Michael michaelmd@identi.ca

Sydney, Australia


  • some more of my tracks...

    2020-05-25T14:09:10Z via spraci.info To: Public

  • 2020-01-09T05:07:25Z via spraci.info To: Public

    full hd again :-(


    JanKusanagi at 2020-01-09T05:32:10Z

  • 2019-09-05T10:18:29Z via spraci.info To: Public

    looks like the db got this survived :-)

    full hard drive yesterday :-(

    forgot about the pumpio connector :-) nice to see it still works too -

    (apart from of course my edit to fix the obvious typo not getting there - unfortunately thats a feature not yet widely supported across networks so no surprise there)

    Michael at 2019-09-05T10:59:25Z

  • 2019-04-16T09:21:38Z via spraci.info To: Public

    phone dead again ... no idea what it is this time...

    no dial tone
    .... but ....
    sometimes the dsl modem still connects! ... strange ..

    guessing maybe somewhere there is just enough crosstalk for those (rf) signals to leak though to the right wires via other unbroken wires near it.
  • 2019-03-14T03:07:10Z via spraci.info To: Public

    full hd again :-(

    need to spend some time looking for whats eating so much space

    actually looks ok .. just php-fpm crashed and needed restarting
    possibly that protected the database from damage by crashing before anything caused the database to try to write without available space :)
  • 2018-12-01T07:20:59Z via spraci.info To: Public

    I guess I felt like kicking up a bit of doof dust :-)


  • 2018-10-27T04:05:08Z via spraci.info To: Public

  • 2018-10-02T04:44:25Z via spraci.info To: Public

    maybe I sould revisit the idea of writing desktop applications

    wouldn't mind an *offline* reader (eg like back in the bbs days)

    not sure about the world of guis and ide's though... where to start

    I guess maybe I should just start by looking up stuff about how to talk to X .. from what I've seen its just text (some kind of markup language) so probably not that hard.

    would prefer to avoid use a web brower browser engine (not until they demystify those build systems!)
  • 2018-09-21T03:41:29Z via spraci.info To: Public

    spraci's server TLS certificate expired (some time today apparently)
    it has now been renewed.

    apologies for the inconvenience if anyone couldn't connect or saw warnings.

    it should work now

  • Rosegarden

    2018-07-13T04:19:52Z via spraci.info To: Public

    has anyone else out there tried Rosegarden (linux music application)
    for editing midi lately ?

    I had previously assumed the music notation features were just for printing out sheet music, but that assumption was incorrect.

    Sure it can print out scores but it turns out that some of those features are also actually powerful EDITING features for the music itself!

    powerful features for working with keys, scales, chords, etc

    and the "pitch tracker" feature !
    .. never seen anything like that before!

    (eg try it on an arpeggio! - its an interesting tool which can help you create some interesting variations in your music!)

    Rosegarden might not be your cup of tea if you only ever work with audio (and never midi)
    but if you do work with or are willing to experiment with midi in any way or just on the lookout for interesting new ways to explore ideas in your music definately have a look at this one!

    don't assume its "just like" anything else - it isn't

    and btw its free software (yes fully)

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  • 2018-07-04T18:44:30Z via spraci.info To: Public

    need to find a way to make bootable usb sticks for linux

    I want something like that handy Knoppix one but with better performance for music apps.

    as in fully r/w so you can use it just like its on a hard drive.
    (and with usb3 it boots nice and fast)

    Knoppix comes with a nice easy application for making bootable usb sticks -
    Is there anything like that for audio-optimised distros?

    knoppix is a nice distro, but the audio performance isn't good enough.

    Its great for browsing and general use and it recognises most hardware I've tried,

    and the default theme/fonts/etc are much more sensible than most things - nice and readable without even changing any settings - but audio gets too glitchy with heavy music production apps so looking for a way to make bootable sticks for any music-oriented distros (such as kxstudio, etc)

    would be handy for laptops, travelling, etc

    and reliability .. because such sticks would be cheap and quick to replace if anything goes wrong (and I could take spares with me)
    - and without the hassle of configuring multi-boot

    would be nice to have a freebsd one too ..

    guessing theres probably a way to do it manually (with dd, etc)
  • linux, midi and wine

    2018-07-01T15:01:49Z via spraci.info To: Public

    on linux:
    (in this case ubuntu studio but want to keep the question general because I use other distros too)

    How do I get jack, pulseaudio and wine to play nice with each other?

    wine audio seems to be blocked when any linux music software is also running.

    This problem came up when I tried to send midi from Rosegarden to an application running in Wine (wanted to see if Openmpt can work with midi input)

    It looks like midi data does get there but openmpt seems to be stuck unable to play audio while any linux apps using jack are running.
    (normally audio works fine in openmpt and wine generally so guessing the problem is something to do with the way pulseaudio and jack interact -
    so maybe looking for jack/pulseaudio/alsa config tips)
  • 2018-06-25T14:42:39Z via spraci.info To: Public

    now seeing quite a few events turning up in Friendica showing me as the poster that were not posted by me.

    obviously theres a bug somewhere

    I remember some discussion about a problem with Friendica event items displaying incorrect user names/avatars/etc some time ago but don't know if that was fixed.

    at the time I wasn't sure if I had seen any like that.

    but now quite a few such posts seem to be turning up
  • 2018-06-25T13:02:37Z via spraci.info To: Public

    LE notice about certs expiring in 1 day ..

    I already renewed it (I guess the notice was actually sent just before I did that)

    Its nice to know that someone there thought to make sure another reminder notice is sent on the last day in case someone missed the earlier one or forgot.

    as in its a sign that someone cares

    so this time not a rant or complaint about anything
    but an acknowlegement of something nice...
  • 2018-06-23T06:13:42Z via spraci.info To: Public

    we need to get active in fighting email spam

    first thing .. education for everyone about email headers!

    had a gutful of those scumbags putting my domain in their fake headers

    (seeing a lot of bounces but can't do much because they don't come from here)

    I regard that as an attack

    If anyone receives such an email please check the headers!

    check the ips in the Received-by headers
    (which are added by servers it passes through)

    don't be deceived by anything that is easily faked by the real sender such as obviously the From header and also the domain presented by the spammer to a mail server in the intitial smtp ehlo. (this might end up in a received by header but check the ip also there) .. it won't match.

    there seems to be a lot more email spam generally as well over the last few weeks


    and we must MAKE SURE that spam doesn't frighten people who don't know any better into certralised services!

    monopoly building must stop

    and tell hotmail to fix their broken blocklist stuff .. its obviously not checking those ips so therefore broken.

    btw re received-by headers

    spammers could add a fake Received-by header so if the first one doesn't contain an ip or its looks like a local ip it could be fake and if it is theres probably another Received-by header following it (the real one - you generally want to look for the one added by the first real mail server NOT controlled by the spammer that the mail passed though)

    also I noticed a few spam bounces only quoting the first one .. obviously whatever is bouncing them should fix that - only qupting the first one is no good if its fake .. they should make sure that all the received-by headers are there if they want what's quoted in those bounces to be anything useful.

    that spam isn't from here so theres no fix I can do here to stop whats not sent from here but I sure as hell still want those spammers stopped and put away.

    seeing so many such bounces that it looks almost like its targeted

    (as in someones trying to make me or my website look bad)

    if its getting *personal*

    then so would be what I would want to see happen to those bastards if ever manage to trace it all the way to the real criminals and am sure they are that

    (I have no desire harm anything or anyone else and certainly not anyone that is another victim of the scammers antics)

    but if I do find the real criminals and am sure .... ..

    (I'll leave the rest of that to yout imagination .. those feelings are not easily expressed in words and certainly way beyond n s f w )

    obviously a good way to hit back is to make sure they can't so easily fool anyone ..

    every little bit could help ..

    never miss an opportinity

    take away every trace of any power those bastards might have to influence anyone ever again


    nothing less acceptable after the last few years

    everyone has had a gutful

    Michael at 2018-06-25T21:30:04Z

  • 2018-05-26T08:50:42Z via spraci.info To: Public

    browser on newer android doest even display the URL of the page being viewed? not acceptable AT ALL #rubbish #crapware
  • 2018-05-21T10:15:26Z via spraci.info To: Public

    looks like the "redmatrix" android app works with friendica too. its much the same as the old friendica one except red :)
  • 2018-05-01T11:36:41Z via spraci.info To: Public

    laptop problem:

    How do I get a dvi monitor connected to a thinkpad laptop via a displayport docking station (via usb) to work in linux? (debian-based distros)

    The screen goes bright green when its connected (so guessing its seeing a driver?) but thats all I get.

    tried playing with xrandr options but nothing works
    (other than switching the laptop screen off or on)

    Whatever I try there the dvi monitor just stays the same bright green.

    how do I send anything to that monitor?

    I'm pretty sure mine didn't work by default, but was able to get it going with arandr.

    Also, silly mistake on my part, but the DisplayPort socket was particularly tight on my docking station and I didn't realise I wasn't pushing it all the way in.

    Ben Sturmfels at 2018-05-02T10:18:40Z

  • 2018-04-30T18:01:20Z via spraci.info To: Public

    interesting idea ..

    do they mean the same disc is playable on both a turntable and a cd player?

    Severed Heads - Donut Hybrid CD/Record:


  • 2018-04-28T15:58:30Z via spraci.info To: Public

    I really should look at doing some repairs on that SH-101

    Only the keys at the low end the keyboard are working right now and a couple of the buttons get stuck "on" sometimes.

    it still makes some VERY nice sounds though!

    it might just need a bit of cleaning inside.

    by "SH-101" I mean one of these:


    Hope you're able to fix it!

    Ben Sturmfels at 2018-04-28T23:58:34Z