Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Best Home Theater Equipment

Back of Saffire Pro 24 DSP


Front of Saffire Pro 24 DSP

Back of FMR PBC-6A Single Channel Compressor

Front of FMR PBC-6A Single Channel Compressor

Include 6 active monitors + Compressor for every channel

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Custom Resolution for Linux VM

--- For Virtual Box VMs ---

After VM is installed and Guest Additions are installed, you will also need to install another dependency.  Hard to find instructions so I have written them down in this post.

* Assuming you have already followed instructions properly and installed dkms modules. *

install dependency "virtualbox-ose-guest-x11".   

After this is done you will receive no gamma or crt error when attempting to add custom resolution to x11 server.   

# sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-guest-x11   

# cvt 1366 768   

# xrandr --newmode <Modeline>   

* default viewport will change to "VBOX0" *  !! Important   

# xrandr --addmode VBOX0 1366x768

# xrandr --output VBOX0 --mode 1366x768



Saturday, September 22, 2012

Look No Further Than to the Bio Field on your Twitter Page

     There is enough flaming on the internet, so I'll try to keep this constructive and positive... :| .

     Andrew Coyne, your recent article for the post regarding the lack of honesty and truth in politics was not necessarily poorly constructed, but misleading and disingenuous? You better believe it.

     You are just as bad as those who you are singling out in your article. Assuming that you, and not your editor, choose the title and the picture associated with the piece in question, it is unprofessional and manipulative for you to trash the Tory government while providing absolutely no factual information to support your claims. I read your article twice and could not find any crumb of an argument which reinforced the title.

     Your bio says you have worked for the post for over 10 years, you should know better. Seems like the article is an op piece, even still, from a supposedly seasoned journalist, it should be expected that your work, at least, meets some kind of minimum standard for quality. Save your rants and otherwise unfounded opinions for YOUR blog and the pub.

     If you actually want to learn something about the issue which you seem to have butchered, a good read for you would be "The Assault on Reason" by Al Gore. There is at least some good substantiated claims made by Gore on the issue, some that you may enjoy.

Link to Andrew's Article

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Am I Using the Wong "Blog" Service?

Tumblr seems pretty darn cool. But, with so many competing socially driven Internet outlets these days, I do not find myself compelled to move due to what may prove to be an instantaneous surge in both popularity and functionality. 

 I hrt xkcd. 

This one is for all you conspiracy theorists out there. Chatter on why tumblr's traffic appears to be duplicitous and relatively inflated.

Great Author

In the midst of a casual read, "How the Universe got its Spots", by J Levin.

Incredibly seizing, the author explains the most difficult concepts with effortless ease.

Quick and impressionable.  Equally as good as her later work, but drastically different. The work doubles as short journal entries strung together with a 'the lost letter' feel as Levin aims to clear the ontological hurdles preventing her from sharing her life experiences with her mother.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Browser Background Image Expand Past Viewport

#background_layer1 {
    position: absolute;   
    text-align: center;   
    min-height: 100%;
    min-width:  100%;
    margin: auto 50% auto auto;
    padding: auto auto auto auto;
    background: url(images/Background_Stripes.png) scroll;
    z-index: 1;

I had something like the above for one of the background images I was using on a certain page.  I had layered others on top of this, but stylistically they were defined the same as above.

I had a problem where my background image(s) would only render to the size of my viewport. Content which appeared outside of that range, and could only be read by 'scrolling' did not have any background image(s) behind them.

This was frustrating.

I finally realized that my body and html styling was causing the problem.

html, body {
    position: absolute;
    text-align: center;   
    height: 100%;
    width: 100%;
    margin: auto auto auto auto;
    padding: auto auto auto auto;

Setting the height and width to 100% cropped the size of the image associated with the background_layer ID.

html, body {
    position: absolute;
    text-align: center;   
    min-height: 100%;
    min-width: 100%;
    margin: auto auto auto auto;
    padding: auto auto auto auto;

Changing height and width to min-height and min-width allowed a solution to be reached.

Thursday, June 14, 2012


Clonezilla is a great open source clone system released by those beauties in Taiwan's national software lab.

Parted magic,, is a very complete disaster recovery distro that includes Clonezilla. Very handy if I may say so.

If you cannot be bothered to switch over to another distro to use Clonezilla, there is a way to install it.  This for ubuntu, although I'm sure it could be applied to rpm based distros. Original credit:

- Download the Clonezilla ISO, open and extract the /live/filesystem.squashfs file to ~/, or wherever.
- Open terminal, create a new mkdir in your media folder (optional. In this example I created tempmount), and mount filesystem.squashfs file there. You will need to be root.

$ cd **wherever you extracted the filesystem.squashfs file**
$ mount -t squashfs ./filesystem.squashfs /media/tempmount -o loop

- Copy the opt/drbl folder to your opt folder. You will need to be root.

$ sudo cp -r /media/tempmount/opt/drbl /opt

- Add Clonezilla PATH environment variable. You will need to be root.

$ sudo nano /root/.bashrc

- Append this to the .bashrc file: PATH=$PATH:/opt/drbl:/opt/drbl/bin:/opt/drbl/sbin
- Ctrl+O to save. Ctrl+X to exit.
- Exit terminal.

- Run Clonezilla as:

$ sudo clonezilla


The only downside running Clonezilla outside of Parted Magic is that it will not be able to interact with the active disk on which it is installed. So if you have Clonezilla images saved on the boot drive, you may need to move them.