001 Thich Nhat Hanh’s Health

I talk about Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s severe brain hemorrhage. I also cover the news that the United States is using planes equipped with ‘Dirtbox’ to spy on our phone calls. And I introduce myself and the podcast. The song of the week is Road Less Traveled by Trench Town Oddities.


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Links
An update on Thay’s health: 16th November
US Using Planes Equipped with ‘Dirtbox’ to Spy on Your Phone Calls
Russia hacking site spying webcams worldwide
Sunlight may revive stranded comet lander ‘Philae’

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Signs in the Dark by PeerGynt Lobogris

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Watch and Listen to iTunes Podcasts on the Roku

The iTunes Podcasts channel allows you to browse, search, listen, and watch podcasts from the entire iTunes Podcast library on your Roku Digital Video Player.

Features include:

  • Browse by top podcasts, genres and providers
  • Choose to filter by video, audio, or all
  • Search the entire iTunes Podcast library
  • Mark a podcast as a favorite for quick access later
  • Resume previously unfinished video and audio podcasts (only video podcasts on Roku 1 devices)
  • Quickly determine viewed podcasts from episode browser
  • Revisit the last 15 viewed podcasts via the favorites screen

It is a private channel, but you can add the channel via this link: https://owner.roku.com/Account/ChannelCode/?code=ITPC

Android Lollipop Announced

Google has announced that the next release of the Android operating system for smart phones will be called Lollipop. They name their releases after deserts and go in alphabetical order.

For full information about the new Android system check out the following links:
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-10-15/google-unveils-android-lollipop
http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/features/android-50-lollipop-whats-new-and-updated-607646
http://www.technobuffalo.com/videos/top-5-android-lollipop-features-googles-most-exciting-os-ever/

New Tab Redirect Plus

If you are like me, you don’t care for the new tab page in Google Chrome. I have tried a number of extensions, but New Tab Redirect Plus is my favorite. It allows me to choose what page I want to go to when I open a new tab. You will find it is the Chrome Web Store. (see link below)

All you have to do is install it and add the url of the webpage you want it to open. Enter it right below “My new tab page should show this URL:” It also has some “Quick Save” options that you just click and it will add the correct URL. These “Quick Save” options include opening to the apps, bookmarks, and more.

Link
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/new-tab-redirect-plus/hnpoebddognhfcnfbfjdbgmgadkmmdkj

Adjusting Date and Time in Xubuntu

Soon after you install Xubuntu 14.04, you will want to customize it. One of the things that I didn’t like is the date and time setting on the task bar. I like to have the full day, month, day, year, and time displayed. You can do this easily.

Right click on top of the date and time in the task bar. Select Properties, then a dialog box will appear. Under clock options you will see a drop down menu. Click on it and change it to Custom Format. Then simply copy and paste the following:

%A, %B %d, %Y %l:%M %p

After you are done, it should look like the picture below. To abbreviate the day replace %A with %a, to abbreviate the month replace %B with %b. And strangely enough, to uncapitalized the AM/PM replace %p with %P. This works in Linux Mint as well, and many other distros.
XubuntuDateAndTime Adjusting Date and Time in Xubuntu

Links
http://php.net/manual/en/function.strftime.php

Amazon’s Fire Phone and Kindle Fire Run Linux

You may not know it, but you probably use Linux everyday. Google, Facebook, and Android all use Linux. So does the London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. The list goes on.

Now that Amazon is hitting the market with their Kindle Fire and Fire Phone, it might be nice to know that it’s running Linux. Linux is everywhere, except on the desktop. But this is slowly changing as people begin looking for an operating system for their older computers.

Links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Linux_adopters
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_OS

First Impression of Xubuntu 14.04

Every so often I work on a computer that is older. Yesterday I worked on an old Compaq Presario PC with only 512 MB of RAM. It was running, or I should say, struggling to run Windows Vista. The solution? Xubuntu. Even with Xubuntu you should have at least 512 MB of memory.
Xubuntu1404 First Impression of Xubuntu 14.04

Xubuntu installed fine and was up and running in about a half hour. The owner of the computer is used to Windows, so I had a little customization to it. I first moved the panel to the bottom of the desktop. I eliminated the extra work spaces, added the word Start to the menu, and installed Google Chrome. I also installed the Xubuntu restricted extras. Then I transferred all his files.

It went better than I expected. I had no video card issues (Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950), and so I did not need to install any proprietary drivers. I set up the favorites for him, and customized Chrome.

My first impression was very positive. Xubuntu has come a long way since I used it last. I highly recommend it for older computers.

Xubuntu 14.04 is supported until April 2017.

Dangerous Security Flaw in Linux Systems

A fundamental flaw in one of the most basic functions of OS X, Linux, UNIX and related operating systems was revealed and patched (Sept. 24) by software developers. The Bash shell (or command-line interface) for UNIX-like systems, allows injection of random, possibly malicious, code following commands, and automatically executes that code without verifying it. Today’s patch prevents that code execution.

However, when I tried to install the patch in Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon edition from the Update Manager I got this:

W: Ignoring file ‘getdeb.list.bck’ in directory ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/’ as it has an invalid filename extension
W: Ignoring file ‘getdeb.list.bck’ in directory ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/’ as it has an invalid filename extension
W: Ignoring file ‘getdeb.list.bck’ in directory ‘/etc/apt/sources.list.d/’ as it has an invalid filename extension
W: Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/b/bash/bash_4.3-7ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb
404 Not Found [IP: 91.189.91.14 80]

I solved this by typing in the command line:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install –only-upgrade bash

Then I again ran the Update Manager. Done.

Read More
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29361794
http://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-protect-your-server-against-the-shellshock-bash-vulnerability

Linux Mint OpenDNS Configuration

There are many reasons to use OpenDNS. Here is how you set it up in Linux Mint 17.

Go to Menu and search for network, click on Network Connections. Click once on your wired connection, then click edit on the right side. A new dialog box will open. Choose the tab that says IPv4 Settings. In the DNS servers box enter:

208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220

Then click save. You are done. It should look like this:
OpenDNS Linux Mint OpenDNS Configuration

Links
http://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/opendns-ip-addresses/

Discontinuing 5 Minute Dharma

I have discontinued the 5 Minute Dharma podcast. It is time for me to move on. In everyone’s life they have to make many hard decisions, and this was one of them. Since I ended the podcast once already, I decided not to do another podcasting ending episode.

 If you want to keep up with my future plans, keep checking back here. I plan on podcasting in the future and look forward to a future endeavour. More later….