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#1 Re: Development » Can we just change the name back already? » 2015-09-29 19:50:08

While I would have liked to see the new project use the CrunchBang name, Philip did not want any spinoffs to keep the name when he first threw in the towel. I'd say it's a bit late now. Plenty of work has gone into BL and the new forums for it are open etc.

Time to turn the page.

#2 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What are you listening to right now ? » 2015-09-29 00:41:39

Staying with my mother for a while. Listening to her playing the piano at the moment. All the old favourites she used to play when I was a young kid.  big_smile

#3 Re: Feedback & Suggestions » BL Hydrogen » 2015-09-29 00:30:45

@saturn9  Glad to see you are still around. I don't think there many of us here from 2008. Weren't many to start with. Maybe we should have a 2008 club. I'd vote for Philip as prez! He might even accept the honour if we tell him it comes only with fame and glory and no responsibilities.

I agree with you about BL. I just tried it out a few days ago and the guys have done a great job with it.

#4 Re: News & Announcements » Redirecting to BunsenLabs » 2015-09-27 02:00:52

@corenominal  Hey Philip, if you look at my registered date you'll see I joined these forums about 2 weeks after you yourself. I had been following your project for a while before that. There were not many on the forums when I first came here but it looked like an interesting project so I stuck around.

CrunchBang ended up being the distro of choice for me for a long time compared to others I tried before and since. Even when I have been using something else, the CrunchBang forums have remained my community of choice. Now I'm playing with the very #! flavoured Bunsen. Well Bunsen may not be your project but it sure does have your stamp on it. What you created and shared with us has been an influence on other projects as well.

So now we will be getting a new forum it seems, and we have reached the end of an era. While I like what the Bunsen gang are doing so far I can tell you that for me it just wont feel the same when I can't say to a friend "oh, for the answer to your question just go to the CrunchBang forums". What you built was cool in it's own right but the name (and the disclaimer that went with it) was definitely part of the charm.

#5 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » the cool random internet stuff thread 1.0 » 2015-09-27 01:35:43

Bleary eyed, coffee not kicked in yet. I read the above as "Weird science festival" and I was pretty stoked. I thought "wow this should be really interesting".

Ok, it's still interesting enough to feed my nerdy side. Thanks bronto.

#6 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Distro-hoppers Anonymous » 2015-09-24 13:19:57

So I finally got around to trying BunsenLabs 8.2 RC1 64 bit. I popped a copy in Virtualbox. Installed the Vbox guest additions to take advantage of my 1920x1200 monitor and it seems pretty solid.

The only thing I had to tweak so far (other than personal prefs) was the dpi setting. Text and icons, the tab bar in iceweaasel, all were rendering rather huge. That only took a minute to fix so, Yay Bunsen! Nice job guys. Very cool

Maybe I'll see about upgrading it to Sid on the weekend.

#7 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What are you listening to right now ? » 2015-09-18 22:24:30

Playing a DVD someone gave me of Uriah Heep live in Moscow. I had almost forgotten how much I liked these guys.

#8 Re: Introductions » hello from Poland » 2015-09-18 22:20:23

Greetings from Canada.

Welcome to the party.  big_smile

#9 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Sid won't break despite my best efforts » 2015-09-16 05:20:48

"Sid won't break..."

You're just not trying hard enough. I broke Sid last night by using repos.

But yeah, Sid is actually pretty solid right now from what I can see so far in my xfce desktop.

#10 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Distro-hoppers Anonymous » 2015-09-09 18:38:25

ratcheer wrote:

I think I may be cured...

Hey Tim, I think Sector11 may be right. No distrohopper is ever really cured.

The first time I used any distro for over a year it was CrunchBang. I thought I was cured. What really happened is, I started hopping around less, but did not stop. There was also a change in how I went about trying things out. Virtualbox became my friend.

I don't hop anywhere near like I used to but I still get the itch to try things out, and occasionally that leads to replacing my main system. I may run something for over a year now, but sooner or later the urge to run one of these Virtualbox experiments full time becomes too hard to resist.

At the moment I'm fiddling with a couple of different flavours of Debian Sid. Just deciding the little details of what set up I like best before replacing Linux Mint Cinnamon, which I like very much but have been running long enough that I feel like a change.

Oh, and Tim, I have to tell you, every time I see the name ratcheer I get this silly Disney-ish cartoon image in my head of happy dancing rats.

#11 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Use Windows 10 to Spy on your Kid, or your employees... » 2015-09-03 06:55:26

So after a bit of discussion earlier about the for vs against of spying on ones own, children I thought what tknomanzr pointed out merited being repeated.

tknomanzr wrote:

I certainly don't want it a "Core" feature built into the OS. Given Microsoft's track record to date, do they really believe they can secure a keylogger? I know I'm not buying it.

Building into an OS the amount of "spyware" that Microsoft has done with Windows 10 is just not something I think anyone should be comfortable with. Especially given that company's products track record with security.

#12 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Use Windows 10 to Spy on your Kid, or your employees... » 2015-08-29 12:34:17

@KrunchTime  You are free to disagree of course, but I think if a parent is doing a good job raising their kids then they should not need to spy on them. I know when I was in my teens and my parents decided to do searches through my room and my things I was outraged at the lack of respect.

People have a natural need for a sense of privacy in there own space and effects, and being young and still at home with the family does not diminish that, nor should it. When my parents decided to start doing this I was not doing anything I should not have been doing and they should have showed me more respect than that.

This is not the same thing as checking up on them to see how they are doing. If the lines of communication between parent and child are such that the parents treat the kids like criminal suspects, even when the kids have done nothing to cause concern, then those parents have some serious issues.

Note: As a 54 year old man, I feel much the same way today about the govt and all the bullshit they try to use to justify increased spying on ordinary law abiding citizens. It's not right. Why should you and I be treated like criminals?

#13 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Use Windows 10 to Spy on your Kid, or your employees... » 2015-08-26 02:14:33

That kind of spying and reporting should absolutely be opt in and not opt out. One more reason to chuck anything Microsoft to the curb. I find it disappointing that so many people still don't understand this or even care.

jdonaghy wrote:

Privacy is important, especially for teenagers...

I agree 100% and any parent who violates this without a very good reason should be severely reprimanded by the rest of society, in order to emphasise that this should not be acceptable normal behaviour.

If your kids, especially teenagers, have not given any cause for concern, then show them some respect.

Note to Microsoft, show your users more respect. Oh wait, that's too much to ask isn't it?

#14 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Completely Off Topic Chat » 2015-08-24 01:15:14

@CSCoder4ever  Yeah I did that once about 5 years or so ago  just for kicks, using PelicanHPC. I compiled a kernel on first just my main box, then using the cluster. I wish I had saved the numbers so I could quote the results for you. All I recall now is that it was a huge amount faster.

I was using 5 desktops, and specified more thread use for the compile. Was pretty impressed, but of course the power consumption for daily use made this just a fun experiment. If electricity was free, and more things ran multi-threaded, I would have left it hooked up.

#15 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Time Tree Root Race (fun!) » 2015-08-24 01:04:36

82122 directories, 1167863 files
tree / took 211,41 seconds


#16 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What are you listening to right now ? » 2015-08-22 18:08:05

Warning: If you are not into heavy psychedelic sounds you may want to skip this one.

The Human Instinct- Stoned Guitar

#17 Re: News & Announcements » Welcome New Moderators » 2015-08-21 01:16:59

So 2 more and then 2 more? So much for being short handed. Problem solved.

Thanks twoion and Head_on_a_Stick for stepping up to help out.

#18 Re: News & Announcements » Welcome New Moderators » 2015-08-18 20:53:32

Damo and hhh, thanks for pitching in and helping.

I got the impression from talking with Sector11 recently that he was feeling a bit overloaded while doing more than his usual share of the mod duties during a period of being short handed. I'm sure he and the other mods will be glad to have the extra hands on board whenever part of the mod team are away for holidays etc.

#19 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What are you listening to right now ? » 2015-08-16 12:13:51

Dug into my vinyl rips and made a CD to play in my car. Best of AC/DC, Anaconda Edition. Funny thing about that. All the selections I ended up using feature Bon Scott. Don't know about anyone else but I just like them better with Bon than with Brian.

Had fun listening to all those earlier albums to pick out the best stuff.  big_smile

#20 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Completely Off Topic Chat » 2015-08-15 22:54:27

gutterslob wrote:

We need a kernel that runs on hot air and comb-overs.

Fabulous idea. The day that happens I'll be the fat old blowhard with the fastest desktop in town!

#21 Re: Introductions » Want to introduce myself! » 2015-08-15 22:49:14

Welcome Joseph.

I like girls too and they used to like me, but now I'm old and fat. Oh well, at least a few fat old ladies still like me.  big_smile

#24 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What are you listening to right now ? » 2015-08-12 00:18:57

Boston, whole first album cued up.  Currently playing, More Than a Feeling.

#25 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Think Multiple Times Before Using or Upgrading to Windows 10 » 2015-08-08 18:43:04

MsMattie wrote:

I went to the "store" with the little icon they have prominently placed on the bottom of the screen and saw VLC there. I thought I would install that, and they require that I sign in to a Microsoft account to get this freeware program from their "store."

Thanks for sharing this. I'm going to use it as an example when explaining to friends why they should avoid Windows if possible. The truly sad thing is the overwhelming majority of Windows users will have no idea that they could get VLC (or other open source software) without signing up to be tracked across the universe by Microsoft. It's in the store right? So that must be where you have to get it from.

Your other comments-observations were spot on. Especially the following.

developed by Microsoft to be a surveillance machine wrapped around an operating system.

Yes that is exactly what it is.

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