Panda commits hara-kiri

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 09:46 -- admin

Greatest new of today: Panda detects itself as a virus and send some of its core files to quarantine.

Besides the irony inside those very words, to me the issue is doubly ironic because some days ago I found myself thinking about to what degree the AV and antimalware tools have grown themselves in part of the problem, rather than the solution.

No me gusta mi pueblo

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:35 -- admin

Y digo "pueblo", no "ciudad", queriendo usar la segunda acepción según la actual edición del diccionario de la RAE

.Porque aquí lo que se lleva es la política de hechos consumados. Y luego quéjate si puedes, pero ya está el daño hecho. Porque lo que la gente quiera o deje de querer no importa un bledo. Porque no tenemos poder de decisión ninguno ante las barbaries y las injusticias de todo tipo que aquí suceden. Porque hay quien campa a sus anchas y anda levantando todas las calles cada dos meses, y él sabrá qué es lo que busca justificar con eso. Porque se impone una disciplina urbanística de patraña "a todo quisque", la misma que ellos mismos inclumplen de forma escandalosa.

Brother DCP-J315W and MFC-J430W

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 18:38 -- admin

These are the ebuilds that you will need to setup the drivers for these multifunction printers in Gentoo. You can just pick this tarball and uncompress it in your local overlay. These drivers support the network/wifi feature, for both printing and scanning.

If your printer doesn't do anything after setting it up it might be a problem I also hit, related to infinality, please, check this:

Using bashmount-1.6.2 with udevil-0.4.2 (or greater)

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:21 -- admin


Lately I became fed with all the consolekit disturbances, and decided to finally get rid of it. It has already had its chance but failed misserably, and I am not going to engage into systemd, I have no need of that. So, I started to look for alternatives, and found udevil, which does many things. In first place, it can automount. And then, it allows for 'umounting' as a user. There are also many goodies, like mounting of ISO fs's, sshfs, ftp via curlftpfs and a few others.

It works very well with spacefm, which is another extra goodie that might come in handy (even though I rarelly use a GUI file manager).

The problem is was that, just like with the pmount+uam binomial, there's no frontend to udevil (other than spacefm, that is, and using a file manager just to mount disks doesn't seem to convenient).

Android and Chrome

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 23:27 -- admin

Just a quick note to let you know that I've been bitten by the infamous Chrome scroll issue in Android. I managed to somehow overcome this by going to chrome://flags/ and enabling the delegate renderer (a.k.a. "übercompositor").

Still, chrome doesn't perform so well in this OS. Weird.

But for that we still have Opera Mini and the native browser. Don't we?


Sat, 12/21/2013 - 12:24 -- admin

Buenas noches a tod@s!

Yesterday I landed in a web site that promptly grabbed my attention:

I am not into design or anything resembling that (other than the whole lot of CSS editing that I do). But the contents in that site seemed interesting to me nonetheless. The colour scheme looked nice, and it seems to behave well enough under any circumstances. I have tried it, and it even behaves ok when applied to dark desktop themes, which is something I've never seen before. Anyone that likes dark desktop themes surely knows what I am talking about. All of them fail in some area or another. But solarized does just ok (as far as my experience goes) at every single point. Even the seamonkey URL bar ;)

This is something that my eyes are grateful for.

XDG, Filezilla and more (II)

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 11:59 -- admin

After this, and then this, I revised my xdg file associator script, and I am putting the revised version here:

# rev 0.002
DESKTOP_FILE=$(basename $(locate "${1}".desktop))
if [ "${FILE_EXTENSION}" == "" ]
   MIME_TYPE=($(xdg-mime query filetype "${2}"))
   cd /usr/share/mime
   MIME_TYPE=($(find . -name *"${FILE_EXTENSION}"*))
for type in "${MIME_TYPE[@]}"
   xdg-mime default $DESKTOP_FILE $type
   # The following is just to verify the type is set correctly
   DE_FILE=$(xdg-mime query default $type)
   echo " * ${DE_FILE} set as viewer for MIME type ${type}"

FTP, photo collection and file managers

Thu, 12/19/2013 - 11:54 -- admin

Morning :)

Today, I have been looking for a way to manage my remote files. More concretely the photographies I host on an FTP server. This is all part of my plan to take rid of this infamous cloud based service we all know about.

For FTP, I usually use Filezilla, and I don't plan to change that. It is an excellent FTP client, and I wouldn't ever trust anything else for my job (though sometimes I use mc under ssh when I have to work remotely). The problem comes when you have to manage a big image collection though.

XDG, Filezilla and more

Wed, 12/18/2013 - 19:40 -- admin


It's been long since I wrote for the last time because real life has kept me busy enough.

I'll just write today a simple note, so that if someone happens to stump on this same problem will have a tip on how to confront it, or just in case I have to come back to check my old notes as I do from time to time. My memory is not as good as it used to be :).

Today I've been doing some cleaning and updating a bit my laptop, something that I've been neglecting for quite some time. Between some other things that I might speak about some other day I have been dealing with some troubles that have been bothering me for a long time. Something about MIME types which has been giving me some headache.

Changing the huawei u8650 boot animation

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 13:35 -- admin

Not to confuse with my other article "Changing the huawei u8650 boot splash" hehe!

This time we are gonna change the boot animation, which is what appears after a little blink that we can see while booting, and until the very moment you are presented with the login (PIN) screen.

The file to change this time is /cust/yoigo/es/media/, its format is rather straightforward. It's a regular zip file (though its elements are uncompressed, just stored, more about that later). You can unzip it with 7z or with the unzip tool. Either way, you'll obtain a few directorios (part0, part1, part2) with some png files inside, and a file called desc.txt, which is what holds the info about how the frames are presented.

The yoigo stock desc.txt file is as follows:


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