Processor flaws

The ime, spectre and meltdown are issues that affect most processors not just intel’s since amd have those same flaws or different name for there security ‘engine’ which also may or may not be violating an open source license.

This happened to the pentium in the 1990’s too.

I am sure somebody at the nsa is rather sad that these issues have come to light but as all of us are in the same boat it proves that while gentlemen do spy on each other there efforts to spy mean they are as bad as the others and sod democratic ideals.

Baboons give us a, give a b give us a c

While my monkey house screenplay for superape where a monkey flies and saves other apes from disaster is no doubt probably not weapons grade wmd at least the nsa have read it. (my blog)  – is it bird ? no its super ape how dare hollywood not contact me*

It will be interesting to see what happens to hardware post these design flaws, doing an nvida seems the wrong approach so perhaps we might see hardware with open software on the processor something your friends at the nsa wont like

But if they kept mum on the issue perhaps there mission to protect democracy is an false mission and as long as spies seek to undermine all for there career then a rethink is in order.

I kind of doubt that open source processors will become popular, or open firmware will become a thing by looking at routers will tell you that.

I would buy an open processor, being the zoo runs open firmware on its routers, and non fucked up gpus and pci slots (my blog) It shall be interesting to see if it happens. It would be nice to upgrade a video card without throwing away all it if you think about it.

*i joke

Fixing systemd postfix failures via cron

Being when i write this it is winter i decided to reboot the zoos server and put in standard* more for the cooling fans, having done that (free room heat) i restarted and forget to check if postfix had started (my blog) .

Eventually i hand type the postmulti (my blog) command and it works. As reboots are rare this is not an everyday occurrence i can excuse the behaviour after all systemd wont tell me why it fails since its perfect so i must be to blame for going outside of ‘default’ systemd configuration..

So i decide to create an onboot script with cron and the @reboot command and that now starts postfix for me and does something that systemd cannot do

I imagine the idiots who develop systemd are most upset with me and will development a cron replacement that disables that feature.  If they do then i think my migration to a bsd variant will be guaranteed.

If your software sucks like systemd does then best do not blame us ‘users’ for stuff that other things can do.

*opposed to hurricane/typhoon speed which is good summer setting

upgrading to gigabyte ethernet switches


The zoo nas installed gigabit switches ! after many years of being ‘capped’ to 100 mb on our internal network and perfectly fine since nobody has ever complained about it for stuff but as our existing switches are probably not energy efficient. these new ones I can power them with usb as well.

A fair bit of the zoo’s stuff could do gigabyte already and i cannot remember how old the existing switch equipment is.but it still looks new despite being ancient in it history.

So its probably time to change things.

The switch is smaller than our 100mb existing unit and the ethernet cables all plug in consequentially opposed to 1-x-1 spacing which i had to do with the other and plug in from the back which is nicer imho.

It consumes a third less power than the old switch unit, i could not power by usb as no spare usb slots where nearby and all being used.

It works and seems faster so appears to be a good idea.   I have labelled it with the year on it so whenever next i cannot remember when i bought it i know.

The old units looks as it did when it was new it seems a shame to think of it as junk.

The branded pci slot problem

Bananas is not beyond installing things into computers when required but thinks the world of pci slots and things to the right look idiotic. Probably unserviceable too since you probably do more damage removing the case on the card (not the pc).

nvida driver software sucks too in fact the zoo never buys that crap with limits on functions and shit linux support means it is best avoided..

your average inter processor dreams of being

Crap software and marketing people should be shot for what they have done to the pci and its variant slot spec the ones with the flashing lights apparently need software just to flash and quite why your pc looks like a discotheque inside is something of which i never got perhaps your average intel processor secretly loves it? and is a party animal

I get the point of water cooling but pci has a reputation problem in my humble opinion.

But what do i know.

returning back to instant ink at six months

Which i started here (my blog) so some bonus thoughts

The first month was a heavy print month selling assets and needing copies of documents, along with tax return so the quota was well used and as no roll over pages had accumulated would have been chargeable but where not as to being on the trail

Month 2 left some pages that rolled over and as did the third month.

I decided to use all the monthly quota which reflected the status as it used the roll over pages rather than charging us for the extra copies and so have not yet got to a point when roll-over pages expire as there is a limit to them carried over to next month in quantity

In six months i recovered two months quota to be carried over so provided you use some most months and have light and heavy months it kind of works out well

It is spreadsheet-able.- boolean (plan change) and fairly complex if statements (loss of pages over max) are needed

=x+G9-H9 /new month quota + rollover - lost
=IF(C10>F10,SUM(C10-F10,0)) /rollover pages to next month
=IF(C10>100,C10-100,0) /lost pages
=IF(F10-C10<1,0,F10-C10) /over quota pages
=IF(I10/15<=1,SUM(I10/15),SUM(I10/15)) /charge over quota pages

=IF(F10>=C10,1,0) /returns boolean value if you need to upgrade or downgrade printer quota based on over quota. Cumulative lost pages month on month indicate downgrade or justified reason to buy ink cartridges outright.

It works quite well for us although i still have no comparison with non hp ink.  Six months in i have yet to go over quota although this new printer is getting more of use* than our non instant hp ink printers so we can avoid over quota page costs .

Provided we dont go mad excess printing – savings on buying ink in the first year still appear plausible even with  non genuine hp ink.  The elephant in the room is still how much bigger the instant ink cartridges as a comparison which you should be able to see in the image above.  Does that mean larger means more savings on standard size ink quantities – is a value question i cannot answer.

As the printer is still new it is not incurring problems so when those begin i am not sure the printer will be desired as a asset after all being charged per sheet means once errors start it means we are paying hp to not print incomplete images an undesirable outcome..

The privacy issue with instant ink still concerns me but apart from a mysterious 69666 error when the printers software crashed its been a pain free far..  Should the price go up or the terms get worse then i could see the use of non hp ink in this printer

*duplex printing is easier and it is faster.

How much! and adverts too

also in beige

The zoo needed pc’s as some of them are well over ten years old and showing signs of hardware issues like forgetting the time** and being a bit slow with other regular seek human movements that persuaded the zoo to flash some cash on stuff..

Naturally i go to a site that i can buy to order rather than buy hp (my blog) or another brand get what we need without the crap copy of windows which is a lot cheaper than in stock and off the shelf from online retailers.


Deselecting windows 10 (my blog) resulted in the zoo shaving £100 off the bill (converted tp usd 130.00 at time i wrote this. So next time you wonder what you could do with an spare $130 makes using open source software a lot of sense.

mafia run microsoft

Apparently I also read that Microsoft are putting adverts everywhere in windows 10 so in addition to buying mafia insurance* from microsoft they also plaster adverts over it.

I am fascinated that people pay microsoft for this software via hardware vendors who i assume do it for laziness and some very shady microsoft sales staff.

Sure we have to install something on the hardware, but even windows needs setting up.

*nice shop window there, we will use it to sell your competitors products and spy on you. ** can break websites will refuse to load if your bios believes its 1/1/1980

strange tales of hewlett packard printers

I and the zoo have a love/hate relationship with older hp printers with non oem ink, we love the ink.  Printer – meh although the printer in question recently kicked the bucket (my blog)  and was replaced.

One day some time ago i was reading slashdot when i noticed that what i write (my blog) was being said by many.   Recently one cartridge was ‘REALLY EMPTY’ and after intervening with a button press since we ignore the hp sensor

This even pissed off the zoo staff  who started printing to a different laser printer which means to hp that the other printers ink wont be touched and so not replaced until its not printing in a missing colour deemed required.

Meg Whitman is ok, what about ebay ?

Meg Whitman is ok, what about ebay ?

Two weeks go by and i check out the printer settings on the server to find it to have defaulted to american letter size paper. rather a4 and when i turn it on its ink level is fine and it does not shutdown on start up, or need a ok pressed.

I of course expect such foul play from Meg and Cary (my blog) as shit ex bosses of HP.

The result for hp is that no ink genuine or otherwise was bought by the zoo.

What really confuses me is that i dont remember downloading a new version of hplip, or changing printer settings on the Linux server to letter size which no sane person directly uses but sends jobs to it.

Its not my reputation HP its yours.

avoid innostore usb drives

About a year ago i purchased a 16gb innostore usb flash drive.  It crapped out on me once again (my blog) and the best format was only ten megabytes and that was with a clearing of the partition table.

I recommend that if you are looking for an usb flash drive steer clear of innostore brand.  The device is awaiting a journey to a ewaste disposal plant.

I had recorded A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night a film which had five minutes of logos and titles before the thing died and then accessed the next item.

If you value data avoid innostore.

upsetting hplip when reinstalling a printer queue

One of the zoos printers was not working via hplip after i compiled it so i deleted it and set it up again for the new printer (my blog). One has real ink and the other has non hp toner (my blog) in it – hplip the linux driver for printing then refused to tell me any other ink levels -genuine or not regardless of the sorry state of guessing ink quantity by this hp software which is best ignored imho.

I feel so chastised*. – still see no purpose in buying hp ‘genuine’ ink after all .

*when the ink does not print it probably means it needs toner.

‘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