The coolest way yet to “clean” a hard drive

We finally decided that the only sure way to thwart data recovery was to melt down all the aluminum contained in the platters. Slagging the drive would have two effects on the medium. First off it would convert it from a readable disk to any shape we decided to pour it into. Secondly it would… Continue reading The coolest way yet to “clean” a hard drive

Moved

My blog (and personal web site, family web site, and some others I host) have moved to new hosting. Between caps from AT&T Uverse, and just wayyy too much persona data on my home server, I figured it was for the best. The down side is it’s no longer Gentoo, and not quite so bleeding… Continue reading Moved

That’s one hung duck (slightly NSFW.)

North American scientists have discovered the longest bird penis ever – a 42.5cm organ belonging to a duck. Dr Kevin McCracken of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and colleagues, report in this week’s Nature that they have found a specimen of the Argentine lake duck (Oxyura vittata) that has a penis as long as its… Continue reading That’s one hung duck (slightly NSFW.)

Manually cleaning an Intel (or other TRIM-able) SSD with hdparm

Figured this might be a useful snippet of perl for other folks. When I rebuild my system last Nov, I wiped the drive with the following: my $a = 0; while ($a < 312581808) { my $b = 60000; if (($a + 60000) >= 312581808) { $b = ($a % 60000) – 1; } print… Continue reading Manually cleaning an Intel (or other TRIM-able) SSD with hdparm

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Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke

Since it’s been a while since I posted a good “News of the Weird” link… Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke On screen, Dick Van Dyke has been rescued from untimely death by flying cars and magical nannies. Off screen, the veteran star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins had to rely on the… Continue reading Porpoises rescue Dick Van Dyke

Manually installing JDKs on Gentoo

In case it’s useful for anyone else, if you run the ___.bin installer and see this: bin/java -version Error occurred during initialization of VM java/lang/NoClassDefFoundError: java/lang/Object Check if rt.jar exists in the unpacked directory. If it does not, check if rt.pack exists. If it does, it means that the installer is missing a step. Rerunning… Continue reading Manually installing JDKs on Gentoo

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