2010 in review

Posted: February 15, 2011 in BlogBlurb

Received this email from WordPress a few weeks back, did not pay much attention to it until now. Very interesting! ^^

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,900 times in 2010. That’s about 21 full 747s.

In 2010, there was 1 new post, growing the total archive of this blog to 41 posts.

The busiest day of the year was January 4th with 62 views. The most popular post that day was IDE vs SCSI Emulation of VMware in Linux.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were wiki.mhcsoftware.de, wiki.debian.org, facebook.com, vmware-forum.de, and communities.vmware.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mptscsih: ioc0: attempting task abort!, nokia e71 linux, mptscsih: ioc0: task abort: success, mptscsi: ioc0: attempting task abort!, and vmware software raid.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


IDE vs SCSI Emulation of VMware in Linux January 2008


Linux Software Raid + VMware February 2008


I got myself a Nokia E71 September 2008


VMware Server 1.0.6 and Linux kernel 2.6.26.x August 2008


VMware Server 1.0.5 and Kernel 2.6.25 April 2008


It has been quite awhile since I last spent considerable time in configuring and setting up a Linux system. I have been able to install Ubuntu in all the laptop and netbook,I have been playing for the last few years ever since I moved from Slackware to Ubuntu as my primary desktop system. With the continuous improvement of Linux and OSS platform, installation of Linux is really very easy. Compare with the good old days, where we tend to share experiences of how to install Linux and always need to check up various howto guide before installation, we hardly need to be bother with such steps these days. Everything just seems magically work out of the box. So, the idea of publish some write out on our installation experience seems rather pointless.

Until I need to install Ubuntu into this laptop.

Below is the hardware specification of Ideapad U460:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-450M Processor ( 2.40GHz 1066MHz 3MB )
  • Memory: 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz
  • Graphic: NVIDIA GeForce 305M, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HM55 HD
  • Sound: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio, nVidia Corporation High Definition Audio Controller
  • Display: 14.0-inch HD LED Glare 1366×768
  • Hard Disk: 500GB 5400RPM (Western Digital)
  • Webcamera: Yes
  • Wireles: Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 1000
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
  • Input/Output Port: 2 x USB, 1 x eSATA/USB, 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Mic-In, 1 x Headphone
  • Expansion Slots: 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • Battery: 8 Cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Downloading the CD installer from Ubuntu is easy, and is very fast if done it via bitTorrent network. Formatting and installing of Ubuntu to the laptop is very very easy. Everything seems to work fine straight from default installation. The problem starts to appear when I attempt to setup the graphic and sound of the laptop.

Basically, 2 problems:

  • 1) The graphic would go blank screen after enabling the proprietary NVIDIA graphic driver.
  • 2) No sound in the headphone audio out.


  • 1) Ubuntu would correctly detect and install the proprietary NVIDIA graphic driver, but upon reboot, the system would go into blank screen. The solution to solve this problem is boot into bios (press F2 while system boot up), under: “Configuration” -> “Graphic Device”, select “Discrete Graphic” instead of “Switchable Graphics”.
  • 2) Just install the latest ALSA driver version 1.0.23. Follow the guide found here: Upgrade Alsa (1.0.23) on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04

Things I did not try:

  • 1) the finger print login. Not important to me, I would rather remember password.
  • 2) multi-touch touch pad. Why on earth I would need a multi-touch when I have keyboard and mouse/mousepad?
  • 3) HDMI video out.


  • There are complains found over the internet about screen brightness problem, which I did not encounter. I suspect, the update and fixes download from Ubuntu after the installation may have resolved the issue.

So far, the system is very stable, no unusual reboot or hardware incompatible issue.

Nokia VS Apple

Posted: December 30, 2009 in Apple, BlogBlurb, Nokia

From: Nokia broadens patent claims against Apple

Nokia is broadening its legal fight with Apple , saying almost all of the company’s products violate its patents, not just the iPhone.

Somehow, I feel, Nokia is in a desperate situation. Suing/throwing whatever they can find to stop the rise of Apple into the smart phone market. So basically, this is a case of, if you can’t win them by making better smart phone, sue them for stupid patent violation.

The Coming of Firefox Mobile

Posted: December 18, 2009 in BlogBlurb
Tags: ,

From the source:

Mozilla: Firefox Mobile will kill off app stores

Mozilla claims that its new Firefox Mobile browser could be the beginning of the end for the hugely popular app stores created by Apple and its ilk.

Mozilla is releasing the first version of Firefox Mobile (codenamed Fennec) on Nokia’s N900 handset, with versions for Windows Mobile and Android set to arrive next year.

An exaggeration of claim does not imply it would be true. Though, to simplify the development of mobile application and to make it platform/device independent is not a bad idea.

Hmm… I thought Opera has done a pretty good job on Javascript support.

Oh… Another April Fool…

Posted: April 1, 2009 in BlogBlurb

April Fool is the day where one cannot trust anything he read from the web. 🙂

My Lineup

Posted: February 11, 2009 in Hobby

Since I grew obsession into photography, I have gotten myself quite a number of lenses.

Camera: Sony A900 (primary), A350 (backup)


  • AF DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
  • AF DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.3
  • AF 50mm F1.4
  • AF 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM
  • AF 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM

Carl Zeiss

  • Planar T* 85mm F1.4
  • Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM


  • 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
  • 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO Macro


  • AF 80-200mm F2.8 APO HS
  • AF 17-35 F2.8-4 D
  • AF 135mm F2.8
  • AF Reflex 500mm F8


  • SP AF 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical

Tamron 200-400mm F5.6
Sigma 10mm F2.8 EX DC HSM
10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC
Minolta 16mm Fisheye F2.8
Minolta AF 80-200mm F2.8 APO non-HS
Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-5.7 APO

1. Upgraded to A900 and sold a few APS-C lenses.

I think, I need to cut back spending on lenses.

Giving up on Solaris 9

Posted: January 30, 2009 in BlogBlurb

Solaris 9 is a weird OS. I need to do some programming in communicating with a modem. The code works fine in Linux. But, when I port it over to Solaris 9, there is always some intermediate of lost characters when reading the modem status. The most strange and unexplainable thing is, if I add logging statement in between the reading and processing of read buffer, there is no lost characters at all. Timing problem? I thought all these is suppose to be done in the lower OS (hardware level) for flow control? Increasing the read timeout in “select” does not fix it.

Thank goodness my main platform is Linux.