MavEtJu's Distorted View of the World - 2008-12

Cycling: Caringbah to Greenacre
iPod A1285 and FreeBSD happiness
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Cycling: Caringbah to Greenacre

Posted on 2008-12-28 23:00:00
Tags: Cycling, Cycling in Sydney, Cycling in Australia

The part of greater Sydney where I live in is blessed with one cyclepath, which goes north/south all the way from Cronulla to Brighton-Le Sands. It doesn't go further, because the tunnel under the airport landingstrip is not suitable for cyclists: Cars are driving in rows of four, each side, through it at 80 kilometers per hour. It surely was something they didn't think about when they build that tunnel. And it is quite a shame, because now you can't cycle all the way around Botany Bay.

A second cyclepath goes from east-west from Homebush Bay to Brighton-Le Sands. If you link these two, you end up with a cyclepath between Cronulla and Homebush Bay! Or in my case, from Caringbah to Greenacre. good for fourty kilometers.

In a city where cyclists are considered second-rate citizens, these kind of facilities should be cherished. They are made for recreational cyclists, you wouldn't want to do them every day: They are way too messy and clumsy and you can't make proper speeds on them. So euhm.... what do we have?

From Caringbah to over the Captain Cook bridge, it's industrial area backstreet. If you come from Cronulla you can take the cyclepath between Shark Park and Taren Point. Between Sandringham and Brighton-Le Sands it is shared with pedestrians and often very windy path. Add constantly bumps and having to move up and down from the footpath onto the road, it is less than optimal.

From Brighton-Le Sands to South Strathfield goes via the Captain Cook river. The first part goes south past a lot of vegetable patches, then north past the St George soccer field, under the M5 and there I got lost. But after I hit the Princes Highway and went north I found the river again. Going past the river is very nice and even on a hot day like today it was cool enough. The whole path is interrupted by crossings with roads where you have to break, stop, pass first part, pass second part, and start again. But it is doable. And if you have, or your pillion has, enough of it, there are enough parks with playground facilities on the road.

The Captain Cook river, at Brighton-Le Sands it is a big river, but the further and further you go it will shrink in size, until at the end you have a small stream of water, 30 centimeters wide, floating in a huge concrete bed.

The last part of the trip past the Captain Cook river ends at the crossing with the Hume Highway / Liverpool Road in Strathfield. There you again see the Sydney you know, with its asphalt and cars. Luckily the footpath is safe, and two kilometers further we were at the home of Dirkie's Australian grandparents where we spend the rest of the afternoon.

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iPod A1285 and FreeBSD happiness

Posted on 2008-12-16 19:00:00
Tags: FreeBSD, iPod, Apple

Earlier this year Naomi got her hands on a blue iPod. It is the first time that an iPod thing invaded our life and now that I spend about a good two hours per day on the train, I think it is the right time. Only, what to put on it?

Music! Everywhere I see people with the white earplugs I hear their music, I see them chosing the next track and I wonder "Which music can be so good that you can listen to it every day?". So music is a no-no.

Podcasts! I have several of them and up to now I always managed to listen to them while I was working from home. Right now I don't have the luxery of working from home, or listening to them on the weekend because I spend all my time entertaining the kids. So for the last weeks these things have been piling up:

[~/.penguintv] edwin@k7>du -skh media/
4.2G    media/
[~/.penguintv] edwin@k7>find media/ -type f | wc
     250     250    9917

So, the port audio/gtkpod to the rescue!

Well, except for one thing: The last step, at the the creation of the database on the iPod the program complains: The following has occurred: Couldn't find the iPod firewire ID. And the result is that all the physical files are on it, but that the iPod doesn't index them. Brilliant piece of crap! (The iPod that is)

Google to the rescue. Use Linux they say, run lsusb(8) they say. I didn't but it didn't give me the right string (WTF??!?!??!). Project iPod got stalled until today. Again Google to the rescue. Use Linux they say, run lsusb(8) they say. For FreeBSD they say, there is a tool for this they say, since usbdevs(8) does not provide enough output they say: they say.

It didn't do much, but then it's only 152 lines. That it didn't do much was more related to this line:

if(di.udi_vendorNo != 0x05ac) // dunno if udi_productNo changes depending on the ipod model, so vendor check should suffice

This is because my iPod shows up with vendor ID 0x05ac.

[~] root@k7>usbdevs -v
Controller /dev/usb4:
addr 1: high speed, self powered, config 1, EHCI root hub(0x0000), Intel(0x0000), rev 1.00
 port 1 powered
 port 2 powered
 port 3 addr 2: high speed, power 500 mA, config 1, iPod(0x1263), Apple Inc.(0x05ac), rev 0.01
 port 4 powered

A quick patch later and:

[~] root@k7>./getserial /dev/usb4
[4:2] Apple Inc. - iPod
iSerialNumber: 000A27001D1A3886

Add it to the iPod_Control/Device/SysInfo file on your iPod:

[~] root@k7>cat /mnt/ipod/iPod_Control/Device/SysInfo
ModelNumStr: xB249
FirewireGuid: 0x000A27001D1A3886

And gtkpod will work like a charm!

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Posted on 2008-12-02 19:00:00
Tags: Happiness

The game is simple:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Judge Studdert also considered pages describing visits to a Bombay brothel, a Cairo brothel and 'Wilson's Perv Gallery' of nude pin-ups to be obscene, and held that the sex theme 'is played on throughout the whole book' even if only in a suggestive and not legally obscene way - in descriptions of a belly-dance of conversations about brothels, prostitutes and homosexuals and bossoms.
Obscenity, blasphemy, sedition - The rise and fall of literary censorship in Australia by Peter Coleman.

I bought this book for two dollars in a second-hand bookshop. Don't ask me why.

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