Looping XML childNodes with Javascript

Using Javascript for looping XML childNodes to create some sort of output (e.g. a table) seems pretty easy and there is plenty of information on the web on how to do this. I am just getting started with it, as of a few days ago. I am familiar with control structures and loops, so that was not difficult. But getting the right data out, or any data at times while looping XML childNodes seemed to be really difficult as the examples I read worked great, but in moving to my test data I couldn’t get things to work.

For example, Navigating Node Relationships on w3schools.com has a simple example describing how to loop through the childNodes of an element. This worked great with their test data. You can use their “Tryit” editor to actually run this code using their books.xml data. Read more »

Moving Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux to SSD

Moving Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux to SSD

My experience moving dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux to SSD. My system was dual booting Windows 7 Home Premium and Ubuntu 12.04. Windows using the “C:” partition, the 100MB boot partition (useful if you are using bitlocker, which I am not), and a 13GB recovery partition. So, effectively, Windows was wasting 3 primary partitions just to run. Gotta love Windows. Here’s how I did it, I’ll try to be as detailed as possible. Read more »

Cell Phone Scratching and Scuffing

What is the deal with cell phone scratching getting so much publicity? This is way off the mark for this site again. But with all the press the iPhone 5 has received about the ease with which the phone scratches and chips I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents. If you have been following “scuffgate” (seriously?) you will have seen sites like engadget apologizing for apple and letting the public know that it’s ok that apple put out a garbage phone that you have to treat more tenderly than an infant (and you should go out and buy the phone right now!). For those of us in the real world, it might be a different story.

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Amped Wireless does not “give that information”

I am in an area with rather poor WiFi reception and was looking into external WiFi antennas (outdoor type). I came across Amped Wireless. Specifically I was looking at their UA600EX directional outdoor units. Cutting past the marketing hype it seemed that it might be a decent product. The reviews were good, all from Windows users though. I wanted to find something concrete on whether or not there was a Linux driver, and whether performance was good.
Obviously, I thought, a quick way to get this information would be to talk to the manufacturer. I shot Amped Wireless a quick email and went to check the Linux HCL and it looks like there is a driver available. Meanwhile, Amped Wireless emailed me back, Read more »

Schlunix Arch Linux Mirror Down Permanently

If you stumbled upon this page looking for the Schlunix Arch Linux outdated package repository, I regret to inform you that it was shut down in August 2012. The cost of maintaining the package mirror and holding old packages was too much to keep up with as a hobby.

Hopefully at some point in the future I will be able to restart the outdated package repository. Donations would help. Or maybe I could win a scratch off lottery. It was fun while it lasted and I’m glad it helped people.

I believe there are still a couple sites that hold packages, either intentionally, or because they are a few days behind the tier 1 mirrors. Another option is to not clear out your old packages after doing an update.

Looking for a new mirror? https://www.archlinux.org/mirrorlist/

Dreamhost Support has Become Awful

Current state of Dreamhost Support

When I first signed up for Dreamhost years ago, they were always great about promptly replying to all support requests. Usually I would get an email back from them within 2 hours. Sometimes in less than an hour. This always gave me a good feeling that they had a fine tuned support structure in place, and the manpower to take care of each of their customers. Lately, in the past year I would say, Dreamhost Support has gone downhill dramatically. Right now, I have 3 trouble tickets open with Dreamhost support, as old as 2 months. No replies to any of them at the time of writing. Read more »

Cell Phone Plans are Criminal

This post doesn’t have anything to do with Linux/Unix/anything I usually care about, but I found it so frustrating I needed to put it out there… Cell phone plans have to be near the top of anyone’s list of frustrating and despised things to shop around for. Some time in the next year I would like to get a new phone, and maybe change service providers to find a better deal. Right now I have the Motorola XPRT from Sprint on an unlimited everything plan. It’s a world phone that gets the job done, and nothing more. I needed a world phone because I travel a lot. I just use local SIMs where ever I am to avoid the excessive fees.

The Bad Cell Phone Plans:

Verizon and AT&T cell phone plans were out from the word go because they can’t come close to matching Sprint’s truly unlimited everything plan, they are not only more expensive, but the data caps and crippling overage charges are truly insane. I could probably get by on 200 minutes, 250 texts, and 1GB of data a month, but I like the unlimited everything, just in case. I never have to worry if I decide to go all out and gorge on data waiting at the airport. So the hunt is on at the more link. Read more »