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How to handle ST partitions on Ubuntu

July 22, 2016


If you are using an SD-based hard drive with your Atari ST, it is very easy to move files back and forth from Ubuntu using the mformat/mcopy/mdelete/etc series of commands. The magic option is -i; this allows you to specify an image to be used as a FAT disk, and is smart enough to understand the Atari ST disk format.

In my case, when I attached my SD card to my workstation, it appears as /dev/sdc, with four 256mb partitions. Mounting these is difficult if you are using a TOS 1.0 compatible disk format, which is the only thing my first-run Atari 1040 STF understands. It was easy to copy files, though:

$ sudo mcopy -s -i /dev/sdc1 * ::

The command must be used under sudo to write to the device. the :: represents the root of the FAT filesystem; if you want to copy files to a subdirectory, or copy from the Atari back to Ubuntu, just format your paths like this:

::/folder/file <-- is DISK:/FOLDER/FILE

Ubuntu makes it incredibly easy to sling ST files around, too. Want to extract the files from an image? Just do:

$ mcopy -s -i IMAGE.ST :: .

It will pull the files right out.


July 10, 2016


I'm fed up with talking about this on Facebook, but I need to vent, so I am going to post here instead.

DNC voters, and more specifically, Hillary Clinton supporters, must thrive on cognitive dissonance. How anyone can support someone so completely careless with classified information, who so strongly condemned people who've exposed illegal acts on the part of the government, is just beyond me. It's willful ignorance, and arrogance to expect people to just go along with it because Trump is soooooo scary to them.

ESPECIALLY when there has been a much better candidate all along.

The last thing I am going to do is reward a bunch of self-serving baby boomers and their toadies with my vote.

She damn well knew she was breaking the law.  I can point you to the fucking email where she did it. Willful. Ignorance. There is literally no other reason.

And yet, these kneebiting idiots will stand there and defend her while she lies through her teeth, saying that "the alternative is too scary."

There's more than one alternative, dipshits!!!!!!


Release

June 28, 2016


Changelog

linux (4.2.0-42.49) wily; urgency=low

[ Ben Romer ]

* Release Tracking Bug
- LP: #1597053

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That feels pretty good.


Travel

June 11, 2016


I really don't like flying. Or being dependent on someone else for my safety.

Oh the things I do for Ubuntu....


Limitations

May 17, 2016


Is multitasking really that hard?

One of the things I've been thinking about a lot is how we've gone from single-program 8-bit computers to these huge, powerful multiprocessor systems, but the method of working with them has gone full-circle back to the single-program interface.

Phones, tablets, and even the ugly but commonplace Windows UI have all thrown up their hands and given up on windowing and moved to a simpler, one-screen-one-task interface. For someone like me who finds it easy to multitask, the UI is incredibly frustrating, but for the average person, it seems like this is about what they can handle, so they like it.

What happened?

Back in the 90s, the PC and Mac were taking tentative steps out into true multiprogramming, the NeXT and Amiga were already there, but only NeXT had realized that screen real estate was essential to having a good multiprogram GUI. At some point we hit the line where more resolution didn't help.

The same went for OS isolation - we were doing pretty good with multiprogramming, then virtualization came, and we gave up on that. Then even that was too heavy and containers came.

We just can't get away from the one computer per app model. It's just TOO HARD. Apparently.

So I wonder: at what point do we throw away everything but hardware-provided multiprogramming and just go the fuck back to the actual one-computer-per-app setup? Do we strip Xen down to the bare bones and just run DOS? or EFI?

How shit is that?


I have had enough.

April 29, 2016


Can this week be over please?


April 26, 2016


I hope you fucking baby boomers are happy.
When your grandchildren are dying in the next pointless war, when you're going bankrupt from your healthcare bills and you have to re-mortgage your house to the same fucking bank that your taxes bailed out, when you can't make a phone call or send an email without six different government agencies knowing everything you said, you can just smile and remember that your president makes more in one speech for the big banks than you will make during her entire presidency, that her emails are completely private, and that you traded away any chance you had to not lose everything to either the banks or the health insurance companies, so that you could vote for president based on the content of the candidate's underpants.
If I know you, and you voted for Hillary, and I find out about it, don't ever expect to speak to me again.

Well, yeah.

April 24, 2016


It's hard to be the newbie.


Upgrade

April 21, 2016


So, I seem to have nuked my media folder accidentally during CC's upgrade to the latest LTS release.

Eventually I will restore them from backups, but I'm too lazy to do it now. :P