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Discussions - Public / Re: Ok, So I Made Some Changes!
« on: March 17, 2018, 08:46:09 pm »
I love the name! I love the name! It's a winner.

I've had good luck with Palemoon, too.  Fast and reliable, just like FF once was.

It does have a few minor quirks, though. And its add-on library is limited. (The whole add-on concept is so unstable now between browser releases that it's become a huge mess for users, especially of FF).

Note that you can define multiple profiles with Palemoon just as you can with FF, but you do it using this line command to enter the profile manager --

%>  palemoon -p

One thing some people do is to install a whole bunch of browsers. That way there's always something that does what you want if you happen to hit quirks (such as browser extensions that only work with certain versions, bugs, different html rendering, etc). 

Among some to consider installing -- FF, Palemoon, Qupzilla, Epiphany, Seamonkey, Opera, Brave, Midori, TOR browser, Chromium. Some are in the standard repository (FF, Qupzilla, Epiphany, Midori) and some are not (Palemoon, Seamonkey, Brave, etc).

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Linux backup by Timeshift
« on: March 10, 2018, 12:57:09 pm »
Very nice work, Gorn. Thanks for sharing this! I really appreciate the way you've segregated your backups into manageable-sized pieces.

Sounds like the linux community desperately needs a replacement for Rsync. (I see alternatives out there but I assume they're not even as good as rsync since almost all the developers seem to use rsync as the underlying tool in their higher-level backup packages.)


All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Linux backup by Timeshift
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:40:14 pm »
Thanks for the feedback and info, Gorn.

Yeah, TImeshift uses Rsync, so if you don't like rsync, it won't work for you. And none of the linux tools I've seen back up to anything other than ext_ filesystems (ntfs and vfat cause problems). The target media doesn't matter but the target filesystem does. If dar goes to VFAT, it sounds like a useful exception. I wasn't aware of dar.

Wow, sounds like a lot of work to create all your config files with a generator. Love to see some of what you've been doing if it's not too much trouble. Hope your backup time gets reduced when the incrementals kick in.

All Technology & Tech Help / Linux backup by Timeshift
« on: March 09, 2018, 06:19:29 pm »
Re: previous discussions about linux backups...

Just ran across a tool called Timeshift.  It appears similar to Windows' System Restore utility.

For screenshots and discussion, see

Reminds me of "Who Moved My Cheese?"  I worked at a company where they made everybody read this, the idea being that everybody should be working like an entrepeneur... for the company. Bet they never thought some employees might think they might as well become an entrepenuers for themselves!

Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« on: March 07, 2018, 05:46:20 pm »
I feel bad.... I laughed about that monitor cracking. But really, it is kind of funny in a black humor kind of way.

Thanks for the diagram and the recommendation of ProtonMail.

Discussions - Public / Re: Stuck in a hotel with public wifi
« on: March 04, 2018, 04:50:13 pm »
Sorry about your being trapped in a small hotel room. That would make anyone stir-crazy!

About your question .....  VPN is best.

If operating without a VPN for whatever reason, you might install the browser plug-in or add-on called HTTPS Everywhere. It ensures you'll use encrypted HTTPS with all websites that accept it, which is the great majority of sites in my experience.

Of course, none of these solutions addresses that great personal security hole for all Americans called email. Even if you use a VPN or HTTS everywhere, once an email leaves your system's control it is un-encrypted for the taking.  Thank you, corporations and governments of America!

Thanks for sharing the history of JoS and CoT. Very interesting... I've heard about both these boards but knew little about them. Good to know where they come from and how they evolved. Thanks.

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: An Internet-connected Heart
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:08:06 pm »
Here's something shocking.... there is essentially NO REGULATION of parts that companies put into your body -- such as artificial knees, hips, pacemakers, etc.

It's "up to the company" to do any testing.  The U.S. government does NOT require clinical trials prior to implantation in patients.

I couldn't believe it!

This guy's opinion is the exact kind of free speech that needs to be protected and celebrated.

He's serious and well-spoken.

Whether one agrees with him or not is irrelevant to his right to say it. And our need to hear it.

TL;DR... political correctness run amuck.

Discussions - Public / Re: Amusing or Outstanding Image Memes
« on: February 26, 2018, 04:49:39 pm »
This forum always has the best jokes.  Plus you can save the image to use yourself later!  (like just post it on your cube wall as a subtle hint to co-workers)


Thanks for sharing your methods. It's all new to me, and a good chance to learn from the Video Master!

All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Linux backup strategy
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:07:48 pm »
I use mirroring (RAID 0+1) at work all the time. It's great for servers.

I have no idea how it scales down to an individual PC.  I'd love to hear your feedback if you do it.

Another big thing in server-world -- OS page mirroring. Solaris does this for example. The OS mirrors pages (very different than disk mirroring or RAID) in transparent fashion. Excellent for fast d-to-d recovery.

You know what I'd do if I was a biliionaire?

I'd set up a permanent organization that would develop and maintain a product called Stability Linux.

SL would be geared towards laptops and desktops only -- no stupid attempt to cover every size device with one OS and UI.

It would only introduce changes as needed to keep up with technology -- no stupid UI changes for the sake of change, or to please aspie techies who think a feature's "cool".  Any new features would be user-driven, not techie driven.

Since new features would be added only as actually needed, SL would hammer on bugs. The goal would be to be as bug free as possible when you really try to do that (which almost no popular OS attempts).

And it would be documented like crazy, so people could actually use it as a stable base for their projects.

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