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#1 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Time for a new cellphone at work. What should I go for? » 2015-09-21 12:15:03

I have been sticking my toe in the water to think about getting a smart phone. I am really attracted to the latest moto x 2015 Pure Edition. At around $500, it is about half the cost of an iPhone 6S Plus, even though it still has most of the features of a so called flagship phone.

Tim

#2 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What phones do #!ers use? » 2015-09-10 13:24:18

I think I will get my first smart phone, soon. An iPhone 6S Plus.

Tim

#3 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Distro-hoppers Anonymous » 2015-09-09 21:28:57

g33zr wrote:

Apropos openSUSE, I really wanted to like it enough to run as my main distro, but inevitably there was always something that didn't work the way I preferred.

It is my "kitchen sink" system. I only use it when I need to use Flash or to print something (my printer requires a proprietary 32-bit driver). I basically hate it, but it does some things I need to do, without trashing up my Arch system. I rarely even boot it, anymore.

Tim

#4 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Distro-hoppers Anonymous » 2015-09-09 21:24:35

Anaconda wrote:

Oh, and Tim, I have to tell you, every time I see the name ratcheer I get this silly Disney-ish cartoon image in my head of happy dancing rats.

smile  It is Southern for, "right here".

Tim

#5 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Distro-hoppers Anonymous » 2015-09-09 13:15:26

I think I may be cured. I've had the same two distros on my PC for over a year, now: Arch and openSUSE.

Tim

#6 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » How bloated is your environment? » 2015-09-06 12:46:31

I don't think mine is too bad, but this isn't something I usually think about. I stopped using infinality, because I saw it as a ton of infrastructure just to get things to look a little better - inconsequential, in the long run.

XDG_VTNR=1
XDG_SESSION_ID=c3
TERM=screen-256color
SHELL=/bin/bash
DESKTOP_STARTUP_ID=openbox/urxvt/2316-0-tim-arch-ssd_TIME56493892
WINDOWID=8388617
USER=tim
TMUX=/tmp/tmux-1000/default,2333,0
MOZ_USE_OMTC=1
MOZ_PLUGIN_PATH=/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins
PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/lib/jvm/default/bin:/usr/bin/site_perl:/usr/bin/vendor_perl:/usr/bin/core_perl
MAIL=/var/spool/mail/tim
PWD=/home/tim
LANG=en_US.UTF-8
TMUX_PANE=%0
XDG_SEAT=seat0
SHLVL=4
HOME=/home/tim
COLORFGBG=0;15
TERMINFO=/usr/share/terminfo
LOGNAME=tim
DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=unix:abstract=/tmp/dbus-TdeXtkTJx4,guid=e5bd7226800a6d06523e188855ec2ec3
WINDOWPATH=1
XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/1000
DISPLAY=:0
XAUTHORITY=/home/tim/.Xauthority
COLORTERM=rxvt
_=/usr/bin/env

Tim

#7 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » The Official #! Over-the-Hill-CrunchGang Thread » 2015-09-04 20:35:15

g33zr wrote:

It was a 1965, 2-dr, baby-blue Corvair Monza with a manual transmission and dual exhaust. I didn't pay much for it. The heating system was flukey and the car was heavy in the rear and tended to spin out on sharp corners at higher speeds--especially on wet roads. sad

After doing a 360 going into a traffic rotary, I decided to get rid of it while I was still alive.

I believe that was the car of Unsafe At Any Speed fame. hmm

Tim

#8 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » The Official #! Over-the-Hill-CrunchGang Thread » 2015-09-04 11:01:30

My first car started with a '55 Ford 2-door body. Some older friends who built low-level race cars (you know, local dirt track stuff) helped me make it into a running vehicle. It had a '57 Ford 312 engine and a '49 Mercury transmission. The combination of parts meant that the driveshaft was too short to reach the differential, so we cut two driveshafts and welded them together. It was a real Frankenstein's monster, but I drove it for almost two years. neutral

Tim

#9 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » The Official #! Over-the-Hill-CrunchGang Thread » 2015-09-01 13:26:16

Sector11 wrote:

It is as long as I'm alive ... vrkalak pops in on occasion ....

CALLING ALL OHCGers ... Stand and count yourself!

ratcheer - still there?

Yes, I'm here. Ratcheer.

What's up? I'm reading Gai-Jin, and trying to do a little photography. As to "over-the-hill", I have to put on reading glasses to see the camera settings, then take them off to shoot. It's a lot of fumbling around.  sad

Tim

#11 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Completely Off Topic Chat » 2015-07-09 13:22:50

@anaconda - Exactly (concerning the central banks creation of "money"). The game is rigged, and the 99% are the suckers.

Tim

#12 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Completely Off Topic Chat » 2015-06-25 20:11:03

@pingu, I've been using Stellarium for years, even before I moved to Linux about 10 years ago. IT's an amazing application.

Tim

#13 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Going mechanical! » 2015-06-18 10:55:54

CSCoder4ever wrote:

nice necro!

what Cherry MX switches though?  8o

Thanks. I don't know what switches, just whatever comes on it.

Tim

#14 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Going mechanical! » 2015-06-17 23:21:09

I broke down and ordered a mechanical keyboard for my Father's Day present, today. I found a great price on an MX Cherry - $68. So, I decided, now's the time.  cool

Tim

#15 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » systemd-analyze (startup fest) » 2015-06-11 10:58:21

ratcheer wrote:

This thread got me tuning, again, and I discovered that my SSD is only running at half speed. After much troubleshooting, and almost destroying my system, I have decided that it is a Samsung firmware problem. People have been waiting for a possible patch for over a year.   sad

Tim

Nope. My motherboard has only two SATA ports. The SSD is plugged into a SATA 2 port.  neutral

Tim

#16 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » systemd-analyze (startup fest) » 2015-06-10 11:05:15

This thread got me tuning, again, and I discovered that my SSD is only running at half speed. After much troubleshooting, and almost destroying my system, I have decided that it is a Samsung firmware problem. People have been waiting for a possible patch for over a year.   sad

Tim

#17 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » systemd-analyze (startup fest) » 2015-06-09 10:58:28

Run systemd-analyze to create a graph (plot option). You can open the graph in your web browser. It will show you what is waiting for what to complete.

Tim

#18 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » The Official #! Over-the-Hill-CrunchGang Thread » 2015-06-08 17:37:35

vrkalak wrote:

I have nerve-damage to my right arm and on my right foot (from Agent-Orange) ... do you think, Magnesuim will help?

I don't know. I am trying magnesium because of reports such as this: http://www.naturemade.com/resource-cent … aQodw2sAiA Note that that is on a supplement maker's web site. However, I have seen similar ideas in various places, so I have decided to try it for myself.

After taking it for a little more than a week, I can only say that I feel better, in general. Also, I have NOT noticed any improvement in my neuropathy.

Tim

#19 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Completely Off Topic Chat » 2015-06-07 17:27:28

I have to agree with Inodoro. It's 31C here, now.

Tim

#20 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » atime - noatime » 2015-06-06 23:49:37

This is what Marc Merlin said in his 2015 presentation at Linux.conf.au:

"Unfortunately if you use snapshots, this (relatime) creates a lot of
writes and differing data each time you access files and
cause an atime update"

"As a result, if you use snapshots, noatime is strongly
recommended."

The presentation is about btrfs. I use btrfs and btrfs snapshots. I followed the recomendation, and I saw an improvement. That is all I can say. I am depending on his expertise.

Tim

#21 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » systemd-analyze (startup fest) » 2015-06-06 14:18:46

What is mutt? (Heh. I'm a poet and don't know it.)

Tim

#22 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » The Official #! Over-the-Hill-CrunchGang Thread » 2015-06-06 14:17:05

Thanks, but it is not diabetes. I have been tested many times.

Tim

#23 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » The Official #! Over-the-Hill-CrunchGang Thread » 2015-06-06 12:17:54

I have made a couple of improvements that seem to make noticeable differences in the overall way I feel.

I was told about holding an ice cube on the feng fu acupressure point. This will knockout a headache almost instantly, but doing it daily helps me feel better in general. The recommendation is to do it twice daily, but I haven't tried that, yet.

I was also told about magnesium supplements. I hope this will eventually improve my peripheral neuropathy.

So, in short, I am feeling vaguely humanoid, again. wink

Tim

#24 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » systemd-analyze (startup fest) » 2015-06-06 12:05:53

I got my startup down by a couple of tenths. 1) Cleaned out /var/log/journal. Not only was there too much stuff in it, there were several corrupt journal files. I also set SystemMaxUse to 100M. Now, it seems to have settled on a steady size of 64M, which is fine with me. 2) Changed my btrfs filesystems mount option from relatime to noatime. This was recommended in the blog of a guy who seems to really know his stuff (Marc Merlin).

So, still not as fast as others, but I'm ok with 4.9 seconds. smile

Tim

#25 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » systemd-analyze (startup fest) » 2015-06-01 19:50:16

Wow, y'all have some fast systems. wink This is from my quite minimal Arch Linux system running from a Samsung 850 Pro SSD:

Startup finished in 3.513s (kernel) + 1.507s (userspace) = 5.020s

Tim

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