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I tend to attack life's challenges like a ninja with a wiffle ball bat wearing a "onesie." I may look ridiculous, but I still manage to get the job done. -- Me
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Matt Hartley was a co-founder of the ever popular and once iTunes front page featured podcast, Weezy and The Swish. These days, Matt works diligently as a consultant for Earth Networks (WeatherBug), proprietor of the largest privately owned weather station network on the planet. In between his duties at WeatherBug, Matt writes on Linux and Open Source projects for QuinStreet. For those looking to connect with Matt, he can be found on TwitterYouTube and Friend​​​​​​​​​​feed.

In addition to everything above, Matt works on a joint project with his wife called The Home Makeover Diva and provides volunteer services as an assisting project ​​​​​​​​​​coordinator for the WebcamStudio project. Matt also maintains this Website and everything that goes with it.

Previous to his online career, Matt maintained a successful computer repair business. Most of his clients were high-end, big spending home users that were tired of half-baked solutions from his competition. Matt retired from his computer repair business a few years ago as to pursue new interests on the Web.

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My experience with various desktop Linux distributions dates back to early releases of Red Hat, but really took off with early versions of Knoppix. From there, I traveled to Linspire 4.0-5.0, SimplyMepis 3.1, Debian and then finally settled on Ubuntu. Most recently I made the permanent switch to Linux Mint.

My problem solving and troubleshooting dates back to solving a Flash/Audio issue on Linspire 4.5 with a minor piece of code. Since then, I’ve offered up scripts, work-a-rounds and other ways to make the Linux experience as painless for new users as possible.

These days, I spend my time answering questions, writing articles and providing common sense solutions to problems that crop up for the casual Linux enthusiast. I’ve shared tips on selecting software, peripherals among other items of interest to ease the transition for newer Linux users.

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You can find my resume here. I am currently accepting new assignments on a case by case basis, so feel free to reach out if you have something in mind.

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All Righty Then...with some subtle changes to my latest blog, we've made those necessary changes and made those changes public. Here you can get the alpha release of our project to make an easy-to-use front end to MaryTTS, or Mary text to speech. MaryTTS is an amazingly versatile program, well written and well maintained. We chose  to support this program because we feel it will stand the test of time.

But there is other news as well, Some good news, some maybe not so good but necessary. But after it is all said and done, the project named "Reglue"... the project that places computers into the homes of disadvantaged kids, should bear all of your names. Without you, Reglue would not have enjoyed a sliver of the success we've had over the past 5 years. And that lays bare a testament to the power of the global Linux Community.
Well, hey there. I was emailed the other day, and asked if I still wrote the Blog of helios. Well, obviously I do. Just not as often these days. See...the actions and accomplishments of my non profit "Reglue", are mostly reported here. But you know...? There is just so many times that I can ...
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Good night all!
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"Everyone was switching, I had to do something… people were only using me to download Firefox."
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I'm still combing it over, but thus far it's looking shiny.
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Ubuntu Mate is really shaking up ubuntu. Truly a great project! Running nicely on my rpi2!
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(I lived in KY for a year.) This is an example of the rural locals showing restraint. Wait until Amazon drones appear and start to piss them off.
 
I don't reckon I can come up with a good reason to disagree with this here redneck:
"If you cross that sidewalk onto my property, there’s going to be another shooting."
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The fellow is right, though. No. 8 was the right ammo choice, and not reckless at all. Honestly, I can't say I would not do the same if you willfully flew a drone to hover over my deck of near any opening of my house. I have a right to privacy within my home, at the very least. My yard is of questionable privacy as it is not fenced or gated, but if it were in such a way as to obscure vision normally and you came flying over and 'observing' for an extended period? GTFO
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Ha! Nailed it. It may run your legacy software, but man...in exchange for running your life. No thanks, I like not running an OS that does my thinking for me. I'm weird like that. :)

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That's a totally doable solution.  Or we can just keep running linux.  Windows 10 will come nowhere near my computers or my wireless network.
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And so it begins...the failing, that is.
 
Upgrade to Windows 10. It will be fun. They said. Via /u/joey_frydrych #funny #IT #Microsoft #Humour #UseLinux
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My Win 10 upgrade just failed too, Arch here I come
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Overclocking without ample cooling, it happens.
 
Have you tried turning it off and back on again?
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Or maybe the mlt render binary melt
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Adding this to my wishlist
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As a computer repair technician I often find these are difficult to give.
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So because I love to punish myself, I installed Windows 10 Home on an old netbook. It's one that has had Windows 7 on it, never really used and just sat in a closet. My daily netbook has Ubuntu MATE 15.04 installed.

Wow, Windows 10 is a mixture of fast and ugly. It's definitely faster than Windows 7, even on a single GB of RAM. But once you open that start menu, the ugly just POURS in. I can squeeze out some of the ugly, but sadly Life at a glance appears to be "fixed."

The over all design is, well, flat. And as someone who hates bloat, that's okay. But trying to do, well, anything on this release feels like I'm being advertised to in full force.

I'd say one could choke this one down IF you're willing to overlook the privacy nightmare built in, the ugly start menu and Cortana acting like a needing ex. Baring this, it's great to see Microsoft catching up to features Linux users have enjoyed for years. No, I'm not talking about a personal assistant. That's a feature I'm fine with us missing out on.

Thankfully, my daily computers all run Ubuntu MATE. Installs faster, doesn't nag me, respects my privacy and is ad-free. :)
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I hear they made the default screen blue. Seems appropriate.
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There are only three truly recession proof financial instruments I trust. First, my skills for barter/resale. Followed by stockpiles of spirits and TP. These are usable currencies in most countries regardless of economic status.

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It was my understanding that many Chinese citizens have been buying gold as a savings mechanism. Will this start a run on gold?
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I'm telling ya, put this by my toilet, give me a wireless keyboard...

It'd be the app for when I crap.
 
Magic Mirror

This is one of the many reasons that I love my job as a developer. Not only can I create cool things for other people, but some of the most amazing things I have made, I have made just for me :). For example, one of my most useful apps is an internal one that helps Jake and I out on a day to day basis. Our users would have zero use for this type of application, but for us, it is invaluable. 

This project though, could be one of my most fun to date. I made a "Magic Mirror", powered by a Raspberry Pi. It is just a normal mirror, but with some added bonus content... I put a computer monitor behind a piece of one-way glass, built a frame, then created a pretty simple javascript and php based webpage to display content behind the mirror. In it's current state, the mirror will show me the time, date, weather information and forecast, an RSS news feed, my calendar, a list of compliments depending on the time of day (cause every mirror should compliment you!), and my current notifications on my phone.

All i have to do is point the Raspberry Pi to the webpage, and it shows my information. Works completely without user interaction on startup as well, just plug it in and it will find the wifi and display the page.

One drawback is that it is a bit heavier than I initially thought it would be, meaning mounting it could be a pretty major issue. This baby might just have to sit on a table somewhere...


Unfortunately with this one, I can't end with "hope you enjoy my work!" Being a developer opens up a world of possibilities if you look outside the box a bit and are willing to learn. If this kind of thing interests you, then please, go out and learn a bit about coding- it can be pretty fun! There are so many resources available and people to help you. I really love how this project turned out and it is quite the statement/conversation piece for any room if you are into that sort of thing ;)



Original Inspiration: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/magic-mirror/
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No Al, no show. :/
 
A Married with Children spin-off may be happening! no details are revealed yet, but the original cast will all appear in bits, but I think it might be centered around Bud Bundy.

Confession, I've always had a crush on Peg Bundy, and she still looks hot imho.
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