Probably the longest downtime I have experienced. Truthfully, I really didn’t care that much. We’re settled in Hawaii and I’m back to my old tech shenanigans. More to follow :)


So the past few months have been crazy. Leaving Fort Lewis (thank God) and am on leave in AZ. Life is in the air.

The one thing I hate most about PCS moves is the Army has a tendency to break my tech toys en route to my new duty station. PITA.

Linux Mint update issues

Ran into an issue with updating the kid’s computer today. For the life of me (and probably because I bounce back from FreeBSD to Linux, I could not remember the commands to run on Linux to make the problem go away. Google fixed the problem for me, so here it is in case I forget:

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
sudo apt-get update

Getting rid of a metric fuck-ton of like files on Synology Diskstation

So, I use TMM on Linux to manage an ever-expanding collection of… Media. It works, but because of some disparity between that and Metabrowser on my wife’s Win7 laptop I’ve got all kinds of standards going on in there. XBMC on the OpenElec computers doesn’t really care and just seems to throw up whatever when browsing the collections, so I’ve decided to start from scratch and re-download all the artwork, box covers, etc. The following snippet will run through a directory tree and get rid of things you don’t want anymore:

find /volume1/whatever-name "what-we-want-to-delete" -type d -print0 | xargs -0 rm -r

I assume if you type nothing between the quotes, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised when your diskstation finishes the command and you have nothing left on it. And by pleasantly surprised I mean homicidally furious.

MS MCE remotes in OpenElec / XBMC

I got a few off-brand MCE remotes thinking they were genuine Microsoft remotes. Should have known when the eBay robot sent me a shipping update from China that they were not. Anyway, they are laggy as hell and I often have to hit a button repeatedly to get something to work. The following commands did not fix the problem, but did fix some keymapping issues I was having:

wget -O .xbmc/userdata/keymaps/remote.xml http://cloud.github.com/downloads/jenkins101/xbmc/userdata_remote.xml
wget -O .xbmc/userdata/Lircmap.xml http://cloud.github.com/downloads/jenkins101/xbmc/Lircmap.xml

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

Nexus 4

All I can say is wow. Amazing piece of hardware. My only regret is that I didn’t switch sooner. Sooo… Anyone wanna buy a Nokia Lumia 920 super cheap?

Google Nexus 4!!!

Picked one up for super-cheap, so I’ll be getting rid of my Windows Phone 8, a Nokia Lumia 920. I like the phone okay, but I’m not too impressed with the lack of some important capabilities. Most notably, no VPN client, rootability, web page rendering, battery life, app store… So, pretty much everyone’s primary complaints about the WP8 platform.

My new phone should get here tomorrow, so I’ll be talking about it over the next few days.

Getting rid of the mate-screensaver abomination in Linux Mint

Back to Mint. PC-BSD is fun, but not quite there. Anyway, here’s how to get rid of the craptacular mint-screensaver, the POS that keeps haunting us from gnome-screensaver days. When will you retards just admit that Xscreensaver is the best? Anyway…

Set XScreensaver as Default Screen Saver

Uninstall default Mate screensaver: sudo apt-get remove mate-screensaver

Install XScreensaver: sudo apt-get install xscreensaver-gl xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-data-extra xscreensaver-screensaver-bsod electricsheep

Change the properties of the Screensaver item under "Startup Aplications" in "Control Centre" so that it reads: xscreensaver -no-splash

Alltray and transparent terminals

alltray -s -stask -x -g +619+49 “mate-terminal –window-with-profile=Default”

That is all.

You know you’ve still got it when…

In a moderately inebriated state you are able to upgrade the CPU on your FreeBSD firewall, and the shit just works. Firewall went from 1.8GHz to 3.0GHz dual core. Based on my MBUF routing usage, I should be able to route 10GBPS with that thing now. Patiently waiting for fiber to my curb now.