Monday, January 6, 2014

GNU/Hurd, The Computer Operating System Of The Future.

I love working with GNU/Hurd I can't wait for it to be ready for prime-time.  Here's a snapshot of what it is, I totally ripped the site for this one, thanks guys!

Debian GNU/Hurd


The Hurd is a set of servers running on top of the GNU Mach microkernel. Together they build the base for the GNU operating system.
Currently, Debian is only available for Linux and kFreeBSD, but with Debian GNU/Hurd we have started to offer GNU/Hurd as a development, server and desktop platform, too. We hope to be able to release Debian GNU/Hurd for wheezy.


The Hurd is under active development, but does not provide the performance and stability you would expect from a production system. Also, only about every second Debian package has been ported to the GNU/Hurd. There are still a few things to do before we can make a release, see the TODO list.
Until then, you can participate in the development if you want. Depending on your experience and time commitment, you can help us in many different ways. For example, we need experienced C hackers to develop and implement new features and to fix bugs and debug the system. The Failed page shows the list of failing packages and a summary why. If you are not very experienced in C programming, you can still help: Either by testing the existing systems and reporting bugs, or by trying to compile some unported software you have experience with. Also writing documentation is important, or maintaining the web pages.


Porting packages is quite trivial most of the time, there are just a couple of traps that they can fall into, a list of common issues is available.

How do I join?

To start with Hurd development, you should install Debian GNU/Hurd (updated 2011/06/11) and get used to it. Also, join the mailing lists and try to get a feeling for the state of the development. Offer your help, and we will tell you what is needed to do.

Thank You.

I would like to personally thank the few loyal, brave souls who continue to stray over to this pitiful site.  Especially that one, unknown faithful, I don't know who you are, but you know of whom I speak, that continues to visit, even when there's nothing new of note.  I'll try to do better.  The author of this dreary place is more technical than political, really and it seems one should endeavor to stick to one's strengths.  So future posts may start to include articles in the vein of, let me see, how, for instance, does one install Debian or Ubuntu Linux without a CD, USB-flash drive, floppy (do they still even exist?) or any other physical media except a computer attached to a network, or how to build custom applications not offered by one's particular distribution.  We'll see.  Once again, thank you, whomever you may be and feel free, to keep in touch.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year My Friends. Let's Keep On Improving.

Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On Old long syne.
On Old long syne my Jo,
On Old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On Old long syne.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Compiling a custom mplayer-mt

The full HD format becomes more and more popular today. Decoding of high definition video requires a modern hardware but even with fast processors it's not enough to use one core for smooth playback of dynamic scenes. Proprietary decoders are used under Windows for a long time but open-source decoders under Linux are known as unstable. Nevertheless you shouldn't afraid of this word. In the Linux world "unstable" often means "not enough tested". This is true for ffmpeg-mt branch of ffmpeg project with experimental multithread decoding support.

Recently I compiled mplayer with ffmpeg-mt and was very pleased by result. Player is able to decode all my 1080p films correctly and without any glitches. Now I share the mplayer-mt.ebuild package for Gentoo users and also supply instructions for manual build.

First of all we must integrate ffmpeg-mt into mplayer. Take latest versions from repositories:

#  svn checkout svn:// mplayer
#  git clone git://

Replace directories libavcodec, libavformat and libavutil in mplayer by new ones from ffmpeg-mt. Please note, that the latest version of mplayer could be non-compatible with current ffmpeg-mt. If you want to create an archive then you probably want to remove service folders of version control system that take away almost a half of all space:

#  find . -name '.svn' | xargs rm -r

If you have no direct access to repositories (closed ports, etc.), you care about traffic and time or you're just a little bit lazy then you can download archive from this site. Compile and install it as usual:

#  ./configure && make && make install

To enable parallel decoding use the following options:

#  mplayer-mt -lavdopts threads=N file.mkv

where N is the number of threads.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Play Tic Tac Toe, This Is A Depiction Of Obamacare In Action, Let The Play And Players Begin. You Are The American Citizenry And I, Am Your Only Legal Recourse, Now Win!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

In Praise Of Good People Being Armed.

This is a little gun porn for those of us who like it.  Enjoy.  I think she makes some valid points, don't you?  I love women like these, although, I don't think I've ever met any.  I've only read or heard about them, despite being a US veteran, women like these are as legend or mythology.  I'd sooner see a unicorn or meet my fairy godmother than meet one of these.  Pity, Perhaps,  I need, to get out more often.

Michelle Bachmann Blasts The Iran Obama Deal.

I'm really going to miss her representation when she leaves the House of Representatives.  More statesmen like her are needed in congress. 

You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It.

This is what happens when democrat politicians are a majority, specifically in Washington, D.C. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tradgedy. Metro North Railway Train Derails On The Hudson Line. Four Reportedly Dead.

Our prayers go out to the family of those lost and injured.  Just another reminder of just how precious and fleeting life on this plane is.

Visual are courtesy of CBS News.

Here's the Daily News sources: The Daily News

Who's A Sucker For A True Love Story, Hmm?


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Is the Linux.Darlloz Much Ado About Nothing? Perhaps, Only Time Will Tell.

Apparently there is a new worm supposedly attacking Intel chip based Linux boxes and Linux embedded devices, namely your Tivos, Routers,Tablets,Chromeboxes, Kindles and other like fine devices.  The news has certainly garnered much attention and rightly have many consumers concerned.  However, upon closer inspection, it seems that like most news reports, lately, this alarm is much ado about nothing. According to the alarm ringers from Symantec, whom it is said have discovered said worm, states that there is no evidence, of this worm dubbed Linux.Darlloz, being observed in the wild. Obviously, one should remain vigilant, but there seems hardly any room, as of yet, for panic.  Here's an excerpt of a related article from Infosecurity:
Symantec, who discovered the worm, has named it Linux.Darlloz, and says that it "appears to be engineered to target the 'Internet of things.'" It exploits an old PHP vulnerability to propagate, although Symantec has not yet found it in the wild. "The attacker," says Kaoru Hayashi in a company blog, "recently created the worm based on the Proof of Concept (PoC) code released in late Oct 2013."
There are several root-kit and virus scanners available for Linux Desktop users, but seriously, how does one run a virus scan on an embedded device with read-only file systems?  It's not as if one can do virus scans remotely on those machines.  If anyone of you knows how to remotely virus scan or check for root kits remotely let us know, we'd love to try it.  The point really is this, this worm is mainly a proof of concept and will probably remain as such. 

NYC Now Confiscating Legal Weapons.

This according to this Washington Times article that is stating that those residents, lucky enough to be able to enjoy their God given right to bear arms, in the Peoples City Of New York, must now turn any such weapon in that has the capacity to hold more than five (5) rounds of ammunition.  It's a relatively small article and here is a snippet of it:

New York City authorities have been sending out notices to residents who own guns that now violate new ammunition capability laws, demanding they relinquish their weapons — and even though the notifications may just be standard police procedure, the text is a shocker.
At issue: Weapons that hold more than five rounds of ammo, The Blaze reported.  One such notice to a city resident, dated Nov. 18 and posted on The Blaze, reads: “Immediately surrender your rifle and/or shotgun to your local police precinct, and notify this office of the invoice number. The firearm may be sold or permanently removed from the City of New York thereafter. Permanently remove your rifle and/or shotgun from New York City.”
The letter also advises that the recipient “may call to discuss the matter if you believe your firearm is in compliance, or you may request the option to bring your firearm to a licensed gunsmith for a permanent modification and certification proving that it is permanently modified and in compliance.”
The Associated Press reported that it wasn’t clear if police were taking aggressive steps to root out those who ignored the demands of the letter.