It’s only a matter of time.


Fluxbox on SlackwareCurrent with qmmp playing The Abandoned Room, the GKrellM usage monitor (bottom right), and (shaded) Terminator and Firefox on my new-to-me Gateway monitor that I picked up for 15 bucks at the local DAV thrift store.


(The wallpaper automatically changes every 30 minutes because I wrote a script. I do like my pretty pictures.)


Two hikers lost in the snowy wilderness.  One says,

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Rumor is that Samsung’s new model will be the “Samsung Nova.” Initial reports are that it’s a blast to use.

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08 October 2016 · Comments Off on Hack Reporting · Categories: Geek Stuff

El Reg interviews breach expert Troy Hunt, who is skeptical of the spate of reports of government-sponsored data breaches. A snippet (emphasis added):

Hunt expressed doubt about Yahoo!’s contention of a state-sponsored attack which led to half a billion accounts being exposed, referencing recent research by InfoArmor that offered up the theory that criminals were behind the attack.

“Blaming state hackers has become like a ‘dog ate my homework’ excuse,” he added.

El Reg caught up with Hunt for 30 minutes shortly after he spoke about data breaches and other matters at the ScotSoft conference in Edinburgh on Thursday.

He said that large datasets such as the LinkedIn cache were commonly dumped online by hackers when when they are “no longer profitable to sell”. There are exceptions to this rule such as Ashley Madison, where hackers immediately leaked the purloined data as wide as possible in an effort to embarrass and pressurise the business.

Details at the link.

06 October 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff

Curtis to his father:  I told my Facebook friends that you smoke and they don't like it.  Father:  Curtis, I don't give a flying fig what they think.  They ought mind their own business, keep their opinions to themselves, and worry about the skeletons in their own closets.  Curtis:  You never really grasped the concept of what Facebook is all about, have you?

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04 October 2016 · Comments Off on Make TWUUG Your LUG · Categories: Geek Stuff

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.

It’s not hard; it’s just different.

Tidewater Unix Users Group

What: Monthly TWUUG Meeting.

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. See directions below. (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.

When: 7:30 PM till whenever (usually 9:30ish) on Thursday, October 6.

Lake Taylor Hospital
1309 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, Va. 23502 (Map)

Pre-Meeting Dinner at 6:00 PM (separate checks)
Uno Chicago Grill
Virginia Beach Blvd. & Military Highway (JANAF Shopping Center). (Map)

Join the forums.

03 October 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff

Are you who you think you are?

27 September 2016 · Comments Off on Geeking Out · Categories: Geek Stuff

A week ago, one of my UPS’s died. It was getting on to 10 years old, so I can’t complain, though it maliciously chose to beep its way out of existence in the wee hours, sending me crawling about in the dark to find from whence comes that )*#)*##a$&% beeping. . . .

One of the computers attached to it survived without incident. On the other, a Lenovo graphics tablet configured to dual-boot Windows 7 and Mageia 5, it took out Mageia, which was the running operating system at the time. I decided to throw Debian on the machine, as I quite like Debian and had mastered Mageia; plus I wasn’t in the mood to troubleshoot the system (it would boot, but only to the emergency repair terminal).

I installed Debian with MATE and KDE (I’m not a big fan of the KDE desktop interface–too many flashing lights and sounding cymbals–but I generally prefer KDE applications over their Gnome equivalents. Yesterday, I did some basic configuration. Today, I installed and fine-tuned E17, which will be my primary desktop interface on this machine.

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27 September 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff

WhatsApp, Doc?

25 September 2016 · Comments Off on Geeking Out · Categories: Geek Stuff

Surfing the web with w3m in the Konsole terminal emulator under the Enlightenment desktop on Linux Mint 17.

Linux Mint screenshot

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25 September 2016 · Comments Off on Do You Sue Yahoo? · Categories: Geek Stuff

Two Yahoo! users in San Diego, California, filed on Friday a class-action claim [PDF] against the troubled web biz: Yahoo! is accused of failing to take due care of sensitive information under the Unfair Competition Act and the state’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act, plus negligence for its poor security, and breaking the Federal Stored Communications Act.

According to El Reg, a prime motivating factor for the suit was Yahoo’s waiting almost two years to notify users of the theft.

23 September 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff

Dysfunctional frolics.

21 September 2016 · Comments Off on The Snaring Economy · Categories: Geek Stuff, Mammon

One more time, Uber and Lyft are nothing more than gypsy cabs with cellphones.

19 September 2016 · Comments Off on iJunk in the Water · Categories: Geek Stuff

Man says,

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19 September 2016 · Comments Off on A Surfeit of Stupid · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Local residents want Pokemon Gone.