Posts Categorized: Internet

Faraday Cage

Faraday cage
keeps me from posting
on a far away page
keeps me suppressing
all this ire and rage
I spend my time just keeping track
of all the wars that I’d wage
soon as they let me out of this
Faraday cage

Upgrading From Kubuntu 11.04 to 11.10

It has always been a bit challenging for me to upgrade Kubuntu since I tend to add programs that are not in the default install.  Often enough, it comes down to giving up an upgrade and just installing anew.  Thankfully, /home is in its own partition so I get to keep my data.

Recently, the upgrade process has been less glitchy but still, I had issues.  The install asked me about a config file which it wanted to overwrite.  No problem, I said, and clicked the option to make it so.  Then the machine stopped responding.  Hey, alright, I thought, no choice but to hit the reset button and face whatever demons await after the reboot.

After rebooting, the machine spun and spun.  I hit ctrl-alt F-something to try and get a command prompt, which I got.  Logged in, tried apt-get update/upgrade and it suggested I do sudo dpkg –configure -a instead.  Doing so made the machine do its thing and continue its installation.  Another reboot and I had upgraded to 11.10.

Now the annoying part: kmail migration is borked.  SERIOUSLY?  Yes, it’s a known issue and yes, there were instructions online on how to manually backup files and re-import them into the new kmail but again, SERIOUSLY?  Someone really decided to release Kubuntu with the main e-mail application upgrade process broken?  This isn’t some obscure app or game that very few people would care about…this is e-mail.

After having gone through the process of doing the manual migration (is migration really the term for upgrading to a new version of the same application?) I had to deal with kwallet to store my e-mail account information.  Now, after I log in with my username and password to get to the desktop, I have to type in another password so kwallet knows that it’s ok for kmail to access my e-mail account information.

In the end, I’ve upgraded.  Everything seems to be working, and I’m hoping that just a little more digging around would help me figure out the extra password entry annoyance.  Rant completed.

A song dedicated to Sony

Courtesy of Cee Lo Green:

“I guess the change in my pocket wasn’t enough…”

Let’s step back for a minute here and recall this wonderful gem from last year: from the playstation blog:

“The next system software update for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will be released on April 1, 2010 (JST), and will disable the “Install Other OS” feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models, launched in September 2009. This feature enabled users to install an operating system, but due to security concerns, Sony Computer Entertainment will remove the functionality through the 3.21 system software update.”

With that, Sony took away my ability to run Linux on the PS3.  Granted, I didn’t run Linux on my PS3 — I had a 40Gig version which didn’t have enough space to house all the installs and saved games I wanted let alone the space I’d have liked to devote to running a copy of Ubuntu.  It was one of the expensive gaming console’s actual selling points: it was Linux-friendly, and I thought that was cool.

As quoted from that blog post from last year, the option to install Linux  was stripped from the gaming console in the name of security.  Although I was upset that the company took away features from a product I had already bought, I thought hey, if I wanted to “securely” play online, I needed the firmware upgrade.  I patched and went on my merry way fragging and platforming as I had always done.

Fast forward to present time.  A week after news of the Playstation Network service being disrupted broke out, I receive a note from Sony saying that

“Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for you dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.”

To recap, Sony crippled the Playstation 3 in order to secure it, insinuating that I can’t be trusted to install and run another OS on my hardware.  Sony then miserably fails to secure my personal information stored seemingly unencrypted in their databases from identity thieves.  [4/28/11 — Sony notes today that some of the data was indeed encrypted]  With the intrusion cleanup, the network has also been down for some time now with no set date for getting back online.  I guess the PS3 doesn’t do everything after all.

Sing it, Cee Lo.

Farmville Haikus

Clicking and waiting
This is so embarrassing
Twelve hours for rice!

Formerly strangers,
as a token of friendship,
I gift you a cow

These cherry blossoms
at the edge of my small farm
are taking their time

Visiting your farm
fertilizing and feeding…
I’m not your damn bitch!

This game is pointless
I could be more productive
yet I am still here

I found a penguin!
No, I don’t want to share it,
I want to keep it!

Raspberries in two,
strawberries in four hours —
I am a loser

Billy Corgan sang
“Time is never time at all” —
T’was about Farmville

I saw a sad cow
on my way to a neighbor —
I have to refresh

Darl McBride’s Island

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from a “Unix Port”
Aboard a sinking ship.

The mate was a mighty selling man
The skipper wasn’t sure
Six passengers sat sail back then
For a legal language tour (a legal language tour)

The language started getting rough
The chrysler case was tossed (almost)
If not for the “courage” of the fearless crew
The lawsuits would be lost (the lawsuits would be lost)

The ship held ground on the shore of this
Old Mormon Desert Isle
With Billy Gates
And Ballmer too
Some millionaire
Named McBride
A Courtroom Star
McNealy and Canadians
Here on Darl McBride’s Isle