Quirky getting out of root dir

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Quirky, and all puppies, have heaps of stuff in /root. This came about because we always ran as root, or administrator.
I did redesign with everything out of /root when I was working on Sabotage, a musl-based build. However, I abandoned that.

I have started giving the same treatment to Quirky.
Today I have moved /root/.packages to /etc/packages. This is where all the package management files reside (as used by the Puppy Package Manager).

I did however, create a symlink from /root/.packages to /etc/packages, in case there are any PETs installed still hard-coded to the old path.


Underdog Easy Linux

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I am thinking of abandoning the work that I have done so far for Easy Linux, instead go back to the old "underdog" concept.

Underdog is an idea that never really took off. Even though it works well, and is a very easy way to transform any other distro into a Puppy-like distro.

Underdog is an idea that I introduced back in Puppy 2.x, but I reintroduced it to Woof2, the Puppy build system, in 2012, see my blog post:
http://barryk.org/blog/?viewDetailed=02668

In that blog post, there is a link to my now-retired Woof2 repository, which I discovered to be broken. Yeah, Woof2 got broken when I moved accounts about a year ago.
A couple of paths needed to be fixed, now Woof2 Fossil repo is functioning.

This is the link that shows the reintroduction of Underdog:
http://barryk.org/fossil/woof2.cgi/info/e82716c2f7

This capability should also be in Woof-CE, the Community Edition that forked off Woof2 when I retired from Puppy development. Woof-CE was forked in November 2013.
Here is the Woof-CE Github repository:
https://github.com/puppylinux-woof-CE/woof-CE

I can investigate adding Underdog capability to Quirky, my experimental distro. Note, Quirky is built with a fork of Woof2, called WoofQ:
http://barryk.org/news/?viewDetailed=00345

Underdog capability is not in WoofQ, so I will have to investigate ways of bringing it back.


Electric kit on-the-go

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I have rationalized my electrical and electronic kit down to a very small number of items, and very light.

I have need of telephone, Internet access, GPS, read ebooks, and take photos, all provided by my mobile phone. I also wish to listen to music and news, either streamed from the Internet or by FM radio, and my mobile phone does both -- the latter requires ear pieces as the cable acts as the FM antenna.

I have need of light, for which I have two options, either my mobile phone, or a tiny rechargeable torch that I bought from dx.com.
Note, I sewed a ribbon onto the torch, so it becomes an extremely light-weight head-lamp.

Optionally, depending on where I go, or in an emergency, I need some means of sterilizing water. I could boil it, but currently I am trying a Steripen, the Freedom model, with rechargeable battery.

So, phone, torch and Steripen, each with rechargeable battery, via micro-USB socket.
If I have mains access, I have a small power-adaptor. If not, I have a solar panel. Also, a short USB cable.

Here it all is:


This configuration is so flexible, and so light. Actually, the phone in the picture is not the one I normally use, as I took the photo with that. My everyday phone is a bit bigger, with 5.5 inch screen. Here are the weights:

My 5.5 inch phone: 171g
Torch, with ribbon: 18g
Ear pieces: 14g
Power-adaptor, plus USB cable: 43g
Steripen, with soft case: 98g
Solar panel: 92g


That is a total of 436g. Without the Steripen, it is only 338g.

The solar panel is not intended to be used on the outside of the backpack while walking, instead only used when stationary. I have explained why, and reviewed the panel here:
http://barryk.org/light/solar/panels-small-2016.htm

I have reservations about the Steripen, as it does not sterilize above the water-line. So water droplets on the inside and outside of the container will not be sterilized -- seems to me that you are gambling each time you use it. Though, if you are careful, the odds are pretty much in your favour.

Here is the manufacturer's page on the Freedom model:
http://www.steripen.com/freedom/

I bought my Steripen from Travel Universe here in Australia, as it was far cheaper than any other Australian retailer (AU$139):
http://www.traveluniverse.com.au/Freedom-Portable-Water-Purifier-SteriPEN/STERIFREE.htm

This is the USB-rechargeable torch that I purchased from Deal Extreme:
http://www.dx.com/p/usb-rechargeable-water-resistant-0-5w-led-white-flashlight-black-orange-255383

If you are curious about what phone I use, it is a Mlais M52:
http://www.mlais.com/html/201503/content_178.html

...not the latest out there, but I love it. It has a 5.5 inch screen, but probably the next phone I buy will have a bigger screen, perhaps up to 6 inches. The bigger screen real-estate is good for browsing the Internet, reading ebooks, and, well, for everything.


Kitchen on-the-go

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I am getting the items together for an upcoming overnight hike.
This time I might take my cooking gear, and this post shows what it consists of.

I decided to take my Vargo Triad alcohol stove, that I reviewed here:
http://barryk.org/news/?viewDetailed=00366

Almost everything packs inside my TOAKS 700ml titanium pot. This photo shows all the items. On the left are items that do not fit inside the pot (spoon, insulite cozy, bag-closer):


The items are windshield, box of matches, collapsible silicone cup, Triad stove, holder for multivitamins, sponge, folding scoop, folding knife, pot with lid, and carry-bag.

I am intending to do very simple cooking, just boiling water for drinks and cup-a-soup, and for making porridge, so I won't take the Big Sky insulated cozy-pouch. Just the spoon.

Notice the cylindrical shaped orange item -- that is a TOAKS titanium wind shield. I have experimented with various windshields, and I really like this one as it is so light, 16gm including bag, and rolls up small enough to fit in the 115mm diameter pot. Manufacturer's page:
http://toaksoutdoor.com/windscreen2.aspx

Everything fits inside the pot, and the whole thing, including carry-bag, weighs 250gm:


Not too bad, a complete kitchen for 259gm, including the spoon.

There is one other vital item though, the methylated spirits, which is going to double the weight, thereabouts. For an overnighter, or just a few nights, I could use a smaller bottle. I am currently using a 250ml Selleys wood-glue bottle. With almost-full meths, it weighs 220gm.

Here is a photo of the Selleys bottle:



Carry-on backpack

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A problem with backpacks is they have parts that hang out all over the place. OK when on the back, but not so good otherwise, such as traveling by bus, train or airplane.

I own a Sea to Summit duffle bag, really light (80gm), packs tiny, and just the right size to meet the size requirements for airline carry-on:
http://www.seatosummit.com.au/products/other-essentials/travel-duffle-bag/

Qantas, for example, has published carry-on maximum dimensions of 56x36x23 cm for economy:
http://www.qantas.com/travel/airlines/carry-on-baggage/global/en#carry-on-baggage-allowances

I have been going through my hiking/travel gear, attempting to reduce the weight and improve functionality. I have recently acquired a new backpack, a Zpacks Arc Blast, 45 litre, short-torso (with lumbar-pad and one waist-pouch), weighing just 650gm:
http://www.zpacks.com/backpacks/arc_blast.shtml

My intention is that I be able to insert the backpack inside the duffle bag. The big constraints here are the dimensions, in particular the length.
Only the "short torso" Arc Blast meets my requirement. Fortunately, that size fits me very well, and indeed would fit someone with longer torso.

This photo shows the approximate maximum distance from bottom of waist-belt to anchor-point of shoulder straps, 51cm (or maybe a tad more with some effort). This is with a fairly small bow in the vertical rods of about 30mm.
The anchor-point can be adjusted further down, and I currently have it set about 20mm below the highest point (so about 49cm from bottom of waist-belt):


The main issue though, is the total length of the backpack. It is about 55cm, with the extension section folded down (part of the bag that can extend above the frame).
This is spot-on. A fully-loaded pack, except only filled to height of the frame, fits nicely in the Sea to Summit duffle bag.

Here it is being inserted:


Here I am ready to go:


Of course, I also have the smallest-capacity Arc Blast, rated at 45 litres. That also suits me fine, and is satisfactory even for multi-day treks. But, I travel ultra-light.
Note that Qantas specifies 7kg max, some other airlines specify only 5kg.

But even if you don't want to do carry-on, or can't due to what you have in your backpack (such as stakes), it is great to have all the dangly bits tucked away, and inside a lockable duffle bag, for checked-baggage, bus travel, or whatever.


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