Out and about


So now that we are firmly set in Summer, there has been little time to dedicate to linux things. That being said, it looks like we’re on for the Northeast GNU/Linuxfest next April 5/6 2014 at MIT. Jonathan was giving a presentation at the Boston Linux Unix group and prior to that Gerry Feldman gave us a tour of what MIT had to offer in terms of space. Needless to say we were both blown away! Each room is equipped with dedicated seating with a counter so you can set your laptop while listening to a talk. You can take advantage of the free wifi. The rooms are fully equipped with overhead projectors and webcams. In short it is the perfect place for us. We’re really excited to get this going for next year. Details will be coming shortly on the NELF site. This coming Wednesday, Jonathan and I will be in Boston for a demo of Sonar for the Easter Seals Foundation. This could be a huge opportunity for Jonathan and will very much put Sonar at the forefront of linux distros for the blind. More to come on that front on Wednesday. As for Linuxbasix, I’ll be focusing a lot on Centos in the upcoming show. The videos will finally be posted tomorrow evening.

Episode 131-LinuxBasix Duck Duck Go! How I avoided being a prism b!tch


This episode I talk about Prism break and go over a couple of the suggested apps you should consider using for your day to day computer work. There is even a fun fact about Ed Snowden, Booz Allen, the Carlyle Group, George Bush Sr. and the CIA. You can find all the suggested anti prism apps below:


Next up? Duck Duck Go! I briefly go over what the search engine can do for you and why you need to make this your new default search engine.

DuckDuckGo Goodies
Don’t Bubble
Don’t Track
Get DDG swag!

After I’ve given you the rundown on DDG, we move on to the Tor browser bundle. This is not the full blown Tor, this is for private, encrypted browsing. I will address the full Tor application down the road. For the browser bundle you need to go here:


When you download the tar file you will need to move it over to a folder somewhere within your home folder. Do not try to install this in the /opt folder. When you’ve moved the tar file over to a folder, open a terminal and change into (cd) into that directory. NOTE**** Do not try to install this as admin or root! Tor will not setup correctly if you do. When you are ready to untar the file do so by using the command below:

tar -xvzf tor-browser-gnu-linux-i686-2.3.25-10-dev-LANG.tar.gz

When the file has uncompressed, enter ls -al to get a list of the files and directories list. You will now see a directory named tor-browser_en-us. In the terminal change (cd) into that directory. You will now see a script start-tor-browser. You can now run this script
with the following command ./start-tor-browser There will be a short delay of about 10 seconds, Vidalia will popup, after it initializes, the tor browser will now popup! You’re done!

Finally I wrap things up with the rm and the rmdir commands. I messed up my initial install of the tor browser bundle. I was in /opt and tried to install this while logged in as root. You know folks, that’s why there is documentation! So things got a little janky. I had to remove those directories. Of course you just can’t use rmdir tor-browser_en-us. All this will do is tell you that directory can’t be deleted because there are files in the folder. Log in as root, you cannot run the commands as a normal user. So, the work around for this, you need to use the following command:

rm -rf /opt/tor-browser_en-us/*

What the above script does is remove (rm) -r (recursive) f (force), meaning keep deleting everything until there is nothing left. That is what the wildcard * is. Please, please, please be careful when employing this command. Only use it on folders you have installed and are trying to remove. If ever in doubt, leave it alone. After running the above command, the directory is now empty and you can now go ahead and remove the directory using rmdir tor-browser_en-us and that’s it!

I’ve run out of time tonight so I will post the videos for these soon. Enjoy and stay private!

Just added – links to Linuxevents


Ok, I can’t promise that the events I listed will be anything like a Brazilian Carnival I can guarantee you will learn something. Anyway the links are above in the menu titled – Linux Events!

Happy 4th!

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So, with a hot dog in one hand and a hot dog in another and a hamburger in my heart, I am The American! Of course I’m referencing the latest BUGLE PODCAST. If you haven’t heard episode 240, you’re missing out. Funny, funny show! Well, looks like we’ve got some surprises coming in the near future. Among them, look for a segment from the FSF! We are also going to be adding three new segments to the show. More to come in the next three days. That being said, today is going to be a hot one so stay in the shade, keep the grill going and if you’re not near any water, every town has a pond you can swim in. Except maybe not in Camden N.J. I think the only thing to come out of Camden and then went back just as quickly as he broke out was Dwight Braxton but I digress. Happy 4th and remember to be nice to British people today after all no one needs to be reminded of an empire lost!

Centos ok!


I was having a tough time getting Debian to recognize a dual screen setup. It was a tough week no doubt but while I was trying to figure out the dual monitor problem, the video card in my machine died. Luckily I had a spare but I also have been using a debian centos windows setup at work. I decided its time to consolidate. So this afternoon I took stock of the machines I have – Dell 6420, Dell Optiplex960 and a Lenovo M58p. Both Dells are leased machine, the Lenovo is a frankenstein machine I put together. I also realized I had been under using the ram in this machine. I have a total of 8gigs and have been using 32bit Debian build. That all changed today. I’m going to moth ball the Dell machines because those will need to be returned in about 6 months. My lenovo machine will be my primary machine. I’ve installed Centos 6.4 – 64bit version. Now I’m using most of the 8 gigs of RAM. I have three vms I can run simultaneously if I choose. I’ve also decided I’m wiping my slackware laptop at home and putting centos on this machine as well. As mentioned in previous posts, its time to finally stop talking about trying for my LPI cert and actually do something about it. In the coming weeks whenever I have spare time you’ll start to see those videos I have been promising. Including my recent reinstall of thunderbird. I think I may have left one key element out of my tutorial. The video will make up for that. My laptop is almost up to speed already. I’ve installed mumble, audacity right off the bat. The machine is good to go.

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!


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!


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?


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.


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.