Flying away

I’m going to Japan for a while. Please stay tuned: I will post as soon as I get settled. I need to resolve a wedding! In the meantime, I’m reading you 🙂

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The Liebster Award

Thank you so much thelilycafe for this nomination! Please do check out this lovely lady and give her a follow!

The Rules

  1. Acknowledge the person who nominated you!
  2. Answer the 11 questions thelilycafe asked me about blogging.
  3. 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 5-11 bloggers.
  5. Ask nominated bloggers 11 questions.

The 11 Questions

1. What book has had the biggest impact on you?

I will say The Time Machine, from H.G.Wells. I had an edition for kids, with drawings of the Time Machine, as well as of the Morlocks, Eloi, and so on. It was scary and fascinating, and it made me asked myself questions about science, political system and nature of mankind that none of my 8-ish-year-old friends were able to answer. I must have gone through the story like 20 times. I hope at one point in the near future I can recover the book form the library of my parents and read it to my kids.

2. What animal would you want to be for a day and why?

Real or Fantastic? If fantastic, I want to be a dragon, like the ones from the Dragonlance, that is, the ones that can take human form. Why, because they are almost immortal, and they are shape-shifters. If real, I think I could enjoy being an octopus, or some other mysterious sea creature. Why, because I want to know what they think of us. I mean, of humans. And I want to know if they really are aliens.

3. What is your favourite kind of music?

I like classics, Sister of Mercy, Nine Inch Nails, Das Ich, Rammstein, and similar. Yes I know. But it moves me, what can I say? Anyway, I’m open to everything, and I don’t really look (or most of the time I don’t) like the typical groupie. That is, dressed in black, or with fancy hair. Long time ago, I cared, but no more.

4. Have you ever had a kitchen disaster? If so, what was it?

Yes I had. It happened not so long ago, the last week, when I was making Gazpacho with my 3 year son. We were done with the blender, when I observed the big blender jar was, somehow, leaking a little on the area in contact with the engine. I decided to investigate it by removing it from the engine: when it was up in the air, the part in the bottom with the blades decided not to continue attached to the rest of the jar. As a result, everything went down and the table, me, my son and almost all the kitchen ended up covered on orange-reddish, dense Gazpacho goo. Like if we just killed some kind of nasty blobby alien. My little one didn’t cry at all, instead, he licked it from his face and arms. Sorry I have no pictures: we ended up entering both, clothes included, into the shower.

5. If you could go anywhere in the universe, on Earth or otherwise, where would you go?

I think I will say the Trappist system here. A collection or moon-sized planets orbiting a star the size of Jupiter. Small and cozy, with plenty of neighbours. You have the lizard boys, the fire guys, and…

6. What is your favourite holiday?

Mmmm…an IT administrator never has holidays 😀 . I’m here since 6 years already, but I didn’t manage to integrate enough to have pleasure on one of these. I will say lately I like Pentecost. On Pentecost, the last two years we went to the castle on a steam train to fight on a medieval tournament. There are jugglers and I’m allowed to dress with my monk clothes. I’m not making this up, you know.

7. Dog or cat? Fish?

Cat. Fish always. I miss some fresh fish from time to time. It’s the problem of living on the edge, I mean, in the middle.

8. Would you rather live on a mountain or in the desert?

Why do I need to choose? But if I need to, I choose desert.

9. What is your favorite kind of dessert?

Tocino de Cielo. It’s not the same but you can make it on a microwave. After that, my second choice will be meringue.

10. What is your favourite kind of post to write?

The ones based on dreams. Or the one-hit-wonders, that you could call them. Something that you are not tired of reading over and over. I think I have only a couple of these ones. But I wrote in another language before choosing English, so I’m fine for the moment.

11. What advice would you give to other bloggers?

I may not be the right person to ask, given my popularity. These advices I read before on some other blogs, but I fully agree. Be persistent, try to write all the days a little. Save drafts for the times of scarcity. Do not publish right after writing, read it before. And keep on writing.

The 11 Random Facts

  1. I don’t like football, but I try to blend in the society, so I read about it.
  2. When I met her, I said to my wife I don’t want to have a girlfriend anymore.
  3. I’ve been living in 5 countries and I will get retirement money from all of them.
  4. I started my PhD without knowing what was it.
  5. Most of my friends are artist: poets, writers, musicians…but I’m a physicist.
  6. I want to move to Mars (the planet) if I have a chance.
  7. I’m a cat person, but I never had one myself. They all came with girls attached.
  8. I think my biggest talent is to know how to order things (in time and space).
  9. My favourite color is blue.
  10. When people ask me how many languages I speak, I always answer the same: what is a language? What is speak? And I think they hate me for that.
  11. I should not, but I believe there’s some sort of energy balance in my life that can be broken by random actions. When that happens, I have a raw of horrible days, but on the other side of the swing my week will be just perfect.

Now it comes the difficult part. The nominations.

11 Questions for my Nominees

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Do you write alone or do you have guest writers? (or ghost writers?)
  3. Do you censor your posts? I mean, do you delete drafts you already wrote? Why?
  4. What are the news you would like to see or read TOMORROW on the media?
  5. Did you ever move to another country?
  6. Do you want to be famous for what you do for living now?
  7. What’s your biggest fear? Why?
  8. Did you ever win a price?
  9. Are you rich? I mean, do you have an average salary, or do you work at all?
  10. Would you join to colonise another planet?
  11. How long do you spend on writing a post? From the first idea to the final publication…even if it’s scheduled.

Well, that was thought. And painfully long. On the other hand, I now have internet back, stable and so on. So expect a constant flow of posts again 🙂

A short one

I was wondering where are the limits. Can I write down a short story able to become an anthem, a legend carved in your brain? Something that fits for a tweet, but also for a Nobel Prize in Literature. Probably I can’t. And I will never be able to. Do you want an example? How about this?

“When he woke up, the dinosaur was still there.” 

Unfortunately, it’s not from me, it’s from Augusto Monterroso, 1959. I wonder what he could have make out of Twitter. I wonder so many things… anyway, see you around, my dear carbon-based lifeforms.

Blog Stats

I’ve been researching a little about what’s the current world’s usage of this tool called WordPress. (WP from now on). I want to know who’s using it, and who’s developing on in. I know it from long time ago, but I didn’t have time (as usual) to do the digging. I start with my findings of usage. Last year there was a post about WP usage. I will keep from it two numbers: 26.4% as the number of webs powered in some way by WP CMS (Content Management System) and 449 people as the number of workers of it. I don’t believe of course the first number that appears on Google, so I will try to cross check it later. Then you have this article about surprising statistics of WP that states on point 7 that WordPress.com employs only 229 people. The article is from 2014, meaning they almost doubled the number of workers in 2 years. Both articles unfortunately come from the same source, something called ManageWP that most probably is a spin-off of the main company, so let’s assume that this doubling of the number of workers can happen. To cross check the usage of WP on the internet (the 26.4%) I need to go to an independent source. That can be difficult if the number is true. If you go down the results, you can read on Torque (unfortunately one WP site) that WP domination is of 26.9%. So far so good.

Let’s try googling Joomla usage stats. I know drupal is also a popular CMS, but I don’t know drupal myself, so I will ignore it. The plot shown on this link seems to confirm the mystic number, and so do the pie chart here. I’m then convinced that 30% of the Internet cake is for WP.

And all of this research why? you may ask yourself, kind reader. The question is very legit, and the answer is also very easy. I have a clear dip on my readers during the weekend. I do post during the weekends, but I tend not to do it, if I have something else to do, like going out or watching a movie. I was wondering what kind of readers I have. If it is a professional or a personal blogger, like me. My followers, I follow, so I know more or less. The problem is the others. But I’ll take it easy, now I know I’m protected by the massive 30% of the internet. Therefore, have a nice (rest of) the day 🙂

Rooting my HTC one

There are hundreds of pages explaining how to root a phone. So this is, to start with, just a tear in the sand. But I want to leave a record of my story. Isn’t that the spirit of a blog?

I wanted to recycle my “old” HTC One phone as a Skype Phone and a kind of “toy” for my children. Yes, I know, what a expensive toy, but let’s not discuss about this. So I starting by deleting all my stuff. Then I log in with my big son’s email account. But it seems like, when I try to install something, it is still “remembering” the contacts I had, for example. Therefore I decided to do a factory reset. As you know, this is an easy solution in most of the cases: just press the power button + volume down, and you will reach the right menu. Then… oh surprise! the “welcome” screen  doesn’t let me go beyond the message “Unfortunately System UI has stopped working”.  I can press “report”, but of course, since I don’t have the phone connected to anything, it doesn’t go beyond that. The message keeps popping up, annoying me to the point I can’t go beyond joining my WiFi network. After a few trials, I decide to stop upgrading to KitKat or whatever and I go for trying to root the phone, just in case all my problems are due to my phone locked by my operator.

From now on, all the references will be to the HTC One Wonder How-TO guide about. Of course, I already enabled all the developer options indicated on the first steps, and I have a developer account. What do you think I am, a lamer? (yes).  But from there one, my situation diverges. I already removed the HTC sync. I didn’t like it, and I found a much easier, much faster, application that was doing a similar job. So I reinstall it, and when I try as suggested fastboot oem get_identifier_token from my console, on my mac, I get no output, no error message. Being a mac OS (that I don’t really estimate for its cleanliness when removing apps) I was expecting it to remember that, at one point, I was having an HTC one connected with HTC sync. So why it doesn’t work? The answer is obvious: it is not on the home folder :-D. I found it on:

/Applications/HTC\ Sync\ Manager.app/Contents/Frameworks/DeviceKit.framework/Resources/

Let’s skip making an alias, and from now on, each time I need fastboot, I will just write fastboot, instead of the whole thing. I do as suggested in the guide:

./fastboot oem get_identifier_token
...
(bootloader)    
(bootloader) < Please cut following message >
(bootloader) <<<< Identifier Token Start >>>>
...some alphanumeric stuff here
(bootloader) <<<<< Identifier Token End >>>>>
OKAY [  0.007s]
finished. total time: 0.007s
htc_fastboot finished. total time: 0.346s

and get my token. Then I go to HTCdev, copy and paste, and I get my first error. Token not recognized. Why is that? Logic dictates:  I need to remove all the “(bootloader)” from the message. I do so, and I get my Unlock_code.bin, as needed. Then I type:

## fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin
htc_fastboot v3.0.9.2 (2015-05-29)
sending 'unlocktoken' (0 KB)...
OKAY [  0.141s]
writing 'unlocktoken'...
(bootloader) unlock token check successfully
OKAY [  0.004s]
finished. total time: 0.146s
htc_fastboot finished. total time: 0.754s

… and doing as indicated, I manage to reach the “new” bootloader! Next step: install a custom RAM.

Fun facts

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I edited this entry, since I think it was not so funny. I don’t want to dump each thought here, only the good ones 🙂 If I ever have something funny, I’ll start by writing it here. English is not my mother tongue, but even in Spanish, I lack of it. Sorry… Maybe other time.

Have a nice day!