zondag 21 mei 2017

New album "Soundscapes" released


I am excited to announce the release of my 15-th solo album "Soundscapes".

Here is a tracklist:

01. Mestreechs Volksleed.
02. The Hermit.
03. Roland-TR909.
04. Kol Israel/Am Israel Hi.
05. Soundscapes.
06. Stay with me Tonight.
07. Ave Maria Vocal.
08. Sanctus 2017.
09. Love2Love.
10. Wish you Well.
11. Sweet Heart.
12. Anonymous (We are Legion).

The album is provided as a ZIP file, including the best possible MP3 quality. Including a MU3 playlist and a PDF for the cover.

You can download it here:
 
 
Enjoy!


vrijdag 12 mei 2017

Update on the Amibian Hackaton

INTRODUCTION.

After a couple of days I came to the conclusion that Amibian has only one goal: turn your Raspberry PI into a classic Commodore-Amiga and it does this very well and extremely efficiently.

Unfortunately it has a number of issues.

1. UNRELIABLE NETWORK CONNECTIONS.

The network connections (both Ethernet and WiFi) are very unreliable. I lost connection time and again.

2. NOT SUITABLE AS A GENERAL PURPOSE LINUX DISTRO.

It is not suitable for a general purpose Linux distro on your RPI.

I installed Xorg and the minimalist Fluxbox Window Manager (to be able to run DOSBOX).

To solve issue 1, I installed NetworkManager and its Gnome front-end, which doesn't work right :-(

Additionally I installed the complete LXDE in my despair, assuming that would solve issue 1.

Man, I was wrong. Time and again Amibian "spontaneously" shuts down LXDE and starts yet another instant of UAE4ARM.

WTF?

3. ROOT ALL THE WAY.

Amibian doesn't create a user, you'll run all the time as a superuser. You've got to be !@#$% kidding me!

CONCLUSION.

The are a number of issues here.

1. Raspbian - nor any other RPI Linux distro I know of includes UAE4ARM;
2. Amibian is extremely buggy and not good enough for a general purpose Linux distribution.

I hope general purpose Linux distributions for the RPI will provide UAE4ARM.


donderdag 11 mei 2017

Hackaton: amturingpi goes retro

Introduction.

I've had yet another (48 hours straight) Hackaton, turning my Raspberry PI3 (amturingpi) into a multiple retro computer system, based on the awesome Amibian GNU/Linux distro.

Thanks to the minimalist approach of Amibian it was a quite a easy, exciting and straight forward ride.

I tried turning amturingpi into a multiple retro computer system before, using the RetroPI distro, which miserably failed during the sluggish game controller setup.

Beside that I love emulating my previous 8- and 16-bit computers and it's not necessarily about gaming, yet the computers in general for me.

Amibian.

Amibian is a dramatically minimalist stripped down version of Raspbian, which is the official optimized Debian GNU/Linux spin off for the Raspberry PI computer.

Amibian has only one goal: to turn your Raspberry PI into a classic Commodore-Amiga. Amibian does this very well and efficiently.

I have tried multiple Linux distributions on amtruingpi, yet most of them are too "heavy" for the limited 1 GB RAM and this is where Amibian comes in: no nonsense and overhead. Needles to say I am very excited by this wonderful efficient distro <3
 

OpenMSX.

My first computer was a Philips NMS8220 MSX2 and of course I still love MSX. The only MSX emulator for Linux that I know of is OpenMSX.

I installed it before on Ubuntu MATE for Raspberry PI and figured out that the Catapult frontend GUI doesn't work on the Raspberry PI.
 
Fortunately the OpenMSX developer, known as "VAMPYR" lectured me, OpenMSX has a build in configuration menu: press the menu key (which is in between Alt Gr and right Ctrl on your keyboard).

Thus I installed OpenMSX with:

apt-get install openmsx

And it runs like a charm <3

DOSBOX and more.

I loved MS-DOS and am a huge fan of the FreeDOS project. Thus I tried to install Dosemu, which unfortunately is not available on Raspbian. There for I installed DOSBOX.
 
The problem with DOSBOX is that it requires X11 and a Window manager, there for I installed Xorg and Fluxbox (the most minimalist Window manager that I know of) and fortunately it runs like a charm.

Conclusion.

The Raspberry PI3 makes a great (and cheap) retro computing machine, thanks to the great work of the Amibian team. To get things going requires some (Debian) Linux knowledge and it's a lot of fun.
 
Below a video of my fun project in Dutch.
 
 
 
 

maandag 1 mei 2017

ML2MST Phoenix BBS Revival on FreeDOS



Introduction.

I've been running a popular BBS (Bulletin-board System) from 1987 up to 2002 in Maastricht, the Netherlands. In the late 1990's I renamed Megatone (Landline) BBS to ML2MST, because the local CB Packet Radio community requested me to run a BBS on CB.

In fact I was running two (gratis) online services at the time: ML2MST CB Packet Radio BBS and ML2MST Landline BBS.

I used TSTHOST for the CB BBS and RemoteAcces (RA), FrontDoor (FRODO) and IMAIL mailtosser for Echomail and Netmail support.

RA and FRODO where Shareware, which I never registered. I even wrote RttyE (Remote Teletype Emulator) in Microsoft QuickBASIC 4.5, which I used as a DOOR to work around the non registered limits of RA.

With RttyE, selected users could print messages directly on my (then matrix) printer, after I switched off "Page for Sysop" (chat).

In the late 2000's I came across the Free Software (GPLV2) EleBBS package by Maartin Bekers and played around with it on Linux and later in a Windows XP 32Bit VM.

The latter worked like a charm. Tested it via my Raspberry PI 3B and a number of kind geeky volunteers <3

However, I am a huge fan of FreeDOS and the goal of this project is to run the DOS version of EleBBS via Telnet on FreeDOS 1.2 on bare metal.

Challenges.

There are a number of challenges in this project.

First of all, I need to get FreeDOS to work on Bare Metal.

This works fine so far. I successfully converted my VirtualBox VDI FreeDOS hard-disk image to a physical USB3 drive and my machine, a Dell Vostro 3900 boots flawlesly from FreeDOS 1.2. <3

Now I need my Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 0c) to work, which failed so far (probably because of the wrong Packet Driver).

I'm wondering if FreeDOS even supports PCI Express devices?

EleBBS works fine with old school MODEMs, connected to a serial port, yet unfortunately most people in my part of the world don't even have a dial up connection anymore. I have a broadband cable connection and a cellphone. No more 20'th century dial up connections.

What's next?

The next challenge is to port the Win32 Telnet Server (TelSRV) which ships with the Win32 port of EleBBS to FreeDOS (GO32V2).

EleBBS is written in FreePascal, which is also available on FreeDOS. The code is Freely available on GitHub.

I haven't seen any Win32 specific code so far in TelSRV, so this should be portable to GO32V2, for FreeDOS, using mTCP.

woensdag 4 januari 2017

Reactie op Ali B's walgelijke Jodenhaat-plaat



Op Joods.nl dook er gisteren een artikel op over de nieuwe single van Ali B.

Mijn grootste probleem is dat dit door sommigen wordt gerelativeerd.

Ware het niet zo, dat het vooroordeel dat Joden rijk en gierig zijn, reeds eeuwen, in combinatie met het volstrekt idiote bloedsprookje als rechtvaardiging voor Jodenvervolging wordt gebruikt.

De "relativering" van dit eeuwen oude antisemitisme is na mijn mening derhalve volstrekt onnozel en levensgevaarlijk.

Als tegengeluid, nodig ik iedereen uit om eens door mijn muziek pagina te bladeren en mijn muziek te beluisteren of downloaden.

Dit is géén schaamteloze zelfpromotie, omdat  ik, in tegenstelling tot Ali B. geen commerciële doelstellingen heb.

Mijn muziek is volledig gratis, gedistribueerd onder Creative Commons, gelijk delen.

Een Pro Joods- en Israëlisch geluid uit Liberaal RK Maastricht!

Gemaakt met Hart en Ziel!

Mijn muziek.

Veel plezier!

עם ישראל חי

dinsdag 3 januari 2017

Hasbara 2016 Edition Released

My 2013 album Hasbara album was re-released in September 2016, includes a few new songs.

1. Blame the Jews.
2. No Surrender.
3. With all my Heart.
4. Antisemitism.
5. Hee Sheamdah.
6. Shma Israel.
7. Exerpt of Eretz.
8. Exerpt of Hava Naguila.
9. Psalm 128.
10. Return to Zion.
11. Trance Horah.
12. Am Hai.
13. Tumbalalaika.
14. Next year in Jerusalem

The album is archived in tar.gz format and includes a jewelcase

http://www.mediafire.com/file/ttzidtj78qcz64i/Marti+van+Lin+-+Hasbara.tar.gz

Have fun!

woensdag 13 januari 2016

Review: RemixOS Alpha 1 for PC.

Introduction.

Jide Technologies yesterday, January 12 2015 released the Alpha 1 release of their Remix OS for PC.

It is based on Android-x86 with a traditional desktop GUI on top of it.

Thus I was very excited to give it a spin.


Systemspecs.

On their website Jide Technologies provide some weird system requirements: An old computer with USB 3 (WTF?)

I fully ignored these system requirements and ran it on this setup:

i3 with 8 GB RAM, Intel 2500 HD Graphics, 16 GB Micro SD card Class 10 (7.5 Mbit/s).

Installation.

If you downloaded the ZIP archive from the Jide Technologies website, you'll have to unzip the file, which will create a subdirectory  called Remix_OS_for_PC_64_B20160112_01_Alpha.

This directory includes 3 files:

How to Launch Remix OS for PC.txt (readme text file);
Remix_OS_for_PC_64_B20160112_01_Alpha.iso (the actual ISO9660 image);
remixos-usb-tool-B2016011102.exe (renamed Windows port of Unetbootin).

Writing the ISO image to the MicroSD card was painless with the provided tool. But you could use *any* usb creation tool.

First boot.

The first boot was horribly slow. I made the bad decision to choose the persistence session, which had to create a data partition on the 16 GB 7.5 Mit/s MicroSD card.

Actually Remix OS complained that it would be slow and eventually not be able to boot from this device correctly.

Remix OS requires a 10 Mbit/s device.

Anyway it did the job and 40 minutes later the Remix OS desktop was in a usable state.

Yet this is only the case during the first bootstrap, when choosing the persistence session. Now it boots within a minute from the same (too slow) MicroSD card.

As an alternative you could run the guest session, which doesn't have to create a time consuming data partition (during the first bootstrap). The downside of the guest session however is, that it won't keep your settings and (eventually optional) installed apps.

Using Remix OS for PC.

So what about the user experience? Is it worth giving it a spin?

I've got good and bad news for you. If you are a curious Operating Systems g33k like the ML2MST, I say: give it a shot.

If you are searching for a replacement for $LINUXDISTRO or Windows, you'd better stay away from Remix OS for PC for now.

The Good.

I'm pretty excited by the performance of Remix OS for PC in the long run. It recognized my Intel 2500 HD Graphics and uses Messa for hardware acceleration.

I was very surprised by the quality and speed of how it captured my USB 2 Webcam.

The desktop shell is fantastic, it works great and looks very slick and "modern".

The Bad.

Keeping in mind that this is the first alpha release, this puppy actually has a couple of bugs, which make it useless for daily use.

First of all, I was unable to create an account (see schreenshot below). No matter how many times I click on "Add Account", nothing happens.


Secondly, Google Play is *not* installed by default (as advertised).

Worst of All: Google didn't recognise "this device", meaning I was unable to install *anything* from Google play.


Conclusion.


Remix OS for PC is a very interesting project, I will keep an eye on it, but it's not ready for the general public yet. No fat lady singing and no Cigar yet. But it's a matter of time.

This cute little puppy will grow up to be a mighty dog, to bite the establishment on PC in the ass :-p