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Episode 50: Interview with Clem Lefebvre



Charles and Rothgar’s final episode is the long-awaited interview with Clement Lefebvre, creator and maintainer of Linux Mint.

News & personal updates

0:01:23 This is the last episode for Rothgar and Charles. A new team is gearing up to continue producing the podcast.
0:03:02 Rothgar (Justin Garrison) attended CES, and wrote articles detailing the best and worst of CES.
0:03:22 Rothgar will be speaking at the Southern California Linux Expo in February.

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I’m still alive!

Yeah, I know it’s been quite some time since I have done a post here but rest assured that I am indeed alive and well.  While I have lots and lots of material over the past few months or so I just haven’t felt like writing it down.

Nevertheless, I intend for that to change really soon.  Now that some years have past I think Its time to reflect on some things I wrote about before.

Needless to say that I still love Linux and continue to use it everyday.  I also continue to love getting out into nature and have some pretty cool experiences to share about that as well.

All these and more are coming soon so stay tuned in.


Oh, and before I forget. I have an irc channel on freenode ##forthenerds.  Please feel free to join us.



Why are there toilets on my openSUSE wallpaper?

Yet Another Tech Blog

First of all, the entire wallpaper is here:

On the right-hand side, there are these cool line-art cad drawing with Geeko in the middle. The problem is that these aren’t just just random lines nor are they circuits boards or anything like that. These are architectural blueprints. There are 5 full bathroom and a small piece of a 6th. There’s also a couple of conference rooms.

My proof:

Why do I care?

I think it’s hilarious. It’s a strange decision for a wallpaper and I bizarre easter egg to find.

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Anacostia River Web Series Launches Today

I am so happy so see talk about this river that has endured the onslaught of man for centuries.

krista schlyer

River of Resilience story map commemorates the Year of the Anacostia by exploring the history and restoration of a national river watershed.

Over the past four centuries the Anacostia River has been given many names: the Eastern Branch of the Potomac, the other national river, the dirtiest river in the nation, the forgotten river. But for millennia uncounted prior to European arrival, for every creature that lived within the watershed, this river was simply everything.

How does a river transform from essential to forgotten in a span of 400 years?

This question is one of many addressed in River of Resilience, a nine-chapter web story structured as a journey from the headwaters of the Anacostia in Sandy Spring, Maryland, to the confluence of the river with the Potomac in Washington DC. River of Resilience is a story of time and place, a visually-rich geographic narrative of a…

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Hello Miss Antenna

I never cease to be amazed by the utter stupidity of people.  This story took place a few months ago in Baltimore.  I had recently gotten on the Lime bus headed north and there was two young ladies that had children with them. Well one of the ladies sits in front of me and I notice what looks like two metal antennas coming out of her cheeks.  (I swear that the reception on my phone got better when she sat down). it was hard not to notice the rather unique body modifications and thought they looked pretty stupid but I was able to maintain my composure nonetheless.

So they see this older gentleman on the bus and refer to him as their uncle and they have some small talk and then he looks over at Miss Antenna and asks:  “What is that on your face”?.  Now this was the straw that didn’t merely break the camel’s back no that joker broke in several places and I was unable to hold back the laughter.  At that Miss Antenna turns to me and in a very upset tone asks:  “Are you laughing at me?”  Now in my mind I’m like..”Duh lady you know good and well you got the antennas sticking out of your cheeks and you chose to come out the house looking like that so of course I am laughing at you”.  I kind of just paused and didn’t quite know how to respond. I clearly couldn’t say what was really on my mind lest this woman spaz out and I end up being yet another story that ends up here.

Dude with smart mouth gets stabbed on Lime bus

So her friend/relative looked at me and said…..”Just say yes.”  I sense that was probably the best thing to do so I said yes and that seemed to satisfy her and so we continued on the bus. Thankfully they got off not long afterwards and I was just left with a story to tell.

Goodbye Miss Antenna!



Replacing the Wifi card on a Lenovo Thinkpad T420

I really appreciated this article. I was looking for a way to enhance my wireless signal and this is it. I will hopefully be able to talk about how this has worked for me soon.

The ARCHery

A journey has ended! I have finally replaced the wifi card on my Lenovo Thinkpad T420. This is my Story:

I bought this computer at the beginning of 2012 to replace my old Samsung R560, which was  three years old and still kicking, but it had a couple of those annoyances that laptops which are made for entertainment have: A glossy hull, useless extra media contol keys and the the inability to be opened with one hand. So I kept that machine as a secondary computer and purchased my T420 because I thought the Thinkpad T-Series are glamour free work horses. I also assumed the device would function under Linux without problems. And I was almost not let down: The T420 is performing like a beast, highly portable and has an insane battery lifetime even under Linux. The only problem was that the wifi seemed to have some problems.


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The Nook Tablet 7″: A first look

I really liked this review of the Nook tablet 7″

Today my curiosity got the better of me, and I took the bus down to the nearest Barnes & Noble to check out the $50 Nook Tablet 7″ in detail. While I only fiddled around with it for ten minutes, not really enough time for a detailed review, I have to report that it is absolutely worth the money. Alas, I don’t have that kind of money to spare right now, but I’ll definitely pick one up when I do. (Unless someone were to want to get me one for Christmas, hint hint…)

The Nook display counters were right up at the front of the store, and the 7″ $50 tablet was right there–but the employee noticed that it had been unplugged and was dead. She went back and got a working one and stayed there to keep an eye on me while I fiddled with it.

Come on baby…

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So ghetto

I have such an interesting life.

So I enjoy a wonderful day out and about in Baltimore (don’t make that face) and get to my Airbnb room for the night. I had craved some good old Oodles of Noodles and much to my surprise there was no microwave in the room. Ok, that presents a problem. What do I do now? I thought for a moment and then it dawned on me….”Hmm, the sink has hot water, what if I turn on the hot water and use it to cook the noodles? It won’t be as hot as the microwave but it would still be perfectly edible.”

Again, I know you are making that face but what else was I supposed to do? I didn’t have a bowl so I used a takeout container from Whole Foods that I happened to have. No, not even the plastic one but the one made from recycled cardboard.

So ghetto, for sure and I mean that in the best way possible. Here are the instructions:

1. Thoroughly clean out the sink

2. Run your water until its as hot as it will get

3. Put the uncooked noodles in and wait

4. In about ten minutes put the noodles into the container with hot water and enjoy.

Keep in mind that ceramic is a great conductor of heat so you don’t have to worry about the water getting cold by the time the noodles are ready.

A variation of this theme would be to just put the hot water into the container you are using and cook them that way. Either way you end up with a meal and no longer a hungry belly. I am pretty sure you are laughing at me but that ok cause sometimes you just gotta do what ya gotta do.