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.