I am so satisfied with my N9 that now when somebody is going to take the MeeGo flag and wave it (even attempt) I will give these guys my support. Why not do the same : supporting the other-brand-you-know-which is also a form of a fan-based support money given away for a good cause (?) :-)
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Sunday, December 30, 2012
One more, for the sake of the annoyances.org in 2012 ! :-)
I got this strange (French) Cubuntu distro of Ubuntu with Cinnamon, Unity, Gnome. It came pre-installed with the Taiwanese Clevo laptop I purchased recently so I kept it because I’ve done enough Linux installations to enjoy the challenge anymore. But with Linux, something strange happens always, no matter how glittering the paper which was used to wrap it up.
At some point, the kernel was updated and some other updates came up. Good, now I can see all eight core temperatures of my mighty i7 !
canne@clevo:~$ sudo su - root@clevo:/var/log# uname -a Linux clevo.homenet.org 3.5.0-18-generic #29-Ubuntu SMP Thu Oct 25 07:26:14 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Earlier I got a problem with SD card reader but it is known bug, which I fixed with the help of Realtek Card Reader RTL8411 Device 5289 (PCI 03:00.0) Driver and udisks Rule bug.Ok, with the new kernel I had to repeat the operation, not a big deal. I wanted to see what happens when inserting a SD card and for that I said
tail -f /var/log/syslog
Wait, there is nothing but old messages in there and no new lines appears ?
I did some debugging:
initctrl stop rsyslogrsyslogd -c5 -f /etc/rsyslog.conf -N1
Says that “no such device as /dev/xconsole“. OK, edited /etc/rsyslog.d/50-default.conf and changed xconsole to console. No errors reported after that.
Still nothing in the log file but hey, it works in debug mode !
rsyslogd -c5 -d
Went to bed because who cares about system log, anyway. Well, my brains, to start with because they found the obvious reason while sleeping: the owner of the log files must be somebody else than root.root they told me first thing in the morning ! I tested it the following way to find out who is the rsyslogd anyway:
initrd stop rsyslog ( or pkill -9 rsyslogd if still running in debug mode ) logrotate /etc/logrotate.conf initrd start rsyslog
-rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 16914 Dec 30 15:54 syslog -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 8709162 Dec 30 15:17 syslog.1
That’s it. From the above configuration file I deduced that I better change the owner (with chown syslog.adm <filename>) of
root@clevo:/var/log# ls -l | grep "1 syslog" -rw-r--r-- 1 syslog adm 0 Dec 6 11:39 auth.log -rw-r--r-- 1 syslog adm 10304 Dec 30 15:54 kern.log -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 16914 Dec 30 15:54 syslog -rw-r----- 1 syslog adm 0 Dec 12 11:43 ufw.log
The moral of the story ? The log file rotation would have struck the first day of 2013 and I would not have even spotted that there is a problem ! Oh, why I am so curious about the inner life of these things ? Ignorance is a bliss !
BTW, Happy New Year 2013 – whatever is the box you are struggling with !
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I got this problem that somehow I was able to create the initial MfE (Mail for Exchange) account with my Outlook.com e-mail/Contact/Calendar account using the Exchange ActiveSync services the MS is providing. How to use these services is explained in many places, for example here (it is for Android but pictures are nice..). (more…)
Thursday, August 23, 2012
This subject has been in my mind for long time: how I can make the best use of the Cloud to store and secure my data while I inherently understand that the Cloud itself is not secure? I have been floating around with Google Drive, Amazon, M$Live, Dropbox, you name it. But I have not got a clear strategy until now. But then I read this article about the pathetic failure in cloud of Wired Magazine “professional” who (almost) “lost his digital life”. Well, he trusted the almighty Apple and that did not pay off (at the end he was thanking thanking thanking the same divine entity who got him in the trouble in the first place …). Anyway, what I have done myself to avoid such a disaster? (more…)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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Since I announced my bad idea to purchase a Vietnamese-branded N9 (in France, that’s the only reason it was a bad idea), I guess I’ve bricked my phone at least twice to the point that even with flasher I wasn’t sure about the resurrection. Now I have decided to work only in user-space which allows me at least to avoid the painful work of re-entering and re-entring all the account passwords all over again after each unsuccessful hack attempt.
Ok, ok, you want know about KeePassX on N9, right? And where is that god-damn download button? (more…)
Monday, July 23, 2012
I was unable to resist and I’ve got the awesome N9 as the title indicates … While waiting the purchase decision trigger, Harmattan v1.3 update let’s see how I can connect to this fantastic MeeGo system from my Linux Mint 12 LXDE HTPC box. (more…)
Monday, April 30, 2012
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I have been testing alternatives for my low-budget HTPC (Home Theater PC) using my Samsung N150 laptop with JoliOS v1.2 with my TV, combined with Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard N5902 it proved to be very comfortable. For the final configuration, I decided to go for ZOTAC ZBOX Nano AD10 Plus.
The hardware is pretty impressive, AMD E-350 CPU/GPU provides a lot of beef, benchmarks look good. JoliOS v1.2 was quickly dropped because it is getting rapidly too old, being based on Ubuntu 10.10 and it is lacking hardware support for some chips in the new hardware (I tried it, of course). Linux Mint 12 with LXDE desktop was my next try. I do not regret, what a great Linux distribution that is !
Because I am a professional using Linux every day to resolve quite complex problems, I cannot avoid setting myself some ambitious goals by making some functional requirements (this project-talk is totally useless and over-killing, probably – if you just want to watch the bl%$$#@ TV – but hopefully somebody over there will profit of the outcome).
I decided to divide my modest household in two areas, the Living Room Zone and the .. Other Zone. The humble Nano-Box needs to stream my multimedia in the living room while somebody else is playing an Internet game based game in the other zone. Therefore the Nano-Box needs to be an WiFi access point and Content/List based filtering gateway ! Wow, isn’t that ambitious for a small box like this !? Not a problem for Linux.
The below picture (click to see the description, then click again to see the full size picture) illustrates the full system configuration.
Monday, April 30, 2012
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I downloaded 32-bit Intel Linux Mint 12 with LXDE desktop and prepared a bootable USB stick with the tools and instructions provided by the Linux Mint pages and the community. (more…)