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Beefy Miracle, Y U NO PAIR MY MOUSE!?!

The touchpad on my Asus TravelMate is not bad but I’m still a mouse user. My little Logitech V470 Cordless Laser Mouse mouse is quite awesome, even if it meant purchasing a Bluetooth dongle for my laptop to make it work. However, Fedora 17 made pairing my mouse more difficult than it used to be. There’s been a bug report submitted with quite a few “me too”s so at least I don’t feel alone. However, there was a workaround I tried that was successful.
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Fedora 17, java-1.7.0-openjdk, and Minecraft

I’m on vacation so I decided to take advantage of the free time and get my desktop upgraded to Fedora 17 “Beefy Miracle”. Despite its questionable codename, it is a fine release but there’s always situations that require some tweaking. One of those was getting Minecraft to function with the java-1.7.0-openjdk package. To do that, I wrote a small shell script to export the path to 1.7.0 library.
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Fedora 16: “no module named gmenu” workaround

I just installed Fedora 16 on to my desktop and needed to add a couple of items to the main menu. I thought I would just install alacarte and go about my business. However, after unsuccessfully trying to launch the Main Menu app, I ran alacarte from a terminal window just to see the following error message: No module named gmenu

Shortly after, the Automatic Bug Report Tool popped up a warning saying the same thing. After doing some research I find that it’s a well known, overly reported bug. I won’t go into details but you can find them at Gnome’s Bugzilla site: Bug 626220.

In order to workaround this problem on Fedora 16, one needs to grab the gmenu package from the Fedora 15 package repository and copy over a couple of library files. I essentially followed the steps outlined at MacLochlainns Weblog but it was a bit difficult to follow even after having been edited a few times for corrections. So I offer a more straightforward rewrite below.
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Gnome3/Nautilus: Delete key stopped working?

If you’ve been browsing your files with Nautilus and wondered why tapping the delete key doesn’t seem to work any longer, you’re not alone.

Deleting files within Nautilus, much like other file browsers, is simply a shortcut for “move to trash”. The trash being a collection point for unwanted files also acts as a safe haven to restore files we accidentally delete. However, unlike other file browsers, Nautilus does not provide a confirmation dialog when deleting files. For a few years, people have been asking Gnome developers to address the issue categorizing it as a bug.
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Ashamed to be a US citizen

It shames me as citizen of the United States Of America to be represented by an elected government of the people who are promoting legislation that would potentially censor free speech on the Internet, which by birthright as an American innovation, should enjoy the same freedoms that every American citizen is granted through the Bill Of Rights. America has stood as a shining example to the entire world that nothing is impossible when the rights of the people are protected. Time and time again, America has helped advance the human race through medicine, technology, free press and free ideas for nearly 236 years.

However, within the same country that promotes freedom, the same country that condemns oppression, a great evil poisons it. There are large corporations who profit from the control of intellectual property from news media to music, motion pictures and television. These industries have been able to convince our elected officials that they are losing money, threatening layoffs and closures because of it, and have asked through lobbyists to be granted the power to control the Internet in ways that we, as a country, continually condemn in foreign lands such as China, North Korea, and Iran.

Two bills being deliberated in Congress essentially gives corporations the ability to censor the Internet as they see fit, all in the name of policing piracy and copyright infringement. While the cause is a noble one, the fact remains that corporations have never been trustworthy with peoples rights. The news media has been known to hack cellphones. The recording industry has been known to drag innocent people through expensive trials for piracy, even implicating dead grandmothers, and to assert rights over copyrighted or copyleft material in which it has no right to do so. And the list goes on. Remember when the banking industry needed to be bailed out? How many people had their homes foreclosed while executives were getting big dollar bonuses? The last thing we need is to give corporations the right to make anything disappear from the Internet in which they may or not agree with.

Every elected member of the US Congress recites the following oath:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

So I put it to task every member of Congress, including my own representatives, Rep. Marcia Fudge [D-OH11] in the House, and Sen. Sherrod Brown [D-OH] and Sen. Robert Portman [R-OH] in the Senate . Do your job and kill the proposals of SOPA and PIPA as well as any future proposals that would do the same. The rights of the people are to be protected by those we as a people elect to defend them.


RebelZero censored for 24 hours (aftermath)

On Wednesday, January 18, this website joined with many others across the Internet by being blacked out in protest of SOPA and PIPA, two bills being deliberated in the US Congress, which if signed into law would provide a means for copyright owners to censor the Internet.

While we feel that copyright owners have a right to combat the online piracy of their intellectual property, the provisions outlined in these two bills would do more harm to the Internet by violating the US First Amendment and free speech, preventing whistle-blowing actions against corruption, and bring about an unprecedented crippling of the Internet.

Please take a moment to visit Fight For The Future for more information and to help speak out against these dangerous propositions.


RebelZero censored for 24 hours

RebelZero is hearby censored for 24 hours in protest of PIPA and SOPA.

Join the fight: Fight For The Future


OLF 2011, Day 1, Friday, September 9

It’s been a while since I’ve actually done anything for, so I’m re-booting things with some Ohio Linux Fest updates.

On day 1, the unofficial start of OLF with Ubucon among the few presentations tracks (IE: Medical, Early Penguins) began much like it did last year. I spent more time with the Early Penguins track than Ubucon. Much of Ubucon was a repeat of last year, which is not to say that’s bad but I wanted to experience other talks and learn something new. Ubucon is a wonderful day of getting to know Ubuntu’s Ohio Loco and Ubuntu’s approach to tackling Bug #1.
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Gnome 3.0

I’m a little behind the news but for those that aren’t aware, Gnome has officially released 3.0. It’s a stunner if I may say. You can see plenty of visuals at Gnome’s website. If you want to give it a spin, Gnome is offering three live images that can be burned to CD or placed on a USB key. Two are built on openSUSE for either 32-bit or 64-bit machines, one is built on Fedora for 32-bit machines.

I downloaded the Fedora live image and had mixed luck. My spare Acer Extensa 4420 could get to the desktop with a movable mouse but nothing to interact with. I suspect it has to do with video drivers as Gnome 3 requires hardware acceleration for the “full Gnome experience”. It has an ATI Radeon Xpress video chipset and has not always easiest to use. After a few unsuccessful tries, I moved the live image to my desktop gaming machine which is pretty robust with nVidia graphics, tons of ram, and plenty of CPU. That’s when Gnome 3 came alive, and it was good.

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All Hail Squeeze

For it was Debian 6.0, and it was good.


Get your own copy, now.


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