Geek Stuff category archive
I realized that, somewhere along the line as I migrated from here to there to my current VPS, I had lost the “Add to Any” plugin. It creates the “Share/Save” button at the bottom left of this post and makes sharing my posts to “social” media easier for the socialites among you, so I reinstalled it today.
It’s my kind of WordPress plugin: It’s simple, it’s neat, and it stays out of the way.
I used to publish my posts on my Facebook page via Facebook’s “Networked Blogs” feature, but that seems to have stopped functioning several years ago. I briefly considered finding a way to resume that practice, but decided it wasn’t worth having the Zuckerborg drop its tracking cookies all over my browser cache (the alternative would be to do all my posting from a “private” window, and I’m just too lazy . . . .).
This is, as I have said, an avocation, not a business.
I welcome and am grateful for all visitors and am most pleased that some folks find my work worth a visit.
I want to reach as many persons as I can, but there are some lines I shall not cross, and running nekkid through the Zuckerborg is one of them.
Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source. Use computers to do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do. Learn how to use GNU/Linux and its plethora of free and open source software to get stuff done with computers.
It’s not hard; it’s just different.
Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.
Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room (map). (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.
Every week, usually on Monday, I perform regular maintenance on the database for this blog. I log into my hosting provider, navigate to CPanel, and do a “check,” “repair,” and “optimize” on the SQL database. I then export the database tables and save a copy on my local computer what I’m typing on right now because there is no such thing as too many backups.
From Pine View Farm is 13 years old today.
It’s been a long strange trip, one that I could not have predicted.
PVF started as hobby project to learn more about Linux. Initially I self-hosted it from an old IBM PC 300 (one of the original Pentiums) in my guest room using Slackware 10 and noip.com. Now the website is out there somewhere on a most excellent hosting provider whose tech support is unparalled. And, along the way, I’ve learned a lot about Linux, HTML, and css.
PVF is still a hobby, or, perhaps more properly, an avocation, to which I am deeply committed. I hope to continue shooting my mouth off on the inner webs for a long time to come.
For every time I consider giving it up, something new comes along to feed the outrage.
I don’t have much of a reason for posting this other than I think that the background image is very pretty. I like my pretty pictures.
Debian, for some fool reason, does not include the “Fluxbox Regenerate Menu” script in its Fluxbox package. To regenerate and then customize the menu, I had to copy the script from another instance and run it under Debian.
So you don’t have to go through this annoyance, I have published the “Fluxbox Regenerate Menu” script here.
And in case you are wondering, yes, I do quite like Fluxbox. It combines the eye candy of a desktop environment with the simplicity of a window manager. I’m currently defaulting to it on all of my machines.
I commend it to your attention.
Man, you see stuff like this and can’t help wondering, “Don’t these folks know how to behave in public?” Then you realize that “social” media purposefully lulls its “users” into forgetting that the internet is a public place.
Sunday’s New York Times offered a detailed exploration of the lucrative business of selling ersatz “views” of YouTube videos, duplicitous “likes” on Facebook, and spurious listens on SoundCloud.
The Bangor Daily News, using Alex Jones as a starting point, calls out Silicon Valley “social” media’s self-serving sophistries.