Clone Wars!

November 2008:

Clone wars!

At last back amongst the surviving packets on the grand isobaric terrain of the intArweb.  In my travels I have seen many lonely deserted packets, dropped needlessly from their groups… 8, 32, thousands… why do they not care for the feelings of a single packet, leaving them to separate into fragments of bits at our very feet.  But behold, I have before me packets folded to my bidding.  Networks staged on the very air over my living establishment are now mine, MINE, at my very bidding… my beckoned call to bow upon my every whim and desire.

Oh yes… I have internet access now.  Clandestinely perhaps, but I never claimed to be a Greenpeace activist.  I’m not armed enough for that role, yet.

June 2010:

Time progresses and this blog consists of things I have ran across and/or learned within the last 2 years.  In some cases, simply being a documentation for me to refer to later, along with sharing to the rest of the world.  I forget more than I ever type, sadly.
No longer am I clandestinely pirating airwaves to gain ‘net access.  I find my own connection to be far more sound.  That, and I can afford it now ;)

People who can not answer questions

Why does it seem that this planet is lined with people who have no idea how to answer questions? Those that know the answers are confined comfortably away from the average joe. This makes them disposable since they are not a component of civilization. Those individuals have proven themselves unworthy of the tools upon which they wield simply through their lack of use of said tools. In this age, we are blessed with a timeframe upon which people and ideas can be judged. It is time to place that judgement as necessary, and reaclimate society to its new and superior confines.

Thanksgiving 2015

Time comes to a close soon for the 2015 thanksgiving holidays. As I get older, I’m realizing I actually have something to be thankful for in retrospect and current life.

I’m thankful for living the American Dream. That’s not a luxury life, it’s having the availability to fight for what you want in life and have it mean something. Sure, it requires blood sweat and tears, but the ability to get something through your blood sweat and tears is the American Dream.
I’m thankful for the internet. Without it, I would have an entirely different and possibly caustic lifestyle. My entire life was molded around support and creation of internet appliances and technologies. It’s also allowed me to create my life as it is today, and meet the people I have in the past which have guided me. Above all currently, it’s something that has given me employment even through what most people would consider a severely life-altering issue. I was able to stay employed in my career as Linux engineer even while continuing to heal from a motorcycle accident which removed the bottom half of my right leg.

As much as I may complain about things in life, I’m thankful to be here still. It’s a fight, but dammit sometimes life’s taste is beautiful. It’s those times that really make things worth it.

Happy holidays 2015.  Another revolution around the sun, and another year to remember.

On these Friday nights I’m quickly reminded of the older 50s and 60s era where the weekend where exactly as mine are.  Escaping from life.  Patsy Klein (sp?) this is for you.

There comes a time you need to escape from work, life, everything.  Escape from the emotions as well.  Here’s to yum who are riding the same train!  May we see the same exit.

New Car! 2015 Toyota Camry LE Hybrid

Having driven the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro LT for a couple of months and seeing how things go, I decided to cut ties while possible.  The track record for Chevrolet was never good when it comes to maintenance and lifespan, and I was starting to feel a bit of hesitation from the torque converter.  The engine was starting to show a bit of hesitation while warming up as well.  Adding that on top of not really being the kind of person that “needs” lots of power, I upgraded.

I traded my car for a 2015 Toyota Camry LE Hybrid.  I’m rather happy with my purchase, even though it ended up being $10K more than the Camaro.  The car looks very average, but both rides & drives like a luxury car.  It has lots of space in both the front and back seats, along with a fairly large trunk.  The real clincher for me was the fact that it has a CVT transmission which I used to use in my Prius.  That takes lots of load off of gear changes, and the engine does not get hit with as much direct torque backlash from the drivetrain due to the shared status of the gasoline & electric engines.

The cabin sound is surprisingly quiet, like calmingly quiet.  When I drive and turn off my stereo with my windows closed, I feel like I’m in an office.  The power is there for use, as well.  The thing I like about it is the way it reserves itself for when needed.  It adds a bit of refinement, and I feel from driving it for a couple of weeks that things will last a while with this car.

unknown future

As many know, the future is about the most unknown nebulous thing.  You reach those times where as much as you wish you could anchor yourself down, change is inevitable.  That I believe is happening in my life, no matter how much I wish otherwise.  A person I have loved for decades is slowly fading from my life, whether temporary or permanent is to be seen.  I truly wish it weren’t so, but it seems as if every motion causes the opposite of what is desired to occur.

This is a silent wish into the ether, hoping for things to change.  With the current trend I doubt, but I can hope, wish.

Hayes Sportster Modem Command Reference

Ever found yourself needing to dig up archaic documentation on Hayes modem commands?

You might, and if you do here is a reference.  It’s not often in your life you’ll need to dial up to another machine, but in those rare cases it’s nice to be able to diagnose the modem issue when it occurs.


HAYES(DEV)                      Devices                         HAYES(DEV)

    hayes - The hayes modems


    a/          - redo last command
    +++         - return to modem cmd mode from live connection


    ats11=75    - speed of tone dialing (in miliseconds. minimum 50)

    at&z0[tele#]        -stores a tele# in memory #0
    at&z1[tele#]        -stores a tele# in memory #1, etc
    atd\0               - dial tele# in memory #0

    at&v        - show all hayes command settings


    ata         - manual answer incoming call
    atd         - originate connection. Assumes number already 
                      dialed, remote has picked up
    ato         - go back online from +++
    ato1        - return to online state and retrain baud sync

    ath0        - hang up if modem off hook (esp. after a +++)
    ath1        - pick up, but do nothing

    atz         - reset modem to config profile 0
    at&f        - return all settings to factory settings
    at&w        - save current settings in non-volatile mem (?not sure)

    at\b        - send break
    at\b3       - send a 300ms break (number is x100ms)

    atl1        - low speaker volume
--> atl2        - medium speaker volume
    atl3        - loud speaker volume

    atm         - speaker off
--> atm1        - speaker on until carrier detected
    atm2        - speaker always on
    atm3        - spkr on until carrier detected except during dialing

--> atq0        - quiet off (enable messages)
    atq1        - quiet on  (disable messages)

    atv0        - verbal off (numeric messages)
--> atv1        - verbal on (word messages)

    atx[01234]  - various levels of word messages (default atx4)

    ate0        - no local echo
--> ate1        - local echo


    at&r0       - ignore RTS in command mode, CTS follows RTS in data mode
    at&r1       - force CTS active

    at&c0       - force DCD high always
    at&c1       - modem asserts DCD when carrier detected

    at&s0       - force DSR high always
    at&s1       - modem asserts DSR (when connection established?)

    at&d0       - ignores DTR line from computer
    at&d1       - goto AT command state on DTR on->off change, (no hangup)
    at&d2       - modem resets itself on DTR on->off change


    at&k0       - disable local flow control
    at&k1       - ?
    at&k2       - ?
    at&k3       - RTS/CTS bi-directional hardware flow control
    at&k4       - XON/XOFF bidirectional software flow control
    at&k5       - uni-directional XON/XOFF flow control


    ats0=0      - no auto answer
    ats0=1      - auto-answer on first ring


    ats7=30     - time to wait for carrier detect before giving up
    ats9=6      - recognize carrier by .6 seconds of carrier tone
    ats10=10    - hangup after 1 second without carrier tone

    ats0=0      - no auto answer
    ats0=1      - auto-answer on first ring

    ats7=30     - time to wait for carrier detect before giving up

    ats9=6      - recognize carrier by .6 seconds of carrier tone

    ats10=10    - hangup after 1 second without carrier tone

    ats11=75    - speed of tone dialing (in miliseconds. minimum 50)

    ,           - pause for 2 seconds (value of S7 register)
    ;           - return to command state after dialing
    !           - flash the hook for 1/2 second
    R           - reverse to 'answer' mode after dial (@ end of tele#)
    W           - wait up to 30 secs for 1 sec continuous dial tone
    @           - modem waits 30 secs for one or more ringbacks


    at&f                - return to factory settings
    ats0=1              - auto answer on first ring
    ats2=127            - disable +++ escape (allows binary file xmission)
    atl3                - loud spkr volume
    atm1                - spkr on until carrier detect
    ate0                - echo off
    atq1                - no messages
    at&c1               - DCD active on carrier detect, inactive on hangup
    at&d2               - modem resets when DTR dropped
    at&s1               - DSR active (when??)
    at&k0               - disable XON/XOFF flow control
    at&r0               - ignore RTS in cmd mode, CTS follows RTS in data mode
    at&w                - save these settings

    ats0=1              - auto answer on first ring
    ats2=127            - disable +++ escape (allows binary file xmission)
    atl3                - loud spkr volume
    atm1                - spkr on until carrier detect
    ate1                - echo on
    atq0v1              - disable quiet/enable verbose messages
    at&c1               - DCD active on carrier detect, inactive on hangup
    at&s1               - DSR active (when??)
    at&d2               - modem resets when DTR dropped
    at&k0               - disable XON/XOFF flow control
    at&r0               - ignore RTS in cmd mode, CTS follows RTS in data mode
    at&w                - save these settings

SEE ALSO - I think they have all models of modem settings 
    available online.

    Gregory Ercolano, Los Feliz California 08/28/93

Bootable OS X El Capitan on USB Stick

With the new version of OS X coming out shortly (El Capitan), here’s a way to make a bootable copy of it to your USB stick.  This process isn’t much different than previous versions, but I figured I’d post the instructions.  This wasn’t created by me, I just copied it from Lifehacker’s website because of the clean 1,2,3 layout already typed up.  Here it is.

The DIY Option: Terminal

  1. Download the El Capitan installer.
  2. Insert an 8GB (or larger) flash drive and give it a name. For this tutorial, we’ll use the name Untitled. Make sure the drive is formatted for OS X Extended (Journaled). If it isn’t, open up Disk Utility and format is so it is. Before you do so, back up any important data on that drive.
  3. Open up Terminal (Applications > Utilities).
  4. Type (or copy and paste) this command into Terminal, replacing Untitled with the name of your drive, then press Enter: sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ --nointeraction
  5. Type in your password when prompted and press Enter.
  6. Let the command line to its work and don’t interrupt it until you see the final line that says Done. This can take up to a half hour, so be patient.

When it’s done, you can insert your USB drive into any Mac and the launch the installer by holding down the Option key when you boot up your computer.