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Thursday, 1 October 2020 Dereel Images for 1 October 2020
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Collectable cameras
Topic: photography Link here

I have now bought at least 3 old SLR cameras for collection purposes—4 if you count the second Asahi Pentax SV. Time to start documenting them.

First, though, a couple of questions about the Nikon equipment. Why is the diaphragm on the Nikkor 35 mm f/1.4 sticking? What can I do about it? And how easy would it be to make the Nikon F presentable? Surely there must be a Nikon collectors' group on Facebook.

Yes! In fact there are two, one much more active than the other. Signed up and was accepted almost immediately, on condition that I show a photo of my kit:


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That got a lot of “likes”, and I also got some useful information about the sticking diaphragm and the covering for the F. That inspired me to take a closer look at it, something that I didn't get when I bought it. Finally found out how to remove the viewfinder, which stuck a little. Inside it looks quite good:


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The scratching on the battery cover in the last photo is new: I had difficulty getting out the (spent) batteries. Before that it looked fine.

Also noticed that the damage to the leatherette is only on the front of the camera. The back and the finder are in perfect condition. Left outside in the sun, maybe on the passenger seat of a car? And one person offered me a replacement, and more generally that's what CustomCameraCovers are there for. And then there's also cameraleather, who show an ancient Exacta on their home page, but whose web site appears to be a place holder.

And the lens with the sticking diaphragm? Found this video showing partial dismantling of a Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4, the kind that I also have, and which is potentially very similar inside. I could at least remove the mount and see if the lever mechanics are part of the problem.

I really need to write up a page.


Little garden work, again
Topic: gardening Link here

Finally got round to putting up the garden lattice screen that has now blown down twice. In each case, it was an east wind that blew it down, so I mounted a couple more cross-members on the other side of the posts and screwed it to that. The result looks a little strange:


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But it should work, and it has the advantage that the Clematis “Edo Murasaki” (which is already producing buds) will get more sun:


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Also planted two chili plants, a Serrano and a chile de árbol:


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Bloody “smart” phones, ipHone edition
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

Tried to call Petra Gietz on her mobile phone this morning. It diverted immediately to voice mail. OK, not a problem, she came by a few minutes later, so I told her about the diversion. Oh yes, she knew about that, but she didn't know what was wrong.

It's an iPhone 5, something I have had (and rejected) before. How hard can it be? Took a look, in the process also, at Petra's request, to disable the requirement for a pass code when powering on.

I couldn't manage it and had to enlist Daniel O'Connor's help. The real issue is the menu system (why does the icon for “Settings” look like the fan cover on a computer power supply?). The first time round I found a way to disable the “passcode” for phone access, and to tell the phone to answer when spoken to.

Neither worked. Tried again, in the process discovering that I had lost the track to the menu items Finally found more settings: “Only answer for favourites? ON”, and “Disable Passcode”. OK, allowed answering for any Tom, Dick and Harry, and disabled the “passcode”.

Success! And it only took half an hour.

Once Apple advertised with “The computer you can learn in a day”. Now, it seems, you can't even learn to use a phone. This is progress?


US Military: unreachable
Topic: technology, politics, general, opinion Link here

Not completely unexpected mail today:

Date: Fri,  2 Oct 2020 02:10:55 +0000 (UTC)
From: Mail Delivery System <MAILER-DAEMON@lax.lemis.com>
To: groggyhimself@lemis.com
Subject: Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender
This is the mail system at host lax.lemis.com.

I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.

<abuse@nic.mil>: connect to POSTAL.nic.mil[207.132.116.7]:25: Operation timed out

Somehow this all demonstrates a level of incompetence that I hadn't expected from the most powerful military in the world.


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Strange spam
Topic: general, technology, politics, opinion Link here

From time to time I see spam subject lines that make me sit back and think. Here are two:

  29 N + 03-10-2020 Home Solar Installat (  87) N + Home Solar Panel Incentives For Local Residents
  30 N + 03-10-2020 AmericanPatriotCo Co (  58) N + Honor Your Favorite President With A Trump Coin

Turn the first one around. Home Solar Panel Incentives For Non-Local Residents? What did they think when they used the word “local”? Geographically close to the spammer? People who live near their houses? The mind boggles.

And HonOr Your FavOrite president? Clearly they're jumping to multiple conclusions, but considering that Donald Trump is currently in hospital trying not to die from a disease he doesn't believe in, the timing seems more than inappropriate.


More Nikon F insights
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

As I've said before, when I was young I lusted after a Nikon F, the main reason I bought my tatty camera a few months back.

Since joining the Nikon Collectors group on Facebook a couple of days ago, there has been a remarkable amount of discussion about the camera and why the Photomic head doesn't fit. Today I posted some details. Here a paraphrase:

The real issue is getting the Photomic head mounted correctly on my camera.

First: this is a Nikon F, serial number serial number 7075271, fitted with a Photomic FTn (I think) viewfinder, serial number 755418. From https://www.destoutz.ch/typ_production_data_f.html it's reasonable to believe that the camera was made in the first 3 months of 1970.

Bruce Thomas posted photos of two older cameras with different viewfinder mounts. If I understand it correctly, there's a “wall” at the back on the older camera. That's not present on mine, I think. Here more detail photos:


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The back of the viewfinder well doesn't seem to have any such wall, but it does have a layer of foam about 1 mm thick.


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What's that for? Should I remove it?

I also attached some photos of the head, in case that gives any clues:


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And how about that, I got two useful answers. One noted that a camera with this serial number shouldn't have the “Nippon Kogaku” emblem on the top plate:

 
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That apparently went out of style some time earlier. So how did my camera come to have it? There's a suggestion that all is not as it seems.

But I've been there before. 54 years ago I damaged the top plate of my Pentax Spotmatic, and had it replaced. And with the top plate I got a new serial number, 1211890 instead of 1182896. At the time the camera was only a little over a year old, but by 1970 the Nikon F had been in production for over 10 years.

Also, of course, requests for more photos. Mañana.


Jubiläumstropfen
Topic: history, food and drink, opinion Link here

By 30 years ago I had lived most of my adult life in Germany, and I felt relatively comfortable there. There were strangenesses, of course, one of which was the “Deutsche Demokratische Republik”, the German democratic republic, a Soviet puppet state nearly 40 years old and looking to go on for ever.

And then, suddenly, it was gone. 30 years later I'm still trying to get my head around it: from the first demonstrations in Leipzig in September 1989 it took less than 10 months for the first step of reunification, the Währungs-, Wirtschafts- und Sozialunion, translated into English as Economic merger. And 3 months later, less than 13 months after the first demonstrations, and 30 years ago today, Germany was reunified. It's amazing how quickly it happened.

On a completely different historical tack, about 14 years ago Daniel O'Connor gave me a bottle of beer that he had brewed. It must have been something special, because I put it in the fridge and left it for a special occasion. And how about that, it was brewed on 3 October 2005, 15 years ago today, and exactly halfway between the reunification and today.

What would it taste like? I was prepared for it to be completely ruined.


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How about that, it still had a head. In fact, quite a good head; the last photo of the three above was taken 10 minutes after the other two. Carbonation on the low side, also not very bitter. But it seems that the hops were supposed to be on the low side (only 20 IBU), and quite possibly the low carbonation was intentional.


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Aaah!


Garden in spring
Topic: gardening Link here

It was quite warm today, a top of 28.5°. The Japanese cherry is flowering, if only just:


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And what else? The Carpobrotus on the island in the middle of the driveway is starting to flower:


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Also took a look at the Paulownia kawakamii, which doesn't look as happy:


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What happened there? My guess is frost, and that it will recover. But it's barely 1 m high, and at this age it should be fully grown at about 5 m. Will it ever make it?


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Summer time!
Topic: general, photography, opinion Link here

Daylight Saving Time began today, time to reset clocks. 8 conventional clocks and another 6 in the cameras.

This time setting irritates me not only because I have to do it, but because it's so imprecise. None of them allow you to set the seconds, and so I can be up to 30 seconds off the correct time. The oven doesn't even allow you to say “set the time now”; it just times out on input and then sets the time. For three of the cameras, things were much the same, but for the OM-D models I can use this wonderful OI.Share “smart” phone app. Yes, it's a pain, but they've changed it. Now, before I can use it at all, I had to fill out a questionnaire about what I use my camera for, even entering my date of birth (but it guessed that, 1 January 1990, so I just needed to confirm). What on earth are they thinking?

They weren't the only ones. As on Friday, a stupid “help” app forced its annoyance on me:


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It wouldn't go away, and appeared not to understand the expletives I directed at it.

Why did that happen? I forget how I finally got rid of it. But then, of course, I was back with the old pain of OI.Share:


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Damn, how do you set things up? At the bottom of the screen there's a “Camera: Off” symbol, which is Olympus' way of saying “Press here to reestablish contact”. Did that, had to scan again, and got:


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OK, that's because of the Android "there can only be one” mantra, so I have to find “network” setup and select the camera. But what do I see?


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“Check password and try again”. Why? I had just scanned the bloody thing. And why didn't OI.Share tell me that?

Finally I connected. That's all I need to do: it sets the time on connection.

But on another attempt I got:


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And that was the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. I still had the E-M1 Mark I and the E-M5 Mark III to handle. They're similar cameras, so things must be similar, right?

Wrong. The E-M1 Mark II has a “Wi-Fi” icon showing on the setup screen, interestingly touch sensitive even when the touch screen is turned off. The others don't. Spent about 5 minutes RTFMing the E-M5 Mark III to discover that I need to enable Wi-Fi from the Playback menu. Now isn't that obvious? The further instructions seemed to be incorrect, something I'll need to look at again. But finally got it done, in the process discovering that the camera had advanced fully 4 minutes since the last setting.

And the E-M1 Mark I? I gave up. I really need to investigate this stuff in even more detail. But why did I have so much trouble today? This happens twice a year.


Baking beans
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Bacon and eggs for breakfast today, including baked beans. Recently I've been really baking them in the “hair dryer” Air fryer. But that's far bigger than needed; it should also work in the smaller “coffee machine”.

It didn't. The coffee machine has a top temperature of 200°, and after 14 minutes (instead of the 10 I had in the hair dryer) there was still no suggestion of browning. “Well don't to that then”.

Coincidentally that was the last of my baked beans, so I needed to make some more. The recipe is clear: bake in the oven at 120°; more makes it boil too vigorously.

But that was too cool. I went up to 140° before any kind of bubbling was evident. What am I missing?


More Nikon insights
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More photos of my Nikon F and viewfinder today. It seems that the release lever for the viewfinder has been snapped off:


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There should be a black lever projecting up to the left from the stump in the middle of the first photo, but it appears to have been broken off.

Also the front plate appears to be the old style:


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So it seems that the two halves of the top plate are of different vintage:


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Sent off a post to the Facebook group, but got no reply of substance. At the very least it has been an interesting investigation.


More wildflowers
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

I've seen these flowers before, but if I found out what they are, I've forgotten:


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Are they some kind of orchid?


US military attack decoded
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Juha Kupiainen came up with an insight on the presumed attack from the US military last week. The URL was:

http://www.lemis.com/accepted-SubZero?aHR0cDovL3d3dy5sZW1pcy5jb20vZ3JvZy9Eb2N1bWVudGF0aW9uL0xpb25zLw==;cGPM5qAnLsbMaV7KZOmgdpyLReLuEGTO7yFyD9dPYd0=

He put that through https://www.base64decode.org/ and came up with:

http://www.lemis.com/grog/Documentation/Lions/^G^F<j^BrlƕN^Giȴ^.^FL^W t^]

Now why was that used? And what's the trailing junk? It does, however, suggest that it wasn't as malicious as I might have expected.


Monday, 5 October 2020 Dereel Images for 5 October 2020
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No new Nikon information
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

Over the last few days I've had a lot of information from the Nikon Collectors group on Facebook. But yesterday's post fell flat: one person claimed, without explanation, that repairing the camera wasn't worth the trouble. And that was all.

So what do I need? The camera really doesn't look good:


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The most obvious problem is the peeling leatherette, which looks as if it has been stuck back with some inappropriate adhesive. But that can be replaced relatively easily and cheaply. What's worse is the fact that the viewfinder isn't mounted correctly:


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I've already established that the release lever on the left is broken, but it still works with some pressure. The real issue is that the name plate on the camera should be completely covered by the viewfinder. Some passing remarks on the collectors group suggest that the problem is that the name plate needs modification so that the viewfinder will fit in place.

OK, what does it look like?


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Took it off, only later noticing that I don't seem to have been the first to do so: there's a scratch by the right-hand (seen from the viewer) screw which suggests a slipped screwdriver (aren't photos good? This was taken the day before and confirms that I didn't do it myself). Without the plate, the viewfinder fitted properly. The only issue was that it wasn't locked in place, and so it couldn't operate the shutter dial reliably.

So: new plate? Where do I get one? Modify this one? Another passing remark on the collectors group suggested that it needed filing, potentially at top left and right. Off looking for photos, but surprisingly I couldn't find anything useful. Time to start a Nikon resources page.


Nikon FM2 exposure metering
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

The batteries for my Nikon FM2 arrived today. Does the metering system work? Is it accurate? Tried it with the 85 mm f/1.4, comparing it with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and the M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1.8, roughly the same field of view.

Firstly, it's really clear how much more precise modern cameras are. The Nikon, like the Pentax Spotmatic, allows you to set the film speed in ⅓ EV steps (since that's the way film speeds have “always” been allocated), but the diaphragm is only settable in whole stops, possibly because of the way the meter works—the Pentax has half stop clicks. And in both cases the shutter speed is settable only in 1 EV steps. By contrast, on the Olympus all three are settable in ⅓ stop increments (though this is configurable). The Olympus is so much easier to set.

And the metering? As good as correct; it set probably about ⅓ stop more exposure, but that's in the range of lens transmissions and fields of view. Interestingly, the Nikon was set to ASA (ISO) 25 when I received it, a speed that was very slow by the time it was made. It was used almost only by Kodachrome II and Kodachrome 25. The latter was discontinued in 2002. Had the camera not been used since then?


Azaleas in bloom
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After a couple of days of warm weather, the Azaleas in the south bed are flowering:


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High time to spread some fertilizer, also for the Camellia japonica, which is still looking unhappy. And somehow I hadn't expected the Snowdrops to still have such foliage, four months after the first flower, and when the daffodils have nearly finished flowering. I'll have to rearrange things.


Tuesday, 6 October 2020 Dereel Images for 6 October 2020
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Making tortillas
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Tuesdays have become our huevos rancheros day, a dish that has evolved considerably since I first started cooking them, at least nearly 12 years ago. The recipe has evolved considerably in that time, but I haven't ever really addressed the issue of making the tortillas, which initially caused me untold grief. Time to step back and rewrite the recipe.

You can find many videos online showing how to make tortillas. They're typically made by experienced Mexican housewives who can make the things blindfolded. They show how easy it is—for them. What they don't show is how things can go wrong. That's what this page is for.

Tortillas are made from masa and water. Where do you get fresh masa? I don't know any source in Australia. Instead I use second best, “masa harina”, dried masa flour. For reasons I don't understand, the makes keep changing. As of October 2020, the source I have is called “El Maizal”:


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That's what I'm using here. They're so well-known that they don't even have a web site.

The recipe

The short version is:

Simple, isn't it? There are plenty of videos showing how to do it.

The problems

The two biggest problems are: how do I keep the tortilla together until it's in the comal? And how do I cook it correctly?

The problem with masa is that, well, it's maize. It has no gluten to hold it together. The process of making the masa helps a little, but it's still relatively crumbly. Even the experts cheat here: this video and this one both add wheat flour, and the second one even adds oil:


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But that's not correct, and it's not necessary.

The other problem is the cooking. It seems that if you do it right, they will inflate like a balloon, but that has never worked for me. More to the point, how do you cook them so that they stay soft and don't brown, but are cooked through? This is still an issue for me.

So: here's my detailed procedure. In this example I'm making two tortillas, because that's what I normally do.

1: Make the dough

The ratio of water to flour depends on the brand of masa harina and also the kind. Currently I take 25 g of masa per tortilla, and 1.5 times as much water for blue masa, and 1.8 times as much for yellow masa. I have no idea how this compares with the instructions on the package, which use volumetric measure: “Two cups of masa and two cups of water”. They don't differentiate between the ratios for blue and yellow masa, which doesn't work for me.

Here I'm using yellow masa, so I have 50 g of masa and 90 g of water:


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Leave to stand for about 10 minutes. I don't know if this is crucial—the instructions don't mention it—but in my experience it seems to make subsequent processing easier.

2: Roll out the tortillas

Mix the dough into a ball and weigh again. Hey! 4 g are gone!


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I don't know why this is, but it happens every time with different scales. Yes, a little will probably get lost during mixing, but 4 g seems excessive.

Tare the scales and break off the weight of one tortilla, in this case 68 g. Roll into a ball and place on baking paper in a tortillador:


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Place another sheet of paper and press until the tortilla is the size of the top plate:


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Gently peel the top sheet of paper, pulling straight back parallel to the tortilla:


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If you pull upwards, there's a very good chance of pulling chunks out of the tortilla.

Turn over the tortilla and place it on a third sheet of paper. Peel the bottom (now top) sheet off in the same fashion. The third sheet is necessary because the first one will be moist, and the tortilla will stick to it.

3: Bake the tortilla

I'm cheating here. Instead of a comal, I use an electric roti maker. I still can't make up my mind if that's a good idea or not. Preheat the roti maker, turn the tortilla, still with its third sheet of paper, and place it on the plate:


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The paper, being dry, should peel off quickly and easily.

Leave the tortilla with the roti maker open for about 30 seconds before closing it. The tortilla is initially very soft, and if you close it earlier, you can tear the tortilla:


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4: Rest

When the tortillas are cooked, put them into a tortilla holder:


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Close it and let them rest for at least 10 minutes. Maybe due to the way I cook them, they can be somewhat hard when they come off the roti maker, but after a while they become softer and more flexible. I then heat them in a microwave oven before serving (10 seconds at 1200 W per tortilla).


More wildflowers
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We've been living in Stones Road for over 5 years now, long enough for me to find most local wildflowers. And maybe I have, but there are some that seem new. Have I seen these before?


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Possibly I have, but I'm not sure.

On the other hand, I think I have seen these before, but not identified them:


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What I certainly haven't seen before are these:


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They appear to be some kind of grass. I should investigate more carefully.


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Another documentation day
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

I write a lot, arguably too much. Today I spent most of the day writing up my tortilla page, and didn't even get finished. But after all, what's life for? I have my fun with it.


Race condition, caught
Topic: technology, multimedia, opinion Link here

I have a script for watching TV. It runs mpv to display the file and does some bookkeeping, including updating a list of files that we have seen. That's not completely transparent: it writes a temporary file foo in the current directory, arguably something that I should change. Today we watched the final episode in a directory. Can I delete the directory? Not yet: foo is still there. Let's check:

=== grog@teevee (/dev/pts/3) /spool/Series/90-min/Nord-bei-Nordwest 9 -> ls -l
total 0
ls: ./foo: No such file or directory
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  home  0  7 Oct 21:18 foo

Somewhere between the second and first line (in that sequence), foo was removed. I've never seen that before, and it's not clear where the error message comes from.


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Bloody Powercor again!
Topic: Stones Road house, general, opinion Link here

Yet Another electricity interruption notice from Powercor today. That's the fifth planned grid power outage since the beginning of July! And if to add injury to insult, it's in the middle of the night (2:00 to 5:30), when there's no hope of any photovoltaic power to make up for it.

About the only light in the darkness is that, if they keep to those times, I could use up to 1.7 kW during that time without running out of power. In fact, we only use a fairly constant 900 W during the night, so we should be able to weather this one too, if I remember to charge the battery before we go to bed.


Nikon F issues revisited
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

When I signed up to the Nikon collectors group on Facebook, I got a remarkable amount if helpful information very quickly. But then it dried up again, and I'm left with a number of questions. The biggest is: how do I modify the name plate to mount the Photomic head?

That's a question for Google, and it, too, came up with a number of hits, notably this one by Richard de Stoutz, whose other pages have already been very useful. The page shows a bewildering number of minor differences, but in principle there are only three kinds:


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More Nikon restoration
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Mail from Michael James this morning, pointing to this video clip about the Photomic FTN:

That's quite useful. There are no new insights, but some illustrations and clarifications about how the name plate and the viewfinder well are structured. I need to look at the exact structure more carefully. In particular, what is the purpose of the blue padding at the back of the well on mine?

In any case, it's beginning to look as if I will be able to fit the viewfinder with appropriate modifications, so I took up an offer of replacement leatherette by Bruce Thomas. He's sending it express (from New South Wales), and has the expectation that it will arrive here by Wednesday or Thursday next week. That sounds optimistic to me, but then I'm not in a hurry. Now I just need to find out what kind of adhesive I need.


Robotic lawn mowers?
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

Our lawn is overgrowing, and we can't find anybody to mow it. Now why did we sell our lawn mower? Maybe we should buy a new one.

Off looking, and came up with the surprising discovery that there are robotic mowers on the market, rather like robotic vacuum cleaners. Our experience with the latter was not very positive, but that could be because of the model. If we can get one to work in our garden, it should be easier than relying on outside help, and it might even save money. The real issue is: what if we buy one and it doesn't come up to expectations? More investigation needed.


Osteopathy
Topic: health, opinion Link here

SARS2 isn't the only zoonotic disease causing concern at the moment. Round here strains of avian influenza are doing the rounds (or, hopefully, not doing them). What are they? This official page suggests H7N7, H7N6 and H5N2.

How dangerous are they? Not very, people agree, but all farms have been instructed not to sell any avian products, including eggs. That includes Michelle de Groot and MJ Wisbey, suppliers of hen and duck eggs respectively.

MJ has chosen a different occupation: osteopathy. It seems that she's a qualified medical practitioner, and with Paul Smith's approval Yvonne went to see her today. I still haven't understood exactly what MJ did, but Yvonne came home noticeably taller (5 cm?). That's quite impressive, especially since Yvonne also feels much better.


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Preparing the Nikon F
Topic: photography Link here

So I have new skins (“leather kit”) on their way for my Nikon F. How do I attach them? How were the old ones attached? Badly, of course, but it's worth taking a more detailed look:


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My guess is still that the camera was left in a car in direct sunshine. The rear looks fine:


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And the adhesive? I removed the remains of the leather on the left side of the camera. It shows some thick yellowish adhesive in the area that was visible, but almost nothing where the skin had not peeled off:


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So clearly the yellowish stuff isn't what I'm looking for. There must be some online resource that can explain it to me.


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Catching up with life
Topic: general Link here

I have a number of indicators of how busy I am. One is the time when I complete my diary for the previous day, which can vary from mid-morning to late afternoon. Another is the number of messages in my email inbox.

Based on those indications, I'm not very busy at the moment. For the first time in years I have less than 20 messages in my inbox, and the commit message for yesterday was:

$Id: diary-oct2020.php,v 1.11 2020/10/11 01:54:00 grog Exp $

That's UTC, of course, really 12:54, but still relatively early. So I had time to do other things, and squandered it trying to keep a port alive, while Yvonne hoped in vain that I would finally tidy up the shed.


More ports pain
Topic: language, technology, opinion Link here

One of the things I've been meaning to do for some time is to learn about the Proto-Indo-European language. OK, after looking at the TV news, tried a document I have:

=== grog@teevee (/dev/pts/10) ~/Documentation/Language 172 -> xpdf An_outline_of_Proto_Indo_European.pdf
Bus error

Dammit, what's wrong now? It happened with every document. Update? OK, that worked, requiring a surprising number of Qt dependencies (aren't there a surprising number?). Try again.

=== grog@teevee (/dev/pts/10) ~/Documentation/Language 172 -> xpdf An_outline_of_Proto_Indo_European.pdf
Config Error: No paper information available - using defaults
Cannot mix incompatible Qt library (5.13.2) with this library (5.15.0)
Abort trap

Dammit! How do I update 40 different Qt ports? OK, let's build from source.

=== root@teevee (/dev/pts/33) /usr/ports/graphics/xpdf 19 -> Make all
===>  Applying FreeBSD patches for xpdf-4.02,1 from /eureka/home/src/FreeBSD/svn/ports/graphics/xpdf/../xpdf4/files
1 out of 1 hunks failed--saving rejects to xpdf-qt/CMakeLists.txt.rej
===>  FAILED Applying FreeBSD patch-xpdf-qt_CMakeLists.txt
===> Cleanly applied FreeBSD patch(es)  patch-cmake-config.txt
===> FAILED to apply cleanly FreeBSD patch(es)  patch-xpdf-qt_CMakeLists.txt
*** Error code 1

Dammit, doesn't anything work any more? Looking back through my diary, I've been complaining about this for 20 years. Only 20 years? Yes, that's as long as I have been keeping this diary since having a computer at home. I've been porting software since 1992, and in “Porting UNIX Software” I described the pain—with the hope that things would get better. But that was 27 years ago, and my diary is peppered with entries like this. I don't suppose I can really hope for any improvement.


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Investigating xpdf port
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

So why did my xpdf build fail yesterday? One of the patch files didn't apply cleanly. OK, take a look.

The patch file's not big:

--- xpdf-qt/CMakeLists.txt.orig 2017-08-08 23:22:50 UTC  ***
+++ xpdf-qt/CMakeLists.txt
@@ -86,6 +86,6 @@ if ((QT4_FOUND OR Qt5Widgets_FOUND)
${CMAKE_THREAD_LIBS_INIT})
set_property(TARGET xpdf PROPERTY WIN32_EXECUTABLE 1)

-  install(TARGETS xpdf RUNTIME DESTINATION bin)
-  install(FILES ${PROJECT_SOURCE_DIR}/doc/xpdf.1 DESTINATION man/man1)
+  install(TARGETS xpdf RUNTIME DESTINATION libexec/xpdf)
+  install(FILES ${PROJECT_SOURCE_DIR}/doc/xpdf.1 DESTINATION share/xpdf/man/man1)
endif ()

And the file to be patched? The patch shows that the section in question starts at line 86:

  target_link_libraries(xpdf ${QT_LIBRARIES} ${EXTRA_QT_LIBRARIES}
                        ${PAPER_LIBRARY}
                        ${FREETYPE_LIBRARY} ${FREETYPE_OTHER_LIBS}
                        ${DTYPE_LIBRARY}
                        ${LCMS_LIBRARY}
                        ${FONTCONFIG_LIBRARY}
                        ${CMAKE_THREAD_LIBS_INIT})
  set_property(TARGET xpdf PROPERTY WIN32_EXECUTABLE 1)
  if (QT4_FOUND)
    set_property(TARGET xpdf PROPERTY QT4_NO_LINK_QTMAIN ON)
  else ()
    set_property(TARGET xpdf PROPERTY Qt5_NO_LINK_QTMAIN ON)
  endif ()

  install(TARGETS xpdf RUNTIME DESTINATION ${CMAKE_INSTALL_BINDIR})
  install(FILES ${PROJECT_SOURCE_DIR}/doc/xpdf.1 DESTINATION ${CMAKE_INSTALL_MANDIR}/man1)

That actually starts at line 85 and goes on to the end. Clearly the file has changed since the patch was generated, as the modification timestamps confirm:

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/42) /usr/ports/graphics/xpdf4 106 -> TZ=UTC ls -lT ../xpdf/work/xpdf-4.02/xpdf-qt/CMakeLists.txt.orig
-rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel  3337 25 Sep 19:54:33 2019 ../xpdf/work/xpdf-4.02/xpdf-qt/CMakeLists.txt.orig

The patch says that the file was last modified at 2017-08-08 23:22:50 UTC, but the file I unpacked was modified at 25 Sep 19:54:33 2019. And clearly it's different.

But how can that happen? I've had issues with updating the source tree in the past, and they're probably still there (one of the few silver linings on the proposed FreeBSD conversion to git), but that doesn't seem to be the case here. And the distinfo file, which contains tarball checksums, should have caught any modification. It was modified on 6 October 2019, so presumably it includes the new tarball.

But how could this build? There's a package out there. Is the patch file obsolete? It looks like it, but it doesn't seem to have been removed.

Dammit, I don't want to get involved in fixing ports with distasteful things like Qt and cmake. Enter a bug report? First I need to know if svn is doing the right thing.

I found a workaround, though: install xpdf3, the previous version of xpdf. I can't see any difference in functionality. But Yet Again the Ports Collection is making life difficult for me.


New gardener?
Topic: gardening Link here

Paul Gallagher from Jim's Mowing (an ISP, to judge by the Web URL) along today to take a look at the garden. Yes, he can do the job, and he's not even expensive, contrary to my expectations. He'll be along a week today.


More Nikon modification tales
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

The Nikon Collector's group on Facebook seems to have dried up, but there must be other resources. Off to search for modify nikon f name plate and came up with this forum thread, which shows further insights, but still doesn't show the details I'm looking for. So started another thread. Hopefully something will come of that.


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Life by fifths
Topic: gardening, history, opinion Link here

From my daily calendar cron job today:

80% life:               <a href="/grog/diary-may2006.php#17">Wednesday, 17 May 2006</a>
May 17  Greg last flew in an aeroplane, 2006

20% of my life ago? Or, alternatively, I'm now 25% older than the last time I got off a plane. I don't miss it.

But of course, there are more, maybe time to reflect:

20% life:               Sunday, 24 February 1963
40% life:               Saturday, 23 July 1977
60% life:               Friday, 20 December 1991
80% life:               Wednesday, 17 May 2006
May 17  Greg last flew in an aeroplane, 2006
7/8 life:               Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Oct 12  Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie died at the age of 70, 2011

The 40% and 60% dates roughly cover the time I was working with Tandem equipment. And just by coincidence, it's both ⅛ of my life since dmr died, and also 9 years.


xpdf issues: blame svn!
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

I still couldn't understand why my xpdf build failed. Off to look at the source tree in more detail. Ran

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/42) /usr/ports/graphics/xpdf4/files 110 -> svn log patch-xpdf-qt_CMakeLists.txt
svn: E155010: The node '/home/src/FreeBSD/svn/ports/graphics/xpdf4/files/patch-xpdf-qt_CMakeLists.txt' was not found.

Oh. svn update failed?

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/42) /usr/ports/graphics/xpdf4/files 111 -> svn up
Updating '.':
At revision 552295.

No. So why wasn't it deleted? svn is too modern to have a real man page, of course, and the suggestion in the excuse man page sounds like an insult:

Documentation  for  Subversion  and its tools, including detailed usage
explanations of the svn, svnadmin, svnserve and svnlook programs,  his-
torical  background, philosophical approaches and reasonings, etc., can
be found at .

That's 450 pages! And I don't care about history or philosophy. I just want the bloody thing to work!

But why just svn up? Shouldn't there be options there? I had a recollection of a -Pd, but that's an old, worn-out magic option from CVS. svn help shows no obvious ways to influence its update behaviour.

So: what happens if I move the files subdirectory out of the way and update?

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/42) /usr/ports/graphics/xpdf4 120 -> mv files filed
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/42) /usr/ports/graphics/xpdf4 121 -> svn up
Updating '.':
Restored 'files'
Restored 'files/xpdf-man.conf.in'
Restored 'files/patch-xpdf-qt_XpdfWidgetPrint.cc'
Restored 'files/xpdf.desktop'
Restored 'files/patch-cmake-config.txt'
At revision 552295.
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/42) /usr/ports/graphics/xpdf4 122 -> l file*
filed:
total 1
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  lemis  1,986  7 Oct  2019 patch-cmake-config.txt
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  lemis    520 14 Sep  2017 patch-xpdf-qt_CMakeLists.txt
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  lemis    714 26 Dec  2018 patch-xpdf-qt_XpdfWidgetPrint.cc
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  lemis  5,793 14 Sep  2017 patch-xpdf_CMakeLists.txt
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  lemis     35 14 Sep  2017 xpdf-man.conf.in
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  lemis    210 21 Apr  2018 xpdf.desktop

files:
total 1
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  lemis  1,986 13 Oct 12:52 patch-cmake-config.txt
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  lemis    714 13 Oct 12:52 patch-xpdf-qt_XpdfWidgetPrint.cc
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  lemis     35 13 Oct 12:52 xpdf-man.conf.in
-rw-r--r--  1 grog  lemis    210 13 Oct 12:52 xpdf.desktop
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/42) /usr/ports/graphics/xpdf4 123 ->

So there was another dead file there as well. How is this supposed to work? I've had issues with consistency almost since I first started using it, though atypically I didn't grumble about them. It's also irritating that svn doesn't restore the modification timestamp. From the file sizes, it's reasonable to assume that the four remaining patches are the same, but the timestamps differ.

Roll on git! Hopefully (dare I hope?) it won't have as many consistency issues.


More garden plants
Topic: gardening Link here

One of the more successful plants in the “garden” is this Leucadendron_salignum which Lorraine Carranza gave us two years ago. We planted it in a pot in front of the house, and this year it's really showing its colours:


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It's interesting to note some of the flowers seem to have joined together:


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Also finally wired up our Pandorea pandorana (“Wonga wonga”), which has been growing unchecked along the ground, and is now flowering:


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Hopefully it will get the message and climb upwards.

And then there's this strange plant that I've been watching for a while:


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What is it?


NBN maintenance: Becoming less obtrusive?
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

Another National Broadband Network scheduled outage notice today. There's nothing unusual about that, but this time there was a difference: during a 12 hour window from 23:00 on 5 November to 11:00 on 6 November, I may experience up to 5 one minute outages! I may, since I monitor the connectivity, but I doubt anybody else will. Hopefully this is an indication that they're becoming less obtrusive.


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Scanning old photos again
Topic: history, photography, general Link here

One of the persistent attributes of this diary is the number of photos I include. That's been the case almost since I started the online diary twenty years ago.

Clearly my paper diary of the 1960s didn't include inline photos. But there are references, and I still have the negatives, so I could add the images. I even scanned the negatives over 10 years ago. But at the time I had little connection with the paper diary (which I only typed in some time later), I also didn't have the exposure record that I kept at the time, and the scanning parameters were suboptimal.

Since then I have optimized the scanning procedure, and I have found a method of entering Exif data for the negatives. So today I started again. It's slow business, and by evening I didn't have any results worth showing. In the process, it's becoming clear that I need much more documentation.


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Steak and kidney pie, revisited yet again
Topic: food and drink, photography Link here

Lucy Osmond, our local district nurse and feel-good person, is compiling a Dereel recipe book with recipes, well, from Dereel. She's planning to include two of our recipes: steak and kidney pie and chicken salad. And of course she had questions, some unexpected.

By chance we had planned to eat steak and kidney pie today anyway, so time for lots of photos, and also reconsidering some aspects.

One of the bases of my approach is to make individual pies per person using pre-cooked filling, which I typically freeze in portions.

In the end took over 40 photos, most of which I'll never need. And of course we reconsidered some details, in particular whether the pies should be brushed with egg before baking. This time we decided “yes”, which proved to be an issue. As they stood, the instructions were to bake for 20 to 30 minutes. But after 5 minutes, we had:


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That would have completely burnt them. So aluminium foil it was.

The other thing that we changed was to eat a χωριάτικη σαλάτα, which for some reason most people transcribe as “horiatiki salad”, though it should be “khoriatiki salad”:


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That was in place of peas and carrots, and it proved to not be enough.


Another mandolin
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

One of the more interesting kitchen tools that I have discovered in recent years is the mandolin. Or is that mandoline? It seems that cooks have chosen on the latter non-standard spelling, and of course Wikipedia has to agree. But then, why not call it a guitare?

I now have two mandolins, and they both have their uses. The newer one can cut julienne strips, or effectively chop onions. But both have the disadvantage that they can only cut certain thicknesses.

A while back ALDI had a “professional” mandolin on special, with adjustable thickness. But it was so flimsy that it was useless. Yesterday they had another one, not “professional” and thus much more robust. And it had a (one) thicker setting. For the $10 they wanted, it might have been useful.

But it was so blunt that I just couldn't cut onions At All. Back it goes. What frustration!


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Power fail!
Topic: Stones Road house, general, opinion Link here

This morning Powercor had announced a grid power failure between 2:00 and 5:30. Clearly no hope of photovoltaic power then, but with fully charged batteries I should be able to weather the outage.

I didn't sleep well, for some reason, and round 5:40 I was up, confirming that the computers were still running, with the potential exception of distress, which seemed to have spontaneously rebooted some time yesterday, and probably unrelated to the grid maintenance.

So how long was the outage?


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1:02 to 1:45! Ah, that's the new Ingeteam software, which knows about daylight saving time, but is too polite to report it. The times were really 2:02 to 2:45, and the battery charge dropped to only 89%. If the outage had lasted the full advertised 3½ hours, it would presumably have dropped to round 42%, still acceptable. So it seems that my approach works.


Where's my failure report?
Topic: technology, Stones Road house, general, opinion Link here

I have a daily cron job that reports grid power outages. But today there was none. Why?

Off to look at my Heath Robinson power monitoring scripts. There are two main parts, apart from the MySQL database. ~/solar/suckdb fakes a web page to the inverter and creates a MySQL command with the help of a sed script:

curl -N 'http://inverter.lemis.com/system/events/sse/stream'  -H 'Accept: text/event-stream' -H 'Referer: http://inverter.lemis.com/dashboard/main.html' -H 'Cookie: __utma=51177012.766199467.1486957619.1542435223.1545448630.4; __utmc=51177012; __utmz=51177012.1542145939.2.1.utmcsr=(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none); adblk=adblk_no' -H 'Connection: keep-alive' -H 'Cache-Control: no-cache' 2>/dev/null | sed -l -f frobdb.sed

And ~/solar/insertdb runs suckdb and inserts the records into the database, politely ignoring errors:

while :; do suckdb | grep --line-buffered ^Insert | mysql household; done

So what went wrong? Off to take a look. The table hadn't been updated in nearly a month!

=== root@eureka (/dev/pts/11) ~ 1422 -> ls -l, /var/db/mysql/household/powerstats.*
-rw-rw----  1 mysql  mysql          9,070 24 Apr 15:20 /var/db/mysql/household/powerstats.frm
-rw-rw----  1 mysql  mysql  5,708,447,744 24 Sep 11:58 /var/db/mysql/household/powerstats.ibd

Running insertdb gave:

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/31) ~/solar 297 -> ./insertdb
ERROR 1054 (42S22) at line 1: Unknown column 'StatusBat' in 'field list'
ERROR 1054 (42S22) at line 1: Unknown column 'StatusBat' in 'field list'

Huh? Where did that come from?

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/31) ~/solar 298 -> suckdb
event: /ems/sse/stream
Insert into powerstats set  Id = "127.0.0.1:502:1", Pac = 1759, SetPoint = 0, Alarms = "", Status = "On-grid", StatusCode = 3, StatusBat = 1, SOC = 100, VBat = 273, PacBat = 2, PacPV = 1757, FromPV = false, Codes = "", W1 = -137, W2 = 0, W3 = 0;

But that has always run. Why did it fail? Looking back at the last update, that was the day I upgraded the inverter firmware. It seems that in the process they added a column to their database table (if that's the way they view things). That makes sense, and I can't exactly blame Ingeteam for not telling me. A simple case of:

mysql> alter table powerstats add StatusBat int after StatusCode;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (24 min 13.40 sec)

And the insertdb script was still running, apparently since September 2019, and presumably related to issues I had at the time.

So it's no wonder that I hadn't reported any transient grid power failures in the last few weeks. I'll probably never know if there were any, unless Powercor keeps the information accessible.


More firefox pain
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

It's been over 6 months since I started a project to replace eureka with two machines, the other called dereel. It was slow going, and without real reasons I postponed things.

One of the biggest reasons is the horror that is firefox. More and more web sites are refusing to talk to my old version, or placing severe restrictions on its usage. Today I discovered that I can no longer log in to eBay, or at least not under certain circumstances.

OK, I have a more modern (and thus harder to use) firefox on dereel. Just get it to run on a eureka server. How hard can it be? So hard that I not only failed, but managed to be no longer able to use eureka's firefox on eureka.

The first issue, of course, was getting usable key bindings for text input, now that they have broken the interface that allowed add-ons to do that. I had a recollection of a file ~/.gtkrc-2.0, but that didn't work. Finally found this page, which tells me that it's now ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini, a Microsoft like name, and it requires Microsoft-like syntax:

[Settings]
gtk-key-theme-name = Emacs

OK, that works, and starting it from an xterm gave me the chance to marvel at the amazing amount of vomit it produces on its home tty. Now use urlview to get firefox to display a mail attachment.

[-- Autoview stderr of /home/local/bin/dobrowser '/home/grog/mutt-eureka-KER6pyHl' --]
Maximum number of clients reachedUnable to init server: Could not connect: Abstract UNIX domain socket addresses not supported on this system
Error: cannot open display: :0.2

Huh? Tried it from an xterm. Can't find /home/grog/mutt-eureka-KER6pyHl. Of course! It's too polite to use things like complete file names. It should be /home/grog/mutt-eureka-KER6pyHl.html.

So why doesn't it work with urlview? Added lots of debugging output to my dobrowser script, all of which showed that it was working normally (and not mutilating the file name).

While pondering this, tried accessing eBay.


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“Firefox has just been updated in the background. Click Restart Firefox to complete the update.”

Huh? firefox is too stupid to “update in the background”. But I couldn't do anything, so I had to restart. And of course the problem didn't go away: I had to close the tab.

Spent some time trying to work out what was going on. Sometimes I could access a site, sometimes I got this message. But clearly things weren't working. Stopped the firefox instance on dereel and went back to the old version on eureka. It still didn't work! Somehow I'm reminded of this cartoon:

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/success.png


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Analysing X problems
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After yesterday's catastrophe with X communication, my first thought was how to recover the situation to a point where I could continue working. What happens on server 1? Things work! In principle, I could stay there, but the rest of my environment is on server 0, and switching servers takes time.

When I returned to server 0, without thinking I tried to view an email attachment. It worked! But not for long. After a while I ran into the old problem again.

So I did some more investigation. The more I look, the clearer is that it doesn't directly relate to firefox. This article clarifies that it's a general resource issue (as the message implies), and suggested using xlsclients, xrestop and xwininfo -root -children.

I know xwininfo, though not the options suggested, but what are the other two? xlsclients proved to be installed, probably part of X, but I couldn't find xrestop. The description makes it clear that it's to be understood as x-res-top, a top-like utility.

xlsclients doesn't seem to be very interesting. It shows one line per client, though there's an -l option that gives more information:

Window 0x15a00010:
  Machine:  lagoon.lemis.com
  Name:  grog (7) lagoon:grog
  Icon Name:  grog@lagoon:grog
  Command:  /usr/local/bin/xterm -name xterm-rx -bg BlanchedAlmond -s -sl 2048 -sb -ls -j -rw -display eureka:0.2 -geometry 100x65-53+0 -fn 10x20 -e /usr/local/bin/bash
  Instance/Class:  xterm-rx/XTerm

That's still not very interesting, and it doesn't mention the display on which it is active. What about xwininfo? It produced much more output, a total of over 420 entries, like:

     0x10a00051 "Xpdf: Print": ("printDialog_popup" "Xpdf")  5x5+0+0  +0+0
     0x10a00050 "Xpdf: Find": ("findDialog_popup" "Xpdf")  5x5+0+0  +0+0
     0x10a00042 "Xpdf: About": ("aboutDialog_popup" "Xpdf")  450x300+0+0  +0+0
     0x10a0002e (has no name): ()  5x5+0+0  +0+0
     0x10a0002d "Xpdf: Password": ("passwordDialog_popup" "Xpdf")  5x5+0+0  +0+0
     0x10a00005 (has no name): ()  1600x1400+0+0  +0+0
     0x10a00004 "xpdf": ("xpdf" "Xpdf")  1600x1400+0+0  +0+0

Are these all from one process? There were several repeats of this kind of information. But those seem to be multiple windows for a single process (client?). And as I was told in an X course over 30 years ago, “windows are cheap”.

What about xrestop? The article doesn't raise much hope that it will help. What the author did write was:

From what I can gather, the problem might not be too many clients at all, but rather resources kept around in the X server for clients who have long-since detached. But it would also appear that you cannot (easily?) relate X resources back to their client.

OK, run ktrace against firefox and see what happens. The thing that caught my eye in the dump started like this:

 18767 firefox  GIO   fd 9 read 3128 bytes
       0x0000 0000 0004 c06d c59c 0002 3130 0012 4d49 542d 4d41 4749  |.....m....10..MIT-MAGI|
       0x0016 432d 434f 4f4b 4945 2d31 0010 57bd a0fb b03e 1002 978e  |C-COOKIE-1..W....>....|
       0x002c eb76 e6ce 2dfb 0100 0010 6461 656d 6f6e 2e6c 656d 6973  |.v..-.....daemon.lemis|
       0x0042 2e63 6f6d 0002 3130 0012 4d49 542d 4d41 4749 432d 434f  |.com..10..MIT-MAGIC-CO|
       0x0058 4f4b 4945 2d31 0010 57bd a0fb b03e 1002 978e eb76 e6ce  |OKIE-1..W....>.....v..|
       0x006e 2dfb 0000 0004 c06d c589 0002 3131 0012 4d49 542d 4d41  |-......m....11..MIT-MA|
       0x0084 4749 432d 434f 4f4b 4945 2d31 0010 61bf 5185 4553 49d6  |GIC-COOKIE-1..a.Q.ESI.|
       0x009a 8e36 7ff0 f120 ce8f 0100 0011 6672 6565 6269 652e 6c65  |.6... ......freebie.le|
       0x00b0 6d69 732e 636f 6d00 0231 3100 124d 4954 2d4d 4147 4943  |mis.com..11..MIT-MAGIC|

It's full of names of old, worn-out systems. A bit of checking showed that it was the .Xauthority file. What are those names doing in there? Take a look

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/48) ~ 14 -> strings ~/.Xauthority | sort -u
...
battunga.lemis.com
daemon.lemis.com
deeveear.lemis.com
defake.lemis.com
euboea.lemis.com
freebie.lemis.com
monorchid.lemis.com
quartet.lemis.com
sydney.worldwide.lemis.com
tv2.lemis.com
wantadilla.lemis.com
zaphod.lemis.com

I don't think I have used any of those names since we moved to Dereel 13 years ago! And sydney was a Dell Inspiron 7500 laptop (internal project name “Sydney”, thus the machine name) that I had retired when I joined IBM in 2001. Why are these names still there?

Elsewhere I found a reference to the .Xauthority file, including this article, really intended for Citrix users, but pointing to the xauth program. And it, of course, confirmed the existence of these entries.

But what do I do about it? The articles I found had discovered more information, but they, too, didn't know how to handle the problem. Should I create a new .Xauthority file? Or is it because I have been running the servers so long that they can't handle things any more?

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/36) ~ 240 -> ps aux | grep Xorg
USER         PID  %CPU %MEM     VSZ     RSS TT  STAT STARTED          TIME COMMAND
root        4570   1.1  0.4 3521824  132468 v0  S    11Sep19   12751:19.13 /usr/local/bin/X :0 -config xorg-0.conf -logverbose 6 -listen tcp -auth /home/grog/.serverauth.4548 (Xorg)
root       39256   0.0  2.7 4254968  912068 v4  S    13Sep19    2889:08.35 /usr/local/bin/X :1 -config xorg-1.conf -listen tcp -auth /home/grog/.serverauth.39236 (Xorg)

Hmm, even for my circumstances they're been running a long time. Probably the problem would go away if I restarted server 0. But I'd like to understand the problem, not work around it. How can I tell how many clients I'm allowed? How can I change it? Can I do it on the fly?


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Still more X issues
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Yesterday I established that the error message I was receiving when trying to display email attachments on firefox was genuine: the X server had too many clients. How many?

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/27) ~ 144 -> xlsclients |wc
      45     661    5495
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/27) ~ 146 -> xwininfo -root -children | wc -l
     424

45 clients? That doesn't seem very likely. Clearly there are many more windows. Looking at the window list on my displays I found:

Display       Number
      of clients
:0.0       19
:0.1       51
:0.2       69
:0.3       24
Total       163

That's rather more than 45. If my guess is correct, I should have difficulty starting simpler clients, like xterms. Do I?

=== grog@teevee (/dev/pts/4) ~ 859 -> xterm &
[1] 55239
=== grog@teevee (/dev/pts/4) ~ 860 -> xterm &
[2] 55254
=== grog@teevee (/dev/pts/4) ~ 861 -> Maximum number of clients reachedxterm: Xt error: Can't open display: eureka:0.1

OK, I had noted that xpdf had had a surprising number of windows. And there were many open, mainly camera manuals. I can close them. How many clients do I have now?

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/27) ~ 148 -> xlsclients | wc
      44     659    5475
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/27) ~ 149 -> xwininfo -root -children | wc -l
     219

OK, only half the windows, and it seems that xlsclients doesn't help much. But now I could start at least 10 xterms from teevee, so it had freed up a number of client slots.

So it wasn't a firefox issue after all. Started a new firefox from dereel and went about my work. My today's diary through the years has a number of links that I wanted to open in separate tabs. The first worked, but then the others crashed (“Gah!”). Repeatedly. I had to open one, handle it, close it, and then I could open another. firefox bug?

While pondering that, ran into the dreaded “max clients” error again. Looking on dereel, I discovered 25 firefox processes. Stopped them, and things worked for a while again.

So: it was a firefox problem after all. My guess is that the corpses lying around on dereel were the result of firefox crashing in some form or another. This is clearly a firefox bug, one that almost certainly will never be fixed.

So: give up. The original intention was to set up X running on two displays, and this is apparently the only way that's going to work. Reinstated the old firefox on eureka:0.2, and started a new firefox from dereel to eureka:0.1, where it won't be called on to do things that it doesn't understand. Now to fight X configuration.

In passing, it's interesting to note that my experimentation broke firemacs (the Emacs emulation) on the old firefox instances as well. How did it manage that? But there's no reason to try to reinstate it: I'm going to have to live without it in the future, along with this stupid search function that can be invoked by c-f, but requires mouse interaction to continue.


Coming up tomatoes
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A month ago I planted out the biggest of my tomato seedlings. It's earlier than recommended (danger of frost), but I thought that I could take that risk: I have more seedlings. If they survive, they'll have a head start and bear fruit earlier.

I was wrong. No, there has been no frost, but it's been cool (as it always is at this time of year), and the seedlings grew much more slowly (if at all) than the remainder left in the lounge room window. Here are the seedlings I planted last month, then and now (left to right: Beefsteak, Grosse Lisse and Tommy Toe):


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That's the Tommy Toe hanging off the edge of the planting box to the right. I didn't take a photo of it when I planted it a few days later.

The ones growing inside are now too big for their tubes, so I repotted them in larger pots:


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When should I plant them outside? Beginning of November?

In passing, the chilis (in front and much smaller in the indoor photo) are also not doing well outside. The árbol has disappeared (eaten?), and the serrano is also not doing well:


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New gardener
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Paul Gallagher, the gardener, along today to catch up with a sorely neglected garden. I was a little concerned about him missing things like overgrown shrubs and cutting them down, but in fact he went through quickly and efficiently. In three hours he had mowed all the lawn and whippersnipped nearly all the edges; that would have taken Mick at least twice that time. I'm quite impressed. But why? Is it just the equipment? It certainly means that we're paying less now than we were before.

He didn't get the weeding done, of course, but he made a good attack. He'll be back in two weeks for the next round of mowing, and hopefully he'll get the weeds more under control.


More flowers
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Walking the dogs this afternoon, saw this plant:


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What is it? It's almost certainly a Thelymitra rubra, like this one that we saw in the same place this time last year:


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And back home, the pile of topsoil in the east garden is hosting a number of plants, including this:


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What's that? I've never seen one before. It appears to be a creeper, and my guess is that it arrived with the topsoil.


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