Talk about Longevity!

January 14, 2016


I’ve recently been getting more and more familiar with FreeBSD and I’m enjoying it quite a bit, especially coming from years of using Linux.  I’ve already set up a few FreeBSD systems at work and they have been running well for little things here and there (I had one joined to the Active Directory domain at my work for some time now and it was a fun learning experience).  I’ve also got a laptop set up with FreeBSD, though I personally think that Linux is still far ahead in that area.  So far, all of these FreeBSD systems have been running quite well and I look forward to testing out other BSD flavors like DragonFlyBSD.

That said, I can only wish my FreeBSD setups would last as long as this one!  The Register has a story about a FreeBSD server that has quite the uptime…18 years and 10 months, to be exact!  The server is a homebrew 200 MHz Pentium PC with 32 MB of RAM running FreeBSD 2.2.1 and was recently retired.  If anything, I’d say that’s a testament to how robust the OS is (or how technically experienced the person is who set this box up!).  You can read more about this at the link below.


Happy 2016!

January 12, 2016

Happy New Year to one and all!  Hope everyone’s 2016 is a great one.

So, thanks to a Hackaday article on the smallest MIDI synthesizer, I was reminded about my own personal blog here.  Yeah, I know it hasn’t gotten much love, but with my personal life taking priority over everything else, this and other things tend to fall in the backburner for a while until I remember them (darned old age 🙂 ).

Back to the Hackaday article, it’s about the smallest MIDI synthesizer (or so it’s claimed) by Mitxela.  I can’t help but be impressed!  A synth inside a MIDI DIN connector!  Combine this with one of those mini keyboard controllers from Monoprice and a decent netbook running an audio-centric Linux distribution and you’ve got a nice portable music setup IMO!

It looks as though Fedora may be getting a new partition manager.  Now, you might be thinking that this new partition manager will replace the much-unliked partition manager in Fedora’s Anaconda installer, and from the looks of it, you might be right.  However, it seems that blivet-gui will be a replacement for the venerable Gparted tool that Linux users are familiar with.  The reason?  Gparted (along with some other well-known partition managers) doesn’t support a lot of the newer storage technologies available.  While I’m sure that Gparted may eventually support it (if it is still under active development), blivet-gui looks to function similarly to Gparted to provide a level of familiarity to users.

Personally, I love Gparted and I also use CLI tools like cfdisk and parted when necessary.  Also, these tools are available in practically every distribution out there as well as the BSD flavors (AFAIK).  If blivet-gui does a good job at maintaining the intuitiveness that Gparted provides, then I believe it would be a major improvement compared to the current partitioning utility that’s used in Fedora’s installer and I welcome it with open arms.  That said, I hope that some of these improvements will also go back to the Gparted team if they haven’t already taken the task to support those storage techonologies that blivet-gui aims to support.

If you’re running Fedora 20, you can install blivet-gui and give it a test run by following the instructions on the developer’s blog.  You can also find some more screenshots there, too.

A very happy birthday to the Linux kernel which turns 23 today!  You’ve come a long way, baby!

Here’s an article from The Mukt about it.


So, it hasn’t been as long as the last post, but long enough to be looked upon with shame for not having updated this page in a while.  But that is changing (at least for today).

A few updates…

  • Linux Basement, the podcast I co-hosted for some time now with Chad Wollenberg, has officially locked the door and the key has been thrown away.  It was fun while it lasted, but due to scheduling conflicts and just life getting in the way, it became increasingly difficult to get together and record episodes.  Thus, we’ve quietly let the podcast fade.  However, I will be recording episodes when time permits for Hacker Public Radio.  You can do a search on the site for ClaudioM for the episodes I’ve contributed.
  • As before, I’ll only be posting technology-related stuff and nothing to do with my personal life.  That said, I will be changing the subtitle for this site from my “ramblings” to something else that will surely not be clever at all. 🙂

With that, I give you my screenshot from Friday.  It is FreeBSD running on an HP tc1100 tablet PC with the MATE Desktop Environment.  The GTK+ theme is Numix but I’ve tweaked the configuration files to use green colors (and, thus, Numix-Verde was born!).


I’ve yet to upload this modified theme to anything, but I hope to do so soon with the latest version of Numix.

Some of you are probably saying, “C’mon, Claudio.  If you’re going to be tinkering around with FreeBSD, why not put a real environment on there instead of MATE?”  Well, here’s the same HP tablet running i3 instead.  Heck, I even ran ratpoison on it for a while, but i3 was the most usable tiling window manager for me. (BTW, MATE runs surprisingly well on this old hardware….I could never say that about GNOME 2.)


So, there you have it.  Hopefully, I’ll have some time in the coming weeks to post something a little more interesting than screenshots.  Hopefully…..

Another Year….

December 2, 2013

It has been a long, LONG time since I’ve posted anything on here. I know that I’ve said that I’d keep this up to date and I have failed, but not without a good excuse. That excuse is life and it always seems to be getting in the way. That said, it hasn’t been another year since this post, but it’s another year of life for me as of yesterday. Between that and Thanksgiving with my loved ones, less of my time has been dedicated to online, nevermind this blog.

But here I am again, so I’ll do my best to keep things up to date. I promise! <_<

CISPA is Back…

February 13, 2013

We all knew this was going to happen.  Well, now it’s happening.  The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is back on the table this week (today, to be exact), and this version looks to be identical to the previous version introduced before Congress some time ago.  If you care about protecting your privacy, especially from corporations who will get to keep their privacy while sending your personal information to the government.

We all stopped CISPA once, we can all stop it again.  Please be sure to sign the petition and contact members of the House Intelligence Committee listed in the link below.