Steam on Slackware

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Published on: April 22, 2014

I was a bit board today while I was doing laundry so I thought I try installing steam on Slackware. It was surprisingly to easy to do. And the results (well see the screen capture below)


3 monitors now

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Published on: April 13, 2014

I ended up at a MicorCenter today. As I was browsing around, I thought about looking at video cards. before today I had 3 monitors but could only use 2 of them as my graphics card would not let me use 3 ports at the same time. I found a nice card for 130, that can handle up to 4 monitors (some day in the future I might get a 4th you never know)

Here is a screen shot of my desktop now, mind you the first monitor ends right at the start of the green box at the bottom of the screen, and the 3rd monitor starts at the end of the blue box at the top of the screen, it is nice to have so much room.



thumbHoly Week Music

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Published on: April 10, 2014

As Holy week is coming up next week here are some Holy Week Hymns as played by me on my tin whistle

Holy Week Music

also if you go to you will find some other “music” I have done on the tin whistle.

Holy Week Music

The Resignation of Mozilla CEO for His Support of California’s Prop 8 – Greg Koukl, 4/8/14, Issues Etc

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Published on: April 10, 2014

A important listen all should listen to.

Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason Stand to Reason

* Duration 27:12, Published 4/8/14 6:04:43 PM

* Episode Download Link (11 MB):

* Show Notes:

* Podcast Feed: Issues, Etc. (

Gohper (yes Gopher even today)

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Published on: March 30, 2014

I been starting to play around with Gopher on the internet. The problem I was having is I did not have any local clients, took me a few days to find a CLI one. I really don’t like the GUI one, it seems to have some problems, but since I did have some trouble with finding the clients, I thought I would include in this post the client software I found, just to help any one else that might want to try to get on gopher.

X windows Gopher client

Command line Gopher Client (CLI)

New FVWM setup

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Published on: February 28, 2014

I been playing with how FVWM is display on my computer as of late, mainly 2 new options in the config file one is to change the windows dressing around the open windows, and the other to force all windows to have dressings (this one is not shown in the Screen shoot, but it mainly for eclipse, so when I pull a tab out into its own window I can still resize it)

Latest UI setup
Latest UI setup

My current backup setup

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Published on: February 17, 2014

Right now my current backup of my data is as follows.

My desktop computer and my laptop computer both have btsync ( my main document files, this also replicate to a in home server (I also btsync my music folder to the in home server too) I then have a Virtual computer that I get though Digital Ocean ( I use this also for my SVN server for my personal projects) that also gets the btsync of my main data directory.

The next step on my backup system is I use cron to do backing up of my main data directory, I have a script that is kicked off that will make a tgz of my main data directory and places it in ~/backups/backup.tgz then at 1am on Sunday I have crontab scp the Sunday backup (the one that would have been taken only an hour earlier) to my Digital Ocean server. and the non-web internet

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Published on: January 18, 2014

I am probably one of the few, but I miss the old non-web internet. What is the non-web internet you might ask, that would be irc, usenet, etc. There are several protocols that existed on the internet, and were used and even existed before http (the web).

This longer for the older internet (mind you I am not saying the new internet that we have is bad, I enjoy it a lot, I am just saying I miss the older stuff too) I have started playing with a service out there over at it is a unix shell access system. They have a local community going that you can talk with in real time (ala irc) using the com command and they have a text based BBS system going (bboards) It kind of fun to be connection to remote shell accounts instead of just consuming web pages.

So now I have my personal cloud computer out on the internet that I pay for at Digital Ocean (Digital Ocean that I use for a svn server, and backup of my user data. I play on using it for some tomcat work later on in time. I have access to a true time share system over at there are people there chatting on the roof all the time (I finally found an active chat area that you don’t have to access via the web) if you join up there look for me, my login is mpop. I been going though the old IRC servers not finding much life around there.

Been having fun with those so far, next I just have this urge to see if I can pull together a gopher client and explore there a bit, just to see if there is anything still on that area.

Also who remembers AIM for instant messenger, no I am not saying you should have been on aol, but almost every one had AIM at a time, that was after ICQ. I wonder if SMS has truly killed IM or have people just forgotten of IM.

Another thing I have worked on was instead of continuing to read email off a web interface. I have moved to a command line type email client, the email will still be stored on the gmail servers and my email of will still work, but I am using older technology that still works, to pull in my email over imap to read it, then stmp (authenticated) to send it so for no one will see a change in how I read my email except for me.

I am setting up my computing setup to look and feel old school for the most part, while at the same time enjoying some of the latest tech, the best of both worlds. Come join me in a lark in the jungles of the internet that still exists and many don’t try and there we will find ourselfs and have fun doing it, and find things that the non-geeks could only imagine.

Linux Love

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Published on: January 15, 2014

From time to time it happens, I will site down to the computer, and for a moment, I will feel the love I first felt in 97 when I first installed Linux on my first computer.  Fort tonight that was working on my private cloud server (Linux based) after that, I started pocking around a service called (basically it is a Unix server out there that they give you access for free)

So tonight started with me doing some securing of my home computer, my laptop computer, and my cloud server. Setting them all up with ssh to reject any password logins and only accept shared key logins (RSA encryption) after doing that I headed over the the site made an account there and added my public key on their system so I can login via encryption there too. I always forget how fun Unix/Linux is. I am sure many of my readers will not even understand the love for a command line access to a computer, but the power is nice. And on the system they have a system wide chat system called com, now that is worth the free cost to get in just to chat there.

Next things on my Tech diet is to do an update to the Issues Etc app for Android, so it can list prior shows and let the user select them and listen to them)

10 years of the same domain and email

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Published on: January 29, 2013

On Feb 6, 2003 I first registered my domain, and started useing mpop at as my email. it has been thought 5 ISPs changes. One of the nice things of registering a domain and keeping it for years. The only contact info I have had for longer is my cell phone which I first got in 1999, And thanks to the cell phone number portability law in 2003 I was able to escape from sprint as a provider and moved it to t-mobile and have been happy with them ever since.

This blog was started back in 2004, so next year it will be going for 10 years also.

The problem with HTC phones as an android developer.

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Published on: November 24, 2012

Question, I need advice from any other android programmers. I am getting reports from HTC users that they get no audio. I can not get audio out of it. I did some research and found that many audio apps on the google play store get negative reviews from HTC users because they get no audio from the app (not just mine) more research found that HTC does not include all the needed codecs. So has any other android app programmers found a work around to the HTC problem? As for now I have decied I can not spend to much more time on it (thanks to Dan Berquest for the advice there)

Also if it not fixable for HTC (this is what I have done now to save the app from any more negative reviews from HTC users) I have listed all HTC devices as not supported so google play will not let HTC users download the app (so they can not leave a review)

any advice from any other android program would be great on the audio issue. And thoughts on the second part.

The next version of the Issues Etc App for Android needs Beta Testers.

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Published on: October 6, 2012

I have completed the next version of the Issues Etc App for Android, and would like some Beta Testers to test out the new features. The new features are:

Find a church, this will map out the churches on the Issues Etc 300 that are within a 100 miles of your location. It will also let you call the church or send it to your navigation app on your cell phone.

I have added a new setting screen, right now all it does is lets you change the volume of the media play back, future settings that will be added to the app will be set on this screen.

To Help out with this please email me at

The Church and Voting

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Published on: October 6, 2012

My Pastor, Pastor Douthwaite of Saint Athanasius Lutheran Church in Vienna, Virginia had the following articular in the latest church news letter, I felt it needed to be spread more, so I sought his approval to re post it here at my blog, please see below.

I’m Pastor Douthwaite and

I Approved This Message . . .

I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase a LOT recently, since we are in the heart of election season. In the Lutheran Church we do not support or encourage you to vote for particular candidates, for everyone – Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, or of any other political party – should be welcome in our churches. The message that is heard in our churches is not a political one but the very voice of the Gospel, the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ who has come to die for the sin of the world, for the forgiveness of all people. That is the message, as the Apostle Paul told his young protege Timothy, that will make him a workman approved not by people, but by the Lord of the Church whose servant he is (2 Timothy 2:15). So that is our message, and there is no message better or more needed in our world, yesterday, today, and forever!

But you are encouraged to vote, for to do so is fulfilling your vocation as a citizen in this country. Voting is showing love for your neighbor. So whatever political party you align with – or no party at all – consider the issues seriously and vote!

There is an issue, however, with which you need to be concerned, and that is the free exercise of religion. Events of the past year would require all who provide health coverage for employees to include abortive medicines as part of their health plans. Compliance with this mandate would be violating the individual consciences of many Christian business owners as well as the teaching of our church and the health care that is provided for our church workers. Our synod has no official position on what is known as “Obamacare,” but we have long stood for the sanctity of human life and that abortion (except when the life of the mother is endangered) is sin.

At issue here is what the “free exercise of religion” means. Is this restricted to religious institutions and within those religious institutions to only the service of its own members? Or is it more than that? Is a Christian business owner free to exercise his or her religion without government mandate? What about church run schools, hospitals, and outreach to the needy? This is a large and complex issue, and one that is not going away.

To help you sort through the issues and learn ways you can help, our Synod has a new area on their web page entitled “Free to Be Faithful.” You will find here articles and resources to educate and equip Christians about these issues and what you can do to help. There are already resources posted here, with many more to come. So go check it out and go back regularly to see what has been added. Either go through the LCMS homepage, or follow this link:

Most importantly – pray. Pray for our leaders. Pray for our Lord’s wisdom and guidance for them. Pray for those babies in the womb waiting to be born. Pray that our country (and world!) become again a culture of life not a culture of death. Pray that the Lord would use you to help those in need. Pray. Remember the words of St. Paul:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

~1 Timothy 2:1-4

His servant and yours,

Pastor Douthwaite

Message from LCMS President Harrison about “Religious Liberty: Free to Be Faithful”

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Published on: September 29, 2012

Developing code on an Android Tablet.

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Published on: September 21, 2012

I read an artical in Linux Journal about being able to do development “in the cloud” was an intersting artical, it was very ipad centric, so I set out tonight to see if the same could be done on an Android Tablet. Well the anser I found is yes it can easly be done. And I am not talking about just doing code for the device (and simulare OS devices) but even just standard C/C++ and Java. Well I was able to match basicly what he did and that is to have a command line connection to a Linux box and use an editor (he used vim, I tested with Emacs, more complex key combonations in my test) and foudn with an app called Termial IDE, it leaves you at the bash shell in Android, but a quick ssh to my home box gave me full blown Linux (much as he did in his artical) I was able to load up screen (for the occationnal disconnects that could happen over a mobil network) and fire up Emacs. From there I editied a file Ctrl-X and Ctrl-C’ed it (I did not want to save the changes but if those Ctrl keys work then the Ctrl-S should work). Well I was able to get done what I wanted. Next I though that it would be nice to have a more local dev system on the tablet to see if that could be done. Found an app called Anjedi, this is more specific to Android Java deveolpment, but I was able to get from my SVN server (it also supports GIT for those of you that use GIT) and edit some XSLT and other files, so I can see this also as a good option, I am sure there are some other tools out there that can be used but my goal was to see if I could repeat what this guy in the Linux Journal Artical did with the ipad on an Android Tablet, and the anser is yes. Now would I like to work like that very often I don’t think so, but for the quick grab my tablet and bluetooth keyboard it can work.

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