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This page collects recent notes about gadgets – electronic devices I’ve bought or considered buying.

2008-05-13 Changes In Music Playing Gadgets

Several factors came together:

  • Summer has come. We spend more time on the balcony. I wanted something that can play soft music on the balcony – I don’t like the idea of turning up the music in the living room.
  • The SqueezeBox requires the Mac Mini to be up and running – I don’t like the idea of having a computer running somewhere in the house just so I can hear music elsewhere in the house.
  • I did not listen to a lot of InternetRadio on the Squeezebox. It was tricky finding new stations, and often bookmarks for radiostations would expires because the bookmark apparently stored something ephemeral instead of the real thing.

And so… I bought a new gadget! A Pure-Fi Elite by Logitech. How’s that for a craptastic name?

Anyway, the thing is that it easier to sync my iPod with iTunes, and then just use the iPod instead of the Mac Mini as music server. Plug the iPod into the Logitech thing, and instant access to 33G of music.

The Logitech user interface is elite pure-crap, by the way. Press this or that, then up and down to pick the play list. That’s as far as I got. The Squeezebox was at least somewhat better. But here’s the good part. I can just grab the iPod, save the old On-The-Go playlist, collect a new one, plug the iPod, and I’m done. Yes, the On-The-Go playlist thing has turned out to be a major feature!

Anyway, that leaves me with two gadgets:

The Tivoli Model One I bought two years ago – a simple radio – and the Squeezebox.

I decided to move the radio near the balcony. Whenever I’m sitting outside, I can move the radio and listen to some music outside. And for those few hours I do enjoy the sun, I can plug the iPod into the radio using the ordinary audio cable. It works. I like.

But what to do with the Squeezebox? I’m not sure.

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You could probably convince someone to buy it from you…

(is it compatible with windows?)

– Marco 2008-05-15 09:23 UTC


I’m sure it is. :) I think I have an earlier version from this one: http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_squeezebox.html

AlexSchroeder 2008-05-15 10:47 UTC


iiiiinteresting. I’ll come check it out on sunday.

– Marco 2008-05-15 12:52 UTC

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2007-10-01 New RAM and other Gadget Stuff

Today I bought 2 × 1 GB RAM for my Mac Mini. Opening the bastard was a hassle. It looks nice, but it proved to be impossible to open without any scratches. Let’s hope that iPhoto gets usable again. With 512 MB the system was getting hard to use.

Looking back at the last months, I think I can safely say that the SqueezeBox was an unnecessary buy. I rarely listen to it. I think part of the problem is that I don’t bought into any of the music services (Pandora, Rhapsody), and that I switch off my Mac Mini at night, so it won’t serve any music when I’m most likely to be in my bedroom and near my SqueezeBox.

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2006-05-12 Gadgets

I bought the Xbox 360 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

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an Xbox ? ;-) Oddmuse could run on it…

adulau 2006-05-14 20:12 UTC


Haha, I bet it could! I’m not much of a hardware hacker, however, so I never enjoyed the idea of running Linux on my Dreamcast, PS2 or Xbox…

AlexSchroeder 2006-05-15 21:00 UTC

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2006-05-07 Gadgets

Trying to run gnokii on my iBook with OSX (OS 10.3.9) to get a backup of my address book on my Nokia 6230i. No luck.

This is the config file I’m using:

[global]
port = aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff
model = 6230
initlength = default
connection = bluetooth
use_locking = no
[logging]
debug = on

I’m using an external Bluetooth decive on USB.

This is what I get, no matter whether I am connected to the phone via OSX or not:

alpinobombus:~ alex$ sudo gnokii --identify
GNOKII Version 0.6.8
Couldn't open PHONET device: Operation not permitted
Telephone interface init failed: Command failed.
Quitting.

I also tried using model = 6510 like they do on the wiki, to no avail.

I’m not sure whether I should connect to the device using the OSX Bluetooth wizard before running gnokii or not…

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2006-04-17 Gadgets

GreyWulf explains how to optain a Linux to go, on a shoestring and gives us 101 uses for a $50 Linux laptop. Spread the word!

I use the smallest and cheapest iBook – a 14” thing with a 30GB harddisk, upgraded with some RAM (1.25GB). It does everything I want it to do – any many things I could do with much less. Specially that often enough I have my laptop hooked up to my radio on my bedside table (2006-01-14 Gadgets).

The iBook in the mess we call our living room

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Hi, Alex. Glad you liked the posts 😊 Thanks for stopping by.

greywulf 2006-04-17 21:41 UTC

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2006-04-14 Gadgets

Hooked Claudia’s brother HL-5030 printer, plugged it into my iBook, and tried to print. No drivers! Googled for brother+drivers, downloaded the drivers, installed them, and printed. Worked! Noticed that those were CUPS drivers.

Booted up SlackWare box, tried to figure out how CUPS actually works. Made /etc/rc.d/rc.cups executable, ran it with the start parameter, looked at http://localhost:631/, didn’t get it, downloaded the drivers for Linux – .deb or .rpm – figured out how to extract the stuff from the .deb file, copied it into my directory tree using stow, installed it by looking at the postinst script. Looked at http://localhost:631/ again, found the new printer!

Tried to print the test page. Nothing.

Tried to print a PDF file. Nothing.

Everything seems to work except for the printing.

ARGH!

They’re all listed on http://localhost:631/jobs?which_jobs=completed – but the printer didn’t print them.

I think I’m going to cry a little, now.

~ alex $ lpq
HL5030 is ready
no entries
~ alex $ lpstat -p -d
printer HL5030 is idle.  enabled since Jan 01 00:00
system default destination: HL5030

When I look at http://localhost:631/printers/HL5030, I see that the device URI is usb:/dev/usb/lp0. I tried modifying the printer and choosing different USB devices + printing test pages, but that just resultet in error messages. When I use lp0, there are no error messages on the printer page. Thus, the CUPS system seems to know about the printer.

It’s just the jobs that vanish into nirvana.

The log files in /var/log/cups don’t show anything unusual.

The spool seems to know about all the print jobs:

root@confusibombus:/home/alex# ls /var/spool/cups/
c00001  c00004  c00007  c00010  c00013  c00016  c00019  tmp
c00002  c00005  c00008  c00011  c00014  c00017  c00020
c00003  c00006  c00009  c00012  c00015  c00018  c00021

The spool itself is considered empty:

root@confusibombus:/home/alex# lpstat -o

Grrrr.

~ alex $ lp bbdb.ps
request id is HL5030-24 (1 file(s))

No effect.

USB stuff seems to be ok, too. Notice the printer, here:

~ alex $ tail /proc/bus/usb/devices 
T:  Bus=01 Lev=01 Prnt=01 Port=03 Cnt=02 Dev#=  4 Spd=480 MxCh= 0
D:  Ver= 2.00 Cls=00(>ifc ) Sub=00 Prot=00 MxPS=64 #Cfgs=  1
P:  Vendor=04f9 ProdID=0015 Rev= 1.00
S:  Manufacturer=Brother
S:  Product=HL-5030
S:  SerialNumber=D3J309331
C:* #Ifs= 1 Cfg#= 1 Atr=c0 MxPwr=  2mA
I:  If#= 0 Alt= 0 #EPs= 2 Cls=07(print) Sub=01 Prot=02 Driver=usblp
E:  Ad=01(O) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 512 Ivl=125us
E:  Ad=82(I) Atr=02(Bulk) MxPS= 512 Ivl=0ms

Permissions?

~ alex $ ls -l /dev/usb/lp0 
crw-rw----  1 root lp 180, 0 2001-03-25 23:04 /dev/usb/lp0
~ alex $ groups
users bin disk floppy

Maybe that’s it?

root@confusibombus:/home/alex# usermod -G users,bin,disk,floppy,lp alex

Logging out and logging back in had no effect. :(

Maybe the cups daemon has a different group?

~ alex $ ps -o pid,group,cmd xa|grep cup
 2098 root     /usr/sbin/cupsd

I don’t think the cups daemon should have a problem writing anywhere. ;)

dmesg output:

Linux version 2.4.31 (root@tree) (gcc version 3.3.5) #6 Sun Jun 5 19:04:47 PDT 2005
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000003dffc000 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 000000003dffc000 - 000000003dfff000 (ACPI data)
 BIOS-e820: 000000003dfff000 - 000000003e000000 (ACPI NVS)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000fec00000 - 00000000fec01000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000fee00000 - 00000000fee01000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000ffff0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
Warning only 896MB will be used.
Use a HIGHMEM enabled kernel.
896MB LOWMEM available.
On node 0 totalpages: 229376
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 225280 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Kernel command line: auto BOOT_IMAGE=Linux ro root=342
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 3000.923 MHz processor.
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 5989.99 BogoMIPS
Memory: 904376k/917504k available (1832k kernel code, 12740k reserved, 607k data, 120k init, 0k highmem)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 131072 (order: 8, 1048576 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 262144 (order: 8, 1048576 bytes)
CPU: Trace cache: 12K uops, L1 D cache: 16K
CPU: L2 cache: 1024K
CPU:     After generic, caps: bfebfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU:             Common caps: bfebfbff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz stepping 04
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch (rgooch@atnf.csiro.au)
mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xf10c0, last bus=1
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
PCI: Using IRQ router default [1039/0963] at 00:02.0
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
VFS: Disk quotas vdquot_6.5.1
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
pty: 512 Unix98 ptys configured
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with HUB-6 MANY_PORTS MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI enabled
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
Real Time Clock Driver v1.10f
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 7777K size 1024 blocksize
loop: loaded (max 8 devices)
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta4-2.4
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
SIS5513: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:02.5
SIS5513: chipset revision 0
SIS5513: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
SIS5513: SiS 962/963 MuTIOL IDE UDMA133 controller
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0xa400-0xa407, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:DMA
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0xa408-0xa40f, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:DMA
hda: ST313021A, ATA DISK drive
hdb: Maxtor 6Y120L0, ATA DISK drive
blk: queue c03af460, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
blk: queue c03af59c, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
hdc: _NEC DVD_RW ND-3500AG, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
hdd: Maxtor 6Y120P0, ATA DISK drive
blk: queue c03af9f0, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: attached ide-disk driver.
hda: host protected area => 1
hda: 25434228 sectors (13022 MB) w/512KiB Cache, CHS=1583/255/63, UDMA(66)
hdb: attached ide-disk driver.
hdb: host protected area => 1
hdb: 240121728 sectors (122942 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=14946/255/63, UDMA(133)
hdd: attached ide-disk driver.
hdd: host protected area => 1
hdd: 240121728 sectors (122942 MB) w/7936KiB Cache, CHS=238216/16/63, UDMA(133)
hdc: attached ide-cdrom driver.
hdc: ATAPI 48X DVD-ROM DVD-R CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache, UDMA(33)
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
Partition check:
 hda: hda1 hda2 hda3 hda4 < hda5 hda6 hda7 hda8 hda9 >
 hdb: hdb1 hdb2 hdb3 hdb4 < hdb5 hdb6 >
 hdd: hdd1 hdd2 hdd3 hdd4 < hdd5 hdd6 hdd7 >
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
md: linear personality registered as nr 1
md: raid0 personality registered as nr 2
md: raid1 personality registered as nr 3
md: raid5 personality registered as nr 4
raid5: measuring checksumming speed
   8regs     :  3282.000 MB/sec
   32regs    :  2204.400 MB/sec
   pIII_sse  :  5196.000 MB/sec
   pII_mmx   :  3266.000 MB/sec
   p5_mmx    :  3269.600 MB/sec
raid5: using function: pIII_sse (5196.000 MB/sec)
md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
LVM version 1.0.8(17/11/2003)
Initializing Cryptographic API
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 8192 buckets, 64Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 262144 bind 65536)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
VFS: Mounted root (ext3 filesystem) readonly.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 120k freed
Adding Swap: 136544k swap-space (priority -1)
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,66), internal journal
Linux agpgart interface v0.99 (c) Jeff Hartmann
agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp memory: 816M
agpgart: Unsupported SiS chipset (device id: 0661), you might want to try agp_try_unsupported=1.
agpgart: no supported devices found.
scsi0 : SCSI host adapter emulation for IDE ATAPI devices
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,3), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,5), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,6), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,7), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,8), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,9), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,67), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,70), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide1(22,65), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide1(22,66), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide1(22,67), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide1(22,69), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide1(22,70), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide1(22,71), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
ath_hal: 0.9.14.9 (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413)
wlan: 0.8.4.5 (EXPERIMENTAL)
ath_rate_onoe: 1.0
ath_pci: 0.9.4.12 (EXPERIMENTAL)
ath0: 11b rates: 1Mbps 2Mbps 5.5Mbps 11Mbps
ath0: 11g rates: 1Mbps 2Mbps 5.5Mbps 11Mbps 6Mbps 9Mbps 12Mbps 18Mbps 24Mbps 36Mbps 48Mbps 54Mbps
ath0: mac 5.6 phy 4.1 radio 1.7
ath0: 802.11 address: 00:09:5b:e7:15:2c
ath0: Use hw queue 0 for WME_AC_BE traffic
ath0: Use hw queue 1 for WME_AC_BK traffic
ath0: Use hw queue 2 for WME_AC_VI traffic
ath0: Use hw queue 3 for WME_AC_VO traffic
ath0: Atheros 5212: mem=0xe4000000, irq=10
ohci1394: $Rev: 1045 $ Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org>
ohci1394_0: OHCI-1394 1.1 (PCI): IRQ=[11]  MMIO=[e5000000-e50007ff]  Max Packet=[2048]
sis900.c: v1.08.07 11/02/2003
eth0: VIA 6103 PHY transceiver found at address 1.
eth0: Using transceiver found at address 1 as default
eth0: SiS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet at 0x8800, IRQ 3, 00:11:2f:4a:c1:7f.
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
ehci_hcd 00:03.3: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
ehci_hcd 00:03.3: irq 9, pci mem f88ac000
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
PCI: cache line size of 128 is not supported by device 00:03.3
ehci_hcd 00:03.3: USB 2.0 enabled, EHCI 1.00, driver 2003-Dec-29/2.4
ieee1394: Host added: ID:BUS[0-00:1023]  GUID[0001b7000000b64e]
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 6 ports detected
usb-ohci.c: USB OHCI at membase 0xf88b4000, IRQ 5
usb-ohci.c: usb-00:03.0, Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 3 ports detected
usb-ohci.c: USB OHCI at membase 0xf88b6000, IRQ 9
usb-ohci.c: usb-00:03.1, Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.0 Controller (#2)
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 3
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 3 ports detected
intel8x0_measure_ac97_clock: measured 44369 usecs
intel8x0: clocking to 48000
hub.c: new USB device 00:03.3-3, assigned address 2
usb.c: USB device 2 (vend/prod 0x59f/0x351) is not claimed by any active driver.
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
usb.c: registered new driver usb-storage
scsi1 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
  Vendor: Maxtor    Model: 7Y250P0           Rev: YAR4
  Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Attached scsi disk sda at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
SCSI device sda: 490234752 512-byte hdwr sectors (251000 MB)
 sda: sda1
WARNING: USB Mass Storage data integrity not assured
USB Mass Storage device found at 2
USB Mass Storage support registered.
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
shpchp: Standard Hot Plug PCI Controller Driver version: 0.4
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
pciehp: PCI Express Hot Plug Controller Driver version: 0.5
uhci.c: USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v1.1
usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 18:53:41 Jun  5 2005
usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778) [PCSPP,TRISTATE,EPP]
parport0: irq 7 detected
lp0: using parport0 (polling).
hub.c: new USB device 00:03.3-4, assigned address 3
usb.c: USB device 3 (vend/prod 0x4f9/0x15) is not claimed by any active driver.
usb.c: registered new driver usblp
printer.c: usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev 3 if 0 alt 0 proto 2 vid 0x04F9 pid 0x0015
printer.c: v0.13: USB Printer Device Class driver
usb.c: USB disconnect on device 00:03.3-4 address 3
printer.c: usblp0: removed
hub.c: new USB device 00:03.3-4, assigned address 4
printer.c: usblp0: USB Bidirectional printer dev 4 if 0 alt 0 proto 2 vid 0x04F9 pid 0x0015

Looks as if some USB lp0 should be the printer…

Next, I edited /etc/cups/cups.conf and changed LogLevel from info to debug. Then I restarted using /etc/rc.d/rc.cups restart.

And here’s what /var/log/cups/error_log has to say:

I [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] Listening to 0:631
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] AddLocation: added location '/'
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] DenyIP: / deny 00000000/00000000
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] AllowIP: / allow 7f000001/ffffffff
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] AddLocation: added location '/admin'
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] DenyIP: /admin deny 00000000/00000000
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] AllowIP: /admin allow 7f000001/ffffffff
I [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] Loaded configuration file "/etc/cups/cupsd.conf"
I [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] Configured for up to 100 clients.
I [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] Allowing up to 100 client connections per host.
I [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] Full reload is required.
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllPrinters: Loading printer HL5030...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "ipp"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "lpd"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb://Brother/HL-5030%20series"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp1"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp2"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp3"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp4"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp5"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp6"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp7"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp8"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp9"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp10"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp11"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp12"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp13"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp14"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "usb:/dev/usb/lp15"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "scsi"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "parallel:/dev/lp0"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS0?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS1?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS2?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS3?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS4?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS5?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS6?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS7?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS8?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS9?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS10?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS11?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS12?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS13?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS14?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS15?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS16?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS17?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS18?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS19?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS20?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS21?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS22?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS23?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS24?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS25?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS26?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS27?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS28?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS29?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS30?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "serial:/dev/ttyS31?baud=115200"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "socket"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "smb"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "http"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "epson:/dev/lp0"...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadDevices: Added device "canon:/dev/lp0"...
I [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadPPDs: Read "/etc/cups/ppds.dat", 562 PPDs...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadPPDs: Updating ppd "brhl5030_cups.ppd"...
I [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadPPDs: Wrote "/etc/cups/ppds.dat", 562 PPDs...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Scanning /var/spool/cups...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 1...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 2...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 3...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 4...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 5...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 6...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 7...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 8...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 9...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 10...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 11...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 12...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 14...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 13...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 15...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 16...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 17...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 18...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 19...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 20...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 21...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 22...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 23...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 24...
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] LoadAllJobs: Loading attributes for job 25...
I [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] Full reload complete.
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] StartListening: NumListeners=1
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] StartListening: address=00000000 port=631
D [15/Apr/2006:18:24:54 +0200] ResumeListening: setting input bits...

Notice how there is no /dev/usb/lp0 – there’s only /dev/usb/lp1 and a /dev/lp0.

I went back to modify the printer again on http://localhost:631/printers/HL5030 and changed the device type again (picking the first USB printer). I think that’s what it used to be, but I’m ready to try again.

Strange: Now the printer page says that the device URI is usb://Brother/HL-5030%20series – hm, that’s new!

But, unfortunately, still no effect.

ARGH!

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It turns out that EricRaymond has written a rant about CUPS on 2006-04-11 – only a few days before I posted my original CUPS story! His opinion? “I eventually had to apply m4d skillz gained from wrestling with sendmail to solve a problem the CUPS documentation never even hinted about.”

AlexSchroeder 2006-06-14 14:02 UTC

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2006-03-06 Gadgets

Still thinking of a new Mac mini… Or should I just buy another external harddrive for our SlackWare box? It’s getting to be a pain to maintain a GNU/Linux system that I never use… ;)

Mac mini 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo
Teilenummer: Z0D0
SuperDrive 8x (DVD-R DL/|DVD-RW/CD-RW) 065-6130
1 GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x512 MB 065-6132
Intel GMA950 with 64MB shared memory 065-6347
Mac OS X 065-6124
Country Kit 065-6123
60 GB Serial ATA-Laufwerk 065-6125
Versandfertig in: 4 Tage
                        CHF 1,077.12
Iomega MiniMax 250GB + integrierter FireWire/USB-Hub
Teilenummer: TE798
Versandfertig in: 24 Std.
                        CHF 259.29
AppleCare Protection Plan für Mac mini
Teilenummer: M9859
Versandfertig in: 24 Std.
                        CHF 240.71
Wired Keyboard & Mighty Mouse Kits
Teilenummer: BA114
Versandfertig in: 8 Tage
                        CHF 105.95
        
Zwischensumme:          CHF 1,683.07
Versandgebühr::         CHF 0.00
Mehrwertsteuer:         CHF 127.91
Summe der Bestellung:   CHF 1,810.98

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2006-03-01 Gadgets

I’m slowly starting to think about a Mac Mini at home. [1] When I visited the Apple Store and switched to “Suisse” I ended up on the French site. That’s ok.

Mac mini 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo
CHF 1,678.99

AppleCare Protection Plan pour Mac mini
CHF 259.00
 
MiniMax 250 Go Iomega + hub FireWire/USB intégré
CHF 279.00

Wired Keyboard & Mighty Mouse Kits
CHF 114.00

Panier (HT):CHF 2,166.35
Frais de port:CHF 0.00
TVA:CHF 164.64
Sous-total
CHF 2,330.99

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2006-01-14 Gadgets

Years ago, the CD player of my Denon D-G1MD broke down. I liked that little system because it had a MD player built-in, and at the time I really believed in Minidiscs. I felt the MP3 players were forcing me to waste even more time at the computer.

The replacement I bought was the Kenwood HM-DV7, which integrated DVD playback, but had a country code (in Switzerland these are not mandatory, so I was a fool for not buying it). Plus the technical gadget to simulate surround sound + subwoofer made for terrible sound quality when listening to music. And it had a lousy radio. I hated it. It ended up in the cellar. (You want it?)

I decided to replace the replacement system with a Sony DVP-NS590P. Code-free. It didn’t have an amplifier, so I hooked it up to the old Denon system. Since I wanted to listen to CDs with the system, I had to do that. It also meant that when I wanted to watch a movie, I had to either fiddle with the cables, or use the stereo. With both speakers to the right of the monitor, that spoilt half the stereo effects.

It also meant I had nowhere to hook up my Airport Base Station: When streaming music from my iBook, I had to fiddle with the cables again. I ended up not doing it.

All this time, I had my old, trusty other Denon D-F88 system in my bedroom: UPA-F88 amplifier, UTU-F88 tuner, UCD-F88 CD player, and UDR-F88 tape deck. It had good sound, worked, and was in good shape. And it had two free inputs: DVD/AUX and MD. I didn’t buy the MD component at the time – I bought that system before MD was my solution to timeshifting radio shows!

Anyway, I decided that I needed to shift the D-F88 into the living room so that I could hook up the Airport Base Station and possibly a portable MD or MP3 player. Being able to listen to CDs via that system, I could connect the Sony DVD player to the TV entirely.

Now I just needed a new system for the bedroom. It should be small, and simple. I rarely listen to music in the bedroom. Often it’s just radio anyway. I don’t need an integrated alarm clock. I used to use the D-F88 system as an alarm clock for years, but that was during my time at university.

I decided that a Tivoli Model One was stylish enough, small enough, and simple enough for me. It had one AUX jack for my MP3 player should I need it. No stereo required, and no CDs. Models two and three do that.

I like it. 😊

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2005-12-27 Gadgets

liiwi just provided me with the latest news on the Airport card and Linux:

Update: HeiseOpen reports that the new kernel 2.6.17 will have support for these chips! [1]

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