Ugh, this rain!

Rain, everyday for a whole week. This spring is starting feel like winter. Well, I’m hoping that the rain will stop and we can enjoy the nice spring days before the temperatures reach 100 degrees and we all start wishing for winter.

Computer Desk (Office)

So I think my computer desk is just not big enough. It’s a simple desk with side drawer, cabinet, and a keyboard drawer. When I need space for writing or drawing I have to use another desk or basically use tables like coffee tables or dinner tables. And all the computer gadgets like my music controller, drawing tablet, musical keyboard have no place. This makes a big mess around the computer area. Think I’d like an L shaped desk where the dual monitor setup, along with all the extra gadgets can have enough space. Oh, I forgot to mention two laptops, joystick, near field monitors, phone charging stuff, etc.

Maybe time to setup a home office!! It could act as home office during the day and recording studio at night. It could even be the game room for playing video games. I mean it’s not like I would play ping pong!

That would be fun.

Internet of Things

So reading some article on linkedin, I came across a term, “Internet of Things”. Really? Is that what we’re stooping to now? Are we out of acronyms? Are we out of buzzwords and catchphrases? Is the synergy gone? Is the Web 2.0 old now. Is cloud computing (since when has an internet based application been anything else?) and Internet of Things the future?

I understand that each year so many grad students need to get published and so many PhD students need to get published. All these students need to have original research and they need to contribute something unique and new, but it’s as if people have stopped even trying. It was meh enough that some guy created rules for how the internet was already working and called it REST. Now all of a sudden 14 years later it’s all the rage. Where were all these RESTful API authors in 2000? That’s right, they just didn’t pay attention until some professional software designer (read professional author) decided he needed a new chapter in his/her latest book.

Ok, then! Internet of Things committed to memory. I’ll be sure to mention this in my next interview along with RESTful API, agile methodologies, sprint, huddle master, cloud computing, and others.

So long Web 2.0, even tho you were about really big buttons, we have Internet of Things now.

Headed to LA

Let’s see how long it takes to drive to LA.

Phoenix, It’s Been a While

So, I have a layover in Phoenix. Last time I was here I was driving thru. It was a different feel. Not as rushed and not as restricted as flying.but not as fast either.

I have an hour to kill before boarding the next flight. People watching is not as much fun when you’re sleepy and just want to get there.

Spring is here

Winter is gone, sun is out, spring is here, wonderful feeling.

It’s so nice to see the sun and drive around. It’s nice to not have to wear layers.

Soon summer will be here. Then it will be 100 degrees and people will say that it’s too hot. Until then, nice sunny weather is very enjoyable.

Gentoo Problems with Sound – VMWare

A while ago I blogged about sound problem on Gentoo in VMWare. You can read about it here – Gentoo Problems with Sound.

As it turns out, it was an issue with the in-kernel sound driver for the soundcard that vmplayer emulates. If you’re using kernel 2.6.30-r6 or older, it should work fine. But if you update to a later kernel, it will plays the audio messed up. Solution? Well you could do:

  1. Compile kernel without sound driver, then find the driver independently and use a version that works.
  2. Rollback to 2.6.30-r6 or older.

For compiling kernel without sound driver, it will be a bit of work to find which driver it uses for emulated vmplayer soundcard. lspci on my vmplayer 3 reports:

00:12.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq ES1371 [AudioPCI-97] (rev 02)

If you can find in the kernel the modules and disable it and then either find the driver binary for your distro or find the source, then you can roll back to a version that works. Keep in mind that it could be some kernel setting that is causing the audio to be played badly. Some realtime or clock settings.

For #2, most distros are on old kernels so it should be fine. By the time more distros move to the newer kernel, it could get fixed in the kernel or a better solution may be blogged about.

Until then, enjoy your linux distro.

Friday means boring….

What? Friday means boring? It means boring.

Fridays means end of the week. The work week is over. It’s time to chill out. It’s time to hang out with friends. With family. With relatives. With other people whose company you enjoy. Two days of downtime, rest and recreation. Sunday is going to be another good day with a start in the church. Then you’re ready for another week.

But if you find not much to do on a Friday night. Saturday will be the same. Then what? You find yourself thinking, “Thank God, the week is over, I don’t have to work for 2 days.” Then you think, “Oh the weekend is here, I have nothing to do.” You’re bored and hoping for Monday just in the big hope of having something to do again.

The party animals and the “happening” people will probably not understand this point. But those sitting home thinking where’s my stash of Star Trek understand this point good enough.

I say someday, I’ll break out of the rut. And I mean it. In the meantime, I’m starting to break out of it and starting the journey to break out of the rut.

New Year

Happy new year to all readers. May the new year bring a lot of good things, and fullfillment of long held dreams.

In this new year, I have decided to spend more time going to church, hanging out with church friends, and to find a band. I have been looking for a band for a long time but never actually searched. I have been in looking mode.

In this new year, I would also like to take more chances to be adventurous and to have more fun. Too often we let work and other small things take so much of our time that we don’t get to appreciate the present. We don’t get to sit down and relax for a moment. We don’t really get to take a deep breath and thank God for all the great things around us. Many of us live in the future. We think when this happens or when that happens, then I’ll do the next step. Or then I’ll really enjoy. But we’re not guaranteed tomorrow. This, the present, is all we have. So I thank God for it. And I pray this new year will be a great year of blessings.

Using Different Linux Distros

Have been using Slackware 13 lately. It’s pretty decent. Originally, I was using Kubuntu on this laptop and it required lot of reboots. Sometimes one reboot a day. It got to be so weird. But the KDE version on kubuntu was higher so it had some new knick knacks.

Then I decided to move to slackware on this laptop. Using KDE from the Slackware install. Slackware chooses stable packages and so the packages in Slackware repos are fairly old. As a result KDE doesn’t have KNetworkManager and all wifi stuff must be done using cli. It’s not so much of a problem but every now and then the scripts just start doing odd things and take a while to connect. You can use wicd on it for GUI. But it doesn’t rival KNetworkManager.

Overall Slackware is very much nicer that Kubuntu. The overall gui response is pretty nice.

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