GNU 30th anniversary party at MIT, in Cambridge, MA. - 2013-10-02
i attended this event on 2013-09-28 from around 1pm till the end of the speeches givin by RMS.
i recorded Ricard Stallmans speech which is embedded above. plus i have a few pictures here:
 gnu30 pictures  video is licensed CC-BY-ND, and pictures as well.

coreboot was the main room i was active in, but i had interest in commotion wireless as well
as Tahoe-LAFS. this was a very social gathering where people dedicated time and energy into
colaborating on projects.

the crypto party was interesting as well, many people colaborating on exchanging valid and
verified gpg keys. it is esential to properly verify identity, and to do this in person.

i did not return to the event on the 29th for i did not want to ride all the way back on my
bike. not having a fulltime income limits my spending, i have been riding a bike as main
transportation since late 2007. it was a long but fun ride, i felt it for 2 days after.


router comparison image
you can click the image above for full size; right click, 'save image as' to download it.
this should make it easier to print out when you go shopping, enjoy.

open source router spec comparison with price color coded as of date listed. ranking is based
on memory first then by flash size, then by amps used. usb was used as the next ranking, price is
green as low, blue as mid,and maroon as high price. but price was not used in the overall rank
number. i figure you will shop based on price if you want to. last but not least, installability
of linux kernel and various userlands was NOT part of the ranking here.

sources used: dd-wrt.com and openwrt.org device lists.
prices based on amazon.com, ebay.com, and newegg.com prices.

disclaimer: i cannot garantee accuracy of any of this information, companies ocasionally change
parts between revisions.

other usefull statistics: smallnetbuilder.com tst benchmark

rant: it actually pisses me off that in general devices are sold without specifications listed.
compitition of devices shouldnt involve useless advertisments spinning irelivance. if your going
to advertise your device, get technical, with no bullshit.


Steam for linux is officially released as of 2013-02-14
	so steam for linux is officially out of beta and runs native on 32bit gnu/linux.
there is no 64bit support, well unless your running multilib, which also sometimes gets
called multiarch. my first post on this blog was about steam running in wine, this will
no longer be needed. team fortress 2, counter strike source, and quite a few other games
now run native. so i am excited, i havent even tried yet though, i run purely 64bit on my
workstation so ill have to soon setup a multilib partition to test it out. as soon as
counter strike : global offensive is released native i will certainly be using it, for
now i will wait. ( i also sold my gamming video card recently so no point for the moment )


BTC.sh - Build Tool Chain Cross Compile Script - 2012-09-24
the first major goal of this script is an easily updatable, stable toolchain.if you are
working on a standard desktop pc and need to generate a toolchain for something embedded
like mips or armel then this script should be easy to edit, with a few minor variable
changes. thats the goal, simplicity.

this is currently configured to build a x86_64 bit gnu/linux toolchain provided you are
running this script on a system with a full build system installed. if you are new to this
topic in general i suggest reading the linux from scratch book.

this code has been refactored 13 times now. most of the earlier revisions where not worth
releasing, i still have some of them though.

keep in mind with this software, i am releasing development work to the public; basically
as i progress. dont expect this to work without running into a few bugs for the time being.

download latest


OpenPandora Handheld Device Review - 2012-04-05
after using an open pandora for about a month now i really like it. small, long battery life
and a persistant full linux workstation anywhere i go. (not one of those limited android devices)

physically the plastic case is a little noisey but it is a first batch pandora, newer pandoras
might be built tighter fitting now, not sure. dont have a newer one (wish i did they got more ram)


ASUS RT-N16 Review - 2012-03-01
i have ordered 2 used RT-N16's from diferent sellers on ebay. both times the item arrived dead.
there is a power shortage on the internal dc 2 dc converter and thus beware of this device all
together. ASUS what the hell you doing? i have always liked your hardware. i will assume that the
users broke both of these devices, say for example with high power draw usb devices...

asus could you kindly provide a max amps rating for the usb ports combined? i would like this.

as much as i was disapointed in the refurbs purchased on ebay, after RMAing one with asus.
the RT-N16 has been reliable. infact it is what is running this website this moment. so its
acting as a firewall, router, and webserver, and i still got 100mb ram free to use.

its stable but i did modify it, added pure copper heatsinks to the ram, and the switch ic, which
seems to have helped alot since they are quite hot even with the heatsinks i added. an unmodified
RT-N16 may not need such heatsinks, but i am using this device beyond original device goals.


Original MagicJack Review - 2012-02-14
so i ordered one of the original magic jacks with the intentions of connecting it to my linux
router. the company had stated plans to support linux in 2010, its now 2012. where are the
drivers? why must companies endlessly give the finger to gnu software?

anyway, it was my fault. i didnt fully research before ordering. resold it.


ToPeak Universal Chain Tool Review - 2011-11-25
so i tried using the 12$ ToPeak chain breaker on amazon.com with a shadow conspiracy v2 chain.
broke the pin first use. so i ordered a 3$ shadow chain breaker pin. this pin works well in the
ToPeak chain breaker. slightly long but works.


ESC Boston/DesignCon East - 2011-09-27
i attended the event on the 27th, the showroom floor was packed with embedded systems, mostly
arm basis. alot of android talk, im not a fan of it. gnu/linux all the way for me. anyway,
the event had lots of usefull resources of which i packed my backpack with and road home with.

i ride a 24" bmx racing bike, not ideal for long traveling but also not slow. i road 60+ miles
that day, including to and from. it was worth it though, the magazines and spec sheets will be
very usefull on the research i am doing.

amazingly, microsoft was at this event. i dont understand why.. anyway some of their employees
did not look to happy, possibly they where being ignored? i know i didnt look at their showcase
and i dont recall seeing anyone at it either.




router comparison image
open source router spec comparison with price color coded as of date listed. ranking is based
on memory first then by flash size, then by amps used. usb was used as the next ranking, price is
green as low, blue as mid,and maroon as high price. but price was not used in the overall rank
number. i figure you will shop based on price if you want to. last but not least, installability
of linux kernel and various userlands was NOT part of the ranking here.

sources used: dd-wrt.com and openwrt.org device lists.
prices based on amazon.com, ebay.com, and newegg.com prices.

disclaimer: i cannot garantee accuracy of any of this information, i only own the wrtu54g-tm
and rt-n16 certify those as correct. just because a device is in this list does not mean it is
supported by openwrt or dd-wrt.

other usefull statistics: smallnetbuilder.com tst benchmark

rant: it actually pisses me off that in general devices are sold without specifications listed.
compitition of devices shouldnt involve useless advertisments spinning irelivance. if your going
to advertise your device, get technical, with no bullshit.


Programmers Humor - 2011-08-01
here are some of the funniest things i have read in relation to programming languages.
enjoy.
1. how to shoot yourself in the foot in any programming language
2. shoot self in foot, same as above but with a few unique entries
3. developers note



eken m002, apad, m009_v4 mainboard serial output - 2011-06-02
so i noticed there was a 4 pin header under the processor module, probably trying to hide it.
but i figured out the pinout. and logged the boot process and the suspend, and shutdown. here
is the bootlog. u-boot help and u-boot printenv

also relivant to the post below, this bootlog claims there is only 128mb of sdram, which makes
sense considering the speed of the device when using android. but if this is the case, then in
software its being told to lie about it and claim 256mb.

this is streight out of the w-load printenv command:
release_ver=WMT2.1.2
fake_firmware_version=Android2.2
fake_mem=256M


apad/epad/android tablet from ebay/china review - 2011-05-30
first id like to say that shopping for these is truely luck. there is soooooo many of these that
look similar but have totally difrent parts inside, beware! make sure u know EXACTLY which one
your getting. memory size, cpu model # and ports are the most important to take note of in this
regard.

i bought on ebay what was advertised as aPad. 256mb/533mhz/2gb flash. turns out its really 256mb
(128mb) ddr2 ram running at 533mhz, with a via cpu running at 300mhz, with class 2 2gb flash
internal. for the price i paid i didnt complian i even gave great feedback. turns out the real
name china uses for this exact model i got is called: Eken M002

as for software preinstalled. it came with android 2.2, web browser (using the safari icon),
skype youtube app, various other stuff but the one app i wanted to use, google voice, was
preinstalled and erroring out. ok i said. i plan to change the os anyway, and here i am working
on just that: click here 4 more


cowon a2 review - 2011-04-28
hard drive internal is ZIF socket
format is fat32
upgrading firmware: copy the new firmware files to the / of the drive power device off. press and
hold the joystick down. next press power button this should begin the firmware upgrade

side note: zif cable is the worst cable type i ever encountered. the zif cable easily comes loose
if the cowon a2 is droped.


how to install steam in wine on linux - 2011-04-04
steam on linux
steam recently recoded its gui interface. it may no
longer work at all using wine running on linux.

wine 1.2 verified:
step 1 download steam installer it should be a .msi file
step 2 run the msi file with wine

manual method:
step 1 download steam installer it should be a .msi file
step 2 unzip this file with 7zip, yes i said unzip it...
step 3 rename steam.exe1 to steam.exe on a windows machine
step 4 transfer steam.exe to the linux machine
step 5 create a folder in /opt/games for steam
step 6 move steam.exe to /opt/games/its-new-folder
step 7 run steam.exe with wine from its-new-folder