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301  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Per-User Software Installation (and the like...) Under *NIX on: May 21, 2014, 11:57:40 PM
Yes, it's frustrating when the 'uninstall' target is not in the make file, but I can build an uninstall script (just a bunch of 'rm -rf' lines in a shell script) in less time than it takes me to build a binary .deb, which I have done when the situation calls for it (very few of 'em pass lintian, but as long as I know what's going on, I'm okay with that).
302  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cheap fountain pen shootout on: May 21, 2014, 09:28:42 PM
Maybe Cheap should be in quotes smiley The Cult Pens site had one in the $1000's.

The original article only touched on pens in the $3 - $30 range, but yeah, thousand-dollar fountain pens are surprisingly common.  ohmy

But seriously, I use fountain and ink pens for drawing and I'm on the lookout for a cartridge ink pen that allows different "nibs".  Any ideas?  Thanks.  

If there are any that have different nibs, they will usually come in a special kit or boxed set and feature either interchangable nibs (rare) or different pen assemblies with a common body (less rare).  I have fond remembrances of Staedtler/Mars and Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph technical pens that had different points you could screw into the barrel/inkholder.  A similar system for fountain pens would be... delicious.  For now though, it might be enough to get a few drawing pens in different widths, such as the Tachikawa Linemarker A.T. line that comes in 0.1mm, 0.3mm, and 0.5mm ($13.50 each from
Beyond that, I don't know any specifically  Sad
303  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: *NIX: Favorite GUI File Managers? on: May 21, 2014, 09:12:35 PM
I'm occasionally using the 0.5.9 beta.  Works well enough, no crashes so far.  Thmbsup

But, maybe I want to bleed a little...
* Edvard downloads 0.6.0
304  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Per-User Software Installation (and the like...) Under *NIX on: May 21, 2014, 09:10:17 PM
One of the aspects of using a package manager I appreciate is being able to cleanly remove packages -- so I like having a package manager that makes it easy to create packages for because often what I want to try is not packaged yet.

Totally agree.  Apt-get purge <package> is sometimes my best friend.  When I go about installing the hard way, I either keep the source folder around so I can do a 'make uninstall' later, or I build an uninstall script from scratch and tuck it away in ~/.local/bin for later use.
305  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Debian Tails OS question on: May 21, 2014, 09:06:04 PM
So you're saying to physically unplug my HD before booting from a live Linux DVD?
Well, that would be really secure, but not necessary.  By 'mounting' I meant to make the disk available to the operating system via the 'mount' command.  If you don't mount it, the OS can't do anything with it.  

On remastering your own Linux flavor:

Linux Live scripts:
A set of shell scripts to convert your existing system into a live CD or USB image.  No GUI.

A Debian/Ubuntu tool that can create CD, USB, and netboot images.  Doesn't use your existing system, but downloads packages and builds them into a new ISO image.

Nice little remastering tool for Fedora.  Advance features for picking the packages you want, and can create a Live disk or proper Installer.

Ubuntu tool that helps you to modify an existing Ubuntu distro.  Start with Ubuntu Live, Install, or Server and customize away.

OpenSuse KIWI:
This time, a remastering tool for OpenSuse

Create a customized Live CD/DVD (a remaster) of Debian and its derivatives, or back up an entire system, including user data, to an installable Live CD/DVD.
Development has stopped, with the developer citing 'BS' as his reason, but a fork has been attempted:

Basically a RemasterSys alternative.  Only works with Ubuntu (as far as I can tell).

Fedora Remix:
Start with Fedora, add in or remove whatever software you want, and create a Live CD

Ubuntu Mini-Remix:
Start with a very minimal Ubuntu environment, remix it with the magical tools, Voila!

There were others, but many were old/discontinued (Novo builder, Nimblex) or could not make a Live CD (Instalinux).
306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: May 21, 2014, 08:09:49 PM
They seem to have popped up here and there after Lavabit shut down.  Silent Circle and Lavabit devs teamed up to create Darkmail, and Startpage/Ixquick announced their encrypted email service Startmail a while back, and beta tester accounts were activated sometime in March (for whatever reason, I never activated mine...).  Those are the only ones I personally knew about, as I had used their services (Lavabit, StartPage) in the past.  Protonmail came up on my radar recently from reading CodeProject News, and was the only one I found that had free accounts.  After doing a few discrete searches, I found a couple more:

Free accounts offered.  Currently a waiting list for beta accounts.  'Zero-knowledge' key handling, 3-factor authentication (for paid accounts, free accounts have 2-factor)

Apparently, these folks have been around a while.  Free accounts are web-interface only, 25MB of storage, and you must login at least once every 3 weeks.  Paid accounts have POP/IMAP access and 1-10 GB storage.  Not so popular with the hardcore crowd because their terms of service stated they would comply with authorities if you were found to be doing something illegal.  Reading through their TOS today, it looks like they've omitted that language and simply state they will terminate your account.

... and a few services that aren't email providers, but do promise to provide easy-to-use encryption:

Works with Gmail, Yahoo and, and provides some cool features, such as revoking read permissions after sending (wat?).
Check out lifehacker's write-up:
Lead developer has a background in the NSA; make of that what you will...

Send an encrypted email right from your browser or mobile device, or their Outlook plug-in.
How it works:

There were others, but these looked the most interesting.
307  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Debian Tails OS question on: May 21, 2014, 12:40:34 AM
A 'Live' Linux disk will do no harm at all, as long as you don't do anything that exposes personal info (like check your email through a browser interface) or mount any of the hard disks on the computer.  Once you take the CD out of the computer, it's all gone without a trace, so should be perfectly safe.  

As far as Linux (or most other Unix-like "alternative" OSs besides Apple's), experience has shown them generally safer than other OSs, as far as viruses go (and I won't go into the myriad reasons and arguments behind that claim, thankyouverymuch); browser-based attacks attempting to scrape personal info from cookies and cache are far more common for the average user.  I've been using Linux for 12 years now, and have had exactly 0 viruses.  
'Operator error'  has tanked more of my systems than malware and virii ever could. embarassed
308  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Per-User Software Installation (and the like...) Under *NIX on: May 20, 2014, 09:39:51 PM
By hand.  Angry Grin

Seriously, I have a lot of packages that I've compiled from source because A) they weren't in the repos, or B) the version in the repos lacked a desired feature.  I'm a bit paranoid about mixing package managers, so Toast (interesting as it looks) prolly won't be my cup of tea (though I will take a look).
Also, my favored per-user installation directory is already provided; ~/.local, so if the compilation process is the ubiquitous "./configure && make && make install" sort, I'll do ./configure PREFIX=/home/edvard/.local instead.

Oftentimes folks use a different build system like cmake or waf, which throws a monkey wrench in, but similar 'install to non-default directory' functionality is usually there so a little read through the man pages and I'm good.
If it's something that just compiles to a single executable, I just move it to my personal bin directory, ~/.local/bin.
In the case of Lazarus, it likes to be installed to /usr/lib/lazarus by default, but I just compiled and moved the whole source directory with executables (the source is required for adding components) to ~/.local/lib/lazarus.

Every once in a while, I'll find a program that doesn't like being where it's put, and I have to write a shell script that sets LD_LIBRARY_PATH so it can find things, but I've discovered chrpath lately, which allows you to change the rpath inside the executable, which keeps things a bit cleaner.

... And then there are those times when I simply download a binary package and unpack it, because I don't feel like installing it or I want to see if it the executable really needs all those !@#$%& dependencies...
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Switzerland-based ProtonMail, yet another secure email service on: May 19, 2014, 11:04:22 PM
Just found this, and signed up to receive an invite.  Let's see how this pans out...
Our Story

ProtonMail was founded in summer 2013 at CERN by scientists who were drawn together by a shared vision of a more secure and private Internet. Early ProtonMail hackathons were held at the famous CERN Restaurant One. ProtonMail is developed both at CERN and MIT and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. We were semifinalists in 2014 MIT 100K startup launch competition and are advised by the MIT Venture Mentoring Service.


So, what we got here looks like:

  • Based in Switzerland and backed up by the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (DPA)
  • Fully free and paid accounts
  • Anonymous access (they don't track IPs)
  • Browser-based UI
  • Two-factor security (one password to login, another to encrypt emails)
  • Transparent encryption/decryption (they claim no private/public keys needed)
  • Other features like SnapChat-style self-destructing messages (don't know how they manage that one)

Sounds legit...

from CodeProject News
310  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Adobe celebrates 25 years of digital type design; gives away free font on: May 17, 2014, 02:05:29 AM

Adobe's open-source font program doesn't stem from a desire to provide freebies, but instead from a need to have fonts that meet the legal requirements to include with its growing number of open-source projects. Source Serif Pro perfectly represents Adobe's current strategy: it's an elegant, well-designed, and fairly complete font, but was created because it was essential to the business, and then tied to a company milestone by PR and marketing to drive Creative Cloud subscriptions. Download it with equal parts delight and cynicism.

from CodeProject News
311  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Groundhog Day Loops on: May 15, 2014, 07:18:04 PM
I usually don't go in for Creepypasta, but boredom and the internet will spirit you away to places you would otherwise ignore.  This one was alright, a few grammar fails and a generally adolescent tone in a few places, but the story is good, and relevant to topic:

The Strangest Security Tape I've Ever Seen
312  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TextAdept: Lua-extensible Editor on: May 12, 2014, 09:58:56 PM
Maybe we need a text-editors-only sub-forum Wink

Yay! Time to rant about Atom!

[rant]Tried Atom; it wouldn't compile, even though I had all the dependencies and specs.  Strike one.
So I tried somebody's PPA, which worked well...-ish.  7 seconds to start up. Wat?  For a text editor?  Strike two.
Doesn't have column/rectangular selection or bookmark by search.  Strike three.[/rant]

Ah well, it's still young yet, let's see how it does in a few months. embarassed

Also, no Pascal lexer, and no option to build, compile, or run from the editor (that I could see).

Getting a bit more comfy with TextAdept.  With a few tweaks, it may rival Geany  ohmy ...pardon my doubts.
313  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: May 12, 2014, 06:12:08 PM
^^  Grin

314  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TextAdept: Lua-extensible Editor on: May 12, 2014, 02:37:53 AM
Yay!  It's got Rectangular Selection!
Boo!  It can't compile my Pascal tomfoolery.

Should be just a matter of digging in the .lua configuration files, eh?
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Valley of Dolls - remote village of Nagoro, Japan populated by dolls on: May 11, 2014, 09:34:53 PM
Ahh... nope, nope, nope... ohmy

Ayano Tsukimi (64) is living in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Not many people are still living there. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi is making lifesized dolls in their liking and puts them in places that were important to them. The dolls are scattered around the whole valley.

Also, explore the village virtually with Google maps:!2e0

from ah... nope.
316  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Harrison Mixbus DAW only 20 bucks until May 15th!! on: May 09, 2014, 09:05:49 PM
DAMMIT I wish I had the ducats to spare.   Angry

NO BRAINER DEAL : Harrison Mixbus - Fully Featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
RSPE Audio has teamed up with Harrison to offer their new release, Mixbus V2.5, for the “No Brainer Deal" price of only $19.95! This Mind Bending price is nearly 90% off!

Don't miss out! This No Brainer Deal ends May 15th!
317  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: May 09, 2014, 09:00:05 PM
What I want in an editor:
Rectangular/column/block edit mode
Bookmark lines with a regex search and manipulate bookmarks (invert, blank lines, etc.)
Perform actions on bookmarked lines (copy, delete, move, etc)
Automatic incremental block fill (select block and fill/insert with 001, 002, 003, etc.)

Kedit does all that, and then some
Windows only, but known to run with WINE.
Strike one
Also, expensive.
Strike two
Line oriented, so search targets cannot cross line endings.  If you are comfortable with REXX, you can make it do almost anything.
Not quite strike three, but I never got into REXX.  

TextPad is only 27 bucks, Notepad++ is free, both do all I want and runs in Wine.  Why don't I use those instead?  Using Wine to run something as trivial as a text editor (however full-featured) just doesn't justify the overhead, IMO.  I've also heard Kate can do all that, but it brings a whole ton of KDE baggage with it, so I can't justify that either.  Sorry, I know I'm being picky, but most of us are, to some degree or another. Wink

I don't know why, but I really enjoy reading about why people choose the text editors they use.
I think it has partly to do with the fact that it's just a text editor, lol.  It's supposed to be this very plain thing, yet there are so many complex options and features, etc. to consider and we get all passionate about them.  Same goes for other software, I suppose, but I really have fun with the text editors.

Well... think of anything you can do with text; write a story, code (in all it's myriad formats), populate a database or spreadsheet, take notes, keep lists, edit configuration files, etc.  I mean, there is so much to modern computing that plain text is still a vital, integral part of that it's almost impossible to think of something that can't be done better if only one had a more feature-ful text editor.  Personally, I need something that will edit config files and help me build playlists with equal aplomb, and if it can help me code efficiently, so much the better (though, IMHO the closer to an IDE any given text editor gets, the less useful as a plain text editor it is).
318  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SpaceFM development (and developer) going on "hiatus" on: May 09, 2014, 02:37:27 AM
With regard to Linux, I plan on falling behind the systemd wave in Debian, avoiding it. I may eventually move toward Gentoo, or over to one of the BSDs as well. But in avoidance of systemd, I won’t be keeping up with the latest edge of Linux for awhile, which makes for a poor developer’s environment.

So what's wrong with systemd?  Upstart is broken by admission of it's developers, Sysvinit is solid and mature but doesn't address the realities of the modern computing environment, and OpenRC is cute, but...

Anyways, if enough people care about SpaceFM, it WILL be forked and development will continue, which is the beauty (or bane, your choice...) of Open Source software.

EDIT: Oh, I see, it's because udev:
319  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: May 08, 2014, 06:58:24 PM
@phitsc, did you see this?
320  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: May 07, 2014, 07:48:23 PM
Lots of discussion going on now, with others getting it to run and yours truly eating dirt. Sad

If anyone here has built it successfully, or would like to try, let's put our heads together and get this done.
321  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Chicken / Observations of an Internet Middleman on: May 06, 2014, 09:50:45 PM
Awesome pair of posts from Level 3, a firm that owns thousands of miles worth of internet wire, that confirm everything you ever suspected about the gross mismanagement of bandwidth by the biggest ISPs, and what's actually going on behind the scenes.  No names were named, but I think we can read between the lines...

In the wake of the DC Circuit’s net neutrality ruling, there has been quite a bit of media attention around congestion on the Internet and its effects on consumers, including alleged impacts on the quality of Netflix video streams and the ability to use Amazon Web Services.  There is further speculation that this congestion could force large content distributors into cutting deals directly with Internet Service Providers (ISP) to avoid congestion the ISPs themselves are perpetuating.  While this is news du jour, it is a problem that has really been around for several years.  The problem is the game of “chicken” some last mile ISPs are playing with the Internet.

from Russia Today USA News
322  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: May 06, 2014, 08:22:48 PM
Failed miserably.  Posted a build report on the discussion page, as I have no idea what's going on from the error log.
323  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: May 06, 2014, 07:32:57 PM
What I want in an editor:
Rectangular/column/block edit mode
Bookmark lines with a regex search and manipulate bookmarks (invert, blank lines, etc.)
Perform actions on bookmarked lines (copy, delete, move, etc)
Automatic incremental block fill (select block and fill/insert with 001, 002, 003, etc.)
Currently only TextPad 5 and Notepad++ have delivered.  Now that I'm full-time Linux, only Geany has come close, but it only has block editing.  Scite's block editing is... not.  I tried Sublime text and it can do all that and more, but I can name fistfuls of things that 70 bucks is better spent on at this point in my life.  If Atom can do what I want, maybe I'll try building it for Linux.
* Edvard downloads

*EDIT*: Wow, lots of NodeJS dependencies... I'm feeling sketchy, but I'll report back...
324  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC!! on: May 03, 2014, 08:34:04 PM
Well, a couple days late, but we'll not get into particulars...  embarassed
I cut my computing teeth on Apple BASIC between '82 and '86, didn't touch computers from then until 2000, but I still remember those days sitting in the library typing in Beagle Bros. one-liners at an Apple ][e with fondness, and I still say "string" in my head when I have to use '$' in an environment variable or regex. 

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal
... Kemeny and Kurtz decided to create something so straightforward that it almost didn’t involve memorization at all. “We wanted the syntax of the language to consist of common words, and to have those words have a more-or-less obvious meaning,” says Kurtz. “It is a slight stretch, but isn’t it simpler to use HELLO and GOODBYE in place of LOGON and LOGOFF?”

325  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Yad - Yet Another Dialog on: May 03, 2014, 04:52:47 PM
Ah, yes, I was about to point that out, "[" is an alias for the "test" command that requires a closing "]" and so requires a space between it and it's argument.
Check it out: "man [" brings up the man page for "test", so:
if test -e /usr/bin/man; then echo "yes"; fi
is the same as:
if [ -e /usr/bin/man ]; then echo "yes"; fi

That same error has totally boggled me a few times in the past, and I swore I would never repeat it.   wallbash
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