Parts of my job that I hate
Troubleshooting a Windows 8 machine that I never wanted which now has CryptoWall on it and is suddenly my problem.
Data Roaming in the US
I can't tell which is more amazing: that WIND Mobile's unlimited US roaming is only $15/month... or that its default US data rate is only $0.05/MB. o.0
For any other Canadian carrier, the border is that magic line where a mobile computer transforms into a touch screen calculator...
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My mom the Games Doctor
Super proud of my mom, Chief Medical Officer for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Para-Pan Am Games.
Here's an interview she did this morning on CBC Radio: http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2015/07/07/games-doctor/
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The death of a laptop (hard drive)
I think the hard drive on my ThinkPad T61 is totally dead.
It's a 750 GB drive that was still my primary digital home... I have my files backed up, but I'm not even sure where to put them now...
- Do I get another large drive? I'm addicted to the speed of the SSD I've been using in my X60, and had barely been touching my T61 as a result...
- Do I move my files to ownCloud? I'm using it more and more, but a bit wary of putting important stuff behind a web accessible login page...
- Do I move to my living room computer / server? This is where my backups sit already... access via SFTP or something from whatever machine I'm using?
- Do I refurbish or abandon the T61? The fan needs repair (or maybe just cleaning), and the keyboard has a few serious issues (sticky e and space bar, non-working PgUP...)... but otherwise...
Also, kinda sentimental... that hard drive housed my first GNU/Linux install, which carried me from Ubuntu 6.06, through failed upgrades, across three physical machines, for a good 7 years. (Though, I'd stopped using it daily in favour of Debian and an SSD... so maybe it's about time.)
This probably forces only the third time I've every reorganized my digital home base in my life... the first time from a family 386 to my own Windows machine, then the second time when switching to GNU/Linux 7 years back...
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@Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) oh, cool, I didn't know those existed! Will check that option out for sure...
The ThinkPad T61 has an UltraBay which has an optical drive in it now, but I can potentially use that for a second hard drive too... I was considering the dual hard drive thing before... but a combined drive might be simpler.
A 1TB hard drive will cost you about $60, and it should last for 5+ years. SSDs have lower latency, are silent, and suitable for the professional who has more cash to burn.
The main reason I can't imagine running off a non-SSD anymore is that these laptops are also old.
For me, spending some extra cash on an SSD for my X60 was actually a money saver because it made my X60 lightning fast and killed any immediate need for a new machine. I would avoid my T61 with the non-SSD a lot of the time because, even though they had otherwise similar specs, it'd be ~5min to logged in session versus 30 seconds, and everything else just felt so painful and slow... The SSD was the single biggest boost to performance I've ever made, and made me quite content to continue using these old 2007 machines.
A local file server is essential if you intend to keep backups, whereas a local cloud server is more helpful if you're setting up a media library for family members etc.
My living room computer is kinda of all of the above... it receives backups via rsync/ssh, I can connect to it via SFTP (locally or remotely) as a file server, but it's also running ownCloud (and a few other web applications). I'm somewhat tempted to make that my home base... just access it via SFTP when I need to get into long-term storage files or something, maybe even just stream my music collection... but I'm really not sure yet!
Thanks for the feedback. :)
@Laura Arjona true, true. Maybe the first step is just to get my backup accessible so I can use my files and buy some time to think about fixing up the laptop. It's the keyboard bit that seemed a bit expensive to repair on a 2007 machine, but I only started looking into it... If the repairs aren't too expensive, I'm much more inclined to get it working well again rather than look at a new machine... (It's pretty freedom friendly hardware, aside from the wireless card...)
Toronto Transit Commission phasing out tokens/tickets
TTC phasing out tokens/tickets for Presto card... which collects "accurate usage data," i.e. tracks you. Et tu, TTC? http://www.getpres.to/what-is-presto/
In many cases, your home/work location pair alone can identify you uniquely. =\
I'm sure there will be some big advantages. And I'm tracked way more by my mobile, and my payment cards, etc. I just mourn the loss of the good old fashion token a little bit as a truly anonymous option (I guess minus security cameras!).
Android-based mobile device recommendations?
My wife's Nexus 4 has been having a ton of problems over the past couple weeks. Some hardware, some maybe software, but we're looking at a new mobile computer as an option... but I haven't been paying attention to or looking at Android-based computers for a couple years...
Recommendations for a relatively friendly and decent Android-based computer? She won't be running Replicant, but I may be able to set her up with CyanogenMod (or other recommendations?) this time around.
Hardware specs wise, the Nexus 4 served her well except for the non-expandable 16 GB of storage.
(Also, we're WIND Mobile customers, so AWS frequency support is a must... same was T-Mobile in the US.)
Any advice appreciated!
Magento makes me feel dirty
I always feel so dirty every time I work with Magento.
The most recent reason is the following workflow that seems to happen all the time:
- Buy a proprietary extension (since Magento is open core, that sets the tone for the whole ecosystem, which is just full of proprietary software...);
- It includes some phone-home DRM licence scheme and "free upgrades" for about 6 months;
- Encounter some problem with that proprietary extension (e.g. they change their phone-home licensing service and it doesn't work with an old version of the extension!);
- Contact that company for support;
- The company says they can help you out, but they just need FTP access and admin access to the backend of your store.
... is this how people live??
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Not to mention that all these proprietary extensions have their own way of doing things, so it feels like installing software in Windows: your menu turns into a mess of vendor names...
And each vendor has their own way of managing modules, notifying about updates, or trying to enforce licenses, etc...
Toronto gigs this week
I'm playing a couple new cover tunes solo at UofT on Friday night in support of CAFEX, and on violin with Dave Borins and band for our weekly residency every Wed 6-8pm in May/June at The Cameron House!
I've been getting him with spam users on a few Drupal websites I admin, but this one I can appreciate: "New User: john.snow"
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My wife bought this onesie for our newborn daughter as her first outfit to wear.
Gabriella Michael Alleyne
Born about two hours ago!
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Performing in Ottawa Today
Ottawa! I'm on violin with Darrelle London today on Rogers Daytime TV, and at the Black Sheep in Wakefield tonight! http://blaise.ca/events/I hope your show is going well (you might be on stage right now? It's 10:30.) I was planning on making the trip into the Belle Provence to see you, but had a meeting which finished at 9:30 and was just to tired/lazy to drive. Congrats on the CanadaAM thing BTW! I didn't see it, but was impressed to hear about it -- I watch CanadaAM during the spring/summer/fall, but not during the winter....
Live TV Performance Friday Morning with Darrelle London
Tomorrow (Friday), I'll be live nationally on CTV Canada AM on my new MIDI keyboard with Darrelle London and band! We've got one song at ~8:50am EST.
I'll be rocking some Yoshimi synth sounds courtesy of KXStudio's Debian repos!
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OpenERP... doesn't hash passwords?!
I'm going through a PostgreSQL dump of our OpenERP database to manually reset a password for an administrative user... and all the user passwords are sitting there in plain text in the PostgreSQL dump file...
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Ah, you're right, I guess as of Sept it's auto-installed (and I think that means auto-enabled in an Odoo context). The version I'm running isn't that recent...
So, downgrade my shock from brain-turned-inside-out to simply horrified...
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ownCloud 8 already? https://owncloud.org/blog/owncloud-server-8-0-for-users/
Beginning a Deep Dive into Libre Music
While I prepare to resume a lot of the music activities I put on the backburner to move out/get married/have kids/etc. around 2009/2010, some things are depressing and others are super exciting.
Licensing and copyright is depressing. I'm still having trouble wrapping my mind around how I can really licence my music freely and co-exist with PROs, which have automatic copyright assignment (whereas I'd really like selective assignment), and get their authority to collect royalties from Copyright Board Tariffs, rather than from the way music is actually licensed (i.e. they assume all music is proprietary). Nevermind the PRO angle for neighbouring rights in Canada, which is where I'd have the largest opportunity to collect royalties as a session musician but might have to choose between that and restricting my ability to licence my own music freely...
But looking at building a live music rig is super exciting. I'm exploring MIDI controllers, KXStudio, OpenAV, MOD Duo... while there's still a lot of proprietary stuff to work around (will this hardware work properly with free software? are there sound libraries available? Everyone assumes you're using Ableton Live and Logic/ProTools on OS X, etc.), there's a lot that really has me excited... Maybe I just haven't hit the dead-ends yet! :)