Archive for February, 2014


Thursday, February 27th, 2014

I’ve read a very interesting article on the recent events in Ukraine, Russia and name calling, dictatorship, national bolshevism and differences between the EU and Putin’s rival project, the Eurasian Union. If the revolution in Ukraine was planned by the West, the timing could not have been better as Putin was rather busy with the Winter Olympics in Sochi.


Remember the 1999 Pristina airport incident? This time nobody is going to cut Russia off. Crimea is an important strategic Russian outpost and they will defend their interests in the area.

A 1979 novel called The Island of Crimea and written by Vasily Aksyonov predicts Russia’s occupation of the peninsula in strikingly accurate detail. Of course, it’s all fiction.

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Iar Isus! Dacă n-ar fi fost el, ce simplu ar fi fost totul: ar fi putut să stea așa o veșnicie, uitându-se unul la altul, în timp ce ea își bea sucul de roșii.
– Eu sunt catolic. Tu ce ești?
– Eu sunt sora Katiei.

– Andrés Barba, Sora Katiei

Lectură nerecomandată cardiacilor

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Am descoperit sâmbătă o carte cu texte de Ion Mureșan, probabil anecdote, că povestiri scurte nu pot să le zic pentru că îs cam prea scurte și mă prăpădesc de râs din cauza lor. Am râs în librărie, am râs pe stradă, în autobuz, în tot felul de contexte sociale în care poți fi cu ușurință luat drept nebun. Dar să lăsăm asta. Cărții îi spune Oglinda aburită și n-am să reproduc din ea decât un titlu: „Eminescu” și priza de la trifazic.

PS: M-am înșelat în privința anecdotelor. Pe copertă scrie eseuri conversaționale.

PPS: Reproduc totuși un fragment, la cerere:

– Măi, eu te-am întrebat un lucru simplu – l-a întrerupt „Kogălniceanu”: ți-a spus Crișan să schimbi priza sau nu? E vorba de o priză de 8 lei, nu de o avere!

De cinci ori a pus „Kogălniceanu” întrebarea, de cinci ori „Eminescu” s-a eschivat. Am aflat că era defectă „friteuza”, că și ea „corentează”, și robineții de la bucătărie „corentează”, că o mică piesă a fost înlocuită, că împământarea e insuficientă, dar, dacă primise sau nu ordin să schimbe sau nu priza, nu am aflat. Nu a vrut, în ruptul capului, să spună. Așa că „Kogălniceanu” (am dedus că ar fi patronul localului sau ceva de genul acesta) a cedat și a trecut la capitolul „friteuză”:

– Ai reparat potenționetrul (sau reostatul?) de la friteuză? […]

Goodbye Linux

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

As the remaining non-systemd major Linux distributions are moving to systemd, I am more likely to refrain from further Linux usage whenever I am making my own decisions.

I am currently using Ubuntu LTS on the desktop. 14.04 would most likely be the last LTS version to use upstart, as Debian is switching to systemd and Ubuntu people have decided to follow upstream.

I would happily use Gentoo if it wasn’t an ever moving target, requring me to compile everything by hand every time. In fact I shall give it a shot anyhow, maybe it does indeed work for me. OpenRC is a good and correct approach to system init because it does not overdo everything like systemd does. I would have preferred runit, but anything else other than systemd is fine. Why? Because systemd is broken by design.

SuSE has been struggling to migrate everything to systemd since version 12.1. Fast forward three years. We are now at 13.1 and there are still problems with it.

So it looks like I am heading towards a BSD desktop after all. On servers I’ve been already running FreeBSD for the last ten years or so.


I am not going to use Gentoo. The install is too tendious and it requires building everything from source, including the base system. By contrast, all the BSDs offer a fully functional and very well integrated base operating system that’s easy to install. With pkgng you also get access to over 20k packages that are rebuilt weekly.

Upstart is sometimes even worse. If you try to disable a service you end up messing with scripts. Override files? You must be kidding me. Whatever happened to symlinks? What I mean is a single symlink for every service, runit style, not multiple symlinks like sysvinit uses. Or a single config file, like rcng uses. At least systemd provides a single command that allows you to enable, disable, start, stop, list services and more. Its switches are long and not always intuitive, but at least it does have builtin help. OpenRC has three of them, yet it’s still a lot better than messing with scripts and override files.