[Scurry on]Hairball

Scurrying balls of hair

WHO is here:
[FDR Memorial]~rwa2
Rowin Andruscavage
The man behind the curtain.
Sofia Marshak
[Penguin Man]~warren
Warren Andruscavage
Child Process
[Penguin Girl]~thaisa
Thaisa Andruscavage
And then there were two

WHAT is here:
[motion webcam]
Minecraft Server
Persistent land, for the childrens.
Photo Index
of all photos

WHY I am:
My tale
Not just an OS, it's a way of life.

WHAT I am:
[PC Chassis]

Photos of my various incarnations:


cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep "model name"
model name	: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
model name	: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
model name	: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
model name	: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor
              total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
Mem:            31G        2.3G        443M         14G         28G         13G
Swap:          2.0G        2.0G          4K
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1       458G  333G  102G  77% /
/dev/md0         11T  4.4T  6.0T  43% /home

[Operating System]

uname -a
Linux hairball.mine.nu 5.4.0-84-generic #94~18.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Aug 26 23:17:46 UTC 2021 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
cat /etc/issue
Linux Mint 19.1 Tessa

HERE be friends:
The kids' multiseat minecraft box, with a Quad-core 3.2Ghz Athlon and dual 560Ti GPUs cobbled together from craigslist.
Win7 gaming rig. 3.2Ghz Athlon X4 with some 6 GB of RAM and a Geforce 560Ti.
Sofia's Win8 Lenovo IdeaPad Z710 desktop replacement laptop. The Intel 7260 bt/wifi card is miserable and causes no end of connectivity problems, even with several workarounds in place. There were also lots of problems with the hybrid Intel HD4600 / NVidia Geforce GT 745M GPUs until enough drivers were finally updated to finally keep the Intel GPU from dorking up the works. I don't think she's ever going to let me choose a computer for her again, and I'm certainly going to try harder to avoid everything Intel.
My old skin from before I was transplanted into a little ION shoebox. Dual core 2.2Ghz Athlon II 64 and a Geforce 8800
Mom's old Dell Inspiron 1150 entertains the kids these days. Upgraded to a top-of-the-line 2.6Ghz P4 with 1.5GB of DDR RAM. Unfortunately, its GPU is not upgradeable, so it's stuck with non-OpenGL-capable embedded intel graphics. Which is a good way to make sure the kids only use it to do work.
Cheap Win8 HP Stream 7 tablet running Sofia's small Steam library. Mostly just use it for Chrome and Mini-Metro.
Sofia's little EeePC 901 20GB which had run eeebuntu 3, thenFuduntu, and now just runs a recent Linux Mint LiveUSB distro. It's connected to the kids' Casio digital piano so we can record / playback USB MIDI with Rosegarden
Viewsonic 10" G-Tablet running VeGaN-Tab. Also played with TeamDRH ("Dirty Reset Hole") on it for a while, but went back to VeGaN-Tab for speed and stability and better devices support. Mostly just use it to stream music.
Not really sure what to do with this Raspberry Pi v.B ... maybe get some BSOD screensaver on it so I can troll various monitors I find in public.

Dearly Departed:
Sofia's AMD-based Toshiba Satellite desktop replacement laptop running Windows 8 x86.
2.2Ghz P4-M Dell Inspiron 8500, with a Geforce4 video card too old to really do anything useful. Used to be my gaming box back in the day... now the display is dead, time to scavenge it for parts.
Sofia's 700Mhz G3 iBook running MacOSX. Made a half-decent Ken Burns effect screensaver box (except for its limited color display). Had the highest resale value, sold it to some kid for $60 in 2010.
Nastja's old Sony Vaio desktop from her college days. I managed to scavenge a bit more SDR RAM for it as well as a 1.6Ghz P4, but its silly SiS chipset had some incompatibility with nVidia cards. I did stick an ancient ATi Rage 7500 All-in-Wonder in it before unloading it at a yard sale.
Dual 2.2Ghz Athlon XP-M (unlocked to work in SMP on a Tyan Tiger MPX motherboard), it was a decent machine with a Geforce 6800GS. Sold it to a neighbor.
P.G. County IBM notebook, running Windows XP something. Alas, we hardly knew ye. Well, maybe enough to break into the Administrator account so we could actually install decent gradebook software.
P.G. County Department of Education standard-issue Pentium 166 Gateway laptop, running Win98
33Mhz 486 Toshiba laptop running Debian that got Rowin through his last semester of college, and had taken to riding around in the trunk of his car for no apparent reason.
PPro 200 Dell that lurked behind the sofa.

THERE be friends:
John & Greg's server
Michael Lee's server
Josh's server
Was made for Michael Sawatsewi
Rob's server

Hey, where'd all my friends go?
Michael & Lori's server
hairball.mine.nu has address

150/150Mbps Frontier FiOS

HOW do I get in from the cold?
VNC java

WHEN is it?
We'll always be happy to give you the time of day...

Wednesday, 17-Aug-2022 10:27:12 PDT

10:27:12 up 336 days, 11:29, 11 users, load average: 0.01, 0.03, 0.00

UPS time ?

FROM where do you hail?

Thank you for visiting Hairball's domain.

Your fortune:
/  Wouldn't the sentence "I want to put a \
| hyphen between the words Fish and And   |
| and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips  |
| sign" have been clearer if quotation    |
| marks had been placed before Fish, and  |
| between Fish and and, and and and And,  |
| and And and and, and and and And, and   |
| And and and, and and and Chips, as well |
\ as after Chips?                         /
      ( Y )

Rowin Andruscavage
Last Modified: Sunday, 08-Nov-2020 20:03:16 PST