Ubuntu 13.4

It has been a busy several days. I decided to upgrade the fleet to Ubuntu 13.4…and everything that a non-long-term-supported distro involves.

Step 1_: backup data
Step 1a: reevaluate backup regimine
Step 1b: realize backup system is non-sustainable
Step 1c: implement cloud storage solution
step 1d: place eggs in cloud basket
Step 2_: upgrade machines
Step 3_: fix a whole bunch of junk
Step 3*: junk fixing

Step three got ugly. Canonical blacklisted a whole bunch of stuff that ran and runs well. Thumbs down.

post storm calm

post storm calm

The upgrades to my machines were simple, but significant issues arose in updating from 12.04 to 12.10 and from 12.10 to 13.4. The former was mainly in ‘not compiling video card drivers’ and the later was primarily pertaining to neglecting Dell’s primary Wi-Fi drivers. I went manual and had boxes that were mostly functional, but decided to roll the dice on fresh installs…which, predictably, worked well. That gut feeling in doing something of that nature is very Window-y, and I don’t like it one bit.

In short, poorly played by Ubuntu. It might be time to get some real QA going on these upgrades…I spent enough time researching this stuff to be upset, and I debug issues similar to this professionally. There was a ton of noise on forums, so it is safe to assume the user base was significantly disheartened by this process.

On the flip side, 13.04 is slick…Unity is improved a ton…all of that. The marketing is not cool, and I’d be better off with pure Debian if this wasn’t one of my hobbies. Worst upgrade of all time, but still something I look forward to and will likely do again.

D+

BSOD – TGIF

bsod

^———————blue————————————black——————-bricked————————-^


Have I mentioned how much I enjoy developing on Windows?

Gallatin Valley Four Wheeling

The only thing I’ve been doing pertaining to the site has been to polish off the resume and get a new job. That sort of stuff.

I did run around the Gallatin Valley last weekend…chasing D-Rock and his gigantor ATV. 1000 cc…seriously. I really like the northern part of the valley:

atv four wheel bozeman

which was lovely

Nice little Saturday. More to come about the job…I’ll post some details when I start.

EE Feature

swan tron dot com recently made the front page of EEWeb. Well I’ll be.

eeweb feature

>>


~~ENHANCE~~
eeweb feature

>>>>>


~~ENHANCE~~
awesome

>>>>>>>>>


I appreciated the bump in traffic.
I am more appreciative of the recognition by an EE site. Don’t underestimate we hacky math types.

Thanks to EEWeb…

Variable Soldering Station

My trusty old Aoyue digital soldering device has seen better days…

dot com

dot com


I’m putting together a wine cork decoration for Katie. It turns out that a Dremel with a cutting head is the easiest way to bisect corks. It also turns out that cutting seventy corks makes a ton of cork-dust. Corks.

This stuff is everywhere…my soldering area is hardest hit. I’m not sure whether the more appropriate clean-up tool is my shop vac or leaf blower. Who am I kidding…definitely going leaf blower.

2012 Sandwich of the Year

Introducing the 2012 Sandwich of the Year: triple decker bacon w/ cheese

2013 sandwich of the year

triple decker

50% more delicious than 2011 champ, bacon w/ cheese.

Still busy, still no RazPi progress. Been working on a side site in the spare time…more on that to follow.

Happy holidays.

Wii U

First impression: the software update phase takes way_too_long at 17 down

swan tron dot yawn

swan tron dot yawn


My guess is that hundreds of thousands of pimpled tweens are likely prepping their systems, in preparation for handing me my ass in Black Ops 2. Should be good times.

Busy

Busy at work upgrading the RightNow site. Busy at home chasing our mobile baby. Not too busy to throw a thumb up…

busy

New blog content will follow shortly. I have a RaspberryPi Cobbler kit and case on order from AdaFruit, and a Wii U reserved at GameStop. Automated garage door opener is in the planning phase for the former, and Mass Effect 3 sitting in wait for the later. Stay tuned.

Galaxy SIII as an E-Reader

Maybe the most pleasingly unexpected aspect of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is it’s e-reader usefulness. I have a tablet collecting dust…the size / resolution of the S3 screen knocks it out of the park.

The iPhone 5 is a pretty nice piece of hardware, but that screen is a joke compared to the Galaxy. Take a look at the phone if you have not…best piece on the market hands down.

Even more pleasing than the e-reader function is the fact that I am done e-reading this boring piece of shit…

ulysses sucks

Scratch that off the old to-do list. Stab five at this thing was finally a success, with the four previous (print form) attempts failing after a short bit. I finally ‘get’ the book, but really think the thing is overrated. Whatever…on to something new. Go Samsung.