Avoiding China

There are so many problems with China, that avoiding it seems like a valid approach, though it is entwined with so many supply chains, it is very difficult to be completely divorced from it. That said, some choices can be made: Chinese Technology Avoid Chinese technology products, especially those that have spyware such as mobile ... Read more

Global Birthrate 2022

The global birthrate continues it's ongoing descent. In some countries there has been a dramatic drop due to covid, such as in the Philippines whose annual births in 2019 were 1.5 million, and which dropped to 900,000 and 400,000 in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Thailand Birthrate In 2021 the birthrate of Thailand dipped below the ... Read more

Gutenprint printer drivers

Previously named Gimp Print, Gutenprint is a high quality package of printer drivers for CUPS on Linux, Macintosh OS X, and other POSIX-compliant operating systems. This project also maintains an enhanced Print plug-in for GIMP 2.x from the same code base. Gutenprint includes a large number of printer drivers for Canon, Epson, Lexmark, Sony, Olympus, ... Read more

From Pandemic to Endemic

In February, the state of California announced it was going to begin measures treating the Covid-19 pandemic as endemic though it did not use that word. The realization that there is no end date is poignant. There is no end date for Covid-19 Resignation in the face of an Endemic Pandemic In some sense this ... Read more

LXPanel – LXDE

LXPanel is the panel for LXDE. Like Longfellow's little girl: When she was good, She was very good indeed, But when she was bad she was horrid. The horrid part comes when something happens and all the settings are lost, which requires about 30 minutes or more of reconfiguring the panel. For that next time ... Read more

Budget Android Devices Mid-2021

I've been doing a bit of research so why not post it up. I'm over Xiaomi and the Chinese smartphones so with few options (Sony, Samsung, what happened to HTC?), it looks like Samsung is the best option. There are quite a few models, here are the specification differences and current (lowest) prices on Lazada: ... Read more

Audio on Debian

Audio can be a pain on Linux. One thing is the rather low quality of PulseAudio, which is common. The next is the layered configuration of ALSA as a driver and JACK as a connector. However, JACK can override PAVU, so things don't stay in their neat little boxes. That said, I've come to some ... Read more

Format USB Drive from Command Line

To format a USB drive from the Linux command line, we use the following commands: df - disk free umount - unmount filesystems, see also the mount command mkfs - make filesystem lsblk - list block devices df command to display drives df -h Identify the USB drive to format umount command to unmount the ... Read more

Debian LXDE Keyboard Configuration

DRAFT For Debian LXDE there are a few places to configure the keyboard and keyboard shortcuts. LXPanel Enable the Keyboard Layout Handler in Panel Preferences > Panel Applets Once enabled, right-click on the Keyboard Layout Handler and select "Keyboard Layout Handler" Settings Change Layout Option set to grp:lwin_toggle which sets the left windows key to ... Read more

Anti-vaxx Movement

This is meant as a set of resources regarding the Anti-vaxx movement, in general and specifically in the light of Covid-19. Studies and Findings regarding the Anti-vaxx movement Widespread acceptance of a vaccine for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) will be the next major step in fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, ... Read more