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Typhoon And Monsoon In July

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satellite image from NASA typhoon gorio (local name)
This typhoon enhanced the monsoon rains over the Philippines. It has been raining everyday since monday and the week is almost finished. The ground is taking the extra precipitation but there are low lying areas already flooded. After mid-week most cities around Metro Manila have had to declare no schools and government services closed except for emergency services. 
Mina has the flu maybe due to the weather. It always happens to her every time she comes home. It's either the cold, the flu or tummy ache. Get well sister. The welcome news is that Mother is fine and up cooking her favorite breakfast. 
The way I put the title to this post seems to make the occurence rare or even bizarre. It is the monsoon season in Southeast Asia. It is the start of the typhoon season, although if you go back to weather records you can find at least one typhoon visiting us in any month of the year. The previous 5 years are dry years, the dry season ha…

Update For Libreoffice 5.3 --> 5.4

The Libreoffice blog says there's an update available today for Libreoffice suite. The productivity suite is now ready with version 5.4. It comes with a new standard color palette and solid support for OpenPGP keys signing of documents.

Updated Linux Kernel linux 4.11 --> 4.12.3-1

The linux kernel was upgraded from 4.11 to 4.12.3-1 today. This update
includes the linux firmware. Also openssl updated to 1.1.0.f-2.

goa-daemon Using More RAM Over Time

I've been wondering why my RAM usage is increasing over a span of 3 days
now. I suspect gnome-shell but a little sleuthing showed me something else.

[donato@archdesktop ~]$ ps -A --sort -rss -o comm,pmem | head -n 6
COMMAND %MEM
goa-daemon 49.5
gnome-shell 7.9
thunderbird 3.4
chrome 3.2
tracker-extract 2.5

goa-daemon is gnome-online-accounts. I believe gnome is trying to reach
my online accounts and a bad Internet connection is making it hard for
it to successfully connect. My darn ISP is the culprit.

[donato@archdesktop ~]$ killall goa-daemon

I have to stop the process. But do I need to restart it manually??

Users or administrators should never need to start this daemon as it
will be automatically started by dbus-daemon(1) whenever an application
sends a D-Bus message to the org.gnome.OnlineAccounts name on the
session bus.
From manpage goa-daemon

[donato@archdesktop ~]$ ps -A --sort -rss -o comm,pmem | head -n 6
COMMAND %MEM
gnome-shell …

Update For Google-Chrome 59 --> 60

I got the news from ghacks technology news a few hours ago. I went to
check AUR at archlinux.org and it was so. It updated on the 26th, that
around 15 hours ago.

Google says version 60 is a security and under-the-hood update. It is
recommended that you update to the stable version as soon as possible.

A Nine Year Old Remembers

The essays they first urged us to write in school was suppose to awaken
our interest in writing. I remember writing about summer activities and
in the Philippines it's all about the town fiesta or the religious
festivals. Sure, fifty year old teachers are suppose to know what
interest nine year olds. So we learned to write the topic sentence and
the introductory paragraph. They also wanted to see at least 100 words
in your two page yellow sheets. Once in a while the school won the
sports intramurals and this event boosts essay writing in the classes
where most of the time we talked about subject- verb structures.

I believe in writing one's personal experience. Nothing was more honest,
or more compelling. But then I am a bookworm when I was a kid of nine
in the 3rd grade. I got invited to audition in the school choir one
afternoon. I said sure. Little did I know, the school choir would win
the province wide contest for Rizal Province at the Kapitolyo. We placed
third place but…

Rkhunter Warnings Received and Investigated

I received my rkhunter warning email moments ago. Two in fact, namely, a
suspicious shared memory file and and suspicious hidden file. After
googling the subjects I'm convinced they are false positives. With a
name like /usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird it should be obvious that my
email program is sharing memory files with other processes for more
efficient use of memory. The other one is named /dev/shm/mono.xxxxx: data.

The two files I have to check out are /var/log/rkhunter.log, of course,
and /etc/rkhunter.conf.

In /etc/rkhunter.conf which I opened in vim, I added a line such as:
ALLOWIPCPROC=/usr/lib/thunderbird/thunderbird

and

ALLOWHIDDENFILE=/dev/shm/mono.*

This is to whitelist these file and process. I hope rkhunter won't freak
out if it encounters these anymore.

Reflections On My Blogging: Keeping It Honest

When you're facing a white, blank screen trying to decide what to write,
it seemed hopeless and hopeful at the same time. It's like watching a
boat with its sails unfurled but there's no wind, yet you wait and then
see the tide turning. You have to stop the distractions. Shut the door.
Wait until your breathing is regular and your mind relaxed, like your
wrists on the table infront of you.

I imagine me looking sideways but not hearing anything. The sounds come
much later. I see the big mass of color first, the greens. Just the
vegetation, moving, not even individual trees, not leaves, just the big
green. Then behind it the blue sky, unfocused and floating. Do not
concern your brain with the details. Forget the words and the
punctuations. But be mindful of the flow, trace the outlines, hear the
motions. Sometime these things don't have a name, give it a name.

How do you give something a name and still be honest? How do you keep
your writing honest?

I had to stand up and…

Security Breach At 8track, Dropbox And Tumblr

It's not yet clear how but there is data breach in 8track, Dropbox and Tumblr. 8track sent out a security notification to its users regarding this. They recommend password change and security settings review. They promise to inform users of any more findings in the coming hours.

Use pacutils, paccheck: Verify Package Integrity In Arch

Downloads and upgrades can go wrong. Files can be corrupted. Your own hard drives can be the culprit. So once in a while it doesn't hurt to check file integrity especially your downloaded packages.
#paccheck --sha256 (returns with list of packages and result)
If there is a mismatch, you can reinstall the package.

edit: You can also use an alternative.
#paccheck --list-broken       (returns with a list of packages with mismatches)
#pacman -S package1,package2...
Recheck with:
#paccheck --sha256 package
tag: pacman,arch,linux,pacutils,paccheck

How To Verify iso Image After Download In Linux

I assume that you have downloaded the image / iso file in a folder. Navigate to the folder where the iso is. You have to get the public gpg key for fedora downloads.
[donato@archdesktop Downloads]$ ls builds  debian-live--9.0.0-amd64-gnome  Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-25  Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26 [donato@archdesktop Downloads]$ cd Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26 [donato@archdesktop Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26]$ ls Fedora-Workstation-26-1.5-x86_64-CHECKSUM  Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26-1.5.iso [donato@archdesktop Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26]$ gpg --verify Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26-1.5.iso gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found. gpg: the signature could not be verified. Please remember that the signature file (.sig or .asc) should be the first file given on the command line. [donato@archdesktop Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26]$ ls Fedora-Workstation-26-1.5-x86_64-CHECKSUM  Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-26-1.5.iso [donato@archdesktop Fedora-Workstati…

Upgrade From Fedora 25 To Fedora 26

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Good to hear. My own experience is very close to this. Ever since Fedora 20, my upgrades have been pain free.

A Record For An Iceberg Off Antarctica

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This is a record for its size. This iceberg is going to be floating out there for years.

Fedora 26 Final Release

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The Fedora / Red Hat developers made Fedora 26 available for download for all flavors of this operating system.

Download page for the torrents.

Wireless Connection Wifi On My PC

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I bought a wireless pcie or wifi card from Lazada the other week. It's an Ralink pcie card shown below.

My general notion in networking is that this card should work in my Arch linux GNOME setup. Well, yes and no. I installed the pcie card to my motherboard. My computer recognized the new hardware. I checked if the proper drivers are installed.

$ lspci -k
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 11)
    Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 859e
    Kernel driver in use: r8169
    Kernel modules: r8169
04:00.0 PCI bridge: ASMedia Technology Inc. ASM1083/1085 PCIe to PCI Bridge (rev 04)
system: Ralink corp. RT3062 Wireless 802.11n 2T/2R
    Kernel driver05:00.0 Network controller: Ralink corp. RT3062 Wireless 802.11n 2T/2R
    Sub in use: rt2800pci
    Kernel modules: rt2800pci


And they are being used, rt2800pci as shown.

But, when I tried activating the co…

Today Is International Day Against DRM

Digital Restriction Management DRM is the piece of code stuck to your
digital media and various computerized devices put there by major media
corporations to stop you from sharing your files. The music that you
bought have it so you can't copy it and play it in your car's music
player. The movie DVD that you bought have it so you can't copy it for
your mother watching her tv upstairs. But DRM is more than a terrible
inconvenience, it is power held by corporations and media companies over
our cars, phones, computers and more of our daily lives intersect with
DRM if we don't stand up for our rights in the digital world.

Support Free Software. Digital devices have software called firmware or
drivers. It's a good idea to use free software in our devices to
liberate our devices from corporate controls.

Linux Kernel Update

The linux kernel just got updated from 4.11.7 to 4.11.9 in my Arch
system. systemd also was updated a few days ago to 233.75-3.

My Favorite Add-ons For Firefox

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I started using Mozilla's Firefox when I was in Windows XP. I hate Internet Explorer 6. I discovered Firefox and it made using Windows XP workable but not for long. I installed Ubuntu 6.10 and it has Firefox as default browser. I've been using Firefox with differing add-ons and plugins. Now my plugins only consist of OpenH264 video codec. Yes I've no use for flash now. My add-ons today are:


1. NoScript
        On its default settings it blocks all scripts from running automatically. You can allow the scripts you want in the web page. The more you use it the less work there is to do and eventually it disappears in the background. Scripts are the single most dangerous things on a web page and once you click on a link, noscript is there first to disable them.

2. HTTPS Everywhere
        Half the sites in the Internet offer HTTPS in 2017. Major sites have encrypted their communications in the web. Largely from the ef…

North Korea Claims Successful ICBM Launch

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What is the big deal if North Korea successfully launched an ICBM?


North Korean ICBM

An Inter-Continental Ballistic missile ICBM, is different from any other missiles because of the range. They reach 5,600 km. If a state have one, they can hit targets far beyond its borders. Furthermore, ICBMs are mostly used to lift nuclear warheads. Once they reach space they launch multiple nuclear warheads which are impossible to counter. The US Air Force has been developing a technology to track and hit ICBMs post launch. If it is true that North Korea successfully launch an ICBM today, then we are entering a new phase in how the world deals with the rogue nation. Only the United States, Russia and China possess ICBMs.

Edit: The New York Times reports Pentagon confirms successful launch of North Korean ICBM.

Mina Is Home

Mina arrived from Houston, Texas around 5 pm in the house. Mom has a
fever. I insisted she take tylenol (acetaminophen). By the time Mina
arrived she is feeling a lot better. Mom prepared sinigang and lechong
kawali. She asked Imee to cook it. Jojo and driver fetched her from NAIA.

Current Year Financial Report July 2016 to June 2017

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Income Expense Profit Chart July 2016 To June 2017 12 Month snapshot from Gnucash


A Marawi Siege Update

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After a month of fighting, the Marawi siege continue to its second month with casualties piling up and civilian misery unabated. Marawi is an 87 square kilometer of 200,000+ inhabitants, not as big as Iligan nor as prosperous, but it is home to the Mindanao State University, primary muslim college in the Philippines and the picturesque Lake Lanao.
Lake Lanao in Marawi City

Local governments report a total of 180,000+ civilians now evacuated out of the city and are facing bleak conditions in Iligan city and other local points in Mindanao and Visayas. 82 government soldiers are killed in action, while 317 members of the Maute group are dead. 122 civilians are dead, including 60 who died in evacuation centers of disease. Isnilon Hapilon the commander of the Maute group remains at large and appeared prepared to negotiate exchange of captives for his family's safety.


Linux Kernel Update For Arch

Linux kernel 4.11.6 just updated to linux kernel 4.11.7 in Arch linux.

Bugfixes. On the other hand, a new attack on computers worldwide is
still ongoing.