my first day with debian

September 29th, 2005

Yesterday I had to move a site that I wrote from LA to Paris. From redhat to debian. Overall not a bad experience. Debian is different but seems neither worse nor better than Redhat or Suse from what I can tell. apt-get is your friend. Why they felt that apache is a better name than httpd beats me.

Complex things go well and simple ones have surprises:
Changing the timezone back from Paris to LA I first ran tzselect.
That gave me the correct value. But then I had read on the web to change /etc/default/rcS. Which does not make sense to me: UTC is UTC is UTC. That’s what it’s there for. I then found /etc/timezone. I thought that would be it. Rebooted and, well, ssh
hash has changed. Interesting side effect. But still we were on the wrong time. Then I found that /etc/localtime was still (soft) linked to /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Paris. After changing this to /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Los_Angeles the date command gave me thee ‘right’ time. But apache/php still reported mod times of files in the old style. A second reboot fixed also that.

‘em crawling

September 29th, 2005

//wordpress/xmlrpc.php

putting a machine in the internet, and it does not take long until you get a request like the one above. There is a hole in Wordpress, and apparently there are robots out there trying to find those.

Update or move it to a name that is less predictable.

Andreas

at last

September 27th, 2005

vanity googling
Took me exactly seven years to get there.

it’s true

September 22nd, 2005

it really smells

no more ads

September 22nd, 2005

Turned off the ads on BlogsNow. Don’t feel like it right now.

god, they would not be that stupid

September 20th, 2005

of course they are

screen

September 18th, 2005

just discovered the

screen

again in linux. It is really nice: One person types screen the next
one screen -x and both type and read in the same session.
That is really nice for remote debugging etc etc.

and it costs?
Nothing
:-)

global umask for Apple os x 10.4 Tiger

September 16th, 2005

this article speaks indeed the truth
Let’s say you want to make all files you create read writable by all other users then you would set a

umask

in unix. Well, OS X is a bit different here. What worked for me was:

sudo chmod g+w /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist
open $!

The plist editor should come up (if you have Xcode installed).
Select the root branch and add a child called

NSUmask

and change its type to

number

save. reboot. enjoy
if you hose your system by doing this, then let me remind you that I don’t take responsibility for that.

It’s true

September 15th, 2005

what people are saying about those zoom lenses.

google blog search

September 14th, 2005

of course it was first on blogsnow

ok, if nothing helps

September 10th, 2005

Since Ka[t]rina did not resepct the pax americana we gonna nuke her and everybody else who dares to question the might of our administration.

using google for notekeeping

September 9th, 2005

just spent hours with ImageMagick installations that would result in ‘freetype not found’ messages. While the problem simply was that during the source configuration /usr/local/bin/ was not in the path.
And, I should remember when exactly I remembered this.

katrina: the inside view from New Orleans

September 8th, 2005

two Parmedics tell their tale

I should work in advertising

September 8th, 2005

“FEMA - giving disaster a bad name

the littlle iBook

September 6th, 2005

one point five giga bytes of memory:

And now it runs real smooth. If you OS X machine does not make you happy in terms of performance then spent
40 seconds on the following:

Applications
Utilities
Activity Monitor
Window -> Activity Monitor
System Memory (in the lower third of the screen)

Look for Page ins/outs number/number
the second number after the / should be 0
if it is not 0 then add memory.

You will see …

progress

September 6th, 2005

ninety nine years and six months ago
And earthquake don’t give you twenty four hours warning.
Progress?

a talking head

September 5th, 2005

bringing point home

spotlight replaces locate

September 5th, 2005

years of unix I spent without knowing about the

locate

“fool me once, shame on you” or however GWB would say that.
Now with spotlight in OS X 10.4 this became somewhat redundant.
It was only today that I realized:

mdfind

is your command line friend. With a command like

mdfind "kMDItemFSName == a.out"

you can easily replicate what

locate a.out

would have done. This works nicely around certain things I don’t like about the spotlight UI: sometimes I only want to see where a given file name might be hiding. Spotlight finds it, of course. However I did not find an easy and intuitve way to only find file names. The UI finds usually to much. And there seems not to be an easy way to get the directory in a copy paste buffer. Command line wins again.
Yeah! for mdutil mdls mdfind and all the others!

no bread? why don’t they eat cake?

September 5th, 2005

Marie Antoinette all over again.

kassandra

September 5th, 2005

This is what I was clicking on on Sunday 4:46pm PDT. Found it on BlogsNow. Which simply means that lots of bloggers had linked to this. Which means that the information was not only there, it also had been read, understood and repeated. Another link of that day was this National Geographic Article from last October.

During last years Tsunami there was allot of talk about the fact that the early warning systems in the Pacific knew about the event before people died.
This seems to be a reoccuring theme. To see that people die, because they lack something as cheap and ubiqitous (sp?) as information is not understandable. We only think that information is free and generally available. It is an illusion. How many bloggers where in the superdome?

Another angle to the same aspect of this very sad story:

Growing up in a front country of the cold war, we were aware of what was needed for which situation. One of the things we always had was a radio that was running on batteries. Even as a kid of 10 years I knew that this would be a crucial tool of information in case something should go wrong.
If only the population of New Orleans would have listened to battery driven radios. Could have. Would have. We hear that allot during these sad days.


URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
1011 AM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005

DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED

HURRICANE KATRINA
A MOST POWERFUL HURRICANE WITH UNPRECEDENTED
STRENGTH...RIVALING THE INTENSITY OF HURRICANE CAMILLE OF 1969.

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. AT
LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL
FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL...LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.
PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD
FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE
BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME
WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A
FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.

AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH
AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY
VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE
ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE
WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.

POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN
AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING
INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY
THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW
CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE
KILLED.

AN INLAND HURRICANE WIND WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR
HURRICANE FORCE...OR FREQUENT GUSTS AT OR ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE...ARE
CERTAIN WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.

ONCE TROPICAL STORM AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ONSET...DO NOT VENTURE
OUTSIDE!

sell it!

September 5th, 2005

sell the ranch

it’s going to get you

September 4th, 2005

As we get used to the fact that the city of New Orleansis no more or now, people shift their tone. Trying to put things in perspective. And 9/11 comes to mind, not only because it will be four years in a week.
People compare Katrina with 9/11. I did so here as well.
It is just now that I realized that it does not work like that. Essentially there was one rather huge city block in NYC that was hit in 2001. Now it is an entire city. The rest of the city and country was paralysed. By shock and surprise. Given the details of this event nor a surprise at all. But 5 miles upward the houses still worked. McDonnalds could feed people quickly what they apparently like to eat. Drug dealers where delivering their goods to their clients.

Kartina is different. It is a real catastrophy. For four years now everything has been justified and aligned against the tragedy that 9/11 undoubtfully was.

But it is haunting us and the Bush administration now:
Many people put up with allot of bull just because theIf y thought it would keep the US save. Those claims of safety in regards to Terror are as false as they are in regards to nature.

If 9/11 would have not been made the ‘mother of all tragedies’ maybe there would be more grieving potential for a catastrophy that really is one.

in a blog

September 3rd, 2005

you can write like this

And then, when you hit the nail on the head, people will read it.

This kind of extreme view and language is not new to the discussion. But it used to be the right wing side, or that outer fringe there off. Those sketchy attack dogs.

The other side grew some teeth. And as long as the rap flows like in what Steve wrote I must admit: I think it is the right way to say these things.

Otherwise it won’t get heard. We tried and failed: Bush is in his second term.

thanks for the

September 3rd, 2005

Department of Homeland Security

They certainly doing their job.
From day one.

addition:
Their Budget is 38 billion dollars for 2005.
Let’s say that 200,000 people are stuck in New Orleans.
In the last five days the Department of Homeland Security Budget divided on those 200,000 people would have been 2,600 US$. Enough for a bus ride. But he money went probably elsewhere.

incabable of dealing with realities

September 3rd, 2005

this Government always had trouble dealing with realities.
Now that the grim realities are not on the other side of the globe
it is starting to hurt.


New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco help from his state's National Guard last Sunday, the day before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana. Blanco accepted, but paperwork needed to get the troops en route didn't come from Washington until late Thursday.

from here

Trent Lott says here: “It is hard to put a positive spin on this”.
Poor guy. He certainly has problems.

Lear jets

September 3rd, 2005

don’t make you happy. At least not if you are Uncle Fester.

last october

September 2nd, 2005

National Geographics writes about New Orleans eleven months ago.

The only thing they did not predict is the apparent incompetence of this administration. I am glad Condy has a good time.

cam phones are yesterday

September 1st, 2005

mp3 phones

two years ago I read an article on the web in some engineering paper. Something littled “What is that sucking noise”. The way I remember it it said that most gadgets would get sucked into the phone. You have that one with you all the time. It has a CPU and a battery and a display. The PhoneCos have a huge need to get you to sign up again. New phones with more “features” do that. I would call this more “Freactures”.
First the phone killed the PDA, then it took a healthy slice out of the digicam market. Now mp3 players. And next there will be players for moving images.

With those phones there is always a money connection. The PhoneCos already get paid by the user. Big freaking difference
to the internet.

So all that boring mainstream content will try to get sold on those little devices.

a presidency between two disasters

September 1st, 2005

We remember: In a tight selection Mr B. became President.
His first months were so/so. At best. No big approval, compassionate conservatism was not really anywhere in sight.

Then came that day in September. A national disaster. Caused by some fucked up/crazy Saudis. But there were human culprits:
Bush vowed to “smoke them out”, and everybody started loving him.
Flags where everywhere. And the country was behind his leader.

So much, that during the ‘04 election all he needed to get back in the oval office is to repeat his mantra of “September the eleventh”. OK, running against Hermann Munster made things easier as well.

Wiith the “War on Terror” you could get basically everything done.

OK, getting your bodies hands on Social Security funds didn’t work. But almost everything else you can justify with that.

With Katrina disaster did strike again. This time there are no arabic culprits. Some people claim that this storm is part of the
global warming thing. Unproofable. Let’s forget about that.

But what is there is the fact that much of the National Guard is in Iraq, and not in the US.
Levee’s broke. And money that should have used on them was not there. Again going to that conflict in Iraq.

And, the solution is more complex: You could declare a “War on Nature” now. But I think nature will be unimpressed.

This is how Mr B. and reality lined up yesterday.