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Registered a new domain

April 7th, 2016

I have registered dtschland.eu which spells deutschland (germany) when you rearrange the letters. I have registered this for 10 years at 2.99 euros per year. It was a pretty good deal.

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I waited 3 years for this moment

March 30th, 2016

OpenBSD 5.9 was released early yesterday. But I was already working to accomodate it on my Mac Mini. Yes it's running OpenBSD now on a split-boot called rEFInd. I waited 3 years for that moment, but I always felt that previous versions of OpenBSD weren't ready for the mac mini. Here is a dmesg:

rebooting.
OpenBSD 5.9 (GENERIC.MP) #0: Wed Mar 30 14:07:30 CEST 2016
    pjp@earth.centroid.eu:/usr/src/sys/arch/amd64/compile/GENERIC.MP
RTC BIOS diagnostic error ab
real mem = 17063546880 (16273MB)
avail mem = 16542203904 (15775MB)
mpath0 at root
scsibus0 at mpath0: 256 targets
mainbus0 at root
bios0 at mainbus0: SMBIOS rev. 2.4 @ 0x8ad12000 (83 entries)
bios0: vendor Apple Inc. version "censored" date 09/11/2015
bios0: Apple Inc. Macmini6,2
acpi0 at bios0: rev 2
acpi0: sleep states S0 S3 S4 S5
acpi0: tables DSDT FACP HPET APIC SBST ECDT SSDT SSDT SSDT SSDT SSDT ...
acpi0: wakeup devices P0P2(S3) EC__(S3) GMUX(S3) HDEF(S3) RP01(S3) ...
acpitimer0 at acpi0: 3579545 Hz, 24 bits
acpihpet0 at acpi0: 14318179 Hz
acpimadt0 at acpi0 addr 0xfee00000: PC-AT compat
cpu0 at mainbus0: apid 0 (boot processor)
cpu0: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3615QM CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2295.13 MHz
cpu0: FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,CMOV,P...
cpu0: 256KB 64b/line 8-way L2 cache
cpu0: smt 0, core 0, package 0
mtrr: Pentium Pro MTRR support, 10 var ranges, 88 fixed ranges
cpu0: apic clock running at 99MHz
cpu0: mwait min=64, max=64, C-substates=0.2.1.1.2, IBE
cpu1 at mainbus0: apid 2 (application processor)
cpu1: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3615QM CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2294.79 MHz
cpu1: FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,CMOV,PAT...
cpu1: 256KB 64b/line 8-way L2 cache
cpu1: smt 0, core 1, package 0
cpu2 at mainbus0: apid 4 (application processor)
cpu2: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3615QM CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2294.79 MHz
cpu2: FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,CMOV,PAT,P...
cpu2: 256KB 64b/line 8-way L2 cache
cpu2: smt 0, core 2, package 0
cpu3 at mainbus0: apid 6 (application processor)
cpu3: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3615QM CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2294.79 MHz
cpu3: FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,CMOV,PAT,PSE...
cpu3: 256KB 64b/line 8-way L2 cache
cpu3: smt 0, core 3, package 0
cpu4 at mainbus0: apid 1 (application processor)
cpu4: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3615QM CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2294.79 MHz
cpu4: FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,CMOV,PA...
cpu4: 256KB 64b/line 8-way L2 cache
cpu4: smt 1, core 0, package 0
cpu5 at mainbus0: apid 3 (application processor)
cpu5: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3615QM CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2294.79 MHz
cpu5: FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,CMOV,PAT...
cpu5: 256KB 64b/line 8-way L2 cache
cpu5: smt 1, core 1, package 0
cpu6 at mainbus0: apid 5 (application processor)
cpu6: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3615QM CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2294.79 MHz
cpu6: FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE,MCA,...
cpu6: 256KB 64b/line 8-way L2 cache
cpu6: smt 1, core 2, package 0
cpu7 at mainbus0: apid 7 (application processor)
cpu7: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3615QM CPU @ 2.30GHz, 2294.79 MHz
cpu7: FPU,VME,DE,PSE,TSC,MSR,PAE,MCE,CX8,APIC,SEP,MTRR,PGE...
cpu7: 256KB 64b/line 8-way L2 cache
cpu7: smt 1, core 3, package 0
ioapic0 at mainbus0: apid 2 pa 0xfec00000, version 20, 24 pins
ioapic0: misconfigured as apic 0, remapped to apid 2
acpiec0 at acpi0
acpimcfg0 at acpi0 addr 0xe0000000, bus 0-154
acpiprt0 at acpi0: bus 0 (PCI0)
acpiprt1 at acpi0: bus 4 (P0P2)
acpiprt2 at acpi0: bus 1 (RP01)
acpiprt3 at acpi0: bus 2 (RP02)
acpiprt4 at acpi0: bus 3 (RP03)
acpicpu0 at acpi0: C3(200@198 mwait.1@0x30), C2(500@148 mwai...
acpicpu1 at acpi0: C3(200@198 mwait.1@0x30), C2(500@148 mwait...
acpicpu2 at acpi0: C3(200@198 mwait.1@0x30), C2(500@148 mwait...
acpicpu3 at acpi0: C3(200@198 mwait.1@0x30), C2(500@148 mwait...
acpicpu4 at acpi0: C3(200@198 mwait.1@0x30), C2(500@148 mwait....
acpicpu5 at acpi0: C3(200@198 mwait.1@0x30), C2(500@148 mwait.1...
acpicpu6 at acpi0: C3(200@198 mwait.1@0x30), C2(500@148 mwait.1...
acpicpu7 at acpi0: C3(200@198 mwait.1@0x30), C2(500@148 mwait....
acpibtn0 at acpi0: PWRB
acpibtn1 at acpi0: SLPB
acpivideo0 at acpi0: IGPU
cpu0: Enhanced SpeedStep 2295 MHz: speeds: 2301, 2300, ...
pci0 at mainbus0 bus 0
pchb0 at pci0 dev 0 function 0 "Intel Core 3G Host" rev 0x09
ppb0 at pci0 dev 1 function 0 "Intel Core 3G PCIE" rev 0x09: msi
pci1 at ppb0 bus 4
ppb1 at pci1 dev 0 function 0 "Intel DSL3510 Thunderbolt" rev 0x03
pci2 at ppb1 bus 5
ppb2 at pci2 dev 0 function 0 "Intel DSL3510 Thunderbolt" rev 0x03: msi
pci3 at ppb2 bus 6
"Intel DSL3510 Thunderbolt" rev 0x03 at pci3 dev 0 function 0 not configured
ppb3 at pci2 dev 3 function 0 "Intel DSL3510 Thunderbolt" rev 0x03: msi
pci4 at ppb3 bus 7
ppb4 at pci2 dev 4 function 0 "Intel DSL3510 Thunderbolt" rev 0x03: msi
pci5 at ppb4 bus 56
ppb5 at pci2 dev 5 function 0 "Intel DSL3510 Thunderbolt" rev 0x03: msi
pci6 at ppb5 bus 105
ppb6 at pci2 dev 6 function 0 "Intel DSL3510 Thunderbolt" rev 0x03: msi
pci7 at ppb6 bus 106
inteldrm0 at pci0 dev 2 function 0 "Intel HD Graphics 4000" rev 0x09
drm0 at inteldrm0
inteldrm0: msi
inteldrm0: 1920x1080
wsdisplay0 at inteldrm0 mux 1: console (std, vt100 emulation)
wsdisplay0: screen 1-5 added (std, vt100 emulation)
xhci0 at pci0 dev 20 function 0 "Intel 7 Series xHCI" rev 0x04: msi
usb0 at xhci0: USB revision 3.0
uhub0 at usb0 "Intel xHCI root hub" rev 3.00/1.00 addr 1
"Intel 7 Series MEI" rev 0x04 at pci0 dev 22 function 0 not configured
ehci0 at pci0 dev 26 function 0 "Intel 7 Series USB" rev 0x04: apic 2 int 23
usb1 at ehci0: USB revision 2.0
uhub1 at usb1 "Intel EHCI root hub" rev 2.00/1.00 addr 1
azalia0 at pci0 dev 27 function 0 "Intel 7 Series HD Audio" rev 0x04: msi
azalia0: codecs: Cirrus Logic CS4206, Intel/0x2806, using Cirrus Logic CS4206
audio0 at azalia0
ppb7 at pci0 dev 28 function 0 "Intel 7 Series PCIE" rev 0xc4: msi
pci8 at ppb7 bus 1
bge0 at pci8 dev 0 function 0 "Broadcom BCM57766" rev 0x01, 
brgphy0 at bge0 phy 1: BCM57765 10/100/1000baseT PHY, rev. 1
sdhc0 at pci8 dev 0 function 1 "Broadcom SD Host Controller" rev 0x01: apic 2 int 17
sdmmc0 at sdhc0
ppb8 at pci0 dev 28 function 1 "Intel 7 Series PCIE" rev 0xc4: msi
pci9 at ppb8 bus 2
"Broadcom BCM4331" rev 0x02 at pci9 dev 0 function 0 not configured
ppb9 at pci0 dev 28 function 2 "Intel 7 Series PCIE" rev 0xc4: msi
pci10 at ppb9 bus 3
"AT&T/Lucent FW643 1394" rev 0x08 at pci10 dev 0 function 0 not configured
ehci1 at pci0 dev 29 function 0 "Intel 7 Series USB" rev 0x04: apic 2 int 22
usb2 at ehci1: USB revision 2.0
uhub2 at usb2 "Intel EHCI root hub" rev 2.00/1.00 addr 1
pcib0 at pci0 dev 31 function 0 "Intel HM77 LPC" rev 0x04
ahci0 at pci0 dev 31 function 2 "Intel 7 Series AHCI" rev 0x04: msi, AHCI 1.3
ahci0: port 0: 3.0Gb/s
scsibus1 at ahci0: 32 targets
sd0 at scsibus1 targ 0 lun 0:  SCSI3 0/direct fixed naa.5000cca6a0d00051
sd0: 953869MB, 512 bytes/sector, 1953525168 sectors
ichiic0 at pci0 dev 31 function 3 "Intel 7 Series SMBus" rev 0x04: apic 2 int 18
iic0 at ichiic0
spdmem0 at iic0 addr 0x50: 8GB DDR3 SDRAM PC3-12800 SO-DIMM
spdmem1 at iic0 addr 0x52: 8GB DDR3 SDRAM PC3-12800 SO-DIMM
isa0 at pcib0
isadma0 at isa0
com0 at isa0 port 0x3f8/8 irq 4: ns8250, no fifo
pcppi0 at isa0 port 0x61
spkr0 at pcppi0
asmc0 at isa0 port 0x300/32: rev 2.8f608, 432 keys
asmc0: read light 0 failed (0x81)
asmc0: read light 1 failed (0x81)
efifb at mainbus0 not configured
nvram: invalid checksum
uhub3 at uhub0 port 1 "Asmedia ASM107x" rev 2.10/1.00 addr 2
uvideo0 at uhub3 port 3 configuration 1 interface 0 "Logitech Webcam C310" rev 2.00/0.10 addr 3
video0 at uvideo0
uaudio0 at uhub3 port 3 configuration 1 interface 2 "Logitech Webcam C310" rev 2.00/0.10 addr 3
uaudio0: audio descriptors make no sense, error=4
ugen0 at uhub3 port 3 configuration 1 "Logitech Webcam C310" rev 2.00/0.10 addr 3
uhub4 at uhub0 port 3 "Apple, Inc. Keyboard Hub" rev 2.00/96.15 addr 4
uhidev0 at uhub4 port 2 configuration 1 interface 0 "Apple Inc. Apple Keyboard" rev 2.00/0.74 addr 5
uhidev0: iclass 3/1
ukbd0 at uhidev0: 8 variable keys, 5 key codes, country code 13
wskbd0 at ukbd0: console keyboard, using wsdisplay0
uhidev1 at uhub4 port 2 configuration 1 interface 1 "Apple Inc. Apple Keyboard" rev 2.00/0.74 addr 5
uhidev1: iclass 3/0
uhid0 at uhidev1: input=1, output=0, feature=0
uhidev2 at uhub0 port 4 configuration 1 interface 0 "PixArt USB Optical Mouse" rev 1.10/1.00 addr 6
uhidev2: iclass 3/1
ums0 at uhidev2: 3 buttons, Z dir
wsmouse0 at ums0 mux 0
uhub5 at uhub0 port 5 "Asmedia ASM107x" rev 3.00/1.00 addr 7
uhub6 at uhub1 port 1 "Intel Rate Matching Hub" rev 2.00/0.00 addr 2
uhub7 at uhub2 port 1 "Intel Rate Matching Hub" rev 2.00/0.00 addr 2
uhub8 at uhub7 port 8 "Standard Microsystems product 0x2512" rev 2.00/b.b3 addr 3
uhub9 at uhub8 port 1 "Apple Inc. BRCM20702 Hub" rev 2.00/1.00 addr 4
uhidev3 at uhub9 port 1 configuration 1 interface 0 "Apple Computer product 0x820a" rev 2.00/1.00 addr 5
uhidev3: iclass 3/1, 1 report id
ukbd1 at uhidev3 reportid 1: 8 variable keys, 6 key codes
wskbd1 at ukbd1 mux 1
wskbd1: connecting to wsdisplay0
uhidev4 at uhub9 port 2 configuration 1 interface 0 "Apple Computer product 0x820b" rev 2.00/1.00 addr 6
uhidev4: iclass 3/1, 2 report ids
ums1 at uhidev4 reportid 2: 3 buttons
wsmouse1 at ums1 mux 0
ugen1 at uhub9 port 3 "Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller" rev 2.00/1.18 addr 7
uhidev5 at uhub8 port 2 configuration 1 interface 0 "Apple, Inc. IR Receiver" rev 2.00/1.00 addr 8
uhidev5: iclass 3/0, 38 report ids
uhid1 at uhidev5 reportid 36: input=4, output=0, feature=0
uhid2 at uhidev5 reportid 37: input=4, output=0, feature=0
uhid3 at uhidev5 reportid 38: input=4, output=0, feature=0
vscsi0 at root
scsibus2 at vscsi0: 256 targets
softraid0 at root
scsibus3 at softraid0: 256 targets
root on sd0a (b9c65093a46f0080.a) swap on sd0b dump on sd0b
clock: unknown CMOS layout

I truncated some long lines. Protected by pledge and W^X, yeah!

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Ordered 100 Mbit Internet

March 28th, 2016

I have ordered from the Telekom in Germany the vdsl100 or magenta zuhause L. With this I have ordered extra tv packages. As the contract that I was in with ADSL before renewed itself for 12 months I'll also have to continue paying the other provider until feb. 2017. Or I'll pay it in one batch which will be better for tax writeoffs. Anyhow the day when I'm supposed to be switched is on april 23rd or so. Wish me luck.

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A rare word on politics

March 27th, 2016

The European Union is always enveloped in crisis. We have the finance crisis, the refugee crisis and the schengen crisis. I'm gonna talk about the united europe a little bit which is rare on this blog. Europe is pretty well off in the world picture, but our unity hurts others, mainly fringe states, who see no way to compete with the united europe beside them. This causes political unrest and always will cause political unrest until the union does something about it.

  1. Libya - I think was a mistake for NATO to get involved in. They are worst off now than before with col. gaddaffi. My thought is that we should finish the job and restore order by invading that country.
  2. Syria - The islamic state is pure evil, and bombing them won't be a solution. I say "boots on the ground" here too.
  3. Ukraine - is a loser of being wedged between Russia and EU. We should help them economically.
  4. Turkey - this country is interesting because it is wedged against Russia, Iran and Turkey. They would like to join the EU but europe is not quite sure how to deal with a semi-dictatorship which is their response to Europe not willing to take them in. I say give them economic incentives to steer away from this dictatorship fate.
  5. Caliphate - is a term to name the arabic superstate, however without a caliph (fuehrer) what would you call it? It is in europes best intentions to break down the borders of old arabia and start building a pan-arabia with hopefully democratic values. Think of a guy who has grown up taking his little brother on his shoulders, both get a good perspective.
  6. Israel - is doing pretty good so far, we need a solution about gaza and pan-arabia.
  7. Africa - should be given economic incentives, so that they can become the next regional power. Desertec should be built to support europe but the energy gained should then be reversed and flow toward Ethiopia's dams in order to insure electricity for all of africa. If you don't understand this, please look at a map of africa.
  8. Russia - should be given economic incentives
So that's my current view on politics in our hemisphere. When I say boots on ground I mean an occupation, but not just for a decade but as the model that was done in germany with the allies. So far I'm counting 70+ years. That is what should be done on a Libya/Syria axis to help unite Arabia with a sort of marshall plan. Arabia (pan arabia) needs immense economic aid.

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Handing down my Raspberry Pi model B

March 27th, 2016

Happy Easter. I'm handing down my RPI model B to whoever wants it, I'd prefer giving it away to a young boy or girl at age 11+ that is interested in computers but doesn't have the money to buy a Pi. I'd prefer shipping it within Europe as there is no toll/customs. The stuff cost me around 150 euros altogether (ada fruit display, rpi model b, german power supply (5 watts) and two cases as well as an SD card, hardly used). If you are interested send me an email.

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Very cool presentation by Agarwal

March 27th, 2016

I've been watching this guys science for a while. It intrigues me and my dreams are shaped around the topic of photonic computers. I want to show you the latest presentation I've seen from him:

If only I were smart enough to build me one computer such as that, but to be truthful there is a lot of researchers worldwide trying to make this happen, so why would I succeed? lol.

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Spring now...

March 21st, 2016

Well it's spring now. The equinox came and went and I didn't even blog about it. However I did find a tweet by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, that said that because of refraction of light the equinox actually has more daylight than night and it's not "equal day/night", but without this refraction of light there would be exactly the same time for night and day. Anyhow I found the tweet worth blogging about.

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Making a turn-key dns server out of DelphinusDNSD

March 19th, 2016

Freifunk Franken needed a turn-key server to convert a MAC address to an AAAA RR via DNS, so I fleshed out (stripped out) a lot of parts from delphinusdnsd and made it available to them ( FFFdnsd.tgz). The code to this is open source. Most of the functionality is that I put together last night is in lookup_zone() which creates a struct domain on the fly. There is some inefficiencies on how the code is right now, but it works and that's the main point.

We discussed a little about buffer overflows, but I'm thinking if I introduced anything bad in lookup_zone() then that's where to find those. The rest of the code is identical to the delphinusdnsd code base (which also runs in production). I'm glad to be of use with my 10 year old daemon. It's not every day that I get a request such as this one.

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Lordy Lordy look who is Forty

March 14th, 2016

In a few days I'm turning age forty. Time really went by fast. I'll be updating my private section of my webpage very soon to reflect this.

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30 Years of Personal Computing History

March 6th, 2016

I have updated my chart of all computers I have ever bought (except the RPI) that I last left in this article. Had I an accumulated computer of all clockcycles and RAM my computer today would be a single core 50 GHz computer with nearly 100 GB of RAM. Wow! However I don't have all the computers anymore so it's less than that in reality. Here is the updated chart...

year  , computer type       , Mhz     ,acc. Mhz , RAM        ,accumulated RAM
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1986  , Sinclair ZX-81      , 1    Mhz, 1    Mhz, 4        KB,  4         KB
1988  , Commodore C-64      , 2    Mhz, 3    Mhz, 64       KB,  68        KB
1992  , IBM-PC 386-SX25     , 25   Mhz, 28   Mhz, 4096     KB,  4164      KB
1994  , IBM-PC 486-66DX2    , 66   Mhz, 94   Mhz, 8192     KB,  12356     KB
1996  , Intel Pentium 120   , 120  Mhz, 214  Mhz, 32767    KB,  45123     KB
1999  , Intel P-II-350      , 350  Mhz, 564  Mhz, 131072   KB,  176195    KB
1999  , Intel P-II-350      , 350  Mhz, 914  Mhz, 131072   KB,  307267    KB
2000  , AMD Athlon 1000     , 992  Mhz, 1906 Mhz, 262144   KB,  569411    KB
2001  , Apple G3 iBook      , 500  Mhz, 2406 Mhz, 131072   KB,  700483    KB
2001  , Apple G4 Cube       , 450  Mhz, 2856 Mhz, 131072   KB,  831555    KB
2003  , Intel Pentium 200   , 200  Mhz, 3056 Mhz, 65535    KB,  897090    KB
2005  , AMD Athlon64 3500+  , 2200 Mhz, 5256 Mhz, 4194304  KB,  5091394   KB
2010  , Intel Core i7 4core , 9600 Mhz,14000 Mhz, 8192000  KB, 13000000   KB
2011  , Intel Atom N270	    , 1600 Mhz,15600 Mhz, 1024000  KB, 14000000   KB
2012  , AMD C-60 "Ontario"  , 1000 Mhz,16600 Mhz, 4096000  KB, 18000000   KB
2013  , Apple Mac mini      , 8400 Mhz,25000 Mhz,16000000  KB, 34000000   KB
2014  , Intel Xeon E3-      ,14000 Mhz,39000 Mhz,32000000  KB, 66000000   KB
2015  , Celeron CPU N2940   , 7200 Mhz,46000 Mhz, 4096000  KB, 70000000   KB
2015  , Apple MBP Core i5   , 5800 Mhz,52000 Mhz,16000000  KB, 86000000   KB
2015  , PC-Engines APU 2    , ?       , ?       , 2048000  KB, 88000000   KB
2016  , PC-Engines APU 4    , ?       , ?       , 4092000  KB, 92000000   KB
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Let's see a "computer generation" is 1.5 years and 4 years have passed did 3 generations after doubling each generation hold true for me?
generation 1 - 36
generation 2 - 72
generation 3 - 144

So judging by this I should be buying a 64 GB RAM machine at mid year in 2016. (In order to stay true to Moores law...) Sorry that's not gonna happen, I plan on keeping at a bit of a standstill until 2020. But since this will be another generation past, I'll be expected to get a 256 GB RAM machine or so (by 2020). Wow! I do hope I find a use for it, but with Virtual Reality on the horizon I'm sure there will be.

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