Logictech does a sony with it’s ” harmony ” controller

A logictech harmony is a home controller thingy which i had never heard of until i read that it is expiring due to bad expired ssl and they do not want to maintain it – wont rather than cant.

So if you bought it your screwed the message being go buy something else and use that until it too stops working because somebody did not want to sell it. Sounds like logictech hired some people from sony (my blog)

Smart homes (my blog) seem like a con and when lightbulbs cannot work except with philips controllers (my blog) the concept that one thing can do it all makes it feel like its a spy in your house rather than a convenience for you.

Perhaps this smart tech is capable but when ex employees of sony get on board they will ultimately retard it’s continued expansion into peoples homes and the electronics industry profits.

Who wants money ? Not logictech it seems or part of the home automation market. .  You get my point.

the monkey house painting adventure

The monkey house had the painters in and some paint got spilled, i was put in charge on the hose pipe on the strict instructions of the alpha here in the zoo.

A hour later spiders webs where decorated white. but most of the spill was gone.  I think that means i can be called a interior designer for spiders.

If you know any spiders who are in need of web design* then i am your ape.

*not html et al in this case

stiff upper lip, Alex Renton

eton buggery pioneer who introduced it to Westminster school

isbn: 9781474600545 was a library shelf find (free) even if the library staff at a near non usual library (my blog) where rather petulant to tell me where the dewy class was and then demanded money that they could not deposit and then got back for reasons of bureaucracy i have yet to fathom.

I think i know why people do not use libraries and buy books even when your in the know like i am you can figure that out on your own if your librarian and reading this – hello your doing nothing wrong and make it more time consuming for me.

Anyhow ‘Renton’ is an old boy and part of the old school tie network who details the rise of the school from Wellingtons remark to its more seedier side including Headmaster Udall who introduced buggery* to Eton and then made the practice widespread.

all of thesewent public school, ones a royal too

Sport (my blog) another one of the features of public schools is barely evolved and i think that most schools would prefer to kick paying pupils which involved a death from a member of the landed gentry’s family and so only then became civilised.

Illness also killed.

gay oxbridge spies perfect government employees!

Spying (my blog) has caused the english civil service a few problems but there reliance on public schools for employees is means it is self serving group of people who are all unfit to ‘rule’.  The question ‘where you educated’ probably has a nuance to it that means most of them think of you as uneducated scum.

It is amusing to note that Prince Charles (my bloh) was deemed too posh by his school i suppose being disliked but i guess there is the wrong rich and too rich the extremes are such even within the class.

public schoolboys only

Orwell (a lowly policeman before writing) and Connoly (his friend) get a mention for there modern thoughts on these old schools.  Latter chapters follow up on the result and he meets an abuser although i (and the victim) would disagree on the status on the Stammers case (my blog) which is not about public schools.

As to the future well there is the view that too many foreigners in a school make it a poor experience. It appears to be a funny world.

There an interesting bunch of successful victims and spies which you can conisider either as successful or a disaster to the economy/nation.

5/5 bananas

 

*gay sex

Is sogo opensource ?

I have a small interest in supporting one mobile phone via some kind of webmail and Sogo (my blog) is your horse for that. Alas in Jessie i was i386, no joy there. In Stretch (debian) things went amd64 bit and to my surprise i found a deb that could install.  It felt too easy but….

Having found most of the config files i then wondered about the database schema and found no files to create the sogo tables*.

Sisyphus is still a role model

There do exist update files for schema for crap mysql and the amazing postgres

ls so/sql*
so/sql-update-1.2.2_to_1.3.0-mysql.sh
so/sql-update-1.2.2_to_1.3.0.sh
so/sql-update-1.3.11_to_1.3.12-mysql.sh
so/sql-update-1.3.11_to_1.3.12.sh
so/sql-update-1.3.3_to_1.3.4-mysql.sh
so/sql-update-1.3.3_to_1.3.4.sh
so/sql-update-2.0.4b_to_2.0.5-mysql.sh
so/sql-update-2.2.17_to_2.3.0-mysql.sh
so/sql-update-2.2.17_to_2.3.0.sh

But how can i adjust nothing to something ?  eg

echo “Step 1 – Converting c_content from VARCHAR to TEXT in table sogo_folder_info” >&2
tables=`psql -t -U $username -h $hostname $database -c “select split_part(c_location, ‘/’, 5) from $indextable;”`

for table in $tables;
do
convVCtoText
done

So my adventure in Sogo came to an abrupt halt.

It appears to be a compile job.  Close but not useable. Its good that open source still retains mystery to it.   After all it keeps me in daily blog posts. apt remove sogo.  Maybe the third install attempt will  be the one?

*i have other databases.

 

‘genuine’ toner

An older printer here in the zoo needed toner so i obtained one for it at a very reasonable price. It works and a couple of days later i decided to look up what ‘genuine’ toner costs.

I nearly fell out of the tree when i discovered a 545% difference in price for 1500 pages. That would have been expensive per page.  The non genuine one i bought is apparently rated for 2000* pages – honestly speaking as long as it lasts about the same time as usual i think that genuine toner has lost the argument.

Perhaps ‘posh’ ink should have it written on every document to impress people – a somewhat incorrect footer might say we paid 500% more to print this page.

Nice to know. *extra toner in the container

politicians whom bbq (or freeze) citizens

Unless you live under a rock (or like us look at the sky) it has been probably hard to not notice a tower block fire in London England. Many of the issues (my blog) can be alluded to here (my blog)

Oddly it still passed he fire regulations and planning laws. Oh to be a civil servant bureaucrat. Not the sort of thing non civil servants could get away with oh to be red and blue politician.

Surveyors in the uk are also very shoddy at there ”work’ while they might visit a site sometimes it is hard to discern as to if they get further to inspect it – this certainly was the case in the 1980’s.

But that must be me saying it.

*concrete is not an insulator which is why tall commercial buildings clad in plate glass

The french car form adventure

Your citroen It needs new ice skates

Bananas was asked by professor to get a air quality certificate (this is not a boring post) for his car when he goes on safari to France.

He only knew of it via the fud of a newspaper (my blog) that he does not read and the extended family read. His attempts to figure out this shit are laughable as four weeks have past since then and i go see professor and eventually get roped into this exercise in french form filling that costs euros too.

So much for the european free market and this is before brexit (my blog).  Whether or not the french use the lack of such a thing as an excercise to make money from foreigners* either via fines for not having one or tax for having a label i suppose is a moot point now.  But there well known for it and the rest of the eu is also fair game to Jorge the bureaucratic frenchman.

Its a fairly pain free process if your aware of french civil servants ideals via a website name, make, vin number provided that is you have the right registration documents at the right address.

More ‘complex’ things needed include the emissions standard of which a google search got me a value that the form liked and was on the form. However professor tells me that the value stated is not on on the label supplied but incremented by one.  You views on the right value seems to be a judgement call between ignoring what is on the form is right or wrong – i guess one set of bureaucrats would be most upset by that. .

Then they want a jpeg of the registration document that is a very small attachment size. First attempts scanned the document (four pages) in where 8 mb – the target was 400kb

not that sort of gimp, perhaps a zoo attracttion ?

So they only got part of the document, after a lot of faffing about with that scanner and the gimp* (my blog) the french government expects you to own and able to use, oh and scp to copy the file to professors workstation.

In the end on my first attempt i get a car that can be registered that the computer in France seems to accept and professor does the rest.

While his ownership document and the french might be mildly compatible per eu regulations it seems that this is not liked by the tax collecting authorities and so a special process only to them is ‘required’.

I think that breaks the eu ‘spirit’ but that’s just me thinking about the issue.  If this was some rant about paid roads (not government) then this would be crazy talk but its a process that tells government something that they already know if even i do not know what that information is and as one computer can ask another.

It seems there are French bureaucrats who are sceptic of the eu dont tell them but i am on to them..

Something to think about. *open source graphics manipulatiom – enjoy the joke * includes road haulers hgv’s etc

Lazy people – something about smart phones

really uncool

The monkey house has been discussing smart phones and the cost while the phone bit is cheap how you obtain the hardware is the thing as own/rent/hire are all options.

Laziness is expensive and as the technical ape who knows sod all about this sort of thing it was an education – renting is expensive say £25 a month over two years, buying outright new from a phone company is expensive but doing it separately is an area where if you have the cash upfront means big savings.

Avoiding microsoft products of course (my blog))i found a reasonably price unknown brand but with android (my blog) 5.1 os for under £80 [not hard]. Over two years that’s £3.5 monthly  if i keep my 24 a month term from above and own the phone.

The moral is buy – dont rent and do not go to a phone shop for anything. Counter intuitive but those tv adverts, shops and unhelpful staff* do add to the cost.  Being an ethical customer is also  a sign of being a mug

Whether the ape who wants this ‘phone’ has the ability to use it if a another question as i go down this rabbit hole – more posts in the future on phones.

*not something your average salesperson wants to do is teach silver surfers how to use a smart phone..

When the public library is a non starter even for me

I was reading this (guardian not here) so i thought i would entertain you all with a tale.

It started with me trying to sort a data table by geolocation [not that hard], which eventually after a bit of googling got me to python which is not a reptile but a language which i am not that too clued up on.

I like new (to me) stuff and while i might have used perl before i decided to see if there where any library books – after all  i doubt they would have any perl books

I look stuff up, there is one children’s book with a brief mention of it* within a book on robots contained within a population of several million humans.

So being the zoo has  internet i give on the public library and fiddle to create a basic script which fixes my problem of which i am happy with.

millsandboonI also requested that the library system get some updated subject books in another area recently (i had to visit in person) and eventually they came.  One (both not of my choice)  was ok the other was written by a crook however it beat the 2001 for dummies version that was obsolete.

Mills and Boon is there level.

So next time your wondering why people dont use the library it is because i and they don’t read mills and boon romance novels who the civil servants n charge  seem very willing to buy in bulk romance novels.

In another example i was looking for another technical book in a different langauge and found one copy of it.  Unfortunately the person who had it was not returning it, so once again i i hunted on the internet and found something to get me started . I would buy a book if i knew a good one to buy but i don’t know.

Karen Bradley ignorant fool

Karen Bradley ignorant fool

So next time some govenment person – meet Karen says they want a modern library remember that one childrens book about robots and an book kept by a keptomatic must mean there doing something right after all one person in a million plus demographic benefited.

*i imagine basic.