Diary and notebook of whatever tech problems are irritating me at the moment.


Resetting a terminal

Sometimes while troubleshooting a system I end up with scrambled terminal settings resulting in odd colours or graphics characters instead of text. This usually happens when I accidentally send binary data to the stdout and the terminal emulator (getty in Ubuntu) detects an escape code and switches modes. To fix it, enter "setterm -reset". This sends a reset character string through the terminal which usually sets it back to the default settings.

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Omnifarious Implementer = I do just about everything. With my usual occupations this means anything an electrical engineer does not feel like doing including PCB design, electronic troubleshooting and repair, part sourcing, inventory control, enclosure machining, label design, PC support, network administration, plant maintenance, janitorial, etc. Non-occupational includes residential plumbing, heating, electrical, farming, automotive and small engine repair. There is plenty more but you get the idea.