Archive for June, 2011

Win7 to Win7 security quirk?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

At work, I have my own laptop connected to the network in my office, but not joined to the domain. It has a saved-credential drive mapping to a box that is joined to the domain. This morning, I rebooted the laptop, and the drive mapping failed because my domain password was expired. I login to the domain-joined box and change the password. I then go back to the laptop to fix his stored credentials, only to find his mapped drive has started working again…without me entering the new password.

staf: no such file or directory

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Another day, another crazy STAF problem. On my RHEL s390 machine:

[x@xxx ~]$ staf local ping ping
-bash: /usr/local/staf/bin/staf: No such file or directory
[x@xxx ~]$ ls -l /usr/local/staf/bin/staf
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 24 Jun 29 00:38 /usr/local/staf/bin/staf -> /usr/local/staf/bin/STAF
[x@xxx ~]$ ls -l /usr/local/staf/bin/STAF
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 69229 Jun 29 00:38 /usr/local/staf/bin/STAF

UPDATE: It looks like the what had happened is that I had a shell opened at /usr/local/staf, opened a sub-shell, moved /usr/local/staf to /usr/local/staf.old and then did the install. Somewhere/how, the shell was getting confused by the staf it had once known and the staf that was currently there. By backing out to the shell that was in the ‘old’ staf dir and moving him elsewhere, the problem went away.

Still plenty of other issues, but that one is solved.

Google Translate fail

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Put in “sole”, it translates correctly as “sun”.
Put in “mio”, it translates correctly as “my”.
Put in “sole mio”, it translates correctly as “my sun”.
Put in “o sole mio”, and it gives up and just returns “o sole mio”.

UPDATE: Looks like it’s an intentional ‘feature’ for anything it thinks is a song title? It does the same thing for “frere jacques”. It will display the correct translation for “frere” right up until you add the ‘u’ to jacques, at which point it just transcribes instead of translating.

UPDATE2: Looking through the translator forums, it looks like it also helpfully corrects political commentary, translating “hasina is bad” into the Bengali equivalent of “hasina is good”. According to the poster who discovered this, this action reflects a local government policy of silencing dissent. So much for “don’t be evil”.

Crazy in the head

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Earlier today, I picked up a pen from the supply closet. As I was using it, I noticed instead of a recognized brand-name, it is tagged, “JustBasics”. I had been thinking about how cheap the pen felt and so thought it was an appropriate name.
Just now I picked up that same pen, and the words are all gone. I went and grabbed another pen from the closet to compare, and the words are there on the fresh pen, which are otherwise identical down to little quirks in the cap molding. I can’t make a mark on the printing with friction or spit, so I’m at a loss as to how I could have accidentally cleaned off the one pen.

I am going to have to go with prankster pen fairies messing with me. No other explanation makes sense.

The tension of opposing ideals

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

On the one hand, I want everything scrobbled accurately to
On the other hand, I want iTunes to properly group albums by different artists that happen to have the same title.

STAF 345 install errors

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Upgrading 30+ different kinds of UNIX boxes’ STAF installations is a pain in the but under the best of circumstances. It’s made all the more annoying be a recent development where their “InstallAnywhere” installer will randomly fail with:

Stack Trace: jzentry == 0,

This Application has Unexpectedly Quit: Invocation of this Java Application has caused an InvocationTargetException. This application will now exit. (LAX)

Out of the 4 times it’s happened so far today, 3 times I was able to get past the error by just trying the install again, after removing any leftover /tmp/install.dir entries. I might have been able to do that with the 1st failure as well, but I tried a different build package first that time.

UPDATE: Oh great, a new error on zlinux,

Preparing to install…
Extracting the JRE from the installer archive…
Unpacking the JRE…
Extracting the installation resources from the installer archive…
Configuring the installer for this system’s environment…
strings: ‘/lib/’: No such file

Launching installer…

./STAF345-setup-zlinux-32.bin: line 2472: /tmp/install.dir.2598/Linux/resource/jre/jre/bin/java: No such file or directory
./STAF345-setup-zlinux-32.bin: line 2472: exec: /tmp/install.dir.2598/Linux/resource/jre/jre/bin/java: cannot execute: Bad address
# ls -l /tmp/install.dir.2598/Linux/resource/jre/jre/bin/java
-rwxr-xr-x 1 1003 513 58042 Dec 14 2009 /tmp/install.dir.2598/Linux/resource/jre/jre/bin/java

Hooters Lake Union eviction notices

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
Hooters Lake Union eviction notices by Xymon
Hooters Lake Union eviction notices, a photo by Xymon on Flickr.

The Hooters on Lake Union in Seattle has been ‘closed for remodel’ for months now. I suspected it was a permanent closure since they didn’t seem to be doing any actual work on the place, and felt certain of my suspicions when they missed the memorial day weekend. Looks like I was right.

Similar Voices, Different Choices

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I happened to catch the end credits of some flick yesterday, and hearing the voice, I thought it must be an artist I’m already aware of. Somewhere on the clear yet nasal scale, around the same location as the lead singers of Lightning Seeds, Lincoln, and Size 14, but I’m not quite able to say for certain which one it is.
Off I go in search of the truth, and when I get to Amazon’s page for the soundtrack album, the song with the right title is first track, but at first glance, it looks like they screwed up the artist name, and are giving some in-movie-band-name. See the flick was “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole“, and the artist for the track is listed as “Owl City“. You can understand my assumption and hopefully forgive my surprise when I find out the guy has been around long enough to get some net-hate. He turns out to be a decent enough modern balladeer in the twee-electro-pop style that some of the kids like these days.

So far, none of his regular work has quite the catch-me-quality of To The Sky, at least for me.

Date a Winner

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I ended up winning one of the ‘date with a sounder’ charity auctions. I’m not sure how date-ish they expect things to get, when the prize package is tickets for 4, but we do get to meet Brad Evans (one of my invitees says, “he’s my 3rd favorite sounder!”) after the game. I am slightly tempted to rent a super-fast lens, but will see what I can do with what I’ve got, and restrain myself. Should be an interesting experience.

Google Music Beta

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Got my invite to the google music beta this morning and started trying it out.
The initial scan of my media library went fairly quickly, in part because it looks like they are just doing a search for media files by type during the first pass, and not actually attempting to parse them until they add them to your library. This of course means that it gives me the annoying “we’re going to load a random selection of your library because it’s too big for us”, with no way to tell it which tracks/artists/albums to prioritize. And the loading process is slow. It’s been running since 8am this morning and is only 900 songs in (it says it’s going to load 20,000 eventually). It’s not clear if checking the “free music” buttons during setup means I’ve given up some of the 20k slots to their music, or if I’ll end up with 20k of mine plus the freebies. In another 80 hours we will see where things are at, I guess.

UPDATE: 27 hours later and we’re all the way up to 7000 songs.

It’s also not impressing me with the way it randomly decides to split an album into two entities even though all the visible metadata matches. While editing metadata for an individual track was obvious, it’s not clear how to merge two albums that should be one, or to fix the same data for multiple tracks at the same time.

Will have to give a fuller evaluation once it’s finished the loading process, and I can see how well they select from my music.