Sunday, June 17, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Melancholy Landscaping

My Mom asked me to do yard clean up at my Grandma's house. I spent sixteen hours digging up honey suckle, pulling weeds, trimming bushes and cleaning up the beds. In all I took out three truck loads of debris. These are a some photos of the finished job, I was happy with the results but it was all a bit melancholy.  

My Grandma would not let me do much other than cut the grass, while she was still living in her house. Her sense of her own mortality and that of other beings has increased in her later years. It seems that seeing other things dying even a honeysuckle plant somehow makes her own death seem closer. She is suffering from dementia, it has been hard to see such a strong willed person lose their bearings. She had lived on her own since my Grandfather passed away in 1970. My memory of her as kid was someone who never needed help but was there when we did. As her dementia has progressed she still thinks she is that person and is resistant to help. It has been challenging for my Mom and Aunt to do what is best for her while leaving her as much autonomy as possible. They moved her to a retirement home last year, they have had some tough decisions to make. I do not envy them.

New Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H and IPCam did not play well at first

I purchased a new router at the recommendation of a friend, it is a Buffalo- WZR-HP-G450H it replaced my WRT54G-TM. Since both routers were running DD-WRT, I was hoping for a nice easy transition. It was except for my  IPCam, it is a D-Link DCS-920. With the new router I could access my IPCam interface from the LAN,but; I could not access it via wireless. I checked the wireless client list in the router, the DCS-920 was listed as connected and using the ip address I reserved for it using its mac address. I did a hard reset on the router and the cam. I rolled back the firmware on the router, that actually made problems for other devices. After restoring the router to the latest firmware and made sure the DCS-920's firmware was up to date. Still no dice.

 So I sent a text to my freind who recommended the router, to see if his router had similar issues. He  did not, however; he did help me find an idea on how to fix it. He found a  post in a forum of someone having a similar issue. They resolved it by putting their IPCam on a wireless vlan by itself and using WPA personal instead of WPA2, I tried the same thing and sure enough that worked.

I am happy with the new router, the range is much better and now finally all of our devices 802.11n devices  are using 802.11n.

Fix for "Errors were encountered while processing: zoneminder E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)"

I use a program called Zoneminder to view and capture images from my back door. I have been running it on my Ubuntu server, but; Zonminder broke after I upgraded my server to 12.04. After doing a few searches it turned out to be a simple fix,it was in a post at Ubuntu Forums.

sudo apt-get purge zoneminder
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zoneminder
After reconfiguring Zoneminder it has ran perfectly. Here is the exciting view from my back door.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Good day

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