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Archive for May 14th, 2018

“A Journey to OCP”, Open Compute Meetup in Amsterdam – YouTube

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/05/14

Well worth watching: “A Journey to OCP”, Open Compute Meetup in Amsterdam – YouTube

Keywords: Open Compute Platform, Booking, Kohntopp

Related: [WayBack] To France… – The Isoblog.



Posted in Cloud, Infrastructure | Leave a Comment »

Ubuntu: Fixing the myserious “Failed to stop apt-daily.timer: Connection timed out”

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/05/14

Ubuntu is the only Linux system I had that – after installing a text-mode console setup – gets itself in the below state with only running apt update and apt-get upgrade.

Preparing to unpack .../archives/apt_1.2.19_armhf.deb ...
Failed to stop apt-daily.timer: Connection timed out
See system logs and 'systemctl status apt-daily.timer' for details.
Failed to get load state of apt-daily.timer: Connection timed out
dpkg: warning: subprocess old pre-removal script returned error exit status 1

I could not find meaningful search results for the above thing, nor did systemctl status apt-daily.timer return anything better than

Failed to get properties: Failed to activate service 'org.freedesktop.systemd1': timed out

Heck, it doesn’t even reboot any more (no helpful search results either):

# reboot
Failed to start Failed to activate service 'org.freedesktop.systemd1': timed out
See system logs and 'systemctl status' for details.
Failed to open /dev/initctl: No such device or address
Failed to talk to init daemon.

Nor did systemctl status return anything better than

Failed to get properties: Failed to activate service 'org.freedesktop.systemd1': timed out

From the ubuntu-16.04-minimal-odroid-c1-20160817.img.xz base system, it only had these extra packages installed:

  • etckeeper
  • tmux
  • speedtest-cli
  • sendemail

Workaround found, but still unsure why this happened in the first place

Despite the workaround below, I still don’t know why I got into this situation and this leaves me with a very uncomfortable feeling.

Too bad some systems (like ODroid) only have Ubuntu based distributions as sorting out stuff like above took me way too much effort.

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Posted in *nix, Development, etckeeper, Hardware Development, Internet, Linux, Odroid, Power User, SpeedTest, Ubuntu | 2 Comments »

When Windows suddenly starts mixing up keys for various applications.

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/05/14


  • many people use the left-alt key as it as it is more accessible
  • development tools uses a lot of Alt-Shift based keyboard shortcuts
  • Windows by default has the Left Alt+Shift shortcut enabled to switch language+keyboard layout combinations
  • In most countries, Windows by default has more than one language+keyboard combination installed
  • Windows remembers per application instance which language+keyboard combination is used

every now and then you will get strange characters in only your development tools.

You can change this Windows setting, but be aware that every now and then, various Windows versions will re-enable the Left Alt+Shift even if you have previously disabled it. As of Windows 7 this occurs far less often, but still seems to occur.

Source: Question: Does anyone else have instances in the IDE (Berlin but has happened…

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Posted in internatiolanization (i18n) and localization (l10), Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts, Power User, Windows | Leave a Comment »

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