Nice To Know

“Sit back in your chairs and put your feet flat on the deck. Knees apart, your hands limp on the inside of your lap. Now, close your eyes and drop your chin until it rests on your chest.

Let’s breathe slowly, deeply, and regularly. Take all the wrinkles out of your forehead. Relax your scalp. Just let go. Now let your jaw sag-g-g. Let it drop open. Now relax the rest of your face muscles. Get the brook trout look on your face. Even relax your tongue and lips. Just let them go loose. Breathe slowly.

Now, let’s go after the eight muscles that control your eyes. Let them go limp in their sockets. No focus, just let them go limp. Breathe slowly.

Now drop your shoulders as low as they will go. You think that they are low, but let them go more.  Did you feel the muscles in the back of your neck go limp? When you think you are really relaxed, let them go even more.

Now, let’s relax your chest. Take a deep breath. Hold it. Exhale and blow out all your tensions. Just let your chest collapse. Let it sag-g-g. Imagine you are a big, heavy blob on the chair, a jellyfish. Breathe slowly. When you exhale, release more and more of your tensions.

Let’s go after your arms. Talk directly to your arm muscles. First, talk to your right bicep. Tell it to relax, go limp. Do the same to your right forearm. Now to the right hand and fingers. Your arm should feel like a dead weight on your leg. Repeat the relaxation process with your left arm. Breathe slowly.

Your entire upper body has been exposed to relaxation and a warm, pleasant feeling comes over you. You feel good. A sense of well-being invades your body.

Now for your lower body. Talk to your right thigh muscles. Let them go to a dead weight on the chair. Let the meat hang on the bones. Go through the same routine for the right calf muscles. Then all the muscles of your right ankle and foot. Tell yourself that your right leg has no bones in it. It is just a flabby, heavy weight on the deck. Repeat the process with your left thigh, calf, ankle, and foot.

At present you are all relaxed physically, or think you are. For a little insurance, let’s take three deep breaths and when you let them out, blow out all the remaining tensions, one . . . whoosh, two . . . whoosh, three . . . whoosh.”

Bud Winters „Relax & Win“

StreetComplete is an Android app which finds wrong, incomplete or extendable data in the user’s vicinity and provides them the tools to complete these easily and directly on site without having to use another editor.

Data issues are presented to the user as markers on a map (like with Mapdust for example). They can be solved by filling out a simple form to complete/correct the information. The user’s answer is then processed and directly uploaded into the OSM database in atomic commits in the name of the user’s OSM account. Since the app is meant to be used while out and about, it works offline and otherwise aims to be economic with data usage. Note: to use it offline first connect to the Internet and point it to the area of interest and leave it running. It has a cache whose size can be varied where it stores tiles of the area so to use it off-line and see the streets it must be used in this way. Cache is stored at disk[1] – but Android system may decide to delete it (happens on phones without plenty of disk space available). Also, viewing location at one zoom level will not cache map for other zoom levels. It stores the answered quests and when an opportunity arises it will silently upload them to OSM. The top shows the number completed and the number still to be uploaded is shown by (+XX).

The app is aimed at users who do not know anything about OSM tagging schemes but still want to contribute to OpenStreetMap by surveying their neighbourhood (or other places). Because of the target group, the app only presents issues which are answerable very clearly by asking one simple question, and which involve very few false positives.

You can help to translate the user interface via POEditor

Suggestions and bug fixes via GitHub (see https://github.com/westnordost/StreetComplete/wiki/Adding-new-Quests-to-StreetComplete before proposing new quests)

via openstreetmap.org

So last update on RaspBMC and the new Browser App broke EVERYTHING.
Came to an „Kernel Panic“ screen in the morning.

Experimenting with several COMPLETELY USELESS solutions I finally found one that worked.
So here is what you have to do:

1) Take the SD card out and put it in a different computer. Linux/Win doesn’t matter.
2) Open config.txt in a text editor. As you see, there are several entries saying something with „browser“. Delete everything so that the only content in there is this:

start_file=start_x.elf
fixup_file=fixup_x.dat

3) Save and put the SD card back in the RasPI. Boot
3b) Optional: delete every file on the SD card with „browser“ in the filename. I did this because I was pissed off. Did not break anything and since I’m not interested in this „feature“ I didn’t care.

Usually, you should be good at this point. RasPI will boot and update (Stay cool. Can take a while. If you need details, push ESC when it gives you the option).
When you’re back in RaspBMC go to Programs / Raspbmc Settings and press OK. You’ll need to reboot afterwards. If you experience any problems booting up, check the contents of the config.txt on the SD Card again.
Mine looks like this:

arm_freq=800
gpu_mem=128
disable_overscan=1
force_turbo=1
start_file=start_x.elf
fixup_file=fixup_x.dat
hdmi_force_hotplug=1
hdmi_drive=2

Unfortunately I did not get into RaspBMC after step 3. In my case I got this:

Free initramfs and switch to another root fs:
chroot to NEW_ROOT, delete all in /, move NEW_ROOT to /,
execute NEW_INIT. PID must be 1. NEW_ROOT must be a mountpoint.

This sounded like most of the useless solutions to me. It looked extreme. Something I did not want to do.
It turned out that I had to put the USB drive I was using to the upper port while the keyboard dongle had to go on the lower port.

So booting up I realized that the keyboard didn’t work. RasPI was also not reachable through SSH. At least not through the local IP. It worked great through the WAN IP so I could at least run some commands.
So after even more googling I found a simple solution:

sudo rm /scripts/upd_hist/kver
sudo reboot

After the reboot bot the USB and SSH worked again.

Special thanks go to miappa from stm labs!

P.S. There are HORRIBLE solutions for Linux related problems out there. If you ever come by some people telling you that your hardware is broken or that you have to execute some xx-lines script to solve a problem: LOOK AGAIN, GOOGLE MORE! Most of the times, the solution is easy and does not require you to rebuild everything or buy new hardware…

n2k: Twaddler

Twaddler live streams geotagged tweets from around a given area, such as your home town, but you don’t have to stay there. You can check out what’s happening in London, New York, Paris, anywhere! Just use the Go To box.

 

http://www.twaddler.ca/