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Gwen Patton
Pink Pistols spokesperson, former webcartoonist, and Lockpicker.
Pink Pistols spokesperson, former webcartoonist, and Lockpicker.

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I used the upgrade feature on my Chromebook's Crouton install of precise, ostensibly to raise it to Trusty. Unfortunately, due to a bug in the implementation, this totally roached the superuser account by essentially establishing a password I didn't know on the root. It's a well-known bug, I just didn't know that using the version upgrade was one of the things that would trigger it.

So I took the opportunity to powerwash it, resetting it to factory. I reestablished my user on the Chromebook, and this time installed the Crouton chroot as Trusty. (Well, actually I tried installing Xenial first, but that fell over because of some problem with the script. So I dropped back 10 and punted.) It installed just fine, and I set it up with Unity instead of XFCE because I'm used to Unity on the Linux laptop on my workbench.

I set it up with all sorts of development tools for the different languages I'm studying online, including R, RKward (because I couldn't figure out how to install RStudio), the Eric IDE for Python, Scala, and IntelliJ IDEA with the Scala plugin. They all seem to run just fine, much more easily and sprightlier than the same programs installed on my C.H.I.P. (No surprise, the Chromebook is a beefier processor, and has more memory. I also don't have to tunnel X11 over SSH to use the Chromebook.)

I recently splurged on some bundles of online training courses, mostly on StackSkills and Udemy. They were cheap, and might even be entertaining.

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In case you're seeing the cryptic pop-up message:

"Sorry, Backup and Sync needs to quit."

It's a bug. A pre-production piece of software at Google got pushed into production prematurely and borked lots of people. They're working on it. Story courtesy of El Reg.

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I haz a kitteh.

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Ongoing "blizzard".

More like freezing rain at the moment.


I'm not sure what's creepier...asking my Google Home if the CIA is listening, or that it actually had a cogent answer to the question.

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Incredible piece of music here.

One bit of background. About halfway through, they slap a gadget on the front face of the acoustic guitar. The gadget in question is an ACPAD, an extremely thin MIDI controller for acoustic guitar, that provides presets, drums, additional instruments, looping, and special effects to the guitar player, turning one person into an orchestra right from the guitar face. It's an amazing device, and if I played the guitar enough to warrant it, I'd buy one. I've been following it since it was a Kickstarter device, lusting after it, but unable to justify it. It's such a wonderful bit of kit that I would love to have one just to be able to say that I have one.

The song is amazing. Walk Off The Earth (WOTE) is a fantastic group. Their rendition of "Happy" is one of my favorites EVAR.

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(I totally have Gamorra's big shoulder-fired gun in Second Life!)

h/t +Pradheep Shanker

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This is a damn shame.

IoT can be an excellent paradigm...if it can be adequately secured. That so little effort is spent either securing the devices or securing the data FROM the devices is either stupid incompetence or outright malicious intent. It's only Hanlon's Razor that makes me spit and say it's more likely the stupid incompetence.

Hanlon's razor is an aphorism expressed in various ways including "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity," or "Don't assume bad intentions over neglect and misunderstanding." It recommends a way of eliminating unlikely explanations for a phenomenon (a philosophical razor).

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This makes me happy as a clam.

I've got Kicad running on my CHIP, and am using it to take an online class on Kicad. I'm pleased as punch with how well this little beast is working for some fairly complex operations.

I also installed TMUX, which seems vaguely familiar. Either I worked with it before many moons ago and just don't remember, or there was an MS-DOS program that worked much like it. I can't remember what it was called, and it's driving me mad. Some sort of multi-screen thing, but it was before Windows was popular.

I'll bet Dave Jones from +EEVblog would find this interesting. He likes little cool electronics projects, and learning how to do this on a +Next Thing Co. C.H.I.P. should be right up his alley.

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