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Monday, November 20 2017

Web Harvester Stats Week Of 2017-11-13

Among my spam defenses is a little goodie that correlates some of the web harvesters who've visited my site with the hosts delivering spam to harvested addresses. Here are the lists from last week:

There's more ...

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Monday, November 13 2017

Web Harvester Stats Week Of 2017-11-6

Among my spam defenses is a little goodie that correlates some of the web harvesters who've visited my site with the hosts delivering spam to harvested addresses. Here are the lists from last week:

There's more ...

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Monday, November 06 2017

Web Harvester Stats Week Of 2017-10-30

Among my spam defenses is a little goodie that correlates some of the web harvesters who've visited my site with the hosts delivering spam to harvested addresses. Here are the lists from last week:

There's more ...

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Monday, October 30 2017

Web Harvester Stats Week Of 2017-10-23

Among my spam defenses is a little goodie that correlates some of the web harvesters who've visited my site with the hosts delivering spam to harvested addresses. Here are the lists from last week:

There's more ...

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Thursday, October 26 2017

Out Of Office

I'll be out of the office and out of reach on Friday, October 27, 2017, and again on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

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Wednesday, October 25 2017

Web Harvester Stats Week Of 2017-10-16

Among my spam defenses is a little goodie that correlates some of the web harvesters who've visited my site with the hosts delivering spam to harvested addresses. Here are the lists from last week:

There's more ...

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Monday, November 07 2016

Experience with my Mediatek MTK8382

I recently purchased a Mediatek MTK8382 tablet to keep around the office for ancillary functions related to my work, things like scheduling, time tracking, messaging, and so on. It seemed a reasonable enough risk to take, those functions being also available to my workstation and Android phone...

"SD card suddenly removed...", "Unfortunately, <app> has stopped..." came with increasing frequency and eventually left the thing useless. I tried all of the usual fixes, from factory reset to uninstall/reinstall of every balky app, and finally found The One True Solution: I pulverized the piece of garbage with a sledgehammer, rendering it completely crash-proof.

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Saturday, October 03 2015

AnyMote/Nakamichi NK5 Soundbar Remote

If you've got both the AnyMote Smart IR Remote app and a Nakamichi NK5 sound bar, here's a Nakamichi NK5 AnyMote remote for you, all ready to go.

I created it using AnyMote's "Learn Remote" feature and the factory original remote, then set up the button layout to match that of the factory plastic piece. I changed a few of the buttons to show icons rather than text, but that's easily enough changed if you want to have just text on the button labels.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 22 2015

Yes, My Internet Connection Is Flaky

If you're wondering why artsackett.com is having trouble receiving mail and delivering web pages: My connection is flaky right now and it's too late in the day to call the business-hours-only support line.

With luck we'll have fiber to the premises by late Spring...

UPDATE 2015/09/22: Tentatively Relieved
It appears that the bits and pieces between my office and the rest of the internet are all playing together nicely now.

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Friday, August 21 2015

Restoring Hulu Video On Debian Jessie

If you're running Debian 8.1 "Jessie" and are a Hulu subscriber, you've probably just received a nasty surprise — the new Hulu DRM will hit you with an error that starts with "One time loading experience to make the rest of your life better" and then an error code. No movie. No joy. If that's what a better life looks like, I'll be quite content to stick to the not-better life I've already got, thank you very much.

I was just about to tell Hulu to take a flying... and go back to Netflix, but I haven't yet found the secret sauce that will enable HTML5 video to make sound on my system. I decided to defuckerize Hulu instead, and though it's a purely evil hack it seems so far to be working just fine. Here's what I did on my AMD64 workstation:

DISCLAIMER: Following the instructions that follow might cause all manner of horrible things to happen to your computer. Proceed at your own risk.

First, make sure that your system backups are current, safe, and within easy reach just in case things go very badly. Then:

You may need some development libraries in order to successfully make and install hal-info — being a developer I've got scads of -dev stuff already and didn't run into any problems. If you run into a glitch, you'll probably have to STFW for the solution. Please don't ask me for help unless you've got a credit card and will be happy to pay my exorbitant hourly rate.

First things first: Extract the hal-info archive, configure, make, and install it. It'll complain that you don't have a great enough version of HAL installed, but you can safely ignore that warning because at the moment you don't have any HAL at all installed.

If you don't have the equivs package installed, install it now:

apt-get install equivs

Then create a fake hal-info package to make apt happy:

equivs-control hal-info

Make the resulting hal-info file look something like this:

Section: admin
Priority: optional
Standards-Version: 3.9.2

Package: hal-info
Version: 20091130-1
Maintainer: Art Sackett 
Architecture: all
Description: Dummy package to make APT happy with source-compiled hal-info
 HAL info dummy package.
 .
 Created using equivs to get apt-happy.

Then:

    equivs-build hal-info
    dpkg -i hal-info_20091130-1_all.deb

That'll keep APT from crying about the missing dependency on hal-info when you install the downloaded hal.

Then, as root, and in the directory into which you've stored all of those heinous Ubuntu .deb files:

  1. dpkg -i libhal1_0.5.14-8ubuntu2ppa5_amd64.deb
  2. dpkg -i libhal-dev_0.5.14-8ubuntu2ppa5_amd64.deb
  3. dpkg -i libhal-storage1_0.5.14-8ubuntu2ppa5_amd64.deb
  4. dpkg -i libhal-storage-dev_0.5.14-8ubuntu2ppa5_amd64.deb
  5. dpkg -i hal_0.5.14-8ubuntu2ppa5_amd64.deb

Assuming nothing caught fire, exploded, or leaked out of your computer, you can reinit or reboot your machine and try viewing a Hulu video. It might work. It did for me.

For The Record: I always advise very strongly against installing Ubuntu packages on Debian systems, but in this case I ignored my own advice and got lucky. There's no way I'd install a full, real HAL from source because it would very likely hose up a modern Debian system — HAL has always sucked almost as badly as Flash, which I suppose is why Adobe chose to make DRM in Flash depend upon HAL in the first place.

If you give this a shot, please leave a comment below with a few pertinent details about your system and whether or not it worked.

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