Beer spill on X300

9
January 5, 2009

This is also my story with X300.

I have 4 notebooks at the moment, two are Toshiba other two are Thinkpads. I dreamed about X300, it just amazed me, and after I got it, paid loads of cash for it (I paid in cash) ~2400 euros, after I rejected the fact that I’ll get Windows with it, since I’m basically “pushing” towards Debian development, otherwise the “original” cost would be ~2500 euros.

I order it Genelec (official dealer), wait for it for less than 2 weeks, got it, paid full price in cash.

Now I get my X300, I’m amazed and all, first I notice one weird thing, battery is not as it “noted” everywhere else, every week it’s losing 5 minutes of its battery life, in the end I get with something as 2:45-40, please do take the fact that I compile my own kernel and that I optimize it to the maximum, but … that’s the story.

Tried many methods, “blank it” out to … whatever it didn’t help, but I had idea of getting a new battery and in the meantime 128GB SSD came out, so it was in my future plans, some day. Anyways, pretty much everything was great and I was actually considering of switching to Thinkpad for good.

Also please note, that I also read on many occasions that X300 is pretty much “un-soakable”,  I took this information pretty seriously cuz I’m bit clumsy and I tend to spill stuff on my notebooks, every single one I had in my life eventually had the same faith. Ways of faith eh?

Nevertheless, I did the “standard” procedure when you spill something on your machine (got some experience on this issue, from previous accidents) so after it got all dry I saw that my keyboard just won’t cooperate. I took it to the dealer I get it from (Genelec) they sent it to Lenovo in Sarajevo. (I’m currently residing in Tuzla) I even talked to one of the guy from Lenovo, told about everything that happened, he said they’ll need to order new keyboard, I said I want English layout keyboard (instead of Bosnian/Croatian one, I previously had) he told me it’ll be ~150+ euros, since things like this one (spilling stuff) isn’t covered by my warranty, and it’s that expensive since they’ll have to order it from London and X300 is “special” series.

Sure, I said no problem, just get it fixed, also to check my battery, cuz I believe there’s something wrong with it. Weeks later I got information that they have ordered keyboard, and that it has arrived, but that they’ll have my notebook ready till they also get a new battery, in the end it was faulty battery or something and that battery will be covered by warranty.

I had the same problem with this laptop I’m typing this from (Toshiba L100-121) I had same problem while I was on DebConf7 in Edinburgh, except it was juice. So it was not my “native location”, but all I did is I contacted nearest Toshiba Centre, they only asked for serial number, problems were greater, they had my both display and keyboard fixed all under warranty, as I remember I had only to pay some symbolic ~50 euros, and we do know how much displays cost; and it was fixed within days.

Now, I’m at point where I can’t (I really don’t have any energy left regarding this issue) to either contact Genelec service, people I know from Genelec, or Lenovo Sarajevo, this is really my last resort, going public. I handed this notebook on 12th November last year, you can check it yourself on the receipt, now the only question I got for Lenovo is, is this how you treat your customers? In just a couple of days it’ll be 2 months, and you couldn’t change the keyboard in ~60 days? To be quite frank with you, I find that fascinating.

x300 receipt

My second question is, what is the time period in which I can request my full money back fee, 3 months, 6 months? Ever? Please don’t mind my bitter tone in this post, but frustration would be a lite word how I feel right now.

Regards,

Adnan

Original (rant) source: Spilled beer on my X300 | Mein teil

Related: Lenovo X300 review – Debian Lenny
Related: DebConf7 Summary

Chimaira / Linux sex v2.0

17
December 30, 2008

Latest video/post can be found here: Linux/Unix Sex tattoo

If you’re not a metalhead, skip this without even having a second thought.

I heard about Chimaira back in some ~2003. I said, they’re ok, and moved on; later on however, with their third album I was pretty amazed, I was eagerly expecting their new album (4th) until yesterday when my opinion kinda changed.

Less then a month ago, I commented on of the release date of the new album on Chimaira’s website, then when I was about to post a comment, there was no any kind of notification in case you wanna get a reply on your comment or something.

Since I actually saw their whole site was powered by WordPress, I said shit, why not give it a try and help these guys, not for the money or fame or honeys (heh); but just help them out, make their web a better place to be at. 30 sec of “forensics” and I was writing email to their “technical guy”, webmaster eh?

   Technical Contact:
      Inc., Chimaira           chimwebmaster@earthlink.net
      Chimaira
      PO Box 360282
      Strongsville, OH 44136
      US
      NO PHONE fax: NO FAX

So, I decide to write a nice little email to this same “technical person”, with my intentions as I mentioned them above ^, but really just showing my respect and my way of supporting the same band. Here’s the “carbon copy” of that same email.

from:       Adnan Hodzic <adnan@52.57.206.193>
to:           chimwebmaster@earthlink.net

date:        Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 12:36 AM

subject:    Chimaira website, need help?

 

Hey,

I’ve just posted a comment on http://www.chimaira.com/studio and I
can’t go by but say that there’s isn’t option to let be notified by
email if you get a response to your message, instead of refreshing the
same very page hoping someone replied.

I’m a big Chimaira fan, and I’m working on a thing which I call
“IcePress” which is basically a WordPress fork
(http://52.57.206.193/?p=307) I’d be willing to help as a sign of
good faith or whatever you wanna call it :)

And this isn’t spam, I’m really not trying to sell anytime, I just
wanna give my contribution to the band I like ;)
Talk to the guys and let me know if you wanna do something.

Regards from Bosnia,

Adnan

I never got any replies or anything, until last night, when I got this nice reply from Youtube in their name; this was my second most viewed video (~27.000 views), after they first removed “It Crowd Soccer” (~500.000 views)

Now, that’s all fine, I guess some people don’t want cut scenes from their show to be shown on them internet. But wtf is up with what that after my “sign of good will”. When I first saw this, actual expression on my face was wtf o_O?

So, I didn’t want to lose my views and comments, so I tried this new option “AudioSwap”, which is basically … it’s bullshit. All of this is bullshit, so I just removed the video. Changed my music to what I want it to be (Bolt Thrower), not what you’re allowing me to let my music to be. And whoever at Youtube got on this idea of AudioSwap is definitely brilliant, if for anything then it’s for them having even less work to do.

Closing statement is this, it most definitely wasn’t band members who forced the video to be removed from Youtube due to copyright “infringement” (I who was the author, but no I didn’t even get a warning), but it is those band members who make such decisions. I swear, I believe that not even KoRn would do this. But, after me wanting to help you, and I got your attention and you remove my video … there’s only two words for you and it’s not fuck you …

So thank you Chimaira, you know they have expression for your name here in Bosnia, it’s “Chmaria”, chmar in Bosnia is another name for an anus just so you know. But thank you, you really told me why not to mess with the “best”.

Now thanks to you, there’s Linux / Unix sex v2.0, I may have lost views and comments, but I haven’t lost my dignity. Enjoy v2.0 folks :)

I really can’t wait for the moment when Bolt Thrower comes bitching about copyright “infringement” :D

Havoc linux distribution

13
December 28, 2008

Earlier this year, I talked a lot about making my own Linux distribution, Codename: peacenow (talk), then later on I even posted a Codename: peacenow | open design (ideas, possible design). I put the whole thing on one long “pause”. What happened in the meantime is … well among other things, I changed my “codename” … I even switched to Gnome after KDE4 being what it is.

I really don’t know how to explain this … so breathe with me. I personally see IT in following specters, Graphics/Design/Art, Programming, Networking. But just recently I was put in a position …

Fuck this, starting today, I’m actually starting the work on my own Linux distribution. In imperfect world, there’s no perfect linux distributions, they are all visions of various minds, but none of them suiting enough to fill every single void.

My whole life I’ve been “distro hopping”, but in a period of last two years, I changed soo many distributins that’s it’s just … I even managed to change 3 distros in 7 days. Yea, I even managed to get a nickname “distro whore” :)

Point being that I really believe that I can make something different. What I know right now is that it’ll definetely be based on Debian. In begining it may not even look any different then Debian itself, since I’m not even sure I’m forking it or anything … obvious will that it’ll be less stable (no it won’t be another Ubuntu), different name and different philosophy.

But, definetely rest assured that I’ll try to incorporate ideas of these two great men (Ian Murdock and Patrick Volkerding) and take the greatest from two greatest distros out there, Slackware and Debian. Read: Debian for slackers :P

I’m posting this, just as a remainder that I can look back later on, real why and manifesto will follow soon enough :)

Btw, if any of you who reads this wants to help in any possible way! Please do let me know, I need all help I could possibly get! Interested parties please subscribe to havoc-devel mailing list

!= Google

3
December 28, 2008

I believe I’ll break many hearts with this post, some may agree, and some may not. What I definitely want to state before even writing anything is that this isn’t hate talk or anything like it, but just simply being completely objective, and looking at this whole Google thing from a distant stand point, and of course only present you with most obvious facts.

Now get yourself a cup of coffee, play the most metal, aggressive, brutal, music you have on your comuter and let me take you to a journey of hatred ;)

How Google and I met

First of all, I started using Google around ~99 this isn’t a short time period, almost ten years eh? I remember I was using Altavista and Astalavista (for those who remember good old times) which was such a great search engine, it just kicked ass. Then I can’t remember what happened to it, but to put it simple, it was gone. Then I actually switched to Yahoo for a short period of time; however, back then you simply couldn’t find anything, if you were looking for something … oh man, sometimes if you’re looking for something really “stashed” your search could be prologue up to half an hour.

And then one day I heard about this thing called Google, Googled” for the first time and viola, I was there within matter of seconds! It truly came into my life as some kind of epiphany.

So what’s the problem?

Well, problem is right there, I just said I Googled, and it came across completely unnoticed. Let me use definition for “Googled” right from UrbanDictionary:

Googled:

To do an internet search on someone/ something.
How do you know all of this about Spiderman? I googled him.

I must say, very interesting indeed. Why is this interesting, because this same word has been added to worlds dictionaries, and there’s nothing wrong with it really, except when this holy, all-knowing, thing is actually not so all knowing. Maybe that’s a problem, if this word is automatically associated with you “searching them internet”.

This whole foolcontrol, isn’t listed on Google at all. Let’s say that Google has the worlds most powerful spiders, crawlers and all other uber stuff. How come you haven’t came across foolcontrol.org for whole year? And especially, that this whole thing was previously hosted on Blogspot (owned by Google). It get’s even more interesting, that I pretty much do this stuff for living, so I know what I’m doing, optimization to the fullest and all, but nah … it won’t happen.

Then, a month ago or so, I actually tried using Google Webmaster Tools in order to get my site listed on Google, I even changed my DNS, stopped using my privately owned ones (even tho there was nothing wrong with it), and then came the interesting part, sitemaps.

Sitemaps, jolly fella sitemaps …

The Sitemaps protocol allows a webmaster to inform search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling. A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site. It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently. Sitemaps are a URL inclusion protocol and complement robots.txt, a URL exclusion protocol.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitemaps)

They are especially benificial for Flash and Ajax rich sites, which FoolControl really isn’t. I have problem with my sitemaps, Google will return error on every single on of them, and I have tried from writing my own to various generators, official Google Sitemap generator, to plugins and this and that, but I keep getting them errors. And let me be clear, I’m writing this stuff all the time, it really isn’t me.

Now, I’m not really selling any conspiracy theories here, and I know times can change but at moments it seems like you don’t know what you’re doing, but that’s kinda silly to say, you set your standards, you let me do your job. The reason I’m saying this is because Google hates wordpress, period.

I even tried sending “Request reconsideration” under those same webmaster tools, told them my story and all, but their search engine decided to disregard “consideration” and email, it just thought it wasn’t important enough. I mean, let’s get real they are so big that they have to use these “sophisticated” methods, no need for human, nothing. Therefor, of course I never got my reply. I bet that they don’t do this at Microsoft, you didn’t know we wouldn’t reply? Aww, you turd.

And reason I hate them for this is because of their Blogspot/Blogger, I mean come on, this really reminds me of Microsoft’s “shared code policy”, here, you can change everything the code and all, it’s really yours, but it isn’t.

Google, you either buy that same WordPress or you don’t, and stop hatin’. Wtf o_O, typical Microsoft behavior, why didn’t Google sell to Microsoft? Why would they? Microsoft figured out that it’s all going to be software on people desks, got billions, Google figured that software running on all those desks will be on internet, and that it’s all moving to internet, so let’s grab that piece of pie.

Google is new Microsoft really, just in different form, in form which will crawl under your skin, and then try to hide its face the whole time. And say what again, what’s your moto again? “Don’t be evil”? … what a load of shit. And I told myself, for some time right now that I’ll try to minimize cursing.

And back to the, my problem, if there wasn’t an actual verb “Googling“, but if you have billions and billions of pages, and you get one, even though you submit it, and do all the optimization and all that, then we have a problem. Btw, other search engines, have foolcontrol indexed:

Clusty, Ask, Yahoo, Live/MSN, AltaVista … but from this example, I believe Clusty and Ask are the best ones at doing their job, being search engine. I even thing I’ll make final switch to Clusty, this search engine … impresses me. And in the end, please check Google, but no Google made sitemaps, so you can do their job. I mean … you really should, “Googling” is in dictionary, I don’t want you “Clusting” or anything.

Products

I believe this is how Google got itself into this whole mess. They moved away from being what really made them “big”, Gmail is superb, Docs are great, but what da fuck is the deal with the rest of the products.

Don’t get me wrong, if it wasn’t for some Google products (like Adsense) I wouldn’t be where I am right now. Btw, the fact that they have losed a touch with reality is that one long time ago they actually banned me from Adsense program. I was young and stupid, engaged in hosting business and I needed big bucks, what else to say? I got banned, yes, my bad, won’t happen again. Even send them few emails, trying to apologize and all that, didn’t really work.

Ok, then I got banned again, and again, and again, this is my 4th Adsense account. Now, if any of you haters from Google is reading this, yes, please do ban this one as well, cuz I’ll get another one, and we’ll find ourselves in deadlock infinite loop.

But if your support, emails and all weren’t handled by your superior search that knows everything, we could go over this like men.

Now a bit of Google products that I haven’t even tried due to their quality and need.
Chrome, ok, all I’ll say is, wtf is this? Google Chrome is Fast, as was its EULA Backlash, Desktop, Lively, Picasa (I tried Picasa, even tried using it, but this is worst *nix “port” [if you can even call it like that] ever), Web Accelator (xD), Google Earth … rarely needed, but it’s actually good, if you’re CNN. Pack, I actually blogged about this one. Checkout, you can only dream that’s it gonna happend.

Youtube, again not original Google product but … wtf is with this community? Are only trolls hanging out on Youtube? It got so bad that instead of Youtube, I started curing my hangovers on Facebook. And the last drop was when they actually removed my video that had over 500.000 views, Google is so good and pure that’s it’s making me sick really.

And when did I write “heads up” about Youtube? January 17, 2007 (Converting vegeterians)
I could really go on like this, forever, but I’ll just stop.

I just want to talk about one thing in the meantime, Gmail is great, it handles 5-6 of my email accounts, and I use it even tho I have my own mail server. But, WTF has happened with Gmail mobile 2.x, wtf please do tell me, here’s one of the not so serious “bugs”. So right now I’m just left without email on my phone. Google rockz!

Oh oh, and one more thing, wassup with you fuckers talking shit about Google Talk? What? It’s good? Listen you ignorant pricks, Google Talk = XMPP = Jabber = has all those “features” long time before they are implemented into famous Google Talk itself. So don’t I even hear you come again, oooh they have implemented smileys and group chat! They have broken the barrier once again, and those same features have been in Jabber itself for years, which again, is not a multi-billion funded company.

Docs, are just awesome, what I also like is trends and analytics, which again isn’t Google original product, but Urchin. Oh yea, code.google.com, Googlet for them developers, I wanna play one video for you … no need to see the whole thing if you don’t wanna

Feeling I get from this is … I’m not really even sure I wanna work at this no1 place in the world to work for. Listen, I’m not sure you missed class or something, but you can’t say from “…doing something stupid” You can’t just go on tell people are doing something “stupid” I’m a arrogant bastard, but you can’t go on like that, there are dozen of synonyms for stupid. But no, that’s the “father talk”, uber talk, l337, for we are Google.

Back to sitemaps

So did sitempas really get me all this pissed off? Yes, they have. And, me being me, I did solve the “puzzle”, I had to, in contrary I couldn’t play “smart” here :)

So, I spend almost a month with sitemaps, I write my own, I do this and that, I even almost change my web hosting (and it would be ~100gb data transfer; but I was about to do it!) Then, it somehow came to me .htaccess

So, if you tried everything and you can’t pass by your “Google sitemaps unsupported file format“, here’s that dirty hack you’re looking for:

vim

# protect the htaccess file
<files .htaccess>
order allow,deny
deny from all
</files>

# disable the server signature
ServerSignature Off

# limit file uploads to 10mb
LimitRequestBody 10240000

# protect wpconfig.php
<files wp-config.php>
order allow,deny
deny from all
</files>

#who has access who doesnt
order allow,deny
#deny from 000.000.000.000
allow from all

#custom error docs
ErrorDocument 404 /notfound.php
ErrorDocument 403 /forbidden.php
ErrorDocument 500 /error.php

# disable directory browsing
Options All -Indexes

#redirect old to new
Redirect 301 /old.php http://www.yourdomain.com/new.php

#block referring domains
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} digg\.com [NC]
RewriteRule .* – [F]

#disable hotlinking of images with forbidden or custom image option
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?yourdomain.com/.*$ [NC]
#RewriteRule \.(gif|jpg)$ – [F]
#RewriteRule \.(gif|jpg)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/stealingisbad.gif [R,L]

# php compression – use with caution
#<ifmodule mod_php4.c>
#php_value zlib.output_compression 16386
#</ifmodule>

# set the canonical url
#RewriteEngine On
#RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^yourdomain\.com$ [NC]
#RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.yourdomain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

# protect from spam comments
#RewriteEngine On
#RewriteCond %{REQUEST_METHOD} POST
#RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} .wp-comments-post\.php*
#RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !.*yourdomain.com.* [OR]
#RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^$
#RewriteRule (.*) ^http://%{REMOTE_ADDR}/$ [R=301,L]

wq! .htaccess

Upload to your ~/public_html/ and that’s it … oh yea, to interrupt malicious hacking attempts … chmod it to 644

This week itself, I had three people asking me for a “copy” of IcePress, which I’ll also make sure it has this same .htacccess included. This is really going to be my next step, just wait after new years, in the meantime I’ll think about how I’ll pack it and distribute it.

Conclusion

I presume some of you haters have a question for me. Was this much text needed for such quick and dirty hack? Yes, I’m pissed on you people just talking about Google, and Google not doing thing it’s most popular for right. Stop, talking, stop trolling, it’s easy to be ignorant fuck, and say damn hommie, Google 0wns. I responsibly claim that only kids (read 18 year olds) have Google as their “god”, if you’re older then that, then you have a problem.

Don’t let Google take your cool

To find everything profound – that is an inconvenient trait. It makes one strain one’s eyes all the time, and in the end one finds more than one might have wished.

– Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Now turn off that heterodestructive music and enjoy your day :)


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