Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rhythmbox With Alternative Toolbar Plugin

Rhythmbox is the default music player in GNOME but it could do with some make over.

rhythmbox with alternative toolbar

The progress bar / slider is moved down below. In fact the toolbar is moved down. Changing Rhythmbox from a top heavy UI to a more balanced look. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Linux Kernel Update

Linux kernel updated to version 4.11.6-1 Arch today.

This is a security as well as bug fix update.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Current Events

Why is the current account deficit for the first quarter of 2017 tells so much about where we are now? When our imports are greater than our exports, the flow of payments is outward. The main reasons for a deficit is under-investment and low productivity. We are not producing goods and services while we are importing those that we need. For the Philippine economy, current account deficit last occurred in 2002. We are not doing very well indeed and the government's priorities isn't helping. Even if they pass the tax reform bill in Congress, investors are holding back.

Jose Rizal is the foremost liberal among his generation. He studied in the best schools and universities in Europe. He traveled Europe and America. He wrote books and published them. He was a man of science. He was a man of medicine. He taught in schools. He believed that all men are equal and fought the abuses in the Philippines committed by Spanish authorities as well as by the Catholic Church. To be liberal is to defend the individual from harm and to a certain extent the government itself and those in positions of authority are the first to abuse their powers and do him harm. In Jose Rizal's time this is true and often the rule. To be liberal is to protect individual rights. Your right to due process and equal protection under the law, to be secure in your homes, your privacy, unlawful search, your freedom to speak and assemble, your right to practice religion and many more. Today in the Philippines, the constitution guarantees these rights under Article III. I can only speculate what Jose Rizal would think of our Bill Of Rights.

The US pullout of the Paris Climate Agreement did not deter States and Corporations to abide by the commitments agreed to by most of the world. After President Trump announce the pullout, states like California and private companies like Bank of America renew their commitment to follow the Paris Climate Agreement. This means that even as the federal government won't be following most of the world, individual states and private companies will do their share in lowering their carbon footprints and invest in renewable technologies. The United States is the second biggest carbon user in the planet. China outsizes the US, but it continues to commit itself by the Paris Climate Agreement and is the biggest investor in solar technologies. Years from now, the US pullout from the Paris Agreement will be remembered as the single biggest foreign policy mistake Trump made. And for what, to protect a dying coal industry?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Debian Stretch Is Released

I am interested in seeding one torrent. Debian live- 9.0.0-amd64-gnome. I keep a live debian in my spare USB stick.

Happy Father's Day

My Mom and I were talking about Dad. I happen to mention that Dad did believe and use physical punishment to the surprise of my mother. Yes my father did use his leather belt (for want of something else lying around) on my brother and me. I don't remember the particulars but knowing my dad, it has something to do with treating other people right. Any way, my mother is surprised because physical punishment in the family is rare. As grand parents, my parents never used it. I guess not resorting to corporal punishment comes with maturity and evolving parental ideas.

We remember my dad for his gentle nature. His caring nature as a physician is attested by his patients in the community. After his death in 2003, folks in the community still mention him and remember him for visiting their homes when a family member is sick. Those were the days when doctors still make house calls.

So I pray for all fathers this day. May the love and the blessings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, come to you. Peace.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Firefox Update To 54.0

Mozilla updated Firefox to version 54.0. They enable multiprocess windows in this version by default.

about:support tab –> Firefox
Some add-ons might block mulitiprocess. You can go to about:config. Check extensions.e10s

​The default number of content process is 1. You can change this in about:config. Check out dom.ipc.process.
I modified mine to 4.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Linux Kernel Twice A Day Update

I started the day by updating the Arch linux system. I happily installed linux-4.11.4-1 and reboot to use the new kernel. After 10 hours I got back from errands. I woke up my desktop and it's prompting me again to do another linux kernel update. This time to update to linux-4.11.5-1. Somebody told me that Arch linux may be the unique distro that treats the linux kernel like it's a common piece of software to be updated as often as possible.

I'm rebooting to use this newest kernel for the second time in one day. Here goes.