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Monday, 28 November 2022 Dereel → Ballarat → Dereel Images for 28 November 2022
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More tiwi pain
Topic: technology, multimedia Link here

First thing this morning I took a look at the display from tiwi, which had looked completely messed up when I went to bed. But now it was fine.

Then into the office to check the overnight logs:

tiwi.lemis.com kernel log messages:
+NVRM: GPU at PCI:0000:01:00: GPU-85983119-e9ef-ac66-6817-fbed5657b871
+NVRM: Xid (PCI:0000:01:00): 32, Channel ID 0000000f intr 80040000
+NVRM: Xid (PCI:0000:01:00): 39, CCMDs 00000010 000090b5
+NVRM: Xid (PCI:0000:01:00): 31, Ch 00000001, engmask 00000101, intr 10000000
+NVRM: Xid (PCI:0000:01:00): 31, Ch 00000001, engmask 00000101, intr 10000000
(hundreds of repeats)

What's that? It looks like some kind of problem, and GPU suggests that it's related to the problems yesterday evening. Possibly it's a hardware issue. Is it working normally now? Off to take a look. Started displaying a video file. Hang. Spontaneous reboot.

But how about that, the /dev/ttyv0 display appeared on the TV! I thought I would have to change the BIOS to get it to do that. Great. And I can display videos again.

What was it? If it was a hardware issue, it could still be hiding. It would be better to power the machine down and check the BIOS while I'm at it. So I did that, with another monitor connected to the motherboard display. It came up, but without a display! How can I even try to debug that? I was able to start X again via the network, but somehow this is all more complicated than it should be. One thing's clear: I should postpone my intention to put tiwi in the cabinet in place of the old teevee. If it fails again, it would be easier to have it more accessible to change the display card, and in the meantime I could use teevee to display the videos.

Later I found this page, which confirms that it was a GPU issue and gives me some details about the messages. The number in the middle of the output line is a code:

One thing that doesn't show up there (unless it's the Xid 39) is hardware. I suppose that's some small comfort, if I can believe it.

And I also have a dump, though I didn't have time to look at it today:

Nov 28 10:17:28 tiwi savecore[1071]: reboot after panic: page fault
Nov 28 10:17:28 tiwi savecore[1071]: writing core to /var/crash/vmcore.0

40 years!
Topic: history, general, opinion Link here

40 years ago today I engaged in wife-swapping. I hired a van, loaded all the belonging of my wife Doris into it and moved them to her new flat. Then I drove to Yvonne's flat, loaded all her belongings into the van, and drove home. What an exhausting day!

And it was 40 years ago! Time flies when you're having fun.


MRI results and fifth COVID-19 vaccination
Topic: health, general, opinion Link here

Into town today to visit Mr. Kontoku Shimokawa to hear about the results of the MRI that Yvonne had done the week before last. Probably the most interesting thing was the interest he showed in the book I had brought to read in the waiting room: Washoku, by Elizabeth Andoh, about Japanese cooking. The results of the MRI themselves were uninteresting: no change, so it looks as if the issue with her pancreas is no longer a concern. But of course there will be monitoring. The next MRI will be in a year's time.

Then a bit of shopping at ALDI and on to UFS to have a fifth COVID-19 vaccination, as Paul Smith had recommended.

Are you immunocompromised? No. Oh, sorry, no jab for you. We went and talked to a second person, a nurse, who checked our specific details. Yes, no jab for you. It's interesting to note that while COVID-19 cases are on the rise, the place was almost empty. Probably everybody eligible and willing has already had all the vaccinations they're allowed.


Tuesday, 29 November 2022 Dereel Images for 29 November 2022
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Coffee machine. Hair dryer. Bathtub?
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Four years ago I bought a “digital air fryer”, which is of course a silly name for a small forced convection oven. I was relatively happy with it, though not for the reasons for which it was sold, but it is a little small and has a maximum temperature of 200°. So six months later I bought a larger one that went to 230°. And yes, the temperature difference is real: I can bake beans in it, but the coffee machine doesn't get hot enough. To distinguish between them I called the old one (first photo) a “coffee machine” and the new one a “hair dryer” (here a photo from ALDI's: catalogue):


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But while tidying up the pantry, I found this:

 
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That's not an “air fryer”: it was sold as a convection oven. And I bought it on Sue Blake's recommendation 13½ years ago. I didn't comment much about it here, but it seems that I was relatively satisfied with it, but then stopped using it.

So: how does it compare with “air fryers”? Clearly it's the same thing with an old, worn-out magic name. Here it is (on the right) with the “hair dryer” on the left.

 
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Clearly it's not “digital”:

 
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But apart from the irritating timer, it has a temperature scale that clearly goes up to 250°. It's also bigger: the basin is 31 cm in diameter and 16 cm deep (12 l), compared to 28 cm diameter and 13 cm deep (8 l) for the “hair dryer”. The difference is significant: I've had a couple of times when the hair dryer was barely too small. They're both are rated at 1300 W, so it seems that if I had remembered the the old one when I bought the hair dryer, I may not have bought the hair dryer after all.

And the name? Both Yvonne and I independently came up with the term “bathtub”. But somehow the controls remind me of an animal head, and Yvonne of a fly.

Tried it out for rewarming shepherds pie in the evening. It didn't power on! It took some time to discover that the carrying handle for the top also includes a switch that only turns on when it is pushed all the way down. The position in the middle image is still too high:

 
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After that it seemed to work well enough. I'll have to do more checks, including whether it really can reach 250°.


Walking iris
Topic: gardening, opinion Link here

Jane Ashhurst recently tidied out her garden and had something like 25 “walking iris” (probably Trimezia northiana) plants over, so she sent them to us. And while I was waiting for somebody to plant them, the cuttings started flowering!

 
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Nothing for it. They want shade or part shade, so we don't have many places to put them, so planted a few in front of the house. I'll have to put more on the south side of the house.


Latest eBay pain
Topic: technology, general, opinion Link here

One of the good things about eBay is that it's relatively easy to return merchandise if it's defective or not as described. But when I tried to return the defective rain gauge, I got a different reaction. First a message titled “Some issues with your recent orders” with a lot of vague stuff about ensuring that things work for everybody, but with a link to their abusive buyer policy, and then one telling me to buy a return label.

What's all this nonsense? Has some artificial stupidity program decided that I have returned too many items? That should be a feature, not a bug. And just as I was beginning to thing that eBay was getting better. So how do I get in touch with them? “Chat”? To my surprise, that worked, though of course it took some time. And within an hour or so I had received the return label that I had expected. They didn't explain why I had received the messages, but I got the impression that something had gone wrong on their side.

Still, sometimes these people are more trouble than they're worth.


Google wisdom
Topic: health, technology, opinion Link here

While searching for COVID-19 vaccinations on Google, got this helpful information:

 
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OK, Google, I'll bite. How are those diseases related to COVID-19?


Lost mobile phone: next part
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Walking the dogs today, Yvonne found this:

 
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Until proof of the contrary, that's the casing of the mobile phone that we found last week. It wasn't far from where we found the phone: I'd guess 20 m. It doesn't look as if it'll be much use. I wonder how the pieces got there.


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