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Old blogs archived

August 13, 2017 — BarryK
I had two old blogs, set to read-only, at barryk.org/blog and barryk.org/blog2, however, had to remove them as my host hostgator.com complained of too much traffic.

I was meaning to convert them to static HTML pages, and finally have done it. Found a great tool for the job, Httrack. It has a browser interface, by running "webhttrack".

I re-enabled the online blogs and used webhttrack to download one of them. Oh, it downloaded heaps of files from other sites, mostly linked images.
After some online searching, found the trick to restrain download to only inside the blog.

There are "Scan Rules". Delete them, replace with:
-* +*arryk.org/blog/* -*/?delete=*

The "-*" removes everything, then "+*arryk.org/blog/*" will restrain downloads to have that text in the URL.

Httrack follows every link that it can find on the blog, which takes a very long time. I did not see the point of it following the Delete button, so added that fine filter item.

The old blogs are now here:
http://bkhome.org/archive/

This blog, barryk.org/news, is also there, converted to static pages, as I am planning to move to a new blog script (and website) in the next day or two.

Another item of news: bkhome.org is now on a new host, omnis.com

Tags: general

Issy Simpson, magician

July 07, 2017 — BarryK
Ha ha, have been too serious, all these blog posts on Linux development. Now for something lighter...

I have been watching Britain's Got Talent on and off. Was most entertained by Issy Simpson. Don't know how she did most of it.

Here is her first performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSYa6_Siivs



Assuming that it is not "real" magic, I think that I know how she did the box. Very simple actually. She just needed one of those suction cups that are used for lifting glass, builtin to the base of the box.

Like this one, that sticks and releases in seconds:
http://btbtools.com/index.php/auto-glass-tools/glass-handling/vacuum-suction-cups-window-holders/sac123.html


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Seagate 4TB desktop drive

June 06, 2017 — BarryK
I was considering purchasing a NAS (Network Attached Storage), however, decided on a simpler solution to my scattered storage problem -- one nice big portable drive.

Today bought a Seagate Expansion 4TB hard drive, for AU$199:
https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/seagate-4tb-expansion-desktop-hard-drive-sgex4000de


As it has its own power supply, no problem with plugging this into any of my arm boards. So, can move it around as needed.

I own a 2.5 inch 2TB USB3 drive, that will probably get relegated to a backup role.

Tags: general

Thunderbolt3, do-everything interface

May 27, 2017 — BarryK
Intel has made licensing of the Thunderbolt3 interface "free", in an attempt to encourage its adoption.

As reported here:
http://www.cnx-software.com/2017/05/25/intel-to-make-thunderbolt-3-royalty-free-release-specifications/

Fascinating! I look forward to seeing this on a mobile phone.
PCs too. Apparently, Apple and Microsoft are in on this. Intel plan to integrate Thunderbolt3 into the CPU chip, thus ensuring its adoption on the PC platform.

See also the announcement at intel.com:
https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/envision-world-thunderbolt-3-everywhere/

Tags: general

Website is back

March 17, 2017 — BarryK
Had to wrangle for a few days with my host, Hostgator. Back in November 2016, I had to disable barryk.org/blog, as there was apparently too much traffic on it. Now, barryk.org/blog2 has too much traffic, so also disabled.
These are both archived read-only blogs, with lots of good reference material about Puppy Linux. Pity they are now down.

Received an email from David, reporting that Hostgator has a new owner in 2016, and there are many reports of the service going downhill.

It is odd that my site has been there with much the same content for years, only recently is experiencing this traffic problem.

Jamesbond suggested an alternative host, might consider that.

Tags: general

Samsung Note 7 ...no

August 06, 2016 — BarryK
I have been thinking that sometime early in 2017 I might buy a new smartphone. I was thinking maybe will finally buy a Samsung Note. But, no, they have lost me.

It's that curved screen:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Steepest-edge-curve-7000-series-alloy-dual-color-do-you-like-the-Note-7-design-story_id83888



The S-Pen on a flat screen makes sense. The curved edges are just a sales gimmick, bling. Distracting and totally useless.

A Samsung fanperson is trying to say that critics of the curved screen are "just flat wrong":
http://www.sammobile.com/2016/08/01/its-all-about-perspective-critics-of-the-curved-galaxy-note-7-are-just-flat-wrong/

...but the article does not present any justification at all to support why the edge is a good thing for the Note. Nothing at all.

Tags: general

Maru OS open sourced

February 17, 2016 — BarryK
Maru OS is Debian Linux on a smartphone:

http://maruos.com/

The good news is that the developer has decided to open source it.

It doesn't reinvent the wheel like Ubuntu Phone. It seems, this is two different operating systems running simultaneously, Android and Debian Linux.

So you can't have a Debian application running in the phone screen.

Actually, I think this is alright, in fact very good. A phone OS and a desktop OS are such different beasts, trying to dumb down the latter to work in a small touch screen, as Canonical, Microsoft and others have been doing, may not be the best way to go. Leave them separate.

Of course, there are equivalent apps for Android and Linux, so if you edit a .doc word processing file in Linux, there are apps in Android to also edit it.

What I would like to see in Maru OS is just how much sharing there is between Android and Debian Linux. Like clipboard for example. Or, send an SMS from Debian desktop.

Tags: general