A fancy world of magic, unicorns and a raging lazy dev

python bullshittery - today: raw strings
by X39

dir = r"C:\somepath\log\"

results in SyntaxError: EOL while scanning string literal


Just killed my debian setup by accident ...
by X39

just took 8 hours to restore everything to a state where it was before (ok ... also fixed problems like reverse-dns lookup being wrong etc. :3)

anyways ... everything up running again

So ... you want to install a custom OS on your android phone ...
by X39

First of all: Congratulations! You chose a path full of pain, violence and incompetent idiots who do competent stuff ...

Want an example? Well ... if you are not by any chance using a mainstream-mainstream device (eg. Galaxy S4) you are fucked. Plan to buy at least one 64GB SD-Card as you most likely wont find any version of TWRP (the most common tool used for backup etc.) compatible with your phone AND up to date so that you can directly transfer to your PC.

Alternativly buy a USB-OTG cable, again it takes time for it to arrive on amazon or for you to find in your local electronics market ...

But what to do if you want to flash right now?

Well ... Skip Backup ... because for some reason those mind-dead developers thought it would be a great idea to write a comprehensive guide on how to build it on your own ... just ... that you cannot understand anything of it unless you ever build anything on your own.

Chances are you already did build something using make and eg. gcc, congratulations, the guide still is complete utter shit for you unless you did so for android :)

So you seek out again for the internet for more help...

New guide, new luck. This time, it tells you it is a step by step guide for people who have little to no experience in buidling android but want to LEARN how to do it ...

that LEARN already is a great indicator what is following ... a comprehensive guide how to do exactly nothing on a linux system ...

majority of those ppl facing problems here will be neither using LINUX nor they have ANY experience or ANY interest in learning how to build shit! FOR FUCK SAKE YOU MORONS ... you do stuff normal people want to use. You write guides for developers that are trying to get into that field. You do literally EVERYTHING to prevent ppl from using your shit clean thus they get frustrated and for fuck sake i exactly know that you hate those people for asking after they did not understood your "very comprehensive non-step-by-step guide to LEARN"

so ... here is what you have to do to actually avoid questions like that ...

  1. Write an actual step by step guide For some reason ... the knowledge about what a step by step guide is and why it is needed got lost somewhere in the eternal void of the internet ... so here is quickly a reminder: Step by Step guide can be done by setting up a new system (eg. in a VM, my comprehensive guide is: use apt to install it faggots) and then writing down EVERY interaction one does! Every mouse click, every input hell even if you move windows it can get important for the user (before you actually do this: DO NOT ... ppl tend to know how to handle windows). Also ... do not expect people to have your system, expect the major system to be used! The majority of people uses MS WINDOWS not any unix variant so fucking write your step by step guide from that perspective ... you only can build using linux? Then fucking write that down! Tell people they shall check out a step by step guide about how to install linux in a VM ...
  2. Fire whoever was responsible for the old guide Seriously ... whoever is too stupid to do the most simple thing in the world but rather writes down garbage for people who would ask for such things in IRC channels or EMAIL lists ... is not supposed to do any public relations shit.
  3. Clean up your pages simple example? Needed TWRP and lineageos for my SM-T560... there are multiple variants of this tablet out there, lineageos has no way to check for the modelnum whilst TWRP lists a magic SM-T560NU ... the dump idiot now thinks "ohhh thats mine!" but he is wrong like usual as the NU variant is qualcomm based ... incompatible stuff ya know ... so add more manifacturer info ... for fuck sake PLEASE how hard is it?! your whole page contains useless info but adding those things you need at build time anyways you cannot add?

If you follow theese 3 tiny steps, you are one step closer to actually being useful ...

Now here is my comprehensive guide to fix that whole shit for any tablet:

  1. Ignore those fuckheads and backup manually, either by your tablets manufacturer tool (giving you some crypting garbage backup you cannot use) or by downloading every file via eg. adb or another tool of your choice (google file transfer android and it should show up plenty)
  2. Make sure you actually backed up everything, no going back from here
  3. Try to find the right lineageos release for your phone ... use google to get the matching name for your modelnumber (do not just check the box as that is most likely not the full describor and there are differences in the models)
  4. Follow the actually really good guide of lineageos for your device (in case you need to get out of the download mode: PRESS ALL KEYS FOR ~5 SECONDS)
  5. Avoid using heimdall as it is a garbage tool (use odin)
  6. Burn your smartphone/tablet because nothing works
  7. Sleep a night
  8. Realize you slept over due to phone being still in recovery mode
  9. Repeat step 1-6 until it works
  10. Congratulations: you forgot to add google apps

I like trains - Today: Useful error messages
by X39

'malloc': 'void *(std::size_t)' differs in levels of indirection from 'void *(std::size_t)'

About the OnePlus5 and their first come last serve policy
by X39

I usually keep calm when things do not go as expected ... but this time? This time it is too much!

I ordered the OnePlus 5 as my new smartphone on tuesday and ... the entire delivery is a disaster ...

First you discover that ppl who ordered a half day after you, who patiently watched the livestream for that bloody damn fucking "access code" so that you could order the doomed phone, not only have their phone already sent, no! They also already received it.

Then after contacting the support, and ranting in reddit about that they fucked up their order sorting, your phone finally gets shipped. But wait! There is more!

Now that it finally got on the way to you, you feel kinda happy it arrived in the DHL HUB and you think "now nothing can go wrong, everything will be fine from here" but well ... not here, not now

"Technical issues" prevent further processing ... something that seems to be common with the OnePlus releases

so you start getting angry and contact DHL just to discover that finding the right contact formular is a mess ... after an hour of searching the right one you finally sent the message to them

hours later, still no reply ... you contact the one plus support and ask them .. they just say "our logistic specialist is on it" and thats it ... case closed, nothing to do ...

you start considering calling the support hotline but as angry as you are right now, you know you would just start yelling after 2 minutes when they repeat those default questions again and again and again and again just because they want to get you done ...

so here i am now ... fucking angry and writing a rant to calm down ... i am pissed, and already considered to cancel my OnePlus 5 and just grab ... idk ... a nokia ... one of the ancient ones

at last, this is the worst experience i EVER had with with delivery especially when it gets as expensive as it is right now (>500€ for that fucking phone) things like this are not acceptable ...

anyway ... i need to get back to F5ing my email inbox

A quick update about my modding & tool activities
by X39

Recently checked the different sources again and noticed: i got various questions about XInsurgency, ArmA-UI-Editor, ...

soooo ... why are all theese things "dead"?

well ... first of all: they are not dead, they are on hold. Currently, there are higher priorities then a free non-money bringing hobby ...

what does that mean?

I am currently busy ... and cannot work on my projects :3

i do when i find spare time ... but most things are just waaaayyy to big to simply throw out an update here and there .. do not worry ... i will continue sooner or later ... but right now ... there is simply no way for me to spend more time in my hobby

kindly regards, X39

HTTPS enabled again
by X39