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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-24


  • Nu ko es varu teikt - @dateks rullē! Apmainīja video karti pret jauno NVidia 660 bez jebkādām problēmām! #

  • http://t.co/8XcllcZK gada gaidītākā zinātniskās fantastikas grāmata. CCv3 - lasam par brīvu! Padot tālāk! #

  • G+: THIS! Read it! (Rapturous Nerds! - Charlie's Diary) http://t.co/2cUlZcsr #

  • G+: It’s bundle time!  Get six superb games from the Humble Indie Bundle 6!  Pay what… http://t.co/ybHBTDa8 #

  • Būs rīt jāsavāc FAQ par "Fotoradari +1". Daudziem cilvēkiem vieni un tie paši jautājumi/iebildumi. #

  • G+: http://t.co/I6vSLhY6 - some great tools. Made in Latvia.  Fantastic worksmanship. http://t.co/r7Ncb5Dl #

  • Laiks sestdienas filozofēšanais - Fotoradari 1+, viedokļi un komentāri - http://t.co/oN4PfI46 Padot tālāk! #

  • Woot! 10 000 tvītu! :D Cik gan ātri laiks skrien. #


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Cloning or pre-configuring a batch of Android phones

An interesting question popped up in my Twitter stream today - is there an Android alternative to Apple configurator (for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) that allows to create a bunch of identical Apple devices with some added configurations and applications. The best I could come up with is not as polished, but on the other hand much more powerful option - Nandroid backup and restore (also known as ClockworkMod Recovery backup).

So, what did I hate about UK?

Studying in UK for a foreign student - how much does it cost?

Need: OOO security + ODF library = ?

Fotoradari 1+ - atbildes uz bieži uzdotajiem jautājumiem un vieta diskusijai

Pēc tam, kad man apnika LTV raidījuma Zebra plaši reklamētā kampaņa Fotoradari 15+ es nolēmu uzsākt savu kampaņu Fotoradari 1+, lai apkopotu viedokļus, kas ir pretstatā Zebra paustajam viedoklim. Šis ir vienīgais veids kā to izdarīt, jo portālā ManaBalss nav iespējams atzīmēt, ka es nepiekrītu kādai iniciatīvai un arī nav iespējams izteikt šīm iniciatīvā kritiku. Un tas arī ir otrs iemesls kāpēc es rakstu šo rakstu šeit - šeit es atbildēšu uz biežak uzdotajiem jautājumiem par un ap abām akcijām, kā arī te ir iespējams diskutēt par šīm lietām komentāros. Uzreiz pateikšu - es nedzēsīšu komentārus, kas ir kritiski manam viedoklim, bet es paturu tiesības cenzēt rupjības, personīgus apvainojumus un cita veida komentārus, kas nedod pienesumu diskusijai.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-17


  • G+: Remember when +Linus Torvalds lambasted NVidia for not supporting their Optimus… http://t.co/9vj8xiOn #

  • BBC Turn Back Time sērijas ir lieliskas - reāls ieskats kā Britu ģimenes dzīvoja ikdienā dažādās desmitgadēs. Ar reālām ģimenēm. #

  • Es ļoti gribētu redzēt ko līdzīgu kā BBC Turn Back Time, tikai par Latviju - kāda bij ikdiena 1910jos, 20tajos, ... #

  • So, new iPhone, no microUSB support, no NFC, have to buy new docks and accessories. Weaker presentation. Fun, huh? #

  • Pārdodu Powercolor Radeon HD6850, passive. Nedēļu lietota, 110 Ls. Man tomēr NVidia vajag. #

  • Black Mesa - bezmaksas Half Life 1 pārtaisīts uz Source dziņa. Noteikti visiem jānospēlē līdz pistolei vismaz. ;) http://t.co/w0w5xSmy #

  • Pirmā reize visam: @Lattelecom optika pārtrūka, pat atbalsta telefona robots saka, ka pašlaik esot problēmas #

  • Un Internets ir atpakaļ :) #


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You though NVidia was bad, don't try AMD

Remember when Linus Torvalds lambasted NVidia for not supporting their Optimus technology in their Linux drivers for half a decade and counting? Well, I went out and bought an AMD/ATi video card as mu upgrade. And you know what? Its Linux drivers are far, far worse than NVidia.
1. Most of the games I had working fine on NVidia, do not work on AMD. And those that do suffer far more visual corruption, synchronization bugs (like bottom 40% of the screen rendering half a second after the top 60%), strange visual artifacts (weird triangles popping out of everywhere) and crashes, lots of crashes.
2. There were crashes with NVidia too, but NVidia never managed to crash Compiz along with it or crash the whole X server or lock up the system so far that only SysRq works or even lock up the system so far that only powering it off manually works.
3. And then there is the configuration atrocity. Apparently AMD is too good to store its configuration in /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Or even to document the supported options there. Instead they have their own (also undocumented) configuration file in /etc/ati folder. And it is undocumented because it is a cryptic mess and the only supported way to change it is to use their tools - aticonfig and amdccccle. The command line tool is almost reasonable, except it is also barely documented. For example, one of my screens somehow was always stared at 1920x1080@30Hz. There were 3 different ways to specify default resolution, but none of them used or saved the refresh rate. And when I changed it in the GUI tool - the refresh rate did change, but it was never saved. Oh there nowhere is a save button. It 'just works', except when it doesn't. Like: both of my screens for some reason started with huge black borders around the screen, I finally narrowed it down to the GUI setting "overscan" which defaulted to 10%. Ok, so I change it, it works, but next time I reboot, the overscan is back! I had to find an undocumented invocation of the aticonfig that would change the default value to 0%. Why did this one setting not save? Oh and fun note - the refresh rate of that second screen was correct on the login screen, but it then swiched back as I logged in. Fun, huh?
4. Even at basic desktop tasks fglrx if inferior to not only the free driver, but also to the nvidia driver - even simple scrolling of a large folder in nautilus seems to tax the 200$ card to its limits - the bottom row blinks into place almost half a second after I stop scrolling. Another example - with NVidia when I switch my TV to the HDMI input from the card, the sound starts at the same moment as the picture, however with AMD the sound only decides to show up 10-15 seconds later. And sometime it does not show up at all, unless I start the AMD Control GUI tool and only then the sound shows up 15 seconds later (without doing anything in the GUI).

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-10


  • Pārgāju uz jauno LMT Brīvība tarifu. Tā pati cena kā Vienādais7, bet var vairāk runāt. Un IT5 tāpat paliek Internetam. #

  • Ok, pārteicos - vairāk runāt man maz saista, bet vairāk SMS gan dažos mēnešos būtu bijis labi noderīgi. #

  • .@InesisBokis @nilushakov un LLPA nešauj stipri pār stīpu "apsūdzot" Sprūdžu bezdarbībā un uzreiz uzskaitot kuras darbības nepatīk? Klauni. in reply to InesisBokis #

  • G+: Getting no work done. Constantly refreshing http://t.co/Bi6hQiBQ waiting for… http://t.co/eSBMdDXl #

  • Izskatās, ka Kindle PaperWhite vesriju uz LV pasūtīt vēl nevar. Just checking :) #


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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-09-03


  • Social hack: pielikt pie Uzvaras pieminekļa plāksnīti, ka tas godā arī Vermahta karavīrus, kas atbrīvoja LV no Krievijas 1939.g okupācijas #


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