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Frank Bell


Host ID: 195
website:
email: frank.nospam@nospam.pineviewfarm.net
episodes: 17

1377 - Zareason ZaTab 2 Android Tablet | 2013-11-12

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


1327 - Frank Bell Bakes Bread | 2013-09-03

Frank Bell prattles on about baking bread while he bakes two loaves of honey wheat bread.

Links:


1319 - Frank Bell Presents HPR to His LUG | 2013-08-22

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:


1314 - Impressions of Mageia | 2013-08-15

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

HPLIP: http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/index.html


1269 - Frank Bell Achieves Enlightenment Adventures with E17 Pt Two | 2013-06-13

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.

Links:

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


1248 - Frank Bell Achieves Enlightenment Adventures with E17 Pt One | 2013-05-15

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.

Links:


1199 - Old Time Radio on the web | 2013-03-07

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:

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).

Radio personalities mentioned in the show:


1179 - Interview with Mark A Davis of TWUUG | 2013-02-07

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.

Links:


1123 - Move! Bike Computer | 2012-11-21

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.

Screen shots:

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



Related links:

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
http://718c.blogspot.com/2010/03/197x-fuji-sports-10.html

1096 - KeepassX | 2012-10-15

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.

Related links:
KeepassX: http://www.keepassx.org/
Twofish encryption: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twofish
AES (Rijndael) encryption: http://csrc.nist.gov/archive/aes/rijndael/wsdindex.html
PwManager: http://extragear.kde.org/apps/pwmanager/
Gnome Keyring: https://live.gnome.org/GnomeKeyring
Kwallet: http://utils.kde.org/projects/kwalletmanager/
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/

1081 - Preparing Pictures for Posting with the GIMP | 2012-09-24

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.

The unedited original
The picture sharpened
The picture with brightness and contrast adjusted
The cropped picture
The resized picture
Blog post of the picture

Links:

The pictures from the podcast:


1026 - Setting up a WordPress blog part 4 | 2012-07-09

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.

Links:

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


0993 - Setting up a Wordpress blog - tweaking appearance | 2012-05-23

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.

Links:

About.com's webdesign reference and tutorial. http://webdesign.about.com/

W3Schools http://www.w3schools.org/info/how-to-create-websites.html

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/

0977 - Setting Up a WordPress Blog 2 | 2012-04-30

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/
Statpress plugin:
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/statpress/
Download some screenshots (JPG) of WP administrative pages: http://www.pineviewfarm.net/misc/WP-screens.zip
Contact Frank: frank at pineviewfarm dot net.

0927 - Setting up a WordPress blog: part 1 | 2012-02-21

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)
MySQL (http://mysql.com/)
Some other blog hosting sites:
Blogger (http://blogger.com)
Blogspot (http://blogspot.com)
Typepad (http://www.typepad.com/)
Tumblr ()

0918 - How I Started with Linux Part 2 | 2012-02-07

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:
Slackware (http://www.slackware.com)
Debian (http://www.debian.org)
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/)

0877 - Welcome Frank Bell | 2011-12-12

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.


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