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    Wednesday, June 18 2014

    [21:00:37] matt [wronka.org]/Trip OOO

    Saturday, May 17 2014

    [12:48:35] matt [wronka.org]/Psi.generay Verizon has "Pregnant women given death sentence" listed under Entertainment.

    Saturday, May 3 2014

    [19:31:18] matt [wronka.org]/Merch U.S. Airways baggage deskm at ORF was very helpful with our lost luggage.
    [19:33:04] matt [wronka.org]/Merch "Don't worry this happens all the time. [Where are you staying?] Oh, yeah, we deliver stuff there all the time."
    [19:35:06] matt [wronka.org]/Merch Despite waiting on the tarmac for 22 minutes, apparently anyone transferring in PHL from BOS didn't get to retrieve bags at the other end.
    [22:33:54] matt [wronka.org]/Merch After calling US Air and getting a Web site to check, we were able to find no additional information. At 21:40, it still only told us that our bag had been acquired, was en route, and had arrived at the airport at 1500.
    [22:35:15] matt [wronka.org]/Merch At 2220, the page had been updated to indicate that our bags would be delivered no later than 8pm.
    [22:36:19] matt [wronka.org]/Merch With poor cell coverage, we also noticed a recent voicemail requesting we return a call. By 2230 we had our bags.

    Monday, January 6 2014

    Ubuntu 13.10 and Darktable
    [10:15:31] matt [wronka.org]/Trip Unfortunately, the Darktable developers package the latest versions for Ubuntu, which means it's simply easiest to use that distro. Installing 13.10 at home at least avoided the issues 13.04 had at work with filesystems not being mounted during init (like /tmp), but oddly switching from 12.10 to 13.10 30-bit dual-head became unstable and lost acceleration. 13.10 seems to work alright (or at lesat with accelration) when connected do one output to the Haswell card, but connecting two leads to instability and a lots of acceleration. The same computer, swaping the boot drive, works fine with dual-head 30-bit on 12.10 so this appears to be a software regression as opposed to a lack of general support for the configuation.

    Otherwise, upgrading to Darktable 1.4 from 1.2.x has been positive. (Back on 12.10), it feels much faster, especially when turning-on level and curve controls (it seems to have already calculated the luminosity distribution which used to take an annoyingly long time to appear), and more controls can be instanced—this is particularly useful for levels to be used like an ND grad (better than the default ND grad control) and spot removal which can now blend to just affect spots when cloning dust.

    Friday, December 6 2013

    [13:39:49] matt [wronka.org]/navic wtf .... https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mountall/+bug/1091792

    Monday, December 2 2013

    [00:09:24] matt [wronka.org]/navic "Cosmic radiation (e.g. on flights) can cause pixel defects." - Warning from the Leica X2 manual.

    Saturday, October 19 2013

    Netgear ReadyNAS 6 Ultra
    [12:38:13] matt [wronka.org]/Psi+ Periodically, my MythTV DVR has trouble pushing video to the front-ends. Jumping into the backend, it turns-out that this is because it's only pulling about 1MB/s from the Netgear Ready NAS 6 Ultra. I tried a variety of things, such as defragging the XFS filesystem I'm using on it, to no avail. Having a little more time this morning and nothing important to record, I spent a little more time looking at it, and realized that I was getting between 58ms and ~85ms ping times to the NAS which was directly connected over a 1Gb link (previously there was a combination 1Gb switch and WiFi AP in between I had blamed). 58ms is exceptoinally bad for this connection, and originally I thought I must have entered the address of my receiver connected via a WiFi link, but after tripple checking the receiver was actually < 2ms and the directly connected Ready NAS was magnitudes slower.

    Rebooting the NAS immediately brought the latency back down to just over 0.2ms average and disk I/O back up to ~30MB/s, a huge change from before but a very dissapointing result. It looks like I ran into this last in early September from the NAS's log history.

    Wednesday, October 9 2013

    [23:28:01] matt [wronka.org]/Psi+ "How about just
    assume the user knows better than you what his email address is?"

    Tuesday, October 8 2013

    Quec.li Updated: Now with Clusters!
    [09:53:13] matt [wronka.org]/Trip For the first time in a long while, http://quec.li/ was updated last month, and after upgrading the database a little, now has clustering of articles enabled. Some work better than others, but as it gets more information from each feed, it should do better. There's a bit more I want to do with the UI (e.g. hide related stories from showing-up right next to each other), but in general, I'm quite happy with it. For example, on my dashboard now:

    [The Register] Nuon, Tokai maintain six-race rivalry: No race records on the cards for 2013 Day Two of the World Solar Challenge has ended with only a handful of the vehicles reaching the checkpoint at Ti Tree, north of Alice Springs.?

    World Solar Challenge Underway [Slashdot]
    All roads lead to Darwin ahead of solar challenge flag-fall [The Register]

    Tuesday, October 1 2013

    [10:39:38] matt [wronka.org]/Trip away -- The entity or resource is temporarily away.
    [10:42:35] matt [wronka.org]/Trip I am removing all @gmail.com users because most of you are always away and don't respond to my messages.

    Monday, September 16 2013

    [18:34:19] matt [wronka.org]/Trip Apparently Google will reject unsubscribe request for GoogleGroups unless you have a reverse pointer (and a bunch of other rules). That sounds like a violation of CAN-SPAM; there's no sane reason for those rules in place to manage an existing subscription.

    Wednesday, September 11 2013

    [13:42:40] matt [wronka.org]/Trip I love my Panasonic 12-35mm/2.8 for Micro4/3; but I still started to feel a little buyer's remorse now that Olympus announced the similar, slightly longer (12-40mm) lens that's also weather sealed and constant 2.8 for a little less. Still, the Panasonic is lighter and shorter so maybe it's still the best bet. Still, I'm looking forward to some sample images and tests for the new lens.