Not So Half-Arsed Attempt At Aircraft Spotting — MUC Again

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SuSE museum — 7.3 to 9.1

SuSE Linux Professional 7.3

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2017

Real fireworks this time.

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A Ghost from 1995 – Good Riddance

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The worst Android tablet — Failed attempts of …

As You can see, there’s nothing of interest here. This post was cancelled due to lack of material & motivation. Please proceed to the next post in this mini-series. If you’re a user of headphones, you may want to turn down the volume a bit ;-)

In the meantime, you may find this scientific publication interesting:

“The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of ‘writer’s block'”, J Appl Behav Anal., 1974, 7(3): 497, doi: 10.1901/jaba.1974.7-497a, [PDF][Original source]

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IWATSU LeCroy 9350A — bringing back old memories…

This “beauty” appeared on my desk today. Just testing & playing with it. I used the arb sig-gen of a PicoScope 2204A for generating a unpleasant test-signal. Trying to trigger on it was “interesting” :-)

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ERSA I-Con Nano — A pico review

Well… the device I got at work was a sad case of “dead on arrival”.

Temperature regulation was totally crazy, touching the case moved the measured value from about 350°C to 60°C, with a subsequent massive overshoot.

So we have to wait until the replacement unit arrives… maybe an XMAS present.

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Attempted Aircraft Spotting — MUC

Since I hear the effing aircrafts all the time, I might as well go and take a closer look at them, no?

An impromptu Sunday trip to ‘MUC’ (or FJS).

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Relocating…

Still busy with stuff.

BUT, there is a functional dishwasher! What a great device !!!

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Triple Teardown Tardiness — Long Forgotten Boxes Of Stuff

Moving == carrying heavy boxes, lots of them.

Suboptimal.

Getting rid of stuff is imperative!

If You’re so inclined, You’ll find sloppy teardowns of 3 devices below. Mostly images and a bit of video footage at the end.

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“Six Sigma For Dummies” — An attempt of a book review

To make one thing clear, I was looking for a book describing the concept, methodology and application of “Six Sigma”. So you now know my expectations: facts, recipes, some math & statistics primer, NOT a lot of prosa / wall of text without content or just stating the blatantly obvious.

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The worst Android tablet — A quick teardown

Expectations.

When buying a cheap device, I don’t expect a display with “Retina” quality, but it should still be usable and not something the engineers who designed it have to be ashamed about. It shouldn’t be a piece of shit (in this case it wasn’t). The same goes for all other parts. I can live with less memory, but it should not be defective. If a device claims “Quad Core” I expect it to be reasonably snappy and not turn into a hibernating grizzly every 5 minutes. Cheap devices require trade-offs, but general usability should not be among that.

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Fire… a friggin’ fire — Well, just lots of smoke really.

When I got home today at about 5pm or so, I smelled the characteristic BBQ smell. Burning wood. Quite A LOT of burning wood. Very odd, or at least very unusual for this neighbourhood.

Upon entering the staircase the smell intensified by several orders of magnitude, which instantly spurred my curiosity. At least to find the source and “bitch” about neighbours BBQ-ing on a Friday evening. Oddly enough the smell seemed to originate in the cellar. Nobody should be BBQ-ing down there, or be lighting a wood stove / fire. There’s just way too much stuff down there that could catch on fire and ruin the weekend in a lasting manner.

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When it rains it pours…

Shooting in Munich.

As of now (2016-07-22 20:12 CET) not much is known about how many were hurt or killed. The media are going crazy.

ENOUGH!

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In light of recent events in Nice


Believe whatever you want. But please, make sure it stays inside the head. It’s your own private folly, no need to include everybody else.


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So many catz…

If you hate cats skip the 1st video!

“Magic Fly” – Space 1977

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BORG Backup — Deduplicating Archiver

The documentation is very usable, easy to understand. Getting the basic things going is very easy. The code is on github.

It’s worth taking a look and having a go at it! You do know that you NEED a backup, don’t you?!?

I’ve been using dirvish (rsync based) for a good 10 years now. Once set up it is very reliable and can be expanded via pre/post server/client scripts (e.g. to calculate MD5-sums for everything). It supports file-level deduplication (using hard-links), but sadly that doesn’t help with large files that have changed only a tiny bit (like virtual machine disk images). Calculating MD5-sums takes quite some time, especially so as it is done on all backups, so the file-level deduplication saves disk-space but doesn’t help with the MD5-sums being recalculated all the time (on the very same data). A very time-consuming nuisance. Dirvish’s BIGGEST advantage from my point of view however is that the data is easily accessible, it’s just stored in the filesystem you choose (e.g. EXT4). There is no file-level encryption or compression, any system that can mount EXT4 can access the data. Today that is basically any Desktop linux out there.

Back to data deduplication. BORG on the other hand only calculates checksums for NEW chunks of data, so the process is very fast if only little has changed. Yes, I said chunks of data, not files. BORG chops up data into chunks, so it can even handle very large VM disk-images and save some space backing them up. BORG also supports archive compression, password protection and encryption. This immediately brings up the question of long-term accessibility of the data. You really really don’t want to end up with an old backup but vital backup that for some reason cannot be read anymore by new versions of BORG. Fortuitously the developers have released stand-alone versions (see github) that only have minimal requirements (a few standard libs). So far I’ve checked whether these binaries run on a live version of linux (PartedMagic 2015-01-13) and I’m glad to say that the answer is yes. That way it’s quite easily possible to pack a known-good OS / BORG combination onto an USB stick (or ISO image) for future use. In case of a backup that is not based on plain filesystems, it is absolutely VITAL to go that route.

Make a backup, use checksums, verify its integrity, make sure you can access it and restoring actually works. BE PARANOID about your data.

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Metabolic and physiologic improvements from consuming a paleolithic, hunter-gatherer type diet

Some time ago I wrote about said paper. To be more precise, I didn’t write about the science per se (not my area of expertise), but I wrote about having had noticed an error in it.

I tried to get in contact with the author, which remained fruitless.

At the end of September 2015 I pinged a staff member of the “EJCN” (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition) about said issue. I didn’t hear back from them either.

Today I checked the paper’s page on EJCN and what do you know, there’s a correction [SHA1SUM]. It appears it was released in December of 2015, which is a decent response time. A lot can be said about journals & “peer review” etc. etc.

This time complaining was beneficial. If You find errors, complain as well. Please.

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YOUYUE 858D+ hotair station — Release V1.45

A small but helpful upgrade, if you’re into acquiring your own temperature calibration data. At some undetermined time in the future this might be expanded to a full multi-point calibration mode.

The config menu was amended with the parameter ‘display_adc_raw’. When this is set to 1, the display will show the raw ADC numbers. Temperature regulation is not affected by this, everything else works as usual.

With the help of an external high-temperature probe, you can now quite easily create a table of raw ADC reads vs. temperature measured where you need it, e.g. at the exit of the nozzle (of a certain diameter, for a certain fan speed).

For my device, this looks like this:

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YOUYUE 858D+ hotair station — Bugfix release V1.44

I’m glad to announce that the annoying watchdog issue has finally been fixed. It was a dumb error on my side, combined with a prevalence in some ATmega chips to have certain binary values in uninitialized registers after a cold start.


release 1.44

* Fixed “.init1” mistake –> watchdog_off_early.

Putting that into .init1 doesn’t work, as it requires R1 to be ZERO.
“eor R1,R1” comes later, so it blows up.


V1.44 release on Github.

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