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Website & Forums / Main website issues - September 13, 2018
« on: September 13, 2018, 06:59:58 am »
Not sure what is going on but it when you go to or just type in plugintolinux,ca, it redirects to a mailing list that no longer exists instead of showing the menu and content. There is a workaround until I get this fixed - just go to instead (the SSL version of the website).

Should have this fixed by tomorrow. I'll reinstall Drupal if I have to.

Politics & Society / My One and Only commercial!
« on: September 08, 2018, 09:10:24 pm »
My free-time political advertising commercial was released to Youtube. I'd love it if you all could like it on YouTube and share the link with anybody you might know in the City. Even if they're not in Otonabee, the views and likes can be helpful. Thanks!

For those without internet, It will also be shown to Cogeco customers on channel 10 and channel 700 in high definition (with all candidates in Otonabee Ward) the following times (subject to change):

Fri, Sep 7, 2018 18:30:00
Sun, Sep 9, 2018 20:00:00
Mon, Sep 10, 2018 09:00:00
Mon, Sep 10, 2018 11:30:00
Mon, Sep 10, 2018 14:00:00
Wed, Sep 12, 2018 18:00:00
Thu, Sep 13, 2018 18:00:00
Thu, Sep 13, 2018 23:00:00
Fri, Sep 14, 2018 18:30:00
Sun, Sep 16, 2018 19:30:00
Sun, Sep 16, 2018 21:30:00

Website & Forums / Main website down temporarily: September 3, 2018
« on: September 03, 2018, 07:29:40 pm »
Just having a temporary issue with the main website portal ( ). It should be back up later this evening.

Even though they promised they would continue the Basic Income pilot, this government cancelled it, despite it being only a drop in the bucket in terms of cost (less than 0.1% of the total budget). Whatever this government thinks of Basic Income, this was a study worth finishing. Peterborough This Week has a good write-up of the rally against the cancellation in Lindsay yesterday.

It's a shame and it's downright mean-spirited to do this to people who signed on in good faith with the government that they'd have this income for three years.

Politics & Society / My Campaign website
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:49:49 pm »
Hey guys, I'd like to ask a favour of you all. I just put up my campaign website and I want to make sure above all that it isn't doesn't have typos or other errors that I made. Can you take a look? It's only 5 pages in total. Let me know if you found anything difficult to navigate or confusing as well.

Thank you so much!

Politics & Society / It's Official: I'm a Candidate for City Council!
« on: July 27, 2018, 06:28:07 pm »
Registrations closed today and I got in under the wire! Here's the candidate list.

I'm stilling putting together my platform but it will involve more accountability (e.g. recorded votes), soliciting more citizen input (e.g. Advisory Citizens' Council), affordable housing, better jobs and poverty reduction.

And the best thing? The candidates are listed in alphabetical order and unlike pretty much every attendance roll throughout my school years, I wasn't listed last with only six candidates running. I wasn't even second last! :-)

Possible slogan: Wallwork Will Work For You!

Too cheesy? Seriously, is it?

General Linux/Android Discussions / My YubiKey 4 Arrived
« on: July 26, 2018, 09:43:19 pm »
A few months ago I mentioned in another topic that Wired was running a promotion where you would get three months of Wired for free and, if you don't cancel your subscription, a YubiKey 4.

I just received it the other day and have been playing with it. It's great and is easy to setup with those services that support it. I use it with LastPass, Google and Facebook and plan on harassing my bank and other services to support it, too. I can't take a picture to give it justice but you can view it on the YubiKey site.

Btw, the promotion is still on. Strange thing is they haven't billed me for the year yet.

Marketplace / MOVED: Wi-Fi Calling
« on: July 21, 2018, 08:25:00 pm »

I just read in a Financial Post article that Freedom is offering new plans with data that are cheaper than the big guys. The main part of the story is in the subtitle:
Freedom is offering one gigabyte of data and unlimited text for $25 a month and 250 megabytes of data, 100 minutes of talk and unlimited texts for $15 a month

Not bad. When my agreement is up and if my phone is still performing adequately, I may very well downgrade to the $25/month or even $15/month plan. There is a catch though:
Customers must register for an account and sign up for auto pay from a credit card or bank account. If they donít, they must pay an additional $5 per month on these plans and all Freedom plans going forward.

Distributions / What distro(s) are you using and why do you like it?
« on: July 18, 2018, 06:56:56 pm »
If you're using more than one, name them all but mention the one you use the most. And do you use Linux (any Linux) more than other OSes?

I'll start. I've been using Kubuntu 18.04 for about 3 weeks now on my desktop which is pretty much the main computer I use. Before that I was using Linux Mint 18.3 KDE Edition. It might just be my feeling right now but I really like Plasma mainly because of the File Manager - Dolphin and the menu system. Yes, it looks like Windows but aside from tiles I find the Windows interface 10 interface looks really modern and so does Plasma. KDE didn't feel this way until Plasma came out and it finally seems stable when I used to have issues with past versions of Kubuntu. 

I also prefer Ubuntu-based (or Debian-based) distros because many of the programs I like to use work best in them. I would have stayed with LM but their KDE edition and though I tried using LM 19 Cinnamon and adding KDE via Kubuntu repos, there were some issues. I have to say that Kubuntu is pretty polished now. I don't think their software manager is all that great (Discover) but it does the job and I could certainly replace it with something else if I really wanted.
On my Toshiba Ultrabook, I switch distros on a regular basis just to try different things. Right now it has Arch and I added KDE and its full selection of software (must be over 100 programs). Once I figured out how to get X configured properly, installing KDE was a snap though it took a long time to download all those packages.

Security / ProtonMail - Free encrypted email service
« on: July 18, 2018, 01:16:23 am »
Members might recall me demoing how to use PGP to send/receive encrypted email with an existing email client. It does involve a bit of work though in getting things working. That's the downside. The upside is that you can use with any email service since PGP is just a layer on top of email.

But there's an easier way and that's using an encrypted email service like ProtonMail which handles all the encryption/decryption within the online client (or app). The downside is that you only get the benefit of encrypted email if you correspond with other ProtonMail users. Thankfully, there is a limited free option so everyone can get one and you could use it just for particularly sensitive emails.

Their free accounts have 500 MB storage and limited to 150 messages per day and limited support. 500 MB might not sound like much but that's a lot of emails. I've had a Gmail account for 12 years and am slightly over 2 GB. I also pretty much keep everything which includes emails with attachments.

The lowest priced paid account is Plus at $4/month and includes 5 GB storage and up to 1000 messages per day. The Security Humble Bundle I purchased recently gave me a $25 credit which I am using towards the Plus service. It's also how I know about ProtonMail. I have no idea if it's the best encrypted email service out there but the bundle only cost $20 CAD total and also gave me a year of 2 TB of SpiderOak One encrypted storage so I already feel like I'm ahead of the game.

The Plus package allows for 5 GB of storage and 1000 messages per day plus other extras like the ability to send encrypted email to recipients outside of ProtonMail (using 1-way encryption). labels and filters, and your own email domain and priority support.

You can sign up for a free account and find out about all their packages  or just find out more about ProtonMail generally. Oh yeah, it's also Open Source-based and its servers are based in Switzerland which has strict privacy laws.

If anybody tries out the free service, shoot me a message through the forums with your email address and I'll send you one back.

In this post in a topic on the new Linux Mint 19, Buster asked how much space the Timeshift backups use. I have given an answer that it depended on how many snapshots you have which depends on the schedule you set up for backups and how many you keep. Which it obviously does still but here's my example to give you a ballpark.

I set Timeshift to backup daily and weekly and to keep 5 daily backups and 3 weekly backups. Since I started using it, I now have all of those plus one on-demand backup which the screenshot shows. Backups are saved in /home/timeshift the way I have it setup and the entire directory takes up 13.9 GB. I'm only backing up the system, not /home, which is how it is setup by default and the size of that is 8.4 GB.

So the answer is, not a lot considering you're backing up the entire root (minus home), not even twice the size for 9 backups and that's without using compression. Note that this is obviously using one complete backup for the first snapshot and then incremental changes for each of the others. Only the files that are new or changed are backed up in each incremental backup.

Security / Encrypted text messaging
« on: July 17, 2018, 04:26:13 pm »
If you care about privacy, you should probably be encrypting your SMS communications, too (text messages). Here's a slideshow showing various apps that do this. I'm trying out Signal right now. Of course, you only get the benefit of encryption if both recipients use it. It looks like the EFF recommends Signal or WhatsApp in its Surveillance Self-Defense Tool Guides.

Bunch of Linux-related ebooks available different levels of cost in this month's Book Bundle. Many are programming related but there is a couple on The Gimp and one on Inkscape and another on Blender. The deal expires near the end of July.

Distributions / Linux Mint 19 Released!
« on: June 30, 2018, 01:30:56 pm »
It was released yesterday and with all three editions instead of a wait for each one after Cinnamon. So you have your choice of Cinnamon, MATE or Xfce.

For Cinnamon, here are the new features:

The differences I found interesting:

  • Update Manager no longer separates updates according to system risk (the numbers are gone) - the feature is still there if you want to turn it back on but it's off by default
  • Automatic Updates is now available
  • New welcome screen that walks you through the steps of customizing and finishing install of your system
  • Faster app launching (supposed to be twice as fast)
Linux Mint 19 will receive security updates until 2023. Let us know below what you think of the new features and if you try it out. If you plan on doing a full review, create a new topic.

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