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New Site, New Look, New Features

Posted September 18, 2012 By Ziggy471

First off, sorry for being almost completely absent in the past months.

I’m getting ready to retire from the US Air Force, and decided it was time to buckle down and finally finish my degree.  Last term I completed 20 classes for 65 credits and have already completed 2 classes for 10 credits, and another classes for 6 credits should be within the next week or so.  If anyone is interested in a very good online college, I highly recommend Western Governors University.

As some of you realise, I have been doing a few kernels lately, i535/l710.  I’ve also got a decent Vigor, Shooter and Shooter-U done too.

However, lately I’ve been working on moving my site from my last host onto a new one.  I’m combining all my sites, com/info/mobi into one.  Within the next week, they’ll all be pointing here.  I’ve also setup ChiliProject to manage all my kernels and a few other projects.  It is fully integrated with GIT and SVN, and I intend on using that from now on to post downloads of the kernels, however, I will be keeping the downloads on the main WP site for archive purposes.

 

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Where has Ziggy been??

Posted March 9, 2011 By Ziggy471

First off, let me apologize for not letting everyone know why I disappeared for so long.

After the last set of kernel releases, I started to realize how much time I was spending on them while ignoring everything else in my life. I was averaging over 40 hours a week on the kernels, and that was on top of my normal job. I was somewhat ignoring my family and placing the kernels above them, which is never a good thing. I also realized that I hadn’t been working on my other projects, i.e. our house, and my project car. My work has also recently almost doubled, and I’ve been having to put in extra hours to get everything done on schedule. Finally, I had planned on finishing my degree prior to retirement, which I still haven’t started due to work.

If you ask those I’m closest to online, Mr. X, CarlaDarla, Flyers, and Eschelon, they’ll be able to tell you how little I’ve been online. Hell, I still haven’t responded to a really long email from Carla from 2 or so weeks ago, haven’t had the time to sit down and write the response. Mr. X, whom I used to chat to every day, almost all day long, I finally chatted with last night after about 3 weeks. It’s really bad when you finally start Emesene, and your offline messages are from those checking to see if your still alive. 😉

I do still intended on putting out kernels every now and then, just not at the pace I had previously. I’ve actually been enjoying not even turning on my computer after work recently. I’ve also been enjoying spending time with the wife and our puppies.

With all that said, I did just pass out some kernels for private testing last night, which, if everything goes good with those, I’ll be releasing them this weekend for public beta. I realize that there may still be some issues, i.e. random reboots that some have experienced. However, if there are few problems, then I’ll clean my local git tree and upload it to github and do an official release.

Thank you all for being such a good group to build kernels for, you’re awesome.

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BETA Kernel 5 Dec 10

Posted December 5, 2010 By Ziggy471

Sorry I didn’t get these out earlier, daughter’s car had the serpentine belt come off, and it was a PIA to try and get back on, finally gave up, to damn cold out to work on it in a mall parking lot.  Why do car engineers design cars that can’t be worked on easily anymore???

Changelog:
Fixed the smartass governor, it’s now built in, screwed up the Makefile on that one, ooops.
2 Builds for each platform

CFS w/ auto process group scheduling
BFS 357

More code cleanup, removing compiler warnings
etc…

As soon as I’m happy with how things are running, I’ll updated my github, until then, I’m working way too much on the code to constantly updated github, sorry guys, you’ll just have to wait for the source code.  That’s why I’ve asked for the XDA threads not to be updated quite yet.  Thanks for your understanding and patience.

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Ziggy471’s Backup Test App v0.3.7.2

Posted March 30, 2010 By Ziggy471

BUGFIX:  Found a small error when the Value Name was too long.

Ziggy471's Backup Test App (934)

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A few funny pics

Posted February 21, 2010 By Ziggy471

Got these a while ago, thought others might enjoy them.

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A good Dam story

Posted February 21, 2010 By Ziggy471
The Dam

This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries regarding a pond on his property.. It was sent by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania. This guy’s response is hilarious, but read State’s letter before you get to the response letter.

SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming
County       Dear Mr. DeVries:
It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property..  You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond.
A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department’s files shows that no permits have been issued.  Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.  The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations.  We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel.  All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2010.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our
staff.  Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action.  We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.  Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
David L. Price
District Representative and Water Management Division.
Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:
Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County
Dear Mr. Price,
Your certified letter dated 08/17/09 has been handed to me to respond to.  I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane , Trout Run, Pennsylvania.  A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood “debris” dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond.  While I did not pay for, authorize, nor
supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skillful use of natures building materials “debris.”      I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic..
These are the beavers/contractors you are seeking.   As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.
My first dam question to you is:
(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or
(2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?
If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued.
(Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.)
I have several concerns.  My first concern is, aren’t the beavers entitled to legal representation?  The Spring Pond Beavers are
financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation — so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.  The Department’s dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect.   In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names.  If you want the stream “restored” to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers — but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English.  In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream.  They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond.  If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers’ Dams).
So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2010? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them.
In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area..  It is the bears!  Bears are actually defecating in our woods.  I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone.  If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! The bears are not careful where they dump!
Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.
THANK YOU,
RYAN DEVRIES & THE DAM BEAVERS
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Here’s a good one

Posted February 21, 2010 By Ziggy471

A man walked into a very high-tech bar. As he sat down on a stool he noticed that the bartender was a  robot.
The robot clicked to attention and asked, “Sir, what will you  have?”

The man thought a moment then replied,  “A martini please.”

The robot clicked a couple of  times and mixed the best martini the man had ever  had.
The robot then asked, “Sir, what is  your IQ?”
The man answered “oh, about  164.”

The robot then proceeded to discuss the  ‘theory of relativity’, ‘inter-stellar  space travel’, ‘the latest medical breakthroughs’,  etc……..

The man was most impressed. He left the  bar but thought he would try a different tact. He returned and took a seat. Again the robot clicked and  asked what he would have?

“A Martini  please.”
Again it was superb. The robot again asked  “what is your IQ sir?”
This time the man  answered, “Oh about 100”.
So the robot started  discussing Nascar racing, the latest basketball  scores, and what to expect the Dodgers to do this weekend.

The guy had to try it one  more time. So he left, returned and took a stool…. Again a  martini, and the question, “What is  your IQ?”?

This time the man drawled out  “Uh….. bout 50”.
The robot clicked then leaned close  and very slowly  asked,

“A-r-e
y-o-u
p-e-o-p-l-e  s-t-i-l-l
h-a-p-p-y  w-i-t-h
O-B-A-M-A?

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Since it’s Olympic time

Posted February 20, 2010 By Ziggy471

Here’s a funny video for you all.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71e_TxmCaxk[/youtube]

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Useful Software

Posted February 20, 2010 By Ziggy471

After chatting with Purian the other day, I came up with a list of some useful software that I use.  It’s just a list of freeware software that I have found over the years that is very useful and in some instances better than the commercial.

Alright, first off, NEVER DISABLE User Access Control in Vista or 7.  I know the pop-ups can be annoying at times, but it’ll save you from a lot of nasty viruses.  Below is a list of software I personally use, to include putting in the baseline of the machines I maintain for my guys at work, who take them to some not so nice places.  If there is another type of software that I didn’t list below, let me know, I’ve probably already got a good one somewhere.

Virus Software – Avast Home Free (www.avast.com)
Firewall – Comodo Internet Security Suite, free one (www.comodo.com)

Install just the firewall, not the virus or defense+

File Erasing Software – Eraser 5.8.8, don’t use version 6 (eraser.heidi.ie)

I still delete stuff to the recycle bin, if I don’t need it, I eraser the recycle bin, 1 pass pseudo-random is good enough
If you’re using Vista or 7, change C:WindowsSystem32eraserl.exe to run as administrator, if you don’t it has issues erasing shortcuts and such.

General cleaning – CCleaner, stands for Crap Cleaner (www.ccleaner.com)
Recover Deleted files – Recuva (www.recuva.com)
Spyware removal – SpyBot Search and Destroy (www.safer-networking.org)
Registry Cleaner – Auslogics Registry Cleaner (www.auslogics.com/en/software/registry-cleaner/download/)
Registry Defrag – Auslogics Registry Defrag, not free anymore, but I have one that is
Disk Defrag – Auslogics Disk Defrag (www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/download/)
FTP Software – Filezilla (filezilla-project.org)
Image Editing Software – GIMP, kinda like Photoshop, but free (www.gimp.org)
Office Software – Open Office (www.openoffice.org)
Codec Pack – K-Lite Codec pack, even has a decent player bundled in  (fileforum.betanews.com/browse/Video-Software/Codecs)
Audio Editing Software – Audacity (audacity.sourceforge.net)
DVD Authoring software – DeVeDe (www.rastersoft.com/programas/devede.html)
DVD Ripping software – Handbrake (www.handbrake.fr)
Encryption Software – Truecrypt (www.truecrypt.org)
Compression Software – 7-Zip (www.7-zip.org)

Virtual CD Rom Drive – MagicIso Virtual CD/DVD-ROM (www.magiciso.com/tutorials/miso-magicdisc-overview.htm)

Allows you to mount an iso, instead of burning it to disk

Update checker for most of this software – File Hippo Update Checker (www.filehippo.com/updatechecker/)

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My Project Car…..now that I finally found it again

Posted February 12, 2010 By Ziggy471

Since Mike is off ice racing again, I figured I’d post a picture of my racer (1985.5 Porsche 944), since I just found it again yesterday.

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