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Old Androids Never Die, They Just Have A Few Screws Loose


October 2, 2015

So, despite this hurricane "missing" there will be a lot of rain, and that usually causes the power to go out.

If CC's down for a bit soon, that's why.

One day it will be moved to a 'pi or something that can go for a long time off battery and solar, but right now, it's still wall outlet. :P

But my wall outlet runs off wind and solar, so that's still okay.

BSD? More liek WTF

September 30, 2015

Trying to set up OpenBSD on a virtual machine, and got to the point where Gnome 3 should come up. "Uh oh!" because the VM's emulated video card wasn't the right kind of 3D acceleration.

I struggled with it for a bit, then discovered:


This bitchy file was making the session crap out. I just commented out all of the blacklisted devices and it came up.

We'll see if there really are any serious problems with it.


September 28, 2015

I finally got around to deriving the theme I've put together on here and naming it something new. Hello atari800.

It was getting a bit annoying having it complain at me about needing an update, when the update would trash everything I had changed, so I forked finally. ;)

Frustration, thy name is FaceBook

September 8, 2015

Once upon a time, the world didn't revolve around one particular website, and the world didn't stop when that site malfunctioned.

People were also not being experimented on psychologically, at the expense of their relationships with others.

What a terrible trade for convenience.

Cactpot-solver on Android

September 4, 2015

I have been working on learning how to build QT apps on Android, and was able to successfully run Cactpot-solver on my phone, using native C++.

Screenshot of Cactpot on Android As you can see, the UI doesn't do any platform-based magic to appear differently on the phone, and in actual use, the blue outlines are harder to see than I'd like, so some work is needed here to make this usable. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was.

I am unsure if there is any sort of syntactic magic that can be done here, or if (as I suspect) it's better to have a distinct user interface for the Android version. It would be really nice if the same UI could do both.


August 9, 2015

Screenshot from 2015-08-09 21:48:52

I'm working on a little app for viewing and sharing livestreams. So far it doesn't do very much, but at least it's a start.


Sister Update

July 23, 2015

My kid sister is done at the hospital and is about to start therapy and rehab. I'm really happy that she's recovered so much and hopefully she'll continue to improve as time goes on.

My Sister

July 12, 2015

I've been back and forth from Hershey hospital this week.

my little sister slipped and fell at the Walmart in Reading, and struck her head hard enough to fracture her skull. She was bleeding internally and the bruising was very bad.

Last Saturday at 1AM I visited her in the hospital. She was able to speak in short phrases but was otherwise immobile. When I held her hand and said hello, she knew it was me and said my name.

As the week went on the pressure in her head started to rise, so she's had surgery to remove sections of her skull so that her brain would not get damaged when it swelled up from the injury, and she's currently on a ventilator to assist with her breathing.

I saw her yesterday, and though she could not speak, she had her eyes open, was looking at me and my mom, and squeezed my hand. I'm glad she's making some progress but there is a very long way to go.

Please keep her in your thoughts. I'm not one to believe in prayer, but if you wish to pray for her, the thought is appreciated.

June 9, 2015