Wednesday, June 30, 2010

linux df command

If you want to see info about partition usage in Linux, the df command is handy tool.
The df command by itself shows you the partition size and usage in "blocks" of each mounted filesystem:

$ df

But that form of the command also shows you temporary filesystems.

The following form of the command shows the mounted filesystems in a more human-readable format (in megabytes and gigabytes), showing filesystem "Type," and excluding the temporary filesystems:

$ df -hT -x tmpfs

Monday, June 28, 2010


Because of that no-hitter that was taken away from Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga and some of the mistakes at the World Cup, I'm having to reconsider my stance against video replay. My feeling at the moment is that the refs and umps are human and they're going to make mistakes. Then they're gonna feel awful about it later; or they're gonna be put on the hot seat about it, and in cases like World Cup refs, their lives or their families lives could be put in danger because of mistakes made in the games.

So, maybe it's time to give them some help from technology.

For soccer, I'm just not sure how you implement it, and what affect it would have on the game. The kind of waiting that you have to do for NFL instant replay seem unacceptable for soccer. So, I don't know.

My point of view all along has been, "If the ref or ump makes a bad call, you just go on to the next play, go on to the next game, deal with it. It's part of the game, like a bad bounce is part of the game. Quit crying about it, it's only a game, not life or death."

I still feel that way, but other people take these games too seriously sometimes. Because of that, I think that instant replay should be considered.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

parker out

Say it ain't so.

Candace Parker of the L.A. Sparks is out for the season with a shoulder injury.

The Sparks have been struggling this season. They currently sit tied for last place in the Western Conference.

But Parker has still been great. 2nd in the WNBA in scoring at 20.6 per game. 4th in rebounding (10.1). 2nd in blocks (2.2). Shooting 50.0% from the field. Not bad! Sad to see her season come to an end like that.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

la copa

I don't have cable, so I can't watch the World Cup on ESPN. No matter. In my humble opinion, the best place to watch La Copa MundiĆ”l is on Spanish-language UnivisiĆ³n television.

For free.

Today, caught a great match between Ghana and Australia. Final: Ghana 1, Australia 1.

Group D standings:

Ghana, 4 points, 1-0-1, 2 goals for, 1 goal against.
Germany, 3 points, 1-1-0, 4 goals for, 1 goal against.
Serbia, 3 points, 1-1-0, 1 goal for, 1 goal against.
Australia, 1 point, 0-1-1, 1 goal for, 5 goals against.

another cup of coffee

I wrote a bit about coffee in still just a drug, but The Oatmeal presents a much more entertaining and educational view of coffee in 15(ish) Things Worth Knowing About Coffee. Enjoy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

chromium browser

Here's how I installed the Chromium browser in Mepis 8 and in Mint Elyssa:

- Clicked on the latest build.

- Downloaded

- Moved it to my home directory.

- Opened Konqueror. Right-clicked on > clicked on Extract > clicked on Extract here.

- Went into ~/chrome-linux and clicked on the chrome executable file. This starts the Chromium browser. (Or, I can run it from the terminal, using ~/chrome-linux/chrome).

Added these extensions: Adthwart, Xmarks, 1-ClickWeather for Chrome, and Flashblock. Added a theme, tweaked my settings, created entries for Chromium in the respective menus, and everything's good to go!

Friday, June 11, 2010


The destruction of the Big 12, in full effect. And, to what end?

Nebraska to the Big Ten. Any more teams to follow? Which teams can the Big Ten add to avoid officially becoming a second-rate conference?

Colorado to the Pac-10. Supposedly, the Pac-10 wants to end up with 16 teams by also adding Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech.

Here, we've got Boise State coming to the Mountain West from the WAC. That's a good fit, but I don't know if it'll give the MWC any BCS clout. I don't know if this massive realignment is gonna help any of the teams that have been locked out of the BCS championship in the past, unless the MWC can manage to pull in some other big names.

And speaking of names, what will these new conferences be called? The Big Ten has had eleven teams for years as it is. As for the Pac-10, calling Arizona and Arizona State "Pacific Coast teams" was already stretching things to begin with. I hope both of those conferences will get completely new names to reflect the new reality.

Sad part is that, at the end of the day, we've still got the same lame BCS system, and no playoffs in college football.

Friday, June 4, 2010

jazz, blues on wemu

If you get the chance, and if you like jazz, blues, etc., or if you're generally a public radio fan, check out WEMU radio, streaming online from Ypsilanti, Michigan. It's 89.1 FM if you're in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. Long-time host Michael Jewett is the son of a family friend. Great stuff!

series over?

It's been reported that Phil Jackson is 47-0 with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers in playoff series when his team wins the first game of the series.

Last night, the Lakers pounded the Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, 102-89.

I am not expecting Jackson to go 47-1.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

still just a drug

This isn't the first time I've read something like this, but BBC News Health reporter Michelle Roberts wrote about studies suggesting that for regular coffee drinkers, caffeine only brings them back up to baseline or "normal" levels of alertness: " 'People become immune to coffee boost,' experts believe."

"Although frequent consumers feel alerted by caffeine, especially by their morning tea, coffee or other caffeine-containing drink, evidence suggests that this is actually merely the reversal of the fatiguing effects of acute caffeine withdrawal," said Professor Peter Rogers, of Bristol University, and colleagues.

But Dr Euan Paul of the British Coffee Association recommended more research, adding: "Coffee when consumed in moderation, four to five cups per day, is safe and may confer certain health benefits, including contributing to your daily fluid intake."

Indeed. What would you expect him to say?