So I’m trying to make a tool that also happens to post to twitter but the way they want things to work means every user needs to apply to become a developer or I have to run a man in the middle webservice. Makes no sense. #

October 28, 2018 at 12:35 PM in Status

So you want to become a neckbeard?

Having wasted too much time installing Ubuntu on a laptop recently, I thought it would be helpful for the future self to document the issues.

Issues

I’m seeing one or more of the following issues with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:

  • Missing text on the login screen
  • second monitor switching off
  • Hangs
  • Won’t boot  directly into the OS
Install Ubuntu 16.04 LTS which is not a piece of garbage. #omg
Migrate SSH keys from Putty to OpenSSH https://askubuntu.com/questions/818929/login-ssh-with-ppk-file-on-ubuntu-terminal/818932
What are the correct permissions for the .ssh folder? Typically you want the .ssh directory permissions to be 700 (drwx——) and the public key (.pub file) to be 644 (-rw-r–r–). Your private key (id_rsa) should be 600 (-rw——-). Lastly, your home directory should not be writeable by the group or others (at most 755 (drwxr-xr-x)).
How do I connect to our team networkshare automatically on startup?
sudo su
apt install cifs-utils
echo "//path/to/windows-share /mnt/team cifs credentials=/etc/samba/credentials,uid=1000 0 0" >> /etc/stab
cat > /etc/samba/credentials <<EOC
username=UserName
password=PassWord
EOC
chown root.root /etc/samba/credentials && chmod 400 /etc/samba/credentials

Change the username and password appropriately verify your userid is 1000 with id -u UserName

I skipped  creating a passphase for my encrypted home directory, how do I do it now?  run “ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase” in the terminal
How to stop the mouse sticking to the edges of the display https://askubuntu.com/questions/119281/what-is-the-function-of-the-sticky-edges-on-off-setting-in-displays#119293
Can’t install vagrant plugins Download vagrant from vagrantup.com
nfsd is not installed sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server
vagrant booting vms reports a timetout delete (rm) the IdentityFile mentioned in vagrant ssh-config

This document will get updated as I stumble and fix other issues.

App Alternatives

Clipboard manager https://hluk.github.io/CopyQ/
Remote connection manager https://snapcraft.io/pac-vs
Google Drive https://www.howtogeek.com/196635/an-official-google-drive-for-linux-is-here-sort-of-maybe-this-is-all-well-ever-get/
Phrase Expansion https://leehblue.com/ubuntu-text-expander/

https://github.com/leehblue/texpander

Screen Recorder Kazam (https://askubuntu.com/a/29954), installs well with apt. Alternatively Simple Screen Recorder.

October 26, 2018 at 10:19 AM in Linux

The quest for the perfect notetaking tool

I’m always looking for a cross platform good value note taking solution and the latest find in this space is Zim – a desktop wiki

Zim is a notepad like desktop application that is inspired by the way people use wikis.

I have the following requirements:

  1. Cross platform native client (not web)
  2. Supports images (copy paste and by upload)
  3. Capture webpages or supports pasting in part of webpages, that can be updated (not just a study tool)
  4. Rich text that can be exported in usable formats.
  5. Linking between notes.
  6. Fast full-text search
  7. Some form of organisation / tagging.

So far I have excluded EverNote (too expensive), OneNote and Apple Notes (no cross platform native clients) and markdown files (no images).

 

October 26, 2018 at 10:12 AM in Technology

A People Centred Web

Have you ever tried to leave a social network? Want to be free to move web platforms because your needs have changed? Perhaps you might no longer agree with the business practices employed by the service provider, or no longer see the value in paying for having content monetised.

Currently, this means you have to build up new social connections and can’t move over your friends as they might not be on the new network. This is a dark pattern employed by the investor-heavy digital media giants to keep people siloed, making it easy to move in but burdensome to move out.

Social networks can then add messages and events on top, keeping the money making engine oiled with an persuasive analytics layer. Other places like media hosting providers where it seems a subscription fee supports the music uploaded to the system but causes artists to lose control over their fan base.

The silo is responsive and cushy yes, but ultimately the users are at the whims of the platform. I have accounts on hundreds of websites because every site wants to identify their users. Sites start their own network; to build things on top off.

It seems to me that it is very wasteful to keep building social graphs and user account systems when we can do so much better. Instead, have the person be in control of the people they interact with, and manage the information that is displayed to them!

Imagine launching a dashboard app that sits on your computer and is independent from any information sources. It’s free of tracking and open source to us all and doesn’t do too many things. It doesn’t belong to anybody but yourself. It’s just a window where information from friends can be shown in a timeline. It can connect to a friend’s dashboard so you can stay in touch. Hey what’s new? It manages who you follow.

Web services you visit can ask permission to add information on your dashboard. Want to see when concert tickets are available for your favourite artist? Allow them to display that. Allow the event provider to display dates of the next group meeting, and the music hoster to add in new tracks from that producer you follow.

Never again be stuck in a silo. Disconnect a source and attach another. A social reader for the new generation.

October 11, 2018 at 9:10 AM in Technology