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The personal computer was actually invented by a Texas chicken farmer which was known as the glass teletype and the company became known as Datapoint.

Bad storm and the power went out. Had to use the UPS (on battery only) for the router and the palmtop to see when the electricity might be restored.

Shame the AT&T door to door harassment teams do not understand what the term “No soliciting” means..

The new Microcenter store makes Frys look like a Radio Shack store.

Playing Soduku more and more.

Screenshot from 2015-04-18 16:45:25


Quickie hints:

Set the path:

$ export PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/local/games:/usr/games:/home/$USER/bc:/home/$USER/bin

Add icons and etc to desktop:

Run this command in your terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

# show files on desktop
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true

# show shares on desktop
gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop volumes-visible true

# restart nautilus or logout and log back in.
nautilus -q


Please keep your systems up to date!

For linux (depending on the distro:)

$ sudo apt-get update; sud apt-get upgrade
$ sudo yum update; sudo yum, upgrade
$ sudo pacman -Syu



Rp1 cases

There are a lot of diy cases on the net. Probably the most notable one is the cardboard case.  You can easily find them on the net by looking for RPi printable cases. Besure and tell the print program to not resize the image.

This next two were not real impressive and not so easily put together. Kind of flimsy?

This next one seemed a bit complicated.

Then there are the .dxf files with Librecad so you can use them a laser cutter or cnc router.



Cases can be expensive for micro-controllers, but if you can forgo the exactness you can use very inexpensive containers, This is especially true for controllers that might have several layer of capes, and or add-on boards

You can get inexpensive containers 3 or more for a dollar at a discount store.

Once you have your containers, you will want to modify them.

Then lastly you will want to bolt down the board. #4 machine screws should work fine for this. and viola you have your own case.


Screenshot from 2015-04-20 01:41:55

Setting up a network scanner:

Here are the steps to installing and accessing a network scanner from Ubuntu desktop client. It is assumed that the network scanner server is already up and running.

1) Let us first check whether there is a scanner available on our Ubuntu client host. Without any prior setup, you will see the message saying that “No scanners were identified.”

$ scanimage -L

2) Now we need to enable saned daemon which comes pre-installed on Ubuntu desktop. To enable it, we need to edit the /etc/default/saned file, and set the RUN variable to yes:

$ sudo vim /etc/default/saned
# Set to yes to start saned

3) Let’s edit the /etc/sane.d/net.conf file, and add the IP address of the server where the scanner is installed:

4) Restart saned:

$ sudo service saned restart

5) Let’s see if the scanner is available now:

Now we can open “Simple Scan” (or other scanning utility) and start scanning documents. We can rotate, crop, and save the resulting image:

Note: most generic print servers do not support this feature.


How to download and install prebuilt OpenJDK packages
Debian, Ubuntu, etc.

On the command line, type:

$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre

For development
$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk

To make sure you are using the right version

$ sudo update-alternatives –config java

For the browser:

$ sudo apt-get install  icedtea-7-plugin

The openjdk-7-jre package contains just the Java Runtime Environment. If you want to develop Java programs then install the openjdk-7-jdk package.
Fedora, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, etc.

On the command line, type:
$ su -c “yum install java-1.7.0-openjdk”

The java-1.7.0-openjdk package contains just the Java Runtime Environment. If you want to develop Java programs then install the java-1.7.0-openjdk-devel package.
Debian, Ubuntu, etc.

On the command line, type:
$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jre

The openjdk-6-jre package contains just the Java Runtime Environment. If you want to develop Java programs then install the openjdk-6-jdk package.
Fedora, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, etc.

On the command line, type:
$ su -c “yum install java-1.6.0-openjdk”

The java-1.6.0-openjdk package contains just the Java Runtime Environment. If you want to develop Java programs then install the java-1.6.0-openjdk-devel package.
BSD Port

For a list of pointers to packages of the BSD Port for DragonFly BSD, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, NetBSD and OpenBSD, please see the BSD porting Project’s wiki page.


Set up your own computer based radio. is a good place to start for looking to find available stations.

Many radio stations will let you listen to their live stream, Sometimes you can find and use the link on their web page. Sometimes you have to venture through web page html to find it the file and download it from their server. So if that file gets updated, you will need to get the file again.

A play list might look like:

$ cat klolfmaac.pls



$ cat koda-fm.m3u

So log in to the remote server and install your files (the shell file and the play lists). The modify the shell file for the location of the play lists. Make the shell file executable.

$ chmod +x radio,sh
What I do is install screen so I can let go of the script if I need to and then come back later to it.

$ screen
<ctrl>A d) to disconnect

Get screen sessions

$ screen -ls

Then reconnect with:

$ screen -r <session number or name>

Then just run it

$ ./

Press q to quit
$ exit to leave screen session.

# Script to emulate a radop.
while :
echo "************************"
echo "* Radio tuner          *"
echo "************************"
echo "* [1] Alvin            *"
echo "* [2] 91.7 classical   *"
echo "* [3] 88.7 global      *"
echo "* [4] Kuhf news        *"
echo "* [5] KPFT             *"
echo "* [6] Koda             *"
echo "* [7] KTBZ             *"
echo "* [8] KSBJ             *"
echo "* [9] KGLT             *"
echo "*                      *"
echo "* [0] Exit/Stop        *"
echo "************************"
echo "Enter your menu choice [1-9 or 0]: "
read -n 1 yourch
case $yourch in
1) mplayer -playlist  ;;
2) mplayer -playlist  ;;
3) mplayer -playlist  ;;
4) mplayer -playlist  ;;
5) mplayer -playlist ;;
6) mplayer -playlist koda-fm.m3u  ;;
7) mplayer -playlist ktbz-fm.m3u  ;;
8) mplayer -playlist ksbjfmaac.pls  ;;
9) mplayer -playlist kglkfmaac.pls ;;
0) exit 0;;
*) echo "Oopps!!! Please select choice 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, or 9"
echo "Press Enter to continue. . ." ; read ;;


Slow ascii file reader

$ ./asccirdr.[filename]


# A program to slowly cat file or standard input.

if [ "$1" ] ; then

cat "$file" | while read c ; do
echo "$c"

# change delay for speed of viewing.

sleep .005



Ereader is optional by using your portable music player.


Simple python calender

$ python

Screenshot from 2015-04-26 23:30:20

$ cat
import calendar


Create a table with python for use in a web page.

Screenshot from 2015-04-26 23:37:43

$ python
<tr><td style=”font-weight: bold;”>1</td><td>5572</td><td>4860</td><td>3289</td></tr>
<tr><td style=”font-weight: bold;”>2</td><td>7419</td><td>5313</td><td>4522</td></tr>
<tr><td style=”font-weight: bold;”>3</td><td>8962</td><td>7636</td><td>7714</td></tr>
<tr><td style=”font-weight: bold;”>4</td><td>8330</td><td>3408</td><td>3646</td></tr>
<tr><td style=”font-weight: bold;”>5</td><td>6894</td><td>2333</td><td>5806</td></tr>

save to file with:

python > tabletest.html

import random
def rand9999():
return random.randint(1000, 9999)
def tag(attr='', **kwargs):
for tag, txt in kwargs.items():
return '<{tag}{attr}>{txt}</{tag}>'.format(**locals())
if __name__ == '__main__':
header = tag(tr=''.join(tag(th=txt) for txt in ',X,Y,Z'.split(','))) + '\n'
rows = '\n'.join(tag(tr=''.join(tag(' style="font-weight: bold;"', td=i)
+ ''.join(tag(td=rand9999())
for j in range(3))))
for i in range(1, 6))
table = tag(table='\n' + header + rows + '\n')


Bachelor tortilla (a little rolling pin action).


Good day.