Saturday, August 31, 2013

Slackware on the acer C7 chromebook

Yes people... that  post title is correct.

I managed to get slackware installed on my C7 chromebook... so, I'm writing this post to brag about that. (go figure!)


My new geek friend Barry S. Schultz posted The Method; which was based on a chromeOS developer Olof Johansson post on google chrome.

Requirements:
  1. The Chromebook in "Developer Mode."
  2. Same Chromebook with USB Boot enabled.
  3. USB bootable media (thumb drive).  I used a  kingston data traveler 2.0.1 with 16 gb of space. 
  4. A secondary computer, preferably running slackware.
Full vanilla install of slackware 14 will fit there with some room for more stuff; but a minimal install will fit on 1GB I guess...

anyways,

Hands down.

Barry emulate/copy the partition scheme of the C7 hard drive...
Following Barry's post and Olof, I understood that the chromebook won't boot from any media but a chromeOS kernel thumbdrive because it's hardwired to the BIOS.. .that seems uefi AFAIK... so you must create a GPT  chromeOS bootable usb key as follows:


On your slack box or your chromebook:

# parted /dev/sdXX
(parted) mktable gpt
(parted) quit

As a side note, the C7 will mount the first usb drive as /dev/sdb.

Friday, August 23, 2013

chromebook acer C7

Time to post.

As I was spending money on ebay... i saw the acer C7 chromebook at 129.99 manufacturer refurbished...
and i couldn't resist. It arrived and I'm posting this using the chromebook.

ChromeOS is not bad at all... once you adapt to it.

The only downside I have with this thing... is that since it's a refurbished unit, i didn't got the 100GB on google drive. :(


UPDATE:  august 24, 2013
Ok
I have to say that, the whole concept is not bad at all. Every single aspect of normal everyday computing is covered in one way or another... however, things that I'm missing so far:


  1. bash... go figure.
  2. skype.
  3. ... can't think of anything else.

UPDATE: august 27, 2013 
After booting the system on developer mode i got a real bash... running on the browser of course. Anyways, there are ways to install ubuntu on this thing... .which goes against my slackware user guts.
I have a bunch of things to read in order to install slackware on this machine. Aparently I´m the first one attempting to do this.

I´ll keep you posted.



Sunday, April 14, 2013

Bitcoin.


I’ve spent some time today reading/researching about a topic that never called my attention until now... bitcoin.

And it is funny I didn’t dig on the subject as this blog lately has been filled with economics topics among other things. Someone pointed to me that my blog has been showing how my mind has evolved...

Nevertheless, (I’m not going to argue about me evolving because I haven’t) I wanted to share some ideas about this bitcoin thing.

Currently we are living some kind of “gold rush” as the bitcoins prices are climbing... as any other currency, it has it’s ups and down; but the interesting thing is what actually bitcoin is.

Bitcoin is a “virtual currency”.

Somewhere in 2009, a hacker with a Japanese name had the idea of a decentralized currency. Ironic, since the financial crisis and all. Anyways, instead of a central bank, bitcoins are issued by anyone and everyone with a personal computer that is willing to. It is mined by solving cryptographic problems related with the transactions that are broadcast between the users; enforcing chronological order, protecting the neutrality of the network and limiting the amount of bitcoins available.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Why freewill sucks... (more raw ideas of my new book.. .currently ramblings)


The whole idea of choice is bullshit.


I understand that this specific subject is.. .to put it on an educated perspective, problematic. After all, free will is kind off what resides behind religion etc.

At the end of communism, humanity as a whole conceived the idea that rights and choice where secure to everybody; and the promises of a better future where evident on the horizon.

that was about 20 years ago... 1989 I think, it was when they demolished Berlin wall; the very act that demonstrated how communism failed and established the new era.
I mention this simply because if you think about it; ideologically capitalism is based on the idea of choice in every level of our life... not only in regards of consumption (as in what brand to pick on the supermarket), but in the perception of life as such.
Everyone can make it.
The “self made person” is the cornerstone of modern capitalism ideology. Today, everybody can be a celebrity or whatever... but what have changed is that before; by the time of my parents, you needed to have a special set of skills to become famous.

You became a celebrity by providing a benefit to the rest of the world...
… today, anybody can be famous just because is a moron who has a youtube channel.

Monday, March 25, 2013

I’m definitely not a “normal user”


Today I noticed something... out of the sudden my cellphone received about 150 whatsapp messages...

...odd

to make it short, this weekend I was checking the wife tablet that has a sim slot... and as I changed from cyanogenmod to samsung official rom on the i9100... the reinsert of the sim made the phone pick up APN’s for network access on his own..

Well... it did it wrong. Phone was going thru “wap” instead of the full internet access (which is another apn of course) It took me 10 minuntes to figure out.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Big Banks (a guest post fron John Gower)

This is a guest post.
Apparently, bloggingda'bullshit is getting in the fancy trend of letting other people write for it. Nevertheless, the post seems quite adequate for some of the "bullshit" I've been shoving on this webpage...
   

At one time, the most popular television show in the United States featured a banker who would do anything to keep your account.

 


Fans of “The Beverly Hillbillies” (which is still in worldwide syndication and on cable’s TV Land) will fondly remember Milton Drysdale (played by actor Raymond Bailey), the head of the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills, Ca.

Drysdale was obsessively focused on keeping accidental millionaire J.D. Clampett’s fortune on deposit at the Commerce Bank. So focused that he became a part of the Clampett family’s daily lives. Hilarity ensued.
Consider just some of Drysdale’s actions: he recreated a replica of the Clampett’s hill country log cabin in their backyard, complete with cawing rooster. He followed them back to their Ozark homeland and bought a local bank there just to maintain a controlling interest in their money. He took some rock salt in his rear end from Granny’s shotgun. He dressed up as a woman and an Indian chief.
The list goes on and on, through nine seasons of television in an era where you could have 36-episode seasons. The message was clear: Drysdale was a banker who cared. Maybe not for the best of reasons, but he really, truly, cared about the account.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Some pics to be considered as wallpapers


As  many should know at this moment, I'm into photography and also, I'm a avid kde user... so why not contribute to the kde project in a way that will matter?

I may know about programming etc, but I'm not a programmer.... so I'm creating this post as a show off for these 2 images in order to be considered





This one was taking in bonaire...



 And this one is some beach in aruba... don't remember the exact name; but it wasn't palm beach.