Declartion

Today, I am declaring my intention to live. I'm tired of my jello-y existence. I am going to love freely. Lavish compliments. Help everyone.

I will shine these words on my mind forcing negativity and criticism to crumble at conception. Let the waves of cynicism surrounding me go no further; sink them, squish them, and combust them into midnight bike rides, shouts of exuberance, impassioned fucking, and tottering piles of chopped vegetables!

When I find my resolve threatened I will turn to my own ingenuity and rummage through the junk drawer of my existence determined to find the improvised implements necessary to carry out these words.

I am strong; but I will need your help.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Restoring Windows 8 Laptops

I bought a new laptop with Windows 8. The first thing I wanted to do was get it working with Ubuntu in a dual-boot configuration. This went all wrong and I ended up with a wiped drive.

The laptop didn't come with any recovery media and the recovery USB key that I made from inside Windows wouldn't boot so I found that I had to start from scratch if I wanted try again.

I found out that if you're a member of MSDN you can download Windows 8 isos here.

By searching the SHA hash I found a link to this forum page. It contains magnet links to the iso files. By matching the SHA hash on the downloaded file, you can confirm that it is legitimate.

Once you have the magnet link, you can use uTorrent to download the iso.
Download the Microsoft FCIV utility to confirm the file you downloaded is identical to the MSDN version.

The command you run will look something like this:
C:\Users\xxxx>C:\Users\xxxx\Downloads\fciv.exe -sha1 "C:\Users\xxxx\Downloads\Wi
ndows 8.1 with Update (x64) - MultiLang\en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_40650
90.iso"
 You can use ISO Recorder to burn the image to DVD.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

GTA Cycling Maps

Here are a list of of links to GTA cycling maps. I find these useful for planning exit routes from the city for short bike tours. Google Maps also does a good job.

You can also get in and out of the GTA quite conveniently using GO buses and trains.

City / Regional Pages

Other Pages

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fwd: Fort York Cycle Bridge

Huh?

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From: Councillor Mammoliti <councillor_mammoliti@toronto.ca>
Date: Mon, May 16, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Subject: Re: Fort York Cycle Bridge
To: Chad M <chadmounteny@gmail.com>


Thank you for your email.

Please note that I am currently experiencing a higher than normal
incoming email volume and am unable to receive your message at this
time. Kindly redirect your email to my staff and it will brought to my
attention:

Melissa Palladino, Executive Assistant: mpallad@toronto.ca

Tamara Macgregor, Executive Assistant: tmacgre@toronto.ca

Lucy Arnone, Constituent Assistant: larnone@toronto.ca


Kind Regards,

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti
York West, Ward 7


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We Love Power and Hate Authority.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Virtual Appliance Automatter

I just had a notion, to start a VPS service like Slicehost but with the agenda of the activist hosting services (resist, riseup). Providing cheap utility computing for power-spreading projects.

Thats not exactly what I wanted to write about though; I had the thought at work the other day of creating an automated mess that would constantly make an up to date virtual appliance of ubuntu in different flavours available to the web by torrent.

So script virtualbox to nightly bring up a machine, download and install updates, clear its logs - then export a virtual appliance, zip it, and provide a torrent of it. In this way a fresh machine for experimenting on would always be available.

Also I just remembered to look into getting firegpg working well with bsquirrel mail for easy secure webmail.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Immigration Raids at Dufferin Mall

Dear Sir,

Today I received an email from the community group No One is Illegal. They've asserted that last week Immigration Officers visited Dufferin Grove Mall and stopped people while shopping and in their workplaces demanding that they produce documentation regarding their status in Canada based solely on their skin colour, accent and other racial profiling characteristics. Additionally, those that were that unable to produce documentation were arrested and are being detained without access to legal support.

This is quite outrageous to me that my neighbours and fellow citizens
are being harassed by agents of the federal government based on their appearance and culture. Since I can find nothing on the matter in the media- I'd like to ask if you could provide any information to me about any random checks being done by immigration officials in this riding. And if such raids are occurring what you shall be doing to prevent further race-based harassment of your constituents.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Using ISO repositories in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Server

I found an ISO image on HP's support website that has a collection of
utilities to use with Ubuntu Server on HP Proliant Servers (ie DL360,
380). Rather than mess with FSTAB to keep the ISO permanently mounted
and available, I temporarily mounted the image and copied the
directory structure to my home directory like so;
sudo mkdir /media/isoimage
sudo mount /home/readability/HP_ProLiant_Value_Add_Software-8.32-6-2.iso
/media/isoimage/ -t iso9660 -o loop
cp -r /media/isoimage/ hprepo
sudo umount /media/isoimage
sudo rm -rf /media/isoimage

Now open Ubuntu Software Source list;
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

And add the following lines to the end of the file;
deb file:/home/readability/hprepo/ karmic 8.32/non-free

Note that 'karmic' will correspond to whatever distribution you happen
(and the repository is for!) to be using (ie hardy, gutsy, jaunty) and
the term '8.32/non-free' is the path in within the repository below
the distro folder that leads to the folder for whatever version of it
you're using (ie i386).

Now update the source list;
sudo apt-get update

Monday, March 15, 2010

He is not a table-pounding revolutionary, but a practical, hands-on retrofitter.