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December 31, 2009

Last day of 2009.

Filed under: Life, Tech — Tags: — od @ 5:06 am

A bit old article, but an interesting reading.

2009 has been kind to me, sort of.


December 16, 2009

Drive failure expected in less than 24 hours. SAVE ALL DATA.

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , , — od @ 3:00 pm

And so I’ve spent days and days, prolly weeks, to get rid some of the problems I faced in my FreeBSD. Currently running on version 8.0-RELEASE, I’ve upgraded almost all of my installed ports, and get my usb stick to work with the new usb stack. Everything works wonderful, stable and I’m a happy user.

Happy eh?

At least I thought so.

Today it crossed my mind to check how my hard disks are doing and to my surprise, one of the report came back with a failure alert:

# smartctl -d ata -A /dev/ad4
smartctl version 5.38 [amd64-portbld-freebsd8.0] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate     0x000f   200   200   051    Pre-fail  Always       –       0
3 Spin_Up_Time            0x0003   165   164   021    Pre-fail  Always       –       4741
4 Start_Stop_Count        0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       –       211
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   065   065   140    Pre-fail  Always   FAILING_NOW 1080
7 Seek_Error_Rate         0x000e   200   197   051    Old_age   Always       –       0
9 Power_On_Hours          0x0032   085   085   000    Old_age   Always       –       11344
10 Spin_Retry_Count        0x0012   100   100   051    Old_age   Always       –       0
11 Calibration_Retry_Count 0x0012   100   100   051    Old_age   Always       –       0
12 Power_Cycle_Count       0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       –       209
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032   193   193   000    Old_age   Always       –       5447
193 Load_Cycle_Count        0x0032   001   001   000    Old_age   Always       –       1227719
194 Temperature_Celsius     0x0022   097   092   000    Old_age   Always       –       50
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032   101   101   000    Old_age   Always       –       99
197 Current_Pending_Sector  0x0012   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       –       0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable   0x0010   200   200   000    Old_age   Offline      –       0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count    0x003e   200   200   000    Old_age   Always       –       0
200 Multi_Zone_Error_Rate   0x0008   200   200   051    Old_age   Offline      –       0

And this makes my heart races even faster:

# smartctl -H /dev/ad4
smartctl version 5.38 [amd64-portbld-freebsd8.0] Copyright (C) 2002-8 Bruce Allen
Home page is

SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: FAILED!
Drive failure expected in less than 24 hours. SAVE ALL DATA.
Failed Attributes:
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct   0x0033   065   065   140    Pre-fail  Always   FAILING_NOW 1080

Less than 24 hours? And I happened to be damn lucky to check on my disks today? Since day one I bought the hard disks, I’ve never really checked on it. Today I did, and I got this. Am seriously hoping that it’s just a false alarm (still am gonna do my backups).

And that is my around-2yo WD hard disk. My second WD hard disk. My first WD hard disk failed on me after running for less than a year. Jinx? Lol. Wait. This is not funny! Hmmmpphhhhhhhh..

Anyway, am too frustrated now. My hands are cold, my feet are cold, and all I could think of right now is doing a backup so that I could port my old system to a new hard disk. Which I have to buy..

Speaking of which.. another WD? Seriously I don’t know. Everyone is saying WD is the best, yet 2 of them died (well this one hasn’t died yet but already complaining) fast enough. Maxtor served me for a good 5 years or more, but the reputation isn’t that great either compared to other brands. Suggestion?

December 10, 2009

Today is..

Filed under: Life — Tags: , — od @ 10:06 pm

my birthday!

Yay! Unlike every year, this year I get no cake! Zero. Nada. Zilch. Hmmpphhhhh!!!!

At first I thought I received more wishes from forums than friends, but I guess facebook saves the day. Lol.

Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday to od!
Happy birthday to me!

December 6, 2009

And you think setting up a wallpaper is easy.

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Tags: — od @ 8:26 pm

It’s just so fucking hard to find a wallpaper when you don’t have a theme in mind. I used to like gothic, dark yet feminine wallpaper back in college days, but now am more into cartoonish, pastelish and cute wallpaper. Sheesh.. guess am getting cheesier by day.

I like manga, but I don’t like it as a wallpaper. I don’t like anything specific, anything that comes with a message, an agenda or propaganda. I like a generic wallpaper.

But now am bored. Am so bored with my wallpaper. I want to change it but I just don’t have any theme in mind right now. I just wish that I stumble on a gorgeous picture that I could download and set it as wallpaper.

On a different note, I was at the pharmacy today and I kinda realized that the security guard was eyeing me like am a damn shoplifter. Okay prolly it’s just my feelings but this isn’t the first time. Pffttttttt.

December 2, 2009

StatsView on Ubuntu Jaunty.

Filed under: Tech — Tags: , , , — od @ 1:37 am

Quoted from StatsView README:



StatsView is written in Perl5, using the Perl Tk extension library. I recommend
that you use perl5.005_03 or later, and Tk800.014 or later, as StatsView has
been tested with these versions. You will also need the Tk::GBARR add-on
package for this version.

The graphing is done with gnuplot, and version 3.7 or later is required –
a copy can be found in the gnuplot_src subdirectory.


I already have Perl5 and gnuplot in my system, so I only need to install Perl Tk, Tk-GBARR and StatsView.

Install Perl Tk:

#apt-get install perl-tk

Grab Tk-GBARR from At this time of writing the latest version of Tk-GBARR is 2.08:

#tar xvfz Tk-GBARR-2.08.tar.gz
#cd Tk-GBARR-2.08
#perl Makefile.PL
#make test
#make install

Grab StatsView from

#tar xvfz StatsView-1.4.tar.gz
#cd StatsView-1.4
#perl Makefile.PL
#make install

Test StatsView using the example included:

#cd /path/StatsView-1.4/examples
#gzip -d sar.txt.gz
#../scripts/sv sar.txt

It worked wonderfully using the sar output sample.. but I couldn’t get it to display any graph using my collection of sar output, both in binary and text formats. At this point am still not sure why it kept on complaining that my output file is invalid.


Now what am I supposed to tell my boss?

“Hi boss.. remember the Linux server performance data that I promised last week? I don’t have it.”
“How come?”
“I have it, but I don’t have it in a pwetty graph format like I pwomised.”
“Well it’s okay you can pass me the raw data.”
“It’s in binary.”
“Uh.. you know there are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don’t…”
“You don’t have anything to present, do you?”


November 11, 2009


Filed under: Miscellaneous — Tags: — od @ 11:10 pm

Hehehe I think this is cute :P.

Oh I think Corey will like it too.

November 8, 2009

Blueberry and apple braids.

Filed under: Recipe — Tags: , , , — od @ 10:40 am

I am proud of this one. I love baking bread. The part I like the most is when the dough rises, doubled up the original amount. And punching it. And let it rise again. Lol. My place smells so good, I feel like am in a bakery wonderland.


The rise of the dough.

I got this recipe from The Fresh Loaf site – an awesome website for bread lovers. The original recipe is here

Blueberry Cream Cheese Braid
Makes 2 braids

1 tablespoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cup warm milk
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2-3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

Blueberry Filling
2 cups blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Egg Glaze
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk

Cream Cheese Filling
3/4 cup cream cheese
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon egg glaze

I couldn’t find unbleached all-purpose flour at the bakery ingredients store near my place, so I bought 2 packets of high gluten flour (each weigh a kilo). I thought I would be using it a lot, but seriously, unless you like a real tough bread, DO NOT incorporate too much of this flour in your recipe. When I first used this flour I substituted a cup (or more) of all purpose flour with this flour and the bread turned out too tough and dry. Not yummie at all 😦 .

For this blueberry cheese braid, I only used 2 – 3 tablespoon of high gluten flour, mixed with all purpose flour. The bread is soft and moist, just the way I like it aha aha! I like it! Aha aha!


Blueberry braid in the making.

For the first braid filling, I used something like a chunky pureed blueberry paste or whatever you wanna call it. Fresh blueberries will cost me a bomb, and I can only find them at supermarkets. This not so fresh pureed blueberries is cheaper, and it’s ready for spreading. I just added a couple of tablespoon of lemon juice to compensate its sweetness.

Blueberry braid.

Blueberry braid.

As for the second braid, I stuffed it with green apple – original recipe is here


Apple braid in the making.

2 cups of freshly cubed Granny Smith apples
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup BROWN sugar
1 cup walnuts
1/3 cup corn starch
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tbsp. butter

In a small pot, combine; butter, brown sugar, and chopped walnuts. Stir until combined. Add apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and corn starch. Combine and heat until you get a gooey concoction 🙂 . The goal is to get the nuts a touch roasted…the apples will finish baking in the oven.

Apple braid.

Big fat ass apple flavoured caterpillar.

If I were to make these wonderful braids again (which I will, definitely), I would wanna try stuffing it with butter mixed with brown sugar, sprinkle with semisweet chocolate chips and cinnamon powder. Ah… the soft, moist, gooey cinnabons.

If you tolerate this, your children will be next.

Filed under: Life — Tags: , — od @ 9:29 am

When I first read about him in the news few days ago, I was like.. oh fuck.

When someone went ape shit and killed people, that someone is just fucking crazy.

But when a Muslim went ape shit and killed people, the entire Muslim nation will get condemned.

November 6, 2009

Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcake.

Filed under: Recipe — Tags: , , — od @ 8:29 am

It’s baking tiem!!!!

I was rushing to work yesterday morning when I posted the ‘Devin cuppies’ pix, so now am gonna elaborate more on the cuppies. Am new in the cuppies world, so yea if you ask me what cupcake is, for me it’s just some mini cakes. I have always wondered what the difference is between cupcakes and muffin, I can only tell the difference from their looks. But I found this information from the cupcakeproject website, and it says:

‘A basic formula for muffins is 2 cups flour, 2-4 tablespoons sugar, 2½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 egg, ¼ cup oil, shortening or butter and 1 cup milk. When the fat, sugar and egg ratio in a recipe reaches double or more than this, you have reached the cake level.’

I remember making cupcakes using some leftover of my fruit cake batter and I personally think that they tasted better than if it were to be baked as a normal cake. I don’t know why there should be any difference, probably size does matter after all.

I’ve been baking cuppies using a few recipes, but the one in the picture is courtesy of Magnolia Bakery’s recipe. I love the texture, but I have to say I am not a big fan of a complete sweetness without a slight hint of saltiness. How do you appreciate sweetness when it’s all plain sweet? You would appreciate your health better when you’re sick, you’d appreciate your wealthiness better when you’re broke. Same goes here, salt will bring out more flavour in sweet cakes and savouries.

So let’s see what we need to make these lovely cuppies..

Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcake.

Recipe’s adapted from

1 cup unsalted butter, softened (225gm)
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups self rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

And no salt.. BOO!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit (180 celsius).
  2. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  3. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  4. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Combine the flours and add in four parts, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract, beating well after each addition.
  7. (for 3-layer cake skip to step 11)
  8. (Cupcakes) Spoon the batter into the cups about 3/4’s full.
  9. Bake until the tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 to 22 minutes.
  10. Remove cupcakes from pans and cool COMPLETELY on a wire rack before icing with butter cream frosting.
  11. (3 layer cake) Divide batter among the cake pans.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean
  13. Let cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes.
  14. Remove from pans and cool COMPLETELY on wire rack before icing.
  15. When cake has cooled, ice between the layers, then ice top and sides of cake with either Vanillia OR Chocolate Butter cream frosting.
Magnolia Vanilla Cuppies.

My horrible icing skill defies the taste of these lovely cuppies.

I added a pinch of salt, but I think that wasn’t enough. The topping is just a typical chocolate ganache (heavy cream + chocolate). I brought some of these cuppies to my brother’s place and he only had one. Well actually his kid had one but he didn’t finish it up so my brother was just eating the leftover hmmpphhh!! Yea I was so fucking sad 😦 . Seriously, I kid you not 😦 .

Think am gonna blame my horrible icing skill 😐 .

November 5, 2009

Okay my icing skill sucks but am sure he’ll love it.

Filed under: Life — Tags: , , , , — od @ 9:58 am
Devin cuppies.

Devin cuppies.

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