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Published on: October 11, 2016

I have been using PcGen for a while for my characters in RPG games. Good program, but as of late one of my characters will not export, so instead of being one of those that just complain that there is a bug. I downloaded the source code (got to love open source code) Set up the work-space in eclipse Here is a SS of it running from the eclipse work space now the fun of debugging the issues. If I can do that maybe I can send it back up stream.

I guess Google is working hard to kill Google Home even before it comes out.

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Published on: October 2, 2016

Google Says if you support Amazon Echo you will not be allowed to work with Google Home I saw this article today. Given that Amazon Echo is already out (I have it, and love it) Given that most smart home devices already integrate with Amazon Echo, looks like Google is trying hard to kill Google Home before it even comes out. Things that work with Amazon Echo, Hue Light bulbs, Honeywell and Echo bee thermostats, Uber, Domino’s, Nest (????). I wonder if google will take Nest off of Echo or will they ban it from Google Home??
Also given Google bricks devices one can not be confident that Google will not do this to Google Home. I know after I read how google bricked Revolv, I reconsidered getting a nest smoke alarm, I just got a new battery for the old one I had. Google does have a long history of abandoning projects, and they have bricked one device people had that they decided to abandon.
I use to be a Google Fan boy, but over the last year I have kind of changed that (My hate of the new Android Studio being the start of the lost love) Reading about how they are breaking devices, and now they are trying to pull an Apple or mid-90’s Microsoft. Maybe it is time for me to check out Bing as a search engine (Microsoft is not what it once was) I wonder what ever happened to the old google motto “Do no Evil”
I know I would not risk the money on a Google home as it would not support the devices I already have, and I wonder why anyone would, also considering I already have (an older) Android Watch which is basicly the same “Ok Google” technology (and it has already proven to be weaker than the Amazon Echo”(I should post a review of the Echo some time on the Blog)

Guess Baltimore requires all to use windows

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Published on: June 7, 2016

I have to renew my pet license so I went to the Baltimore count site, well guess they will not let me do it on line because it requires silver light (an old dead technology by ms) to use their site, I guess baltimore is anti-Linux. Boo on them, I guess I will have to mail the stuff in, and they will have to waste tax payer money to process it, since baltimore hates Linux.

Google whants to do a vertion of Amazon Echo.

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Published on: June 1, 2016

In the news as of late it is said that they want to do a rip off of the Amazon Echo. I wonder how many people would risk getting the device given that Google bricked the Revolv be not to long ago. Google has a long history of abandoning things they once did. latitude, Reader,Google Walet. So if Google loses interest in the voice only PDA will they brick it like the Revolv and how long before they loss said interest? I will stick with my Amazon Echo.

How Far we have come

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Published on: April 14, 2016

I can transfer a nice large set of files (read 5+ Gb) with out batting an eye. I remember back when moving data between 2 computers was done in 1.44Mb batches. My how far we have come. My first install of Linux was done via 5 1.44Mb floppies. It when pretty much DD a floppy while one was in the computer and one was sitting to be the next, then the first one in the computer would be moved back to the computer doing the DDing and be written with the next disk image. Now I do not think much about a simple scp from one computer to another knowing I am going to move 5Gbs with 1 simple command.
Thinking of all the computing power I have, I am amazed at it compared to my first ever computer (an IBM XT) sure my current computers are not the top of the line, my main desktop is from 2009 (and it does very well still, thank you very much, holding off on a new computer becuase I don’t want to deal with MS boot, I want a computer that still has a BIOS so I can put what ever I want on it, with out haveing to have MS sign off on it.) but I also have 3 Raspberry Pi’s.
Thinking also how far we have come, I have a watch that I wear most days, all I use it for is to check the time, and maybe take a look at a notification for my phone, but I also know this watch has more power then they landed on the moon with, and here all I do with it is check the time.

Google bricks devices

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Published on: April 6, 2016

Seeing this this has made me rethink something. I was thinking of getting a nest smoke detector. But seeing this article makes me rethink that. There is a different between not supporting something, and breaking hardware that a customer has payed for. This article is making me think I don’t want to by hardware from Google if they will break it.

Wagmans and Google/Apple Pay

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Published on: April 4, 2016

A couple of weeks ago I found out that Wagmans takes Google pay. Of the stores I know of in the Hunt Valley area, this is the only one I know of that takes Google pay. I will be changing where I do my shopping now. I like the convenience of them taking it, as I already have my cell phone out when I am shopping for the shopping list on it. so I don’t have to put it down to fish for my wallet, I can use the device I been using the whole shopping trip to just pay for the items that I just bought that were listed on the cell phone.

Old Blogs

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Published on: April 4, 2016

This is an older blog it has been around for over a decade. That got me to wondering what Blogs still exist from the time I was really into reading Blogs. I had not really read many for the last few years, I am thinking of pulling up a new RSS reader (I stopped for a bit because Google kill their RSS reader.) I found many of the Blogs I use to read are now either dead (404) or have not been updated in years. So I cleaned out the feed of all the dead and ones not being updated, and here is a list of the living Blogs from those times (ya these will be Blogs that have existed for more then a decade too)

Dvorak News Blog
The Ward Family

Wow what a short list that is. I need to find some other blogs to buff up the amount I read. If I am going to be going back to doing more blogging I probably should start reading them again more often.

For more update goodness I have also downloaded the WordPress android app that should allow me to update where ever I want and nearly when ever I want, now I would like to see if I can find a good RSS reader for the Android Phone. Don’t get me wrong I love working at home on my home computer. But every one always wants parts of my time and I don’t get to be home as often as I would like, some days it seems I just get to get home to go to sleep, no time to myself. But that is life.

Nice trick for Google Now

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Published on: April 2, 2016

Yes another Tech post in this weekend. I been playing with all kind of stuff. But here for the post
I my main email address that I use (on this domain mpop at mikeoconnor dot net) where I get all my emails, but all my other google services I use off of my google account (m dot p dot oconnor at gmail dot com) so when ever I get a notice of a shipment or the like my Google now App never sees it. But I found this nice little trick here basicly I will be blind forwarding a copy of my email from my main account, while keeping a copy on it, then on the gmail account (that I never really use for email) I filter out all the messages to my mikeoconnor.net account to a folder so I don’t have to see them. This way Google now will pick them up but I don’t have to deal with them in the gmail account. Nice trick.

Almost forgot my full love of the shell (command line to many of you)

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Published on: April 2, 2016

I always feel more comfortable when working at the bash shell instead of in some sort of GUI. And since the Google forcing of Android Studio (that bloatware) I have returned to the command line to do my Android development. But while I have been there I have thought about how I could move more of my stuff to the bash shell and exist inside of the xterm more and more. Well I played around and have setup alpine (a text based mail client) to connect and read my email from gmail. Thanks to Google I am going deeper and deeper into the text based world again. I guess I kind of owe them a thanks for that, I never feel as comfortable as I do when I am typing at a text based system.

Wondering if I could do the web though Lynx, if there are good text based web browsers out there to do the things I do on the web (like facebook)

Further work on ridding my personal development of IDEs

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Published on: April 1, 2016


As I have don’t some work on my computer to prep for the day where I don’t need an IDE for Android development (also this work is making me think I might not need an IDE for any kind of development) This is what my screen has turned into as I done work on it today, there is some Java code there, a few ssh out to other computers. A web browser and all kind of stuff set up on the screen, you will see my second favorite x-windows application, xterm all over the place. Now this is an development environment. Playing with all this stuff here at home makes me wish I could do this same kind of setup at work. Emacs runs faster then Eclipse, and both Emacs and Eclipse puts IntelliJ to shame, I still can not get over the 40 minute load time for IntelliJ. Eclipse is up in 2 to 4 minutes, and Emacs is up in seconds.

I guess that what you get when a company wants all developers to use the new “hotness” well for me I am giong to back away from the “hotness” and go with the old school, I can make it work. I have one last task to cover and that is how to design a Android interface with out one of the IDEs.

Also part of my work today was to remove the need for a separate program to interface with my SQL databases with, I have found and installed a nice SQL mode setup for Emacs. Yes Emacs can do it all.

Starting to get hot here

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Published on: April 1, 2016

I don’t think it is do to the weather, according to Google it is only 63F out. But my Thermostat is reading 82F in the state of off. I have the air on circulate (no hear or AC just moving the air around) I have all the windows open in the APT. I just need to figure out how to cool down a bit, I don’t want to be running to the AC just yet.

Android Development in Emacs on Linux

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Published on: April 1, 2016

I found this blog post Development for Android with Emacs today. I am working on porting all my development for Android over to Emacs. As I noted here Android Studio is unusable, and not something that I want to suffer though. I am now working on getting Emacs to do auto complete for Java.


Auto complete is installed. See http://auto-complete.org/ for the Emacs addon that I am using. Not the same as I am use to in Eclipse, but it does work. I will have to see how it works out. So now I have Android setup and Autocomplete setup. Now I need to find a way to do the Android Screen layouts.

Android Studio

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Published on: March 29, 2016

I have tried using the new google android studio for doing coding on android, but the program sucks, I mean it just plain sucks. I have not seen a program run so slowly. Most of all my programs run at a good speed, but if I try to use android studio, it takes 10 minutes to just load up and another 30 to load the workspace. All the while the load of my computer goes from 1 or 2 to 16 to 20. I wish they would bring back the Android ADT for eclipse, but for now I am going to look into doing android development from the command line and emacs, android studio is just bloody unusable.

How Apple lost today

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Published on: March 28, 2016

With the news that the FBI did not need Apple’s help on getting the data from the terrorists iPhone, apple lost big today. How you might ask. Well if Apple did help with a valid warrant for the phone, they could have retained the software with out giving it over to the FBI (the warrant did say they could do that) and Apple could have still claimed that their encryption was unbreakable by even the US government. But now with the news that the FBI was able to defeat the protection that Apple put in place, it says that the FBI can get into any iPhone they want with iOS 9 or below (and possible future ones) Apple can not claim the best security as if the FBI can do it any government (or nefarious individual) should be able to figure it out to, which means encryption on the iPhone is worthless.

While this has always been true that the security system is defeatable on the iPhone (and any other phone) it just means with this high profile case, the general public has been made aware of this, and that is probably something Apple did not want people to know about.

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