Texas Senate Bill 1588: eliminate vehicle inspections

Texas is one of the minority of states still requiring annual inspections.  I believe that safety inspections are a money grab hidden behind a fig leaf of “public safety”.  Having said that, Continue reading

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first CAD lesson

There are several FOSS (free / open source) CAD programs in linux.  The main ones appear to be LibreCAD for 2D and FreeCAD for 3d.

I chose FreeCAD and did the basic part design tutorial.  It teaches first things  like constraints, extrusion from 2D to 3D, Continue reading

Virtualbox XP guest crashing on Arch

My XP virtual worked fine under Debian for various R/C simulators.

I really hadn’t been playing with it since going to Arch but the virtuals were crashing (“Aborted”) whenever video drawing got complex. Hmmm.

I jacked with every setting that looked promising in VB, BIOS, etc.  Then I checked my video driver.  Ahhh….
Arch was using the Nouveau driver, the open source default driver for nVidia cards.  Arch was running everything so snappy I didn’t think about loading the nVidia drivers. I stuffed the legacy drivers for the GeForce 210 in there and virtualbox seems to be much happier.

sudo pacman -S nvidia-340xx

Karting in Caddo Mills

Denise and I spent a couple of hours at the Dallas Karting Complex today.

The temp was in the mid-90s at the time but the real heat came from the workout.  We did two 5-lap sessions and I was beat.  Those little carts can pull some Gs in the corners.

It took a while to trust the carts but about halfway though the second session I started to believe.  🙂  We’ve got 6 more sessions to go but we may wait for a cool front later on.

 

Squirelly power, battery backup

The power in my area blinks out frequently in wind/weather but the outages are usually just a few seconds.  I’d been threatening to get a minimal UPS but hadn’t done it yet.

Only one of my machines really matters much in this regard (main workstation) since I remote into it regularly from offsite.

I was at a thrift shop recently and found an APC Back-UPS CS 500 for $20.  They are about $100 new so I figured even if I had to buy a fresh battery I’d still be ahead.  Turns out it did need a fresh batt so I picked up this well-reviewed one for $17.49. Works great.

I yanked the plug on the APC and it merrily ran the PC.  I won’t have the monitor on the backup since I would be either 1) offsite; or 2) sitting in the dark when the UPS comes into play.

So that’s $37.49 instead of $100.  I like that discount.

700MB of manpage pre-processor?

 

Building Tor has failed since manpages cannot be built.

You need asciidoc installed to be able to build the manpages.
To build without manpages, use the –disable-asciidoc argument
when calling configure.

Fine, whatever.

sudo apt-get install asciidoc

Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
dblatex docbook docbook-dsssl docbook-utils docbook-xml docbook-xsl fonts-droid ruby1.9.1-dev ruby-switch

perlsgml w3-recs tcl-tclreadline texlive-doc-en perl-tk purifyeps chktex latexmk dvipng xindy dvidvi fragmaster lacheck latexdiff psutils t1utils libfile-which-

Need to get 699 MB of archives.
After this operation, 1,121 MB of additional disk space will be used.

Uhhhhh, no.

./configure --disable-asciidoc argument

For 700MB of diskspace I am willing to google man pages.