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So, who would jump on this deal if they were in the market for such a thing?
Welcome to the Dell Optiplex, the mall that's actually a computer. Now buy something.
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At $60 - $90 just for a hard drive, how can you go wrong?
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Not sure what the big deal about this is. As a teen growing up in Arizona, I carried my 41 mag on my hip lots of times. We even had a bar up on Cave Creek and Beardsley that the local farmers and ranchers frequented. (It was called Rubies) and my dad probably spent ownership-amounts of money there. There was another place next to it...all wood and rustic like a western bar. I can't remember the name of the place (help me out here +Kirk Ellsworth ), but you really did have to check your firearm and driver's license at the bar before being served.

As long as it was readily in view of a police officer when he approached your vehicle, there wasn't any drama at all. The officer would step back and ask you to step out of the vehicle so there was unreachable distance between you and the weapon. I solved that by hanging it over my rear view mirror or draped across the passenger seat where the butt of the pistol could be easily seen.

Texas is having consternation fits over this. So you can carry a concealed gun with background checks but you can't carry one for the world to see? That just doesn't make sense. I sold all my firearms years ago so I don't have a hoss in this race. It seems ridiculous to see such up in arms (sorry) worry seizures about this.
The state House and Senate on Friday gave final approval to the legislation, which starting on Jan. 1, 2016 will allow those with a concealed carry license to openly tote their handguns in a shoulder or hip holster.
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Seeing the jack asses that advocate Open Carry in other states and knowing way too many people who are way too in love with their guns, I think this is a bad decision.  I have no problem with concealed handguns, I had my CHL for years, I just think too many nut jobs think open carry gives them the right to go into places and scare the crap out of people just because they can.  Like someone really needs to carry their big gun into Wendy's or Target! 

I just hope they stripped out the piece that forbids law enforcement from asking for their license before it was passed. 
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From the Desk of - But...but...I Never Saw This Coming.

From Christine Hall, the force behind FOSS Force:
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I find this to be another poignant reminder of the ephemeral nature of distros and OSS in general, and one of the reasons I tend to avoid derivatives in favor of their long-lived progenitors. Of course, there's a sizable family tree's worth of heritage in the mix, so a line has to be drawn in the sand somewhere that reflects how much of the kernel and core packages you're willing to build yourself.

For me, the line is drawn at Archlinux. I'd be supremely sad if that flavor ever disappeared, but the chance of that happening someday is at least greater than zero. By comparison, Debian will probably never go away, or at least not within the next 100 or 200 years. Both will certainly change, of course. I'd be genuinely worried if they stopped changing or trying new things... but may they never fade into history as another flavor of Linux that didn't stand the test of time.
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It's always good to check.

Decided to check the radar map before turning in. I'm glad I did. Given the varied wind speed average, this should cross our town threshold about 12:14 AM. It isn't pretty. Two hook signatures have appeared and disappeared in the last 5 minutes. That signifies rotation and tornado probability.

We'll see.
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Sorry. Friday is always a bit busy at the shop and at home.

thank you. By the time this line of storms hit Taylor, the width of that first ban had shrunk by half. The tornado warning had been lifted even before it got to us. Not much lightning which was a disappointment. I stayed out to shoot some of it but there was only cloud to cloud stuff and not much of that. We received 1.7 inches of rain overnight and that has completely saturated the ground. Even before last night's delivery, the ground under my feet was still squishy. This morning, more so.

Houston has gotten their asses kicked again, and that's the last thing they need. Austin, in comparison, got off relatively light. But that doesn't mitigate the loss of life here. That statement was meant for property damage alone. If you have seen the reported damage to Austin and then read my report that we got off easy, you would have a hard time believing  damage like that could get worse. Houston proves the point that it can and unfortunately, did.
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Earlier in the day, I saw something in G+ about a 70's rock musician and it got me firmly in the grip of going through some of my all time favorite music. I have a set of extremely nice headphones and with my hearing loss, it's the only way I can enjoy music these days.

One song took me back to a place in 71, like I was physically there in that moment. And just because I can, TOS violations be damned, here's some of the music that drove me. The kind of music that took control of your foot on the gas pedal. Yeah...that's right, you know what I'm talking about. We all have one or two of those songs

http://tinyurl.com/pcn6uyt

 If you have issues listening/downloading, let me know.
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omg :O





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Chad thanks.

I am beginning to look at my resources for producing our Reglue monthly newsletter. A quick search for creating a newsletter within Linux spit out Scribus as one of the first results. I haven't looked at Scribus in a few years but the last time I did, it was horribly convoluted and almost impossible to understand. I may give it a look now though. The online production tool I have so far settled upon isn't FOSS. That's kind of a big deal. FOSS that is.
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Chad, that is great. Let's get together later in the week and kick it around.
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I walked down a street where the houses were numbered 64K, 128K, 256K, 512K and 1MB.

It was a trip down memory lane.
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+Ken Starks​, you are my hero. That was awesome!
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Really? This isn't the Onion? April Fools Day? Has the Texas Legislature done something NOT in various lobby interests? There's gotta be a catch.
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Texans are easily trained? <ducks and runs>
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Well this ranks a 10 on my "that-sucks-O-meter"
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I think gmail will continue, based on the Promotions folder on my phone. :-) I tested the email-to-text feature from my "provider" a few days ago. Slow, but works. Got the idea from a Dave Taylor article in Linux Journal. 
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I'm going to tell you a story and it's probably on a topic you don't particularly like or care about, but it will be a fun read. It all starts with one picture.

A picture says a thousand words? This one probably comes close. I'm going to tell you with a high probability rate, what just happened when this picture was taken. And more interestingly; what has a statistically monster-sized chance of happening as the game plays to its conclusion...

and quite possibly, to an nasty contusion.

I've often referred to baseball as the "cold war" sport. As a casual spectator, you will not see the constant deceipt and counter deceipt going on all around you on the playing field. If you are watching it on television, you will rarely see it at all, even if you know what to look for.

Coaches and players are constantly sending each other hand signals. They do so in order to communicate with a particular player or players, telling him to move left or right, and deeper or closer in to the infield. The catcher who's studied the batter knows he is a sucker for the high and outside pitch and gives the pitcher the hand signal to throw him his statistically-probable third strike.

Maybe a player on first base is signalled by the 3rd base coach to attempt to steal second base. Baseball coaches study entire game replays over and over again, prior to a game. They watch the last few games of the team that they are going to be playing the next day or days later. Maybe the catcher has a weak throw to second base and his pick-off statistics are in the crapper. Maybe the third baseman is playing with a sore ankle. He's the perfect weak link in the chain of events leading up to a suicide squeeze.

Moe Schmoe on second base tends to scratch himself when he wants to know how to position himself around the base pad. The coach who watched the film of this team yesterday, knows that the batter coming up to the plate pulls his hits hard to the left or right extreme so the 2nd baseman can comfortably shift any where he feels most comfortable.

Hand signals from both team's coaches fly around all throughout the game. It's probably the most brilliant strategy decisions you will never see.

So what's up with this guy? He's a Houston Astro who has just crushed a home run into the right field bleachers and he's pointing at the ball as it clears the right field fence. A bit of celebratory dance akin to spiking the ball in American football.

Here's where it gets interesting. So the guy does his home run trot around the bases, touching them with obligatory duty and steps on home plate so the score keeper can ring up the run on the jumbo scoreboard above center field. Not a big deal, right?

Nope. It has the potential to be an extremely big deal. Let me tell you how this often plays out.

The pitcher that threw that home run pitch isn't happy. He's not particularly angry about the home run. It's baseball, he let the pitch get too much of the inner corner and it got crushed. That's on him and he knows it.

It happens. Home runs get hit every day.

What chaps his ass is how the hitter made a big production about it. The pitcher perceives that the hitter is rubbing it in his face. Kind of like "my bat is bigger than yours" sort of thing. Professional baseball players with any time in the majors knows better than to do that. They run their bases and get congratulated when he steps down into the team dugout. Doing what this pictured batter did is juvenile and in extreme bad taste. He's the perfect candidate for  retribution.

A couple of innings goes by without any excitement to speak of. Two innings ago, the upcoming batter is the one that put on the celebration, pointing to his home run ball. Yeah, remember that guy?  He sets his feet in the batter's box and waits for the pitch. With everything he's got the pitcher delivers a blazing 97 mile per hour fastball.

Right at the batter's midsection.

The place goes nuts. Everyone who has watched the game knows this is probably going to happen. The batter falls backwards, twisting painfully to escape the red-stitched cannonball aimed at his head. The batter charges the mound with the intention of kicking the pitcher's ass. Hell yeah, everyone knows this is going to happen so both benches clear and rage onto the playing field. The pitcher and batter are locked into a punching wrestling match while each team trying to break it up. Which, in turn, leads to a 45 man bar room brawl...

At the pitchers mound.

Here's a good compilation of said brawls:
http://tinyurl.com/pd9zhqz

The umpire was ready for this to happen, normally, if the batter had not charged the mound, the umpire would have halted the game for a minute to warn each team that this behavior will not be tolerated.

Bench-clearing brawls are not as prevalent as they were in the 70's and 80's, but they can lead to permanent, career-ending injuries. Go ahead and look it up. What happened to this kid? Fortunately, that pitcher was pulled before he appeared at the plate again. but it is, albeit rare, the way the game is played at times.

Play ball!
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Wow. That was (almost) as interesting as the Game of Thrones....
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Thanks to +Dennis Lowery for the short trip back to the early 70s.


Hoooo-leeee friggin cow...what a flood of memories. Undisputed truth/smiling faces, Rod Stewart/Maggie May, Dave Edmunds/I Hear You Knockin', The Grass Roots/Temptation Eyes. Wow. The oddest part of this era of rock or pop music was the fact that you could find Perry Como and Andy Williams on the same charts with The Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull. Not to mention Rare Earth and Janice Joplin. A time when Motown was comfortable on the same charts as rock and pop music.

But in all, this time period had some great music.
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Lee definitely hung out with Mary Jane before that photo was taken - extensively.
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Nuttin', honey. ;)
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Executive Director of Reglue.org. We rebuild broken computers then give them to kids that cannot afford them.
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The last time I played with Python, it tried to eat the neighbor's dog and we had to move away. Oh, you mean the scripting language? Yeah, I do that too. I also write both technical and sociologically-important things about the Linuxsphere and the FOSS community
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    Executive Director, 2005 - present
    I oversee the intake, inventory, refurbishing and placement of computers donated to Reglue. I coordinate the placement of those computers into the homes of financially-disadvantaged kids in Central Texas. I maintain the inventory of parts and other items needed for the operation of the organization. I also act as outreach contact for Reglue.
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I write smash scripts...no not bash scripts, smash scripts.  About the third time I get a General Parsing Error, I smash my monitor.
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I have the best job in the world. I give computers to financially disadvantaged kids. I've also dated Stevie Nicks. Well, not actually "dated"...we spent time together back stage after a concert, well not exactly time "together". Her body guard threw me 10 yards into the parking lot when I was trying to tell her....oh never mind. It gets ugly from there. Does anyone have her current address?
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I rescued a tired old Beagle from the Taylor facility a couple of months ago. it was obvious he was advanced in age and he was the only dog that did not happily meet people as they walked up and down the line of cages. He had been horribly abused by his previous owners, who tied him to a dog house in the middle of a dirt back yard and just moved away. No food, no water. He was just left to die. The next door neighbor saw him and called the animal control folks who took him to the pound. He was the one I adopted. He has several severe medical issues to include congestive heart failure. He has a horrible, hacking cough and he sneezes so violently that he slams his muzzle into the floor or ground and makes his nose bleed. I had taken him to the other vet in Taylor and while I believe him to be competent, I simply got the impression he was more interested in selling me high priced, specialty dog food than he was treating my little guy. The medications he gave him had not caused any improvement in a two month time so I decided to take my boy to Dr. Graef. No appointments, odd hours and first come first served... that's how it works there. A 15 minute wait and Dr. Graef showed up and introduced himself then examined my little guy. Bad news but we knew that. His heart is terribly weak and the cough and sneezing is not only a sign of that condition but it can hasten the end if allowed to go on too long. My other vet had not informed me of that. An examination, a gentle shot of allergy medication, two prescriptions and some good baseball conversation later, we were on our way. Grand total? 60.00. Less than half of what the other vet had charged and his medications did no good what so ever. My little boy has not sneezed or coughed once since the visit and I can finally get some sleep, as when he used to cough, I had to get up to rub his throat to make it stop. This is a great Vet folks. If you can work around his hours and unconventional routine, he's the guy to see if you live in this area.
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