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Monday, 21 June 2021 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 21 June 2021
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Xiaomi still kills apps
Topic: technology Link here

As I feared, despite the configuration hoops I jumped through, hirse continues to kill apps that are marked in multiple ways as “don't stop”. Here an example of the servers:

=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/14) ~/Photos/20210619 215 -> date; nmap hirse
Sun 20 Jun 2021 17:58:27 AEST
PORT     STATE SERVICE
1234/tcp open  hotline
2121/tcp open  ccproxy-ftp
4242/tcp open  vrml-multi-use
=== grog@eureka (/dev/pts/14) ~/Photos/20210619 217 -> date; nmap hirse
Mon 21 Jun 2021 09:48:33 AEST
PORT     STATE SERVICE
1234/tcp open  hotline
4242/tcp open  vrml-multi-use

Got a response from the seller about my return request:

Hi dear, The extended 1 year warranty is under us :) Hence for 2nd year, you can claim with us if there's any issue with the phone :) Thanks, Kelly

OK, if you they can send me a written warranty document signed by a real company with ABN, I'll be happy with that. But what are the chances? This reminds me so much of the issues I had with my last standalone GPS navigator from February to April.


GPS navigators: going round in circles
Topic: technology, general, history, opinion Link here

Seen in my diary for 10 years ago today: I bought a new GPS navigator and discovered that the map data was completely out of date. That's exactly the same problem I had with the most recent one in April. In that connection, it's interesting to note the increase in size of the map files:

-rwxr--r--  1 grog  wheel  80226209 Mar 19  2010 Australia.fbl
120695296  07-27-2019 18:15   AZ 2020/CONTENT/Map/Australia_R3_HERE_2019.Q2_190612.fbl
121902592  03-02-2021 10:41   AZ 2021/CONTENT/map/Australia_HERE_2020.Q2_200720.fbl
122764288  06-10-2021 10:06   com.nng.igo.primong.igoworld/files/privdocs/InappShop/Mount/map/Australia.fbl

The last three are reported by zip, which is too polite to use international date formats, so the dates are in out-of-order MDY format. It's also interesting to note that the last file (from the iGO installation on hirse) appears to be the same as the standalone navigators, so the POI data must be stored somewhere else.


Making Larissa at home
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

Larissa is still quite timid, and she sleeps a lot, to the point that we started worrying about her. And unlike Pedro, she seems to be house-trained from the very start, to the point that Yvonne was worried that she wasn't passing anything.

Off for her first walk round midday:


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In the end we gave up and took her off the leash round the back of the house, where she felt a whole lot better:


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But she's still not sure of herself. When Nikolai joined in, she screamed in fright, though he was just running with her. It'll take a little while yet. She hasn't even been here for 24 hours.


Garden flowers in early winter
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

Today was the Winter solstice, time for the monthly garden photos.

Winter isn't the best of time for flowers, and this month it's particularly bad, since the gardeners have trimmed away many of the the flowers that I had previously left over winter, such as the roses:


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Once again the Corymbia ficifolia is flowering out of season:


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Hopefully Bryan is correct that it will flower normally from next summer.

The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis “Uncle Max” is also offering buds, though it's unclear whether they will flower:


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At least the cannas round it should protect it from the winter. Overnight we had “1.1°” with widespread ground frost, and the winter isn't over yet.

The bulbs that somebody shaved last gardener session are recovering somewhat:


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There's even a Snowflake in there.

And the lime tree is bearing more fruit than I can recall in its 12 or so years. They may even be ripening, though they're pretty firm.


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And the surviving Fuchsia in the entrance seems not to have noticed that it's winter:


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More physiotherapy
Topic: health Link here

Off to Ballarat to see Heather Dalman about my elbow. More needles, and some exercises. Things seem to be on the mend.


Navigating to Ballarat
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

On my way to Ballarat I tried a couple of navigation apps. Which ones? iGO and Sygic are no longer available. And somehow I got fed up with the others. Tried with HERE WeGo, which wanted to take me to Eyre Street in Buninyong. I thought that it might have been because I typed in the wrong street number (704 instead of 708), but no, 704 Eyre Street Ballarat also exists. So another app bites the dust. On the way back I used Google Maps, which still doesn't excite me.


COVID-19 precautions, the wrong way
Topic: health, opinion Link here

Surprisingly, M.C.Physio didn't have a QR code to scan. I asked why not and they said that it wasn't obligatory until coming Thursday, the first I have heard of that. But as they pointed out, they have my contact details.

After that to Bunnings. There are no longer long queues provided for people to enter, but to make up for it they have changed entrance and exit, and of course there's a QR code to scan. And nobody paid any attention. Also a pile of forms to fill out, along with clean and used pens:


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It's unclear how many people fill out the forms; I didn't see anybody. But how do you take a clean pen without dirtying the box?


More Xiaomi fixes?
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

On IRC today, Callum Gibson pointed me to a promised fix for my Xiaomi Redmi 9T problems. It's from Quora, so there are several answers. I didn't have time to follow, but there's some hope.


Tuesday, 22 June 2021 Dereel Images for 22 June 2021
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New rice noodles
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Last week I bought some new kinds of noodles, including these, which many people call rice sticks. apparently called “Heaven Dragon” Bún bò húê:


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Unlike most rice “noodles”, these require considerable cooking. The instructions say 12 to 14 minutes, but I found 18 minutes closer to the mark. And they lost a lot of their content to the water:


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Strangely, though I took the same quantity per serve, the results (here with MARION'S “Phat Thai”) gave the impression that I hadn't taken enough.


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And the taste? OK. I can eat more of those.


Larissa develops
Topic: animals, opinion Link here

Larissa is still somewhat lethargic and sleeps a lot. Once again we tried to get her to go for a walk, and once again she was unwilling:


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So we tried the back yard again. But this time she didn't want to go there either. Instead she headed off to the laundry door, followed by Nikolai:


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And again, though he came no closer than that, she screamed.

But that was at 14:00. In the course of the afternoon, she finally thawed and became more active. I can only assume that the trauma of transport from Briagolong took a couple of days to disperse. Now we have a normally active puppy, and of course she's taking up a lot of time. Nonetheless, she found unsuitable things to play with:


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That's part of the curtains behind her. It'll be better when she can play outside with Niko.

And on a less pleasant note: after she had appeared to have no urination or defecation for over 24 hours, she finally needed to do so in the evening. Off to the door and tried to get out, but we didn't respond quickly enough, and she peed inside instead.

We can forgive her for that one, but she did it again a little later in the hallway for no apparent reason. Does it still smell of Pedro?


Latest MIUI pain
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

The seller of the Xiaomi Redmi 9T sent me an invoice in PDF form, without ABN, stating “2 years warranty”. Without the ABN it's not worth the paper it isn't printed on. Replied asking for a written document.

In the meantime, finally got a response for the support ticket that I entered on Friday. They wanted the IMEI number. Why didn't they specify that on their last message, which only asked for the serial number?

OK, sent that, and got quite a quick reply:

Both IMEI 865817055036801 and 865817055036819 are not found in our database. https://panmi.com.au/product-authentication/
This means this is not a phone sold through our official resellers, so it could have non-official ROM software or third-party software.
I have tested the 9T i have on hand, not able to replicate this issue.
You could report this issue to Xiaomi: https://c.mi.com/thread-3430629-1-0.html
Our engineers will analyze the log and send a patch update to your phone. If it is official MI ROM.

or if it is an app doing it, you can do a factory reset, and see if the problem continues.

That's interesting for a number of reasons:


Another GPS navigation app?
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

On IRC, Andy Snow suggested Organic Maps, which he found quite fast, though it's also based on OpenStreetMap. Installed it, but it didn't show itself from its fastest side: it hung at 14% while downloading maps. Still, that's probably the toyshop.


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