hacker public radio show

November 6, 2010

first I wanted to share my contact information.

and my rss feed to my show http://jwplinux.libsyn.com/rss

I wanted to talk about two places that really helped me in learning about the command line.  Both do not run linux one runs net bsd and the other runs open vms.  Both are so geeky you need to beat it away with a stick.

I use really often and have learned so much from the use of sdf public access unix system.  It was first done up in 1987 and I really like it.  I saw it once in Seatle it is great thing to view.  If you liked the old compuserve you are going to love this place.  Its free but if you donate I think 10 bucks you get a lot more out of it.

The second place is death row vms I did a pod cast with bev a while back and its agreat place to do unix.  its based on open vms which if you can not love it you must hate cute kittens to.  Bev has a lot compilers there which can save you so bucks.

Free raid storage at both places.

free email at both places

free IRC at both places#

A lot that geeks like at both places





Portable Virtualbox

November 6, 2010

I had an itch I needed to scratch.  Which is how my journey in to gagets and linux really started.  I had been using DSL Linux with instructions from pendrive linux.com.



What I really liked about the above solution was that it did not mess up with the general operation of my work xp computer.  As time went on DSL did not get updated.  But it still worked on only 64mb of space.

From time to time I go to the pendrive linux site and look around.  They have a lot of adds which is a sad thing but often they have very interesting ones.  Not just the sex or drugs ones.

I stumpled upon this article and it started a three or four night journey into hours and hours of getting something right.


the down load site seems down in the moment but I got the code about a week ago.

I may put it up on the sdf site I have.

But I got it.  One of the really big problems that I have always had with linux and vmware player was that each every time the kernel changes that you to reinstall everything while this is a 10 to 15 minute thing I just can not be doing it on fedora or debian testing every time the kernel changes.  The pain was on a windows xp box anyway.  I wanted a replacement for DSL that had a lightweight browser, full office suite, openssh, python, pearl 5.0.  Also added bc, finch, screan and IRC client to it.  it came in at 100mb with tiny core using the vitual box portable which is is fast and clean I had few issues with the the mouse movement and did a lot of clicking of the right central button.  But I sense this may in fact be more a tiny core issue than anything else.  What this solution does not have is games.  DSL had a bunch of nice games on it.  So I kept it for the games and did not delete.



A Short update

November 6, 2010

Hi everyone I have been away a long time.  I was busy with the volks marches, army stuff and hunting.  My Linux, device and general geekynees went on though.  But I was often worried about the quality of the podcast as I was turned off by the endless droning of folks that never really say anything useful or are not really being that wow with the linux stuff anymore.

Lets start with the devices.  While away I took open wirt off the NSLU2 and put debian lenny on it.  in the moment its just a console only machine but I have hopes for something more with it.  Its turned off in the moment.  The total time to get it working was about two hours and total cost for the project was about $105 dollars.  For some reason the NSLU2 is cheaper on ebay in europe than in the states right now.  If you looking for really cheap and engery effective why to learn debian it would be really hard to beat the NSLU2 down.

N770 Nokia tablet, its been a love of mine for sometime.  but the opera browser on the 2006 version was letting me do its primary function now.  I am lost I do GPS in the car unless its a family trip or business trip.  Private stuff for hunting, fishing or volksmarching is still using my mind and map to find what I am looking for.  The primary reason I use the tablet these days is to connect via G3 to google maps.  So I got the hacker version 2008 and installed it.  I found it a bit slower but kept the primary reason in mind.  The installed the FB Reader and weather stuff on it.  I have been thinking about the N810 but then something else happened.

I was able to get a gen one Iphone on ebay for 114.00 including shiping.  It arrived non jail broke from the states not able to do anything.  So first order business was to go to the linux, apple geeky group of Germans at the back of the office.  Joseaphin had my iphone jail broke using my GSM from voda phone.  She also put all the places to get all the great stuff that makes your jail broke Iphone a great thing.  In the moment it handles all my portable streaming meadia requirements.  And a lot of news and it does face book, mail, sms and skpye via the wifi connection.  I started using the kindle books and I found that it remembered were I was on the kindle dx and moved it to the iphone.  It only uses the I phone version 3.10 so not that much new stuff works but everything that I need to stay in touch is on there and the google maps feature is also there.  Its a much better device than the N770 but less hackable.  Sadly I have not been able to get it to snyc with ubuntu very well so I use my other media devices for the podcasts.  Also because the paid aps can not sync in the moment I only have one really great space game incase of boredom at airport or something.  Its hard to be very bored when you have in your bag a Iphone with 50 or 60 books on it and a N770 with 300-500 books on it.

USB sticks and portable aps.  I am still using portable aps every day.  Its a taste of free as in beer but not so much a taste of freedom anymore but that is ok.  It still does not make my boot time on the required windows Xp work machine go any slower.  Of note I found a portable vitural box and it really opened up some current passion and geeky ness.  I have a small work lap.  It has 2GB a 120 GB hard drive so even having a second xp in vm running or a full ubuntu is takes it very hard.  I had been using DSL linux 4.10 on it for a long time.  The internet stuff on the DLS linux does not work very well any more as the world has moved on.  I fund that doing the same thing with puppy linux was too slow for me and took well over 256 mb with chrome running.  So its too big.  Enter Tiny core.  I will have a really long podcast about the tinycore soon very very exciting.

Current media devices are two rock box hacked the Iriver H10 and Morbe 100.  I have a scan disk 8gb clip that I really like and a archos v2 choc that are very nice also the problem with the rockbox devices is they are too small to handle each and everything.  so my podcasts are doing the better part of 4gb in constant motion from the gpodder in ubuntu.  So the Rockbox Iriver is only filling in when there has been a charging error on my part.  No juice no work .  The Mrobe has all my hard rock on it does trips and connects to the portable speakers well.  the Archos I most likely should have not purchased but will be a replace ment for the san disk and has the same features.  I have a ipod mini but I want to hack it.  but the 16GB cf cards are still too expensive to justify the hack.  The 8gb cf is great but i already have two 8gb devices and they are expandable with mico sd cards to 16GB.  But the ipod mini has far better sound quality going for it.  so it sits on the shelf waiting.

I felt really bad about the pod fade on hacker public radio.  So I will do my longer sessions on there and help Ken to keep it going.  I spoke with deepgeek but I think he miss understood.  I did not want to pod cast with him I wanted him to tell me what he thought of the process of the hacker public radio.  My biggest problem with it has always been the long promo.  I listening and blame a long time in my life is wasted on the intro and exit.  There was really good show recently with claw2 and a slackware guy that was great.

I run a slack varient at work called salix its a great server distro really.




Ubuntu 8.04 update

July 6, 2010

Hey updated my 8.04 server today.
The updates are still working for the server part but no desktop pieces any more.
Still really fast 🙂

Fedora 13 LXDE

July 1, 2010

I have been using the Fedora 13 LXDE as a desktop computer more or less on my Old IBM thinkpad T21.
It works really quick.
I have every browser and it all works.

I had some slight trouble with the network connection dieing but I just disable networking and restart it.
Then all is well.

I because the old laptop never goes outside any more.
I made a permanent FStab entry and it connects va the console samba client no questions ask.

It watches movies well with VLC and handles all work quickly.

Fedora 13 LXDE

June 22, 2010

Hi everyone, I am slowly getting all the computers in my life updated.   And the Old IBM laptop’s XP finally came strange end with the network card not working.  I had remembered that Open Solaris 2008 had a great networking manager that showed very clearly if the network connection was working.  So installed from a live CD and sure enough it was a XP issue and not a hardware issue.  With Open Solaris future in flux I thought that even though I really like the desk top and how clean and clear it is I thought well Fedora needs to be looked at.  A very old Pentium M in it with 1GB Ram and 20GB disk.  with my Ubuntu running Gnome and my Debain running KDE 3.5/Slack 13.1 KDE 4.0  I thought why not have another look at Fedora LXDE Spin.  Its an certified offering from Fedora.  Not a none sponsored community spin.  (Like Hotdog)  I found the installation really straight forward.  I did it the same way all machines have with 10GB for the OS, 1 GB Swap and the rest in a /home partition.  This makes it really easy not to have to do the disk the transfer.  The hardest part of distro upgrades for me is the data so having a /home partition is much better.  Also in Fedora’s favor was a great help with the codex’s, a real repo for Adobe products.  On each machine except the Debain I have Firefox, Chrome, Seamonkey, opera, Adobe Flash installed.    It was pretty easy.  With the RPM using su more than sudo was very interesting.  Overall the the LXDE worked on 224mb of ram, I found the CPU was the hardest on the system with all the updates taking 100% CPU.  About as fast as Puppy Linux but with more options for software.

Ubuntu 10.4

June 16, 2010

I know have three machines running 10.04 two netbooks an Asus 701 and a Toshbia 100NB.  I also have it on a desk top but the video for some reason has trouble.  the screen gets black and white patches and the system locks.  I find that the ubuntu one does not sync well and that the registration will easy the application has a lot of trouble with the sync.  But I like that with Ubuntu 10.04 everything came no special repos needed.  I did have to get opera off their site but that was it.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

June 3, 2010

Good Day it has been a while since I posted sorry life just starts.  I have Ubuntu 10.04 running on my two netbooks and one desktop. It seems to be a fine linux distro.  I still run 8.04 on some of my older workstations/servers at work though as the cpu type is the last supported release.

The Mac buttons do require some getting used to and I really wish that I could choose thunderbird as the email client in the special panel section instead of the default gnome email client.

Ubuntu one is taking a long time to sync it worked better with 9,10 in my opinion.

I noticed from Dave Yates that he went back to debian.  I might have done it to but the install is really easy and I can have all of the applications I want.  On the netbooks I have found 10.04 to be very manageable with no need for flux box or xfce.

Another great feature about 10.04 is they finally got the usb creator to work and have a way to save documents to it with no hassle it is really easy to use. I upgraded all my machines with it.  (Another reason I did not use fedora 13 or debain stable)

At first I saw this on toms hardware.

Looks like you get a trail of some kind if they want to cut off your internet.

Looking quickly at raindrop

November 11, 2009

It is lead by the folks that bring us the fine thunderbird client and they want to use open web technologies to great a meaningful way to send a message.  They say that challenge is to keep it simple.  To avoid complexity.  (A very good goal)  It use both email and twitter now.  (One would like it do all the chats to and IRC) They are having issues with keyboard navagation which ones to use.  It seems there are two different types of keyboards to move with from legency phone or touch systems and new folks who say why do I need a key board. 

In any case it looks good to use on a netbook