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Ubuntu MATE with the Fluxbox window manager. The wallpaper is from my collection.

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I do like me my pretty pictures.

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VirtualBox virtual machine of Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop environment on Mageia v. 7 under the Fluxbox window manager.

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Ubuntu MATE with the MATE desktop. Firefox is shaded toward the top of the screen; Swisswatch is in the upper right and GKrellM with the “glass” theme is in the lower right. The wallpaper is from my collection.

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Light Bloggery 0

I think I’ve shot the trouble I was having with internet connectivity.

Now I need a break.

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Connectivity issues. I’ll be troubleshooting some connectivity issues on my home network this afternoon.

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So, of course, when I go to shoot the trouble, everything is working smooth like butter.

Intermittent problems are the hardest to solve.

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Listening to Murder at Bridge in VLC on Ubuntu MATE using the MATE desktop.

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I tried to install a plugin to make this site more mobile friendly and it broke my WordPress.

I had my hosting account open at the time, so I went to phpMyAdmin, opened the file manager, navigated to the WordPress plugin directory, deleted the plugin’s directory, and everything worked again.

(Wiping brow) I got off easy that time. And I learned something.

Last time something went wrong, I was offline for a month.

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Plasma desktop on Mageia v. 7.

A wallpaper from my collection in the Plasma desktop on Mageia v. 7.

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Speaking of felines, one of the cats knocked my little bedroom television to the floor, taking a lamp and the answering machine with it, last night. It took me half an hour to get everything reconnected this morning.

I haven’t gotten the culprit to confess.

Yet.

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Geeking Out, Seasonal Edition, Coda 0

The Plasma desktop on Mageia v. 7. Claws-Mail and Firefox are shaded near the top of the screen. The wallpaper is from my collection.

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Geeking Out, Santa Claus Is Coming Tonight Edition 0

Ubuntu MATE with the MATE desktop. The wallpaper is from my collection.

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Mageia v. 7 with the Enlightenment window manager. The wallpaper is from my collection.

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The Watcher 0

Woman looking at cell phone says,

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The Plasma Desktop on Mageia v. 7. The wallpaper is from my collection.

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The Plasma Desktop on Mageia v. 7. The wallpaper is from my collection.

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Popularity for Sale 0

It’s no surprise to those who pay attention that you can buy likes and followers and sharers (choose the term favored by your particular “social” media platform of choice) for your “social” media presence. What is surprising is how cheap it is to do so.

Researchers from the center, a NATO-accredited research group based in Riga, Latvia, paid three Russian companies 300 euros ($368) to buy 337,768 fake likes, views and shares of posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok . . . .

That’s about a thousand fake friends for a dollar. Never has love been so cheap.

Follow the link for more about the study in question.

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The Plasma Desktop on Ubuntu MATE. The wallpaper is from my collection.

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Listening to an episode of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater in Firefox on Ubuntu MATE with the Plasma desktop. The Konsole terminal emulator is open to the left of Firefox. The wallpaper is from my collection.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Cathy O’Neil skewers the Zuckerborg’s argument that it is to big and complex to break up. A snippet (emphasis added). As an aside, I suspect that U. S. Steel, American Sugar, and other trusts busted by Teddy Roosevelt made similar arguments.

So what would happen if, as a result of the antitrust suits filed by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general, a court ordered Facebook to split up, reversing its acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram? The company’s lawyers argue that the various businesses have become so inextricably interwoven that a breakup would be extremely difficult, generating costs and chaos that would harm users worldwide. In other words, don’t mess with us, or else.

Really? No doubt, the breakup would be difficult for Facebook’s managers, who rely on data sharing among WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook to create the most complete possible profiles of users and then sell their attention to the highest bidder. If the companies were separated, all the investment they’d been making into surveillance and targeting wouldn’t immediately work out as well as they had hoped. For them, the product is the advertising, not the service to users.

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Ubuntu MATE with the Plasma desktop. The wallpaper is from my Christmas collection.

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