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General Software Discussion / Re: Linux Distro features matrix?
« on: October 07, 2012, 05:59 PM »

It doesn't do a grid comparison (that I know of) but it does list major packages in each distro description.

Living Room / Re: Best Vodka IMHO
« on: October 06, 2012, 08:52 PM »
As a follow-up to my OP, due to (good) circumstances in my life, I will be de-classifying myself as an alcoholic.  8)

I've decided that I have relied on that particular crutch long enough and it's time to move on.  For the near term I will be 100% dry/sober. In the future I may drink a beer or 3, but I will not allow myself to become "rely" on it again.  I know why I did, I've made changes in my perspective and putting those into action.

For my fellow DC'ers who are not ready to make that change, I understand.  Please be careful and keep an eye on things.  I hear liver failure is a hell of a way to die.  :o

Wishing us all well ;)

Living Room / Re: For XKCD fans
« on: September 21, 2012, 03:01 PM »
Let's see, if I did that right, it actually loops back on itself.  After the LONG flat it bumps up again and starts over.  Very cool.  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Ken Stark of the Helios Project needs our help.
« on: August 24, 2012, 05:36 AM »
Good News!   :D

"An Indiegogo account was set up and in a matter of days, over 17K was raised on that page alone.  Thomas Knight had also provided a link on his website for people to donate and to date we have 31K banked against my medical costs."


"Dr. Scholl has agreed to provide me the life-saving surgery I need, and will work for whatever we raise.  I will be given medication to slow and treat the existing cancer, thus buying me time until the surgery can be performed.

I don't know what to say to you...or to Dr. Scholl.  Thank you doesn't come close.  The only thing I CAN do is thank you and continue doing what I do at Reglue."

 :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Ken Stark of the Helios Project needs our help.
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:23 AM »
As a more constructive comment -- your post was mostly just a quote from the page; if you had made a longer more personal post you would have gotten more personal replies..

You're right... I was being lazy.   :-[ 

I guess I click more links and read less body than most. 

On a better note, it seems DC'ers  are involved, just don't need the kuddos.  :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Ken Stark of the Helios Project needs our help.
« on: August 21, 2012, 10:30 PM »
 :huh:  Seriously?  At the time of reading 77 views and 0 replies. 

I mean I don't expect to have 100% response, but does anyone want to help this guy?  Maybe you just donated and didn't reply... I think that about DC'ers first. :)

In other news, this guy is helping people who know one else wants to help.  I've followed his exploits for years and know that he works his ass off.  You may prefer Windows of Linux (I prefer other Linux over the brand he uses) but this guy is helping people.... boots on the ground kind of stuff.  And now he is dying.  If he had a "real" job he'd have health insurance to make this go away.  He chose better.

Make a difference in the world DC'ers.  The $5,000 goal was set by someone who wanted to help but didn't know the cost.  It's closer to 50K.  If the Interwebs can generate 700K for a bus monitor who was picked on by 12 year olds, I hope we can do at least 7.5% of that to save a man's life.  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Ken Stark of the Helios Project needs our help.
« on: August 20, 2012, 04:38 PM »
"Ken Starks has helped a lot of people. He's personally placed a lot of computers in homes that couldn't otherwise afford them. Now he needs our help - not to build more computers or train more people or spread more free-software love, but to stay alive."

Help if you can. :)

General Software Discussion / Re:
« on: August 02, 2012, 06:42 AM »



We could use more men like these guys.   

Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby?
« on: July 20, 2012, 12:19 AM »
Sorry to be so late to the party. 

The question is too generic.  Is Linux a Desktop (aka PC) hobby?  That seems to be what you're discussing.

Is it a hobby OS for Fortune 100 Companies?  Not hardly.  I work for a F-20 company and was the first Linux guy they hired in 2009.  By 2010 they decided to start a Unix to Linux migration project and kick out every Unix OS in favor of SuSE Linux.  Linux was the first OS to pass internal audit.  And we did it our first try.  >95% of our business critical apps run on Linux.  We have one of (if not the) largest SAP installations in the world, all running on SuSE.  We're at 1500+ and growing servers.

Sorry to disappoint the MS FUD Teams... Linux is a real, enterprise class OS.


 :Thmbsup:  Yes.  Want! :-*

Living Room / Re: Google Tablet
« on: June 27, 2012, 10:49 PM »
Meh.  I've had a seven inch...  ... .... tab for 18 months.  Samsung Galaxy Tab.  It's a great 7" tab.  Works great for Nook, Kindle, ePub reader and Angry Birds.  Not really great for laptop replacement at work.  Browsing sorta sucks.  Email and schedule are OK using Touchdown, but it's not great for taking notes.  I think a 10" tab works much better for laptop "replacement" during meetings, etc.

Where's the freaking "Indifferent" smiley?  :P 

We'll just go with this: 

I'm sure I've asked this before.... Where's Buttercup?  Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup?  Duh! 

Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC
« on: June 27, 2012, 10:34 PM »
 >:D  I have a Raspberry Pi B Linux Computer in my possession.


Master of Similes was not given without thought.

Living Room / Best Vodka IMHO
« on: June 27, 2012, 10:24 PM »
I've been a highly functioning alcoholic for about 4 months now.  I know it's bad, I also know that when I find my girl, I will become normal again.

In the mean time, if you are a social drinker and like vodka.  I've tried all of the "Top Shelf" vodkas, VOX, Grey Goose, Kettle One, Three Olives (2nd shelf IMHO) and Absolute (2nd shelf).  The good news about these is that you can find them in most American (or at least Ohio) bars.  Svedka (Vodka of the year in 2033) is my #1 by far.  :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: 5x distilled and filtered.  Tastes great, extremely low hangover quotient and OMG Cheap!  USD @ 23.00 for a 1.5 liter bottle.  That's the big bottle for the uninitiated.  Normal bar bottles are 750ml.

Just thought I'd share.  ;)

Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: June 27, 2012, 10:16 PM »
Self confession:  I am an Android phone whore. 

In Dec. I "upgraded" to a Samsung Nexus (google phone) on Verizon.  I despised the battery life and bought the "big" battery.  It was OK with careful monitoring.  Radio's seemed weak.  So I imitated my Profile Icon one night and "lost" it.  Turns out it was just dead on my couch (found it next day), but I needed a phone so I headed to VZW and picked up a RAZR Maxx.  I'm in love.  Best phone I've owned since my thumbwheel, monochrome blackberry. 

It doesn't have ICS yet, but I don't really care.  Batt. life is sick.  Radios seem much better than Nexus.  I was able to root and install No-cost Wifi Access point with minimal effort after visit to XDA-Developers.

I'm not sure if that helps our friends over the pond, but I hope it helps someone.  :P

These were not my first two 'droids.   :huh:  :-[

Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC
« on: June 14, 2012, 07:38 PM »
 ;D  These have been on back order for months. 

I think I ordered mine in Feb.  It's due to arrive this month.   One of the guys @ work had his in the office the other day.  It was running XBMC.  Pretty neat.  ;)


General Software Discussion / Re: Linus Torvalds on OpenSUSE
« on: March 04, 2012, 10:51 AM »
Just run as root.  All the kewl kids are doing it.  ;)

VLC will not let you play movies as root.  :-\

Welcome to the club SuperboyAC :)

Please be aware that Linux is not perfect either.  It does give you the opportunity to get very involved in the details of your OS, but it has it's own pitfalls*.

I've got a working Fedora Core 13 Image that I can't move away from.  I've tried.....  Just tonight I tried openSuSE (make up your own pronunciation) 12.1 as a replacement. :(  It doesn't recognize my RealTek 1G NIC.  Of all the things to not get... Sheesh.  So play with some different distro's.  I've previously had very good experience with PCLinuxOS, but they have yet to release their 64 bit version.

MintOS seems like a good place to start for former Windows users.  I'm not a huge fan of Ubuntu and/or Ubuntu based distros, but Mint seems pretty cool.

Why I like my Fed 13:  I have Virtual Box installed and running.  Chrome and Flash work.  I have a terminal window and a bit torrent client.  My 2 TB backup drive is mounted. My SSD works (quickly) and I feel at home.
I really wish I could upgrade, but I haven't found a good replacement yet.  But then I ran Windows XP until 2005 and I still have it on my Work Laptop, so my opinion is skewed. ;)

*Desktop Linux:  I think Linux is 100% perfect for any server installation. ;)

Living Room / Re: It's a great day :-D
« on: January 25, 2012, 09:43 PM »
@Rover - you're absolutely right. Thanks for making me smile. :)

Best response I could hope for.  Wanting to make more people smile is a goal in my life.  :)

Thanks for saying so.

Living Room / It's a great day :-D
« on: January 25, 2012, 05:37 PM »
Once in a while you realize that things are really pretty swell.  Allow me to share:

1) I'm a Linux Engineer, so I get to do stuff I like almost every day.
2) I'm on the Open Source Development initiative at work... we're planning a completely OSS, PaaS solution for Green Field projects. 
3) I'm dating a really nice young lady and we spent almost the whole last weekend together.
4) New (to me) Car!
  - I crashed my 1999 car 2 weeks ago  :-[
  - Ins. covered my rental car
  -  Total loss covered my loan pay off and after my deductable, they're sending me ~$500.  :Thmbsup:
  - New car is a 2009 w/ 25,000 miles and it is WAY FUN to drive.  :greenclp:
  - No one was injured in the crash
5) I just finished Angry Birds Seasons w/ 3 *'s on every level plus all eggs.

Life is good, sometimes you just need to celebrate the little things.   :D

I'm sure I'm not the only one happy this week... share the happy! 


Living Room / Re: DC Apps alternatives for LInux
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:45 PM »
LMAO... vi vs. emacs... not from me!  It's all personal preference.

Would that all of DC loved Linux as much as some of us do. :)

I'm just thinking first DC, next the world...

There are some places that Linux falls flat in usability.  Maybe the happy hackers at DC can correct that ;)

I currently work for large, top xx corp where we started rolling Linux almost 3 years ago.  Today we have 1,350+ servers, we have version control, configuration management, central management, etc. 

<tooting my own horn>
We are the only platform to pass internal audit, and we did it the first time around.  Hey -- We had a green field and the whole of google to tell us what to do.  I'm just the guy who took advantage of it :)

Server Linux is 100% ready to rule the world.

Desktop, not so much....  DC to the rescue!  :P

Living Room / Re: DC Apps alternatives for LInux
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:21 AM »
You could spend some time getting conversant with the Bourne Shell if you're looking for similar functionality. That's what they put it in there for. :) ;)
 (see attachment in previous post)
And ignore those odd-looking people who will tell you anything you can possibly want to do can be done better and faster in EMACS.
It probably can. But you don't want to start hanging out with that crew. ;D
:lol:  emacs is a world unto itself.   You might want to learn vi  just because it's available 99.99% of the time.

Developer's Corner / Re: Node.js Learning Resources?
« on: January 12, 2012, 09:39 AM »
node.js seems like it's still pretty young and growing. Best bet is probably on their site keeping up with the changes.

Hey Renegade,

It looks like I'm late to the party.  Good luck with your transition.

Just some thoughts in case they come in handy...
1) OpenSuSE is a pretty solid distro.  It has it's ism's, but YaST makes it a pretty strong player for a new convert.
2) Centos is RedHat.  So is Scientific Linux.  This is important as a LOT of server apps are built for RH.  99% of them can run on SuSE. It just seems that a lot of documentation assumes RedHat and so you sometimes have to translate and adjust slightly.
3) Centos/SciLinux/RedHat do not have a direct YaST replacement.  You can install something like WebMin to take up the slack.  It's really only good for 1 at a time systems, but that probably covers your need.
4) Fedora is not RedHat.  I wouldn't use it for a server.
5) Damn near everything in can be configured in a plain text file somewhere.  Most of the system stuff live in /etc. 
6) Learn the basics of vi.  It's always available and very handy for quick file edits.
7) Do use LVM for partitioning your disks.  Nothing says cool like adding a new hard drive into your existing FS structure. :)
8) EXT4 or BTRFS.  EXT4 if you want solid tools.  BTRFS if you want cutting edge. (BTRFS has it's on LVM built in... cool)

PM me if you get really stuck. I can usually find someone who knows the answer   ;)

MEWLO Web Framework / Re: OLD - Unfinished Web project: YUMPS
« on: November 20, 2011, 10:17 PM »
I'm really hoping this becomes a "pluggable"/"isolated" user validation system.  I currently have Linux validating against AD using Quest (via PAM) and adLDAP.  I'd live a single point to alter for Yii support.  I can supply Group Membership, etc.  I just need 1 point   to change for framework wide authentication.

Party on dudes.

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