Игорь Морозов - На самом краешке земли

Video of a live performance of a song "At the very end of Earth" by poet and singer Igor Morozov. Very interesting fellow, formerly a colonel in GRU (Military intelligence), did a number of tours of duty in Afghanistan during the Soviet field trip there, very good poet. Alot of his songs are about wars, WWII, and the war in Afghanistan, in which he participated. His most famous song is Batalyonnaja Razvedka ("Battalion recon force"), that is more commonly performed by rock group "Kaskad". Recordings of him are rather uncommon, but I do like him and his songs a great deal.


Игорь Морозов
На самом краешке земли

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Несколько "тостов" с концерта Михаила Кочеткова

Just a few random pieces of poetry from a concert of a Moscow poet and singer (we call people like that "bards") Mikhail Kochetkov.

Несколько "тостов" с концерта Михаила Кочеткова:

Жизнь свою я сам конечно загубил,
Ведь рождён я был за светлое сражаться.
Будь я Ленин, я бы Крупскую убил.
Будь я Энгельс, задушил бы нафиг Маркса.

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Поэт я конечно ни какой, переводчик ещё хуже, но тост Михаила Кочеткова как-то зацепил, и попытался я его перевести на Английский.

Из вот этого:

Как много нам открытий чудных
Даруют разные премудрости.
Талант пропить конечно трудно
Но мы ведь не боимся трудностей.

Получилось вот это:

Discoveries exciting plenty
Are handed forth by wisdoms various
It's hard to drink a talent through,
But we are not afraid of difficulties.

Можно попробовать перевести вторую строчку как:
(Are) Bestowed to us by wisdoms various.

Коряво конечно. Может у кого-то лучше получится?
  • Current Music
    Михаил Кочетков-Не надо Путина ругать....mp3

Decrypting PDFs using GhostScript

For what it's worth, you can use GhostScript to convert encrypted PDFs that have owner password set (but do not have open password set) to unencrypted PDFs using the following command line:

gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=unencrypted.pdf -c .setpdfwrite -f encrypted.pdf

It's quite slow (since each object gets decrypted separately), but it works. One of the side-effects is that the unencrypted PDF file gets quite a bit larger in size. At this point you can use pdftk to even further decompress the file (and actually be able to do some editing of the data) using

pdftk  unencrypted.pdf  output unencrypted_uncompressed.pdf uncompress

Once editing is done, recompress thusly:
pdftk unencrypted_uncompressed.pdf output unencrypted_recompressed.pdf compress

Writing a batch file, such as

for ii in *pdf ; do gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=unencrypted.${ii} -c .setpdfwrite -f ${ii} ; done

is left as an exercise to the reader.

Next, of course, is the fun of removing watermarks from PDF files :-) Some of that can be done by editing uncompressed and unencrypted file, but alot of it is a pain in the behind to do.

Yes, Ultra 10 boots OpenSolaris snv_130

To my great surprise, latest (and last, RIP SXCE) OpenSolaris runs (well, glaciates) on an Ultra 10. Considering that the Ultra 10 was first sold in 1999, and sold last in 2002, we are talking about 8 year old system.

U10s were clunkers even in their prime, since they were IDE based, had issues with large IDE disks, and IDE interrupts were really killing the performance of the systems. At the time, trick was to install a SCSI controller into U10, and shoehorn in a SCSI OS disk, and once the OS was installed to unplug all the IDE devices, including CD-Rom drive. Then the performance of the system would pick up, and it would do decent I/O too.

I guess this is one more testament to both reliability and future-proofiness of Sun hardware.

So yes, I am shedding a tear for Sun.

I put this system together to use it for some network archeology, and dig at some of the old 4 and 9 gig SCSI disks, and see if there is something on them worth saving before I ditch them. With the costs of 1TB SATA disks dropping below $90 range, I decided to go through and ditch about 40 SCSI disks that are sitting on various shelves at my place. I suspect that the only two systems I will leave for hysterical raisins would be an old Enterprise 4000 with eight 400Mhz CPUs, and an old Ultra 60. Everything else will be copied over, and eventually trashed.

And yes, I feel both nostalgic and sad.

bash-4.0# date -u
Fri Jan 22 21:32:29 GMT 2010
bash-4.0# uname -a
SunOS plamya 5.11 snv_130 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-5_10
bash-4.0# cat /etc/release 
                 Solaris Express Community Edition snv_130 SPARC
           Copyright 2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
                        Use is subject to license terms.
                           Assembled 14 December 2009

prtdiag output after the cut.

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Novatel MC950D USB modems fail

I had two Novatel MC950D USB HSDPA/UMTS/GPRS modems fail on me so far. First unit was bought on eBay from HongKong, was a generic unlocked unit, and worked for about 2 months before dieing in the middle of use. Second one was Rogers branded, and bought for 129 CAD at Future shop, and worked also for about 2 months, failing sometime between uses, apparently.

In both cases externally the unit appears to work - when plugged into USB port it starts blinking red then switches the blue to indicate that there is a network available. So it seems like the USB power subsystem and Qualcomm radio in the unit work. However in both cases unit is no-longer shows up on USB bus, and thus is no-longer recognizable by the computer.

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Both of the units have "REV 1" stamped on the motherboard (can be seen through the hole in housing near the illustration of the SIM card on the bottom of the unit).

Information from the bottom of the Rogers branded MC950D: OVATION MC950D, Model: NRM-MC950D, FCC ID: NBZNRM-MC950D, IC 3229A-MC950D. Qualcomm 3G CDMA.

Basically, at this point I am rather convinced that there is a design flaw in this particular revision of MC950D, and while newer revisions might end up addressing the problem, for now buyer beware.

Update 2009-05-28: Another MC950D (replacement of the previous one, Rogers Rocket Stick branded) died after working for all of 4 months. Yay, way to go Novatel!