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Cold weather
Topic: general Link here

We're going through an unusually cool period of weather at the moment:

mysql>  select year(date), min(outside_temp), avg(outside_temp), max(outside_temp)
        from observations
        where month(date) = 6
        group by year(date);

+------------+-------------------+--------------------+-------------------+
| year(date) | min(outside_temp) | avg(outside_temp)  | max(outside_temp) |
+------------+-------------------+--------------------+-------------------+
|       2017 |               0.1 |  8.583251664357402 |              17.2 |
|       2018 |              -0.2 |  8.587153978918375 |              18.9 |
|       2019 |              -0.9 |  9.446074306448931 |              17.6 |
|       2020 |              -0.7 |  8.782459793250906 |              16.6 |
|       2021 |               0.8 |   9.77173985397815 |              18.2 |
|       2022 |               0.6 |   8.86966862322499 |              19.6 |
|       2023 |              -0.4 | 10.222608372489137 |              20.5 |
|       2024 |              -2.4 |  8.394851808112373 |              16.5 |
+------------+-------------------+--------------------+-------------------+

And of course we had to discover that our new Mitsubishi Electric MSZ-AP60VG(D) air conditioner isn't really up to the task. It takes hours in the morning to bring the lounge room up to temperature:

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I turned it on shortly after 5:00, and it took until 10:00 to come up to temperature (top line). I'm going to have to leave it running overnight.


Lies, damn lies and statistics
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

Last month was cold? How about this month?

mysql>  select year(date), min(outside_temp), avg(outside_temp), max(outside_temp)
        from observations
        where month(date) = 7
        group by year(date);


+------------+-------------------+--------------------+-------------------+
| year(date) | min(outside_temp) | avg(outside_temp)  | max(outside_temp) |
+------------+-------------------+--------------------+-------------------+
|       2017 |              -1.8 |  8.386610996751084 |              17.2 |
|       2018 |              -0.5 |   8.84761882739429 |              19.7 |
|       2019 |                 1 |  9.319298495442224 |              18.5 |
|       2020 |              -0.8 |  8.394708139534231 |              16.7 |
|       2021 |              -0.6 |  8.415084340357575 |              17.2 |
|       2022 |              -2.6 |  8.445030549610115 |              20.4 |
|       2023 |              -0.5 |  9.574544398292241 |              17.9 |
|       2024 |               0.9 | 2.9052224463604865 |               6.8 |
+------------+-------------------+--------------------+-------------------+

The maximum temperature is much lower than the average of any previous year! Of course, that's what you get with 10 hours of overnight data.


Constructive translations
Topic: language, technology, food and drink, opinion Link here

Google Translate is quite useful for reading labels on East Asian food, but it has its limits. Here's a particularly amusing one:


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Somehow Google Translate is just too eager to please.


More garden work
Topic: gardening, animals Link here

Jesse Walsh along to do some more garden work today, notably the “island” in the driveway:


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The Leucospermum had been so covered in Carpobrotus that there's a big bald patch:


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At the other end also planted some small Carpobrotus and some nameless plants that Yvonne got from Kelly-ann Nyari:


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And while tidying up, he found a particularly bloated frog:


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Also planted a long-suffering Buddleja_×_weyeriana in front of the “shade area”:


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X configuration: RTFM!
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

More searching for answers to the .Xdefaults issue today. What does the xterm(1) man page say? Much more than it did 30 years ago. Now there are 7,758 lines, about 130 pages. When I learnt X it was 253 lines, less than 5 pages. And much of this new version describes exactly what I'm looking for: a line like xterm-r*faceName: DejaVu Sans Mono refers to a name xterm-r, which is described in X(1):

-name
This option specifies the name under which resources for the application should be found. This option is useful in shell aliases to distinguish between invocations of an application, without resorting to creating links to alter the executable file name.

And it's used like this:

/usr/local/bin/uxterm -name "xterm-r" -s -sl 2048 -sb -ls -j -rw -display :0.3 -geometry 90x50-53+0 -e /usr/local/bin/bash

And faceName is a resource described in the man page.

So now I have the background to actually do something. Looking through the configuration file, I find that most of these names simply refer to colours. They're relatively arbitrary, but they also describe the location of the icons. Here a “before” and “after” converting to Color

Style "xterm-r"     Icon xterm.xpm,Color yellow/black,IconBox  -40 300 -1 -140
Style "xterm-r"     Icon xterm.xpm,Colorset 21,IconBox  -40 300 -1 -140

So now I need to create entries for each of these names. Currently I have xterm-lx xterm-rx, xterm-r, xterm-rsxa and xterm-rsxd. Do I need all of them? Probably not.

And then there are the options passed to the xterm:

/usr/local/bin/uxterm -name "xterm-r" -s -sl 2048 -sb -ls -j -rw -display :0.3 -geometry 90x50-53+0 -e /usr/local/bin/bash

So after all that, my invocation reduces to:

/usr/local/bin/uxterm -name "xterm-r" -display :0.3 -e /usr/local/bin/bash

Do I need to specify the display? Probably not. But there's no resource to specify the shell; the best choice there is the SHELL environment variable. If that works, I can reduce things to

/usr/local/bin/uxterm -name "xterm-r"

So do I need to generate individual files? Yes, unfortunately. I still have different invocations for local and remote machines, which could potentially reduce to something like this on hydra:

+ "eureka" Exec ssh -A eureka /usr/local/bin/uxterm -name "xterm-r" &
+ "hydra"        Exec /usr/local/bin/uxterm -name "xterm-r" &

And on eureka it would be the other way round. Still, things look a lot simpler like that. The next step is to decide what names to use, and how to allocate them.


20 years of wrong directions
Topic: history, technology Link here

Twenty years ago today I started this idea of saving all my RCS files in a separate hierarchy. Bad idea, and it's still biting me.


bhyve: out
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

I've already had my concerns about using bhyve instead of VirtualBox, but another thing that concerned me was how to save a running instance. Once again Google Gemini to my aid. You don't:

Unfortunately, as of July 1, 2024, bhyve itself doesn't offer a built-in feature to save the state of a running virtual machine. This functionality is under development, but there's no official release yet.

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The end of US democracy?
Topic: history, politics, opinion Link here

The Supreme Court of the USA has made an amazing decision: the President is above the law.

I needed to catch my breath. This special treatment of the ruler was one of the differences between the USA and Great Britain. It seems that the concept of equality under the law is not stated as clearly in US law as it is elsewhere, but the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution implies it, and it also states:

Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

And, it seems, this decision reverses exactly the issue of the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January 2021. How can that happen? My understanding is that the only way to reverse this decision is for the Supreme Court to change its mind.

The consequences are staggering. The Shovel put it into perspective. Biden Responds to Supreme Court Ruling by Immediately Assassinating Donald Trump. Part of the article is worth reading:

The Biden team used an unconventional method to carry out the assassination – an actor posing as Vladimir Putin was hired to tell Trump that he doesn’t like him. Trump immediately died of sadness.

But somehow that's the death knell of US democracy. The 2020s have not been a good decade so far. I see even worse times ahead.


Fixing the gate
Topic: gardening Link here

Our front gate does not shut very accurately, and lately it has been overshooting the “closed” position. A minor adjustment, maybe?


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It doesn't look like much, but I think it should be enough. I didn't want to overdo it and risk breaking off the hook.


ANZ: You typed the wrong password
Topic: general, technology, opinion Link here

Time for my monthly check on my bank accounts today. But no, my ANZ web page told me that my password was wrong.

What? It's stored in the web browser. I also have it written down, so I tried that. No, wrong. Please reset.

How did that happen? It's definitely not my doing. Called up and finally, after nearly a minute of announcements, I was asked the reason for my call. “I think my password has been breached”.

WRONG. Another two minutes explaining to me how to use the ANZ App to reset my password. And then I was disconnected. Nearly 3 minutes for nothing.

Tried again, this time telling the non-recognition that I had a security breach. OK, 5 to 10 minute wait, which proved to be closer to 15. Connected to Gracia, who told me that no special characters were allowed in the password, and then helped me reset it after a third time also failed and locked me out of my account.

When was my password last changed? 2 May, she said. OK, I've logged in since then, so if their site didn't let me log in, there must be something seriously wrong. Please inform your security team. ”I am the security team”. No escalation needed: I typed my password with an special character or some other error.

Please take a complaint. After three attempts and a threat to involve the regulatory bodies, she agreed to do so. Give me the complaint number, please. Can't do that yet, will send a “text message”, presumably an SMS. No, I'd like to have an email, please. Sorry, we can't send email. Wait on the line.

Finally she came back with the number. And where do we go from here? She seemed to think that that was the last I would hear of it, and maybe she's right. And after all, she said, I just typed my password in wrong.

I exploded, being rather rude and calling her an idiot. I regret that, but I've seldom had such a frustrating and stupid interaction.

And after it was all over and done, I got an email with the complaint number.

Somehow this is so like the interaction with Aussie Broadband a few months ago. We're being held to ransom by the “help desk” people.


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Repairing the bore pump
Topic: Stones Road house, gardening, general Link here

Steven from UPI along today with an apprentice (Riley?) to look at the wiring of the bore pump. Irritatingly, it worked for him, sort of. At least the pump ran. But it seems that these junction boxes are really pressure switches, one for the pump, one for the pressure cell. And both of them were badly corroded by the bore water:


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So he had to replace both of them, along with the pressure gauge:


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Why are they not made of a material that doesn't corrode? They're very expensive—the parts alone came to a total of $450.


Preserved lemons, status
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

It's been a little over a week since I started on my preserved lemons:


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Now they look like this:


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One of the big differences between the recipes was whether to add lemon juice or not. The rationale is that the lemons will go mouldy if they're not covered. No recipe specifically wants them uncovered, so my guess is that the ones that don't add juice expect there to be enough juice in the lemons themselves. Clearly that's not the case here, so today I added what proved to be 100 ml of lemon juice:


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So far there's not much evidence of softening.


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Shopping again
Topic: general, food and drink, health Link here

Somehow a number of things have cropped up that required me to go shopping: Mona has learnt how to open doors, so we need knobs instead of levers. As often, I needed a visit to the Fruit Shack, and my glasses still needed adjustment. In addition, ALDI had an air compressor on offer, and it was too heavy for Yvonne to pick up yesterday, so did that too.

And somehow the day was done. The good news is that everything went smoothly, not a foregone conclusion.


ANZ password: Groggy's fault
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Checking my local web pages, discovered this:

  -r--r--r--    1 grog  lemis    6462  2 May 14:32 bank.php

That's the page I use to access financial web sites. And it had a new password, one that I hadn't transferred to my password list. So the issues that I had on Tuesday were my fault after all.

Did Gracia do the right thing then? No. she couldn't have known that, and her utter conviction that I had typed a special character in the password shows a lack of will to investigate the real issues. But I do feel silly.


Problems with NBN scheduled outages
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

It seems that I'm not the only person to get annoyed by National Broadband Network scheduled outages.


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두부부침양념장
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

The (Korean) title 두부부침양념장 transliterates as dububuchim-yangnyeomjang, a tongue-twister that even reflects in the Korean spelling. It translates as “Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce”, but it seems easier to distinguish it by calling it Korean fried dofu.

The photo looked good:

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So yesterday I bought some dofu, not quite the same as used in the recipe:


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In particular, the pieces are smaller.

After a bit of recipe translation, came up with this:


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The rice is mentioned in the original recipe, but not illustrated.

Ingredients

Per serving

quantity       ingredient       step
150 g       firm dofu       1
12 g       soya sauce       2
5 g       gochugaru (Korean chili flakes, 고춧가루)       2
15 g       garlic       2
30 g       onion, chopped finely       2
12 ml       sesame oil       2
      sesame seeds       2
15 g (1)       spring onion       3

Preparation

  1. Cut the dofu into slices about 6-7 mm thick:


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    Fry until crispy:


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  2. Mix the ingredients together:


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  3. Cut spring onion and add to the sauce:


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  4. Serve with rice:


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Britain votes and gets on with it
Topic: politics, opinion Link here

A number of national elections are creating interest at the moment: the USA, Iran, France and now the United Kingdom. The USA elections have been number one topic for months, and there are another 4 months to go (until Melbourne Cup day). France started its election campaign at the beginning of last month and had elections on Sunday, only the results were a tie, so they need a second round come Sunday. In Iran it was similar: they called elections at the beginning of last month, they were held last Friday, and they, too, need a run-off that will take place today.

Meanwhile, in the UK, they also called elections at the beginning of last month. They took place yesterday. No run-off: polling ended at 22:00 BST (7:00 this morning here), and by the evening the King had invited Sir Keir Starmer to form a government. No messing around like in the USA, where the incumbent has 2½ months to subvert the election before the president-elect actually takes office.


New doorknobs
Topic: Stones Road house, animals, general, opinion Link here

I really don't like the idea of round doorknobs: they're significantly more difficult to handle than the lever type. But Mona agrees, so I have to do something.

Then Yvonne came up with the obvious answer: reposition the levers so that they're pointing down. Now why didn't I come up with that idea? But it turned out that the maker of the levers had found an asnwer: you can't. So I had to mount the knobs after all:


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Mona was not amused. In the evening we heard her trying to get into my office and failing. She didn't exactly growl, but her tail was twice the normal thickness. Somehow I feel that I have let her down: here she had the great success of finding a new way through doors, and already it stops working.


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Breakfast experiment fail
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

I have a surprising amount of dofu and almost no recipes for it. How about using some in my Pad Thai recipe? Fried the slices a little hotter (7 on the induction cooker), which resulted in much faster browning, but despite all attempts they still stuck a little.


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And while I was at it, I used a different ALDI paste (first image) instead of their “Pad Thai” paste:


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The result?


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Boring! And the “stirfry” sauce tasted of almost nothing.


A mouse!
Topic: technology, history, opinion Link here

I'm still planning to put in the new teevee.lemis.com in the lounge room Real Soon Now. The intention is to run it in parallel with tiwi until I'm happy. Until then, all the videos will be on tiwi. Things that are missing are: keyboard, mouse, display card (maybe).

Surely I have lots of keyboards and mice? Yes, I do, but for some reason they “don't work”, at least partially because all the dongles are unmarked, and none of my experiments in pairing them have worked. So when I was in town on Thursday, I picked up an el-cheapo wireless keyboard and mouse from Officeworks, total price $33.

They had others on offer, including things aimed at Apple for round 10 times the price, so I wasn't expecting very much. But what I found was much better than I dared to hope.

Backspace 35 years to my first graphics environments. Mice had three buttons and nothing else, and of course they were wired. Since then a number of things have happened: wireless mice appeared (very good; I had to use cable mice again recently, and they're a real pain), scroll wheels appeared (also useful), and the second button went away (bad). To make up for it, some high-end mice ended up with additional buttons for the (right) thumb, and I was able to remap them to button 2. But the cheap mice didn't.

But this one does! In fact, the button layout is the same as my Logitech M705: two main buttons, scroll wheel in between, which can also be pressed for a button press, and two buttons for the thumb. xev tells me:

left       right       scroll       scroll       scroll       thumb       thumb
            forward       back       press       forward       back
1       3       4       5       2       9       8

That's the same for the Logitech mouse, except that the thumb buttons have been remapped.

The probe messages are:

ugen0.3: <Telink 2.4G Mouse> at usbus0
ums1 on uhub4
ums1: <Telink 2.4G Mouse, class 0/0, rev 1.10/1.00, addr 34> on usbus0
ums1: 5 buttons and [XYZ] coordinates ID=1

That's much more than I had hoped for. And to make things even better, the mouse has a storage place for the dongle, so if I do take it out of service, at least I won't have to look for the dongle.


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Olympus E-30 auto-exposure
Topic: photography Link here

I've been using my Olympus E-30 for photos of a still-planned Analemma series for almost 5 years. I use a 10 stop (99.9%) neutral density filter and take two images, one at 1/4000 s and f/5.6 for the sun, and the other at 2 s and f/5.6 for the surroundings:


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The intention is to align the surrounding images, and then use the same alignment to join the sun images. I must now really have images for every day of the year, and at some point I should really get round to doing it.

But today it occurred to me that I have almost never taken photos with the camera and auto-exposure. Tried that today. Big fail:


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It must have been 6 EV underexposed. Even attempts to correct it didn't help much.


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What went wrong there? Yes, I still had the ND filter on, but auto-exposure should have compensated for that.


Understanding mice
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

More playing around with my new mouse today, on tiwi. Yes, it works, but how do I remap the side buttons? moused is started with

root       36620   0,0  0,0    13112    1720  -  Is   22:13         0:00,00 /usr/sbin/moused -3 -p /dev/ums1 -t auto -I /var/run/moused.ums1.pid

That doesn't even match the entries in /etc/rc.conf.d:

moused:moused_enable="YES"
moused:moused_flags="-m 2=4"            # Remap rear side button to 2.

And if it did, it wouldn't help: the side buttons are 8 and 9, not 4. Is there something in the X configuration file? No:

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/sysmouse"
    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

OK, shoot down the moused instance and start it again with the correct option -m 2=8. But when I shot it down, the mouse carried on working! /dev/sysmouse must bypass the driver daemon.

I've been playing with X configuration for over 30 years, but they keep changing the goalposts.


Fish gratin
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Yvonne made dinner tonight, a fish gratin:


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The people have spoken—some of them
Topic: politics, opinion Link here

There were three important elections in the last few days: the United Kingdom general election, the French legislative election and the Iranian presidential election. All of them were interesting: arguably the results in the UK and Iran show positive tendencies, and in France they were able to limit the power of the Rassemblement National.

But the details are interesting: in France and Iran the elections were second rounds. In Iran only 27.2% of registered voters voted for the winner Masoud Pezeshkian. The other candidate, Saeed Jalili, received 22.5%. And over 50% of registered voters didn't vote at all. What would have happened if they had voted?

But what if there are more than two candidates? Take the situation of the first French election round, where most constituencies had multiple candidates. And that was to the advantage of the RN. So in the second round the other two main parties, the Nouveau Front populaire and the Ensemble pour la République (the party of Emmanuel Macron), decided to only field one candidate for many of the constituencies. The result: RN got 37.06% of the votes, NFP got 25.8%, and Ensemble got only 24.53%. So the RN won, right? Wrong. They ended up with only 142 seats, while the NFP got 180 and Ensemble got 159. That only makes sense (and then only just) because of the way the votes were distributed.

And then there's the UK, where the Labour Party defeated the Conservative Party by a “landslide”. Labour got 211 more seats, the Conservatives lost 251 seats for their worst-ever result. But looking at the vote count, Labour got 33.69% of all votes cast, only 1.6% more than in 2019. And that, along with a more significant loss by the Conservatives (19.9%) made the difference between 200 and 411 seats out of 650.

What's wrong with this picture? In Iran, low voter turnout means that the results are only marginally representative of what people want. In France, and arguably in the UK, the number of candidates determine who wins. And in Australia? I'm coming to the conclusion that the Australian system is better: it requires compulsory voting, which must result in a more accurate representation of what the voters want, and if your candidate doesn't win, you specify who should get the vote instead. I wonder how that would have affected the results in the three countries.

But once again I'm reminded of Jawaharlal Nehru's comment “Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse”.


Understanding mice
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Yesterday's confusion with mice puzzled me. Wasn't there a way to set a button map?

Yes, and I found it not so long ago: there's a button map that xinput is too polite to display with xinput list-props. Instead I need xinput get-button-map

With that information, I've added this to my HOWTO page:

Current (2024) versions of X don't seem to use moused any more. Use /dev/sysmouse:

Section "InputDevice"
    # generated from default
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "mouse"
    Option         "Protocol" "auto"
    Option         "Device" "/dev/sysmouse"
    Option         "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

It's not clear if ZAxisMapping is of any use.

I used to include this:

    Option         "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

But there's a better way to do this. First find the mouse or mice:

=== grog@hydra (/dev/pts/23) ~ 369 -> xinput
⎡ Virtual core pointer                          id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ System mouse                              id=6    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Logitech USB Receiver                     id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Telink 2.4G Mouse                         id=12   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                         id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard               id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ System keyboard multiplexer               id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Logitech USB Receiver                     id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ vendor 0x0430 Sun USB Keyboard            id=10   [slave  keyboard (3)]

Yes, those are two mice. Next,

=== grog@hydra (/dev/pts/26) ~ 9 -> xinput list-props 11
Device 'Logitech USB Receiver':
        Device Enabled (155):   1
...
        libinput Middle Emulation Enabled (287):        0
        libinput Middle Emulation Enabled Default (288):        0

The important thing here is the number 287 in that output. Next, note the name in the initial output and enter:

# Logitech mouse: find the ID
MOUSEID=$(xinput | grep -m 1 "Logitech USB" | sed 's/^.*id=\([0-9]*\)[ \t].*$/\1/')
xinput set-prop $MOUSEID 287 1  # Logitech

If the mouse has other buttons that can be remapped, do something like:

# Logitech mouse: find the ID
MOUSEID=$(xinput | grep -m 1 "Logitech USB" | sed 's/^.*id=\([0-9]*\)[ \t].*$/\1/')
# And set middle button to 8 and 9
xinput set-button-map $MOUSEID 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 2 2 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

That's the same assignment to MOUSEID. This sets buttons 8 and 9 to return button 2.


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Quiet day
Topic: general, technology, multimedia, opinion Link here

Today was one of those days where I didn't do anything worth mentioning, quite a difference from the last few weeks. When am I going to continue with upgrading tiwi (or teevee)? Somehow the issue with VirtualBox has thrown a spanner in the works. An obvious attempt to localize the problem would be to try the same scenario running Linux. And for that I need a machine for the installation—the same one that I need for teevee.

What do I do? So far, nothing. If I can speed up the migration from tiwi to teevee, I will have a machine for the VirtualBox testing.


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Scam from Google Play
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

While looking for that most elusive of things, a good Android app, got this unsolicited popup:


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221.236.211.162? That's not an IP that I use. A bit of checking showed:

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/6) ~ 204 -> host 221.236.211.162
162.211.236.221.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer 162.211.236.221.broad.cd.sc.dynamic.163data.com.cn.

A traceroute failed after 13 hops, so it's clearly not nearby.

What does that mean? Possibly the advertisement can't determine the IP addresses in use on my phone, but why use a fake address? Is this some kind of scam? And in passing, it suggests that the IP addresses can be hidden by encrypting the content. Whoever wrote that doesn't understand the Internet Protocol, or thinks that the user is stupid enough not to know it: encryption doesn't change the IP addresses.


More work on teevee
Topic: multimedia, technology, opinion Link here

Finally got round to doing some more “work” on teevee. Somehow this cable mess really gets me down. Spent a lot of time trying to get the correct cables in the right place, in principle only monitor and audio. And apart from minor frobs to get the mouse right and to mount the correct file systems, all worked pretty much out of the box. But the next step is more cabling in the lounge room, which is another horror.


Executing wills
Topic: history, general, opinion Link here

Unexpected mail from Benoît Nogues today:

Following the death of Mr Louis Binos de Pombarat , the notary in charge of the estate wants to contact Yvonne , please contact the notary office :

What's that? It was too late for us today, but it's intriguing. It's unlikely that Louis left anything to Yvonne: they clarified their relationship with the divorce in 1980. What else might be the reason?


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What use fridge magnets?
Topic: animals, general, opinion Link here

In the last millennium an interesting combination of advertising and information arose: fridge magnets, small magnetic cards that stuck to the side of a refrigerator and contained address information for companies. Our most exposed fridge contained a whole lot of them.

But clearly the cats think that that's a bad idea:


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And do we really use them? I think not.


How much sugar?
Topic: food and drink, health, opinion Link here

From time to time, like here, I comment on the impression that almost every US American recipe includes sugar, and I've taken to ignoring it. But today I came across this map of daily sugar intake by state in the USA:

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The measurements are in teaspoons per day. Interestingly, though, it seems that the weight of a teaspoon of sugar has been standardized in the USA: 4.2 g (or 4 g between friends). That's particularly interesting because of the unit: 4.2 g, not 0.148 ounces.

So that means that the average US American eats between 56 and 85 g of added sugar every day! That's quite amazing. What does “added” mean? Beyond what is naturally present in foodstuffs, it seems. Clearly there are borderline situations. Does it include the sugar in orange juice? In honey? I would guess no and yes, respectively.

The other thing is in the fine print: the American Heart Association recommends between 6 to 9 tsp/day (25 to 38 g). While it's considerably less than actual consumption, it still seems to be amazingly high. I've compared my consumption: 0, assuming the single glass of orange juice for breakfast doesn't count. That's not a reaction to my diabetes: I just don't want any more.


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