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#RedHat is not your grandfather's Linux company. :)

+Burr Sutter leads a slick demo combining +Red Hat #OpenShift, #containers (#Docker), #Kubernetes, #FeedHenry #IoT (Internet of Things), #JBoss, with some clever integration with bluetooth doodads communicating to #RaspberryPi... all with a live mobile app built for #Android and live demoing of all these moving parts. Oh... and +Ansible, you get some prime ad placement around minute 20 or so onwards. ;)

Pretty impressive. Just take a look.

#IAmRedHat
 
Launching 1000 containers with Openshift, real-life IoT application and a mobile app to tie it all together - 2015 Keynote Demo
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And today... I pulled off my first two embedded ticks for the year. Many more to follow. sigh
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First tick of the season.
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Venison?
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Congrats, folks, on a great release.
 
We're proud to announce that we've just released the long-awaited Fedora 21. Get it while it's hot!
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Great rant by Phil Plait about astrology given deferential respect in an article in Time magazine, if you can believe it. He's right... it is a sort of intellectual vandalism to take something as beautiful and fascinating as the lunar eclipse astrologize the event. Disappointing.
I can’t believe that right now, more than 10% of the way into the 21st century, I have to write these words, but here we are: Astrology doesn’t work. It really is that simple. I need not go into detail here; I’ve already said what I have to say showing...
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"That is the equivalent of needing a babysitter and hiring a dingo"

Brilliant. Everyone should watch this.
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Red Hat Summit Presentation: #RedHat  Satellite 5 to 6
Thomas and I talk about Satellite 6 in the context of Satellite 5 and we talk a bit about the transition process.  Assumption: You are familiar with the RH Satellite product family.

...with +Thomas Cameron 
#RHSatellite   #Spacewalk   #RHSummit  
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Geez, watching yourself speak can be brutal. I am the master of "umm" and "mushmouth" even after all these years of public speaking. Granted I rushed myself for this talk, but... I have to address those issues. But, on the whole, even with my mushmouth and a bit of chaotic dialogue flow from both of us, this presentation of ours is pretty darn good, if I do say so myself.
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Watched the presentation this weekend.  Thanks for doing this.
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Google Photos really improves upon Google+ Photos, but some important functionality was lost

I love the improvements to +Google Photos. Everything is more organized, and there is a clear separation between the item in storage (photo, video) and the presentation or share of that item. Nice and clear. Love it.

But in the move, they took some functionality away from what was in the excellent Google+ Photos editor. They really dumbed down the editing features, though, to their credit, made it crazy simple to use. Additional bonus is that the new simpler editor works across all browsers, whereas the old one did not and only worked from within Chrome.

So, if you want to edit a photo in Google Photos, you use their limited editing features. Or you use something like GIMP on the desktop, or Snapseed on the mobile platform. Unfortunately, Chromebook users don't have the ability to use a GIMP or Snapseed. So I was a bit surprised at the decision to remove all that functionality in Google Photos.

Fortunately, Google+ Photos is still around, but you have to know how to browse to it. And from within Google+Photos, that older, very powerful (for a webapp), Chrome-only editor is still available. Browse to https://plus.google.com/photos/yourphotos and edit a photo there. Or... post a photo in Google+ and edit it in the photo viewing interface.

I have a feeling that editor will not linger for a lengthy period of time, so
I hope Google has a plan for Chromebook users before they shutdown the Google+ Photos editor.

Anyway... Google Photos is an overall improvement over Google+ Photos, with some caveats.

* General improvements,  A
* Editing changes, a very mixed C -- A for clean and simple, and D for loss of functionality.
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Yay! Spacewalk! :) Another great release.
#Linux #SystemsManagement  
 
Spacewalk 2.3 was released today!
There was a LOT of behind the scenes work in improvements to code-base as well as new features and enhancements. Plenty of bug fixing. Great work, team! Thank you to everyone in the community that has contributed!

• The UI was further beautified and de-PERLed.
• The move away from Oracle and towards PostgreSQL is more complete.
• Reporting improvements
• Improvements to spacecmd and clone-by-date
• Reporting improvements
• API expansion
• Client support expansion
• and more! There were even improvements to the Proxy code.

Come check it out!
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GNOME3 customization is ..frustrating. But, oh how I love GNOME3!

I have not used the latest and greatest GNOME for some time. My primary laptop has been RHEL6 for a very long time. Super reliable, works with every attached peripheral I throw at it, a presentation blessing and just ... works.

So, I got a new laptop at work and installed Fedora 21 beta on it. I have used it now as my primary work machine for a couple weeks and ... I love it! But GNOME3... GNOME3, I love you, but customizing you is so very ...odd.

I am a computer savvy guy, but I like defaults. I LOVE defaults. I use most things in their mostly default configuration. But I do customize a few things. And as savvy add I am... GNOME3 has been a challenge.

GNOME3 is designed as a "use the defaults" desktop. Really, 90% of the options are add they should be. But on the edges... some customization is needed. It is difficult to customize... namely because the ui to do so is non-obvious, but installed by default, and docs are sparse. And in some cases I run into the "we know better than you" folks that ... are simply wrong. :) Well, they are right and they are wrong.

They are right in that sensible defaults need to be selected and alternatives should be discouraged. But GNOME3 takes this discouragement a bit far.

So... GNOME3 is still too difficult for normal folks to customize. It just shouldn't be this difficult. Here are a few thoughts.

1. See attached link. It is a great overview on how to customize things.
http://www.linuxveda.com/2014/10/16/customize-gnome-shell

2. Global settings can be adjusted in a global "/usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css" file. CSS! How cool and clean is that!?! Alas, one should never (or rarely) adjust something at the root level. But... 99% of the articles you run across immediately advice folks to edit that file. Boo! Alas, the CSS doesn't seem overrideable at the local user level. It seems the overriding settings are stored in dconf (this is confusing and poorly documented from what I can tell). So, to edit using this next tool if you need to...

3. Install gnome-tweak-tools: Go to the overview search and type in "Tweak Tools" and install the app. BAM! That is what I needed, though it is doesn't allow you to get too dirty if you need to (that's good and bad). And it should be called... "Advanced Settings" hello!?!?

4. Simple things are maddeningly hard to configure. I don't want the laptop to suspend when closed. So, you have to install +Bastien Nocera​​'s awesome "Office Runner" app to run from office to office... but I just don't want it to suspend... PERIOD. I want to be explicit about when I want it to suspend. Why? Cuz. 99.999% of the time, I just want the laptop to lock when shut. And there are loads of us that like this workflow. On this Lenovo laptop, there is no way to get around this... even with that tweak tool. UI fail, IMHO. Design bug. Fix it!

5. The "Applications Menu" extension should be enabled by default. Maybe. I am torn on this. If it were trivially easy to discover that you could config this with the "Advanced Settings" "GNOME Tweak Tool" then... sure have it off. But you have to know that this option exists. And where top find it. Dunno. Torn. If the "Show applications" widget had some categorization, maybe this need would go away. For now that overview application navigator (Show applications) is nice looking but not really functional.

6. The Hibernate extension should just be on. Duh.

7. Still getting used to having no desktop. A desktop is a useful place to temporarily toss stuff that you are working on for the day and then clean it up later... or for drag-and-drop stuff... but... the Desktop is kinda like the suburban garage of computing. You always intend to put cars in there, but in the end, it just fills with junk.

8. Custom apps. I figured out how to create a launcher for something and now I can't even figure out how I did that. I should be able to create a launcher fairly trivially. This is where Chromebooks and Apple fall down as well, by the way. But the old GNOME? The old GNOME made this simple. This is an area that needs significant improvement, IMHO. I have a custom script I want to be able to poke, or a link that is more than just a bookmark, etc. Whatever. It needs to be improved.

9. I needed to install "Pulse Audio Volume Control" to be able to force the headphones to work. I am sure this is a Lenovo interaction issue, but ... it's just something I have experienced. I have to leave the darn app open, plug in my headphones, and then explicitly say "No, use those headphones that you think are not there even though you turned off the speakers" ~~ yes, there is already a bug filed on this. FIXED with latest PulseAudio update.

All that bitching aside (PM hat off now)... I really like where GNOME3 is going. It's pretty. It's modern. It's productive... and ... I just really really like it. It's what Chrome OS should have been, though I like that as well.

Good stuff folks...

[whew, this was meant to be a one paragraph posting... you get a bonus today... heh]

http://www.gnome.org/
http://www.linuxveda.com/2014/10/16/customize-gnome-shell
http://www.hadess.net/search/label/office-runner


#GNOME #GNOME3 #Fedora #Fedora21 #F21  
There are numerous extensions out there that add more application indicators, weather panel, screenlets and many many more features to your GNOME.
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MiniDisplayPort issue was a cord issue. Brand new cord from Wal-Mart... didn't work. Had to test with old RHEL6 image (known working).
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Great post on how #SELinux can box-in the ill-effects of an exploited system.

Combine that with  tooling like #RedHat   #Satellite  and this problem goes away with a click of a button. #SysAdmins don't need to be breaking a sweat or losing sleep. With a little bit of refinement of procedure and sensible security guidelines,  and a means to act quickly... Things like this #Bash   #Exploit  become minor plotpoints in the game of systems management.

Stay safe out there, folks!
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#ShellShock #BashExploit  
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How-to text like a geek: Substitution

If a civilian screws up a text message, it looks something like this:

Person 1: "I did order that beer"
Person 2: "Oh, thank you. You are the best!"
Person 1: "Didn't"
Person 2: "Didn't what?"
Person 1: "Didn't order that beer"
Person 2: "You did or did not order the beer?"
Person 1: "Did!"
Person 1: "No... Didn't! Crap!"
...and so on...

There is a better way...
This is how it works when you chat with a geek (in this example, a geek and his or her non-geek spouse):

Geek: "I did order that beer."
Spouse: "Oh, thank you. You are the best!"
Geek: "s/did/didn't/"
Spouse "Oh, you are still the best, but please order that beer."
Geek: "Of course, Moon of my Life" ;)

So, folks... You now have some new syntax to work with. Use the substitution operator and make indication of a correction  abundantly clear. Extra points if you can identify where this notation comes from. :)

Summary: If you are texting and make a mistake and can't edit it in place, use the substitution syntax to indicate the correction. In it's simplest form:  *s/OLD TEXT/NEW TEXT/*

Having trouble with the slashes on your phone? Just about anything that separates those fragments should work for context... S:OLD:NOW: 

Simple! And now I have geekified a few more people. :)

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Image stolen from the rather awesome "How-to Geek" website. Check it out. http://www.howtogeek.com/
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Didn't know Skype had IM.
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WARNING: You are throwing your money away if you use these guys. 10 years of twice yearly inspections did not catch the duct-work problems which led to moisture problems, which has led to a repair bill of upwards of $40,000. When their inspectors crawl under your house apparently, they do next to nothing. And, after asking around... that is the consensus from other home owners and the home contractors we know and trust. Apparently, it is also a prevalent problem with other similar companies. What a scam. Folks: Use referrals and get a 2nd opinion periodically. The folks crawling under your house are not necessarily "A" students, if you know what I mean... even in their chosen field. And "service" seems to be an unfamiliar term. So angry it hurts.
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Great breakfast. A great southern food place - you can even get brains and eggs! :) [UPDATE] The owner got ahold of me when this review in a prior edit slammed them for pretty horrible coffee. He said he would look into the coffee situation. Well, I have gone back and coffee is much improved. Good job Big Ed's! So, go visit Big Ed's. Good food. Decent coffee. Great atmosphere. And heck, they have eggs and brains! How can you go wrong? :) Note: only reviewed breakfast, since that is the only meal I have experienced there.
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They came out to check the furnace. And did some work. The charged us extra charges that we didn't purchase. They credited our account. . . . . They came back out... and charged us AGAIN. And we went around and around with them. . . . . Long story short. We have had a number of other experiences with them that we have found sub-par and there has always been some sort of inability to charge us appropriately. The "mistakes" have alway been in their favor -- coincidence? Maybe. . . . . So we canceled our relationship with them. We were fed up. . . . . Now they call us over and over and over, nearly every week trying to get us to come back on board and schedule a service check. On every occasion we have told them that "not interested, please stop calling. Really. We mean it this time." . . . . Something about their processes is utterly broken, and their service is mixed... at best. . . . . And then... the stories started to trickle in from some of our friends and colleagues. Many of them have had the same experience, but even worse. Extra charges that were not ordered. Advice that upon second opinion were obvious means to upsell unneeded services and more. . . . . So, incompetence and potentially a shady operation. We do not recommend.
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Two years in a row now, we have chosen Vintage Inn for a weekend getaway right around our anniversary. The Inn is meticulously maintained and very comfortable to just "hang out" and read, or converse or whatever. There is plenty of space to stretch out however many people are there. The breakfasts are spectacular. Lemme repeat. Spectacular. Sandy and Chip (the proprietors) are great people who love what they do and take pride in ensuring you are well taken care of and have a great / relaxing time. Additionally, they know the area extremely well, and can help you explore the region. Recommend.
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Gene is either a shady character or simply more than a bit dim. In either case, we do not recommend his services. The summary: We fell in love with a house. He was the selling agent (and part owner). Even though he was gruff with us from the beginning of our conversations with him, we felt good about the home, though we were wondering at his demeanor. We made an offer. Someone else made an offer and he accepted it (without telling our agent that an offer was even made -- illegal? potentially). The reason he gave? The other buyer didn't need an appraisal for financing. The irony was: neither did we (we could have paid well over asking in cash if we wanted to -- and we were prepared to). But he wouldn't know... because he sold the house to this other person, essentially for a song (pre-arranged sale?). So, either he was doing something underhanded, or was merely incompetitent... in either case, this case does not put him in a favorable light if you are ever looking to use him to buy or sell a home. *We do not recommend.*
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So far, we have had a negative experience with this branch. We have used it once, but it seems our experience was not unusual... In both cases (pickup and dropoff), though the published opening times of the branch are at 8am, the staff has failed to show up on time -- like within 30 minutes or more. Upon return of the car... they didn't show up within even the first hour (never mind our scheduled pickup and dropoff were at 8am and 8:30am respectively). And judging from the reactions of the attached to auto-repair shop, this is an extremely common occurrence. So, our recommendation: Take your business elsewhere. This branch is utterly unprofessional and unreliable and will cost you time, which like in our case, may also cost you money as well. If only I could bill them for the cost to us. *sigh* UPDATE: Enterprise (a manager) called us, apologized and acknowledged that they have a systemic issue to deal with. So... Thank you, Enterprise. Maybe this issue will be resolved.
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