Archive for January, 2012

Waze 3.0 for Android short review


Waze 3.0 nightThe Android GPS navigation application where you can make a difference is out now in version 3.0. Lifehacker has published an overview about it, having declared it in December The Best Turn-by-Turn Navigation App for iPhone. Having tested the previous version for more than a month now, and just tried the 3.0 I’ve decided to share my thoughts. Here are my observations so far, both pros and cons. Continue reading ‘Waze 3.0 for Android short review’

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UPS Ever Duo II Pro with NUT / Linux


Toshiba 4S nuclear reactorUnless you are running a “Home Edition” of a nuclear reactor by Toshiba you need an UPS for your systems. Here’s another tale about running an UPS with nut under Linux. This time it’s an Ever Duo II Pro [PL]. Full specs for Duo II Pro family are available on the manufacturer’s website – but only in Polish. Note that the non-Pro versions are specified with “no software included” and (as I have heard) are “dumb” UPS-es (again: unconfirmed). The Duo II Pro model is “smart” and reports real data instead of just states via contact-closure. Continue reading ‘UPS Ever Duo II Pro with NUT / Linux’

UPS Orvaldi 1000GE with NUT / Linux


Power linesI recently got an Orvaldi 1000GE (or 1000 GE) [PL] [EN-by-google] to test it. This model – in my area – is externally equipped with:

  • 2x Schuko (european) output sockets
  • 1x IEC 60320 C-13 (PC, female) output socket
  • non-detachable input cable with Schuko plug
  • 2x RJ-45 for some kind of protection for network I guess
  • 1x semi-RS-232/serial DB-9 female socket for control

First thing I did was to plug some load on the output (UPS testing classic: a lamp), connect it to charge, and turned it on. I also connected it to a Linux host with a red RS-232 cable (included in the package). And installed nut on Linux. Continue reading ‘UPS Orvaldi 1000GE with NUT / Linux’

Waze – GPS navigation where you can make a difference


Hi!

My twitter followers may have noticed that I have recently jumped into playing with Waze. It is a GPS and navigation software for mobile platforms with sky-rocketing popularity, but what makes it unique is the social side – you can: design/fix the live maps, record roads, report road issues, and use live chats in a traffic jam like CB “what happened ahead?” – and all this quite easily. As a bonus each time you travel from home to work it will suggest you optimal traffic-dependent routes (after it learns it). Plus there’s some fun trivia to grab virtual items on the go – but see for yourself 🙂 Continue reading ‘Waze – GPS navigation where you can make a difference’

Gentoo on Android – cross compilation with distcc


In one of my previous posts I have described how to run Gentoo on Android ARM device. Depending on its power your emerges may take either a long time or a longer time. And your device will warm up significantly. But you have already heard of and used FEATURES=”distcc”, right? Here’s how to set-up a cross compilation with a help from an x86 box in a nutshell. Continue reading ‘Gentoo on Android – cross compilation with distcc’


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Marcin Gałkowski

Seasoned admin, Linux hacker, Android fan, Gentoo enthusiast. Doing digital audio on Linux when time permits. At work: IT Team Lead (+labs, +datacenters...)

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