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lakka Bluetooth Controllers Not Saving

So I have been playing around with running lakka on a old thinkpad x201 I have. I was running it on a Raspberry Pi 3B+ but wanted to see what the extra horsepower could do.

Very happy with switching from using the Pi!

In any case I setup some Playstation 4 and Playstation 3 controllers I had via bluetooth to it and every time I would reboot I would lose the settings. I followed the lakka documentation to get the controllers working.

I finally spent some time tonight looking into the issue and it still had the settings. It was just not loading bluetooth services on startup.

I didn’t want to dig into it to much so I just added a quick and dirty crontask at boot that will start the services.

Add this like to Root Cron Task
@reboot sh /storage/scripts/bluetoothloader.sh

Make File /storage/bluetoothloader.sh with the following commands

touch /storage/.cache/services/bluez.conf
systemctl enable bluetooth
systemctl start bluetooth

The above will load the bluetoothloader script on a boot up or reboot. It will then start the bluetooth services.

Valve Kills Steam Link Hardware

It appears that Valve have stopped making its Steam Link Hardware, and are moving to just using the Steam Link App on Android and iOS.

I have been a fan of the Steam Link since its launch, which is a funny story.. I per-ordered both a Steam Link and Steam Controller through EBGames (GameStop for Canada). I went to pick it up on the day of launch and found a huge line of people! I quickly noticed that everyone was getting copies of Fallout 4 that released the same day. When I got to the counter the guy asked “What system?”. I said “Steam Link, and Controller”.. He paused for a minute and then had to get someone to figure out what I was talking about.

It gives you an idea of the following the device had from the start. I have only ever known 1 other person that owned a Steam Link.

I don’t tend to use the device as my main gaming experience, but it’s really hand to keep on the TV in the family room if on the off chance I want to play something there with Trent or Erika. Its also been handy to play some videos or do anything from the desktop. You can close Big Picture mode and with a controller use the analog stick for mouse and triggers for mouse clicks. Its pretty slick once you get use to it.

So its a little bit of a bummer they are stopping production of the device. I think its more a cause of no one really giving it a chance and assumed it would be crap, than a sign of bad hardware.

I have had no issues playing Lego games or Tomb Raider, or anything like that on it (in Windows or Linux). I would advise against anything like Rocksmith or competitive gaming with it.

Moving Blog and Round Up

How many blog posts in the blogosphere start with “Well its been a while since”, or “I have not posted in a while”, or something along the lines of not posting in a very long time. 🙂 I will skip that and just jump into a post.

First up! I moved the blog from the main root domain to a sub domain of blog.sociallysour.org.. I have done this and moved it back a few times over the years. For now I am back to the idea of having the blog on its own subdomain. The root domain will be a splash type page to feed the other things I do. I have been active in using GNUSocial, think of it as a decentralized twitter you can host yourself. Most people use Mastodon and don’t host there own instances.. But I like to tinker, so using the FSF less popular GNUSocial was my cup of tea. Plus it has way less dependency’s than Mastodon and is still able to exchange with the other people in the “Fediverse“. If anyone cool would like a gnu.sociallysour.org account drop me a line and I will hook you up. I have deleted or stopped using most all social networking sites that I do not host myself or control the content.

In other news Oct 17th 2018 Canada was the 2nd and largest country in the world thus far to legalize recreational cannabis. I am happy to say that the country is still standing and people are not stoned and passed out int he streets (any more than normal).. It’s an interesting roll (lol) out in Canada that each Province did its own thing.. Places like Quebec as far as I know do not allow people to grow there own at home. All Provinces but Ontario have physical stores, and Ontario only has online mail ordering. With all the differences it will be interesting to see which places change and move to other systems over time. Ontario is going to get physical stores in 6 months, but they will be privatized stores and not an offical OCS Store.

I think that’s it for now.. See if I can remember to check back here and post something more often now. But you can always check out my micro blogging at https://gnu.sociallysour.org/hurt138

 

TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750 Router

I have been having some packet loss on my Home Internet connection off and on for a few week. It comes in every few days and only lasts for 1 to 5 mins. Then just as quick as it came, it goes away. I had been trying to isolate the issue when ever it happened, and it seemed to be on the upstream after my isp most the time (UPDATE New Router did not resolve the outside packet loss issue)

I had been looking for a reason to replace my old dlink DIR-820L anyways (Wanted to move to Gigabit).

The Archer C7 was praised on cnet and other sites as a great budget router. My router needs are middle of the road to most (More features than standard users, but nothing crazy)..

I need:

  • Dynamic Wan
  • Virtual Servers, or Port Forwarding
  • DHCP Reservations (A nice to but I still do this on my Internal DHCP Server)
  • Wireless (Pretty much a given in this day and age)
  • At least 4 LAN Ports (Gigabit)
  • And something that does not look like an Alien Mother Ship..

The Archer C7 has a clean interface with most everything you would expect a Home Router to have. The Location of options in the Interface is pretty standard and should not be a issue for anyone that knows there way around your typical router.

 

After getting the Router all configured and in the server/network cubby under my basement steps it was off the races.

I actually notice a small improvement over the old router already on both wireless and wired. The big change will be moving files around from desktop to server now, with the wired gigabit connection.

 

Clear Transfer Stats for Transmission Client Debian Linux

The Transmission Gui has a counter in the bottom right that will tell you:

  • Total Ratio
  • Session Ratio
  • Total Transfer
  • Session Transfer

The Session Ratio and Transfer is what you would expect.. The amount since you last started up Transmission.

The Total Ratio and Transfer is from the start of time using Transmission or since you last cleared the stats.

You can clear the stats by deleting the stats.json file located in ~/.config/transmission/stats.json

rm ~/.config/transmission/stats.json

Its handy to clear this the start of every month or setup a cron to do this for you. I find it just lets me keep my downloading a little more under control.

The New Flattr Seems Horrible

I have been a fan of flattr for years now, and although it never really took off I thought it was always a great idea. They have been working on revamping the system to try and breath more life into it..

Well the team behind it seems to have released a blog post with the updates, and its not good (They since took the post  down so I include it at the end of this post). It looks like a privacy nightmare and horrible for anyone like me that uses any privacy browser that clears all your cookies and settings each time you close it.

The plan is a system that would auto flattr content you spent enough time interacting with. turned the nice old tip jar idea into a debt card that just payed out to every tip jar it saw..

Im not really sure how they have gone so far off track where I expect and I think the community expected this to go… Its a system ripe for hidden page loads and malware is going to abuse badly…

Here is the post they have since deleted:


The flattr to relaunch: What to expect!

The release is finally happening! On October 24th, we will launch the new version of Flattrfor the public. Here is a guide to the new Flattr, for creators, publishers, and contributors.  


Time to brace yourself, this is it. The evolution that aims to become a revolution. We have worked long and hard on relaunching Flattr as a product that has the potential to evolve the internet in just the way we wanted when we first launched Flattr. Our mission has always been the same: We believe creators need and deserve money, but on their own terms.

 

How to flattr content

Flattring content is now done automatically via our Flattr extension. The Flattr button is history.* The idea of Flattr from the start was to reward content you consumed and loved. Preferably without any user interaction. Now that has become a reality. You install the extension from your contributor dashboard: just sign in and it will prompt you to install it. The extension will flattr both the content and sites you engage with and visits based on your engagement, automatically. If you want to read more about how the extension flattrs content read this blog post.

 

Making your content flattrable

Simply add your sites and social channels to your Flattr account. As the Flattr button is history you should not add it to your site anymore. Something that is great as most places did not even allow you to do that. Now you just connect the social accounts where your content is and/or add the domains you have and we fix the rest. Much easier and better! You do this from your Flattr settings. If you want to know more about how this works read this blog post.

 

Subscription payments

As a product we want to be that thing you set up once and then can forget about. It’s supposed to run in the background to make you feel good and create a better internet. The old method  with the wallet meant that you used a certain budget per month but we have gotten rid of that. Sure, it was a flexible system but it was unnecessarily complicated. This is why we will drop the wallet in favour of credit card subscription payments. This simplifies the communication around the details of using Flattr and gives us more room to focus on what Flattr really is all about.

For easier use for non-europeans are we switching to USD. We have always used the European currency Euro (€). This was a conscious choice when we started. Being naive Swedes we thought that it would be “cool” to be extra European.**  But this was probably the single biggest mistake we made, the fact that Euros might be well known to Europeans does not mean people in general know how much a Euro is in their local currency. If there is any exchange rate people know besides their own, it’s US dollars. So again, to reduce the noise and focus on what we are, we are switching to USD. This means all Euros you may have in the Flattr system will need to be withdrawn.*** As a creator, starting from October, you will receive US dollars instead.

So we ask all Flattr users to do two things: Withdraw any remaining Euros from your account and set up a USD subscription. Of course you only have to do this once.

 

30 day distribution cycle

Flattr subscription will run for 30 days, not per calendar month. Until now we have always used the calendar month as the flattr period. It’s convenient for you as a contributor to know when the period ends. But it’s not so good for new users because the first period will almost never be a full month. It’s also very bad from a technical scaling perspective as everyone’s calculation and transactions happen at the exact same time. With millions of users and transactions, that won’t work. So from both a technical and a user perspective we are changing the period to the more standard approach: when you enable your subscription it runs for 30 days. As a creator you will now get revenue from your contributors when their period runs out and that could be any day of the month.

 

Fees

Fees will be paid by the receiver but separated into our fee and payment processor fee. To add transparency we are changing our fee structure. We will now charge creators that receive money a Flattr fee of 7.5%. This is our fee for running Flattr. Plus, to start, a payments processing fee of 9%. This is our cost for the payment processing that is carried over to everyone that receives money. For more info please read this blog post.

What can be flattred?

You can flattr “any” page because we need to know what you want to flattr. One of the core problems with Flattr has always been to prove to publishers and creators that people do want support them. With the Flattr button it was only possible to flattr creators that joined Flattr. The new extension does not use the button so it does not need to know if there is a signed up receiver or not for flattrs. So simply put, if there is an owner they gets your money, if not the flattrs become the statistics we need to convince the creators.**** In reality, the flattrs you make are equally important even if there is no one to receive them, yet. For more details please read this blog post.

 

Final thoughts

We have not made any of these product decisions lightly. We know for some of you this might be exactly what you want to hear, for others the opposite. Please know that the only guiding light we have is to create a product that has the potential to transform the creative internet from an ad-fueled swamp where creators are stuck, to something that carries them and unlocks their creative potential, as well as the full potential of the internet as a creative platform.

If you have any questions then let us know. You can find out more about joining Flattr as a creator here, and as a contributor here.
We are looking forwards to hearing from you, here in the comments, via our contact form, on Twitter or even on Facebook.

 

* The button still works, but you should not use it.
** Despite the fact we actually had and still have our own currency in Sweden (SEK).
*** This unfortunately includes any money you want to give to creators. To become an active contributor and support creators you will need to set up a credit card subscription.
**** The creators in the system share your entire monthly subscription.