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This used to be me….


When I write it used to be me, I am not referring to “the artist” 😐

I have been drinking wine for quite some time now, and I’ve noticed the last couple of years wine slowly but steadily lost it’s appeal. Last time I drank wine was months ago, late 2019. There was time where I couldn’t imagine not drinking wine 😮 Hell, I proudly used to say, “Ever since I started drinking wine, there hasn’t passed a week where I didn’t drink at least one bottle” Look at me in this pic in 2001 gobbling up that red, red, wine.



I drink beer now 😎


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Recommendation: Shell Fu and Git at memrise

As you know I’ve followed some basic command line courses not were they only basic, the commands never stuck in my brain null

Memrise has an excellent command line course called Shell Fu created by Adam Chainz, who is also a web developer at memrise. This course not only learns you the command line but it also, as the name of the site already indicates null helps you memorizing the commands.

The other course I highly recommend is the Git course, created by shamgar. In case you wonder what Git is, wikipedia explains it rather well:

In software development, Git (/ɡɪt/) is a distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) system with an emphasis on speed.Initially designed and developed by Linus Torvalds for Linux kernel development, Git has since been adopted by many other projects.

Every Git working directory is a full-fledged repository with complete history and full revision tracking capabilities, not dependent on network access or a central server.

So if you have ambitions in programming, learning Git is a must null

But the course I am totally smitten with at memrise is, the prime factorization course null I joined memrise at the 29th of April to do the Shell Fu course, which I still do daily btw. Yet I control the leadersboards at memrise when it comes to prime factorization null

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What can I say, I just love to break numbers into primes null

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How to check how your BIOS and RAM in Fedora without a reboot

So while I was going through one of  Professor Messor his CompTIA A+ training videos, the computer I was working on started to make a beeping sound and I saw an orange light flashing. If it weren’t stressing me out right now, (I’m broke) it would be funny  photo emo.gif I mean what better way is there to test what I’ve learned so far, huh?

Well a quick Google search taught me that each BIOS manufacturer has his own list of beep codes. So step one is to check who the manufacturer of the BIOS is, I could restart the computer, but I am lazy and impatient  photo talktothehand.gif.

There is a way, of checking who your BIOS manufacturer is without restarting your pc. You can do this by using a command line program called dmidecode .  A command line program(or utility) is a piece of software that can only be opened  in, and/or used through the terminal.

How to install dmidecode

  • open terminal
  • log in as root
  • type “yum install dmidecode” (without the quotation marks)

install dmidecode

At one point during the installation you will be asked to type “Y” or “N”, type “Y”.

So now we have dmidecode installed, let’s check who the BIOS manufacturer is.

  • make sure you are still logged in as root
  • type “dmidecode –type 0”

Et voilà, there is the name of the vendor!

As you can see in my case the vendor is “American Megatrends Inc.”, according to their AMI beep code list, one beep refers to “DRAM refresh failure” which means “The programmable interrupt timer or programmable interrupt controller has probably failed” photo what.gif

So I have a problem with my DRAM……. Hmmm, now what?

Well, I guess I have to check what kind of RAM I have.

  • type in terminal ” dmidecode –type 17″


(Warning, this message shows the info per piece of RAM that’s installed. I have four pieces of RAM installed, and the picture above shows info about the first piece only! (I didn’t want to bore you with a large picture). So don’t forget to scroll down to check the info of all the RAM’s!)

So I have 4 pieces of DDR2,  each with the size of 1024 MB  and a speed of 800 MHz.

So now what?


While typing the tutorial, I took a look at the backside of my tower and there are two circles behind it, I think those are vents. Or one of them is I think, I swiped it with my hand only to get an almost “Mano Negra” so much dust  photo redface.gif!

When  continuing with this tutorial the beep eventually stopped and the fan is less noisy photo clown.gif but the orange light is still flashing…. I am pretty sure the thing always flashed, so I think I am going to leave it at this.

And yes, I am not only lazy but also gross. My ex-boyfriend, a total Alpha-male, once said about my keyboard:”Roja, your keyboard is gross, not just gross but really gross”. Ya’ll know, when an Alpha-male tells you something is gross, it really is gross  photo loveit.gif

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Bloody keyboard!

Today the darn thing fell on top of my recovering (of course Photobucket) wrist.


I seriously considered finding a hammer Photobucket but I figured I need the twat to learn Python.

This comment in my spam box did make me feel a little bit  better.

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A spammer who wrote a comment herself instead of using auto generated crap? Too bad her punctuation is bit off Photobucket otherwise it would have been brilliant.

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My broken wrist in scans and pictures!

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The broken wrist

This was the result of falling down a flight of stairs Photobucket I also had a dislocated elbow btw.

The pins

They’re pretty sharp huh?

Apparantly it was a very mean break and it was decided to place these three pins inside my wrist. Look at how sharp they are Photobucket everytime I moved my pinkie I could atleast feel one of them scrape at the inside of my skin Photobucket

The pins inside my wrist

As you can see the pins were completely buried inside my wristPhotobucket

The wounds being stichted up after the pins were removed

It took quite some force to get them out of my wrist, a nurse had to hold my wrist down while the surgeon used so much force that all I could think was “Please don’t break it againPhotobucket” This is also unfortunately the grossest pic I can give you, I hoped to get a pic of the pins covered in tissue and bloodPhotobucket but they came out remarkebly cleanPhotobucket

While I am still recovering from the wrist and elbow and actually still have physical therapy for both of them, I herewith would like to thank to the entire staff of Sint Fransicus Gasthuis Rotterdam for doing such a great jobPhotobucket PhotobucketPhotobucket  This song I’m dedicating to all of you!

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The pins have been removed!

Like hell they are Photobucket

I not only had cast around a good part of my right arm but I also had 3 pins inside my wrist. Everytime if someone asked if it weren’t itching under my cast I would answer “No, but maybe that’s because everytime I move my fingers, I can feel the pins scrape at the inside of my skinPhotobucket“. (This reply always led to horror-struck faces.)

They’re pretty sharp huh?

These pins  were completely buried inside my wristPhotobucket They have been removed last Thursday, while I was partially under. I must say the feeling of having something removed out of my bones was quite intresting, at the very least. I wouldn’t object to experiencing that againPhotobucketDon’t worry, I am not planning to break something againPhotobucketBesides the force that was used scared the hell out of me. A nurse had to hold down my wrist while the surgeon used so much force to remove the pins, that all I could think was “Please, don’t break my wrist againPhotobucket“.

I would love to gross you guys out with a picture of the pins covered in my blood. Unfortunately, a picture of the wounds being sticthed and the long elegant fingers of surgeon Vijgen will have to do.

Since another doctor just went nuclear on my arse when I tried (= I didn’t stand a chance) to discuss the pro’s and cons off a sub-clavicular piercing. (Ever noticed, how all doctors are great at the “Child, I am the parent you’ve never had and right now,  I am very dissapointend in youPhotobucket” lecture?) I’ve let go of the idea of permanent Photobucket foreign objects inside me. Unless, I live to see an RFID chip forced inside me, all for the sake of  “national security” of course Photobucket

Here you can read and see how someone is having that crap planted inside him voluntarily at a hackers conference of all placesPhotobucketWhich reminds me, I still have to read “This Perfect Day” by Ira Levin in which the main character is nicknamed “Chip”.

Btw, here is a scan of my broken wrist, next time I’m in the hospital I’ll see if I can get a scan of my wrist with the pins insidePhotobucket

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How to respond like a grown up

Here you can read Oracle Linux it’s product page. Appearantly the way to promote their product is by attacking CentOS Photobucket I actually don’t know what’s more pathetic Photobucket Oracle Linux it’s product page or Oracle Linux it’s version of Tux.

While Oracle is free to represent their distribution the way they want. I can’t help but think that they don’t have high regards of their target audience of which I am NO part,  thank you very much Photobucket

Anyway, eventhough Oracle attacks CentOS, it’s believed that the real aim is Red Hat. Sounds tinfoil hattish to you? Take a look at the Red Hat’s response to Oracle’s “Unbreakable” Linux.

Yes kids, this is how we grown ups do business Photobucket Next time your Mum tells you to play nice, ignore her.

Btw, here is a pdf file of the current Oracle’s “Unbreakable” Linux page, just in case Oracle might change it in something more proffesional. Yes, I’m nice like that Photobucket!