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08/21/11 04:29 - ID#54994

Lost my credit card.

I lost my primary credit card yesterday somewhere between home and pricerite. But take a look at who checked out my last transaction...

I cancelled it. Hopefully, whoever found it didn't have a chance to use it before they froze transactions. It was lucky that the card was not entered into the cash-from-ATM scheme.

Lucky or if you believe that last transaction... hehe.
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Category: linux

08/21/11 11:04 - ID#54989

Sound card on PanP7

For reference the sound card on my PanP7 is:

cat /proc/asound/card0/codec* | grep Codec

Codec: Realtek ALC272
Codec: Motorola Si3054

It has the most crappy output with ALSA sound server. The front mic used with a mic booster produces an extremely high pitched sound. I am sure it is capable of killing all bats in a 10 mile radius and driving all humans crazy or deaf or both.

The driver is meant for these following platforms. From /usr/share/doc/alsa-base/driver/HD-Audio-Models.txt.gz:

3stack-dig     3-stack (2-channel) with SPDIF
3stack-6ch     3-stack (6-channel)
3stack-6ch-dig 3-stack (6-channel) with SPDIF
6stack-dig     6-stack with SPDIF
lenovo-101e     Lenovo laptop
eeepc-p701     ASUS Eeepc P701
eeepc-ep20      ASUS Eeepc EP20
ecs         ECS/Foxconn mobo
m51va         ASUS M51VA
g71v         ASUS G71V
h13          ASUS H13
g50v         ASUS G50V
asus-mode1      ASUS
asus-mode2     ASUS
asus-mode3     ASUS
asus-mode4     ASUS
asus-mode5     ASUS
asus-mode6     ASUS
dell         Dell with ALC272
dell-zm1     Dell ZM1 with ALC272
samsung-nc10     Samsung NC10 mini notebook
auto         auto-config reading BIOS (default)

The problem is the regular sound output is extremely low. I can bet that if I put windows on this machine, the speakers will come to life. But that is just not happening with ALSA. The alternative is OSS, which I tried but had so many problems, I had to return to ALSA. I could install pulseaudio but pulseaudio has such crazy whims and fancies it is impossible to predict what will stop or start working next. It's a just a sound card, not some rocket science. Linux sound drivers just aren't up to snuff yet.
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Category: whine

08/21/11 09:26 - ID#54988

Gloomy day on all counts

I hate rainy cloudy days like today. I hate them so much. They increase my panic over trivial things. I have my windows open and some MORON is smoking on top of all this. It makes me livid. I detest the smell of cigarette smoke and it makes me angry when I have no control over people who just force me to smell and breathe it against my will. I wish I could just go out, break their cancer-stick into pieces and strangle them right there. I have NO goodwill for smokers who continue to smoke in a CLEARLY marked NON-SMOKING building!

It's grossly unfair to the non smokers who pay with their health. We don't share your poor habits and your lack of motivation to quit so please don't poison us with your toxins.

I hate you smoker whoever you are. I wish you all the very nasty of gloom today and a complete lack of any good luck whatsoever. You deserve to be despised and I completely loathe your habit.

I am considering getting this sunshine simulator: I am not sure I have full blown seasonal affective disorder but I definitely don't like gloomy days and would like a sunlight simulator instead of or in addition to the regular CFL bulbs I have on all my lamps.
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08/20/11 04:22 - ID#54986

Bottle of borax in my shoe closet

Presenting another exclusive episode of...

The world My shoe closet according to (e:Paul,54985).


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Category: science

08/20/11 02:33 - ID#54984

Counterfactual thought

I think (e:paul) was wondering how businesses actually make money from Groupon...


What is missing in the typical narrative about Groupon – the one promoted by the company – is the “counterfactual”. The counterfactual is a powerful concept embedded in statistical theory. In order to evaluate the data in front of us, we must imagine an alternative world (the counterfactual) in which we allow the data to present themselves differently. To understand how medicine X might affect you, you can't just measure what happened after you took medicine X; you must also consider what might have happened if you took medicine Y and/or nothing at all.

So, instead of just thinking about the new customers brought in by Groupon, we must also consider the world without Groupon. In the world without Groupon, the regulars pay $100 for their meals, and the new customers pay $0 or some other amount (if Giorgio’s has other ways to attract them). This allows us to realize that the insertion of Groupon into that world would lower the intake from regulars while simultaneously raising the intake from new customers. For the merchant, whether Groupon is a net benefit depends on the balance between those two numbers.

This is related to the concept of opportunity cost in economics. When evaluating the value of an investment, we can’t just tally up the returns of said investment; we have to compare those returns to the returns of doing something else such as keeping the money in the bank.

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Category: linux

08/20/11 02:09 - ID#54983


There are todos and then there are reallywantodos.

$ rdesktop -g (Size of the screen) -u (your AD userid) -d (AD Domain) -r disk:desktop=/home/(your linux account)/ -a (colour depth) (PC Name according to Active Directory)

This is a reallywantodos.

How to:
  • Connect to the VPN
  • In the terminal

rdesktop ip address of the remote computer

Couldn't be easier.

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Category: e:strip

08/20/11 12:35 - ID#54982

For Matthew

Who is the character sticking out of the backpack then?

I think that is (e:Paul). You know who the others are. ;-)

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Category: eating in

08/20/11 11:10 - ID#54981 pmobl

Kale pringles

Instead of getting a can from Walgreens I made my own. \m/

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Category: estrip

08/19/11 03:07 - ID#54972

Freaking Out! A bat is here!

(e:leetee), I have no idea how you dealt with having a bat flit about in your house. We just spotted an absolutely humongous one at the 24 and spent 20 minutes freaking out and trying to capture it (well.. I think (e:Terry) was trying the real capture part and (e:Paul) was trying to capture it virtually using his phone.

I think I nearly died because (e:Paul) was shrieking like a maniac and the bat came within a 2 cm radius near my hair. I am sure the bat thought my head was a fellow bat, what with my insanely out-of-control hair.

We think it has flown out the door now but it could well be hiding behind the sofa or lounging on the chandelier. Needless to say, I think we need to pre-empt our bat-dread-induced-heart-attacks and think carefully about our last minutes and maybe our last words on this planet. Should we be whispering or yelling it out over the 24 rooftop?

We read in Wikipedia that:

bats catch prey by aerial hawking and gleaning tactics

That monster was totally aerially hawking and gleaning NEAR our heads.
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Category: linux

08/18/11 03:34 - ID#54971

Bash History!

Can be accessed through the command:



It's kind of nifty how my earliest history is a nice documentation of everything I did post-clean-install of Crunchbang (and would like to do for future installs).

sudo su
cd rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0019.1207.2010/
make install
aptitude purge firmware-ipw2x00 firmware-ipw2x00 firmware-iwlwifi firmware-ralink fortune-min gftp gftp-common gftp-gtk heybuddy avahi-utils avahi-daemon gdm chromium-browser chromium-browser-inspector conky
update-alternatives --config gnome-www-browser
apt-get --purge autoremove
aptitude purge ~c
gedit ~/.config/xfce4/
gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
gpg --keyserver --recv-key 381BA480
gpg -a --export 381BA480 > jranke_cran.asc
sudo apt-key add jranke_cran.asc
sudo gedit /etc/apt/preferences
sudo apt-get update
apt-cache policy r-base
sudo apt-get install r-base wine-unstable cb2bib texlive-full referencer xfce4-places-plugin subversion openconnect network-manager-openconnect e4rat pdftk
cd /var/cache/apt/archives
ls > ~/archives
sudo su
gedit ~/.inputrc
gedit /usr/local/sbin/autologin
chmod 777 /usr/local/sbin/autologin
gedit /etc/inittab
gedit ~/.bashrc
gedit /etc/bash.bashrc
gedit /boot/grub.cfg
gedit /etc/bash
init 1
sudo su
gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg
apt-get update
apt-get --purge autoremove
history > thislist!

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