Happy New’s Year…

Another new year.  Still using VSIDO.  Still hosting nixnut.com!  New challenges coming up this year.  Some health issues.  I’ll post more news about that sometime around the end of January.

Fluxbox, the 'floating' WM.

Hasn’t watching the news this last year been a doozie!  Obviously the title of this post should read “Happy New Year”!  The news, well forget that.  I quit watching all that drivel.  Nonsense…

Meantime, I’ve got the lappy so well tuned and setup I’m loathe to do a rebuild on it.  It’s been forever since I did a fresh install.  Testing for VSIDO, I’m afraid I’ve arrived read more

VSIDO at three

All grown up and matured.  No drama, no muss, no fuss!  Not really so much to write about, as it is still the goto distro on my laptop.  Three years, and one distro.  Been a lot of fun, and a lot of stability.  I have toyed with some different ‘window managers’ during this period, but in the end always arrive back to the default VSIDO WM, Fluxbox.  Quite an elegant Linux distro!  The community is a lot larger now than it was back then, but still the best Linux forum/community, I’ve ever been a part of.  Some really smart, talented people!  You should probably go download and install it now.  Download VSIDO

I’ll say more when it starts getting colder outside…

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What “Linux” To Choose

If you are a Windows user who is sick of M$ and paying for what inevitably ends up being bug filled, security problematic software, (or Mac users for that matter) you should definitely read this. I wrote it for you. I used to be you! If you love computing, are on your computer all the time, or just someone looking for more control and freedom over “YOUR” PC, you should definitely come away from this a lot less hesitant about making the move to Linux! I wish there had been something this succinct when I was making the switch.

It was 2008, I was using Linux.(I have been since 1991 or ’92 off and on, though at that time, more ‘off’ than ‘on’) Over the last 8 to 10 years, I had been a wanderer on the Linux landscape. I was just off a career that spanned almost 30 years of working with nothing but computers, mostly MS servers. Toss in a couple of AS400’s, Apples, even an OS/2 Warp server. It wasn’t until going to work for UPS that I had my first taste of Unix. When I started at UPS there were still several systems that relied on their Unix servers. My job with UPS required a lot of database experience and being able to import usable data into the UPS shipping systems format. Fun stuff. In other words, I had my hands in a ton of different hardware, OS’s and yes, desktops too. (anybody remember 10Base-T and the fun of trying to find which one had the bad ‘terminator’ plugged into it?) This ended in Mar read more

Fluxbox or Awesome

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Over the past couple of weeks, I have been playing with the Awesome WM. I hate to spoil an article in the second sentence, but, I didn’t find it that “awesome”. In the past, I’d given “i3” a pretty fair amount of time, checking it out to appease my curiosity about ‘Tiling’. I still come across screen-shots every once in a while where I’ll say, “WOW that looks (uh-oh) awesome”, in regards to someone posting a shot of their ’tiling’ desktop. The most recent case being on youtube when I stumbled across a video tutorial posted by “msjche” about Gentoo and Awesome WM. He does a great job with his ‘how to’ videos! (You can find all of “msjche’s” youtube videos here.)

While I’m no LUA writing champion, I can find my way around the scripting language. It really is amazing how much you can learn with ‘Ctrl-C’ and ‘Ctrl-V’, or, otherwise known as “copy and paste”! In the end, I was able to turn my VSIDO desktop (my distro of choice of course, based on Debian’s SID branch) into a near duplicate of the Gentoo desktop that ‘msjche’ shows in his youtube video.

On a side note, the wonderful thing about Linux is the multitude of people like ‘msjche’ who are willing to share and give so much to the read more

USB 3-1.3: device descriptor read/64, error -110

headbanger“USB 3-1.3: device descriptor read/64, error -110” or “-60” or “-32” or “-71” and so on, etc etc etc…

This has been an ongoing issue for me for a long time.  It can also be seen as something like “Bluetooth patch file failed to load” or something similar.  Also as “ath3k failed to load” type errors.

In order to fix it I did a Google search for “ath3k-1.fw for Debian Sid”.  Followed the link to the ftp site for Debian SID, downloaded the .deb file, and then ran it using g-debi.  (yes I’m lazy and g-debi works just great)  Or, alternatively, you could just do a simple “sudo apt-get install firmware-atheros“!!!  Once it installed, I went to /etc/modules and added ath3k to the list that is in the modules file.  (you’ll have to edit that file as root)  Then from a terminal, I ran “sudo modprobe -v ath3k“.  (with no errors!  If you get an error, I’m sorry, I haven’t experimented any further since this worked for me.)  After all of this was completed, since I have a laptop, I did a full shutdown, pulled the battery, and let the laptop sit for a couple of minutes.  Put the battery back in, plugged it in, read more