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Rogue Class describes itself as "a toy Linux distribution for playing games and reading books. RCL favors turn-based games, such as puzzles and rogue-like games. "
What are Rogue Class games? According to a link at the Rogue Class website, Rogue Class games are characterized by
"Tactical play. The unit of action is based on the individual adventurer. The game is not twitch oriented (like Quake, rewarding reflexes & well trained actions) nor is it strategy oriented (like Civilizations or Warcraft, requiring working on the large picture) "Based in Hack and Slash. A roguelike isn't primarily about plot development or telling a story. It is about killing things and acquiring treasure. "Random games. A roguelike is a dungeon crawler where no two games are the same. The maps are different, the items are different, there are no guaranteed win paths. "Permadeath. You die, that is it. No restoring a savegame. Good roguelikes delete your save game after loading them. This is compensated by the replayability of the game. "Complex interactions of properties. While the commands for a roguelike are simple, the potential interactions are not. My favourite example is equipping a silver ring as a weapon in order to damage a creature vulnerable to silver, but not one's other weapons. [Editor: This matches the Hack branch of the roguelike tree, not the Angband branch] "Steam rolling monsters. If a critter is in your way, and weak, you shouldn't even notice it is there."
Rogue Class contains four dozen or so games, two of which are actually categories which in turn contain additional games, as well as a number of utilities, including a network manager, an IRC client, and more. Some representative games include the following, picked quite at random: Angband, Fargoal, Magus, Moria, Nethack, and Tome.
If you liked the old games, give Rogue Class a spin.
The Rogue Class forum is located at Linux Questions.org: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/rogue-class-106/
You can see an interesting chart of Rogue Class's grapphics subsystems at this link: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/rogue-class-106/rcl-graphics-sub-systems-4175522637
The vim editor is based on the venerable vi editor, which dates from the very early days of Unix. Many persons find it intimidating for the absence of a menu bar, a terse command set that is very much its own, and its "modal" design.
Nevertheless, under its plain surface is a powerful and versatile tool. Frank Bell describes his five steps to learning to use and love vim.
- Use a .vimrc file.
- Train yourself to change modes.
- Learn and use a few basic commands. These should be enough to get you going: x, dd, dw (to delete text); cw (change a work); yy ("yank" or copy a line); p and P (to paste text); u (undo); w ("write") or save text; q (quit vim).
- Don't force yourself to move the cursor with the h-j-k-l keys if that doesn't feel natural. Use the arrow keys.
- Use vim to write stuff.
- Linux Voice vim tutorial: http://www.linuxvoice.com/download-linux-voice-issue-1-with-audio/
- Linux Voice vim video: http://www.linuxvoice.com/learn-to-love-vim/
- vim homepage: http://www.vim.org/index.php
- vim spellcheck: http://vimdoc.sourceforge.net/htmldoc/spell.html
- Dave Morriss's vim hints HPR series: http://hackerpublicradio.org/series.php?id=82
Using a text email client such as Mutt is quite a learning experience. Here is some information to help you get started.
The programs that Frank used to set up Mutt:
Getting and Sorting Mail:
Procmail and Formail http://www.procmail.org/
Reading and Composing Mail: Mutt http://www.mutt.org/
Sending Mail: msmtp http://msmtp.sourceforge.net/
These are the references that Frank found most helpful:
Quickstart Guide to Mutt: http://docs.huihoo.com/gentoo/resources/document-listing/guide-to-mutt.html
Calmar on Mutt: http://www.calmar.ws/mutt/
Feeding the Cloud: Handling multiple identities/accounts in mutt: http://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/handling-multiple-identitiesaccounts-in/
Procmail (the UMBC link is a great introduction to procmail and procmail's regex):
Mail Filtering with Procmail: http://userpages.umbc.edu/~ian/procmail.html#example
Some Text Browsers (for help in parsing HTML emails)
Frank Bell discusses the Zareason ZaTab ZT2 Tablet, an open, rooted Android tablet.
ZaTab 2 on the web: http://zareason.com/shop/ZaTab-ZT2.html
TWUUG Handout about the ZaTab 2 (PDF): http://pineviewfarm.net/misc/HO_TWUUG_ZaTab.pdf
Frank Bell prattles on about baking bread while he bakes two loaves of honey wheat bread.
- Table of US, Imperial, and Metric equivalents: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/equiv.htm
- Picture of honey wheat bread under construction; http://www.pineviewfarm.net/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Frank_Bread.jpg
- Frank's generic bread recipe: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/weblog/2011/11/well-bread/
- Sour dough starter: http://breadbaking.about.com/od/sourdoughbreads/r/basicstarter.htm
- Kon-Tiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon-Tiki
Links from the show:
Frank's LUG, the Tidewater Unix Users Group, http://twuug.org/mediawiki/index.php/Main_Page
Podcast and sites mentioned in the show:
Frank Bell describes his recent experiences with Mageia v. 2, including upgrading online to v. 3, as well as his overall impressions of Mageia.
Links from the show:
Mageia website: http://www.mageia.org
Mageia Wiki: https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Main_Page
About the online version upgrade (from the release notes): https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Mageia_3_Release_Notes#Upgrading_from_Mageia_2
About the Mageia Repositories, including "tainted" repos (from the release notes): https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Mageia_3_Release_Notes#The_Mageia_online_repositories
Mageia Forum thread on the "no MP4 audio" in VLC: https://forums.mageia.org/en/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1290
About Drak3D: https://forums.mageia.org/en/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=511
Frank concludes his two-part series on the E17 (Enlightenment 0.17.x) Desktop Environment with a look at some nuts-and-bolts configuration items.
He covers several configuration settings that illustrate how Enlightenment's various configuration dialogs work, including the
- Shelf (Panel) and Gadgets (Widgets) in the Shelf.
- Settings Panel, and, within the Settings Panel,
- Key and Mouse Bindings.
- Favorite Applications.
- Startup Applications.
- Themes and Wallpapers.
- The Titlebar Menu, including "Window" settings, such as Maximize, Half-Maximize, Vertical Maximize; and "Remember" settings, such as Position and "Sticky" state.
ICCCM (Inter-Client Communications Conventions Manual):
NetWM (Extended Window Manager Hits):
For a list of links to E17 resources and to listen to the first episode, see Part One: http://hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=1248
There was great rejoicing in the Linux community when the Enlightenment Desktop, v. 0.17 (AKA E17), was released recently. It was the first major upgrade in well over a decade to a desktop environment that many remembered fondly for its commitment to a visually pleasing computing experience.
Frank Bell describes how he started using Enlightenment and what he has encountered so far. In this, the first of two parts, he addresses installing Enlightenment, Enlightenment's "first-run" dialog, the structure of the desktop, the menu, and the management applications and windows on the desktop.
Part Two will focus on the nitty-gritty of configuring the appearance and behavior of Enlightenment.
- E17 Screenshot: http://pineviewfarm.net/misc/e17_2.jpg
- Enlightenment website: http://www.enlightenment.org/
- Enlightenment wiki: http://trac.enlightenment.org/e/wiki
- Themes and eye candy: http://e17-stuff.org/
- Enlightenment article at the Arch wiki: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Enlightenment
- Bodhi Linux Guide to Enlightenment (Enlightenment is Bodhi's default desktop): http://www.bodhilinux.com/e17guide/e17guideEN/index.html
- Frank's Enlightenment handout for his LUG: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/misc/TWUUG_E17.pdf
- Enlightenment Slackbuild: http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.0/desktop/enlightenment
- SlackE17 binary: http://sourceforge.net/projects/slacke17
- Kernel Panic Oggcast Interview with Rasterman (Carsten Haitzler), Enlightenment maintainer: http://kernelpanicoggcast.net/Oggcasts/KernelPanic_71.ogg
Frank Bell talks about Old Time Radio (OTR), his history as a radio listener, and his Old Time Radio websites.
The OTR Fans site defines OTR as "Old time radio often called "OTR" refers to radio shows from the early days of radio broadcasting. The term usually applies to dramas, comedies, mystery shows, westerns and variety shows that were acted out by professional actors and sent out over the airwaves. In the golden age of radio families would sit around their radio listening to the exciting shows the way we sit around our television sets watching them today."
OTR copyright information: http://www.radiolovers.com/copyrights.html
Old Time Radio streaming and download sites mentioned in the show:
- OTR.Network Library: http://www.otr.net/
- Old Time Radio Fans: http://www.oldtimeradiofans.com/
- My Old Radio World: http://www.oldradioworld.com/
- CBS Radio Mystery Theatre Fan Site: http://www.cbsrmt.com/
- Old Time Radio Theatre (was OTR Mystery Theatre: http://www.mysteryshows.com/
- OTR at the Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/oldtimeradiofans
- My Old Radio World: http://www.myoldradio.com/
- Radio Lovers: http://www.radiolovers.com/
Streamable shows mentioned in the podcast. Note that many of the OTR shows and episodes can be found at multiple sites and that some sites may have a larger number than and different episodes from other sites. I have restricted these links to ones I know will be playable in Linux (in other words, no links to real media format).
- Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby: http://archive.org/details/OTRR_BCRC_Singles
- Barry Craig, Confidential Investigator: http://www.oldradioworld.com/shows/Barry_Craig_Confidential_Investigator.php
- The Man Called X: http://www.oldtimeradiofans.com/template.php?show_name=Man%20Called%20X
- Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons: http://www.myoldradio.com/old-radio-shows/mr-keen-tracer-of-lost-persons
- Crime Photographer: http://www.mysteryshows.com/Casey-Crime-Photographer/index.php
- Mystery Is My Hobby: http://www.mysteryshows.com/Mystery-Is-My-Hobby/index.php
- The Fat Man: http://archive.org/details/otr_fatman
- The Saint: http://archive.org/details/TheSaintVincentPriceOTR
- Rex Saunders: http://archive.org/details/ThePrivateFilesOfRexSaunders
Radio personalities mentioned in the show:
- Arthur Godfrey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Godfrey
- Garry Moore: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Moore
- : http://bayarearadio.org/people/harv-morgan_kgo.shtml
- Jean Shepard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Shepherd
- E. G. Marshall: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0550855/
- Tammy Grimes: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0342245/
Frank Bell interviews Mark Davis, It Director for Lake Taylor Transistional Care Hospital and head of the Tidewater Unix Users Group (TWUUG), an organization which predates the creation of the Linux kernel.
Mark talks about how his early computer experience and he got started with computers and *nix, the history and development of TWUUG, and the history and architecture of Lake Taylor's Linux-based network. He also shares his thoughts about Ubuntu's Wayland project and distributed versus centralized computing, as well as a summary his reaction to his new Windows 8 computer.
- TWUUG</a>: http://www.twuug.org/mediawiki/index.php/Main_Page
- Lake Taylor Transistional Care Hospital</a>: http://www.laketaylor.org/index.php
- Lenovo Twist</a>: http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/thinkpad/thinkpad-twist/
Frank Bell describes his favorite Android app: Move! Bike Computer.
Move! Bike Computer use GPS to track your bicycle ride (or your hikes, walks, runs), then computes times and speeds and plots the course on Google Maps. Frank describes how he found it and uses it, then highlights the most important user settings.
The free version displays a small ad in the bottom 1/2 inch (1.2 cm) of the screen; the ad-free version costs $1.25.
Track Display: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/misc/HPR/track.jpg
Track Display with Stats: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/misc/HPR/move_stats.jpg
Settings Display: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/misc/HPR/move_settings.jpg
Main Screen with Menu Open: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/misc/HPR/move_menu.jpg
Developer Site: https://sites.google.com/site/piotrpo/
Move! Bike Computer FAQ: https://sites.google.com/site/piotrpo/home/faq
Move! Bike Computer User Manual: https://sites.google.com/site/piotrpo/home/user-manual
Franks Fuji Sports 10: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/fuji_sport_10-300x205.jpg
Frank Bell discusses KeepassX, a versatile cross platform password manager for Linux and other *nix operating systems, Windows, and MAC. He talks about how he learned about it and why he has become a user after years of resisting password vaults.
Twofish encryption: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twofish
AES (Rijndael) encryption: http://csrc.nist.gov/archive/aes/rijndael/wsdindex.html
Gnome Keyring: https://live.gnome.org/GnomeKeyring
Linux Journal article on KeepassX: http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/keepassx-keeping-your-passwords-safe
KeepassX Slackbuild: http://slackbuilds.org/repository/13.37/office/keepassx/
Keepass, the inspiration of KeepassX: http://keepass.com/
Frank Bell describes the process he uses to prepare photographs for posting pictures on his website. The goal of the process is not to transform the pictures, but to enhance them, and includes sharpening, adjusting the contrast and brightness, cropping, and resizing. Frank walks through applying the process to a snapshot from his deck garden.
GIMP homepage: http://www.gimp.org/ The MeettheGimp videocast: Frank's camera: http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/s/finepix_s3200/ Potter wasps (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potter_wasp Frank's brother's eagle pictures: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/weblog/2011/12/eagles-reprise/
The pictures from the podcast:
The unedited original: http://pineviewfarm.net/misc/wasp/HPRwasp1.jpg The picture sharpened: http://pineviewfarm.net/misc/wasp/HPRwasp1-sharpened.jpg The picture with brightness and contrast adjusted: http://pineviewfarm.net/misc/wasp/HPRwasp1-b_and_c.jpg The cropped picture: http://pineviewfarm.net/misc/wasp/HPRwasp1-cropped.jpg The resized picture: http://pineviewfarm.net/misc/wasp/HPRwasp1-resized.jpg Blog post of the picture: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/weblog/2012/05/wasp-2/
This is the fourth and last of Frank's series on setting up a WordPress blog, now projected to be four episodes.
This episode discusses when and what to back up and maintaining a MySQL database using phpMyAdmin.
Wordpress article on backing up your database: http://codex.wordpress.org/Backing_Up_Your_Database
WordPress article on database maintenance: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Site_Maintenance
This is the third of Frank's series on setting up a WordPress blog, now projected to be four episodes.
This episode discusses tweaking appearance, particularly the theme. The next episode will be about maintenance.
About.com's webdesign reference and tutorial. http://webdesign.about.com/
WordPress themes and plugins http://wordpress.org/extend/
Connections Reloaded WordPress theme. http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/connections-reloaded
GGSimpleWhite WordPress theme. http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ggsimplewhite
Report of malware in WordPress themes from Geek News Central. http://www.geeknewscentral.com/2011/01/14/free-wordpress-themes-loaded-with-malware/
This is the second Frank's series on setting up a WordPress blog, now projected to be four episodes.
This episode discusses navigating the WordPress administrative interface and discusses important concepts, such as Posts and Post Categories, Pages, Links and Link Categories, and preventing comment spam.
The next episode will be about tweaking appearance.
Links from the show:
Wordpress Development blog: http://wordpress.org/news/
Wordpress News blog: http://wordpress.tv/
WordPress Codex (documentation site): http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page
Wordpress "Extend" site (plugins and themes): http://wordpress.org/extend/
Akismet comment spam plugin: http://akismet.com/wordpress/
My Local Weather plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/my-local-weather/
Download some screenshots (JPG) of WP administrative pages: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/misc/WP-screens.zip
Contact Frank: frank at pineviewfarm dot net.
Frank Bell summarizes the steps involved in setting up a WordPress blog. This episode covers creating a database and database user, installing the WordPress software, and configuring basic WordPress settings.
Related links:WordPress Software, including the codex, themes, and plugins. (http://wordpress.org/)
Wordpress blog hosting site (http://wordpress.com/)
Xampp LAMPP server stack. (http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html)
Some other blog hosting sites:
In his long waited second part Frank continues his Linux story, describing how he used Linux to self-host his website from his guest room and some of the things he learned along the way. Some links mentioned in the show:
Samba by Example (http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-Guide/)
The Slackware Wiki (http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Slackware-FAQ)
Linux Questions Linux Forums (http://www.linuxquestions.org/)
no-ip dot com dynamic DNS service (http://www.no-ip.com/)
Today our newest host, Frank Bell describes how he started on the road to Linux and some of the things he noticed along the way. In this episode, he goes from a empty computer to one running Slackware 10.0.