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Pairing Awei Bluetooth Earphone With My Device

I bought my Awei bluetooth earphones online for 750 including a 99 charge for delivery. I was told i can use it on my ASUS Zenfone and my Bluewave tablet so it's a good deal for me. I wish the two hour battery can be stretched to three or even four hours. Cross my fingers.

To pair it with the device: long-press the power button until the LED light alternate to blue and red. When it does, the earphone is ready to pair. Open your smartphone to its bluetooth settings and it should list Awei bluetooth device. Tap it. The two devices should be as close as possible. Your smartphone should indicate if the pairing is successful. When it does, open your media player or music player and start playing some music.

Sunday Meal In Front of the Computer

IT is 30 degrees at around 11 am today but the sun is momentarily out. I'm happily reviewing and checking some papers. It is never finished.

I'm drinking tea and this is my second cup since the morning rice and egg breakfast. My blood pressure is at a more manageable 125 over 70. I kept waking up short of breath and sweaty on two occasions. After some thoughts and guessing, I think I am having an asthma attack while sleeping. It could be that I'm allergic to the laundry detergent of my new pillow covers. I replaced them on both occasions I experienced the attack. I've had asthma attacks since I was a child.

Update Chromium From 61 -->> 62

Browser updates are very important to web security. Don't miss it. If there's a piece of software that you really have to get right, it's the browser and I have three in my machine. I post updates like this in my personal blog to keep track of the fast developments. I can't be everywhere but I do want to get the information where I am.

The Disappearing Noscript Icon

After the latest update in Noscript, a Mozilla firefox extension, the icon image in the toolbar cannot be found. I've used Noscript for years now and I don't encounter websites that needs tinkering with Noscript anymore. Nevertheless, I am curious what happened. So I headed to the website and the forums for Noscript. I found this forum site.

Basically, I ran firefox with all extensions disabled. Then restart normal mode. Fixed. But what happened?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Poster

The Last Jedi is coming this December 2017. I can't wait. My guess is we can watch it later in the Christmas season or even later than the New Year 2018. The Filipino Film Festival season usually starts the 15th December up to January 7th. Only Filipino films are shown in theaters. Unless there's a special run, we would see it much later.

Cash Flow From October 2016 - One Year

Cash management analysis for 2016 to 2017. So these are Receipts and Payments in cash from October 2016 to November 2017.That difference amounting to 32,299.44 is about a month's gross rental receipts. A month's net cash inflow is 2,691.00 That's one way of looking at this.

Adding A New Disk To A RAID Array part 2

I have added the new disk and the RAID array is finished syncing, now what?
You can check the result of the RAID sync with:
$sudo mdadm --detail /dev/md127 ##Note the array size.
In my case, I'm using logical volume management LVM.
$sudo pvdisplay ##Note the PV size
The PV size is what you can work with. In my case I want to allocate the free space to two logical volumes. I want to add 300GB to my Music lv and the rest to my Videos lv.
$sudo lvextend -L +300G /dev/ubuntu-vg/Music-lv ##This will add 300 GB to my Music-lv.
$sudo lvextend -l +100%FREE /dev/ubuntu-vg/Videos-lv ##This will add the rest of the free space left to my Videos-lv.
We still need to extend the filesystem to the added space. I have ext4 filesystem.
$sudo resize2fs /dev/ubuntu-vg/Music-lv ##This extends the filesystem to the added space.
$sudo resize2fs /dev/ubuntu-vg/Videos-lv ##This extends the filesystem to the added space.
Check the results.
$df -h [donato@archdesktop ~]$ df -ht ext4 Filesystem                         Size…

Got A Bad Deal On A Disk

From:root <> To:root@archdesktop.localdomainBcc:<> Subject:SMART error (ErrorCount) detected on host: archdesktopDate:Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:01:17 +0800This message was generated by the smartd daemon running on:

                      host name:  archdesktop
                      DNS domain: [Empty]

           The following warning/error was logged by the smartd daemon:

           Device: /dev/sda [SAT], ATA error count increased from 0 to 2

           Device info:
            Hitachi HUS724030ALE641, S/N:P8HEUS2R, WWN:5-000cca-22cd460f8, FW:MJ8OA5F0, 3.00 TB

           For details see host's SYSLOG.

           You can also use the smartctl utility for further investigation.
           No additional messages about this problem will be sent.
It seems SMART detected errors when I added a supposedly new disk to my RAID array.
$sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda
SMART Error Log Version: 1 ATA Error Count: 2 CR = Command Register [HEX] FR = Features Register [HEX] …

GNOME Settings On GNOME 3.26

This is how GNOME Settings look in 3.26 now.

Evolution Mail on GNOME 3.26

There's a slight change in the user interface. A To Do column now appears to the rightmost after the GNOME 3.26 update. Also there's a noticeable stability increase, what with goa-daemon stopping its RAM usage creep. I don't have to kill it every couple of hours.

Adding A New Disk To A Raid part 1

I have a RAID 5 array for all my data files. Recently I bought a new 3TB Hitachi hard drive and that was December 2016. I've been delaying using it until now. I've got some idle time today and tomorrow so it's perfect for hours and hours of syncing.
I've got new SATA data cables (the red ones) and the old power cables are still excellent. Used a philip screwdriver to fix the internal disks and tray. Turned on the computer.
[donato@archdesktop ~]$ ls -l /dev/ | grep sd brw-rw----  1 root   disk    8,   0 Oct  6 17:46 sda brw-rw----  1 root   disk    8,   1 Oct  6 17:48 sda1 brw-rw----  1 root   disk    8,  16 Oct  6 17:01 sdb brw-rw----  1 root   disk    8,  17 Oct  6 17:01 sdb1 brw-rw----  1 root   disk    8,  18 Oct  6 17:01 sdb2 brw-rw----  1 root   disk    8,  32 Oct  6 17:01 sdc brw-rw----  1 root   disk    8,  33 Oct  6 17:01 sdc1 brw-rw----  1 root   disk    8,  48 Oct  6 17:01 sdd brw-rw----  1 root   disk    8,  49 Oct  6 17:01 sdd1 brw-rw----  1 root   disk  …

Rkhunter Set Up in systemd : Revisited

I made a post about setting up rkhunter using systemd. And little did I know it's going to be a work in progress for weeks. But I have finally set up the service and timer units just right.
[donato@archdesktop ~]$ systemctl list-timers NEXT                         LEFT        LAST                         PASSED       UNIT                         ACTIVATES Fri 2017-10-06 00:00:00 +08  16h left    Thu 2017-10-05 00:00:20 +08  7h ago       logrotate.timer              logrotate.service Fri 2017-10-06 00:00:00 +08  16h left    Thu 2017-10-05 00:00:20 +08  7h ago       man-db.timer                 man-db.service Fri 2017-10-06 00:00:00 +08  16h left    Thu 2017-10-05 00:00:20 +08  7h ago       shadow.timer                 shadow.service Fri 2017-10-06 00:00:00 +08  16h left    Thu 2017-10-05 00:00:20 +08  7h ago       updatedb.timer               updatedb.service Fri 2017-10-06 00:08:16 +08  16h left    Thu 2017-10-05 04:28:45 +08  3h 15min ago rkhunter.timer               rkhunter.s…

Update Gnome Desktop In Arch Linux

Gnome 3.26 starts it roll out to the stable channel users of Arch Linux.  Also updates for the linux kernel, dleyna-renderer and firefox. Firefox updates from 55 to 56 in the stable channel.
There are 166 packages ready for updates today.
$sudo pacman -Syu :: Synchronizing package databases...  core is up to date  extra is up to date  community is up to date  DEB_Arch_Extra          1947.0   B  0.00B/s 00:00 [#######################] 100%  DEB_Arch_Extra.sig       280.0   B  0.00B/s 00:00 [#######################] 100% :: Starting full system upgrade... resolving dependencies... looking for conflicting packages...
Packages (166) adwaita-icon-theme-3.26.0-1  aisleriot-3.22.3-1                at-spi2-atk-2.26.0-2  at-spi2-core-2.26.0-2  atk-2.26.0-1                baobab-3.26.1-1  cheese-3.26.0-1  dconf-0.26.1-1                dconf-editor-3.26.1-1  devhelp-3.26.0-1                dleyna-connector-dbus-0.3.0-1  dleyna-core-0.6.0-1                dleyna-renderer-0.6.0-1  dleyna-server-0.6.0-1  docbook-xml…

America Must Evolve Fast Or Die

This was a music festival concert venue in Las Vegas, Nevada. A shooter in the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel across the general area opened fire then shot himself. He killed 59 people in what reports call the biggest mass shooting in modern American history to date.
America must learn from the lessons of previous mass shootings otherwise this tragedy will happen again. Reasonable animals evolve when their lives and the life of the pack or group are threatened. They change how they face the problem and not just move on. They don't dismiss reality. They recognize the problem and listen to reason. For those who say nothing can be done, you're wrong. There is something America can do. It is not premature to talk about gun control. This is the time to talk about it.

Provocative Politics

Rodrigo Duterte's moves and speeches were designed to provoke opposition. Note the lack of protocol and utter gutter language. He wants to elicit a miscalculated response from those who oppose him in the last election and from the Catholic Church. His politics is built on harassing government officials sitting on the fence so to speak. He puts pressure on them to commit one way or the other. He was able to imprison Senator Leila Delima using very thin proof from convicted drug offenders. He wants an unwarranted, unbalanced response from his political foes. So far no one has taken the bait. Nevertheless he thrives on starting a fight in the school grounds among the kids. He's a bully and knows all the dirty tricks.
Rodrigo Duterte's allies in Congress namely, Koko Pimentel in the Senate and Speaker of the House Pantaleon Alvarez, have formed a majority block for the ruling parties. This means they control the House and the Senate, they have the chairmanships of the commit…

Indonesian Mass Killings 1965 And Rodrigo Duterte's Drug War

Filipinos should learn and read more about the events surrounding the mass killings of communists and their sympathizers in 1965 Indonesia. Most estimates of the number who died at the hands of vigilantes and later from the army units used, state that 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 indonesians and ethnic chinese were killed. The exact number is not known because nobody investigated the crimes, the police never kept records. Some of the executions were public. Some were done with explicit agreement with authorities. Even the United States provided a list of communists to the authorities. Membership to the Communist Party of Indonesia was not secret. When the army came to get them, the communist voluntarily surrendered. Indonesians succumbed en masse to fake news that the communists are going to destroy their country. The hatred of communists were fanned by the indonesian army propaganda using the event of September 30.
The September 30 assassination of Sukarno's top generals by militants pr…

facebook Thread And Noli Me Tangere

Rhoel Vela is a classmate in high school. As I review our exchange here in this thread I kept remembering that scene in Noli Me Tangere between Pilosopo Tasio and Ibarra. Jose Rizal wrote that novel during the sunset of the Spanish regime in the Philippines. And here it is still describing our situation in 2017.

Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance

Dante Caoile showed the long playing album 33 1/3 speed vinyl of Spyro Gyra. spyro-gyra-morning-dance
I downloaded this image from his facebook post. I don't have this album in my files. I tried looking for it in the streaming services and also in the torrent sites.
From the social media, I learned about my friend's music obsession. I am curious if i can download it fast enough to play it before everybody loose interest.
Morning Dance reached 27 in the Billboard top 200 albums released in 1979.

Current News Items

Nine months into 2017, and the world is still alive. North Korea is marching towards putting a nuclear warhead on its ICBM. Rodrigo Duterte by credible reporting has killed his 13,000 drug addicts and other drug related criminals. Children and by-standers were killed in various operations since he was elected president. 
The Republican party is still trying to kill Obamacare or the US healthcare law passed by Obama in his first term.
Hugh Hefner died. He is the founder of the Playboy empire, a business built around the persona of Mr. Hefner.
The siege of the city of Marawi continues. The military has reduced the fighting into a one hectare city property which continues to take soldiers' lives. The military has been surprised by the locally born and ISIS inspired Mautes. The weapons they have recovered so far are from their own inventory. There are a lot of questions about how these terrorists acquired the bulk of their guns and explosives.
This month's expenses breached the 32,…