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Saturday, June 23, 2018

More keyboard and mouse irregularities.

More keyboard and mouse irregularities. Cheap hardware from K-Mart and Big W, which is eaten and drunk over, just doesn't seem to like the cold, 2 years on! :P

Thursday, June 21, 2018

I've engaged with the forces of darkness, a.k.a.

I've engaged with the forces of darkness, a.k.a. the university IT-Service Desk. They sent me an email to reset my password, but it keeps asking for a "favourite security question" which so far as I know, was NEVER FUCKING SET UP.

I've long wanted network storage for my home network, as a backup if nothing else.

I've long wanted network storage for my home network, as a backup if nothing else. I'm currently looking at this, which goes for $A289.00 from this vendor. There's also the bigger version of this, the DS418j 4-Bay, which goes for $A429.00. This is without adding in costs for hard drives, but I already have a couple of spare 1GB 3.5" sata drives just sitting around.

The only other alternative in my budget (under $500) is a WD MyCloud EX2 Ultra 0TB from MegaBuy for $262.75 (incl shipping). It might be time to have another read of the June issue of PC & TECH, which reviewed these and and many more NAS devices (see the online version at

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Even though I mostly use ConEmu to run copies of Open Simulator, it's useful as a console for anything you might use...

Even though I mostly use ConEmu to run copies of Open Simulator, it's useful as a console for anything you might use a console for.

Originally shared by Laura Ess

Using ConEmu to run OpenSim
I run Windows applications (on Windows 10 nowadays) and I prefer to use ConEmu (see to run OpenSim. Generally, I have a shortcut on the desktop for ConEmu, and a shortcutsfor each standalone Opensim install I have, pointing the relevant /bin/Opensim.exe. I simply pull the stand-alone's shortcut into ConEmu's shortcut and it runs the stand-alone in the ConEmu console.

Now I could just run the stand-alone shortcut without dragging it, and that would run the stand-alone in the default Windows DOS console, and that would work, but using ConEmu instead has certain advantages:

* It is easily configurable in appearance, performance, and integration;
* Set up a log and read that when something goes wrong;
* Set up the affinity/priority of the process you're running in ConEmu (for example, if that's the only thing you're running on that device, set it to HIGH);
* You can have multiple, tabbed windows; and
* You can prevent accidentally ending the process by setting up confirmations for termination or exiting a tab.

You get none of that with the bog standard Windows console, or if you do, it's obscure and tricky to set up. There may be other consoles out there, or Windows add-ons that add some of these features, but this does it all in one! I have to thank Fred Beckhusen for putting me on to this. I find ConEmu extremely helpful.
#Windows #ConEmu #Consoles

Not by Schultz, really.

This seems rather peculiar.

This seems rather peculiar.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Finally, backups are done!

Finally, backups are done!
Also the USB3 port on the RecRoom PC has stopped working entirely.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The mystery of the "Phantom Drive", that was there even though it was unplugged, is solved!

The mystery of the "Phantom Drive", that was there even though it was unplugged, is solved!

What happened was that the drive I'm recovering had TWO PARTITIONS. One was a Linux Mint EX4 partition, but the stuff I was recovering was in the Windows partition. I inserted the external drives at the same time as I turned on the Dock, and confused the Linux partition - which showed up as an extra drive anyway - with the external drives. I found a blank drive and assumed it was the external drive. In fact the USB Port on the RecRoom computer probably didn't read any of the external drives. Instead, I probably copied the same stuff to that partition several times. D'OH!

So bloody easy to make assumptions sometimes. When using Windows 7, it NEVER read Linux partitions! Clearly there's something wrong with the USB3 port I installed on the RecRoom PC. I reinstalled the driver but it made no difference. Luckily the Media PC has no problems with this, and I've renamed that partition so that it's clearer what it is. However, I need to plug in and check the other external drives and see if it copied at all, so the show continues...

I've moved the Studio Backup drive to a USB 2 port at the front.

I've moved the Studio Backup drive to a USB 2 port at the front. Copying is happening OK, even though there's a still a "phantom drive" seemingly connected to the USB3 port! This is a bit like a certain Doctor Who episode where folk start to "ghost" after being eaten by the Vashta Nerada!


So, MORE STRANGE HAPPENINGS. I finished the 2nd backup, ejected the drive, and then found that both in Explorer and Double Commander that the files still showed! Not only that, I opened a phantom file in Adobe Photoshop and it was there! The drive this file is on is physically separated and sitting on on my left. The two USB extender cables connected to the USB3 ports at the back of the PC are on my right. I have a docking port connected and nothing else! And yet the file opens!!!!

I can only think that part of the issue is that I'm using the USB 3 ports which are on a card. Perhaps there's a buffer (maybe in Windows temp directory) that retains a copy of the files???
Second RLT backup done! Now for the general backup of the whole drive.

I was up last night watching THE HOLLOW CROWN: HENRY VI Part I.

I was up last night watching THE HOLLOW CROWN: HENRY VI Part I. A really good adaptation of the play. I've also loved the Polanski version of the Scottish play, like this dream sequence.

Mystery errors using the Seagate Backup Plus Slim.

Mystery errors using the Seagate Backup Plus Slim. Windows said it didn't recognise the device, but Explorer did! The second copy proceeding however. I never have problems like this with Western Digital or Toshiba external drive.

Am recovering my 1TB Graphics drive that could not be read in the (now defunct) Studio PC.

Am recovering my 1TB Graphics drive that could not be read in the (now defunct) Studio PC. I have that drive in a dock plugged (along with a 1TB external Drive) the USB 3 ports at the back of RecRoom PC. Only 278GB was used on the drive, but what was there was vitally precious to me, and the thought that it was lost without any recovery a major source of depression.

The copying is running very smoothly with no issues so far! More proof that it was the PC itself that had the problem, not the drive. So tempted to take the remains of it out the back and smash it with a sledgehammer. But I might just dump it on the verge for bulk pickup next month.

Once the first backup - which is only for the Real Life Trips graphic novel - is done, I plan to do a 2nd as well, and then a third backup which will backup the whole disk. There were other images and files on that which needed to be recovered as well. A morning's work.

This is a technical preview version of SAI Ver.2.

This is a technical preview version of SAI Ver.2.

The main additions are perspective rulers, and shape layers.

Neat collection.

Neat collection.
#Sai #PaintToolSai

Monday, June 4, 2018

Very true for some.

Very true for some.



Originally shared by Danie van der Merwe

Microsoft confirms it’s acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion

Microsoft is acquiring GitHub. After reports emerged that the software giant was in talks to acquire GitHub, Microsoft is making it official today. This is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s second big acquisition, following the $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn two years ago. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion back in 2015, and Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion in stock for the company in a deal that should close later this year.

GitHub is a large code repository that has become very popular with developers and companies hosting entire projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other big tech companies use GitHub. There are 85 million repositories hosted on GitHub, and 28 million developers contribute to them. GitHub will now be led by CEO Nat Friedman, the founder of Xamarin, who will report to Microsoft’s Cloud and AI chief Scott Guthrie. GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath will now become a technical fellow at Microsoft, also reporting into Guthrie.

It’s easy to imagine why Microsoft would want to acquire GitHub. Microsoft killed its own GitHub competitor, Codeplex, in December and is now the top contributor to GitHub, Microsoft now has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to GitHub repositories.

Trust and respect won’t be easy for Microsoft to win, though. Developers are already voicing their concerns about Microsoft’s past abuses, and the company’s botched acquisition of Skype and Nokia’s phone business.

GitLab, a GitHub competitor, claims it has seen a 10x increase in the amount of developers moving their repositories over to its service, an early sign that there’s some developer unrest.

This is going to be interesting but as it is the open source world, there are alternatives so you have to win trust and confidence. Unfortunately for Microsoft, that trust has been broken many times over the last few decades and many developers have long memories...


#github #microsoft #opensource

I don't game that much online, but I DO access virtual worlds, so the bandwidth demand is probably similar.

I don't game that much online, but I DO access virtual worlds, so the bandwidth demand is probably similar. I find this assumption to be an attempt to find a scapegoat for the failings of a agency/company that has consistently under-performed.

Originally shared by Laura Ess

Seems like a beat-up to me, by a group that so far has consistency fallen short in their ability to deliver what they promised. The bottom line is that USERS PAY FOR THEIR NET ACCESS, and it's NOT an issue of what they use it for, but pricing.
#Internet #NBN #Australia

Friday, June 1, 2018