wget -q -O - \
| wc -c
Another big problme is, that the code is written by gardeners or lumberjacks, but not by IT professionals. The bugs in the code make it very unreliable. For example on Aliexpress I get the following message pretty often:
Due to network reasons , adding that fails, re-click the "Add to Wish List". But clicking “add to wishlist” again and again and again just results in the same error message. The only thing that helps is reloading the page.
- makes the webpage loading slower,
- causes more load on the server,
- causes more costs for the bandwith of the server,
- and uses up the megabytes of my connection which I have to pay!
- There are probably a lot more…
This article in theguardian.com animated Golem to their office temperature measurement project (german). And this in turn convinced me to connect a temperature sensor to my Alix board at last.
Sometimes systemd feels the urge to wait 2 minutes for some service which makes troubles and then continues to boot or shutdown. Two minute timeout is hopeless insane for this default configuration, even 5 seconds feels like endless waiting.
The timeout can be set in
/etc/systemd/system.conf. Just add the following lines or change them if they already exist:
This Avahi mDNS daemon is for zeroconf. Just uninstall this bloody crApple rubbish:
apt-get remove --purge avahi-daemon
Another annoying delay is caused by the network code trying to get an IP address over a NIC where no cable is plugged in. I have no solution for this problem yet, but with lower timeout it’s not that awful anymore.
Yesterday I stumbled upon a post about free whatsapp softwares. So I thought I give it a try. After some initial troubles and a lot of startpaging I finally got it running.
Today I got an email with link to a facebook page. Actually I’ve seen this link before but ignored it because it links to facebook. But today I opened that page. I was reading a bit, following some links to other pages, coming back, reading more. And suddenly I got this:
This sucks. Why should I login after this page has been showed for 5 minutes? Additionally you can see how completely retarded facebook is: The text on the page is in german, some navigation help texts are in Kannada and the login window is in english.
First I thought “facebook sucks” and started searching for other complaints about facebook. But facebook (and google+ and twitter and…) collect all the braindamaged morons which were annoying everybody in IRC 10 years ago. Now IRC is again the nice and friendly place it was 20 years ago.
Thank you Facebook!
What is worse than a battery powered multimeter?
A battery powered multimeter with an empty battery.
That’s why I have to upgrade this multimeter with a power socket, a step-down converter to support a wide input voltage range, and an isolated DC-DC converter to isolate the input voltage from the multimeter circuits.
Four years ago I enjoyed flying with Qatarairways. But quality of their service has been sinking since then. Also if I compare with other airlines which do not claim to be five star I see a lot of potential for improvement:
A friend gave me a link to an ELV product which I copied and pasted into my browsers URL bar. ELV then presented me with this completely useless warning on their webpage:
Additionally they set a shit load of cookies. Obviously one or more of them are used to prevent this retarded warning.
I wonder why should I run an anti-virus program when I access a website? Especially when my browser is running on a Linux box behind an OpenBSD firewall? I’m sorry but I haven’t seens something this retarded ever.
So my recommendation is:
Fuck ELV. Never ever ever ever never ever buy something from ELV!
Also don’t visit their site, block and delete all their cookies.
Quick review: The imcoB6 is a simple ebook reader with only the features it needs, no touchscreen, no wifi, no other fancy things. For around $50 you get the perfect tool for reading books.
Today I wanted to dissect a PDF file. Running pdf2ps quickly showed some big lumps of binary data. Looking a bit closer I found out that it is run through the filters ASCII85Decode and LZWDecode. After failing to decode this myself I searched again on the net and found the following blog entry:
Converting a PDF to PS without the LZWDecode filter
So just run the following commands:
qpdf --stream-data=uncompress original.pdf decoded.pdf
pdftops decoded.pdf decoded.ps