23 Aug 2014


Top 10 Superior Tech Products You'll Never Go Back From

Top 10 Superior Tech Products You'll Never Go Back From

Some upgrades are subjective-like moving from pen and paper to a digital note-taker. Other upgrades, however, change the way you use technology, and make it impossible to go back to something inferior. Here are 10 of those things.


23 Aug 2014 3:00pm GMT


Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara

rtoz writes Google has just announced a new processor for Project Ara. The mobile Rockchip SoC will function as an applications processor, without requiring a bridge chip. A prototype of the phone with the Rockchip CPU, will be available early next year. Via Google+ post, Project Ara team Head Paul Eremenko says "We view this Rockchip processor as a trailblazer for our vision of a modular architecture where the processor is a node on a network with a single, universal interface -- free from also serving as the network hub for all of the mobile device's peripherals." (Project Ara is Google's effort to create an extensible, modular cellphone; last month we mentioned a custom version of Linux being developed for the project, too.)

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23 Aug 2014 2:24pm GMT

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BlackBerry can pursue contempt of court charge against Ryan Seacrest’s Typo

The keyboard-for-iPhone company violated a preliminary injunction, BlackBerry says.

23 Aug 2014 2:04pm GMT


Tie Food with Dental Floss Instead of Kitchen Twine

Tie Food with Dental Floss Instead of Kitchen Twine

Many recipes call for you to hold ingredients together with kitchen twine. If you don't have any on hand, dental floss makes a great substitute.


23 Aug 2014 2:00pm GMT


2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

As reported by the BBC, two satellites meant to form part of the EU's Galileo global positioning network have been launched into a wrong, lower orbit, and it is unclear whether they can be salvaged. NASASpaceFlight.com has a more detailed account of the launch, which says [D]espite the Arianespace webcast noting no issue with the launch, it was later admitted the satellites were lofted into the wrong orbit. "Following the announcement made by Arianespace on the anomalies of the orbit injection of the Galileo satellites, the teams of industries and agencies involved in the early operations of the satellites are investigating the potential implications on the mission," noted a short statement, many hours after the event. It is unlikely the satellites can be eased into their correct orbit, even with a large extension to their transit time. However, ESA are not classing the satellites as lost at this time. "Both satellites have been acquired and are safely controlled and operated from ESOC, ESA's Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany," the Agency added. Over the course of the next "year or so," an additional 24 satellites are slated to complete the Galileo constellation, to be launched by a mixed slate of Ariane and Soyuz rockets.

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23 Aug 2014 1:30pm GMT

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Drones spotted near Los Angeles airport, police headquarters

FAA: "We contacted the LAPD to see if the UAS was theirs. It was not."

23 Aug 2014 1:15pm GMT


Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

SpaceMika (867804) writes "A SpaceX test flight at the McGregor test facility ended explosively on Friday afternoon. A test flight of a three-engine Falcon 9 Dev1 reusable rocket ended in a rapid unscheduled disassembly after an unspecified anomaly triggered the Flight Termination System, destroying the rocket. No injuries were reported." Update: 08/23 13:33 GMT by T : Space.com has video.

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23 Aug 2014 12:28pm GMT

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Darknet drug markets kept alive by great customer service

Because they live on the fringes, these sites are remarkably innovative.

23 Aug 2014 12:15pm GMT

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Cheapo Firefox OS mobes to debut in India – definitely not one for selfie-conscious users

Spicephone hopes Fire One Mi-FX 1 will heat up the market

The Mozilla Foundation's aim to create a Firefox OS for mobile devices was not to take a quixotic tilt at the top end of the smartphone market. Instead, it hoped to provide an alternative that would enable the delivery of low-cost, but still smart, devices to places where smartphones are still a significant purchase.…

23 Aug 2014 1:32am GMT

22 Aug 2014


How Turning My To-Dos Into a Story Boosted My Memory and Motivation

How Turning My To-Dos Into a Story Boosted My Memory and Motivation

We all create stories to explain what happens in a day. A story is a tool to help us make sense of the world. But what about the future? What would happen if you turned your to-do list into a story as a rehearsal for the next day? Personally, it's helped me not just Get Things Done, but also boosted my memory so that I've been able to ditch complicated to-do lists and schedules for good.


22 Aug 2014 11:45pm GMT

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Building from Source

One of the real strengths of Arch is its ability to be customised. Not just in terms of the packages that you choose to install, but how those packages themselves can be patched, altered or otherwise configured to suit your workflow and setup. I have posted previously about, for example, building Vim or hacking PKGBUILDS. What makes all this possible is the wonderful ABS, the Arch Build System.

Essentially a tree of all of the PKGBUILDs (and other necessary files) for the packages in the official repositories, the ABS is the means by which you can easily acquire, compile and install any of the packages on your system:

ABS is made up of a directory tree (the ABS tree) residing under /var/abs. This tree contains many subdirectories, each within a category and each named by their respective package. This tree represents (but does not contain) all official Arch software, retrievable through the SVN system.

Arch Wiki ABS

I have been using ABS since I started running Arch and it has worked well. I wrote a simple script to check for and download updates when required to help simplify the process and have been generally content with that approach. That isn't to say that elements of this process couldn't be improved. One of the small niggles is that the ABS only syncs once a day so there is almost always-for me down here in .nz, anyway-at least a full day's wait between the package hitting the local mirror and the updated ABS version arriving. The other issue is that you download and sync the entire tree…

That all changed when, at the start of this month, one of the Arch developers, Dave Reisner, opened a thread on the Arch boards announcing asp, the Arch Source Package management tool, a git-based alternative for abs1.

Basically a 200-line bash script, asp is an improvement over abs insofar as you get the updated PKGBUILDs immediately; you can choose between just pulling the necessary source files (as per abs), or checking out the package branch so that you can create your own development branch and, for example, keep your patch set in git as well.

You can elect to locate the local git repository in a directory of your choosing by exporting ASPROOT, there are Tab completion scripts for bash and zsh and a succinct man page. Overall, for a utility that is only three weeks old, asp is already fulfilling the function of a drop-in replacement; a faster, more flexible tool for building Arch packages from source.

With thy sharp teeth this knot intrinsicate
Of life at once untie…

Antony and Cleopatra V.ii


  1. The package, not the entire build system…

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22 Aug 2014 9:41pm GMT

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Red Hat: ARM servers will come when people crank out chips like AMD's 64-bit Seattle

Standards to lift data center boxes out of device doldrums

LinuxCon 2014 It's practically a given that the ARM processor architecture - so beloved by makers of small devices everywhere - will graduate to servers soon. But before ARM servers can ship in any significant volume, a standardized hardware platform that specifically targets the data center is a must.…

22 Aug 2014 8:45pm GMT


Most smartphone users download zero apps per month

Mobile apps have skyrocketed in popularity and utility since Apple introduced the iPhone App Store in the summer of 2008. Apps now represent 52% of time spent with digital media in the US, according to comScore, up from 40% in early 2013. Apple boasted 75 billion all-time App Store downloads at its developers conference in June, and followed up by declaring July the best month ever for App Store revenue, with a record number of people downloading apps. Yet most US smartphone owners download zero apps in a typical month, according to comScore's new mobile app report. Companies like Apple like to boast about the 'app economy', but in reality, the situation is a whole lot less rosy and idealistic than they make it out to be. I think most smartphone buyers download the bare essentials like Facebook, Twitter, Candy Crush, and their local banking application, and call it quits. Together with the problematic state of application stores, the 'app economy' isn't as sustainable as once thought.

22 Aug 2014 4:09pm GMT

Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30th

Microsoft is planning to unveil its Windows 8 successor next month at a special press event. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the software maker is tentatively planning its press event for September 30th to detail upcoming changes to Windows as part of a release codenamed "Threshold." This date may change, but the Threshold version of Windows is currently in development and Microsoft plans to release a preview version of what will likely be named Windows 9 to developers on September 30th or shortly afterwards. The date follows recent reports from ZDNet that suggested Microsoft is planning to release a preview version of Windows 9 in late September or early October. Microsoft is really stepping up its release schedule. Good.

22 Aug 2014 12:36pm GMT

21 Aug 2014


Copycats and crapware in application stores

Two related stories. Microsoft's Windows Store is a mess. It's full of apps that exist only to scam people and take their money. Why doesn't Microsoft care that their flagship app store is such a cesspool? It's now been more than two years since Windows 8 was released, and this has been a problem the entire time, and it is getting worse. If Microsoft was trying to offer a safe app store to Windows users, they've failed. And: Flappy Bird wasn't the first game to spawn an entire ecosystem of me-too clones, nor will it be the last. And now that the developer of the insanely difficult but addicting game has released the even more insanely difficult and even more addicting (is that even possible?) Swing Copters, well, we're seeing it again. This applies to all application stores. They are filled to the brim with crapware nobody wants, making the experience of using them pretty unappealing. Since Apple, Google, and Microsoft care about quantity instead of quality, I don't think this will change any time soon.

21 Aug 2014 9:59pm GMT

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

Look at the shiny Windows 8.1, why can't you people talk about 8.1, sobs an exec somewhere

Microsoft is putting on its poker face amid growing rumors that it plans to unveil "Windows 9" at the end of next month.…

21 Aug 2014 8:07pm GMT

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Reorganization of Vim packages

Thomas Dziedzic wrote:

The Vim suite of packages has been reorganized to better provide advanced features in the standard vim package, and to split the CLI and GUI versions; the new packages are:

21 Aug 2014 3:12am GMT

20 Aug 2014

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How I lost my blog content...

...and, luckily, how I restored it!

Let me say this before you start reading: backup your data NOW!!!

Really, do it. I post-poned this for so long and, as result, I had a drammatic weekend.

Last Friday I had the wonderful idea to update my Ghost setup to the newer 0.5. I did this from my summer house via SSH, but the network isn't the culprit here.

You have to know that some months ago, maybe more, I switched from a package installation, through this PKGBUILD, to an installation via npm. So, as soon as I typed npm update, all my node_modules/ghost content was gone. Yep, I must be dumb.

After some minute, which helped me to better understand how the situation was, I immediately shutdown the BeagleBone Black.

The day after I went home, I installed Arch Linux ARM on a microSD and obviously the super TestDisk which got SQLite support since a while now. Cool!

This way I restored the Ghost database, BUT it was corrupted. However, a StackOverflow search pointed me to this commad:

cat <( sqlite3 ghost.db .dump | grep "^ROLLBACK" -v ) <( echo "COMMIT;" ) | sqlite3 ghost-fixed.db  

After that, I was able to open the database and to restore 14 of 40 posts.

My second attempt has been to use the Google cache. Using this method I recovered about 10 posts. Nice, I already had more than 50% of the total content! I was feeling optimistic.

The Arch Linux Planet let me recover 3 posts more, which however I could recover anyway using Bartle Doo; I never heard of this website before, but thanks to it I recovered some posts by looking for my First and Last Name.

I was almost here. About 10 posts missing, but how to recover them?? I didn't remember titles and googling without specific keywords didn't help neither.

I went back on the broken SQLite database, Vim can open it so let's look into for some data. Bingo! The missing posts titles are still there!

And then I started googling again, but for specific titles, which pointed me to websites mirroring my posts content.
At the end of this step I had 38 of 40 posts!

I can't stop now, it's more than a challenge now.

I went back again on the broken database where posts content is corrupted: there's some text, then symbols and then another text which doesn't make any sense in union with the first part. This looks like a tedious job. This Saturday can end here.

It's sunday; I'm motivated and I can't lose those 2 posts because of my laziness.
I've the missing posts titles and I now remember their content, so I started to look for their phrases in the database and, with all my surprise and a lot of patience, I recovered their content!
This mainly because Ghost keeps both the markdown and the HTML text in the database and then the post content is duplicated which decrease the chance of a corruption in the same phrase.

Another summer, another Linux survival experience (that I'm pleased to link to!).

20 Aug 2014 6:23pm GMT

09 Nov 2011

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2 Million Leave World of Warcraft

In the last year the number of World of Warcraft subscribers has fallen in the from 12 million to 10.3 million...

09 Nov 2011 11:55am GMT

AC: Revelations First-Person Missions

Assassin's Creed: Revelations will have first-person missions...

09 Nov 2011 10:58am GMT

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Zone-H: http://gkppondokmelati.org

http://gkppondokmelati.org defaced by Arakloverz

09 Nov 2011 7:01am GMT

Zone-H: http://www.gentapublishing.com

http://www.gentapublishing.com defaced by Arakloverz

09 Nov 2011 6:42am GMT

Zone-H: http://gagap.net

http://gagap.net defaced by Arakloverz

09 Nov 2011 6:42am GMT

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An Experience Loophole in Battlefield 3

Via YouTube user DarkSydeGeoff, we came across a Battlefield 3 exploit that allows friends to boost enormous amounts of experience in hardcore matches...

09 Nov 2011 1:43am GMT