Friday, August 18, 2017

One recent morning started out with the previous night's upgrade of nodejs still sitting there waiting:

Get:1 buster/main amd64 nodejs amd64 8.3.0-1nodesource1~buster1 [13.2 MB]
Fetched 7,894 kB in 1h 10min 44s (1,859 B/s)
Retrieving bug reports... Done
Parsing Found/Fixed information... Done
Reading changelogs... Done
(Reading database ... 143397 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../nodejs_8.3.0-1nodesource1~buster1_amd64.deb ...
Detected old npm client, removing...
Unpacking nodejs (8.3.0-1nodesource1~buster1) over (6.11.2-1nodesource1~buster1) ...
Setting up nodejs (8.3.0-1nodesource1~buster1) ...
Installing new version of config file /etc/profile.d/ ...
Processing triggers for man-db ( ...

Yeah, I knowwww... Check that out.... 7,894 kilobytes.... taking 70 minutes to install. Welcome to computing at the speed of abject poverty.

(Not so) funny is that wasn't even the whole download. That was only the last partial of it so the time invested was more than that for that 13.2 megabyte file at day's end. #TrueStory.

PS Last partial... Have I mentioned "abject poverty" yet? It's nothing to have to stop installs for to be able to accomplish something else online at a transfer rate higher than 963 BYTES per second. #EvenTruerStory.

So those last few lines there... I initially did not grasp that part where my packages will no longer only come from Debian secured repositories. That's kinda sorta a little scary and is something everyone must keep in mind 110% of the time during this adventure.

Killed me to do it, but I traveled over to my once former one-liner /etc/apt/sources.list file for to witness it no longer being only one line....

But it still is.

That's because the new repository's indicator was injected into a newly generated file at:


That file in whole says:

deb buster main
deb-src buster main

I keep forgetting about that "deb-src" part. I need to remind myself what that's about. That wouldn't be thrown in there just because(y) they got a wild hair up their keyboard. There's a rationale behind that, but I've forgotten what that is.

That notation that it [d]etected old npm client, removing is not an advisement that I ever see left in place. It's not hard to imagine that this potentially is what goes on when software is upgraded. Then again, maybe package managers install a whole new instance instead of packing in a new one over top of an existing one.

Except that... no, I've seen the advisements that my apt-get was unpacking new editions actually over top of something already installed under their respective names.

Being so new at this whole node thingy, I don't know if we only ever need one instance of npm... or not. For most of the rest of the packages, it's imperative that we know and control what's there. This would include the fact that you can have many versions of the same named package all residing side by side.

During my initial peer dependencies installation attempts a couple days ago, that's where a major bug was encountered with eslint and webpack. Those two kept narcissistically deleting any of their respective "sibling" packages that they found during the installation process. Yes, that's a #FAIL which in my case caused me to repeatedly go in circles trying to install those two last necessary peer dependencies. *grin*

Then I found a newer npm Github bug that says.... it's not just me. *comforting to know*

Much later that same day.... and mostly just because I had not yet mangled things enough:

npm uninstall --save beaker
npm WARN deprecated isparta-loader@0.2.0: Package is deprecated, use
npm WARN deprecated jade@1.11.0: Jade has been renamed to pug, please install the latest version of pug instead of jade
npm WARN deprecated bower@1.8.0: ..psst! While Bower is maintained, we recommend Yarn and Webpack for *new* front-end projects! Yarn's advantage is security and reliability, and Webpack's is support for both CommonJS and AMD projects. Currently there's no migration path, but please help to create it:
npm WARN deprecated minimatch@0.2.14: Please update to minimatch 3.0.2 or higher to avoid a RegExp DoS issue
npm WARN deprecated minimatch@2.0.10: Please update to minimatch 3.0.2 or higher to avoid a RegExp DoS issue
npm WARN deprecated transformers@2.1.0: Deprecated, use jstransformer
npm WARN deprecated css-list@0.1.3: Deprecated.
npm WARN deprecated graceful-fs@1.2.3: graceful-fs v3.0.0 and before will fail on node releases >= v7.0. Please update to graceful-fs@^4.0.0 as soon as possible. Use 'npm ls graceful-fs' to find it in the tree.
npm WARN deprecated minimatch@0.3.0: Please update to minimatch 3.0.2 or higher to avoid a RegExp DoS issue
npm ERR! Unexpected end of input at 1:17415
npm ERR! Shrinkwrap":false},"3.6.1":{"name":"eslint-plugin-react","version":"3
npm ERR!

npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
npm ERR! /home/[user]/.npm/_logs/2017-08-17T01_39_38_742Z-debug.log

No, actually I'm not sure that I originally installed beaker while using that --save flag. Another tip I gathered somewhere was that you have to or should use the same flag for uninstall that you did for npm install. I don't remember a "why", just that you should.

This is where it starts turning my stomach. I'm not versed at separating my dependencies and such into their respective lumps. Once you can, then it's not so hard to.....

Oh, wait.... maybe that file that's causing so many problems has a clue? *let's check that out*

Now more error looking error chatter:

npm ERR! errno EAI_AGAIN

Without actually going onto any webpages, I'm seeing things like that it's about being behind a proxy and suchly. Since I'm on dialup, maybe it's purely about access, period.

And now another one.... ENOTFOUND

Also not to be forgotten: rollbackFailedOptional.

At day's end, the speed of locally provided dialup started looking like a feasible culprit. Even higher on my list, though, was that I started wondering about a "slashdot effect" on npm. Last night I went ahead and pondered that out loud over at npm's Github. Even from a newbie's perspective, it just seems like a lot of sudden connectivity issues for it to suddenly all only be about the end user.

In the meantime, the glitch... the bug... appeared to be fixable by simply rinse and repeating install attempts until they actually installed successfully. Sometimes it takes more than a few times, but it does seem to work... if you keep plugging on.....

*to be continued...* :)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ok, so a couple days ago I began installing the Beaker peer-to-peer browser k/t having seen a blurb about it on Slashdot. This latest experience in the geekette has been... challenging but not in a super negatory way.

If I had this to do all over again, I would start with one of the first pages I read but did not comprehend initially. That page is the Installing Node.js via package manager over at Node.js' home website. That's where I got this:

curl -sL[choice-of-version].x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install nodejs

For me on Debian Linux, Buster edition, following the curl/apt-get install instructions worked. Until that point, I had been floundering around with things like nvm because(y) that's what hit my radar early on. *it's a cognitive thing*

[choice-of-version] means there are several running around out there. I initially did the "setup_6.x" as reflected on Node.js' package manager tips page. I spent the rest of the day, MANY hours, messing around with dependencies. That may or may not change, only Time will tell.

UPDATE 2017.08.18: I stumbled upon a What's the difference between curl | sh and sh -c “$(curl)”? (StackExchange; ~2017.01.22). I'll be trying that one the next chance I get to see if it makes a difference in effectiveness, i.e. do things still install properly.

If you wander around on the issues bug report board for Beaker, you'll find a comment that nodejs installs npm by natural default. Not quite... i.e... if you install solely via apt-get in my Debian Buster without the curl, it appears to not quite go. I know this because(y) that's the route I stumbled upon first.

One factor that will be time consuming to test is that I didn't know about closing a terminal window and then reopening it just after install. Sometimes you have to do that before npm becomes available. I didn't do that because I did not know it helps. It will take a fresh install, perhaps even of my old buddy Sid, to test that theory. That's at least 2 days all by itself aka... *it can wait*

So. #Life Lesson Learned on the fly: Skip straight to Node.js' Installing Node.js via package manager. Should you encounter something where it doesn't work, hit up the appropriate Github issues page for whichever package is failing.

My next step was then to npm install beaker. I messed up at first. I should have been writing up notes, but I didn't. There were two errors that aren't showing up now that it would have been nice to document.

Today... I'm seeing this:

UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY autoprefixer-core@^5.2.0
├── UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY babel-core@^5.0.0
├── UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY babel-loader@^5.3.2
├── UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY babel-plugin-object-assign@^1.2.1
├── UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY babel-plugin-rewire@^0.1.21
├─┬ beaker@6.1.0
│ ├─┬ change-case@2.3.1
│ │ ├── camel-case@1.2.2
│ │ ├── constant-case@1.1.2
│ │ ├── dot-case@1.1.2
│ │ ├── is-lower-case@1.1.3
│ │ ├── is-upper-case@1.1.2
│ │ ├── lower-case@1.1.4
│ │ ├── lower-case-first@1.0.2
│ │ ├── param-case@1.1.2
│ │ ├── pascal-case@1.1.2
│ │ ├── path-case@1.1.2
│ │ ├── sentence-case@1.1.3
│ │ ├── snake-case@1.1.2
│ │ ├── swap-case@1.1.2
│ │ ├── title-case@1.1.2
│ │ ├── upper-case@1.1.3
│ │ └── upper-case-first@1.1.2
│ ├── diff@2.2.3
│ ├── exit@0.1.2
│ ├── lodash@3.10.1
│ ├── minimist@1.2.0
│ ├─┬ nconf@0.7.2
│ │ ├── async@0.9.2
│ │ └─┬ yargs@3.15.0
│ │ ├── camelcase@1.2.1
│ │ ├─┬ cliui@2.1.0
│ │ │ └── wordwrap@0.0.2
│ │ └── window-size@0.1.4
│ ├─┬ q-io@1.13.4
│ │ ├─┬ collections@0.2.2
│ │ │ └── weak-map@1.0.0
│ │ ├── mimeparse@0.1.4
│ │ └── url2@0.0.0
│ ├─┬ sleep@3.0.1
│ │ └── nan@2.6.2
│ └── versiony@1.4.2
├── UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY coveralls@^2.11.2

< half a ton of UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY lines snipped >

└── UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY yaml-loader@^0.1.0

npm WARN optional SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: 7zip-bin-mac@^1.0.1 (node_modules/7zip-bin/node_modules/7zip-bin-mac):
npm WARN notsup SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: Unsupported platform for 7zip-bin-mac@1.0.1: wanted {"os":"darwin","arch":"any"} (current: {"os":"linux","arch":"x64"})
npm WARN optional SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: 7zip-bin-win@^2.1.0 (node_modules/7zip-bin/node_modules/7zip-bin-win):
npm WARN notsup SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: Unsupported platform for 7zip-bin-win@2.1.0: wanted {"os":"win32","arch":"any"} (current: {"os":"linux","arch":"x64"})
npm WARN optional SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: fsevents@^1.0.0 (node_modules/chokidar/node_modules/fsevents):
npm WARN notsup SKIPPING OPTIONAL DEPENDENCY: Unsupported platform for fsevents@1.1.2: wanted {"os":"darwin","arch":"any"} (current: {"os":"linux","arch":"x64"})
npm WARN beaker@6.1.0 requires a peer of autoprefixer-core@^5.2.0 but none was installed.

< respective half ton of required PEER DEPENDENCY versions snipped (again) >

npm WARN beaker@6.1.0 requires a peer of yaml-loader@^0.1.0 but none was installed.
npm WARN beakerbrowser@ No repository field.
npm WARN beakerbrowser@ No license field.

Oy, have mercy. There MUST be like one single package that covers all of those... or something like that. :)

But there's not. And something I noticed while proofreading here is that the "tree" there, Beaker in this case, appears in line where its respective package is actually halfway installed properly. *got it*

Here's a funny. The number of websites returned for a search on the above... is my old employee number at Kmart MANY mango seasons ago..


One of those top website pages returned for my search... says it's a new thing that we have to manually install those peer dependency packages. Are we sure about that, though? Let's check out another website. Ok, that one is saying to try things like npm uninstall [package-name] and npm cache clean first. *that makes (total common) sense (when you know all the commands AND flags to use)*

Like npm install --save-dev. That sounds like an important one to use... especially on dialup. *maybe (?)*

Now I'm looking at this:

npm WARN beakerbrowser@ No repository field.
npm WARN beakerbrowser@ No license field.

That sounds minorly important.... too. *hm*

Only 3 results?

That's bringing back memories of the good ol' days when you were lucky to get that many answers back. *lol*

Possible best answers are at StackOverflow. Multiple comments hint that it's a developer thing to ignore those instead of making sure they don't occur. *grin*

This is already actually looking like it might could work. This right here:

beakerbrowser@ /home/candycane/Documents/git/beaker/beaker
└─┬ node-gyp@3.6.2
├─┬ fstream@1.0.11
│ └── graceful-fs@4.1.11

That's a sampling of the feedback that shows up on the terminal while doing this. That graceful-fs right there was highlighted as not installed yesterday. The impression I'm getting is that it is now installed. That's because I am following this process as a mix garnered from the Yeoman@Github and Angular@Github links above:

npm uninstall beaker
npm cache clean
npm install node-gyp
npm install node-pre-gyp
npm install beaker

Don't know if it's appropriate to use it here, but there is that --save-dev flag running around in the wild. That is NOT --save-dep which would seem and feel more logical.

--save-dev means:

Dev Dependencies. A module installed using the "--save-dev" flag is saved into the "devDependencies" list in the package.json file. If an npm module is listed as a "devDependency" it means that your npm plugin isn't dependent on it, however your development environments are dependent on it.

k/t Daniel Tonon @ LinkedIn

Those are things you need locally to do what you're doing... but maybe it's not a required demand at the project's end. *I think (?)*

There is another flag, "-g", e.g. npm install -g that means globally across one's system. That takes root privileges to accomplish that one if you leave it like that. For me right now, I'm fine with it being "just" as me because I don't want it messing up my currently functioning globals... *grin*

Addendum as I proofread: Globally sounds desirable now to the point that I went that route. It's what things like apt-get install already do by design.

Nope, there was still a massive laundry list of not-yet-installed packages (do they even call them packages?):

autoprefixer-core babel-core babel-loader babel-plugin-object-assign babel-plugin-rewire coveralls css-loader csso csswring eslint eslint-plugin-react file-loader grunt grunt-cli grunt-contrib-watch grunt-eslint grunt-filenames grunt-karma grunt-webpack imports-loader isparta-loader jade-loader jasmine jasmine-core json json-loader karma karma-chrome-launcher karma-cli karma-coverage karma-firefox-launcher karma-jasmine karma-jasmine-jquery karma-sourcemap-loader karma-spec-reporter karma-webpack less-loader lodash matchdep postcss-loader raw-loader react react-dom sass-loader style-loader webpack webpack-dev-server yaml-loader

48 packages if mousepad (text editor) line counts are to be believed.

Packages. Do they even call them that in this instance? :)

Alrighty, then....

More errors...

npm ERR! node v6.11.2
npm ERR! npm v3.10.10

npm ERR! shasum check failed for /tmp/npm-8755-700488db/
npm ERR! Expected: 99cd7eafcffca2ff99a5c8f5f2a474d6364b4bd3
npm ERR! Actual: ba90d15ab3280166ff3d668f497996b23732fdec
npm ERR! From:
npm ERR!
npm ERR! If you need help, you may report this error at:
npm ERR!

npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
npm ERR! /home/candycane/Documents/git/beaker/beaker/npm-debug.log

But it's the one just above those that scares me.....

npm ERR! Linux 4.11.0-1-amd64

Um, yeahhhh.. That's what I'm using. WHYYY is that a problem? *oh, no*

So you know from "oh, cr4p!"? I just did again. I just successfully installed istanbul-instrumenter-loader because isapart-loader is "deprecated". *that's what they said*

It's not complaining about my Linux 4.11.0-1 kernel anymore... but it somehow added a few more necessary packages because the count is now UP to 54. That's after it installed a few things as other necessary dependencies. *hm*

Potentially getting smarter by the hour about all this. According to another StackOverflow thread, the above peer dependency install list should look like this:

autoprefixer-core@^5.2.0 babel-core@^5.0.0 babel-loader@^5.3.2 babel-plugin-object-assign@^1.2.1 babel-plugin-rewire@^0.1.21 coveralls@^2.11.2 css-loader@^0.15.6 csso@^1.3.11 csswring@^3.0.5 eslint@^1.1.0 eslint-plugin-react@^3.2.2 file-loader@^0.8.4 grunt@^0.4.5 grunt-cli@^0.1.13 grunt-contrib-watch@^0.6.1 grunt-eslint@^17.1.0 grunt-filenames@^0.4.0 grunt-karma@0.12.0 grunt-webpack@^1.0.11 imports-loader@^0.6.4 isparta-loader@^0.2.0 jade-loader@^0.7.1 karma@^0.13.8 karma-chrome-launcher@^0.2.0 karma-cli@^0.1.0 karma-coverage@^0.5.1 karma-firefox-launcher@^0.1.6 karma-jasmine@^0.3.6 karma-jasmine-jquery@^0.1.1 karma-sourcemap-loader@^0.3.5 karma-spec-reporter@^0.0.20 karma-webpack@~1.7.0 less-loader@^2.2.0 lodash@^3.10.0 matchdep@^0.3.0 postcss-loader@^0.4.3 react@0.14.2 react-dom@0.14.2 sass-loader@^2.0.1 style-loader@^0.12.3 webpack@^1.11.0 webpack-dev-server@^1.10.1 yaml-loader@^0.1.0

In other words, leave the version numbers in there. Those matter to npm. They're also noting the --save flag so I'll be trying that, too.

For the more whacky looking ones, I saw a tip where you additionally even tack on some parentheses before you're done, e.g.:

npm install -g funkyPackageName@">=0.0.1"

Better yet, you can show that you're a really importantly too busy to type developer by further shortcutting that to:

npm i -g funky-package-name@">=0.0.1"

I tried it. *it works!*

MANY HOURS LATER: Am still at it. Had a few packages, namely eslint and webpack, that kept running me in circles with their peer dependency demands. I would update one then another would yell that its peer dependencies are unmet... even though I'd already manually installed them minutes before. I'm definitely missing some minor detail here about the whole npm process. :)

A couple packages have gone off and gotten themselves deprecated by becoming other names. jade has something to do with pug, and I'm not sure which karma was triggering it but something wants to be yarn or some other name I've already forgotten.

UPDATE 2017.08.18: I think that other name was webpack. How'd I ever forget that?

Then I kept seeing this:

npm WARN deprecated bower@1.8.0: ..psst! While Bower is maintained, we recommend Yarn and Webpack for *new* front-end projects! Yarn's advantage is security and reliability, and Webpack's is support for both CommonJS and AMD projects. Currently there's no migration path, but please help to create it:

If you see that message... and the related npm install just seems to be... lost in space there, leave it have its head. It's downloading something large. It's not frozen or something...... *#Life lesson learned on the fly* :)

Ohhh-kayyy. eslint and webpack are running me all the freak all over the place... in circles. I install what I think is one of them, and a bunch of other unmet peer dependencies pop up. Those peer dependencies are in their same name, just different versions. I install one or more of those... and the previous one... returns. *smacking head*

Then I remembered something I'd seen for a second:

$ npm ls webpack
beakerbrowser@ [file-path-location]
├── UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY eslint@4.4.1
├── UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY karma-jasmine-jquery@^0.1.1
└── UNMET PEER DEPENDENCY webpack@3.5.4

I installed the first one, eslint@4.4.1 then ran npm ls webpack again... nothin'. Freaking... nothin' changed.

I'm thinking... that I'm done running in circles for the day... is what I'm thinking...

*to be continued* :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Debian: Dear Jupp, Um, User Choice??

So this is a little on how this morning got started out....

apt-get install jupp

jupp is described as.... OH, NO!

update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/jupp to provide /usr/bin/editor (editor) in auto mode

OH, NOOOOOOO... that can't be good!!!!

And it wasn't. It became the attached vent elsewhere on the Net. PS Moral of the Story: Dear Software Developers, PLEASE ask users for their *_CHOICE_* preferences before making significant changes to their... please read that again... THEIR computers. Thanking you advance for YOUR considerations. *wink*

So what had happened went a little like.......

Dear "jupp", I am SO NOT amused with you just this very second. I just found you while full bore ahead trying to post some shtuff to social networking before heading outside for daily chores. You hit my radar k/t an "apt-cache search copy and paste" search. At ~210KB, I figured... #whatTheHeck.

What the heck became... you just hijacked my terminal command line editor. The first clue was last line of install that read, "update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/jupp to provide /usr/bin/editor (editor) in auto mode". To which I immediately responded, "You just so did WHAT?!?!?!?!" Quick test run of "editor x" shows you just so did so, too... You dadgum hijacked the role of default terminal editor on myyyyy computer!

Your description claims: "JOE also emulates several other editors." To which I can only respond.... "You so the freak do NOT, not the default ones I've encountered, anyway." I know this as fact because(y) I just had to drop every single thing I was full speed ahead in the middle of.... JUST to learn how to do the very basic User 101 task of.... exiting the freak out of you.

Next stop: "apt-get remove", but I've got this recent experience based gut feeling that's going to be a #FAIL of its own. Apt's recently had this bug up its backside about removing some files from a little ol' program called.... GRUB. I see a #FAIL of no less than epic proportion waiting to happen if apt gets its way on that one.....

Bottom line, am marking this experience #EpicFAIL when it comes to #Usability and #CognitivelyFriendly. Now where WAS I before I was so RUDELY interrupted... oh, yeah, I was venting about politics somewhere. < /(this) vent > *grin*

UPDATE #1: Tried "apt-get remove" instead of "autoremove". After a few seconds of choking on it, apt claimed:

"update-alternatives: using /bin/nano to provide /usr/bin/editor (editor) in auto mode".

One quick (successful) run of "editor x" later, may I just say... PHEW!

UPDATE #2: As it turns out, "clipboard manager" is likely the best keyword combo to use for a search on what I was originally seeking.

UPDATE #3: I THINK I escaped out of "jupp" using "^K X". That came about as a Hail, Mary, play because I had seen some other internal command that contained "^K", *NOT* because I found that command within the associated "man jupp" destructional how-to.

Happy Safe Surfing out there!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ubuntu: Didn't know root password

Ok, so... what happened was... cognitively not all there today. Fast as I thought of it, couldn't remember what I needed to do but it went something like... let a couple different live, active operating systems make nice with each other by sharing files.

BUT FIRST, I needed to undo a stupid I did a couple days ago... messed up permissions on the targeted folder. Well, I think I did it. Is also possible it's about trying to access a hard drive created by another operating system (Knoppix). But I don't think so. SEEMS LIKE... I was able to access the target folder until I bloopered the other day..

Bumbling around trying to figure the permissions thing out, I got the bright idea to search on "manage user accounts ubuntu". Ended up at Ubuntu Help's User Management webpage. Skimmed through and knew immediately that wasn't what I was looking for so sat here pondering.

Decided to try su in a terminal. That was a FAIL. Received back an "Authentication failure" error message. Remembered I'd JUST coincidentally seen something about root and password on that Ubuntu User Management page. Bingo > sudo passwd is what you need if you've never accessed root in your system before. Turns out Ubuntu's Dream Team keeps root turned off by default (for good reason). You can activate it by entering the "sudo passwd" command then entering information as requested.


Placing sudo before commands gets you most, if not all, of what you'd ever need accomplished as system administrator as long as you've been previously granted those powers. If you go in there with full power of root, you can do something really stupid by total accident (like what I did couple days ago). And actually not sure if I messed up while as "sudo" or root but, either way, what I did was... type too fast for my brain while accessing admin powers. Accidentally started changing an entire disk's permissions when I'd only wanted to change one folder, my photo folder. Left off the folder name and off it went....

And so here we are now.. less than 24 hours before I'd like to have solved/resolved inter-Linux distro communication by first undoing something that should not have occurred in the first place. So forget root exists. Take a few extra seconds to search the W-W-W for alternatives that others have used. There's so much more newbie and cognitively friendly information available out there than there ever has been. Research, don't take shortcuts just because they do happen to exist.. The sanity you save... will be your own (and most likely fellow members of some Linux community listserv somewhere). :)

Happy Safe Surfing out there!

PS My new office mate out here on the porch.. A Carolina Wren (CAWR, Thryothorus ludovicianus) sitting on her new nest... Patience pays... :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Linux hibernation (suspend-to-disk) FAIL and Swap partitioning

Off and distracted by another something shiny today... new old refurbished hard drive. Decided I want to put two completely different Linux operating systems on this new hard drive. It's more technically known as "dual booting". Wasn't even sure it was possible, that maybe I misunderstood recent listserv conversations I lurked, but nope, apparently is possible sooo.... here I goooo...

In the process of just verifying I understand it's a can-do before actually attempting a dual boot setup, I FINALLY encountered someone saying something extended about WHY you want to create yadda-yadda amount of swap space. Over the years, I've guessed the swap partition was about things temporarily "swapping" out in that space as you move around in your software. Bingo.. The Community Help section covers it in the Why do I need swap? part of their SwapFAQ.

Just throwing this out there quick before attempting that dual install. Reason was that "please help" requests occur occasionally about hibernation not working on Debian setups. I don't know if inadequate swap space has ever been posed as a potential source of the problem but it'll be my "Have you checked this yet?" kneejerk answer from now on... unless someone else plugs it first. *grin*

Happy Safe Surfing out there!

PS Ah, cr4p, forgot to say... recommended dosage FOR swap is approximate double your ram memory size. One guy (over at Super User) suggested adding an additional +1 for good measure. Cool. Having never seen an explanation about swap, mine have always been been a nice round 10gb on 1gb systems over the years, just because(y). Guess that makes it more like... quadruple, no, make that 8-druple plus an extra gigabyte for each quadruple (times 2) overkill...... Schmokin'!

PPS Just read this.. FCC website apparently went down for the count due to net neutrality troll comments inspired by a comedian named John Oliver. k/t goes to Slashdot for the lead.

PPPS How many gazillions has dotGov reportedly spent on web development and yet their major websites still can't handle a little extra Internet traffic on demand?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Long neglected Blogger accounts.. Oy.

UPDATED :: Are we there yet?! (spoiler alert, grin)

Rambling today just to try to keep in writing mode. Sometime yesterday afternoon, I started fiddling around with my long neglected Blogger accounts. What a mess.

What happened was for some reason the Backyard Pishing blog was suddenly displaying as a single column instead of two. Sometimes that will happen if you're using a higher zoom percentage so I did a quick CTRL plus "-" couple times to take it down a few notches. Didn't help.

Next I figured maybe it had something to do with my getting back into actively featuring Amazon affiliate ads. Thought maybe it had something to do with the newest ads' width(s) causing the layout to squeeze something out of whack. So far, doesn't look like that was it, either.

Ended up being a review worth its weight in time spent as I discovered a whoopsie. The newer Linux Bible I was featuring does not appear to include the live CD/DVD disks the way earlier editions did, namely the (AD ALERT >>>) Linux Bible 2010 now currently faved. My whole point was about being able to test drive various Linux distributions without having to install anything. Can't do that if there's no CD/DVD to insert and poke around in while reading the book's tutorial. *blonde moment*

Immediately after Amazon felt "fixed", a Google Adsense block was the next to visually pop as being way outside its own dedicated "gadget" space. It's now reassigned below blog posts as a 728x90 header size, I think it was. Also set it to echo the blog's template theme. Never have to worry about color clash with that one again.

So far, so good except... blog is still displaying single file.... hm. *grin*

Next line of attack was to literally just sit back and stare at it, ponder it. Ever since I set the Backyard Pishing blog up, I've liked the spring like green grass with blue sky option under the Blogger Watermark themes. Especially loved the Dandelion powder puff spewing weed seeds into the air. Seemed perfect for a low income blog about getting outside.

Like it as much as I did, though, the theme always seemed to feel just a little too "busy" for cognitive comfort, and that was the final impression it left last night... right before I clicked through to a new template theme. New theme choice was supposed to be a 30-second pitstop before reverting back to the old. Had hoped a new theme would bring back the two columns. It wasn't and it didn't... Wasn't 30-second, became a "still there", and so did not bring the two columns back from whence they've eloped. *sigh, grin*

Have now moved on to the fiddling with aka customizing the template HTML stage. Memory serves that this was what I had to do with the grass theme. I remember columns not lining up initially for that theme, either, but have no idea what change eventually worked for it.

AND UNFORTUNATELY the HTML containing that answer was effectively zapped into oblivion as soon as I switched themes last night. Did not think through the entire action/consequences process first. There's a high probability that the zapped file contained comments stating "I CHANGED THIS FANCY TECHIE THINGY RIGHT HERE", intended as personal reference notes just for moments like this.. *oops*

One thought I keep having to fight back against is about Blogger's server possibly treating my Lenovo Thinkpad as a mobile device. Once in a great while, a website will do that. Sites will occasionally serve up an altered, low cal "" URL instead of "". Good answer, good answer, but not the case here since Backyard Pishing was displaying properly until yesterday. Back to the ol' drawing board we go...

That ol' drawing board today... consists of some 2,734 lines of code... to serve up one single webpage. I say again..... oy.

Ope, ope, ope! Just learned something new. Was about wrote out but then thought it'd be nice to attach some kind of pic to go with the rambling. Decided to take the above printscreen, screenshot of the alleged 2,734 lines of Blogger template code. Noticed in the process that the numbers were jumping upward inconsistently. Kneejerk was that it must have something to do with our author content filling in the holes then noticed those little black arrows appearing each time the line numbers jumped.

Turns out those arrows are clickable. They expand to display yet more lines of workable code. May get the two columns back yet. Just have to figure out which one of those 2,734 lines of code is concealing the trigger for column, the right's side-by-side alignment. *but must. have. coffee. first*

Happy Safe Surfing out there.. :)

PS No, never did end up doing the Tiger Direct free 8gb SDHC memory card deal. It became a coin toss of that or something mundane like going into town for food or some such other Life supporting purchase. The food or some such other Life supporting purchase won out.... Yay for at least being in a position to have those CHOICES to make. :)

UPDATE? Nope, not there yet BUT did stumble upon the following through trial and error not to mention serious wear and tear on the eyeballs...

  • Group description="Sidebar Background" lets you change the background of... your sidebar. Hey, it's a start... :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TODAY ONLY (5/13) Tiger Direct Free 8gb Class 4 SDHC

This is a hit and run so it gets out there in a timely manner.. This deals ends midnight Eastern time TONIGHT (May 13, 2014.05.13). You buy 1 or 2 of these Centon 8gb Class 4 SDHC flash memory cards. $9.99 a piece is what I'm seeing on this end. For starters, you get free shipping. If you qualify after that, you get 100% full rebate. SUCH A DEAL!

Fair warning, I'm NOT doing it BECAUSE.... you have to have access to a printer. Then again I might still do it. Just have to decide how much trouble it will be to go through with it.

You'll find all the fine print like that right there in the middle of the top part of the ad. There's a "Terms" link that takes you to a downloadable PDF file. Yep, that's already going to cause some people trouble BUT if you can get that far, it then fills you in on the rebate's details. Example question would be WHERE do they do and do not ship, meaning internationally in particular. Each of us as individuals will have to check with Tiger Direct's website to see if this rebate is worth pursuing.

Tiger Direct is a name that has been around a LONG time. While I was over there, I noticed their site bears a Google seal of approval. That can't hurt in the trust department.. :)

k/t for the lead goes to photography website Petapixel who heard it from SlickDeals.

Happy Safe Surfing out there.. :)