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Electricity for 2020

January 23rd, 2021

Good news, electricity is down. Bad news, daytime electricity is up and thus I have to pay extra money to the electric company.


Next year I'll draw a pretty graph, I may be in a different apartment too, which will have reduced heating costs (1 room less). I'll have to see if I find anything nice.


Here is a photo of me 1997

January 21st, 2021

An ex-girlfriend sent me this:

Thanks to Stacy for this! I was pretty slim back then. It was shortly before I entered the IT industry and got fat.


Three days compiling definitely paid off

January 14th, 2021

I have compiled iridium browser on my raspberry pi 4B. It worked! I'm in heaven! I wonder why these ports aren't found in openbsd-snapshot packages but the 3 days compile time could be a major factor why not.


Why does EU need a broadband satellite constellation?

January 14th, 2021

This I don't understand. Why does EU needs this? We're coming off as copycats and the fear of this for me is that it will be abused to decouple from the ONE Internet that we have now. This can't be happening. We're better off cooperating with American companies to give us broadband than doing our own and focus on some other things such as search engines and stuff. Or how about that 5G network? Is it even going to happen still?


Raspberry Pi 4B (8 GB) OpenBSD dmesg

January 13th, 2021

On Christmas I got a Raspberry Pi, it's been running a few weeks now. I thought I'd share the dmesg:

OpenBSD 6.8-current (GENERIC.MP) #952: Sat Dec 26 15:29:26 MST 2020
real mem  = 8377966592 (7989MB)
avail mem = 8088248320 (7713MB)
random: good seed from bootblocks
mainbus0 at root: ACPI
psci0 at mainbus0: PSCI 1.1, SMCCC 1.2
cpu0 at mainbus0 mpidr 0: ARM Cortex-A72 r0p3
cpu0: 48KB 64b/line 3-way L1 PIPT I-cache, 32KB 64b/line 2-way L1 D-cache
cpu0: 1024KB 64b/line 16-way L2 cache
cpu0: CRC32
cpu1 at mainbus0 mpidr 1: ARM Cortex-A72 r0p3
cpu1: 48KB 64b/line 3-way L1 PIPT I-cache, 32KB 64b/line 2-way L1 D-cache
cpu1: 1024KB 64b/line 16-way L2 cache
cpu1: CRC32
cpu2 at mainbus0 mpidr 2: ARM Cortex-A72 r0p3
cpu2: 48KB 64b/line 3-way L1 PIPT I-cache, 32KB 64b/line 2-way L1 D-cache
cpu2: 1024KB 64b/line 16-way L2 cache
cpu2: CRC32
cpu3 at mainbus0 mpidr 3: ARM Cortex-A72 r0p3
cpu3: 48KB 64b/line 3-way L1 PIPT I-cache, 32KB 64b/line 2-way L1 D-cache
cpu3: 1024KB 64b/line 16-way L2 cache
cpu3: CRC32
efi0 at mainbus0: UEFI 2.7
efi0: https://github.com/pftf/RPi4 rev 0x10000
smbios0 at efi0: SMBIOS 3.3.0
smbios0: vendor https://github.com/pftf/RPi4 version "UEFI Firmware v1.21" date 11/13/2020
smbios0: Raspberry Pi Foundation Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
apm0 at mainbus0
ampintc0 at mainbus0 nirq 256, ncpu 4 ipi: 0, 1: "interrupt-controller"
agtimer0 at mainbus0: tick rate 54000 KHz
acpi0 at mainbus0: ACPI 6.3
acpi0: sleep states
acpi0: wakeup devices
"BCM2849" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2835" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2854" at acpi0 not configured
"ACPI0004" at acpi0 not configured
xhci0 at acpi0 XHC0 addr 0x600000000/0x1000 irq 175, xHCI 1.0
usb0 at xhci0: USB revision 3.0
uhub0 at usb0 configuration 1 interface 0 "Generic xHCI root hub" rev 3.00/1.00 addr 1
"ACPI0007" at acpi0 not configured
"ACPI0007" at acpi0 not configured
"ACPI0007" at acpi0 not configured
"ACPI0007" at acpi0 not configured
"ACPI0004" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2848" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2850" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2856" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2845" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2841" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2841" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2838" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2839" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2844" at acpi0 not configured
pluart0 at acpi0 URT0 addr 0xfe201000/0x1000 irq 153
"BCM2836" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2EA6" at acpi0 not configured
"MSFT8000" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2847" at acpi0 not configured
"BCM2855" at acpi0 not configured
bse0 at acpi0 ETH0 addr 0xfd580000/0x10000 irq 189: address dc:a6:32:cc:db:a7
brgphy0 at bse0 phy 1: BCM54210E 10/100/1000baseT PHY, rev. 2
"PNP0C06" at acpi0 not configured
acpitz0 at acpi0: critical temperature is 90 degC
simplefb0 at mainbus0: 1920x1080, 32bpp
wsdisplay0 at simplefb0 mux 1: console (std, vt100 emulation)
wsdisplay0: screen 1-5 added (std, vt100 emulation)
uhub1 at uhub0 port 1 configuration 1 interface 0 "VIA Labs USB2.0 Hub" rev 2.10/4.21 addr 2
uhub2 at uhub1 port 2 configuration 1 interface 0 "Asmedia ASM107x" rev 2.10/1.00 addr 3
uhidev0 at uhub2 port 2 configuration 1 interface 0 "American Power Conversion \
 Back-UPS CS 650 FW:817.v9.I USB FW:v9" rev 1.10/0.06 addr 4
uhidev0: iclass 3/0, 98 report ids
upd0 at uhidev0
uhub3 at uhub1 port 3 configuration 1 interface 0 "Macally Macally iKey" rev 1.10/0.01 addr 5
uhidev1 at uhub3 port 1 configuration 1 interface 0 "Macally Macally iKey" rev 1.10/0.01 addr 6
uhidev1: iclass 3/1
ukbd0 at uhidev1: 8 variable keys, 6 key codes
wskbd0 at ukbd0: console keyboard, using wsdisplay0
uhidev2 at uhub3 port 2 configuration 1 interface 0 "Logitech USB Optical Mouse" rev 2.00/43.01 addr 7
uhidev2: iclass 3/1
ums0 at uhidev2: 3 buttons, Z dir
wsmouse0 at ums0 mux 0
uaudio0 at uhub1 port 4 configuration 1 interface 1 "Numark DJIO 2" rev 2.00/40.66 addr 8
uaudio0: class v1, full-speed, sync, channels: 4 play, 0 rec, 0 ctls
audio0 at uaudio0
uhub4 at uhub0 port 3 configuration 1 interface 0 "Asmedia ASM107x" rev 3.00/1.00 addr 9
umass0 at uhub4 port 3 configuration 1 interface 0 "ASMT ASM105x" rev 3.00/1.00 addr 10
umass0: using SCSI over Bulk-Only
scsibus0 at umass0: 2 targets, initiator 0
sd0 at scsibus0 targ 1 lun 0:  serial.174c55aa12345679B3D8
sd0: 953869MB, 512 bytes/sector, 1953525168 sectors
vscsi0 at root
scsibus1 at vscsi0: 256 targets
softraid0 at root
scsibus2 at softraid0: 256 targets
root on sd0a (8c1699786972c1f6.a) swap on sd0b dump on sd0b
WARNING: clock lost 46 days

The audio card sucks I bought a new one. That'll change in this setup in about a week or so.


Things I can part from (Schweinfurt schools)

January 12th, 2021

A woman of the Abendrealschule in Nuremberg is looking for computer netbooks or laptops for her students and asked an organisation that I'm a member of to provide old equipment. I live in Schweinfurt which is some ways away and we probably have a similar situation here, where there is students that only have a smartphone and no access to homeschooling equipment such as a netbook or a tablet computer. I'm offering my old equipment to a Schweinfurt school if it is needed.

I have 2 netbooks (one is 9 years old, the other is 6 years old) that I can part from, in case someone needs a used netbook for home schooling. The netbooks would need a bit of a cleaning (removal of stickers would require some cleaning of the exposed gooy surface with something such as "goo-off"). Both would need windows which I don't have any licenses for right now. As far as I know the built-in cameras all work and all other components do too. Both have 4 GB RAM minimally, one has a two core AMD 1000 MHz cpu and the other a 4 core Pentium cpu (1600 MHz?). They both have spinning harddrives.

If you can get cheap windows licenses I can even install windows on them for your child. Let me know if your child needs one of these.


Landing on polar Mars, the benefits and drawbacks

January 10th, 2021

In this article I talked about a mission to phobos instead of mars. But that has the ultimate drawback of too little gravity. Astronauts doing the trip will need to work out and replenish their bone marrow and muscles. So landing on Phobos is not a good idea, we need Mars' gravity.

However, I'm more a proponent of having humans land in a polar region of Mars the first time AND use the concept of Avatars being stationed around the equatorial region. This means command and control is in the "white" region and robots running around near the equator. But why? Because the cold may kill any bacterial life that we don't want returning to Earth. But it would also be damn cold for humans so we'd need nuclear generators most likely. I imagine the first human marstronauts will be inside their habitat controlling the robots 2000+ kilometers away, and then working on their own health with gym equipment. A trip out of these modules would be infrequent.

You'll thank me for this brainstorm when no martian virii make it to earth after the voyage home.


Microsoft/Outlook/Hotmail is blocking SMTP delivery from centroid.eu

January 01st, 2021

This means I can't mail you. Find another email provider if you want to have correspondence with me.


Happy New Year 2021

January 1st, 2021

I think it's gonna be a good year. New years propositions are that I want to get a job. I also have started 3 projects already last year. I'm giving freifunk a shot again. I hope it won't rob too much of my time. Also I have committed time to attempting to make my G5 run OpenBSD 64-bit. I committed 12 months for that so we'll see. And then there is my DNS server which may take a backseat to the other projects, meaning, that it may not be done everything by years end, but most likely next year some time. We'll see how it all unfolds. So 2021 is like the other years with recycled content. Old to the new :-).


Related to last post on Raspberry Pi 4B with OpenBSD

December 29th, 2020

I just couldn't help but play with xfig on the RPI.


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