Life without Windows or OS X

GNU/Linux is quite possibly the most important free software achievement since the original Space War, or, more recently, Emacs. It has developed into an operating system for business, education, and personal productivity. GNU/Linux is no longer only for UNIX wizards who sit for hours in front of a glowing console. Are you thinking about switching to Linux and want to learn how to use it? Have you been using GNU/Linux for some time and want to learn even more? This is the place for you.

Friday, November 09, 2018

Stop Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying, for the most part, is when a school-age child is tormented, harassed, threatened, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another school-age child using the Internet or mobile phones. Currently, cyberbullying is one of the fastest growing problems facing school administrators around the country. Kids have killed each other and committed suicide after having been involved in a cyberbullying incident.

Ever heard of Megan Meier. She was a 13 year old from Missouri who had an online friendship on MySpace with a person she believed was “Josh Evans” a young boy near where she lived. In actuality, the “friend” was a group of individuals, including adults, who were intent on humiliating Megan because of a lost friendship with another child. Meier and "Josh" never met in person or spoke. They became "friends" and Megan later "fell in love" with her online buddy whom she had never met. Meier thought "Josh" was attractive. Meier began to exchange messages with this person, and was described by family as having had her "spirits lifted". But the communication eventually turned hostile. Josh still was sending troubling messages. And he apparently had shared some of Megan's messages with others. Megan, believing she had been rejected by "Josh," committed suicide in her home. Well as it turned out Josh was really an adult woman named Lori Drew. She told the police that the account was aimed at "gaining Megan's confidence and finding out what Megan felt about her daughter and other people."

I guess the point I was marking here is that. Cyberbullying can be done by anyone of any age. We need to work to stop the madness. No one deserves to be bullied because every person has value and worth. Young people need to speak up for their friends when they see bullying happening, by giving support and expect accountability from the adults.

Note: From my 2012 post.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The Press is NOT “enemies of the people"

On February 17, 2017, President of the United States Donald Trump declared on Twitter that CNN,NBC News, ABC, CBS,and The New York Times were "fake news" and the "enemy of the people" Over a year later Trump tweeted "FAKE NEWS media... is the enemy of the American People"

We are better than that...

Here in the united states we must remember that WORDS MATTER. When the leader of of the free world suggests revoking the FCC licenses of broadcast news organizations whose reporting he doesn’t like, that means something. The use of "enemies of the people" echoes of some of history's most murderous leaders. 

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte proclaimed that “Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son of a bitch.”
  • With Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, artists and politicians were designated enemies and many were sent to hard labor camps or killed. Others were stigmatized and denied access to education and employment.
  • Under Chairman Mao, millions of people died in a famine brought about by his Great Leap Forward, it was a phrase he used against anyone who opposed him.
Everyone, regardless of political affiliation, must come together to condemn the phrase “enemies of the people".

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Linux AMD Ryzen PC Builds: Part 4

Back in August of 2017 I put together a Linux-Ryzen-PC. When the Ryzen 3 series finally arrived it offered competitive quad-core chips in a segment where Intel’s dual-core Core i3 processors traditionally ruled. AMD promised to support AM4 motherboards through at least 2020, so when I bought a cheap Ryzen 3 1200 processor last year, I knew I could update my system with a more powerful cpu down the line. This platform and this motherboard are built to last.

This year AMD introduces the latest Ryzen™ 2000 series processors to provide the computing power for budget need. My ASRock AB350M Pro4  AMD AM4 chipset motherboards perfectly works with the latest AMD Ryzen™ 2000 series processors computing performance. so any one can enjoy the benefits brought by AMD Ryzen™ 2000 series processors by just simply downloading and upgrading the latest BIOS.

My build used a relatively budget motherboard (ASRock AB350M Pro4). Since I am a GNU/Linux user I build with ASRock motherboards. We are able to update the BIOS via USB flash drive by locating the BIOS flash file inside of the BIOS itself. GNU/Linux users can also BIOS flash updates via the Internet on an ASRock board. No OS needed.

This mouth I spent around $670.00 to upgrade my system.

Upgraded Parts list:

CPU 2nd Gen Ryzen™ 7 2700 processor CPU Cores 8 Threads 16
RAM Team Elite Plus DDR4 2400 16GB (2 x 8GB) (PC4 19200)
GPU GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB GDDR5/X

Parts retired list:

CPU AMD RYZEN 3 1200 4-Core
RAM Patriot Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4 2400MHz
GPU Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 560 4GB

MY full Linux PC bulid:

CPU  Ryzen™ 7 2700 processor CPU Cores 8 Threads 16
GPU  Team Elite Plus DDR4 2400 16GB (2 x 8GB) (PC4 19200)
RAM  GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition 6 GB GDDR5/X
MOTHERBOARD ASRock AB350M Pro4  (BIOS 5.00 2018/9/18) 
STORAGE  Intel 545s Series 2.5" 256GB (SSDSC2K W256G8X1)+WB Blue 1TB 7200 RPM (WD10EZEX)
SOUND Onboard
NETWORK  Onboard (wired gigabit Ethernet)
PSU    EVGA 450 B3, 80 Plus BRONZE 450W, Fully Modular
CASE   MasterBox Lite 3 (MCW-L3S2-KN5N)
Case fan 3 120mm be quiet! BL070 SILENTWINGS 3 PWM

I knew my new system would be faster but I was surprised at just how much faster. Encoding movies editing pictures and re-encoding music cds is really fast now. With the GTX 1060 Founders Edition, games like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided also got quite the boost in frame-rate. I can run the games at the max quality settings. The 16 GB DDR4 memory gave my system more head room, especially for RAM-hogging applications like Gimp, VirtualBox, or Firefox 5 minutes after they were opened.

Distros that worked with my AMD Ryzen builds in no particular order:

    SteamOS Brewmaster release 2.148
    SUSE Linux Enterprise 15
    openSUSE linux leap 15
    openSUSE Tumbleweed
    Arch Linux
    Debian 9.2
    Debian sid
    Pop!_OS 18.10
    Ubuntu 18.10
    Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS
    Fedora 28
    Kubuntu 18.10
    Deepin 15.7
    Manjaro Linux
    Elementary OS
    KNOPPIX 8.2
    Zorin OS
    KDE neon

Friday, September 21, 2018

Everlast MMA Powerlock Fight Gloves Size: Xtra Large

I do more than just work on software all the time. Boxing isn’t just reserved for the ring. It's good for fitness providing a high intensity workout. You don’t punch with your arms, you punch with your whole body. One single punch engages the upper body, but it also draws power from the core, hips and legs. You’d be surprised at how much fun it is to punch stuff. Punching a heavy bag releases all of that pent up aggression and allows you to relieve your stress through a healthy outlet. Punching random people because your mad is not good.

I picked up new pair of Mixed martial arts (MMA) fight gloves made by Everlast a little while ago. The name Everlast and boxing go hand in hand. They've been around since 1910 but only became a household name after designing Jack Dempsey’s boxing gloves in his heavyweight championship bout vs. Jess Willard in 1919.

They are called "MMA Powerlock Fight Gloves". I don't see them being talked about across the web very much.They are the only leather gloves I own. I see lot more people talking about the UFC Competition Grade Gloves or the Venum Attack Gloves. 

The MMA Powerlock Fight Gloves feature a slight curve in its design, as well as additional padding for the first and fifth metacarpal. The POWERLOCK technology ergonomic layered foam construction that secures the hand into a natural fist position. The C4 FOAM, provides greater cushioning and force dispersion. The inner lining is designed with Everlast EverDri technology to have moisture wicking.

The open palm feature greatly complements the inner lining for increased breathability. Due to the inner lining sweat absorption ability, these gloves need to be aired out after training so that the gloves do not build up odor over time. These particular Everlast gloves have an open thumb style design. 

Unlike the other MMA gloves like my Venum Attack Gloves, Everlast did not create their gloves to have padding on the back of the hand.

The first thing you should be aware of when working with MMA competition gloves is you should never spar "hard" with your training partners using "competition" gloves.They have minimal padding as they are a 4-ounce weight as mandated by state athletic commissions. Too many people train with fight gloves without hand wraps which is not good. Gloves like the MMA Powerlock Fight Gloves provide less protection than boxing gloves. So always wrap with 120" MMA Handwraps which are much more elastic, and shorter than the traditional 180" boxing wraps. If you plan on sparring hard use BOXING gloves, or you will end up with unnecessary concussions and other injuries that can easily be avoided.

I will also give everyone fair warning. The Everlast MMA Powerlock Fight Gloves like all other MMA gloves shouldn't be used on a heavy bag for long periods without wrapping every time. They don’t have the added length to the wrist strap which provides stabilization and protection for the wrist in case you do punch the a bag incorrectly. There are serious risk when using MMA gloves during the heavy bag workouts, such as significant injuries to your hands, knuckles, and wrists. Again they are only 4 ounces and although their sole purpose is to protect the hands, they don’t do the best job. Remember these gloves, wrap your hands every time to get the best wrist and knuckle support.

I personally don't like the way UFC gloves feel on my hands. It's so difficult to make a tight fist it like forces your hand open so you end up punching like you'd knock on a door or something. I would love to get my hands on some Pride or Rizin MMA gloves. Their unique design, like The Powerlocks,includes a curved striking surface to maximize hand protection at the impact zone. The Everlast MMA Powerlock Fight Gloves are like the Everlast-designed Bellator MMA Official Fight Gloves first seen in Bellator 110.

In closing 

These pro gloves don't come with pretty packaging, celebrity endorsements or flashy artwork. I wish they came in other colors but that doesn't effect how they fit on my hands. I've have worn a lot of different gloves but when I put these gloves on for the first time, I could feel the difference right away. They just feels perfect on my big American hands. They are the gloves of choice for Bellator MMA and some fight gyms in the USA.


They are not cruelty free gloves:

If you’re a strong believer in living a hardcore vegan lifestyle, or perhaps you have another reason for avoiding leather, the MMA Powerlock Fight Gloves are not for you.

Use wraps:

Wearing hand MMA wraps is a must, and not doing so is stupid and very short term thinking. Your wraps inside of Powerlock Fight Gloves should be tight enough to stay put but do NOT wrap them so tight that they cut off circulation  you should be able to wiggle your fingers and thumb comfortably. I use MaxxMMA Hand Wraps 120" Elastic Hand Wraps. Their 75%Nylon, 5%Polyester, 20%Rubber. The thickness is better fitting with more protection than traditional hand-wraps.

Condition the gloves:

The Everlast MMA Powerlock Fight Gloves are made of leather, and they have to be conditioned to keep them in tip-top shape. Leather is the skin from a living creature, and it can dry out just like human skin. There are many commercial leather conditioners available on the market, or you can use lemon essential oil instead. Avoid leaving them in the sun. While the sun is a great way to dry out lots of things, leather gloves aren't one of them. SOME sunshine can dry them out and kill bacteria, but TOO MUCH sun can damage the the leather the same way it damages human skin. I don't have to do any of that with my Venum Impact Sparring MMA Gloves as they are made from Skintex. I use Vapor Fresh for Cleaning Deodorize my gloves, Naturally.

About Everlast

The preeminent brand in boxing since 1910, Everlast is the world's leading manufacturer, marketer and licensor of boxing, MMA and fitness equipment. From heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and middle weight legend Sugar Ray Robinson to the undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and UFC champion Randy Couture, Everlast is the brand of choice for generations of world champion professional athletes. Built on a brand heritage of strength, dedication, individuality and authenticity, Everlast is a necessary part of the lives of countless champions. Based in Manhattan, Everlast's products are sold across more that 75 countries and 6 continents. Everlast is a wholly owned subsidiary of Brands Holdings Limited, a global company and manager of worldwide sporting goods and apparel brands. For more information, visit

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Should we blame victims of cyber crime for their victimimzation?


A few mouths back. The US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI  issued an alert warning of ongoing cyber-attacks against U.S. energy utilities and other critical infrastructure by individuals acting on behalf of the Russian government. They say the attacks against American targets has been underway since at least March 2016.The attackers used, for one, a 2015 vulnerability in Microsoft Office. The flaw allowed the attackers to obtain a hash of the credentials of  individuals clicking on a phishing links, from which they were able to get passwords and accessed victims' accounts.

Among the highlights, Trump blamed the DNC for the Russian hacking that was front and center  when Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 of Putin’s military leaders over that hack and other moves to interfere with the U.S. 2016 presidential election.

Again, this was during the Obama administration,” Trump told Glor. “They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration. And I heard that they were trying, or people were trying, to hack into the RNC, too, the Republican National Committee. But we had much better defenses. I’ve been told that by a number of people, we had much better defenses, so they couldn’t. I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked.”

Victim blaming is just sad. It shouldn't be something we're proud of. It marginalizes the victim of cyber-crime, minimizes the criminal act, and makes people less likely to come forward and report what has happened to them. Victim-blaming originates from meanness, and a smug sense of superiority.

What is Steam Play?

Steam Play is a tool that allows GNU-Linux users to buy and play Windows based games within the Linux Steam client, complete with native Steamworks and OpenVR support. DirectX 11 and 12 implementations are now based on Vulkan, resulting in improved game compatibility and reduced performance impact.

I was able to get DOOM (2016), Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus work with few problems.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

My 300th post

Open Source Is Everywhere

e should all be grateful to all the people who thought up the idea of open source software and to all who have decided to make their programs  free for all of us to us to use and edit.

This  weblog would not be here without it.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Trump went from 'America first' to saving jobs in China.

* opinion

Back in 2016, the security firm Kryptowire said tens of thousands of mostly inexpensive Android phones, including the BLU R1 HD sold at Amazon from a Miami-based company that was selling phones that were secretly transmitting text messages, contact lists and call logs to servers back in China. It was all over the web so it was not part of any "FAKE NEWS" campaign. The word was the BLU phones came preloaded with firmware managed by a company named Shanghai Adups Technology Co. It was discovered the data mining tool called Adups that had been living inside hundreds of millions of devices produced by more than 40 manufacturers. ZTE claims that none of their devices in the U.S. have ever had the Adups software installed on them. Blu subsequently removed the offending software. The Blu phones removed Amazon eventually were put back on Amazon.

Huawei and Z.T.E (Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation) phones are banned by Pentagon. Shouldn't that tell us something? Huawei and  ZTE devices are not sold by retailers on Canadian military bases around the world. I watched on TV  earlier this year that the CIA, NSA, FBI along with the Defense Intelligence Agency said that Americans should not use phones by those brands because of the risk they could be spied on by the Chinese. ZTE is owned 33 percent by Chinese-government-owned enterprises, had been fined $1.2 billion last year after it was found to be violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea.

A little while ago ZTE said it had halted major operations after the US government moved to ban US companies from selling software or components to ZTE. But Sunday, Trump tweeted that he and Chinese President for life were working together to save ZTE. "Too many jobs in China lost," Trump tweeted. "Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!"

Our intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology and phones pose a major cybersecurity threat,” Adam Schiff, senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, posted on Twitter. “You should care more about our national security than Chinese jobs.

"We can't continue to allow China to rape our country, and that's what they're doing," Trump May 2016 Fort Wayne, Indiana. Trump went on to say he was not "angry at China," but with U.S. leaders whom he accused of being "grossly incompetent."

“China’s upset because of the way Donald Trump is talking about trade with China. They’re ripping us off, folks, it’s time. I’m so happy they’re upset.” Trump Staten Island, N.Y.  April 2016.

This is yet another example of the Trump Administration talking a big game on national security but rolling over when it comes to standing up to "strong men" in the east.

In 2018 we got Ransomware attacks, Corporate espionage. Massive data breaches and Election meddling to name a few. The cybersecurity threats facing the United States is at an all time, leaving government agencies and private companies needing leadership from the top. So why would Trump look too eliminated the position of cybersecurity czar on the NSC (National Security Council) this week? It was in 2009 that Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the world that "The US is under cyber-attack virtually all the time, every day"  That same year Chinese cyber thugs broke into computers at Google, and Russian cyber-thieves stole tens of millions of dollars from Citibank.

Since 2009

  • Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Beijing target U.S. companies as they're interested in stealing information on US companies.
  • Remember "The Interview"? Pyongyang is most famous for the massive data breaches against  Sony Pictures Entertainment before the release of its movie in 2012. 
  • In March of this year, six days after a ransomware cyberattack, Atlanta, Georgia officials were filling out forms by hand.

According to some, the Trump administration is worried U.S. farmers will vote against the Republican party, hurting their efforts to hold on to the House and Senate in the midterms. So maybe China has suggested it will hold off on the agricultural tariffs if the U.S. goes easy on ZTE. I saw last month Trump kind of threw out there the idea of saving the farmers with new subsidy payments, but that idea was quickly shot down by Trumps fellow Republican lawmakers.

When it comes cybersecurity, we cannot compromise on analyzing, monitoring, protecting and responding to known vulnerabilities, attacks, and exploitations from enemies foreign and domestic.

The White House insists that the Trump is defending U.S. interests there forcefully, behind closed doors. Seems for my eyes he's just laying there and taking it.