Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas gift

It will be 42" LCD TV.
Samsung or LG ?

Winter is here

Lots of snow.
And rather cold -13C.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

What we need to be public

Probably 3 things:

Used to be in USSR ...

What will happen to Harper's government ?

Will it survive the vote on budget?
Definitely, we don't want coalition government.

Google works ok

In a few days - about a week, Google picked up new keywords and new ads are all about new things.
So we know well enough now how it works.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New keywords - asbestos and insurance and mortgage

Why car insurance is so expensive in Ontario? Why so cheap in Quebec ?
Where to get mortgage?
If you are a victim of asbestos - what to do ?
Very interesting.

Friday, December 5, 2008

New gadget

Cheap reader - 75$
But it says - crappy display and no wireless connection.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


It is time to retire GameBoy - I have one made in 1997.
New toy is Nintendo DS.
Just needs R4DS card.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

MQ series from IBM is such a drag

Requires too much Java/Eclipse crap.

Used to be a good cheap wireless router

This router was a very good device cheap, fast, easy to use, rich features.
Not anymore...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Hylafax on Linux

Ok, dreadful hylafax error "waiting for modem to come ready" fixed by adding this:
s0:2345:respawn:/usr/sbin/faxgetty ttyS0
to /etc/inittab
Do not forget to say telinit Q
Hylafax claims you don't need faxgetty running - in fact, you need it.

Ok, so serial port problem is common for Xen kernels

add bolded config parameters to grub.conf
kernel /xen.gz-2.6.18-8.el5 console=vga xencons=ttyS16 console=ttyS16
module /vmlinuz-2.6.18-8.el5xen ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 rhgb quiet xencons=tty

Dell 1650 and CentOS-5 and serial port

Now, phreaking thing doesn't understand it has serial port.
Says this:
Jan 24 09:40:16 dell1650 kernel: Serial: 8250/16550 driver $Revision: 1.90 $ 4 ports, IRQ sharing enabled
Jan 24 09:40:16 dell1650 kernel: 8250_pnp: Unknown symbol serial8250_unregister_port
Jan 24 09:40:16 dell1650 kernel: 8250_pnp: Unknown symbol serial8250_register_port

So what we are going to do about it ?

Dell 1650 and CentOS-5 and PERC3/Di

After upgrading a few packages, boot started to be painfully slow - SCSI probing all devices
and giving the error:
AAC:AAC received an unrecognized command [601].
aacraid: Host adapter abort request (0,1,0,0)
aacraid: Host adapter abort request (0,1,0,0)
aacraid: Host adapter reset request. SCSI hang ?
... - and so on, probing all devices and finally booting

The solution is to upgrade PERC firmware to -

Worked well - boots ok now.