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March Summary 2017

Hi Reese

This month I pushed the installation of an airconditioner unit
downstairs. I still need another for the upstairs room I'm in. Mom
reached 75 this month - a milestone in any view. Tito Rick died of a
heat stroke just like Tita Fely did a few years back. We gave Simeon and
family notice of termination this month. Mina is going to use R6 unit. I
have not received the balance of rent payment from Luigi and Ramon at R3
and R1.

I've been very zealous in blogging since the start of 2017. I have
52 posts in 3 months. My shift to Archlinux provided me with a lot of
materials. I have photos I haven't uploaded yet or posted yet.

Rent Increase Analysis March 2017

Average expenses monthly of the last 6 months.
​data from Gnucash expenses monthly 

​data from schedule of monthly expenses with average of the last 6 months

When making decisions whether to increase rent, I rely on the latest monthly expenses data from Gnucash. My primary accounting software is Gnucash. The average monthly expenses is 27,500 - 28,000. I am losing unit R6 to Mina. My gross income will not float above 30,000. I have to increase my rent or find another source of income.

Property tax and Deadlines 2017

Hi Reese
No news yet on the Property tax and the new number for the "house" part of the property tax/ municipal property tax. They gave a new number and retired the old one but they promised that the estimated value of the property will approximately be the same. No new number yet as of today. The deadline for payment of the property tax is today for the 2017 year. So we are in limbo.
April 2017 ushers in a new phase. Simeon is leaving us. We are terminating the contract on R6. Mina will be renovating the house formerly known as R6.
I have not implemented a hard rent increase this year 2017. For new tenants I have charged a new higher rent for them. Is there a need? Yes there is a need. If I want to ensure property maintenance and upgrade in the coming years, I have to increase rent. If I want to ensure continuity of operations in the coming years, yes I have to  increase rent. 

Reviews of Stranger Than Fiction and Ex Machina

It's been a while since I watched "Stranger Than Fiction". I rewatched it for this review. I still have strong feelings about it. About death. About love. When somebody has to die, and do I accept it for all the heroic reasons, am I wrong? I've also just finished watching "Ex Machina". I came out of that Human vs Machine dilemma with this: that if human beings lose its ability to look at another being's existence and say: me first, then we deserve to be left in the dust by our own AI's.

Stranger Than Fiction is about Harold Crick (played by Will Ferrell) and how his life is in the hands of a writer played by Emma Thompson. Harold learns that his "creator" is ending his life in the book. It's a brilliant death. Harold accepts his death and tells Karen Eiffel (the writer) it is a good ending to a good book. That's when Karen changed the ending of the book and lets Harold live. Did Harold Crick deserve to be saved? Death will come to…

Getting Google Chrome in Arch Linux User Repository

[donato@archdesktop builds]$ git clone Cloning into 'google-chrome'... remote: Counting objects: 337, done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (237/237), done. remote: Total 337 (delta 152), reused 269 (delta 100) Receiving objects: 100% (337/337), 79.84 KiB | 35.00 KiB/s, done. Resolving deltas: 100% (152/152), done. [donato@archdesktop builds]$ ls faenza-icon-theme_1.3  google-chrome  megasync  nautilus-megasync  numix-icon-theme-pack [donato@archdesktop builds]$ cd google-chrome [donato@archdesktop google-chrome]$ ls google-chrome.install  PKGBUILD [donato@archdesktop google-chrome]$ less google-chrome.install [donato@archdesktop google-chrome]$ less PKGBUILD [donato@archdesktop google-chrome]$ makepkg -sic ==> Making package: google-chrome 57.0.2987.110-1 (Sun Mar 19 00:13:58 +08 2017) ==> Checking runtime dependencies... ==> Checking buildtime dependencies... ==> Retrieving sources...   -> Downloading google-c…

Run Reflector Through Systemd

I installed reflector as i've said in this post. Now I want to run reflector regularly so that whenever I do a pacman update I can be assured that the mirrors are also updated. Setting this weekly is I think reasonable enough. I want to use systemd to do this.
[Unit] Description=Pacman mirrorlist update
[Service] Type=oneshot ExecStart=/usr/bin/reflector --verbose --latest 5 --sort rate --save /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist
Save the file. Start the service.
To set this service every week.
/etc/systemd/system/reflector.timer [Unit] Description=Run reflector weekly
[Timer] OnCalendar=weekly RandomizedDelaySec=12h Persistent=true
Save the file. Start the timer.

Reflector: Customize The Mirrorlist

Pacman uses /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist file to get package information and download them from remote servers. Sometimes the file becomes old, some mirrors are out of sync and you might not be using the fastest mirror for your location.
Enter Reflector. Reflector retrieves the latest mirrorlist from the Mirror Status Page run filters to sort the list and save it to your /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist.
You can download reflector. $ pacman -S reflector
Then I want to get the latest 5 mirrors which have recently been synchronized and also get the 5 fastest mirrors then save it to my /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist.
$ reflector --verbose --latest 5 --sort rate --save /etc/pacman.d/mirrolist

Error Running Pacman:/etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt

I encounter an error running pacman. It seems a file already installed is being installed again or something. I could just delete the old file perhaps then run pacman again?
I found this bug post . It recommends: $ pacman -Syuw ##to download but not install and upgrade anything $ rm /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt ##to delete the old file $ pacman -Su ##to install and upgrade the packages
[donato@archdesktop ~]$ sudo pacman -Syuw [sudo] password for donato:  :: Synchronizing package databases...  core is up to date  extra is up to date  community is up to date :: Starting full system upgrade... resolving dependencies...
Packages (15) ca-certificates-20170307-1  ca-certificates-mozilla-3.29.3-2  ca-certificates-utils-20170307-1  flatpak-0.9.1-1               gnome-settings-daemon-3.22.2-1  gnome-software-3.22.7-1  libxslt-1.1.29+42+gac341cbd-1               linux-firmware-20170309.69…

How To Choose An Air Conditioner

Measure the room area. Its length x width equals area. The bedroom in the house is 7 feet by 15 feet so the area is 105 square feet. Be guided by this recommedations.

I need at least a 5,000 BTU (British Thermal Unit) machine out there. My pre-bought Sanyo air conditioner is rated at 7,400 kJ/hour. That's 7,004 BTU's. Just make sure it's cleaned and filled up with freon.
cleaned and filled with freon after 2 years storage: Sanyo SA-76P

Gnome-music Played With The Terminal

Playing Gnome-music via the terminal certainly is more stable. It often crashes when I launch it from gnome-shell.
[donato@archdesktop ~]$ gnome-music
(gnome-music:4106): Grilo-WARNING **: [registry] ../grilo/src/grl-registry.c:1092: Plugin '/usr/lib/grilo-0.3/' already exists 09:26:30 WARNING Error: <class 'GLib.GError'>, g-io-error-quark: Error opening file /home/donato/.cache/media-art/album-93534acca0d4292042345f4d4faa72f8-b15009cb4acb703afa4b3783b7e1f369.jpeg: No such file or directory (1) 09:26:30 WARNING Error: <class 'GLib.GError'>, gdk-pixbuf-error-quark: Error interpreting JPEG image file (Application transferred too few scanlines) (0) 09:26:31 WARNING Error: <class 'GLib.GError'>, gdk-pixbuf-error-quark: Error interpreting JPEG image file (Application transferred too few scanlines) (0) 09:26:31 WARNING can't find artwork for album '100 Gold Jazz Hits (Compilation)' by Various Artists - 100 Gold Jazz Hits 0…

Installed Faenza Icons

I want to have some eye candy. I downloaded the faenza icon theme from the download page here. All that is needed is to run the install script. I ran it as root to make the icons available to all users.

faenza icons installed in Arch linux Gnome

Update linux kernel 4.9 >> 4.10

With minor glitches my update to the newest kernel went smoothly. I was expecting it yesterday so when I checked today and I got a "no updates status", I got suspicious. My target mirror might not be synchronized. So i went to /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist and cut and paste my mirrors a bit. I tried another mirror.
[donato@archdesktop ~]$ sudo pacman -Syu [sudo] password for donato:  :: Synchronizing package databases...  core is up to date  extra is up to date  community is up to date :: Starting full system upgrade...  there is nothing to do [donato@archdesktop ~]$ locate mirrorlist /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist.backup [donato@archdesktop ~]$ less /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist [donato@archdesktop ~]$ vi /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist [donato@archdesktop ~]$ sudo nano /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist [donato@archdesktop ~]$ sudo pacman -Syu :: Synchronizing package databases...  core                                                   123.8 KiB   114K/s 00:01 [###################################…

/var/lib/systemd/coredump Space Usage Analysis

I'm looking at how much */systemd/coredump/* space has increased in a space of 48 hours. That was 680 MB increase of compressed files from firefox, sytemd and evolution crash dumps. Now you can tell which applications I use in consistent basis. I leave them open from start to finish.
[donato@archdesktop ~]$ df -ht ext4 Filesystem                         Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/vol1-root               30G  7.6G   21G  28% / /dev/mapper/vol1-home              174G   18G  147G  11% /home /dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-Videos--lv  1.5T  771G  603G  57% /home/donato/Videos /dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-Music--lv   296G  187G   94G  67% /home/donato/Music [donato@archdesktop ~]$ 
[donato@archdesktop ~]$ sudo du -hs /var/lib/systemd/* 4.0K /var/lib/systemd/backlight 132K /var/lib/systemd/catalog 32K /var/lib/systemd/coredump 4.0K /var/lib/systemd/journal-upload 4.0K /var/lib/systemd/random-seed 8.0K /var/lib/systemd/rfkill 4.0K /var/lib/systemd/timers [donato@archdesktop ~]$ 

Top Three Constituents Of My Coredump Directory (/var/lib/systemd/coredump)

Application crashes, software crashes and failures due to bugs in their programming result to coredumps. All information produced, log files and notifications which came from such crash events are saved in this directory.
1) gnome-shell

2) dleyna-renderer library

3) systemd
According to /var/lib/systemd/coredump directory from February 11 - March 8 amounting to 1.5 G. To delete / clean the directory I have done this.
# rm -r /var/lib/systemd/coredump/*
Be sure to leave the coredump directory for systemd.

Lady Liberty On International Women's Day

unphotoshopped image of lady liberty, light went out.

Discovered Firefox Option

firefox:sendto bluetooth devices
I have several bluetooth devices active when I right-clicked this article on reddit. It gave me options to send the link to those devices. And they work too.

Updated To Mozilla Firefox 52

I updated to Firefox 51 >> Firefox 52. I have firefox open though and after the install I restarted the browser and got no hint of any thing new except when I looked at the logs.
[tail of journalctl] Mar 07 09:27:28 archdesktop systemd-coredump[15356]: Process 14430 (firefox) of user 1000 dumped core.                                                      Stack trace of thread 14482:                                                      #0  0x00007fa90a07af5f raise (                                                      #1  0x00007fa8fc62ed3d n/a (/usr/lib/firefox/ (deleted))

Getting Hints Of Problems From The Logs

Most Linux Distributions use systemd now. The journal service of systemd can be very helpful if you want to check your system. I am very interested in error reports, critical system warnings, that sort of problems that require some immediate attention or human intervention.
[donato@archdesktop ~]$ sudo journalctl -f -p 3 [sudo] password for donato:  -- Logs begin at Wed 2017-02-22 07:29:32 +08. -- Mar 06 20:16:44 archdesktop kernel: ata1.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x400100 action 0x6 frozen Mar 06 20:16:44 archdesktop kernel: ata1.00: irq_stat 0x08000000, interface fatal error Mar 06 20:16:44 archdesktop kernel: ata1: SError: { UnrecovData Handshk } Mar 06 20:16:44 archdesktop kernel: ata1.00: cmd a0/00:00:00:08:00/00:00:00:00:00/a0 tag 15 pio 16392 in                                              opcode=0x4a 4a 01 00 00 10 00 00 00 08 00res 50/00:03:00:08:00/00:00:00:00:00/a0 Emask 0x10 (ATA bus error) Mar 06 20:16:44 archdesktop kernel: ata1.00: status: { DRDY }
This example is a …

Run My Script: AIDE and Rkhunter Using Cron

I have to set my path so the system can "see" or search in the right directory. By default the system will look at the usual directory (/usr/bin;/usr/sbin), I 've decided to put my scripts in my home directory in a folder named scripts. Or just name it bin. I edited my ~/.bash_profile and added this line.
export PATH=$PATH:/path/to/script/directory
While at it and editing this file, you might want to set your text editor of choice. I'm using GNOME so I have gedit and nano.
export EDITOR="$(if [[ -n $DISPLAY ]]; then echo 'gedit'; else echo 'nano'; fi)"
Save and close the file. You need to logout and login to get the changes running. Or you can use the source command. It returns true or an error in your syntax, in which case you should fix it.
$ source ~/.bash_profile

Compose a basic script like printing 'Hello World' in the terminal just to have a feel of running a script. In your text editor type:
#! /b…