Maintenance: 4/29/2008


These are the packages that would be merged, in order:

Calculating world dependencies  ..  ... done!
[ebuild     U ] sys-apps/man-1.6f-r1 [1.6f] USE="nls" 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] sys-apps/util-linux- [2.13.1] USE="crypt nls unicode -loop-aes -old-linux (-selinux) -slang" 2,764 kB
[ebuild     U ] sys-apps/coreutils-6.10-r2 [6.10-r1] USE="acl nls (-selinux) -static -vanilla -xattr" 33 kB

Total: 3 packages (3 upgrades), Size of downloads: 2,797 kB

Maintenance 4/22/2008


These are the packages that would be merged, in order:

Calculating world dependencies  ...  ... done!
[ebuild   R   ] sys-libs/ncurses-5.6-r2  USE="gpm unicode -debug -doc -minimal -nocxx -profile -trace (-bootstrap%) (-build%)" 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] sys-fs/udev-119 [115-r1] USE="(-selinux)" 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] app-admin/gkrellm-2.3.1 [2.3.0] USE="lm_sensors nls ssl -X -gnutls -hddtemp" 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] net-print/cups-1.2.12-r8 [1.2.12-r7] USE="nls pam ppds -X -dbus -jpeg -ldap -php -png -samba -slp -ssl -tiff" 0 kB

Total: 4 packages (3 upgrades, 1 reinstall), Size of downloads: 0 kB

Physical Changes
One thing that I haven’t blogged about is that my SimpleTech NAS mysteriously stopped responding to Samba print requests. I didn’t really try too hard to fix it. I decided it was easier to make the computer the print server and just installed CUPS on the server.

Computing everything else

New Meta description?

I use the Google Webmaster Tools to keep tabs on what Google is saying about the BrakeBlog as well as if there is anyone else linking to me. One of the things GWT tells me is that my meta description is too short. Right now it reads “All things are possible in Linux”. I’m thinking along the lines of a longer description like this.

I live in Hopkinsville, KY. I am passionate about Linux && { Free || Open || Libre }; Software.

A few things about this description are the keywords included like Hopkinsville KY, Linux, and software. The expression Linux && { Free || Open || Libre }; is a shell statement that means “Linux AND { Free OR Open OR Libre };”.

Edit: Darn it! WordPress won’t let me use all of the fancy ampersands and braces. I’ll have to settle for something less ambitious.


Maintenance: 4/16/2008


These are the packages that would be merged, in order:

Calculating world dependencies  .  ... done!
[ebuild  N    ] app-arch/lzma-utils-4.32.5  0 kB
[ebuild     U ] media-libs/libpng-1.2.26-r1 [1.2.25] 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] net-misc/rsync-2.6.9-r6 [2.6.9-r5] USE="acl -ipv6 -static -xinetd" 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] dev-libs/libxml2-2.6.31 [2.6.30-r1] USE="python readline -bootstrap -build -debug -doc -examples% -ipv6 -test" 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] sys-devel/m4-1.4.11 [1.4.10-r3] USE="nls -examples" 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] app-text/poppler-0.6.3 [0.6.1-r1] USE="zlib -cjk -jpeg" 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] sys-devel/automake-1.10.1 [1.10] 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] sys-apps/coreutils-6.10-r1 [6.9-r1] USE="acl nls (-selinux) -static -vanilla% -xattr" 0 kB
[blocks B     ] sys-apps/mktemp (is blocking sys-apps/coreutils-6.10-r1)
[blocks B     ] >=sys-apps/coreutils-6.10 (is blocking sys-apps/mktemp-1.5)

Total: 8 packages (7 upgrades, 1 new, 2 blocks), Size of downloads: 0 kB

Note the two blockers between mktemp and coreutils. The key here is that coreutils now includes a mktemp binary. It is sys-apps/mktemp that should be unmerged.

everything else

Bully pulpit

I figured out why my blog became so important that D. Williams deemed it important enough to make a “correction”. Turns out that blog post ranks #4 on a Google search for “dws vehicle warranty expiration“.


maintenance: 4/11/2008


These are the packages that would be merged, in order:

Calculating world dependencies.  ... done!
[ebuild     U ] sys-devel/m4-1.4.10-r3 [1.4.10-r1] USE="nls -examples" 0 kB
[ebuild     U ] net-misc/openssh-4.7_p1-r6 [4.7_p1-r5] USE="pam tcpd -X -X509 -chroot -hpn -kerberos -ldap -libedit (-selinux) -skey -smartcard -static" 0 kB

Total: 2 packages (2 upgrades), Size of downloads: 0 kB

Physical Changes
Removed the Ethernet tap and will set it aside for now. There proved to be no foreign IP addresses crossing the cable modem visible to the router. Since the Cable Internet network is supposed to be shared with your local neighborhood I assume the cable modem is doing some simple address filtering. I saw plenty of arp/broadcast traffic but nothing more interesting than that. I’m considering buying a second wireless router and setting up a honeynet. However, I think it wouldn’t be so smart attracting people sitting outside my house.

hopkinsville Random Links

Hopkinsville Storm Trackers

Edit March 3, 2012: The storm season has begun early this year. This page is mostly outdated except for the spotter frequencies and 2 meter ham repeater. To find current information about the Christian County Weather Spotters go to Where they also have a link to listen to the scanner online.

Christian County has a very active storm tracker group. (Website mirror, same content) Prior to the 2006 tornado, weather spotters were only a loosely organized group of Fire, Rescue, and Police. Since then the county is now certified “Storm Ready” from the National Weather Service.

If you have a radio scanner at home you can listen to the weather spotters in action by tuning to a couple of different frequencies. I asked for more information on HoptownHall and ke4kbq proved quite helpful. Many of the weather spotters are also amateur radio operators so KE4KBQ also included the 2 meter ham repeater.

Weather Spotter channel: 452.750Mhz
2m Ham repeater: 147.03Mhz

Additional frequencies for weather info
Christian County Sheriff: 155.1150 Mhz
Hopkinsville Police Department: 154.7850 Mhz

Random Links

Mechanized Dogs of War

Check out BigDog, a mechanized pack animal/weapons platform. A radical change happened in the transition from mounted horse calvary to mechanized tanks this is likely to be as great or greater change.