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  1. script to play a random series episode

    I love to watch TV shows, and often have them running at random in the background. Thus for some shows (like Futurama, Family Guy, Mitchel and Webb...), I don't really care about which specific episode is running.

    Because picking one at random manually is a) stupid and b) boring, I used to use a simple, but really horrible, shell one-liner to pick one. Now I finally decided to replace it by a more flexible and much much nicer implementation, written as a simple zsh shellscript. It uses only zsh magic and no other tools.

    Maybe someone else finds it useful, for details see the short description in the script, it's really trivial and works very well.

    You can get it here: https://github.com/tg--/scripts/blob/master/rsplay.zsh

  2. Pyneo for Gentoo

    Something I wanted to do for a while, but never actually got started: Get pyneo supported in gentoo. So I finally wrote some ebuilds, starting of course with pyneod and its dependencies gsm0710muxd as well as python-pyneo. More to follow soon.

    The packages are based on the 1.32 tag in pyneo's git and pretty much identical to upstream, with the exception of the initscripts. My ebuilds replace them by proper gentoo-style initscripts that work well in openrc.

    How to use it

    Using this overlay is easy. Make sure you have layman installed, using the git USE-flag, and set up, e.g. as described here. After that you just have to add this overlay using:

    layman -o "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/tg--/gentoo-pyneo/master/overlay.xml" \
    -f -a pyneo

    That's it!

    Check it out on gitorious if you like!


  3. sftool - initial release

    Today I pushed my sftool into git.

    It doesn't do much yet, except decrypting SandForces PKG firmware archives. Not much more to be said here, just check it out on my projects page.

    As you can probably see on the TODO, my next step for sftool is chipset detection, which means, that I would want to identify the chipset of the SandForce based drive and find the matching firmware file in the decrypted archive. This is far from trivial, but I could use help from every sandforce owner who also has a windows-copy:

    SandForces ssdupdate.exe tool creates two tempfiles during its runtime (both in the directory you run it from): sfpkgtmp and sfpkgfwtmp

    The first one is created initially after loading of the package file, which works using wine, the second one is supposedly created after you select the drive you want to update, which unfortunately doesn't work in wine.

    If you want to help, send my the exact model of your SandForce based drive and the sfpkgfwtmp file (less than 1 MByte). You have to copy the file before you close the ssdupdate.exe tool because it cleans up its tempfiles afterwards.

    I'd appreciate any ...

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