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

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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.

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

Dysfunctional frolics.

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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.

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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.

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18 September 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff, Mammon

Conspicuous consumption frolics:

And fully 30% of Americans say that social media has some influence on their purchasing decisions, with 5% saying that it has a significant impact, a 2014 Gallup poll found. Among millennials the numbers are even higher with roughly half saying that social media influences what they buy.

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But often, there’s something deeper going on: “We are socially comparative creatures by nature,” says psychologist and author Nancy Irwin. And the use of social media makes comparisons to others just a scroll or a click away: “Social media can be the modern day version of ‘Keeping up with the Joneses,’” she says, and some people “feel inferior if someone they know has a shinier or bigger toy than they do.”

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17 September 2016 · Comments Off on Droning On · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

It sounds like the plot of a half-baked stoner movie screenplay, but it’s actually happening: Google boss company Alphabet and Mexican food chain Chipotle have become the flying burrito brothers under a delivery-by-drone plan that will first target the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

How is this not biological warfare?

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14 September 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Culture Warriors, Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Shooting the messenger frolics.

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14 September 2016 · Comments Off on How Stuff Works, Technology Improves Lives Dept. · Categories: Geek Stuff, Too Stupid for Words

Rat appears in couple's living room.  Man says,


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

More Zuckerborgian assimilation.

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04 September 2016 · Comments Off on No Place To Hide · Categories: Geek Stuff, The Sporting Life

Read those permissions carefully, folks. If they think they can get away with it, they will try to get away with it.

The Golden State Warriors have been sued by a bunch of fans who claim the basketball team’s mobile app is eavesdropping on them.

The suit [PDF], filed with the Northern California District Court this week, alleges that the Android and iOS versions of the Golden State Warriors App can track and record audio from the handset’s microphone without user notification or permission.

According to the complaint, the app, developed by Signal360, can potentially wirelessly detect so-called beacons in stores to work where you’ve been shopping, and can potentially use the handset’s microphone to pick up signals within the audio of TV adverts, music and broadcasts that are inaudible to the human ear in order to serve them targeting advertisements.

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

Gypsy cabs.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has upheld an $11,364,736 fine, the largest in its history, against Uber for running an unlicensed taxi operation and obstructing attempts to investigate the firm.

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“We do not take lightly the fact that the civil penalty imposed in this case is the largest in this Commission’s history,” the chairman and vice chairman of the PUC said in a joint statement. “However, the reason the penalty is so large is because we were faced with an unprecedented number of violations committed by Uber.”

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