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Excuses, QLandkarte, BOFH and Devscripts

Filed under: General Linux — Owen at 8:32 pm on Monday, April 12, 2010

After not writing for a little while (I call it writers block, you can call it lazy) I decided to do what any Linux Geek would do. I searched two different distributions software repositories for excuses. Fedora and Debian had quite different but interesting outputs.

Fedora’s came up with QLandkarte GT which is a GPS tool that replaces QLandKarte.

QLandkarte GT is the ultimate outdoor aficionado’s tool for GPS maps in GeoTiff format as well as Garmin’s img vector map format. Additional it is the PC side frontend to QLandkarte M, a moving map application for mobile devices. And it fills the gap Garmin leaves in refusing to support Linux. QLandkarte GT is the proof that writing portable applications for Unix, Windows and OSX is feasible with a minimum of overhead. No excuses!

Debian on the other hand came up with two results one more entertaining than the other, but both useful. The first being a package called devscripts that are

scripts to make the life of a Debian Package maintainer easier

The second package is what I can describe as an awesome find for excuses “fortunes-bofh-excuses”. If you like BOFH or fortunes and have a twisted sense of humour I’m sure you’ll love this package.

If you get a chance and run a different distribution, I’d love to see the packages that come up for it. I was really trying to find something that would help me get a little more organized, or add a little more confusion to my workday. Mission Successful, feel free to flame.

My Mind Stomps with OpenStomp.

Filed under: General Linux — at 4:21 pm on Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I’m always looking for ways to integrate Linux into my life more, and harness technology. As a mediocre guitar player and Professional Linux Geek I’ve often thought about Linux and guitar effects. Sure, there is a ton of software and homebrew hardware out there, but I’d like something more than that.

I’m sure by now (since its all over the news) that you’ve probably heard about the OpenStomp. Awesome concept! Lets make something quite complex to build, lets not give out the actual details about the internals of the device and lets claim to be the “Worlds first Open Source Effects Pedal”.

I was considering purchasing one of these until I found out the price. Then I thought, oh. I’ll purchase a parts kit. NO kit available. Then I though, oh I’ll just build one from scratch. HOW, with no public schematics?

Sorry my friends, having a website, a hardware device and a forum that you publish your source code to will not get me to purchase your device. Charging $349 for the pedal that you don’t provide plans for doesn’t go down well. If my commercial “closed box” gets fried, I don’t couldn’t care because it was cheap. The Open Stomp is a different story, What kind of Warranty do you offer?
I know you offer schematics if I purchase it, but what happens if it breaks with no modification in the first day?

What happens if a software update blows my StompBox up? You only have one OS listed on your forums page, are you going to post each version there? Do you have a public subversion repository? Come on StompBox, get your act together and post it on source forge before some one else does. Also while your at it post your schematics so that people can look at them and justify spending the $349 instead of building it. Give them away to capable developers that are interested in your product, you know the ones that will make your product popular by enhancing it.

If you are wondering, this being The Linux Blog and all, if I’m throwing a hissy because there is no Linux version available I’m not.  I couldn’t care less. There are ways around that and if it gets popular enough, there will be a version available. What I’m sour about is the fact that there is nothing “Open Source” about the OpenStomp, other than the huge lack of good documentation, and some source code that is posted in the forum.

I think I’ll go look at the old schematics for some “stomp boxes” and see about building them. Apparently this isn’t open since there is no source code involved. Jeez

Linux Valentines Day Gifts

Filed under: General Linux — at 8:42 am on Friday, February 8, 2008

Valentines Day is coming up pretty fast. If you searched for this term you are probably wondering,

“What should I get my Linux Geek for Valentines Day?”

If this is the case this article should give you some ideas

Unless your into roll playing dressing up as Tux (The Linux Penguin) is not really sexy. If you want to do something sexy for your Geek you may have to do something a little Risque. You’ll have to find your partners stance on BSD first and see how they react to it. Possibly bring it up in conversation some how. If your geek doesn’t blow up in a rage that you mention an inferior operating system then you probably be able to get away with my favorite and the first option (if you do this every one who reads The Linux Blog will want to see the pictures):

1) The BSD Daemon Uniform. This could be an interesting gift, or more of a gesture. Dressing up like the BSD Daemon. Its simple and easy and is pretty much a guaranteed evening of fun (providing your partner can be torn away from their PC)

2) TOYS! No, not those sort of toys, I’m talking about gadgets. Buy a gadget or a new Linux compatible piece of hardware. If you yourself are not into Linux it may take you a while to find a piece of hardware that works with Linux but the time you spend will show the dedication you have for your partner.

3) Candy. Who doesn’t like candy? Just make sure that the candy has enough sugar in it to leave your geek energized for the period of time you will need them for on valentines day. Make sure that backups are available or caffeine is readily available.

4) Providing you are both of age alcohol is a great option for those feisty geeks who use too many stimulants such as sugar or caffeine. Dampen them with some alcohol. No matter how much they like Jaeger bombs or red bull and vodka’s don’t do it if your geek is too hyper it will only make the night go as usual.

5) Draw on your self. Ok, everybody has seen it in Google. Some one holding up a sign or laying there with sharpie marks that are going to leave a mark for a while. Write Property of: “Your Name Here” with your name, not that text. Or “I love you ‘your geeks name'” or ”root me ‘your geeks name'” This in turn will probably be posted all over the internet and your geek will be famous. Especially if they have some sort of elite handle.

6) Get something nerdy for your self. Ok, more for the both of you. If you normally dress in non nerdy clothes then find something that you would actually wear off of CafePress and find a design. They have all kinds of clothing such as boxers, t-shirts, tank tops, thongs and other goods such as mugs, mouse pads, clocks and more. You can even design your own stuff if your sort of crafty.

7) A Tanning bed pass. Every geek is too pale. Get them what they deserve! A good old pass to the tanning salon. Think about it, the only reason geeks are so pale is because they don’t want to go out side. With a tanning bed pass they don’t have to and they can get a slight tan in as little at 8 minutes.

8) If your Linux geek logs into the terminal (being you don’t know how to use their computer without them typing some wacky stuff) then you might be able to do something really crafty. Every time they log in there is a little file that is read and then displayed. Sort of like a welcome message. If you can figure out how to get to one of those “typey boxes” also known as a terminal you can type something like the following:

cd && echo "I <3 You" >> .profile

Don’t try to copy and paste that you will probably just mess it up and then they will see what you were trying to do. If you can, open up a new terminal type it in there, and then close it when your done. If you just see a huge black screen with nothing else try typing that then:

clear; exit

Hopefully they will forget that they were logged in and you will have a nifty little message every time they boot their computer

9) I mean, unless your geek reads The Linux Blog they aren’t going to have any idea valentines days coming up so do the natural thing: nothing! You can always use the excuse,
“Oh I had something special planned but I thought we could save the money and just spend the night together”

Well, Thats about all the ideas I can think of off of the top of my head. Let me know what you come up with or what gift your Linux geek gets for Valentines day.

Linux Christmas Gifts

Filed under: General Linux — at 1:43 pm on Saturday, December 15, 2007

With Christmas rapidly approaching time is running out to buy gifts for all of your family.

With this I post the question: “What are you getting for your Linux Geek for Christmas?”.

Gifts for Linux users are hard to find, luckily for you the reader I’ve compiled this handy list of Linux Swag (KEYWORD) that you can buy your Linux Geek.

1) Top choice is gadgets. Now they can vary in price so maybe you could team up with a couple of friends to afford something or get a gift card if your not exactly sure what to buy. USB Hard drives are great choices, if you know they already have drives check out the Linux Based NSLU2 from major big box stores. Its a great little box that your Linux geek will know exactly what to do with. If you’ve got a lot of money to spare a Fox Box (I haven’t posted about this yet) will be the perfect gift. Make sure you order now or you might not get it in time for christmas unless you live in Europe.

2) Clothing is a good gift. Get your Linux geek some nice clothes. T-Shirts are great choices here are some in order by taste: “Generic Linux Shirt“, “Arrogant Linux Elitist” or stuff from the Open Source and hack wear sections are my favorite.

3) When you need to get the job done some times Caffeine is essential. That link has a ton of products not only to give to Linux geeks but for Linux geeks to give.

Well, I hope this has given you some ideas on what to buy Linux geeks for Christmas :)