2013-10-20

Sideling Hill Road Cut by I-68 at Maryland

A week ago I was at the trip to Washington, D.C. to pick up a new passport. On my way there was a sounding Sideling Hill ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sideling_Hill ), cut by two by the Interstate 68 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_68 ). I was impressed by the sightseeing and made a few photos:
https://plus.google.com/photos/114763874066147257538/albums/5936997924084594865

2013-09-21

Douglas SBD Dauntless @ Chicago Midway Airport

At Chicago Midway Airport I found a memorial, dedicated to Battle of Midway with Douglas SBD Dauntless as its central part. I was unable to stop myself making photo by photo! Enjoy!
https://plus.google.com/photos/114763874066147257538/albums/5926175772297845889


Photos from trip to Chicago, IL

And another bunch of traveler's photos. These are from my trip to Chicago, IL at 06--07 of September to participate in 2013 Midwest Theory GetTogether.
https://plus.google.com/photos/114763874066147257538/albums/5926168412083613617



BTW, Google+ joined few photos to make a sounding panoramas. I found it interesting.

Photos from a car trip to Washington, DC

Hi All,

Hope, this post find you well. At 24--25 of July I made an exciting car trip from Athens, OH to Washington, DC. It was my first long-range driving experience. Here are the photos I made during this trip:
https://plus.google.com/photos/114763874066147257538/albums/5926161001947344897


2013-07-17

2013-07-01

Switching between OpenJDK v.6 and v.7 in Debian 7 Wheezy


In Debian 7 Wheezy for the architecture amd64 (most of the modern 64-bit architectures) the default OpenJDK is OpenJDK v.6.

But what if you want OpenJDK v.7 (Java 7)?

Debian Wiki ( http://wiki.debian.org/Java ) already have the answer, what and how to do, but this answer mining should take you for a while...

Here is the howto.

First, open the terminal and
$ su -l

Now install the JDKs:
# aptitude install default-jdk default-jre openjdk-6-jre openjdk-6-jdk openjdk-7-jre openjdk-7-jdk java-common

This will take you for a while.

At Debian 7 the default JDK/JRE version is managed by the 'alternatives' system. So, to list the available (installed) JDKs, type:
# update-java-alternatives -l
The output will be like this:
java-1.6.0-openjdk-amd64 1061 /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.6.0-openjdk-amd64
java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64 1051 /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64


Now let's switch to Java 7:
# update-java-alternatives -s java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64

That's all!

Please, check the Java version:
$ java -version
$ javac -version
In both cases, the versions should be like 1.7.*

Enjoy!

2013-06-18

Way from Athens, OH to College Station, TX @ 2013-03-02

Hi all,

https://plus.google.com/photos/114763874066147257538/albums/5890960614150781649 - Here are the photos, I made on the way from Athens, OH to College Station, TX at 02 of March this year.

Columbus, OH; 2013-03-02

Dallas/Ft.Worth. TX; 2013-03-02

It was a sounding jump from the winter to the spring in one day! :)

Installing Skype at Debian 7 'Wheezy' for AMD64 architecture

Hi all,

About a month ago Debian Community released the long-awaited Debian 7 'Wheezy':
http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130504

It includes a lot of new features. The most notable, of course, is GNOME 3 user interface. It's amazing!
GNOME 3 Screenshot
GNOME 3 Screenshot

Skype at Debian 7


Most of the user computers now are 64-bit machines (usually everything works fine with AMD64 version). But Skype provides binaries only for 32-bit architecture (i386). Fortunately, Milti-Arch support at Debian solves this problem!

Debian Wiki page about Skype ( http://wiki.debian.org/skype ) is written in a too complicated way. It took me a while to understand: what is connected to what?

To simplify Debian users' life, here is the

Step by step installation manual


Install Debian 7 'Wheezy' (I'm using AMD64 version). Straight forward process: http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/ . Nothing special.

After finishing installation, open Terminal (in GNOME 3: Activities -> Applications -> Terminal).

Log in as root:
$ su -l
If you disabled root login during the installation process, you may run $ sudo bash OR insert sudo in front of the following commands.

Now add the new architecture i386:
# dpkg --add-architecture i386
# aptitude clean && aptitude update


Install libpulse:
# aptitude install libpulse0 libpulse0:i386

Then, download Skype:
# wget -O skype-install.deb http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb

WARNING: Fork: Here this manual way diverges from presented one at Debian Wiki!

Install Skype dependencies:
# dpkg-deb --field skype-install.deb Depends
# aptitude install <every package from the dpkg-deb output, adding :i386 suffix>


Closing the finish line, install Skype itself:
# dpkg --install skype-install.deb

The last thing to do is to enable "[x] Check for update on startup" in the ‘Advanced’ tab of the options menu in Skype. In this case Skype will notify you about new versions.

That's all! :) Enjoy!

2013-06-16

Photos I made during my visit to OU @ Athens, OH in February, 2013

Hi all,

Hope you are doing well.

https://plus.google.com/photos/114763874066147257538/albums/5890265569165269137
Here are the photos I made during my visit to Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Ohio University, Athens, OH in February.



It was an awesome experience! Prof. Charlotte Elster compared Athens with small German towns. I never was at Germany, but expect to see something like this.

Just before couple of days before my arrival the temperature fell down to -16 Celsius. Fortunately, during February the lowest temperatures were about -9 C only.

Enjoy!
More photos are on the way.

2013-04-06

Google Reader, RIP

Just finished reading the news from the feed of Google Reader. That's all.

Google Reader, RIP... Thanks for a good service!

2013-03-21

Bye-bye, Google Reader! One more out...

One of my friends commented post "Bye-bye, Posterous!", delivering the news that Google Reader is on the last lap too:

http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2013/03/powering-down-google-reader.html?m=1

One more is out... That's sad. How shall I read the news now?...

2013-03-19

By-bye, Posterous!

http://blog.posterous.com/thanks-from-posterous
On April 30th, we will turn off posterous.com and our mobile apps in order to focus 100% of our efforts on Twitter. This means that as of April 30, Posterous Spaces will no longer be available either to view or to edit.
I used this service during about 2 years to easily publish my posts. That's sad, but they are closing down.

Bye-bye, Posterous!

2013-02-11

Way to Athens, Ohio

Hello!

About a week ago I made my way to Athens, Ohio. Now I got the time to share the photos:

https://plus.google.com/photos/114763874066147257538/albums/5840878223077315665

After the Texas weather, the snow really shakes your mind! :)

2013-02-06