Those Mayans Were Wrong!

Well, it’s midnight and no change. I guess I have to go back to work.

Ingress: Googles way to get us out and walking. Results from the last seven days are in and a slight improvement to the previous week. I don’t have data from the first week since I had rebuilt my PC and didn’t have the Fitbit software installed to collect the data.



These additional steps are just from some additional walking to/from the train to work and the lunch hour. At least I know I’m meeting the 10,000 steps goal I originally set.

Debian Lenny to Squeeze… sort of a pain.

The site has been up and down a few times in the past few evenings as I am slowly fixing things a after a dist-upgrade. It didn’t appear all that much was different between 5.x and 6.x but there were quite a few issues with NIS and NFS plus lots of other configuration changes to deal with. Anyway its nearly done and probably the last in place upgrade since I’m considering KVM as soon as Wheezy (7.x) is ready.

Otherwise nothing new. Sleep, work, repeat …

Side note: When upgrading postgres really doesn’t upgrade like you think it would or should – maybe that is a good thing? Unlike mysql it doesn’t just perform the upgrade on the database. In Lenny postgres 8.3 was installed and during the upgrade to Squeeze 8.4 was installed. As I was cleaning old packages up I do recall aptitude wanting to remove the 8.3 binaries so I did (still thinking the data from 8.3 was in 8.4). Oddly enough the 8.3 instance was still running and available to query/update by my Ruby on Rails app. I ended up finally re-installing the 8.3 client and using pg_dumpall to save my database and then loaded it into 8.4, killed the 8.3 instance and configured my app for 8.4. It seems as if I need to spend more time with postgres to understand how it differs from what I’m typically used to.


Whew, another major election done. Mostly good, some bad (or discouraging). Overall I’m pleased and was happy to see that MN had about a 75% turnout. I still wonder about the 25% that didn’t bother, I’d expect at least a 90% turnout in my mind since there is always a 10% population that are slackers/underachievers.

Ok, enough politics. On with the tech projects. 🙂 Thanks for playing.


RaspBMC + MPEG2 licence = semi-smart 8 year old TV

So as I realized while experimenting with RaspBMC some of my media plus what is served from PlayOn PC is streaming video as MPEG2. I wasn’t going to succeed with replacing my XBOX (classic) running XBMC with the limitation. Fortunately recently there was a posting about support of MPEG2 on the Raspberry Pi if you purchase the license. So I looked into that further and for the $3.25 it was well worth it to continue on. One thing I hadn’t realized was a firmware upgrade was needed but that was quite easy while using RaspBMC though required a reinstall to RC5 thus lost my prior settings. Anyway it’s all working fine now and quality (picture & sound) exceeds the XBOX hack I had been using for years. Plus no more annoying XBOX sound/grind and no more blinking light as the dead DVD drive tries to read the nothingness in the tray.

Next to experiment with using extra USB media for times I’m away from my network. Also to see if there are better Plex add on as the one I tried initially doesn’t like to always work.


SNL iPhone 5 skit – First World Problems

Pretty funny indeed.


Remote Wipe Dropbox?

I had started looking to see if there was a remote wipe for DropBox but didn’t see anything promising. I did find the following link though. Seems like this would only work if the machine was on the network though…

In case you’re a klutz…

Just in case you’re a klutz like me lately and have a Raspberry Pi this link is for you.

I essentially followed the steps listed on the page this morning and will confirm that the solution indeed works tonight. One side of the SD Card holder on the Pi is a rather thin rail which obviously is quite easy to damage based upon results I get when searching on Google. The end result may not look nice but if it functions that is all I’m concerned about.

I should make a case or perhaps just buy one for the Pi. Of course this is exactly what I was thinking as I watched my Pi fall to the floor. If all else fails there is always using a clothes pin to keep the SD card in place.

Hopefully the next version of the Pi has a more enclosed SD card holder, suppose I could get creative and replace the one with a better one though I don’t feel like dealing with soldering these days.

Update: The solution didn’t quite work for me as it doesn’t create enough pressure on the SD card. I’m going to tweak this approach by sanding down the edges so that the piece of plastic sits lower in the socket.

Update to the update: Dremel to the rescue. Sanding down the thickness of the plastic that you’re adhering to the SD card holder to roughly 50% the original thickness appears to be the right amount of pressure needed for the SD card to seat properly. Looks like a hack but it works and that is all I care about.

Android #Fail

It appears that going to a test URL with a certain iframe using the stock Android browser can perform a factory reset on the phone.

There was a URL posted in the XDA forums pointing to to test whether or not the browser would invoke the dialer and present the IMEI. It worked on my Samsung Infuse 4G running stock Gingerbread so I’m guessing that a real exploit may factory reset my phone. Ugh…

Note: The link above could change at anytime to the real exploit, use at your own risk. Here is the content of the test page.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<frame src=”tel:*%2306%23″>

The exploit code uses:
<frame src=”tel:*2767*3855%23″ />

Nice huh?

Reports have said it affects mainly Samsung devices but other reports have indicated an old Android bug affecting multiple devices. Should be interesting to see how this turns out…

Update: Confirmed that my Samsung Infuse 4G running Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) is vulnerable.

Link for exploit as well as other pertinent information:

Samsung Infuse 4G Vulnerable to Exploit (YouTube)


1:12 – Phone Model / Version
3:56 – link clicked, dialer launched, performs format/reset
4:20 – reset
6:35 – files/folders gone

NoTelURL app to install to prompt user on action to take.

Another app ESET USSD – will protect you from this exploit.

AWS Glacier

Someone keeps reminding me of this service. Perhaps something to add to the ultimate backup solution?

I’m all about the CLI so this looks interesting as far as clients go.

38 Days

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