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Embracing the Computational Scientific Renaissance

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Clock that does not measure TimeWelcome to life after the end of the Mayan Calendar.

Many people wondered what would happen on Dec 21 2012. Many people predicted the end of the world as we know it. I am here to tell you, they were right.

The sentence is wrong mind you but the statement is 100% spot on.

There are a few terms that are required understanding to see the kernel of truth in that statement. With some help from Wikipedia I'll describe them thusly.

Revolution:
(from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around") is a fundamental change in power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time.
Renaissance:
a movement that profoundly affects intellectual life.
Computation:
use of computing technology in information processing. Computation is a process that follows a well-defined model and expressed as, for example, an algorithm, or a protocol. The study of computation is paramount to the discipline of computer science.
Computational models:
a mathematical model that with the required extensive resources enables us to study the behavior of various complex systems by simulation.
Scientific:
Used in the broadest sense it denotes reliable knowledge about a topic (from Latin scientia, meaning "knowledge") is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In an older and closely related meaning (found, for example, in Aristotle), "science" refers to the body of reliable knowledge itself, of the type that can be logically and rationally explained.

So why do I say its the end of the world, as we know it?

Its obvious it was not the end of the world. Yet it was the end of the world, as you know it. Think about this. How do you know the world? What do we really know?

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Troubleshooting RepRap Prusa print issues

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Extruded Spaghetti Print MistakesI have been messing with this cobbled together pile of parts and well, like all things open source you never stop learning...CRAP, that much is for sure.
So a few things I have figured out that may benefit someone.

At this point I have only tried printing with ABS and this is on a somewhat stock version of a hacked up (or cracked up if you could see it) Metric Prusa Mendel with a Wades extruder and heated printbed. Well here is a list a problems and a listing how I worked around each one, These are hacks trust me. Right now its all being held together with around 17 zip ties,

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Cool Buildings and Architecture

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So here are some of what I think are the coolest buildings in the world. Some new, many old and even a few that qualify as Ancient but they are all totally bad ass!

For now there is no order or anything but I will clean this up and resize the images and may even organize them once there are enough of them to make it more evident what the various categories should be. For now, just enjoy

Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan
Tigers Nest Monastery - Bhutan

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Don't fear the penguin

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Army of Thousands of PenguinsSo is this the year of the penguin?

So again for everyones benefit there is android on the phone, redhat on the server,tivos for tvs, ubuntu for desktops and other notables striking out to find their place amongst the other tablets many again running android but there is also a few others and almost all variants are some form of Unix.

So wait perhaps we are leaving something out but just in case....
well lets make ourselves a little checklist shall we?

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The Government vs Its People

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Time for a Good IdeaWith almost 30% of the states either allowing marijuana for medical use or having initiatives on the books to put it before the voters, plus now 2 states with it recreationally legal everyone should be asking. At what point should the federal legislative branch of the government re-examine their position on this issue and make federal law truly reflect the expressed desires of the people of our great nation.
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Gkrellm Theme Added

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ImageOne of the best "KILLER APPS" that linux offers is Amarok, yet one of the first things i always install on every linux box i build (which is a lot) is Gkrellm. For those who do not know about it, wake the fuck up. Its a resource monitor and usually its your first indicator that something is going wrong, it can be configured to monitor TONS of stuff, but sadly there really has not been any theme development on it in YEARS, even the software is not actively being developed anymore but in reality that is cool cause its already perfect and it uses virtually zero system resources yet in realtime it shows you what is going on in your system. But its themes kind of suck, SO i made one that at least i think doesn't suck. You can download it here.

To install it just download it to your /home/$USERNAME/.gkrellm2/themes folder and run this command
tar -zxvf teknotuck.tar.gz then configure Gkrellm to show that theme. Enjoy!

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This is the droid your (or at least I am) looking for

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ImageWell the Treo is as far i care officially DEAD. This Posting is actually coming from its brand new spiffy replacement now that it has OFFICIALLY been released. That is right people, I Just got my T-mobile G-1, actually got it a day earlier. SO....

Sprint, bite my shiny metal ass, your fired! Ill elaborate later as to why I say that. I have been saying for years now, "I don't care who comes out with a Linux phone first, whoever it is, whatever it is. Even if its a damn pink "Hello Kitty Phone" That is where i am going. So i have had the device now a whole 8 hours, i already have my whole addressbook imported, over 400 entries.

Got SSH working and tons of other stuff. So far, zero issues. Now once my number gets ported we will really find out though. So far my biggest worry is that i will not have strong signal at home but so far everything looks ok.

I have gone and verified if it is an issue that i can at least get a cellular extender via thinkgeek. For now though, it just feels good to be able to say...

SPRINT!!! You SUCK. Bite Me!!

Which brings us to why do i feel this way about them? They have screwed my bill up pretty much from the Get Go. Caused me to waste literally full 8 hour days on the phone so many times i have lost count, each time to get my bill squared away to have them 3-5 months later do the same damn thing. They constantly removed my discounts and modified my calling plans making me fight to get them back every time. They have disconnected me numerous time over the 5 years i had them, and without a single exception they never once gave me warning via a phone call, sms message or even an email.

They have the absolutely the worst attitude in how they treat their customers. For now though I have a phone that does not crash, Unlike my Treo755 which crashes numerous times a day, and so far has not lost sync with my bluetooth headset once. The damn Treo exhibts symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, it looses it almost every 5 minutes. I like the Treo on one basic level but i will happily torch the Turdomatic755 and stick it up on youtube. Not sure why i put up with it as long as i did, Oh Yeah! nobody had a linux powered phone out, Now they do. L8tr sprint and Palm, and good riddence.

Oh, one last thing, Its not pink either. :-P

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Syncing a phone in Linux

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Well i have been looking at new phones and i trying out a RazrV3 from cingular for a week. Important for me is the ability to sync the thing in linux. While i could get the addressbook to sync and could access the filesystem on the phone with the tools you can download from my File Manager i was never able to get the calendar to sync, on top of that the phone had no volume. With that said - Goodbye Cingular. Ok, so its not as easy as i had hoped. So the lowest common denominator in terms of phones and the ability to sync up in linux is what is already supported.

Next choice up which i just got today is a Treo 700P, its 4 times as expensive but damn!! EVERYTHING WORKS!! Once i got kpilot to see my phone everything synced. I have now had the phone only a few hours and can already say this phone kicks ass. love it! Next up is to get the thing to sync with SugarCRM using Funambol. I have already spent a few days trying to get that setup since i new the phone was on its way. Not there yet but ill post up more info as i get it.

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Downloads working again.

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Pic of Bomb and unlit wick.ok... So while it was on purpose i didnt think it would go bad but hey, its only technology... lol So final status, everything is back up and available but the templating got blown apart. i have cleaned most of it up but i do not have it looking like I had or liked it before, yet?!?! Its not that important, statistics just reset to zero for downloads and everything else too. Stats prior to upgrade was impressive somewhat but frankly... I don't care that much personally so forgive me if you do, I don't and have things more interesting to work on.

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Migrating old Mambo sites to Joomla

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Image I have a old Mambo site that i want to upgrade to 4.5 and then migrate it to Joomla but its running 4.0.12 and after messing with it for quite a while i finally solved it, here is what i did.

I have edited the upgrade script "upgrade4011to4014.sql".
For some reason which im not going to even ask why , they never made from for 4012to4014, so i have made one for you.
running this will get you to 4.0.14 and then running the upgrade4014to45.sql will get up to 4.5 stable

BTW, i am reposting this to my site from the Mambo Forums because i dont think i can trust them to keep this around forever. I wrote this script 3 years ago and i have had it save me more than twice now. Mambo, i loved ya and used you for a long time but you refuse to keep older versions of your software available which are required to do this type of stuff so ill trust myself instead and migrate to Joomla while i still can.

I have started adding my own archive of older versions of Mambo in the Downloads section and i might even add files for Joomla just in case they do the same thing. Script is below.

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Updated version of MySQL Savior backup script released

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Image **UPDATED VERSION 1.0.4 RELEASED** 20080626
MySQL Savior will backup ALL of your databases, if its setup with the root mysql username and password it will catch any new databases you add without you having to change anything at all. This is a Linux Bash Script to automate your database backups.

Fixed two purely cosmetic bugs, set it up so the resulting backup file is now compressed and added a bit more documentation. We also now have a HOW-TO written explaining how to set it up for those who need it

To install this upload the file to your server and unzip it. The directions are in the README.TXT file.

Now the README.TXT file also explains how to setup ssh keys for those who need it. Mostly a cleanup release although the compression might solve some issues for some people who would time out or the file was to large to email.

We also added one new dependancy in resolving the one cosmetic bug, you need tree, tar, mutt and now sed installed for this to function. This release is a totally bug free release, even when run from the command line. Before some of the messages echoed back showed error for db named . did not exist and one other cosmetic error message. There now are no more errors. Although the two that did report before did not restrict functionality in any way. They just drove me nutz.

It can be downloaded here

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SugarCRM Module

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I have been using SugarCRM for my business for quite some time now. My goal is to automate as much of my business process as possible and while sugarCRM kicks major ass its missing a few needful things for me.

SO i have paid a developer to begin coding some of this and the first one is a invoicing module that will take calls from the calendar and generate a PDF invoice from the data.