Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ComputerLife : Saving an Old Hard Drive : Re-Mapping Bad Cluster's The Easy Way : VivaRD

By Avatar JayR Cela

    As everyone know's, hard disk drives eventually fail. It is usually obvious when your system starts to hang for one reason or another, with no real rhyme or reason, and some odd ball error messages that make absolutely no sense at all start popping up.

    Now, I have had good and bad experiences with both Western Digital and Seagate, the two most common currently available mechanical ( spinning disk type ) brands, and in the case of WD, superb warranty support. It makes no difference though and let's face it most HD's if they are defective will fail either immediately or shortly there after, however they do wear out over time, and certain portions of the magnetic substrate ( sectors ) can suffer from deterioration, subsequently the result is the above mentioned symptoms.

    In the past it has been difficult for the average person to try and salvage a dying hard disk, please remember depending upon how much deterioration has already taken place will determine wither or not you can save the device.

    Let's say for instance you have a 500gb device with aprx.. 980000000 sectors and 39 to 200 of them are bad, your chances of a successful remapping of the bad clusters to good ones are pretty good, this will inform the drive(s) built in firmware ( S.M.A.R.T. Drive )  where these bad sectors are located and to avoid them in the future.  ( SMART Drive is typically turned On by'default' or Off in the computers BIOS Settings )

    There are programs you can purchase to do this for you automatically, Gibson Research - SpinRite comes to my mind. You can however use a free software tool called VivaRD, and it is available on a product I have mentioned before in my other blog, "The Virtual World Technologist" Ultimate Boot CD. UBCD is an .ISO file that contains numerous tools for computer professionals and novice users alike. It is available here http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ 
I will warn you though the web page has a lot of click on here advertising crap, so be forewarned ! This link is a safer bet http://ubcd.linuxfreedom.com/

    The one you will be looking for is, ViVARD, a very basic low-level program with a minimal DOS style UI, it's not scary at all. You Just Have To Read, Before You Proceed. / LOL :_) I just had to say that :_)

     And it is a 2 step process as well as time consuming, find it in the UBCD menu under the UBCD CD Applications- HDD Diagnosis -  Menu. Open the program and select the HD you wish to test. and first run a scan, this will take a long time, depending upon your equipment 2 to 4 hours or more, next step is, ( Do Not Exit the Program ), re-run scan with the remap option. Fortunately the second scan already has the info it needs in order to do a scan and remap, in about half the time of the original.

     That should get ya back in order, one thing to remember though is, if you data was already really screwed up in the first place, this is no guarantee you will be able to recover it successfully.

     VivaRD  does seem to have a home page of sorts offering a download ZIP file containing  file  vivard.exe / I have not tried that / but here is the page I found
http://www.copyrsoft.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=53&lang=en

   Anyways, the version included with UBCD worked for me, I like the fact that when using UBCD, by default you have not mounted any partitions or file systems, except those on the actual CD or TD ( thumb drive ).

JayR :_)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SecondLife : The TOS : and : Best Di-section I've Read So Far is Nalates Things & Stuff : April 14 2014

By Avatar JayR Cela

    If you have any inkling of what a small and currently growing amount of folk's in SL actually know about the TOS changes made last year, and you are a content creator in SL then you really owe it to yourself to read Nalates Things & Stuff blog from yesterday.

    She does a wonderful job of breaking in down, and wording various aspect's in such a way as to be easily understandable.  Link is here
http://blog.nalates.net/2014/04/14/linden-lab-tos-and-creative-commons/#more-12590

    Believe it or not, there are still a number of people, that are completely in the dark on this issue. STILL !!

    Read this post, and it should clear up any question you may have.

    Then read LL's and Ebbe Linden's comments posted on various other blogs, as to: Well we have no ill intention 's. That's just Bull Crap !

     It's like saying to me, well you don't think we ( I ) would actually ever do such a thing, do you? And you answering  to them sheepishly, No.

   Then in the next breath ( sentence ) their reply to you is. Good just keep thinking that.

     Have you ever watched the Television Show ? : The Big Bang Theory ? Where Sheldon is occasionally confronted by his arch nemesis, Will Wheaton ( Wesley Crusher from StarTrek TNG ) / Way to funny / LOL :_) continuing.....

       The way the current contract is worded, your screwed !! Plain and simple ! The lawyers in the LL legal division, have admonished  themselves ( LL ) from any sort of responsibility whatsoever.

    You can do what ever you like, I have no desire or reason to dissuade you from anything, however I do feel a strong enough bond between all of the Graphics, Video, Audio creative type's out there enough to state my opinion's.

     Now I'm not a creative person as far as graphic's are concerned. my skills lye strictly within the realm of audio creation, I have worked  together with people most of my adult life in the Audio Industry, anytime I hear a phrase such as ( We Have No Intentions Of..... ????. ) ( Your about to get screwed and, You are in trouble !! ) Hell People Wake UP !!!!! IT's In the Freaking Contract you digitally signed !!!!!

    And I can tell ya from numerous years in that industry.

    If you ever, for what ever reason end up in court over this, the way the TOS is currently worded, your gonna loose, in a heartbeat.  I am not a lawyer, nor claim to be. I'm just telling ya from past experience, you will not have a leg to stand on in court, you will also be stuck with all the expenses involved !

    In closing, I will just reiterate what I have said before about this BLOG. It is not a New's Blog !! It is an Opinion Blog !  My Opinion's, and perhaps from time to time a guest writer's. 

JayR Cela 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

SecondLife : Looks Interesting Again : Is Ebbe Linden The Real Deal ? : Still No TOS Changes Announced.

By Avatar JayR Cela

    So far I have not met anyone with a negative opinion of the new SL CEO, this is fantastic news to myself and I would imagine a whole lot of folk's.

    He is however still gracefully skirting around the TOS changes made in August 2013. That is disappointing me greatly. I mean crap or get off the pot, ya can say all the nice stuff ya like about we ( LL ) have no intention of stealing your creative content ( outright, theft in my personal opinion ). 

    But until this issue is addressed properly.

     Still A No Thank's

JayR Cela :(

Saturday, April 12, 2014

SecondLife : New FireStorm Viewer With Tear Off Menu's Coming Soon

By Avatar JayR Cela

    I had a hard time finding this place from the official announcement / so here is a direct TP link once you are in-world open your Map. And in the find box type in Phoenix Firestorm and set you location to 147,129,4002

    That should get ya there, apparently something is going screwy with the LL SLUR thingy, so until that is fixed your maybe or maybe not gonna get here. If ya need a TP, just IM me, I am very excited about the Tear Off Menu stuff the FS team is about to implement.

JayR Cela :_)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

LinuxLife : Since Win XP's demise : Whats Next In The Linux Desktop ?

By Avatar JayR Cela

    This is a really good question, since Linux is kinda the wild open west sort of an environment, it's really difficult to pin it down. All of the Current Desktop User Interfaces are pretty good. Some more so than others. It boils down too your personal preferences, myself I really enjoy using the MATE Desktop and Cinnamon, that does not mean they are the best.

    I think a lot of folks are just plain scared of Linux, and probably for good reason, if ya don't know what your doing, it is incredibly easy to screw things up !

    If your Win XP machine is still up and running, you may want to explore the site
http://distrowatch.com/

    And once ya get done with doing whatever. Please disconnect your Win XP from the internet.

Good Luck : I rescue old outdated computers regularly, simply by installing a properly suited distribution to the hardware. If you have any questions, or need some assistance, I can be reached at cinnamatestudios@gmail.com

I will do anything I possibly can to help you out.

JayR Cela :_)

Monday, April 7, 2014

SecondLife : Ebbie Linden : Are You Listening ? : It's All About The Creatives : Fix The TOS

By Avatar JayR Cela

    I seriously doubt if Ebbe reads this blog, a few Lindens and former employee's do, but it makes no difference, I have all but abandoned SL in wake of the TOS, ' stating that ' ( LL owns everything lock stock and barrel what any  ( we the creative )  people bring here )

    SL is a NICHE, the fact that it still exist's is beyond belief. And I truly feel the only reason it is still here is not because of LL or the well known inconsistent attitudes towards creative's.It is because at, one time, a hell of a lot of people that truly believed in the platform, and through out all the seemingly odd ball changes, quite a few of them ( including myself ) remained.

     The Lab originally developed SL as an experiment devoted towards offering the ultimate creative 3D environment that had ever been not only conceived. it was actually implemented in real life as well. ( And it's still here ! )

     Time to get back to it's root's is what I say !! ' However ' until the TOS wording proclaiming ( the out-right theft of IP rights by LL is addressed  ) we own everything, including your soul, is reworded. / LOL / you folk's are truly unbelievable. / HAAA-Haaa.

    We are all fool's until we learn.

    I guess. In the mean time.

    No thanks

JayR Cela

ComputerLife : The Importance of Open Source Video Drivers

By Avatar JayR Cela

    This aspect of ComputerLife cannot be ignored, Open Source alternative video drivers, are making leaps and bounds, in some cases surpassing their propriety counterparts.

    Gaming on Linux is a major driving force behind this trend. I am a MS Windows User since version 3.0, and although I love Mac's I can not justify the extra price, PC's are it for me, I can work on them, I can repair them, and I can install all sorts of software that in my mind is just as good as the priority stuff.

    The biggest bottleneck so far has been VD's ( video drivers )

    I can't wait until next year, and purchasing my first tablet computer. And I promise I won't complain when I realize 2 or 3 years down the road it's broken, and I will customarily dispose of it, because there is nothing inside of it you can fix. So I'll buy a new one, and the OS video driver performance will have improved  ( by then I'm perdicting 5 fold ) and then I am planning a trip to Mars, and a short hop skip and jump to the Star Trek Federation Headquarters.

LOL :_)

Tri-Corders here I come!

JayR Cela :_)

SecondLife : Will GO Go Over ?

By Avatar JayR Cela

    Yeah !! Big Time !!

    I don't care much for fancy phones or tablets, hell I'm getting old, and the bigger the better as far as I am concerned.  I love taking things apart, figuring out stuff, how can I make it better.

    But that's old school, and I find myself being left out in the abysmal cold. I recently ran into a n old acquaintance who with a Tablet kindly demonstrated the SL GO platform to me.

    WOW ! This is very Kool Stuff.

    Damm, now I guess I'll just have to start looking for a tablet computer / LOL

JayR Cela :_)

RealLife : ComputerLife : Getting Rid of Wall-Warts : External Power Adapters for Electronic Goods

By Avatar JayR Cela

    Years ago anything electronic that you purchased had an internal power supply, you turned it on and off, when it was on it was consuming electricity, when you turned it of it was not, except in limited cases, the unit was still drawing some sort of extremely low amount of current.

    Today we are angrily greeted by everything we buy having some sort of AC adapter with all sorts of odd-ball voltage-current outputs, and to top it off none of them are labeled ( readily ) as to which device they belong to. I can't tell ya how many times I have watched hapless musician's plug in the wrong power adapter to a device that although it had the proper connector type, the voltage-current etc.. was incorrect.

    Anyways to make a long story short, Wall-Warts ( AC Power Adapters ) draw electricity 24/7, electronic component's with built in power supplies do not.

    It's time to outlaw these things.

JayR Cela

SecondLife : A History of, from My Point of View : Can Ebbe Linden Save SecondLife ? : Amend The TOS !!

By Avatar JayR Cela

    Back into the Way-Back-Machine, I first arrived into the virtual world SecondLife back in September of 2005, and Wow, was it ever Kool ! ( at least back then it was ) I had just started my recovery from a small stroke and severe closed head injury, so I felt the ability to get out beyond my physical confines was truly a tremendous feeling. I started joining different groups and meeting people. I attended numerous LL-SL related meetings in-world. And everything was good, and then suddenly Phillip Linden ( Rosedale ) decided to depart as CEO, and turn over the reigns to M. Linden ( Mark Kingdon ) Boy that was a Fiasco of Major Proportion's, the company seemed to split off into 2 separate entity's, corporate and artistic, with an emphasis on the potential possible windfall of $$$ to be had by the Big Wig Corporate influx of new paying users. SecondLife was no longer a fantasy land.  During his tenure M. Linden rushed into place what is now referred to as Viewer 2. UGH!! I think just about all the Old Farts still left here in SL can remember that Black Hole.

    Luckily V2 evolved intoV3, as Phillip Linden stepped back into the CEO shoes temporarily and all was well again. Or so we thought. Rod Linden former CEO of Electronic Art's was appointed as the new captain of the ship. It was at this point that SL suddenly started to become dark and cold as numerous LL in-world meetings were shuttered, the JIRA was gutted of proper utilization ( basically communications lines from the community to LL were severed ) as the SL team of developers went upon their merry way with introducing all sort's of neat, nifty new features no one within the community was really asking for ( Does Linden Homes Ring A Bell - Large swathes of land with abandoned and mostly empty 512m parcels with bizarre looking prefab homes ) Path-finding also another flop, managed to sneak in. Mesh, still a disaster in waiting as far as apparel is concerned.  I really figured Rod could pull it off, but a certain air of aloofness, seemed to be permeating  the LL staff, as numerous Lindens were either let go or simply resigned. I think the final straw ( or last nail in the coffin for Rodvik ) was the C.H.U.I. interface, no one in the development team or the alpha-beta tester's liked it. But it not only was eventually pushed through. ( after holding up other of much more pressing problems that needed solving ). And to much dismay it has turned out to be a complete flop as well. However time moves on, and Rodvick decided it was a good idea to start throwing as much crap against the wall as possible in order to defeat the Evil Third Party Viewer Developers, whom by the way were making the official LL-SL viewer developers look like a bunch of totally out of touch with reality people. ( Subsequently Viewer Name Tags were banned, too many people were using TPV's and making the Lab look bad )   Burning Man was no longer going to be supported by LL. neither was the yearly SL Birthday bash, Educational Institute subsidies were discontinued. Desura the indie game distro entity was gobbled up ( and soon to be spit back out, maybe ) some odd ball indie games were purchased and shortly thereafter shelved. The TOS was amended  effectively screwing all of the independent content-creators of retaining their individual IP right's. Major private Sim's started closing, Mainland parcels were being abandoned at a rapid pace as well.

     That's all I can remember right about now, the Big Konk on the head I got back in 2005 still affect's my abilities to think clearly sometimes.

    So now we have Ebbe Linden, and from what I have been reading so far, this guy may be just the right fit into SL's odd-ball niche culture. By that I mean, as I see it SL is an artistic community involved within the RL worlds largest Virtual Reality sandbox. Ebbe seems to be a real person, he has been seen attending numerous SL event's, meeting together with prominent SL bloggers, and doing just about everything right that anyone could expect from someone with such an important position. I wish him all the best, I think he can pull it off.

    I would like to offer a few suggestion's.

#1 There is a crap load of abandoned Main Land in SL, how about restarting the SL Moles team of landscape developers.

#2 Bring back as many LL employee in-world meetings as possible.

#3 Bring back the Educational Institute discount's ( In fact, how about donating entire parcels (sims) free of charge )

#4 Return Homestead limited use parcels (sims)

#5 Close Linden Homes ( no one uses them anyways )

#6 Embrace Hyper Grid and start contributing to the project again ( Hell Linden Lab & IBM created it )

#7 Get off your False Soap Box proclaiming individual IP rights will be protected in SL, while the company two-facedly  and blatantly steals ours.

    I am all about the TOS thing right now, I don't trust LL, if you do, that's your right to do so.

Myself I won't trust them as far as I can spit into a swift wind anymore. An example, I am currently working on a truly massive database of GPL sound effect's, at this point in time I have no intentions of devoting any time, energy, or support to the SL platform.

JayR Cela :(