Episode_104

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To sales.pine64.org, I addressed to following question which many of us might be interested in an answer:

TL Lim

9:23 PM (1 hour ago)

to me, Sales

Hi FiftyOne Fifty,

I am TL Lim, PINE64 founder.
1. Modularity: We were really expecting a laptop with a conventional Pine64 inside, rather like a PiTop (which, by the way, the PineBook kicks all kind of butt in relationship to). OK, no way you could have made it as thin and light. But we were kind of hoping when there was a new SBC, slide the old one out and slide the new one in. I do know the PineBook is electronically compatible with a Pine64, since I am running a Pine64 Ubuntu Mate image on the EMMC. I don’t know how hard it would be to change out the two boards inside. Maybe there could be an upgrade kit to the next generation platform with a “dock” to turn the original boards into a Pine64?

[Ans] Actually we have explore using PINE A64 SOM call SOPine on Pinebook. However, due to physical concern, end up need to design a dedicated board. We have plan on the release an upgraded mainboard in near future that user can change themselves.

2. Trackpad: I know you were trying real hard to keep the price point under $100. I appreciate that, but every PineBook owner I know would have been willing to spend a little more on a better trackpad. Two finger scroll is truly dismal. I’m looking to get one of those ring mounted track ball doohickeys if they still make them.

[ans] We will keep source for a better trackpad and still need to keep budget in control.

3. Speakers: In my podcast reviews, I’ve probably been harshest on this point, going so far to say the speakers “are not fit for purpose”. OK, I understand the original Pine64 was meant to be connected to HDMI or external powered speakers and thus had no prevision for an internal amp. I assume adding an amp would tax the external power supply. That being said, throwing all the software tricks I can, such as installing Pulse Audio Volume Control and maxing every available slider clear to the right, in a very quiet room I can only just make out audio and only with considerable effort. I also realize this may be insurmountable with SBC power input levels. I use my PineBook as a workstation when away from home, if I want to consume media, I carry a ChromeCast and plug it into the hotel TV. A podcaster friend of mine tends to carry a laptop around the house and find a private place to consume media where he won’t disturb the family. He was hoping to replace his power hungry MacBook with the PineBook, but the weak speakers make that impossible. Perhaps we should both invest in battery powered Bluetooth speakers?

[ans] There is a power amp in side Pinebook, please refer to page 8 on schematic that we posted on wiki page. We have source a louder sound speaker for next batch Pinebook. Whether to use external bluetooth speaker, this is up to individual choice.

4. Battery life: You probably don’t get this criticism often, my friends who take PineBooks to work say they have battery for days. My problem is, I really wanted to use the PineBook on IT assignments. Since that is not my primary business, I’m called intermittently. We have found, unlike most laptops, if you don’t leave the PineBook plugged in, the charge dissipates less than a week, even without use. So, if I want the Pinebook to be ready to go, I have to leave it plugged in rather than in my go bag.

[ans] When totally shutdown, Pinebook still can maintain 90% power even idle for a month.

5. Hollow interior freaks out the TSA: Actually, I find this one rather entertaining, but maybe your firm could do more to educate our stalwart defenders of airline safety. I actually might have single handedly educated the TSA at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, because, unlike previous trips, I had no question getting on my flights from Wichita, likewise coming back from Detroit (Penguicon). Every time I flew with the PineBook before, I got the explosives wipedown and strange looks from the TSA. On the trip back this spring from Seattle (LFNW), I got a TSA employee who put her hands on her hips and said “Sir, why is you laptop hollow”. I quietly replied, “It’s based on Single Board Computing technology, and it has all it needs”. It helped that I’d been using it in the last 24 hours (see point 4) and had enough charge to boot up.

[ans] Thanks on sharing the story :–) I have travel with Pinebook in State, Asia and Europe, but not been question by airport security.

Thanks on your suggested and a Pinebook user. Please try out the new KDE Plasma OS build, you may like it.

Cheers,
TL Lim, PINE64 Founder

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These others were posted by 5150 to Public, they seem appropriate for show discussion:

OK, here’s a screenshot from FreeOffice 2018 TextMaker. Look familiar?  So must wasted whitespace (OK, a “feature” of any modern GUI word processor). Send me back to WordPerfect 6.0. Okay, I see this if you are dragging a closed source culture kicking and screaming to the right of things. Is Zorin still out there? “No, trust me, it’s Windows 11.” There is a Linux Presentations Client as well as FreeOffice Planmaker (spreadsheet). Unfortunately, there are Windows word processor and .PDF clients only.  I’m all for competing projects, and it should be noted you can also use a conventional File/Edit/View etc menu instead.


Also, if you are into keeping things well organized, extract the setup and image files for FreeOffice into a folder of your creation (as opposed to the .deb and .rpm files). Expect the generic installer to take several minutes.

Fifty OneFiftyModerator
Wasn’t the whole idea of the ribbon to be copy proof? Well, I’m not part of the FreeOffice legal team.

Things that are 1/3 off on IndieGoGo right now. First is the Atari VCS goo.gl/eoSast Granted you only get 1/3 off if you pre-registered like I did and if so you already have a link in your mail. It ships with 100+ Atari nostalgia games, but also works as a Linux PC and can play Linux games. I expect it to be very much like a low end Linux Steambox, with more Linux desktop options. At $200 (for pre-registers) and $300 for everyone else, I wouldn’t expect it to run top end games.

Next up, we have the World’s smallest mini-PC +DoorToDoorGeek and company, take note. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-world-s-most-powerful-pocket-sized-pc/x/2452202#/ Perhaps smallest running an Intel processor. Found it when getting the IndieGoGo link from above. Refreshed the page, and the early bird price seems to have suddenly dropped from $189 to $159. Reviews point out that this seems to just be HIGOLE GOL1 which you can find on Ali Express from $149 and up with a processor and memory upgrade. Comes with Windows 10 🙁 and Android (5.x on the GOLE1, though you can pay $15 to get the IndieGoGo one, “Mi Mini-PC” upgraded to 7.1). Even though GearBest says it would not be easy to install Linux https://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_372951.html, I might grab it at the early bird and cross my fingers. Mi comes with foldable Bluetooth keyboard and a travel case/stand that would make it to big for my pocket.

5150 also later updated the topic to say Project Founder Leo Cheung responded to an inquiry by e-mail.  Cheung ensures us the Mi does indeed support multi-boot with Linux.

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FiftyOneFifty   
Why us old dogs should not resist retiring ifconfig in favor of ip
Easy way to extract ssh keys in Windoze
Retaliate against robo callers
Notes we didn’t make it too last time:
Here we go again, Intel/AMD vulnerability at the kernel level
ChromeOS to get Linux app support w/o Developer Mode
youtube-dl like software with support for more websites
ytfs YouTube File System:  Use Fuse to mount YouTube’s storage as an external drive
Update your distro

[assuming you have Python3 installed]

sudo pip install fusepy
sudo pip install olefile
pip3 install ytfs
mkdir youtube
ytfs youtube
cd youtube
mkdir “justinscarred”
Partial success.  I have a ~/youtube/justinscarred mounted, but there are only recent videos, all 4.1k mpegs, and they don’t copy or play.

EU Parliament to vote on ending “fair use”
Tesla releases code for cars

Next time, I’ll be fresh back from South East Linux Fest and meeting friends/heros like Chad, Dave, and dann.

HonkeyMagoo
android auto on a raspberry pi
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/android-auto-openauto/

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Episode-103

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FiftyOneFifty   
Mia Culpa
Travelouge: Linux Fest North West
Seattle side trips: http://www.museumofflight.org/ 5150 Museum of Flight Album
Thanks much to Handsome Pirate, the Virginia V: https://www.virginiav.org/
5150 Virginia V Album
Penguicon 5150’s YouTube review of accommodations at the Westin.  LinuxLUGCast.COM and HackerPublicRadio.ORG badge ribbons.  https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Warren-Lucas/e/B001JP9NEY

Links: Grab shows early
Google Drive is becoming Google One
Cool project, RPi in a Tricorder case you can’t get
Here we go again, Intel/AMD vulnerability at the kernel level
ChromeOS to get Linux app support w/o Developer Mode
youtube-dl like software with support for more websites
ytfs YouTube File System:  Use Fuse to mount YouTube’s storage as an external drive
Update your distro

[assuming you have Python3 installed]

sudo pip install fusepy
sudo pip install olefile
pip3 install ytfs
mkdir youtube
ytfs youtube
cd youtube
mkdir “justinscarred”
Partial success.  I have a ~/youtube/justinscarred mounted, but there are only recent videos, all 4.1k mpegs, and they don’t copy or play.

4 DRM free games 4 free until the end of the month

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Episode-101

  1. Show Topics

FiftyOneFifty   
GNU/Linux LUGCast
https://etcher.io/
I put Pi-Hole on the MyCroft
Tried TrueOS oners the backup tower, need CR2032
Containers in ChromeOS
Speech at risk?
Containers in Chrome OS
Magic Mirror Software https://magicmirror.builders/

HonkeyMagoo
Youtube-dl on Android with termux
https://www.google.com/amp/www.droidviews.com/download-youtube-videos-on-android-with-youtube-dl/amp/

Where the internal and external storage is mapped in termux
https://termux.com/storage.html

Dealing with spaces in file names on the command line.
https://www.hecticgeek.com/2014/02/spaces-file-names-command-line/

Test a linux OS in a web browser or VNC
https://distrotest.net

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From KWisher on Google plus: http://www.instructables.com/id/eWaste-60-3DPrinter/

FiftyOneFifty   
http://www.instructables.com/id/Pocket-Sized-Linux-Computer-Pi-Micro/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email 3D printed mini laptop
https://smile.amazon.com/Uninterruptible-Portable-Applications-Protection-%20%E3%80%90Cetified/dp/B0719GVTNX/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_2609328962?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF8 7800 MAH UPS, posted in the ODroid G+, looks like RavPower has a lot more juice

Fweeb

SELF call for speakers: http://www.southeastlinuxfest.org/?page_id=18

All Things Open call for papers: https://allthingsopen.org/call-for-papers/

Did I ever talk about how I finally got my reMarkable tablet?

GPD Pocket (mentioned by joe2): http://www.gpd.hk/pocket.asp

HonkeyMagoo
Hoony H2
https://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-printer-kits/pp_1241495.html
Tronxy x1
https://us.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-printer-kits/pp_494192.html
TI-99/4A
http://oldcomputers.net/ti994a.html
Hausbell keyboard
https://www.amazon.com/Hausbell-Wireless-Entertainment-Keyboard-Touchpad/dp/B00OK0FWZY/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1523072312&sr=8-5&keywords=hausbell+keyboard

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Episode-99

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In G+
Mark Rice: suggests an alternative to quassel core
“ZNC”
https://wiki.znc.in/ZNC

He also suggests “Syncthing”
https://syncthing.net/

Kevin Wisher:
Open source 3d cad program
https://www.freecadweb.org/

Open auto. The open source in car entertainment system
https://www.open-electronics.org/openauto-the-open-source-in-car-entertainment-system/

Email from Thaj
So here are the commands I use to run my Docker containers for Nextcloud and Etherpad.

Nextcloud
————–

$ sudo docker pull nextcloud
$ sudo docker run -d -p 8080:80 –name nextcloud
// this runs Nextcloud with an internal database at port 8080.  I give it the –name Nextcloud so I can restart it by simply running $ sudo docker start nextcloud when I want to restart //

Etherpad
————

$ sudo docker pull fuerst/etherpad-docker
$ sudo docker run docker run -p 9001:9001 –name etherpad
      -v /opt/etherpad-lite/var:/opt/etherpad-lite/var
      -v /opt/etherpad-lite/node_modules:/opt/etherpad-lite/node
      fuerst/etherpad-docker

// this makes it persistent between restarts.  You can also use $ sudo docker start etherpad for this.  For some reason I have to run this container last in my container chain for it to work correctly.  

**CAVEATS**
This is pretty insecure.  You should probably run this behind Apache using vhosts with a certificate to use https for everything.  There is also a way to run all fo this with a Docker Compose file, but I haven’t learned that witchcraft yet.  Lyle (x1101) is a master of this stuff so you might touch base with him.

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FiftyOneFifty   
Next show is episode 100!

Mycroft.ai distributed an e-mail that their Beta version (18.02b) was finally ready with instructions on how to disassemble the Mycroft and re-flash the SD card.  I attempted apt-get update/upgrade instead, but got a lock up half way through upgrade and a unit that would not boot. Wrote the new image to a 64Gb SD and successfully replaced the 4Gb SD that came with the Mycroft.  Plugged the Mycroft back in, and re-paired it to home.mycroft.ai, then repeated all the steps I covered in ep 97.

Links:
Alien Vault OSSIM  Open Source Security Information and Event Management
https://tutanota.com encrypted e-mail

HonkeyMagoo
Orange pi r1
http://www.orangepi.org/OrangePiR1/

Raspberry pi 3 model B+
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-3-model-bplus-sale-now-35/

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Episode-98

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 Web Fang Listen Notes
www.listennotes.com

Sparemin.com Hi – I found you on iTunes and am reaching out to let you know about a free way to create audiograms – shareable audio videos – for your podcast. They’re great for promoting audio on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube. Currently over 3,000 podcasters and radio stations make their audiograms this way. If you want to try it out, have a look at sparemin.com

Or if you aren’t comfortable clicking a link in a random email from someone you’ve never met 🙂 Search Google for “SpareMin”

Let me know if you have any questions!
Jess jess@teamsparemin.com

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FiftyOneFifty   I’m going to Penquicon and Linux Fest North West.  Set up the Scaleway cloud server and Quassel Core. As a Patreon of Podnutz, set up Discord.  To add Discord to Budgie menu, added alacarte and menulibre. Server firewall ufw https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/initial-server-setup-with-ubuntu-16-04

Joe https://mangolassi.it/topic/11787/use-your-raspberry-pi-2-as-x2go-server

Netminer  Youtube TerribleFire  Make a PCB, Pixel x86

Next recording date: Mar. 16, 2018

Music is “Downright” provided by Klaatu & Broam

Thanks to Tony Beemus from The Sunday Morning Linux Review for our web hosting, WordPress support, email list server.

Delwin for providing the Mumble server we use and creating a bot module to find the next show recording date – type .ns in the IRC command line.

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Episode-97

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FiftyOneFifty   
Put my Mycroft A. I. Mark I in the bedroom, attached LCD, keyboard and mouse.  Created new user with same group memberships as default:

>sudo id pi
(prints list of groups pi belongs to)
>sudo useradd -m -G grp1,grp2,grp3… newuser
>sudo passwd newuser

Installed Pixel GUI with instructions for PiCroft (have about 3.7Gb left on an 7Gb root).  Installed Mycroft Skills (user written functions).

>msm install name_of_skill
Get skills from here https://github.com/MycroftAI/mycroft-skills and here https://mycroft.ai/documentation/skills/ .  Configure skills here https://home.mycroft.ai/#/skill?_k=ojh4dc .

With a Smart Life – Smart Living home automation wall plug, I’m able to turn my puffer fish hanging Tiki lamp on and off with my phone.  By tying the app into Google Home, I’m able to control the lamp with my voice.

You can ssh into the Mycroft with:

>ssh username@mark1.local

News: I was notified by email, SUSE Studio is shutting down as of the 15th, but images could be migrated to Open Build Service.  
Remembered where I saw the cheap European hosting www.Scaleway.com At $3.75/month, compares favorably with $5 Digital Ocean Droplet.  Thanks Urandom Podcast.
Unstable build of KDE Plasma Mobile for your Android phone.
Cool Pi-based Nintendo Switch Clone.  Even if this is of no interest, article shows how and where to hard soldier audio and switches into your Pi.
Russian scientists use top secret supercomputer to mine Bitcoin.
Charter Cable to offer Gigabit Internet.
Pi sized Intel board
Despite DistroWatch.com, get MakuluLinux

HonkeyMagoo

Fixing my Arch Linux 32 laptop
Fixing screen not clearing after boot

Edit /etc/default/grub
Change the line that has
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet”
To
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet vga=current”
Now commit changes
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

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Episode-96

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Kwisher: https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/brewing-beer-raspberry-pi/  

https://www.cnx-software.com/2018/01/09/asus-tinker-board-s-adds-16gb-emmc-flash-to-sell-for-79-99/ +ASUS has updated their Tinker Board with the “S” version adding 16GB eMMC flash. Price: $79.99 in Q1 2018.

https://www.tech-knowhow.com/2017/01/raspberry-pi-disk-images-definitive-list/

https://www.cnx-software.com/2017/12/30/grapeboard-raspberry-pi-lookalike-board-comes-with-dual-gigabit-ethernet-two-usb-3-0-ports/

FiftyOneFifty: http://kck.st/2BrDZkB  Kickstarter for Mycroft A.I Mark II

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FiftyOneFifty   
Check Internet speed from Google home page.
How much swap should you configure in Linux?
First RockChip based Orange Pi
Elon Musk sells flame throwers
Specs for Mycroft A.I. Mark II
Mycroft II KickStarter
Ello, private OS for phones
https://itsfoss.com/eelo-mobile-os/
Write your own RPi OS
New release of MakuluLinux

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Episode-95

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FiftyOneFifty   
News: Meltdown and Spectre patches may not have a terrible impact on desktop systems
Google Home and Chromecast knocking some WiFi networks offline

Formerly sirius intelligent personal assistant (ipa)
http://lucida.ai/

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Episode-94

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Hi Linux LUG Cast,

I’m Nick Vidal from the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

The “open source” label was created at a strategy session held on
February 3rd, 1998 in Palo Alto, California. That same month, the Open
Source Initiative was founded as a general educational and advocacy
organization to raise awareness and adoption for the superiority of an
open development process.

In 2018, we’ll be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Open Source.
This is a huge milestone for everyone involved with technology.
Nowadays open source is ubiquitous, recognized across industries as a
fundamental component to infrastructure, as well as a critical factor
for driving innovation.

We are organizing several activities along the year to commemorate
this special occasion, including the launch of Opensource.net and
worldwide celebrations in conjunction with major tech conferences
(FOSDEM, OSCON, Open Source Summit, FOSSAsia, Campus Party,
Linux.conf.au, etc).

I’m reaching out to you to let you know that I’m at your full disposal
to help you cover the Anniversary. Please let me know if you are
interested in a few quotes from the OSI Board of Directors or from
industry leaders.

Thanks,
Nick

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FiftyOneFifty   

News:  Patch to fix Intel security flaw may slow down CPUs
Early versions of Ubuntu 17.10 broke some laptop BIOS’s
Snowden app turns cell phone into a security device
Alexa to start playing ads in 2018
Google Amazon feud
Cryptocurrency exchange replaced by cybercrime website
Linux Action News podcast
Cornell university Rickrolled
AIY Google voice kit now available
Turn Google voice kit into random Jukebox
Atari Box
Two new developer boards from Friendly Arm

HonkeyMagoo

32 bit Archlinux
https://archlinux32.org

How to get a command prompt in grub
In GRUB menu press ‘E’ to edit GRUB entry.
In the line of “/boot/vmlinuz…” add “systemd.unit=multi-user.target” (without quotes).
Press Cntl-X to boot this entry.

How to switch desktop managers
Sudo systemctl disable lightdm && sudo systemctl enable gdm

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