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

Artful Aardvark comes out THURSDAY. UPDATE.

October 16, 2017


It has been a long time since I was this happy about an OS update. :)

Freedom looks great on it, and damn the kernel is NICE. I'm running it on my GPD WIN and stuff works. Not everything, mind, the screen dimmer isn't quite there yet but everything else is quite sweet. I'll have to revisit using it as a drone controller.

The sound and wifi work great on the GPD though, so I am pretty damn happy about it. It's now a viable game platform.

Freedom looks gorgeous. I wish we had something more of an inroad on chromebooks; an ubuntubook running with Artful on it would be very compelling.

I want to install it on beast but I'm not willing to compromise work yet.


Make that 2 systems

October 12, 2017


So, I got two systems that even together were less than one system from Lenovo or Alienware.

First is Beast, it's an ASUS gaming laptop. GTX980/4G with 3.3THz i7, 32 GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and 1TB of 7200 rpm hard drive. It's 17.3" screen, and 10 pounds, so it is a monster. Ubuntu runs pretty well on it, all the gaming hardware works, but there are a few ACPI issues that need to be ironed out for it to be perfect. (We'll see if Artful helps.)

The other is Freedom, which is a customized 14" chromebook. It's not meant to be fast, but rather highly portable with a long battery life. 4GB of RAM, 720p display, but 8 hours of battery life and it's a full Ubuntu laptop without a trace of chromeOS left. It is nearly perfect on Zesty, but there are kernel issues with the sound device (someone decided it'd be fun to make the audio drive mutually exclusive with literally ALL other sound drivers....) Again, Artful might help fix it. If not I will just run a custom kernel.


Goddammit

September 18, 2017


Dealing with Comcast and Netflix after a security issue was a goddamn nightmare.

Apparently my modem was rebooting every 3 hours because of some "technical issue" - that required me driving to their store, proving my identity, and getting a new modem. >_>

Then Netflix apparently just lets anyone into your account these days.... Course, I have his IP address now, so.


Well, yes.

August 14, 2017


It's amazingly cool to be able to sit in front of a Unix workstation that you helped build, using open-source apps to design 3D parts to be printed on an open-sourced 3D printer, then flown on your open-sourced quad drone.

DIY is 1000x better when you get the help of an army of other DIYers. :P


On A Recent Suggestion

July 19, 2017


If C is really too hard and you need Rust to manage memory for you, if managing the lifetime of your data is too difficult, how could you possibly handle data that changes type at runtime?

Why isn't that too complex?

People talk about how great C++ and Java are, but there is literally nothing preventing someone from subclassing one of your types to break function semantics. C is better because it is literal, without being unnecessarily restrictive.