Archive for November, 2010

short linux post

November 23, 2010

I’m taking a break from working on Linux from Scratch to do an install of Gentoo. Gentoo is really not that hard to install. The instructions are very well written and easy to follow. I screwed up the grub.conf somehow (I’m sure this was my fault, just like Bin-utils, Pass2 in lfs was my fault) but I dropped to the grub shell, fixed "root=" (I had it in the /dev/sda? form, and it needs to be in (hd0,?). I’ll fix the config file later. The nice thing about a vm is that I can interrupt in the middle of a software install (gnome, in this instance) and come back later and finish it. That’s why there’s no hurry to fix the grub config;I can just suspend the machine and not have to worry about booting.

I’m running both lfs and gentoo in vmware. I would prefer to use Virtual Box because of the the open source thing, but it doesn’t support screen resolutions or my hardware as well.

later . . .

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To hell with Firefox

November 15, 2010

You won’t let me click on Wikipedia links when I’m logged in to Google, and for the third time in two days you refuse to remember form data. Do you have any idea how many times I use the same user name and email address in forms every day? And you offer to save it for me, and re-use it so I only have to type one character and then click and voila, instant form gratification. Oh? You were only kidding?

Well, Fuck You.

(I have a feeling that whole Youtube slowdown is Firefox’s fault, too. I’ll know in a couple of days.)

Google Wikipedia Fail Update

November 13, 2010

Update: This is Firefox issue. I’ve tried Firefox, Chrome, Epiphany, Konqueror and Opera. Firefox is the only one that does not perform as expected. Since I am almost always logged in to Google this is a big enough problem that Firefox will probably be banned, as long as I can get adblock and flashblock equivalents to work on another browser.

OK, so I wanted to learn why cheddar cheese is orange. So I type "cheddar cheese" into google, and the first link is to Wikipedia. So I click on it, since Wikipedia is usually a good starting place to find information. Then I get this:

404 error: File not found The URL you requested was not found. Did you mean to type http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/wikipedia/en/wiki/Cheddar_cheese? You will be automatically redirected there in five seconds. Maybe you would like to look at:
* The main page
* The list of Wikimedia downloads

Which then redirects to "Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name."

So I go back to my search page, sign out of google, get exactly the same link at the top of the search results, click on it, and it works.

WTF? Can anyone explain this to me? Or better yet, explain it to Google. It seems kind of strange that they would want to force their customers to sign out of their accounts in order for searches to work properly. How else are they going to collect valid data to blackmail me about all of my cheesey searches?

Oh, and cheddar cheese apparently is orange because people like it that way, so the manufacturers add dye to it. The brand we buy here in Germany is just a normal cheese color.

The Rich win?

November 11, 2010

Well, not yet, but it’s apparently in the works.

According to the Huffington Post, the White House is prepared to cave on Tax Cuts for the Rich, despite the fact that the only way you can lose this battle is to give up.

That appears to be the only way, said David Axelrod, that middle-class taxpayers can keep their tax cuts, given the legislative and political realities facing Obama in the aftermath of last week’s electoral defeat.

As Rachel Maddow said a couple of nights of ago,

The Bush tax cuts are set to expire at midnight on New Year’s Eve. What that means is that at no point will Republicans be controlling any house in Congress when a decision gets made on the Bush tax cuts. That decision has to be made while Republicans are still in the minority and Democrats are in control.

She then plays a clip of Eric Cantor saying that hopefully we’ll see the President ‘come to our direction,’ and replies with "I can understand why you want that, but why would he do that, exactly?"

Uh, because he’s a Democrat? And when was the last time a Democrat stood his ground?

Google Wikipedia Fail

November 9, 2010

OK, so I wanted to learn why cheddar cheese is orange. So I type "cheddar cheese" into google, and the first link is to Wikipedia. So I click on it, since Wikipedia is usually a good starting place to find information. Then I get this:

404 error: File not found The URL you requested was not found. Did you mean to type http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/wikipedia/en/wiki/Cheddar_cheese? You will be automatically redirected there in five seconds. Maybe you would like to look at:
* The main page
* The list of Wikimedia downloads

Which then redirects to "Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name."

So I go back to my search page, sign out of google, get exactly the same link at the top of the search results, click on it, and it works.

WTF? Can anyone explain this to me? Or better yet, explain it to Google. It seems kind of strange that they would want to force their customers to sign out of their accounts in order for searches to work properly. How else are they going to collect valid data to blackmail me about all of my cheesey searches?

Oh, and cheddar cheese apparently is orange because people like it that way, so the manufacturers add dye to it. The brand we buy here in Germany is just a normal cheese color.

Update: This may be a Google/Wikipedia/Firefox Fail. Everything appears to work normally under Opera. Haven’t tried Chrome yet. Chrome’s interface is a little obtuse for me.