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Mark Rice Posted in the Google Plus Community
“If you don’t mind a cloud based bookmarking app, this one allows you to share collections with a link, and you can import bookmarks from Pocket.”

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Magic Packets, the beginning of something wonderful!
How I save power and can turn on machines only when I need them.  

Packet Dissection
Arch Wiki
Another Nice Tutorial

HonkeyMagoo+ Fweeb
discuss how they publish there podcasts

Fweeb’s podcast (The Open Source Creative Podcast)

Web log analyzer that Fweeb uses for analytics
(still requires pulling the logs from S3 separately)




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FiftyOneFifty needs shows, I have plane tickets for OLF
Running Android apps on Linux part 2:  Running Remix OS for x86 in a VM – FAIL
Network Monitor project progress: Diet Pi on RPi2, Pi-Hole works, TOR AP – can see SSID but not connect, OwnClound not found (probably because of Pi-Hole), Nagios (installed from Debian repo) not found.
Finally put a system on my Pine 64.  Tried several from the Wiki page before one worked.
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Ubuntu/Mate for Pine 64 did not boot, Debian/Mate by lenny.raposo booted but never made it to login, Ubuntu by Michael Larson got to desktop, but popped up a dialog stating “Ubuntu  16.04 has experienced an internal error” details (usr/bin/xfce-panel) that persisted after upgrade.  Arch/xfce works.

Follow-up on my adventures with Hugo (static website generator written in Go)
Set up of a simple single-page site is surprisingly easy if you use one of the many themes that are available. In my case, I used a theme called Highlights.

For multi-page, blog-style sites, the documentation ( is really quite helpful. Not much need to search outside of that.

I managed to migrate another site from Ghost to Hugo in just over an hour. A big help for that was a Python script called ‘ghost2hugo’ by Matthew Bentley ( The script pulls the Markdown content from Ghost’s sqlite database and saves those posts as text files. Then there’s just a little bit of modification necessary to get things up and running (partially depending on how many posts you have and the number of customizations you’ve done to the theme).

Little review of (kind of like Uber for 3D printing).

Series of 3D printing articles (using Blender) on
Part 1 –

Part 2 –

Part 3 (this one has the photo of the finished print) –


Pokes Thaj about his home server and about his expirences with ‘Docker”





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Mark Rice asks about “Wallabag”

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Solus OS update:  GUI problems after Steam install fixed in a recent update.  Windows volume still   disappears from GRUB every time there is a kernel update, but it easily fixed via “sudo update grub”.

A very brief talk on starting to play with static website generators:
Hugo (

Jekyll (

Middleman (

Architect linux

Arch linux archives

To down grade a package in Arch linux:
Pacman -U (package you wish to downgrade to)

To freeze a package in Arch linux
Edit etc/pacman.conf
Uncomment out or add
IgnorePkg = (package you wish to freeze)




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Brian Brodsky on G+

binary data on the usenet was originally in uuencode format, base64 came much later.

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1)Manually configuring a static IP in Arch with systemd:  systemd no longer defaults to /etc/system/interfaces to determine your network settings.  The Arch wiki instead directs you to pick the most appropriate network profile from /etc/netctl/examples, copy/rename it into /etc/netctl, edit it to fit your situation, and change your config via “sudo netctl start profile” and make it permanent via “sudo netctl enable profile”.  
[ ]Unfortunately, the start command gave me errors, the enable command did not, but after a reboot, my server IP was still determined by DHCP.

Since netctrl was obviously supposed to just copy parameters into a config file, I looked into just editing that file directly.   My answer came from Linode
( ).  Edit /etc/systemd/network/ directly.  My RPI server’s file looks like:



2)Forcibly resetting root password:  There is no security but physical security.  Editing the /etc/shadow file.  Recently, I set up DietPi to try to get Pi-hole and Nagios on the same machine.  Somehow, the final step in DietPi config fouled up resetting the password w/o reinstalling.

1. Mount the SD card in another machine

2. Locate file /etc/shadow

1. In the first line, delete everything between “root:” and the next colon, i.e, line will now be root::random_string

2. Unmount SD

3. Boot as root on Pi

1. Create new password

As cheap as Pi’s are, I don’t feel I should have to buy one for each task (i.e., I’d like to put Pi-Hole and Nagios on the same box). I’m hoping the community can come together to give me a solution.

We all discuss what Linux systems we are running and why




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News HPR needs shows [Side note, need info on changing mount locations post install]
Projects: Installing Android apps on the Linux desktop.  Started with a discussion of this product on Successfully installed Hulu under Chrome developer but only ran in ⅓ screen and couldn’t cast. Compile failed.  Used Alien to convert .deb to .rpm. Hulu app failed on install.

Owncloud is getting forked:

The response from owncloud

Next recording date: June. 17, 2016



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FiftyOneFifty May 21 – 22 Wichita State University:  The schedule isn’t up yet, but I obtained a list of topics.
-Linux and HPC
-It’s Dangerous to Go Alone – Exploring /proc with Friends
-Your System Calls and You – A Brief Exploration of Using strace
-Promoting Free Software, the Role of the Hobbiest Podcaster
-How to get started in the world of HPC
-Linux Processes and Job Control
-Improve your Bash Scripts!
-Embedded Linux Development
-Building an Open Source Artificial Intelligence
-On the outside looking in – Utilizing OSInt to Manage Organizational Risk
-Open Software/Hardware Phones
-Community Coding Exercises With
-Robot Operating System (ROS)
-Blender & Meshlab: Open Source 3D
-Affordable Computing, Education, Ethics, and History
-Window Managers
-Open Source Linux Based Network File System Connector for Apache Spark

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video of Bryan Lunduke’s talk, Linux is Freaking Weird ]

Finally installed ipfire on banana pi

Next recording date: May. 20, 2016




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Lord D Published episode 4 of Open FOSS Training

G+ Acre Maker
Re: Blu-ray playback on linux
Needed tools:
Makermkv, mkvtoolnix-gui, makemkv-libaacs (available in the aur)

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Synergy over SSH-The magic of a single client configuration

Progress (and lack thereof) on the Linux Gaming Box.
Space Nerds in Space
Tom Lawrence’s in depth pfSense tutorial
LinuxFest NW Bellingham, WA April 23-24 2016
Penquicon Southfield, MI April 29 – May 1 2016 is OUT OF SHOWS!!!!!!!!!








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Old Business: Fab’s Auto Backup doesn’t run under WINE?, apps in pfSense often require a target interface (usually WAN); follow the documentation, Suricata blocks my Chromecast

OPNsense is a pfSense fork that is supposed to make it easier to create plugins.

Hardkernel ODroid C2 First impressions
Browsers seg fault, except Midori.  You have to let Midori install gstreamer before you can see YouTube videos (after reboot).  This also allows you to see video in VLC, but performance is unusable.  Default mixed was unable to connect to HDMI audio in my monitor, but Pulse Audio Volume Control made it work.  Kodi’s interface was too sluggish to be usable as well.  Not many distros have binary images yet.  Default is Ubuntu Mate.  I also found ODRObeian vanilla, but it has no GUI OpenElec and LibreElec are still being worked on, I understand some people are running Arch, but I couldn’t find a link.  Lakka is working on a 64 bit port.  

OpenToonz (hand-drawn animation software) was released. No Linux version just yet, but it’s Qt5 and it’s been released under a modified BSD license, so it’s only a matter of time (

I launched a new site for Blender users to post ideas of ways to extend or improve Blender: (announced on the Blender Podcast)

Trying to use blue-ray with linux
What I have tried

Next recording date: April 15, 2016