Wha happened?

Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston Bruins - Game Three
Yeah the picture above pretty much sums it up. Gregory Campbell set the bar a little too high. In this pic for those who do not know, just had his leg broken by a slapshot and yet he remained on the ice to finish up the penalty kill. Little did Bruins fans realize what a loss this ultimately turned out to be. The Bruins had a good run and there is a lot of hope for next season. As for the Blackhawks, as I mentioned before, I don’t hate them and what did they do? Took out a full page ad in the Boston Globe today to say Thank you to the Bruins fans and orgainization. That showed a lot of class! It only cements what I thought of their organization and while no one likes to lose, the Blackhawks play an honest tough series.


That sound you hear? The door closing on the Blackhawks season!

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With the win last night the Bruins took a 2 – 1 lead over the lifeless Blackhawks. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the stanley cup playoffs and the finals have not disappointed. Unlike the last series where the Bruins played the hated penguins, I don’t hate the Blackhawks. Infact if there were any other team playing for the cup, I would have most likely chosen Chicago. Ok, there will be a delay in the next episodes. The next one due out will be more of a philosophical approach to privacy and security. The one after that will be about KDE. In fact that is the reason for the delay. I will be speaking with one of the KDE developers, just not sure which one as of this afternoon. On a side note, given the fallout over the NSA and their spying on US citizens, the side product has seen a marketable rise in the use of Duck Duck Go. I will also be reviewing DDG in the security/privacy podcast so be sure to catch the show. DDG also passed a milestone today hitting it’s 3 millionth search just 8 days after hitting its 2 millionth search!

3 Million Searches!
Duck Duck Go sees record traffic


That’s a nice zero day you’ve got there!

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Here is a small followup from episode 129. There was a fantastic opening keynote talk by Dan Geer about Privacy but the talk branched out to so many different topics. One of them was on zero days, viruses and malware in general. Geer had discussed the idea of making all zero days, viruses and malware “open” to all. Taking from the unix/linux model of making things open in order to fix them. This of course is not the way of proprietary software. There is no good reason to hide these things unless there is a hidden agenda but that borders conspiracy and that’s not what I’m pushing here. I found this article interesting and I think you will as well. Microsoft and other US companies disclose security flaws to spies before customers. As if you needed yet another reason to get rid of MS in your home. Work is one thing but home is another and with our constantly erroding sense of privacy, every little bit to help secure your privacy should begin in the home.


Episode 130 – What’s Bruin?

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Ha, did you see what I did there? What’s Bruin? Its funny because they beat the Penguins. Ok, enough with the stupid stuff. Here is what’s on tap for todays show. I give you a rundown on XFCE and all things XFCE. Your links are here:

http://www.xfce.org/ The website

http://wiki.xfce.org/ The Wiki

http://wiki.xfce.org/tips Tips

http://blog.xfce.org/ Extremely helpful blog which includes additional tips

http://forum.xfce.org/ Yes they have forums too!

http://www.xfce.org/about/releasemodel The XFCE development release roadmap

Next up I give you a short how to on how to setup your keyboard shortcuts.

CREATING A KEYBOARD SHORTCUT FOR THUNDERBIRD:

First go into Applications Menu, then choose Settings, then Keyboard. There will be a pop up box and the keyboard box will have three tabs – Behavior, Application Shortcuts and Layout. Select the Application Shortcuts tab. For this tutorial I will setup a keyboard shortcut for Thunderbird. So, in the bottom left corner of the keyboard popup box, select ADD. You will have another popup box titled Shortcut Command. The command box will be empty. To the left will be a button titled OPEN. Select the button and yet another box will open up and this will be to all your application executables. This should be in the directory /usr/bin. This directory will be in alphabetical order. Scroll down until you see Thunderbird and select OPEN. Notice that the command box now has the path for the thunderbird executable. Click OK. The popup box now shows the path and now you need to select the keyboard combination you wan to use. I chose the alt button and the letter t. You will see as you select the key combination, this will confirm you keyboard combination. That’s it. You will also see this in your Application shortcut section of your keyboard settings. Of course if you want to remove a combination, just open the keyboard dialog box again, navigate to the Application Shortcut tab, highlight the shortcut you want to remove and then choose the remove button. It is really that easy. For more tips and tricks, checkout the XFCE tips and tricks website – http://wiki.xfce.org/tips

I then move on to go over four distros for the linux beginner. As stated this was not meant to be a comprehensive list, just a start. Those three were:

Linux Mint – http://www.linuxmint.com/
Pinguy OS – http://pinguyos.com/
Bodhi Linux – http://www.bodhilinux.com/
Trisquel – http://trisquel.info/

Thats all for now folks.


Iginla did indeed choose poorly!

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Yeah this has certainly been a good time to be a Boston Bruins fan! Whatever crumb of respect I had for the penguins went out the window with game one of the series. Sidney (Cindy) Crosby was a sniveling, pathetic display of a hockey player. However his ridiculous claim of the Bruins not shutting them down was weaker than their 0-15 powerplay. Losing 4 games to nothing, scoring only two goals in the entire series and never holding a lead once during the series sounds like shutting down to me. Maybe we have different ideas of what shutting down means.

It has certainly been a hectic week, however I figured this would be a good time to post and catch people up with the day to day stuff that has been going on. Doortodoor Geek will be taking over the admin of the openspeak rooms. They will also be renamed under the podnutz network which makes sense given the close ties with them and Doors new role as President of the network. The forums will also be changing as well. I’m on the fence about the python stuff, the only other person showing interest lives in New Zealand and the time difference could be a problem here. As the forums change, all the updates will appear in the NEWS section of the forums. Look for a new show tomorrow in your feeds.


Python or garden snake?

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I had hoped that we could revive the python study group that Buyer Brown had wanted to get up and running a while back. After two weeks straight and no one showing up in mumble, I’ll put this on the shelf for now. I will continue going through codecademy on my own. I thought it would be a good group to get up and running. We are also entering the Summer months so attendance tends to be on the lighter side.


Episode 129 is now out!

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Yeah, it was nice to see the Boston Bruins close the door on the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. It won’t be an easy series but I would like to see the Bruins prevail because there is no crying in Hockey. You hear that Cindy Crosby?

Anyway the latest linuxbasix is out, I’ll append the show notes either later today or tomorrow. I cover bsides boston, backing up your email in Thunderbird and Evolution. To quote – Funtime had by all!


Well that was fast! Thank you bert!!!

Talk about how quickly the Linuxbasix folks are to act! A long standing member of our community AND recently minted LPI cert recipient Bert has donated everything up front. Thank you for keeping openspeak up for another year, you ROCK!!!


Where do I find old school Linuxbasix? Why the internet archive of course!

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I love the internet archive for so many reasons – the live music, the old commercials where you can even find such nuggets as Fred Flintstone telling kids the awesomeness of Winston cigarettes! Ah those were heady times! I will be releasing a Juiced Penguin show shortly which includes my finds from the Internet Archive, so stay tuned. Why all this fuss about IA? Its now the new home of all of the linuxbasix podcasts! You can find them HERE. I haven’t uploaded all of them but hopefully over this long weekend I should have the bulk of them up. Keep checking back. I will also be appending the old show notes to them as well. The site may also change shortly as we keep adding more content.


Small fund raiser – We need $50

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Good evening all, this is not a common request, all we’re looking to do is raise a total of $72. I will be kicking things off by throwing in $22 so all we’ll need to do is raise $50. This will keep our mumble server up for another year. Once we reach our goal, I’ll take the button down. If you use our mumble server please donate whatever you can. Thanks!