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Watching cartoons with Xine under the Fluxbox window manager with the peak_ocean theme on Debian Stretch.

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Meta: “Add to Any” 0

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.

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iJunkies 0

Two men standing in front of an advertisement for the latest iPhone.  First man:

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Fluxbox on Debian.

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I find that picture of a lion to be most impressive.

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An Apple for the Teacher 0

North Carolina state superintendent of schools goes on an iJunket.

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Make TWUUG Your LUG 0

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.

Tidewater Unix Users Group

When: Monthly TWUUG meeting at 7:30 p. m. on the first Thursday of the month (Today,September 6, 2018). Pre-meeting dinner at Chicago Uno, JANAF shopping center, 6:00 p. m. (map)

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.

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Facebook ‘Em, Dano 0

Cop:  Where were you on the night of June 10?  Suspect:  Well, I, uh . . .  Cop:  Do you want to do this the easy way or the hard way?  Suspect: I . . . I . . .  Cop:  I'm just kidding.  We're gonna do it the easy way.  Your girlfriend broke up with you that day, calling you a two-timing turd.  Your mood that night was angry.  You took and Uber to Joe's Diner and ordered two beers.  THere, you met the other woman, Ashley, who took this photo of you in the stolen car, both of you smillin, which is suprising because neither of you seemed happy at the June 3 Bech concert.  Suspect:  OH MY GOD, SO IT WAS THAT RAT ASHLEY THAT SQUEALED ON ME!  Man pokes his head into the frame:  No, it was me, Mark Zuckerberg.  I know everything now.  (Switch to Rat, Goad, and Pig)  Goat:  Well, this is depressing.  Rat:  And Facebook took over the world,  The end.  Pig:  I pray to Mark my photos to keep.

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Fluxbox with the Everclear theme on Debian 9.

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Meta: Well, That Was a Relief 0

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.

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Happy Birthday to Me 0

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.

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Geeking Out 0

The Fluxbox window manager on Debian Stretch. That’s the GKrellM system monitor with the “Glass” theme over there in the lower right corner, and xclock in the upper right.

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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.

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Debian 9 with the Fluxbox window manager on a ThinkPenguin E-Box.

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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.

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“The Suit” 0

My local rag has a fascinating story about the protective gear that bomb disposal techs wear.

I commend it to your attention.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Just the kind of guy we would want guiding our children’s educational experiences.

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.

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Walking the Walk 0

I think Atrios is onto something here.

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How Stuff Works, Everyone’s a Clickit Dept. 0

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.

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Facebook Frolics 0

What’s in your wallet?

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Have Cake, Eat It Too 0

The Bangor Daily News, using Alex Jones as a starting point, calls out Silicon Valley “social” media’s self-serving sophistries.

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A Glimpse Inside the Walled Orchard 0

Tim Cook at Apple staff meeting:  We're now an one trillion dollar company.  Staffer:   Wow! That's twenty iPhone Xs.

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Mageia Linux v. 6 with the Fluxbox window manager using the OxAR style, with the venerable xclock and GKrellM system monitor.

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