First or Cover? (Do I like one better?) WordPress Test Site 2/19

Andrew’s (Personal) Music Musings Blog Ideas 1/19

What Is This?
A place for me to review, explore and share some of my favorite music. Most of my favs are rock or blues, but I could include some classical pieces too. I might include personal stories or recollections or opinions. I might organize the music into rough themes or collections. So far I’ve discovered new things just preparing for this blog. Maybe we can have conversations related to some of this.

Theme 1: First or Cover? (Do I like one better?) 
Cover songs don’t always get a lot of respect. Yet many famous bands started with cover songs. The Beatles and Stones, all did covers at one time in their careers. It turns out that many of the songs I love were performed by artists other than the one that first recorded and released the song. So I thought it would be fun to explore some of the songs I like and to research the version that came first. Some of these were new to me.

Dreamland written by Joni Mitchell

1976 Roger McGuinn
Liked it first time I heard it. Very upbeat

with a unique rhythmic sound.

1977Joni Mitchell

Even though Joni wrote this, her version came out later.

Very different mood and sound. Does not really work for me, but I respect Mitchell so much
as a writer and creative force I wanted to include it.

Hell’s Bells
1980 AC/DC

2000 Dandy Warhols


1960 MESSIN’ WITH THE KID – Junior Wells

1968 Tighten up Your Wig – Steppenwolf, same tune with new lyrics, but they even refer to Wells in the song

FreeBSD for a Linux Geek

I’ve been using Linux on a daily basis for about twenty years and have gotten to know its ins and outs fairly well. In the last couple of years I’ve had a FreeNAS server, which is built on FreeBSD, so I’ve had to learn a bit about that operating system.

On more than one occasion I’ve found myself unable to find things, or remember the name of the FreeBSD command I’ve needed. I often try the Linux equivalent and find it doesn’t work, or worse, it does something different on FreeBSD than on Linux.

This page holds notes of things I’ve learned to help me remember them the next time they come up.


  • Services in FreeBSD are started and stopped by script files, analogous to those used in SysVinit distributions of Linux. The scripts are located in /etc/rc.d and /usr/local/etc/rc.d.
  • The scripts are controlled by the service command. For example:
    • service django stop
    • service django restart
  • Service configuration is in the file /etc/rc.conf. For example, to configure the ntpd service to automatically start on boot, put ntpd_enable=”YES” into that file.

System Info

  • Memory usage: vmstat fre (Linux equivalent: free -h)
  • Modules loaded: kldstat (Linux equivalent: lsmod)
  • To cause modules to be loaded on boot, add <module_name>_load=”YES” to /boot/loader.conf.

Adding an external Java library to an Eclipse project

I wanted to use a method from the Apache Commons Lang library in an
Eclipse project. Here’s how to do that:

1. Download the library. (The Apache Commons Lang library is found here: Select the version appropriate for your version of Java. You probably want the latest, unless you’re using an old, old version of Java. Also, get the binary rather than the source, unless you want to compile it for yourself.)

2. Create a “lib” folder in your Eclipse project. Right-click on the project name and select “New->Folder” Call the folder “lib”

3. Copy the jar into the folder you just created.

4. In Eclipse, find the jar file in the lib folder and right-click on it. Select “Build Path->Add to Build Path” The jar file will now be listed in your project under “Referenced Libraries.”