Le Mans Cars On The Streets of Japan

I found this video a long time ago and chanced upon it last night while checking out youtube. How I wish I was that rich to be able to drive a real le mans car on the streets. I know it wouldn’t make sense to every average person but being a car guy, things like this can be considered as orgasm for us.

Credits to the video poster and it plays in 4k too damn!I found this video a long time ago and chanced upon it last night while checking out youtube. How I wish I was that rich to be able to drive a real le mans car on the streets. I know it wouldn’t make sense to every average person but being a car guy, things like this can be considered as orgasm for us.

Credits to the video poster and it plays in 4k too damn!

Linux Mint 18 Dell Inspiron 5521 Fan Issue Fix

Last month I decided to upgrade my Dell laptop to Linux Mint 18 (Sarah) from Linux Mint 17.3. I have been using linux mint as a daily driver for that laptop and so far I have no issues with it until after upgrading to linux mint 18.

The fans on my laptop kept running at full speed even if its idle. A quick google search and I found out that I am not the only one having the issue. It does seem like it is a common issue with Dell laptops not just the model that I own and it is not specific with linux mint as well.

I did try to configure a lot of things including changing settings in acpi to linux but that did not seem to help. I found out about i8kutils during the process but after installing it, the fans just stopped working for a few seconds then went back to it’s merry own way of running at full speed.

Installing lm-sensors (sudo apt-get install lm-sensors) did not show that it detected any fans on my system (an update to this after a kernel upgrade provided by linux mint, running lm-sensors now show that it detects a fan and shows the fan speed) even though you can hear the fan physicall running.

Please watch the video below on how I fixed the issue for my machine. It might or might not work for you but it is worth a try anyway. This might also work for other Dell laptops not just the model that I have. If it does work for you please leave a comment here or on my youtube video and please state the dell laptop model you used it on to help other people.

My config file below (i8kmon.conf)

# Run as daemon, override with --daemon option
set config(daemon) 0

# Automatic fan control, override with --auto option
set config(auto) 1

# Report status on stdout, override with --verbose option
set config(verbose) 1

# Status check timeout (seconds), override with --timeout option
set config(timeout) 20

# Temperature thresholds: {fan_speeds low_ac high_ac low_batt high_batt}
set config(0) {{-1 0} -1 40 -1 40}
set config(1) {{-1 1} 30 60 30 60}
set config(2) {{-1 2} 59 100 59 100}

# For computer with 2 fans, use a variant of this instead:
# Temperature thresholds: {fan_speeds low_ac high_ac low_batt high_batt}
# set config(0) {{-1 0} -1 52 -1 65}
# set config(1) {{-1 1} 41 66 55 75}
# set config(2) {{-1 1} 55 80 65 85}
# set config(3) {{-1 2} 70 128 75 128}

# end of file

BSD = Unilimited Headache

I started out my linux adventures via slackware linux. Now I am using the easiest way out Linux Mint just because I am getting old and when you get old there are a lot of things you best spend your time on. Back then everyone was playing with their redhat and I insisted that I wanted something out of the box. I still remember my happy mother when I ask her to buy me a book that was so thick and was quite expensive. It was a Linux for dummies book because I wanted to learn how to use the operating system and internet back then was a real pain in the ass. Google was not yet conceived so there was really not much for me to get the information from.

When I started with slackware I can still remember the 2 drives that died on me during the process for installing, removing, re-installing, partition, re-partition but I did learn a few bits here and there. Back then linux package management was not yet the thing. You have to download and compile including the dependencies for a program to be installed in slackware.

Fast forward this year, I got bored and said to myself that I really want to try and learn a fair bit of BSD. So I downloaded the iso and for testing purposes installed it in a virtual machine (thank God for the people who created those things). Yep it was a pain but using it brings back the slackware days during my younger years. Make, make install, tar etc etc. It’s only now that I understood what it meant by slackware is most unix like linux distro. So I guess having experience with slackware did help me with playing around with BSD.

I did have some old hardware I was planning to use BSD on and use the machine as my home server but unfortunately life is hard nowadays and I don’t really have the extra means to buy western digital red nas drives. Maybe in time I can learn more about bsd and the infamous file system they are using and be able to apply it on my home server but for now I will play around with it inside the virtual box. I might be able to score some cheap 250gb hdd soon and use that as my main bsd drive and dual boot the desktop.

For people who want to venture into BSD, I would suggest you read up the Freebsd manual its really quite good and has a lot of information. Let’s face it if you have no experience with BSD the first thing that will come to your mind would be FreeBSD. Be prepared for the unlimited headache you will get though, chances are some of your hardware requires a lot of configuring to do. Some of your linux application might not have been ported to FreeBSD. You might need to compile one on your own.

Sayonara Tarantula

My tarantulas need to go. I need to free up space in my room since I am sharing it with my girlfriend. Another factor is its pretty hard to find food for them, at least where I live.

Tarantulas are really not hard to take care of and their up keep is really cheap. Initial cost might be high for the terrarium and cocopeat and stuff but there are cheaper plastic alternatives you can use.

Once they are inside their terrariums, all you need to make sure is they have water in the water dish and feed them. They do not really eat too much since they do not move a lot their metabolism is quite slow. Tarantulas are also known to go on for days without food. Perfect example is my Grammostola Rosea which only eats once a month. If you check in google, this is not an unusual behavior for these species.

The only issue I have with their food is that meal worms, crickets, roaches is really hard to find from where I am at. I of course do not want to take care of a colony since I live in a condominium (imagine having a colony of crickets in your condominium balcony, I am pretty sure every neighbor that you have will go and complain to the building admin). When I do get the time to buy crickets or meal worm, the rest of them just die before I feed my T’s again since they do not really eat everyday and I only have 3 of them.

Well I hope I can find someone to adopt them and take care of them. The G. Rosea I will miss the most since she is pretty docile and she is the only one I can really handle without having to be afraid that she might be me.

Below are photos of my T’s

Brachypelma Smithi a.k.a Mexican Red Knee

Grammostola Rosea a.k.a. Chilean Rose

Phormictopus cancerides a.k.a. Haitian Brown

Dead Liquid Cooling

So I woke up today and turned on my desktop… 2x120mm AIO fans unusually running at full speed. I check speed and fan and my processor was burning. So I turned off my desktop and quickly checked inside bios and found out that the pump was not reporting any activity. I switched the pump fan header to a different fan header on my system board and turned on the machine. Result = SAME

My tower before the pump died

So I took out the OEM Intel fan that I had and quickly installed it hoping I would get the same result (hoping that the AIO pump was not dead) but viola the system temps were back to normal. So as it stand my Deepcool gamerstorm 240MM AIO pump is dead. The fans run but the stupid pump is dead.

Oh well the system is now back up to normal using the original OEM Intel fan. I am thinking of keeping it this way for a bit since I am due for a system upgrade soon and I only usually do light gaming on the desktop anyways (Dota 2) and thats about it. I mostly use it for torrents and watching movies on my TV.

Damn deepcool it’s so sad to see it die but you can’t have it all. I’m going to include it on the desktop set that I am selling (Intel E7400, 4gb corsair ram, Asus P5Q SE Plus, Coolermaster PSU and a broken 9800 GT) Hope someone buys it and I am going to use the money to buy WD NAS Reds.

RIP Deepcool

Flat File CMS

Flat file webpages are fast. Been into this open source cms things for sometime now (like since the first wordpress version came out) and all of my time with this has been spent with CMS + database which is not too bad if you have nice hosting and you don’t get too much traffic.

Some of the issue I have encountered with dynamic database driven cms are

  • you need a fast server & web host if you will run a lot of plugins
  • the more users, the more database calls hence slowing site performance if you are not on a fast server
  • needing fast server/web host means needing to pay more

Above are just few things I can think of. Don’t get me wrong but I am for dynamic websites that is if you need one. I have ran an SMF Forum site for years before and I know the pains when you have large number of users specially forum websites. I had to move from shared hosting to reseller hosing to VPS and finally to a dedicated unmanaged server within 1 year because the website growth went fast.

Recently I got into static webpage generators such as Jekyll but it was too technical for me. I am not that technical when it comes to back-end coding and shit hahaha.

A few months back I remember reading about this flat file cms (i.e. grav, kirby, pico, automad, nibbleblog etc). So a few days ago I went on to Mr. Google and searched for flat file cms. I read about bludit from a reddit link I found and tried it out. So far so good for this CMS at least for this personal site that I am running.

Plugin availability is enough for me atleast for what I need but I’d like to see more of the things I got used to wordpress but I ain’t complaining bitches

So for the first few runs at bludit, it seems all good for now.