My first post to this blog was a little over a year ago. I had hoped to post much more during the year, but that clearly didn’t happen. After reviewing things, I decided the only way to fix them was to change the blogging software. OK, not really. I’ll do no retrospective other than to say that post frequency was less than I wanted. But, I did change the blogging software!

Hello Jekyll

I want to move this thing to Github, so say hello to Jekyll. I’m not going to bother waiting for things to settle into their final form before pushing it, so enjoy a bunch of boilerplate Jekyll look, free, and content for a bit. It will at least provide a modicum of incentive to wrap up the migration. Königspress, we hardly knew ya.

Chromecast and IGMP

I bought a Chromecast shortly after it debut and enjoyed months of great service. Lately I’ve been suffering through months of crappy service, and have spent a lot of time troubleshooting the thing. The main symptom: the Chromecast icon would drop off of apps shortly after connecting to them. This was only occuring when I had the device plugged into the TV for some reason. There are a lot of Chromecast support forums and I tried a ton of stuff the resulting in no change, or a moment of hope followed by disappointment.

I spent an hour trying to figure our why, after replacing or removing a Fragment, the UI of the fragment persisted (even though subsequent attempts to remove it would fail because it was supposedly already gone). The answer was finally found at the bottom of the Creating a Fragment lesson. “Note: When you add a fragment to an activity layout by defining the fragment in the layout XML file, you cannot remove the fragment at runtime.

Few things on my Macbook Pro consume as much power, and make the whole housing heat up, like a running emulator. I’m doing Android work and an emulator is essential, but I don’t like the power sapping side effects. I could shut it down, but the start-up time is long enough to become a distraction. But I really don’t need to use it all the time that it’s powered up either.

I just installed and activated a Comcast DVR. This was an annoying and time consuming process (Comcast doesn’t really know what equipment they ship you, manuals are wrong, support is hopeless), but the real shock was when everything was done and working. I’m doing this for one reason: my parents will be staying with us for a little while, and they’re addicted to cable/satellite TV. It they don’t get it, we’ll all be miserable.

I wondered why my Vim command history wasn’t being preserved between sessions. Root cause: ~/.viminfo, for whatever reason, was owned by root. I deleted it, restarted Vim, and all is now good.

I run Postfix on my VPS’s exclusively to send mail. They’re configured to route mail to Mailgun, and I’ve made sure that they’re not an open relay. I also receive a daily logwatch email and it doesn’t help to have a bunch of this: Feb 4 18:31:47 alpha postfix/smtpd[14138]: connect from unknown[63.115.40.56] Feb 4 18:31:47 alpha postfix/smtpd[14138]: NOQUEUE: reject: RCPT from unknown[63.115.40.56]: 554 5.7.1 <[email protected] yahoo.com>: Relay access denied; from=<[email protected]> to=<[email protected]