IVL2-7/5 VFD … YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH

This won’t mean much to anyone but I have it (IVL2-7/5) working. Trying to understand Russian datasheets on the IVL2-7/5 VFD and piecing together bits of info from around the web and I have it working. It was like some sort of secret/puzzle that you had to pass to be accepted by other engineers. I have that same feeling I had with A Blinking Red LED. Yeah Baby!

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Manually Upgrading My Nexus 5 to Lollipop (LRX21O)

My Nexus 5 was a Telstra variant (KTU84Q) which wouldn’t get the OTA, and I was just sick of waiting. So this is how I side loaded the OTA update for Lollipop (LRX21O)

This is the TL:DR version

I followed this guide
http://ausdroid.net/howto/side-load-ota-update/

I got my Nexus 5 OTA update for the Telstra version (KTU84Q to LRX21O) from
http://ausdroid.net/2014/11/13/android-lollipop-ota/
If you don’t get the KTU84Q to LRX21O version it won’t work.

As windows driver discovery is just rubbish, I manually installed the Nexus 5 windows 7 USB driver (from device manager –> update driver) which was downloaded from
http://developer.android.com/sdk/win-usb.html

I then had to reinstall the USB driver when the device went into bootloader mode. The device changes its USB hardware ID when it is in bootloader mode. the following fixed it for me.
http://blog.dantup.com/2012/10/fixing-adb-device-not-found-with-nexus-7-in-recovery-mode/

Uploaded the image, did a reboot, all the apps upgraded and vola.

Elon Musk First Attempt at Landing a Rocket on a Boat

Elon Musk’s first attempt to land a SpaceX stage 1 rocket booster on to a boat didn’t go so well. Here is a video

The problem was the hypersonic fins (the things that steer the landing rocket) ran out of hydraulic fluid so it couldn’t manoeuvre properly.

But you know what, for a first attempt to actually hit the thing is impressive, especially with out steering for the last part.

All I can say is that Elon Musk is a visionary, he doesn’t fear failure, but learns from it so the next attempt can go better.

I am waiting for the day to see him succeed with a landing, this will be one of those events where it changes space flight forever.

I tip my hat to you sir, onwards and upwards.

Notepad++ Update – Je Suis Charlie

I recently update Notepad++ and upon first load, this is displayed.

Freedom of expression is like the air we breathe, we don’t feel it, until people take it away from us.

For this reason, Je suis Charlie, not because I endorse everything they published, but because I cherish the right to speak out freely without risk even when it offends others.
And no, you cannot just take someone’s life for whatever he/she expressed.

Hence this “Je suis Charlie” edition.
- #JeSuisCharlie

I thought it was very eloquent and worthy of a repost.

Cookie Clicker – Oh So Long

So I’ve finally thrown in the towel with Cookie Clicker (http://orteil.dashnet.org/cookieclicker/). I have all but 7 achievements (version 1.0466) and now it is just a grind that will take so much time that I no longer care for it.

Cookie-Clicker-Stats

Cookie-Clicker-Achievements

This is my last save game if you are interested at all.

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Farewell Cookie Clicker, Thanks for wasting a large amount of time in my life.

Next Up

Nethack – telnet nethack.alt.org

 

Crazy Smart People Who Could Change The World

So I just stumbled across this company called Vicarious and they are working on some crazy cool shit. Basically they are working on AI

We are building a unified algorithmic architecture to achieve human-level intelligence in vision, language, and motor control.

http://vicarious.com/about.html 

Just reading the descriptions of the people that work there is amazing. This is possibly the most powerful think tank around at the moment (apart from those crazy nutters at Google X). They have 17 PhDs working on the problems and with $70 Million in funding and without the handcuffs of product development and publications they are going to do amazing things.

We have raised ~$70M in funding and are not constrained by publication, grant applications, or product development cycles. At Vicarious, there is room to develop new approaches that would otherwise not be supported in academia or industry

So watch out world, Skynet is coming.

Space Ships

You know the problem with space sims and space movies is that they paint their ships white or grey. Then they get shitty that they can be seen like lights on a Christmas tree.

I have an idea. How about you paint the space ship black. See, space is black, and if your ship is black, it is going to be much harder to be seen.

Just Say’n

If programming languages were weapons

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C is a sniper – good if you know how to use it but get one pointer wrong and you shoot your allies

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C++ is a set of nunchuks, powerful and impressive when wielded but takes many years of pain to master and often you probably wish you were using something else.

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Perl is a molotov cocktail, it was probably useful once, but few people use it now.

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Java is a belt fed 240G automatic weapon where sometimes the belt has rounds, sometimes it doesn’t, and when it doesn’t during firing you get an NullPointerException, the gun explodes and you die.

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Scala is a variant of the 240G Java, except the training manual is written in an incomprehensible dialect which many suspect is just gibberish.

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JavaScript is a sword without a hilt.

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Go is the custom made “if err != nil” starter pistol and after each shot you must check to make sure it actually shot. Also it shoots tabs instead of blanks.

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Rust is a 3d printed gun. It may work some day.

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bash is a cursed hammer, when wielded everything looks like a nail, especially your thumb.

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Python is the “v2/v3” double barrel shotgun, only one barrel will shoot at a time, and you never end up shooting the recommended one. Also I probably should have used a line tool to draw that.

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Ruby is a ruby encrusted sword, it is usually only used because of how shiny it is.

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PHP is a hose, you usually plug one end into a car exhaust, and the other you stick in through a window and then you sit in the car and turn the engine on.

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Mathematica is a low earth orbit projectile cannon, it could probably do amazing things if only anyone could actually afford one.

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C# is a powerful laser rifle strapped to a donkey, when taken off the donkey the laser doesn’t seem to work as well.

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Prolog is an AI weapon, you tell it what to do, which it does but then it also builds some terminators to go back in time and kill your mom.

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Lisp is a shiv which comes in many forms. Anyone who uses this is probably crazy and dangerous.

Source: Bjorn Tipling

Stolen shamelessly from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140831122319-139508176-if-programming-languages-were-weapons

Error Communicating With Server Token Import Failed – RSA

I heard this expressions once when I was a young app developer. I was trying to integrate a piece of my code with another 3rd parties code.

I kept getting this error

YFYOYO Error

Years later I ran into the guy who wrote the 3rd party software;  we got talking and asked him what a YFYOYO Error was. He laughed a bit and said “it means ‘You’re Fucked, You’re On Your Own'”

So if you are working with the RSA SecurID App and you are trying to get soft tokens to work well but you keep coming up against “error communicating with server token import failed

YFYOYO