Friday, February 5, 2021
ZTE Model Z432, little more that a flip phone running 3g with no WiFi card. No, for me the PinePhone represents freedom. It means that I can install, reinstall, change, modify, customize and use whatever apps I find useful to me in a complete Linux environment. That's empowering. It's very empowering, especially in the light and context of how many people, entities and organizations are vying for the opportunity or chance to control us and bend us to their wills. It should not be lost on us that the big tech companies role for us is to have us do the group think or be platformed into obscurity, exile or worse. It can't be lost on people on how the two major players in the mobile phone industry have so much massive control over ordinary and not so ordinary minds. It can't be lost on us on just how out of control they want us to be, to the point, it seems that we must jump through hoops to get root access to the devices we pay for and they claim to own. So one will excuse my motivations if they do not care well for the likes things not functioning just because I want them to. There are thing to consider as well, the PinePhone has a host of operating systems or Linux distributions just waiting to be ported to it and my understanding is that some work better than others and it is for one to seek what one wishes. The fact is also true that I only just received my phone it's running a beautiful front end graphical user interface (GUI) which is called KDE Plasma and at it's very core is Manjaro Linux. I've never used Manjaro before, its a very recent distribution from my perspective as I started out with the likes of Redhat Linux 5.1 Debian Linux Sarge, Turbo Linux, Slackware and the like. I did have the opportunity to run Arch Linux, from whence I think Manjoro is related. I don't like any other Linux distributions except Debian. Debian based distributions are fine in a pinch but I'm a Debian supremacist. Debian just has them all beaten by the choices and sheer numbers of packages. However, I'll withhold all impulses to immediately change the OS on my PinePhone just yet. I love learning new things and even with the limitations getting a chance to play with an Arch Linux like OS is a good thing to learn. So there it is an initial synopsis of why I'll support the PinePhone and similar endeavors in freedom and technology. No doubt not the last words I'll be saying on the subject but it's an opening salvo. For those interested in obtaining a PinePhone, the pine store is always a good place to start. Thanks for spending the time and may the learning forever continue and happy hacking.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
I downloaded this package several weeks ago, I learned about it from one of my social networks, and I've been racking my brain trying to remember what it was called. I had to print out a list of all my installed packages and do a grep -i search using the filter "viewer" until I found it. I knew that it started with the letter s, but for the life of me that's all I could remember. Long story short, it's name is sxiv. Sxiv isn't a gui program it's a lightweight image/picture view that's invoked from a Linux terminal and views pictures in the X Window environment. I love it. Here's a YouTube video demonstrating its merits.If you want to learn more and don't like this video just head on over to YouTube and do a search. I'm partly making this post so as to have a place to find it's name should I ever forget it in the future.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
The last time congress loved us, they gave us $1200 dollars, that's $100 a month, they love us so much. We keep paying them while they kill our means of making a living. It's not just congress either it's the democrat scum governors and the republican rino's whithout spines or honor too. Now They're trying to placate us with, instead of $100 a month, to tide us over for the next coming year, they're giving us $50. While they become millionaires and still get paid to boot. While we starve and get evicted from our once affordable homes.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Time Magazine, a publication whose credibility and indeed, relevance is inherently questionable is foisting the increasingly used tactic of serving yet another fraudulent notion on a seemingly apathetic and complacent United States audience. Imagine anyone seriously thinking that Joe Biden after all his years of running in presidential elections and Kamala Harris, a candidate who couldn't even garner enough party support to get her pass the initial stages of the Democrat party selection process, forcing her to be the first candidate forced to quit the race because democrats found her too unlikable for their own tastes, to be the most fantastically successful people of the year. How so? What would garner them such acclaim one might ask? I really can't figure out the reasoning for any such conclusion. It seems to me, that the People's Republic of China, a misnomer if there was ever one, since China is anything but a republic, are the real men of the year. Imagine, they have successfully engineered the possible defeat of the one person in both the Democrat and Republican parties that opposed them and shone any reasonable light on their true motivations and their willing enablers globally. Quite a feat for what many world leaders are conceding, is the new dominant, world superpower on the scene possibly ready to put the finishing touches on the corrupt, listless and broken United States of America. One can almost see the dark times ahead for the proponents of Western Civilization and their vain notions of republics, free peoples, liberty and individual freedoms. In the lives of the majority of people on this planet, such notions are mere blissful fantasies because this world is run, for the most part by tyranny and brutal force of arms is the only saving grace. Dark times indeed when true republics will be regulated to the graveyard of history, fantasy and fiction forever because men will be forced to face the reality of life which is tyranny for all except those with the will and means to bend those with delusions of freedoms until they bow or break.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
I can afford bigger and perceptively better computers but this is the one I use for everyday use it only has 8GB of RAM and I can't wait to buy the upgrade which will have at least 16GB.
I have several Raspberry Pi's. Four to be exact. I was never a fan of 32bit systems running on my 64bit machines so I wasn't satisfied with the then Rasbian operating system. For my earlier Raspberry Pi 3B and 3B+ I soon migrated to some experimental Debian images that worked great and in cases where there were lapses in hardware support, kernel hacking was a viable solution. Eventually I had Ethernet, Wifi, Bluetooth and sound working flawlessly. That was years ago. When the new Raspberry PI 4B came out I realized that none of those images that worked on the 3 series, would work on them, no matter how much hacking I tried. Fortunately, there are now images for the 4B that work out the box. There are 64bit images for the Ubuntu distribution and they worked really fine but I'm partial to Debian and plus there was an issue with Ubuntu not booting without the SD card which I didn't like. So I was happy to back up my /home directory and switch Operating systems. Anyhow enough background history here is the link to get those tested and true Raspberry Pi Debian images for the whole Pi family: Debian Images for the Raspberry Pi 4B and earlier. Enjoy, happy hacking and thanks for reading.
Sunday, November 29, 2020
How is it that China doen't need vaccines to recover? https://www.wnd.com/2020/11/195-million-chinese-students-school-arent-kids/