright sunny day here in Fairfax. Cleaning up after building a raised garden box from recycled materials. A few wrinkles but we should have a place to plant spring flowers on Candlemas (Imbolg, Ground Hog day).

Windows 10 + Ubuntu (shell)

Submitted by tarvid on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 08:41

Recent Windows 10 updates have enabled running bash on Ubuntu on Windows. There are several howtos, the one I happened to use is http://www.howtogeek.com/249966/how-to-install-and-use-the-linux-bash-shell-on-windows-10/.  I got "root" as the default user; if you got something else, lxrun /setdefaultuser should allow you to change to "root".

5 outages in the last 30 days

Submitted by tarvid on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 14:18
Comcast explanations were:

2016-09-28 Head end hub facility failure

2016-10-06 damage at the plant

2016-10-11 animals

2016-10-14 animals

2016-10-20 damage at the plant

"damage at the plant" is pretty vague and includes vandalism, trenching, acts of nature, and a zombie apocalypse.

"animals" is pretty specific but includes rats, dogs, alligators etc.

The head end failure was hardware which they repaired pretty fast.

Not much consolation but these events were preceded by 6 months of relative calm. We could all use a break.

Yet another outage

Submitted by tarvid on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 07:54

Monitor on horace.dc.dc.cox.net for 'helen - LSNet' has detected that the service has gone down at 19/Oct/2016 18:25

Monitor on horace.dc.dc.cox.net for 'helen - LSNet' has detected that the service has gone back up at 20/Oct/2016 02:00

Monitor on horace.dc.dc.cox.net for 'helen - LSNet' has detected that the service has gone down at 20/Oct/2016 03:10

Monitor on horace.dc.dc.cox.net for 'helen - LSNet' has detected that the service has gone back up at 20/Oct/2016 03:15

Fiber cut unexplained

Submitted by tarvid on Sat, 10/15/2016 - 08:20

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It looks like the first outage ended with a temporary repair which was followed by perhaps a more durable fix. In between we had problems with the TWR edge router in Galax which made for a bruising week.