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David @ Tokyo

Perspective from Japan on whaling and whale meat, a spot of gourmet news, and monthly updates of whale meat stockpile statistics



Linux problems and fixes

I've had some troubles with my Linux installation over the last month, but am getting on top of it now.

Being able to go back to my blog posts in March 2005 on the topic of installing Debian over the ADSL connection was surprisingly helpful (amazing how much useful information one can forget over the space of 700 days...), and so I'm going to jot some notes down again now so the next time this sort of thing happens I can once again help my future self.

1) X fails to start. /var/log/Xorg.0.log extract:
(EE) intel(0): detecting sil164
(EE) intel(0): sil164 not detected got 5: from DVOI2C_E Slave 112.
compiled for 1.3.0, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 1.2
(EE) intel(0): Unable to read from DVOI2C_E Slave 236.
compiled for 1.3.0, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 1.2
(EE) intel(0): ivch: Unable to read register 0x00 from DVOI2C_B:04.
compiled for 1.3.0, module version = 1.0.0
ABI class: X.Org Video Driver, version 1.2
(EE) intel(0): tfp410 not detected got VID 1305: from DVOI2C_E Slave 112.
(EE) intel(0): No valid modes.
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.

Fatal server error:
no screens found
This seems to be a problem with the current intel driver in xorg, but replacing intel with "vesa" gets around the problem for the mean time.
Section "Device"
Identifier "Intel Corporation 82830 CGC [Chipset Graphics Controller]"
# Driver "intel"
Driver "vesa"
BusID "PCI:0:2:0"
2) Getting ntfs partition set up again (easy):
debian:~# modprobe ntfs
debian:~# mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/xphome
And in /etc/fstab (unified diff):
+/dev/hda1 /mnt/xphome ntfs ro,umask=0222,iocharset=utf8 0 0

3) Essential packages (for starters):




Whale meat stockpile update - August 2007

The Ministry's latest stockpile figures for August were released earlier this month.
(MS Excel, PDF formats, whale meat classification = #35)

I'm having technical issues, so this update is going to brief...

August 2007 outgoing stock: 502 tonnes

502 tonnes is 64% of the figure for August 2006.

August 2007 incoming stock: 1,044 tonnes

1,044 tonnes is also down on the figure for August 2006. The majority of this influx is the meat by-product of the JARPN II cruise, which concluded it's offshore component in the middle of August.

August 2007 end-of-month stockpile: 3,858 tonnes

The figure of 3,858 for August end is 73% of the volume held in stock at the same time in 2006.

Graph: Annual volumes

YTD incoming stock made a bit of a comeback in August, but is still a few tonnes behind YTD outgoing stock for 2007.
(2007 YTD outgoing: 5,758 tonnes)
(2007 YTD incoming: 5,723 tonnes)

YTD outgoing stock will most probably pull away over the last 4 months of the year.

Graph: Monthly stockpile movements
Stocks up in August, but it still appears that come February 2008 stocks will be at their lowest levels for at least a couple of years.

Graph: 12-month moving averages
The outgoing stock average (12-month) remains more than 100 tonnes above the incoming average, so will have to continue it's downward trend (slowly though, I imagine).

It is possible that it'll remain above the incoming average until early next year when the JARPA II cruise returns. Having a stockpile makes this possible.

Graph: Regional whale meat stockpiles

Ishinomaki and Kushiro stockpiles are net gainers in recent times, while Tokyo stocks have dropped by more than half in just a couple of months.

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September figures will be released on November 12. I'll bring you another update shortly thereafter.



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