I am resetting up my Linux systems, and I am going back to my roots in Linux going back to Slackware and will be using FVWM for my windows manager, I already know how I am going to set it up. I am going to do a 4×4 pager with the pager in the upper right hand side of the screen and a very basic button bar in the lower left hand side. Don’t need much in the working of the windows manager, I will work mainly off of the bash command line, the way man was meant to use the computer.
Well I have started to clean up my LinkedIn account might take a few days, deleted a bunch of “contacts” in there, last night I cleaned up my Delicious account. Going to try go get all the social network stuff I have going organized correctly. Also I am not going to be one of those that posts the same thing accross all the networks, each Network will have it own stuff, taking into account who I will let have access to it.
FaceBook — only Friends and Family (the most personal stuff, with limits will get there)
Google+ — Mixed bag, what I post will be limited to circles based on the content of the post.
LinkedIn — Professional stuff
Delicious — Mixed any one can see but just book marks
This Blog — Longer (some time rambling) thoughts that any one can see
Twitter — quick short (sometimes poor attempts at humor) posts that any one can see.
All the time keeping in mind the Golden Rule of the Internet — NEVER POST ANYTHING YOU WOULD NOT WANT YOUR MOTHER OR BOSS TO SEE (as any one can forward what ever you say on the net to any one else and you can not fully control it)
Not much, the “biggest” part of the update is linking to my FB profile, my G+ profile, and linking in my tweets from Twitter.
Also I dug up my old Delicious account and cleaned up the links in it a bit, going to start using it again. Next on my task list for internet todo is clean up my Linked In account then maybe start using it a bit, I have let it get “dirty” by accepting any one and every on a few years ago, I should really clean out the contacts that have no value to my Linked in account.
Remember when blogs were the thing (kind of funny to ask that on a blog) well I have moved my RSS reading from a program to Google Reader so I can not only read it on my computer but also I installed the Google Reader on my Android Phone so I can keep up with my Tech blogs on the go. I wonder what would have been if both the Smart Phone and the blog revolution both came at the same time? Also I wonder if the age of the Blog is over or if it just now a part of life, I don’t think that Google+,Twitter, or Facebook have killed Blogs, they just have changed how blogs are done. People have stopped putting the most personal stuff on blogs (and people that had only Personal Blogs have stopped) but Blogs are still a nice way to get an opinion out, or to publish to the world. I know my blog has slowed down over the years (My first post was on Jul 2, 2004, not bad over 8 years of this, I also blame some of the slow down as I got to involved in World of Warcraft, but now that I don’t play that much anymore, not sure about how much I will play it in the future, I hate what they are doing to the game for the next xpac) But there are still some good blogs out there, some personal, and some Technical, and many Political ones.
Most things are now moving to the “cloud” (wow the internet has had so many names, I remember back in the 90′s it being called the “Information Superhighway”) and we are now almost always connected to the network. I have said it many times before and I will just say it again, in the 80′s Star Trek had the Borg, but we are fast becoming the Borg, and I for one am running to that place at full speed.
Well it has been over a month now since I ditched Direct TV in favor of the cheaper Ruko. I am enjoying it, plus the savings of $80 a month is nice, I have had to put a block on my cell phone against their “customer retention” number as they are calling 10 times a day (thanks aFirewall, All I have to do is tell it I don’t want a call from 1-800-849-4392, and it sends them right to voice mail, and since they never leave a message I never get bothered by them)
Not only am I using Netflix, I am also using Jupiter Broadcasting (a geek station), the BBC, AmatureLogic (a ham radio station), TED TV, and a few others, I have more then I could hope to watch in a decade (and if I tried by the time I finished there would be more stuff to watch) Yes Cable and Satlight TV has alot to fear from things like the Ruko, Apple TV, and Google TV (I don’t think Google TV will take off the price point is to high, the price point for the device should be $100 and under and with Google TV at 300 to 500 it not going to take off)
I would say any one should take a look at these Internet Streaming Devices (ISD) it might be a nice way to save some money each month, for me at $80 a month that is $960 a year, I don’t know about you but I can sure find better things to do with that kind of money, plus I don’t get commercials eater, so I pay 1/10th of what I was paying before, I get more selection, and I get it commercial free, why would I want to pay more and get less.
I check my spam filter (for my blog) every few days, I will look at the IP address if I see a common thread (such as 95.65.32.x today) I just straight out ban the whole region, my largest group ban was banning 112.111.x.x I am not worried about preventing people (that can read my site) from getting to my site. both of those IPs ranges are foreign (the first one is from a republic of something or other, and the second one is a chines one)
So foreign spammers go ahead and spam, I will just IP range ban you off my site.
Any one know of a good Linux email client that will DELETE not just mark for deletion email when it deletes? the mail client evolution does not do this, so when I check my email on my cell phone I see all the spam I had deleted because evolution FAILS at deleting. So I need a REAL email client that will not just mark for deletion but truly delete the email when I say delete.
I know it “old” but I still think it one of the nicer windows managers out there for X-windows and as of today I am back using it. What is nice about it is that it is light and does not take many system resources. I really do not like where Gnome and KDE are going (I truly hate Gnome 3) All I want/need is something that will allow me to move a window around give it a little bit of decoration, but let me work and live in the Bash shell and FVWM does that for me.
Years ago I got an iPod, and since then I been enslaved by iTunes. Well in the last year Apple has said that they are going to kill the iPod classic, and one of their executives has been quoted saying that the iPod had a good run but now it time to buy an iPhone. That joined with their trying to prevent people from having real choice in cell phones (all their bogus lawsuits, I still can not believe they won on the phone number to link, Skype was doing that back in the late 90′s, that just like MS patenting the mouse back in the early 00′s) I decided to 1) retire the iPod 2) escape the iTunes (apple) eco-system. I retired the iPod during the fall of last year. and I have removed iTunes from my one windows computer on Friday. I am looking at Amarok (debating that one or getting xmms to work) for MP3s on my Linux box and WinAmp (yes WinAmp is still around) on my windows box, and the built in player on my Android devices (along with Google music on the tablet and the Amazon Cloud on the Phone). For Podcasts I am using Google Listen on the Android devices.
Long and short of it I am free of the ternary of Apple.
Also I am looking at stopping all video game playing on my computer, and if that happens I might not have a windows box soon as that the only reason I keep windows around, it would be a nice Linux box (as I kept it nice for gaming it should rock as a pure Linux box)
Well it is day 5 with the Roku device, and I been working with it. In my last post I noted that the 2 shows I wanted that I could not find on Roku are The Simpsons and Regular Show. The second one I have found on Amazon’s Streaming Video service, so now the only show left is The Simpsons, but I can do with out one show, until they start to offer it on some internet streaming system. I am sure I will be canceling the TV subscription.
I can get my shows from Netflix and Amazon, news I already get of the internet, plus I will not get the stupid interruption for the emergency broadcasting test when they do (or when there is sever weather)
I am looking forward to not paying for TV, I am thinking of moving up the cancellation date of my subscription TV to the end of this month (since I already payed for this month it does not matter a hill of beans if I cancel tomorrow or on the 25.) I have already disconnected the Receiver box from my setup. Between my DVD collection, the Roku (Netflix, and Amazon Video) my VHS I don’t see ever needing a TV subscription. and if I ever need local “news” I guess I could buy a digital converter some time in the future.
I don’t like paying so much for a TV subscription. I am thinking of ditching the TV subscription, so today I picked up a Roku 2 XD. I also got a NetFlix account, and added a bunch of TV series. So far there are only 2 shows that are currently on that they don’t have (The Simpsons, and Regular Show) I plan on going 2 months more with the TV subscription to see if I can do with out it, if I can I will save myself some money and then cancel the subscription.
I would love to find 3 other shows (that are not on TV at this time) and they are : The Red Green Show, Red Dwarf, and Look Around You.
If any one wants to suggest a good Roku channel I would love to get a list. But for now the 20 or so TV series I have added to Netflix and the 2 news channels I added to the Roku I have added should keep me in TV for more then I need (as I normally watch maybe 2 to 3 hours a week, another reason to get ride of the TV subscription I pay way to much for the time I watch)
This is going to be a strange request and I doubt I will get any one that can help. But back between 97 and 01 around the University of Pittsburgh’s CAS computer network on the Unix stations there was a FVWM configuration setup that was being shared. And I am trying to find those configuration files again, but I can not find them in my archives, so if anyone on the off chance might see this and might have them could you mail them to me. It will probably be a .fvwmrc file.
This guy has very well hit the nail on the head of what I am thinking. I will be voting 3rd party this year, looking at the constitution party.
Just because this is something that should get out there, a while back some hackers broke into peoples computer and did some DNS look up changes to victoms computers. See http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/november/malware_110911 for info on how to check your computer. If you use IE you really need to check to make sure you are safe (I don’t use IE used Firefox at that time, but use Crome now, but still best to check and I did, I was not affected)
Just re posting this as it is something that does need to get out there.