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Meetings / PLUG MUG: Monday, October 23, 2017: Sign-up list
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:18:56 am »
Each MONDAY evening, except the first Monday of the month, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Tim Horton's Coffee & Donuts on Monaghan Road just north of Lansdowne Street. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There is free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW. It helps people coming from out of town to know if anybody is coming. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, let us know roughly when you're coming so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

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Meetings / PLUG MUG: Monday, October 16, 2017: Sign-up list
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:52:27 am »
Each MONDAY evening, except the first Monday of the month, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Tim Horton's Coffee & Donuts on Monaghan Road just north of Lansdowne Street. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There is free wireless internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW. It helps people coming from out of town to know if anybody is coming. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, let us know roughly when you're coming so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

Sorry for the late posting. Forgot this is my job now :)

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General Discussion / Windows Phone is dead
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:02:15 am »
It's official. Windows Phone is no more. There will still be security updates and bug fixes to support existing hardware but no new hardware for the foreseeable future or new versions of the OS.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/10/windows-phone-is-now-officially-dead-a-sad-tale-of-what-might-have-been/

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Meetings / PLUG MUG: Monday, October 9, 2017: Sign-up list
« on: October 04, 2017, 01:57:56 pm »
Each MONDAY evening, except the first Monday of the month, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Tim Horton's Coffee & Donuts on Monaghan Road just north of Lansdowne Street. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There are free wireless Internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW. It helps people coming from out of town to know if anybody is coming. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, let us know roughly when you're coming so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

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Linux Applications & Android apps / Thunderbird email client's status
« on: October 03, 2017, 07:43:38 pm »
William mentioned that Thunderbird was no longer being developed. I was curious about this since it's still bundled with most non-KDE distros.

After a bit of digging it looks like that Thunderbird's development model is now to have no new features added to it but that security updates will maintenance releases will still continue:

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There are currently two editions of Thunderbird: 'Thunderbird' and 'Thunderbird ESR'. Both will be maintained and based on the same Gecko engine release. Only 'Thunderbird' is affected by the change:
A new release of Thunderbird ESR is available since November 20th, 2012. As defined in the Thunderbird ESR plan, it has inherited the then-current Thunderbird feature-set. This release will be updated every six weeks, for the duration of the ESR cycle to ensure the best possible security and stability for organizations.
At the same time, Thunderbird has been released with the same feature set as Thunderbird ESR and will be updated every six-weeks for security and stability. However, and contrary to Thunderbird ESR, Thunderbird may include an additional release during the ESR timeframe which would include extra features.
The plan should therefore have no impact in the way individuals and organizations use the product and obtain updates.

Source: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird/New_Release_and_Governance_Model

The most recent update was in August:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/52.3.0/releasenotes/

So I would still say it's fine to use it (i.e. it's not abandonware), just don't expect new features. Which, honestly, to me, would be no big deal. Are there really any new features do you need that isn't already there?

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Articles, Tutorials and Tips / Linux Distros Periodic Table
« on: October 03, 2017, 06:14:35 pm »
Bill actually shared this earlier. I tried to attach the actual JPG and ended up breaking Bill's post due to some weird bug. When you'd click on it, you'd just get a blank screen (insert Taylor Swift reference here). Weeeeeird. Just remember our motto - if it ain't broke, you're not trying hard enough!

The link is really cool. Check it out!


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On the Distrowatch web site, there is the above chart. Very nice!  Worth capturing.
http://distrowatch.com/images/other/periodic-table-of-distro.png

Bill

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Distributions / MOVED: Worse day of my Linux life
« on: October 02, 2017, 09:32:06 am »
This topic has been moved to General Linux/Android Discussions as it's not about a distribution experience.

http://forums.plugintolinux.ca/index.php?topic=309.0

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Boy, September went way too fast! This Monday, October 2, 2017, PLUG will be presenting the cross-platform Opera web browser and how to encrypt your email using PGP. Full details here:

http://plugintolinux.ca/node/424

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Meetings / Move PLUG MUGs to Thursdays at Whistle Stop Cafe?
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:56:28 pm »
At the last MUG, three of us were reminiscing about when we used to have MUGs at Whistle Stop Cafe. We stopped going there because Whistle Stop started closing earlier on Monday nights. Apparently, they're open 24 hours on Thursday nights so we're considering moving MUG meetings to Thursday nights there on a trial basis starting next week.

Comments?

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Meetings / PLUG MUG: Monday, September 25, 2017: Sign-up list
« on: September 22, 2017, 08:42:52 pm »
Each MONDAY evening, except the first Monday of the month, beginning at about 7 pm, everyone is welcome to hang out with other PLUGgers at Tim Horton's Coffee & Donuts on Monaghan Road just north of Lansdowne Street. We call these nights PLUG MUGs. There are Free wireless Internet and no agenda; just friends hanging out and talking about everything from Linux to X-rays.

If you're planning on attending this MUG, please POST BELOW. It helps people coming from out of town to know if anybody is coming. By the way, you don't have to be there right at 7 pm, that's just a suggested time. We fully expect people to show up at different times. If you're not coming at 7-8 pm though, let us know roughly when you're coming so we can wait for you.

Synchronize your watches!! <^8# See you there!

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Security / Freecodecamp: How to setup a VPN in 10 minutes for free
« on: September 22, 2017, 04:25:47 pm »
This article also mentions Opera and it's built-in VPN client, interesting since Bill will doing a presentation on Opera at the October meeting.

https://medium.freecodecamp.org/how-to-set-up-a-vpn-in-5-minutes-for-free-and-why-you-urgently-need-one-d5cdba361907

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Meetings / Possible October presentation - Encrypted email with PGP?
« on: September 21, 2017, 06:09:49 pm »
I'd be willing to do a presentation at the October 2017 meeting on how to send/receive encrypted email using PGP if there is interest.

If you are interested, let me know what email client or online email you use so I can try to tailor it a bit.

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I might be the only one (I hope not) but I found the top answer to this question about how long Linux passwords can be fascinating to read:

https://superuser.com/questions/148971/what-is-the-max-length-of-password-on-unix-linux-system

Been reading up on Diceware and suddenly had this question myself. I've always used relatively short password Linux passwords and then I wondered how much longer they could be. I usually use this site for generating complex but easy-to-remember passwords for Linux logins. But now I'm tending towards Diceware for better randomness.

How do you come up with your passwords, without giving them away obviously? :)

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General Discussion / NAND to Tetris Course: Free on Coursera
« on: September 16, 2017, 11:47:20 am »
Some members might be interested in this course that is aimed at understanding how computers work at the hardware level. It's expected to be challenging and you can't get help directly from the professor but you can from fellow students. The next session starts on September 25, 2017. The course is free unless you want a certificate. This course is also self-paced though they suggest you can do it in 7 or 8 weeks. Here's the intro:

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The Nand to Tetris course takes you on a self-paced fascinating voyage of discovery in which you will go all the way from Boolean algebra and elementary logic gates to building a Central Processing Unit, a memory system, and a hardware platform, leading up to a general-purpose computer that can run any program that you fancy. In the process of building this computer, you will become familiar with many important hardware abstractions, and you will implement them, hands on. But most of all, you will enjoy the tremendous thrill of building a complex and useful system from the ground up.

More details and signup can be found here.

There's also a TED talk on this course.

I've already enrolled and I hope some will join me :)

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Meetings / September 2017: PLUG Meeting: THIS MONDAY! September 4, 2017
« on: August 31, 2017, 11:03:38 am »
PLUG resumes its monthly general meetings starting this Monday:

Topic: Linux Mint 18.2

More details here:
http://plugintolinux.ca/node/421

This presentation is suitable for total beginners to Linux. Please invite your friends who have the slightest interest in Linux to come out with you!

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