Monday, June 11, 2012

EDID errors after Debian Squeeze upgrade

I recently performed an upgrade of my Debian Squeeze server to include the upgrades available in squeeze-backports.  After the upgrade, I noticed a lot of dmesg's like the below.  In fact, they were repeating every 10 seconds.  The cause was simple: the ancient monitor I had plugged into the server.  It was an HP monochrome monitor from probably the early 90s.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Target filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init on Debian Lenny after Upgrade

Apparently this "target filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init" is a common issue with Debian and derivatives such as Ubuntu.  The issue manifested its self after I performed a round of security updates on my server, which included a kernel update.  I think that perhaps what lead me to this particular error was that I use a LVM based Linux software RAID1 for my boot partition.

Friday, November 6, 2009

HTC Hero on Sprint: A Week in Review

About a week ago I bought a new CDMA HTC Hero with Sprint service. Prior to buying the phone, I checked the reviews, watched some You Tube videos, etc. While the reviews were less then stellar, I failed to see examples of any of the issues people complained about on the You Tube videos. Specifically, one YouTuber stated the phone was slow but failed to show any example of this in his video. Later in the video he launched a task manager only to show about 15 different processes running simultaneously! I think my Core 2 Duo laptop would run slow with 15 apps running concurrently!

Many reviewers feel the need to complain about a product, or they somehow aren't doing their job. I plan to simply serve up the facts and observations I've gained with a week of actual use:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Waking Up to X10, Linux & Cron

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am not a morning person.  Maybe it's the shock to the system brought about by an alarm clock blaring, naturally followed by the squinted eyes when I flick the lights on.  Especially in the winter when the days are short, waking up before the sun is a pain, but a necessary part of life.  However, using a little technology and creativity, I hope to lessen the dread of the morning routine.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Telescopic Way Cover for X3 Mill

Owners of these small mills will know that the Y axis is the most vulnerable to metal swarf and contaminants as the ways can become exposed while machining.  The X axis is never exposed directly, and the Z axis is vertical which provides some protection as the chips just fall off.  Given I have CNC converted my X3 mill, and have added flood coolant and ball screws, it is even more critical for me that the Y axis be protected.