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Twits on Twitter 0

Litigious twits.

Via Badtux.

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Eye Candy, Again 0

The KDE Plasma desktop on Debian Sid. Konsole is on the left with transparency enabled, Dolphin is shaded*, Swisswatch is in the upper right, and GKrellM is running in the bottom right. (If you haven’t figured it out by now, GKrellM is my preferred system monitoring application.)

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*Shading or “rolling up” is one of my favorite features of *nix desktop environments and window managers.

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Slackware 14.2 with the KDE v.4 desktop environment, xclock, and GKrellM.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Farron discusses the new robber cyber-barons.

Methinks Farron has a point when he says that “they don’t know what the hell they are doing.”

They know the tech, but ethics and integrity are concepts foreign to them.

For them, the guiding moral principle is “because I can.”

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Mark Zuckerberg recently announced efforts to clean up Facebook’s act.

The AP’s Frank Bajak urges us to take that announcement with several pounds of salt. He suggests that it’s Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes for a shifting strategy from the Zuckerborg for assimilating its victims users. Here’s a bit from his report:

. . . critics say the announcement obscures Facebook’s deeper motivations: To expand lucrative new commercial services, continue monopolizing the attention of users, develop new data sources to track people and frustrate regulators who might be eyeing a breakup of the social-media behemoth.

Facebook “wants to be the operating system of our lives,” said Siva Vaidhyanathan, director of media studies at the University of Virginia.

Aside:

When have any of Facebook’s promises to stop misbehaving come to pass?

Mark Zuckerberg is the Eddie Haskell of Silicon Valley.

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The Hydrostat screensaver (one of the screensavers in the xscreensaver library) on Slackware 14.2 with the KDE desktop environment.

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Playing Tagged 0

Mark Zuckerberg steering a ship named Facebook with a fishing net full of faces tagged by

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Yeah.

Right.

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New Twists in Spam 0

Based on what I see in my mail client’s inbox, the latest spammer trick is to send emails with no dates in the email headers.

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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 (March 7, 2019). 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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Pokemon Gone Wild (Updated) 0

The stupid. It burns.

Addendum:

At the confluence of Pokemon, prejudice, and stupid, some good news.

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Dodging Darts 0

“Hot pursuit” goes digital.

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Geeking Out 0

Fluxbox on Mageia v. 6.

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The Plasma Desktop on Debian Sid, with the GKrellM system monitor, Swisswatch, and the Dolphin file manager (shaded).

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To be honest, I posted this just because I like the wallpaper picture.

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We Are the Trojans, and We Have Invited a Herd of Horses into Our Homes 0

Bloomberg reports on how Big Data is trying to steal all privacy. Here’s a bit:

For several years, Amazon and Google have collected data every time someone used a smart speaker to turn on a light or lock a door. Now they’re asking smart-home gadget makers such as Logitech and Hunter Fan Co. to send a continuous stream of information.

In other words, after you connect a light fixture to Alexa, Amazon wants to know every time the light is turned on or off, regardless of whether you asked Alexa to toggle the switch. Televisions must report the channel they’re set to. Smart locks must keep the company apprised whether or not the front door bolt is engaged.

This is not good.

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Quick Dial Firefox Plugin 0

Ever since the Opera browser introduced its Speed Dial over a decade ago, I’ve been a fan of “speed dials.” If you haven’t used one, a “Speed Dial” enables you to put links to favorite websites in the “new tab” page of your browser. (I stopped using Opera when it went to the Dark Side.)

For a while I used Seamonkey, because, like the old Opera, it included an email client, an RSS reader, and a newsreader. I quite like Seamonkey, but, since the Seamonkey sync is broken and I use multiple computers, I now rely on Firefox as my default browser.

I recently stumbled over a “speed dial” for Firefox called “Quick Dial” which I quite like for two primary reasons: It will sync in a normal Firefox sync without your having to create some account on somewhereyouneverheardof.com, and it allows you to select a background image from your own images library.

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The Atlantis screensaver (an xscreensaver screensaver) running on the Plasma Desktop on Debian Sid on a Zareason Mediabox.

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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 (February 7, 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 Frolics 0

“Pay to prey” frolics.

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The KDE Plasma desktop environment on Debian 9 with the GkrellM system monitor and Firefox with the Quick Dial speed dial plugin running on a Zareason Mediabox computer.

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Aside:

Quick Dial will sync as part of a normal Firefox sync. You don’t have to create an account at somewebsite.com the provenance of which you know nothing.

It allows you to choose a background image from your own image library, but the backgrounds will not sync; they must be selected locally on each machine.

Quick Dial also gives you more options for configuring the appearance of the individual dials than I have encountered with any other speed dial plugin. For example, you can change the labels of the individual dials, as well as the color of their font and background. This is useful when the default title is “All the News You Can Use | Some City’s Newspaper”; that can be edited down to “Some City’s Newspaper.”

I like it so much that I kicked in a small donation to the maintainer and you can too.

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Facebook Frolics 0

Clueless frolics.

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