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VAGUE  January 2017

VAGUE January 2017


Linux_adult_swim Meeting today, Monday January 30th, 5 PM at 40 Washington Street...


Paul Flint <[log in to unmask]>


Vermont Area Group of Unix Enthusiasts <[log in to unmask]>


Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:23:09 -0500





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Greetings List Lurkers,

The last day of January, a month closer to SPRING! 
A mild day to boot!

Maybe time for a fresh start on writing the dreaded newsletter.
I need to edit, but so damn much goes on in a week...

Rooted the KEWEIER RK3188 MTCC-KLD6-V2.97 Android Auto Radio Head 
Saturday.  With a fair amount of help from the good folks at the XDA site 
we got this done.  The endorphins stil washed over me.  I ship back to 
Amazon a rooted lab queeen, enjoy my new reverse camera, and contemplate 
where to go from here.  Put a fork in this.  It will hopefully not appear 

GUO amd he bzinga project:
As mentionedf last week, I dusted off the Bash-Zenity project with the 
thought of adding this to trantor as a GUI based control framework.  So 
far it is interesting, as GUIs now haunt my dreams looking for the best 
way to configure things...

DTG and I had a discussion about how GUI code needs to be non-blocked.

The approach I am thinking about for now involves putting the GUI code in 
includes that get included only when you need them. The Visual Bash 
framework really works. Will this work for adding a GUI with bzinga?

Thus the line between bzinga and the Menubot function gets fuzzier all the 
time, and after some playing around with zenity, I am more convinced that 
the use of zenity for a gui interface, (see the Bash Zenity Integration 
page: :^) is not a bad plan.  Beyond this we really 
need to clean up the VisualBash page.  Now that we have the "include" 
function that is similar to the one in python (C and a lota other 
languages :^) we need to git this.

I just reviewed the Visual Bash git page Effin set up, and we need to 
refactor this page completely.  We need to reorganize all of the visual 
bash functions into functional includes...
Possible include files are:

- ianda.shi  - Identification and Authorization
- dvdusb.shi - DVD/USB utilities
- sanity.shi - System sanity tests
- maint.shi  - Maintenance includes
- ops.shi    - Operational includes
- dev.shi    - Development includes
- sphinx.shi - Sphinx generator includes
- tiddle.shi - Tiddle includes...
- gui.shi - Graphical User Interface using bzinga

Could 2017 may be the year of VisualBash?
We have a presentation on the subject due in June...More on that later.

The "SanityScript" remains born but without love.  Right now the vision 
is that sanity do the following:

- Check that all the components you need are in place in terms of program
- Possibly check at to the validity of the includes and functions using 

"sanity.shi" may be tasked with is

- checking for variable conflict within functions.  This is a big thing, 
but on the other hand, so it sanity...

The problem is that I cannot resist the challenge of the GUI menu 
generator "" that will allow you to test stub your "shi" files 
with a crude but working "sh". Who knows where we go from there?  Again, 
the Design questions remain:

- Do individual functions call for particular software packages
   by adding their local requirements to a file or memory variable?
- Should the sanity program try to md5 sum the components?
- Can the sanity program help resolve namespace issues?

Could 2017 may be the year of VisualBash?
We have a presentation on the subject due in June...

Today Brett receives his new kindle. If he bricks this one he is in 
trouble deep.

The two broken Kindles are in Niagra, as as we expected the master 
Kindlenista, Joe Hart, agreed with our diagnoses and appears hopeful for 
partial or total rehabilitation.  As mentioned, One has been bricked, and 
the other has lost it's touch pad.  The Kindle-master, Joe, who has Debian 
booting on his Kindle Fires is preping for surgery.  He intends to take to 
touch pad from one and attach it to the rom of the other.  We wish him the 
best, as he is still getting up his nerve.

I want to try using the KingoRoot.apk I got from XDA to root a kindle.
Do you think what works with a 5.1.1 Keweier would work with a 5.1.1 

If nothing else this meeting we will set up the google play on Bretts new 

I am becoming convinced that there could be a commercial opportunity in 
customizing kindles. I have even attempted to enlist none other than DTG to 
help.  So far no luck.  May we need Effin in the mix.

Speaking of the Hart, he was right that cheap Kindles were still there, 
but no more.

They are available in color, but the price went up thirteen bucks to 
$49.00 so it is the same proce as what you can get at Staples. IMHO not 
worth it.

Finally I still really want a version of the Universal Insight Virtual 
Realty Glasses for the Kindle.  3d Teleconferencing way cool!  Anybody see 
such a thing?  I am thinking about trying to fabricate one based upon the 
original cardboard.


Everyone is back from vacation and apparently the fellow that coordinated 
the Kimball library public access is no longer with DII.  So, Lee Bonamico 
is delving into this to find the new DII POC.  We wish her luck.  The 
reverse proxy was stable but is down right now.  When it was up we were 
able to burnish the control software a bit.  We are gonna check on it 

This project is still operating in development at the library and in this 
first month of new year we are about to open it to the world. So it 
appears within a meeting or two we will be online. Right now we are as you 
recall using one of the original Gates Foundation grant based Dell 
machines. Sarah the librarian is actually talking about doing a press 

So, once we get this working we will then deliver the trantor v 3.0 machine to 
the Aldrich, swap it with the existing 0.015 system, set up static IP, avahi 
bonjour and things may actually be accessible via DNS for the world. Well a 
fellow can dream...

With this is accomplished we will switch to the excellent hardware platform 
that Marius delivered. This production case contains both USB2.0/3.0 and and a 
DVDRW. This will be the production device.

From a software standpoint, the first, second and third passes for Trantor are 
done. The third pass, is in the Aldrich Public library for evaluation, and the 
latest feature is there is a new include that actually rebuilds the index.rst 
from the existing sub-rst files.  With the bzinga project there is likely to be 
a fourth (forth? :^) pass...

We are still striving to develop a development cycle... The vision of a 
restful website remains:

- Take the existing code
- edit it with enki, a restful editor almost built for the job.
   (a most difficult to install but rewarding bit of software)
- if necessary propagate the change using a shell script
   (thank god for sed and awk)
- run " mkitso" which builds
-- a new index.rst from the existing stuff, and then
-- builds new web site based upon this index.rst
- check out the result...
- lather, rinse repeat...

Again, I restate sphinx now rocks my world.  I am convinced the trick to 
sphinx and ReST in general is enki, which is a pain to install, but may be 
a very new product.  As we said about enki.  The ticket at this time 
appears to be to run under Linux Mint 18 as opposed to Ubuntu Trusty. The 
insight here is that enki is oriented towards use in a Red Hat 

The hard part of this turns out to be getting:
1. enki running with the preview mode working
    (invaluable once running)
2. getting sphinx running or maybe more accurately
3. making the system "sane" - a menu choice.  Design questions include:
- Do individual functions call for particular software packages?
- Should the sanity program try to md5 sum the components.

Configuration Management: Tried to get enki running on trantor.  No luck I 
think that enki wants the hat. This Red Hat exclusiveness is a very 
disturbing trend.  As mentioned above, the trantor project now uses the 
new visualbash include function to load up various scripts 
full-o-functional goodness. Like everything else, We are attempting to 
maintain the Trantor project on Github:

As discussed, I continue to hack this into some type of organized format to put 
up on git hub, as this is something that will please both Chris Yarger and 
Kevin Cole.  I really am gonna get to this.  Jessamyn went for a Git refresher, 
maybe I should do the same wonder how it worked out for her?

The trantor project benefits itself as you can cut DVDs and USBs with great 
ease and facility. ("Rick Roll version")

Restful Web Site:
We now have a complete set of disks starting from LXFDVD154, we sent Neil at 
Linux Format, an email in an attempt to expanding trantor to include all the 
Linux Format DVDs since they started publication.  Unfortunately we hear 
nothing from London.  Maybe London is closed?

The Collection Grows:
Tom Kastner has offered us the DVDs back to LXFDVD105.  This additional 45 or 
so disks would go a long way to making the collection complete.  Maybe in the 
new year we will gain a response from London.  As it is installed at the 
Aldrich, next trick is to get trantor on the public web, and that looks like it 
may happen.  We really would like to see brother Tom and his magic DVDs.

Other Digital Collections?
I am getting interest from some parties in contributing more stuff to trantor. 
Do not be bashful (pun?). let me know if you want something faithfully curated 
and The real question here is should I simply rebuild based upon 
sphinx?  Or, we could do it all in...

Not much action on where Effin and I have been conspiring to set up a docker 
image containing zope. Turns out this has already been done by the European 
Environment Agency, but the way they put it together leaves a bit to be 
desired.  Fact is we have it working and we have a much spiffier name...

Is tiddly-zoker simply too silly?  Watch this site.  It is the latest thing... 
I am thinking about using zoker to be the documentation holder for 
trantor.  Hm...

...The best guidance:
Never forget the simple rules of Raspberryt Pi here in order:
1. Always Use a high current power supply.
2. Be aware of the bios differences.
3. Always shrink before duplication to same size media.
4. Format MS Dos regions on a real Micro$oft machine.

In the new year we want to follow up on the interesting angle to deploy 
TechnoRubble at Libraries.  At the meeting two weeks ago, J West came up with 
this angle and I would very much like to set up at Kimball and the Aldrich 
Libraries and see if this would work.  Jessamyn intends to showed up at our 
meeting last week and checked out the whole TechnoRubble Project. Hope she 
remains interested!

- The Website,
The new donation letter has been updated, but not used yet...

Again, we need more TechnoRubble.  The TechnoRubble untangling and packing is 
part of that effort. Part of this effort was the donation letter. The idea is 
to get people to mail their TechnoRubble to us in a USPS Flat Rate Box. I am 
going to complete the donation process page as soon as I can and post it.

I am adding the rebirth of the BOSI web site to this project.  It is not 
technically a good fit but it needs to go somewhere.  Is there someone who can 
help with this project? We really neerd to exploit Audio Video from the meeting 
in a better way.  How can we move BOSI TV towards this goal line? The Adult 
Swim video network, soon to be the "TADA Show" (The Adult Development Actity?) 
was clearly Effin's project.  Is there a recursive acronym in here somewhere?
Can Effin get back on the stick?

Hopefully this will be discussed on:
Which with any luck will start at 6 PM EST today.

this is really all about external relations...

This project is essentially on hold till spring when #1 son returns.  To recap, 
PiTchBox and 3Dprint are related because I really need a plastic bezel for the 
front of the box, and I want a 3Dprinter to print it, and the Raspberry Pi 
based octoprint device is central to the operation of the 3Dprinter.

Without a doubt the greatest and most frustrating waste of Flint time and money 
on the planet!  Even wors than the Android Carputer, though not by much...

Bad money after good, we have in hand the new model 3D printer.
That said, we had great luck with openscad, brother Kevin's design software. We 
got this damn thing to the point that I can produce the design of bezels I need 
for the PiTchBox. Sadly I cannot print them because the printer we have is 
screwed up. Will the new one work better? Thinking about inviting Toby from 
Filabot over and asking for some help. This machine has only seen maybe 5 hours 
of actual operation is that this lasted about ten days. Why is this so damn 

The 3Decology constructed around the HICTOP Prusa I3 3D Desktop Printer, has 
helped a lot, at least there is a place to store the tools this thing needs. 
The take away here is that 3D infrastructure is important to facilitate 
printing.  But more important is the ability to render designs from the head 
into products.

I am gonna learn this product or perish n the process.  I need Bezels for the 

To summarize, the meeting today is again at 40 Washington Street, Barre, VT 

Topics for discussion as usual remain:

- Open Source Educational Human Development
   I am working on an idea... I am changing the priority of our
   eternal needs, and placing education first.

- Maker Movement A Maker Space in Barre?  Why not? Could it be that the
   commercial power centers do not yet appreciate the value?  I need to
   revise my paper on this subject and get it out to Lucas Jensen
   who has good ideas about a Barre Maker Space.  Why not do digital stone?

- Move BOSI to become more git centric... develop gittlywiki... working!
   check out tiddlywiki5 here:
   We still need to convert... Yea buddy...  Shut up Effin.

- Blue Sky R&D, but in Vermont it will be Gun-metal Grey Sky(c) R&D.

- I fought the DREK and the DREK continues to win.  Remember, What
   really is holds us back is DREK!!!  DREK is what happens to your
   workspace (both hardware and  software) when you fail to put stuff
   away, or you let your friends or relatives use it.  This is a cosmic
   law.  I am still fighting the DREK.  How to get over it?  The secret
   may be empty pellet bags.  Is TechnoRubble organized DREK?

These five points are quickly becomming more than our policy, and more like a 

Anyway, we have the technology and we will have Pizza tonight 5-7 at Hedding 

This is the official notice of the Barre Open Systems Institute (BOSI) Adult 
Swim. For those coming in via the Google Plus and the Internet, and there are 
folks who are gonna try, the swim stars at 6:00 PM EST.

Our ongoing major objective is to continue to try to figure out how to invest 
the time and resources to turn the Barre Open Systems Institute into more than 
just the Adult Swim technical clinic and more into a real learning facility. 
One direction we have been working on is to begin thinking about classes. The 
curriculum that I am most interested in is teaching documentation.

Once again, the goal of the meeting shall be as usual, to get organized and try 
to get the various projects moving forward, despite DREK. We continue to wonder 
about how to build the BOSI curriculum to this webpage:

*** Note this is broke as of this newsletter ****, Take a look if you dare...

Remember, the BOSI Adult Swim is essentially about helping out fellow users of 
open source products in a clinic environment.  Despite my very best of 
intentions, the Adult Swim is really almost a perpetual Linux install-fest, and 
only secondarily a learning environment,

The ever growing list of projects (now on our web site :^) includes:
- - A Docker copy of VM370
- - The Kindle Liberation Front
- - A pythonic interface to Income Tax?
- - Ok, this is a real project eh?
- - What happens when you combine Bash and Zenity?
- - ok, it is on the list.
- - jesum they love this robot
- - monitor that pellet furnace
- - moving in the arduino groove
- - to get better at Javascript
-  - Temperature Sensors Project
- - The quest for Roberts Rules -
- - Yea, I am not kidding...
- - remedial raw mrtg for the slow...
- - all versions
- - maybe a very cool project.
- - oh please let me be organized!
- - this may be the least organized
    site ever!
- - A big noble idea.
- - A less noble idea to feed the
   big idea...
- - is tiddlywiki5 the answer?

Otherwise, Barre indeed remains a great venue for a Linux and Open Source 
Software discussion and general system rejuvenation. Expect to be remotely 
preached at on the various topics of Open Source and how I am confident it 
shall cure all the evils and ills of this wicked world.  In a perfect meeting, 
people would come in, sit down, see the stuff we have been doing and hopefully 
help us get the DIY stuff we are doing done, or maybe just fix a laptop.

So, do not forget that the Barre library stocks "Linux Format", and the latest 
issue is on the shelf, and it is good.  The DVD's are available to checkout and 
copy, we shall to continue provide copies and isos of each and every one. I am 
continuing to duplicate about a years worth of DVD's which is quite a task. You 
may want to watch this space for developments.

Anyway, come and do open source stuff. For more information about the BOSI 
Adult Swim meeting time and location try this:

*** Note this is broke as of this newsletter ****

Show up at Hedding UMC if you have questions or are interested in Linux or the 
concept of free and open systems.  Again, we are in the basement of the Hedding 
UMC facility which is actually working out pretty well.

Somehow we need to make progress not more projects!!!

If you wish to be included on the "Linux_adult_swim" mailing list, send a
response to this note.

This is Flint signing off... I gotta go and get trained as a Justice of 
the Peace, and maybe catch the flue from the City Clerk.

I will continue to refactor this newsletter at some point in the future (do not 
hold your breath :^)...

Kindest Regards,

Paul Flint
(802) 479-2360
(802) 595-9365 Cell

Based upon email reliability concerns,
please send an acknowledgment in response to this note.

Paul Flint
Barre Open Systems Institute
17 Averill Street
Barre, VT
skype: flintinfotech
Work: (202) 537-0480

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