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OpenBSD CD's delayed, upgraded anyways

May 2nd, 2015

Well my May 1st went like always. Early in the morning I ftp'ed my OpenBSD stuff that I needed to upgrade to 5.7. And I upgraded my computers here at home throughout the day. I believe the OpenBSD store apologized and said they'd be shipping the CD's around May 7th. There was talk of a damaged master CD and the delay at the manufacturing plant producing the CD's. DeRaadt mentioned this is the first time in 20 years this has happened. I wonder what outside forces caused this... oh well we'll never know.

My setup with chrome being exported from another account stopped working, and I didn't realise it. I noticed I couldn't move the window anymore, it was stuck where it opened. So I thought the windows manager was to blame and I tried out kde4. KDE4 is good and all but I couldn't set a timezone. Then after 2 logins it wouldn't load and left me with a blank screen after login. It had to go. So I went back to fluxbox wm and got rid of the chrome browser hack, now chrome worked fine. This leaves me somewhat vulnerable but at least I can paste urls again, a feature that was greatly missed.


Httpd died overnight

April 30th, 2015

Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[19759]: logger exiting, pid 19759
Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[32319]: server exiting, pid 32319
Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[2355]: server exiting, pid 2355
Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[28754]: server exiting, pid 28754
Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[28494]: server exiting, pid 28494
Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[12653]: server exiting, pid 12653
Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[5519]: server exiting, pid 5519
Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[6672]: server exiting, pid 6672
Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[31236]: server exiting, pid 31236
Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[10641]: server exiting, pid 10641
Apr 30 01:10:32 supercluster httpd[22967]: parent terminating, pid 22967
No indication on what caused it though. I did have a lot of chinese IP's try to log in as root on my sshd on port 1022 though. Anyways the httpd is back up.


Goodbye Avon!

April 29th, 2015

When my family and I immigrated to Canada in 1987 (we eventually returned to Germany) I attended Avon Public School for grade six. Checking up on Stratford News I noticed the school building closed in 2005 and just recently torn down / demolished. I guess the school only remains a memory now more than before.


OpenBSD getting hammerfs through GSOC?

April 28th, 2015

Google has announced their students for Google Summer of Code. OpenBSD is participating and I think the highlight is porting HAMMER2 to OpenBSD. Here is an introduction to HAMMER at DragonFlyBSD's website. I'm intrigued and excited, but also a little concerned whether I'd be able to run hammer with all its options. Nonetheless a brilliant code!


Happy 25th anniversary Hubble!

April 24th, 2015

25 years ago the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low earth orbit. It allowed astronomers to see stars, nebulas, galaxies and other universe properties without having to worry about cloud cover interference. Happy Birthday Hubble!

Feel free to browse through any of these, there is some real awesome photos especially in the first link (check it's archive).


And the Park seemed inviting

April 24th, 2015

My doctors always tell me I should walk more in order to get healthier so I went to the park today.

Sorta like what Carl Sagan said about the cosmos, we've tested the water and the water seemed inviting. I think I'll be doing more of this this spring.


Donated 50 euros to OpenBSD

April 22nd, 2015

Forgot about blogging this. Last friday I made the transaction to Theo. This is the 2nd quarter donation bringing up donations to 100 euros for this year.


Bought two singles

April 22nd, 2015

I bought Tommy Lee Sparta's Hero and Spartan Soldier. Thanks goes to SVPRadio for making me aware of the first song, and I took a liking to the second as well it reminds me of the Film that I watched in german called 300. Thanks goes to Youtube for teasing me to buy this.


Vernal Equinox and Jesus

April 22th, 2015

Forgive me, I'm not really religous. I believe in a god though. When playing with xephem I noticed that the vernal equinox happened around the time Jesus died, in easter. And what is really interesting in this all is that the vernal equinox back then was really close to the constellation Aries. Given mistakes in calculations I beg to tell that Jesus's death was the start of a new age, the Age of Pisces. The time when the vernal equinox would be in the constellation pisces for 2160 years or so. It isn't exactly 2160 years but close. The next age is Aquarius and I wonder if Jesus will reappear just before that time too. Now you may think that this is too Astrologic mumbo jumbo... but the fact is that with precession of the equinoxes the point in the sky for the vernal equinox moves in retrograde fashion.


Exploring Xephem

April 21th, 2015

Look at this excerpt printed to .ps and later converted to .jpg with gimp.

This came from xephem 3.7.7 RC3, a fantastic program. One thing I noticed however that if you go forward in time the position of the Vernal Equinox which is indicated here as "VEq" does not shift. In another program called stellarium it does change, and the coordinates of RA/DEC change as well with time. I don't know if this is proper that these coordinates change with time but as a rule always provide the date when giving RA/DEC coordinates please. Future Astronomers (in 2500 years) may appreciate that.


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