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GNOME 3.26.0 stable release Schedule

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Anyone interested in the schedule release date for GNOME 3.26.0 stable ?

Linux Day 2017

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Linux Day is celebrated on the 25th of August or on the Saturday immediately after the 25th of August as a form of thanksgiving. Linux is an open source operating system developed by the community under the model of free and open software. The primary component of Linux is the kernel which was first released September 17, 1991 by Linus Torvalds. You can find Linux in servers, mainframe computers, most supercomputers and smartphones. Android OS is based on the Linux kernel. I use it on my desktop and laptop. Thank you Linux.



Megasync Support Team Came To The Rescue

I sought support about my issues from their Support team and megasync did not disappoint. I made an initial blog post of my issue here. I received my first email response less than 24 hours from the time I reported it. I tagged my issues technical and I mentioned that my plan is LITE / PRO. I guess they'll finally figure that last information out since I have an account, right. 
They also asked for some additional logs and added instructions to get that out of my operating system. Excellent, crisp and functional. Another 24 hours and they sent me an email attachment of the megasync desktop client with curl statically linked. So I saved it to a folder and installed their special blend of megasync desktop client with  
#pacman -U {megasync-new-version-}
which will replace the old installed version in my system.
IT WORKED. Great job guys!

Wisdom From Gandalf

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Megasync Desktop Client Broken

I upgraded my Megasync plan from Free to LITE last August 13th. Two days later my megasync client is broken.
sudo] password for donato:  Aug 13 15:30:57 archdesktop megasync.desktop[1528]: libpng error: Not a PNG file Aug 15 17:13:15 archdesktop megasync[1528]: Error reading events from display: Broken pipe
And when I tried to reinstall it aborted "build" due to permission issues in autogen.sh.
Aug 17 18:59:28 archdesktop sudo[28937]:   donato : TTY=pts/1 ; PWD=/home/donato/Downloads/builds ; USER=root ;  COMMAND=/usr/bin/pacman -U megasync-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz Aug 17 20:30:17 archdesktop gnome-software-service.desktop[1601]: 12:30:17:0546 As  failed to rescan: Failed to parse /usr/share/applications/megasync.desktop file: cannot process file of type application/x-desktop [donato@archdesktop ~]$ 
My best guess is this is a corruption in a configuration file. shame. I liked megasync. Now I have to use it in a browser to upload and download files to the cloud storage.

I Don't Stand With Racists, I Won't Walk With Bigots

It should be easy to tell which is bad and which is good. They want to exterminate a group of human beings based on race. Anyone who saw the gas chambers and the labor camps and heard testimonies of what the nazis did will recognize evil. It should be easy to denounce anyone who believes what the nazis believe. The nazis hate jews and believe in the aryan racial superiority. World War II was fought because of it.
In a country founded on the principle of equality and freedom, this contrast makes any other perspective untenable. For the leader of such a country to not critically denounce white supremacists and neo-nazis is a failure of historical proportions. How many americans died fighting in Europe to liberate it from Hitler? Instead the de facto leader of the free world, (I'm not referring to Donald Trump) Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, denounced the neo-nazis in the United States. Donald Trump doesn't deserve a position he clearly doesn't understand. Donald Tru…

My Debian Desktop : Happy Debian Day To All

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Debian 9 Gnome
This is the venerable linux distribution. It's celebrating its foundation today by Ian Murdock. Happy birthday Debian!

What Does Use Your Own Words Mean

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I enjoy reading books. I enjoy tech books, you know the how-to, semi-textbook books. I even read manuals, believe it or not. Okay, I read manuals because I was told to. My point is reading about things make you think about things. Not as interesting as hearing your parents talk about sex but for most of my knowledge I got it from reading books. When I read enough of it I ran to an adult and try to start a conversation about it with an adult. Always, they give me this look of "where did you read that?" and that is the dismissal I get as a kid. Does it work better if I tell a lie? Do I dumb it down and pretend I'm an idiot?
In seventh grade, I was introduced to book reports. I was to read books from a school prepared list and submit a type written paper. I got a list of guide questions on what I'm suppose to write about. They are basic questions about the plot and the characters of the book and what I think about them. This was before those Idiot Guide Books became po…

Setting Up rkhunter Using systemd

rkhunter is a rootkit and malware detection application available in the repositories. So you can install it using pacman with command: #pacman -S rkhunter ##to install rkhunter.
I'm skipping configuration steps for your user case. I'm referring to any changes you wish to do with /etc/rkhunter.conf. Perhaps another blog post is necessary. For this post, I wish to start rkhunter in systemd using Unit and Timer methods.
From systemd Website:
systemd is a suite of basic building blocks for a Linux system. It provides a system and service manager that runs as PID 1 and starts the rest of the system. systemd provides aggressive parallelization capabilities, uses socket and D-Bus activation for starting services, offers on-demand starting of daemons, keeps track of processes using Linux control groups, maintains mount and automount points, and implements an elaborate transactional dependency-based service control logic. systemd supports SysV and LSB init scripts and works as a…

GnuCash: Why I Like It And What Else Do I Want From It

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GnuCash is free accounting software for personal and small business use. 
I'm a bookkeeper by training who got into computers early in my career. I was already handling financial books in my on-the-job course in college. Back when I'm still using pen and paper, the calculator is still on my desktop ( a real Casio calculator and a real desk). That summer job environment has gone the way of the dinosaur and the next year I was employed by a company with IBM machines and my journey in the world of computerized accounting started. Twenty-seven years on, my personal finances are in the hands of more powerful computers and certainly more ubiquitous applications.
I have been using GnuCash for two years to handle my small apartment rental business and my bank account. In addition to a desktop computer, I have an 8-inch tablet and my android smartphone. GnuCash can run on all these devices in varying form and features. I employ a cloud service to sync the data file on…

Creating Pacman Hook For Cleaning Cache

You can create a pacman hook which executes paccache to clean the pacman cache everytime pacman is run. Just a simple file saved in /etc/pacman.d/hooks.
Before anything check /etc/pacman.conf if the line Hookdir=/etc/pacman.d/hooks has been uncommented. If not, then uncomment it. edit: By default the config file looks at the directory, you can ignore this step if you are putting the .hook file in the default location.

In your favorite text editor create a file to be saved in /etc/pacman.d/hooks.
An example of a pacman hook to clean the cache:
[Trigger] Operation = Upgrade Operation = Install Operation = Remove Type = Package Target = *
[Action] Description = Cleaning pacman cache... When = PostTransaction Exec = /usr/bin/paccache -r
Whenever you upgrade, install or remove a package using pacman, it should pull the hook.
[partial pacman -Syu print] :: Processing package changes... (1/1) upgrading firefox                                                                        [######…

Finally Got My Head Above Water, Income-Expense-Profit July 2017

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It came close last October 2016 but I had to pay some property taxes and unscheduled costs the last 12 months.

Update For Firefox version 54 --> 55

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Arch linux updated firefox from 54 to 55. Mozilla updated Firefox for all users of the browser today. Lots of new things follow this new version. Performance enhancements include faster startup time when restoring tabs. New feature include support for webVR. This version drops sites not using SSL when accessing user location.

Psoriasis Sufferer, The Itch and the Constant Skin Care

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Unpredictable and irritating, psoriasis is one of the most baffling and persistent of skin disorders. It's characterized by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. As underlying cells reach the skin's surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered with white scales.From WebMD
I know that my father have it since I can remember. I know that my mother would occasionally show symptoms of the disease. I have it since around ten years ago. It's in my feet around the ankles and lower leg. I would wear socks so it isn't socially awkward. It's itchy. My first response is really to scratch. But now I have my gel. I avoid infection when I do some "peeling". The skin can get thick.
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I am taking some medication for another disease, high blood pressure and hyperurecemia. I treat the psoriasis with gel for t…

rkhunter warnings: Hidden Processes and Processes Listening On The Network

logfile-/var/log/rkhunter.log starts [partial starts] 19:19:36] Info: Starting test name 'running_procs' [19:19:39]   Checking running processes for suspicious files [ None found ] [19:19:39] [19:19:39] Info: Starting test name 'hidden_procs' [19:19:39] Info: Unable to find the 'unhide' command [19:19:39] Info: Unable to find the 'unhide-linux' command [19:19:39]   Checking for hidden processes                   [ Skipped ] [partial ends] logfile-var/log/rkhunter.log ends
What rkhunter is telling you here is that it is unable to unhide the process because your system is lacking an application, "unhide" and "unhide-tcp". Install it first with : #pacman -S unhide unhide-tcp #to install unhide and unhide-tcp, forensic tools
Running rkhunter this time it gave me this bit of warning.
logfile-/var/log/rkhunter.log starts [partial starts] [19:19:46] Info: Starting test name 'packet_cap_apps' [19:19:46]   Checking for packet capturing …

Check rkhunter warnings For Deleted Files

logfile- /var/log/rkhunter.log starts [partial starts] [19:18:58] Info: Starting test name 'malware' [19:18:58] Performing malware checks [19:18:58] [19:18:58] Info: Starting test name 'deleted_files' [19:19:35]   Checking running processes for deleted files    [ Warning ] [19:19:35] Warning: The following processes are using deleted files: [19:19:35]          Process: /usr/bin/pulseaudio    PID: 784    File: /memfd:pulseaudio [19:19:35]          Process: /usr/bin/gnome-shell    PID: 1151    File: /tmp/mutter-shared-67ER4Y [19:19:35]          Process: /usr/bin/pulseaudio    PID: 1173    File: /memfd:pulseaudio [19:19:35]          Process: /usr/lib/evolution-data-server/evolution-source-registry    PID: 1194    File: /home/donato/.local/share/gvfs-metadata/home [19:19:35]          Process: /usr/bin/python2.7    PID: 1472    File: /tmp/vteZY4V4Y [19:19:35]          Process: /usr/bin/megasync    PID: 1484    File: /run/user/1000/wayland-cursor-shared-t6KVCM [19:19:35]          Process…

Writing Is A Chore

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Listen And Listen A Lot Nobody knows everything. To listen is to be informed.

Everybody Has An Opinion You can say what's on your mind and be polite.

Read Books. Read other bloggers. Read other writers. Read what interests you. Read what makes you mad. Read what moves you.

Write Down Your Thoughts. The mind is a busy place and writing down what's bothering you, makes that thing clearer.

Make All Of The Above A Habit. Just like learning how to type. It's practice. It's muscle memory. It's discipline. It's attitude.

Solar Eclipse In North America August 21 2:44 pm

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solar eclipse from nasa.gov The most dramatic astronomical event to happen this 2017 as far as human beings living in North America are concerned. Total solar eclipse is a visual experience that comes once in a lifetime so most people will probably travel long distances to see it. Well this time and this one happening in August 21 from 10:15 to 2:45 will have unprecedented access because it will happen over land, the United States. People in Oregon (10:15), Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, North and South Carolina (2:45) will see the total solar eclipse. A corridor 110 kilometer wide across the United States will provide the most spectacular view for people who want to see sun's corona. People outside this corridor will still see the solar eclipse in decreasing magnitude.

My Picture Of Science At 50

Science is theories and hypothesis, field study and experiments. Theories are almost always provisional. When observation proves them they live just so they will get to the next observation. When emperical data disproves them, they are discarded or modified (put in lower class bin, so to speak). Most people don't understant this. 

The current theory or model of the universe is based on Einstein's General Relativity and quantum mechanics. Most of Newton's classic theory still holds; whatever differences there is is too small to matter in the general discussion of the nature of the universe. But that difference explains the existence of black holes, wormholes, time travel, nature of space-time, etc. 

Edwin Hubble's work in observing the stars (astronomy) provided proof that the universe is expanding, that the stars are moving away from each other. The theory is that the universe began as an infinitesimal particle and very dense at the very beginning of time. Then Big Bang,…

Thunderbird Saving Drafts Encrypted

The difference between using Thunderbird and using Evolution Mail client in Linux is for me in saving email drafts.
I compose emails and often save them first and get back to them a few hours afterwards. It gives me time to think about what I'm going to say and not be hasty especially if it's an important correspondence. In my blog posts, I compose them as email posts first. This also gives me time to edit them many times before I post them in my website. These cautious behavior should be standard practice but a lot of people regard emails as nothing more than short messaging, quick and short, shoot from hip things. If you are using Gmail's web email interface, the whole design is premised on such regard from email users now.
Now back to the difference I mentioned. Thunderbird saves drafts encrypted by default. Evolution has no feature to make this easy. Of course by encrypting drafts, Thunderbird "owns" them. You can only open and edit them in Thunderbird (or em…

bookworm Application Feedback

I learned about bookworm, the application, from OMG! Ubuntu article. I was curious so installed it to try it out. The only thing I don't like about it is it creates a cron job which scans for books every 4 hours or so automatically. I don't like it when freshly installed applications modify something in the system without user notification or permission. This is bad practice.