Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oklahoma earthquakes very active in the mid to low 3's

Ha!  This is a meaningless post, but I do it to keep awake on Oklahoma.  This type of activity goes back 6 months, the more modern thing was activity in the high 3's.  Boring!  The only other geological news is the 'record breaking temperatures' thing.  There is no more mention of the rate, so I guess this is another semantic shift.  I like to keep track of such things.  :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Toronto fish ladder kills fish

It's sad, I haven't been around to bug them, and the Ontario gov't has let the fish down.  Billions wasted and they can't do a little thing.

They can't jump over the falls, and they get trapped in the clogged fish ladder.  The prov. gov't (Libs) sucks.

Update:  I sent a form to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Dead Fish.  If they are the usual government, it'll be weeks before the fish are not saved.  The summer students are gone, and the old guys don't do Internet well.  I suppose there might be an unpaid intern scavenging under the minister's table, but that would be just too lucky.  :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Linux - new kernels cause endless ALSA problems

There had to be a reason why there were so many postings about alsa problems after 3.14.  It took me forever, but I found it, and got my sound card working again.

So, no matter what your lspci tells you about your soundcard, when configuring the new kernel hit every sound option and all the debug as well.  And go into the 'hd audio' and hit everything.  Then, even when dmesg says it can't find a soundcard, everything works.  Get rid of that loser 'pulseaudio' and go with alsa on everything.  Seems a bit quiet right now, but I'm glad I got my sound back.  Even though I have an Nvidia soundcard, it likes ATI hd audio.  Weird.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Using 2 step authentication

Apparently, all a hacker has to do is whine to the support, pretending to be an air-head celebrity, and all the nudies are theirs.

To prevent this I have encrypted my devices, and now I use Google 2 factor authentication.  It just ups the difficulty a bit, but it's enough for them to go on to the next sucker.

Do it!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Last Cottage Report

This is the big Canadian Thanksgiving.  We have it much earlier than the Americans because it is difficult to dig out the turkeys from under the snow.  :)

Anyway, it is official cottage closing weekend.  In the old days when we believed in global warming, we could go well into November.  But now, with the 70's coming back, we're lucky if we don't freeze up before the weekend.  This weekend we had nice days, but some nasty ice pellet flurries, and it was very cold at night.  I feel I got the pump drained in time, and Monday was a nice send-off of total cold dreariness.

Our neighbours will go across the water in an open boat until December.  Then they have to wait a month for the ice to freeze, and then go again.  I can feel it in my bones!