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Website / A pause from moderating
« on: June 08, 2018, 09:52:17 pm »
I'm going to take a few days, maybe a week away from moderating the forums. So behave yourselves! If anybody sees a post that really needs to be addressed, note that you can click an icon in the bottom right that lets you report a post (or you will see text that says 'Report to Moderator'. Then I will take care of it. You can also message me if you need to. Otherwise, see you in a week probably. I'll post here again when I'm back.

Jason Wallwork
Forum Moderator/Webmaster

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Meetings / PLUG MUG: THURSDAY, May 31, 2018
« on: May 28, 2018, 12:07:10 am »
For fun, let's try Thursday this week and Retro's e-Sports Bar at 7 pm. They're at:

172 Simcoe Street
Peterborough, Ontario

They're upstairs above Dollarama, entrance from Simcoe street. Parking on the street or in nearby parking garage.
For these weekly MUGs events to keep happening, we really need to know that people are coming and roughly when.
This is to avoid situations where only one person shows up. And it also helps early birds arrange sufficient seating. Signing up just means you post below that you are intending to come; it's not an iron-clad commitment. Of course, you can still come if you haven't signed below but please do it anyway.

If you're unable to post, check this topic: Can't post? Here's why and how to fix it.

Check the day of the meeting to make sure it's still on. If at least three individuals don't sign up by noon the day of the MUG, consider the meeting canceled.

Otherwise, see you there!

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Politics & Society / PLUG strawpoll
« on: May 27, 2018, 11:12:05 pm »
Here's something fun. Let's see if PLUG can predict the outcome of the Ontario election.  :) Which party have you or will you support?

The straw poll will only run for 5 days so choose by the 1st of June when the results will be displayed. You can also change your vote before the poll closes.

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Website / A new theme that you can try - studioV1
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:00:19 pm »
I've been testing a new theme for the forums over a few months. Themes are the way that the SMF platform (on which the forum operates) look and work. This one is called studioV1. You can view a screen shot of it here.

It looks better as the colour scheme goes with the magenta/wine colour of our logo. but I also think it works better and I want to give everybody a chance to try it. The easiest way is to change everyone's default to that theme which I will do on Monday which I won't force on everybody. But give it a try. I hope that you will like it.

If you can't wait you'd like to try it, you can go ahead and switch to it using these instructions:
  • Click on Profile,
  • Click on the Modify Profile
  • In the drop down menu that appears, choose Look and Layout
  • To the right of Current Theme, you should see a clickable link that says change. Click it.
  • In that list, change your theme to studioV1 in the list by clicking on Use This Theme in that section.
Voila!

If you hate it, you can switch back using the instructions above.

Btw, I didn't make the themes so there isn't much I can do to change them. Sure, I can force certain text to be bigger, but since the placements of various graphics may depend on text size, it could break things (overlapping text, graphics and the like).

I suggest instead that if you find text too small that you use Ctrl + Scroll wheel to zoom in or out. You can also use Ctrl + or Ctrl -.This works in Firefox and Chrome/Chromium. My guess it that it will also do it in other browsers.

There are other themes you can play with though I haven't tested them very much. And if you don't like any of them, go here and find a theme you do like, tell me what it is, and I will install it for you.

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Came across this article from TechRepublic that explains how to get the Gnome desktop talking to your Android device. Though specifically for Gnome, it uses KDE Connect and a Gnome application to do it. If you skip the part for installing Gnome, it works in KDE, too. It does involve installing the Android app KDE Connect as well on the device.

I tried it and it worked with my Sony Xperia Ultra XA1. Though I was mostly interested in using it for transferring files, particularly pictures to my Linux desktop, you can also use to control the mouse cursor on your desktop for your device which is kind of cool. You can also use supposedly it to get phone notifications on your desktop and send/receive text messages though I haven't tried those features. I believe the devices need to be linked which I did via USB but I think you can via Bluetooth as well.

Has anybody else tried connecting their android devices to their Linux desktop? How did you do it?

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Changed to Breeze Dark in Linux Mint 18.3 on the KDE Desktop. It's probably just because it's not a KDE application (it's Foxit Reader) but this really sucks. Not really looking for a solution - just complaining because I see this happen a lot with dark themes. Switched back to regular Breeze theme and it is fine (after closing and restarting the application).

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Meetings / PLUG MUG: Wednesday, May 16th, 2018: Sign-up
« on: May 14, 2018, 11:15:23 am »
The next one is being held at  7 pm on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at:

Tim Horton's
898 Monaghan Road (near Lansdowne St. W.)
Peterborough, Ontario


Map

For these weekly MUGs events to keep happening, we really need to know that people are coming and roughly when.
This is to avoid situations where only one person shows up. And it also helps early birds arrange sufficient seating. Signing up just means you post below that you are intending to come; it's not an iron-clad commitment. Of course, you can still come if you haven't signed below but please do it anyway.

If you're unable to post, check this topic: Can't post? Here's why and how to fix it.

Check the day of the meeting to make sure it's still on. If at least three individuals don't sign up by noon the day of the MUG, consider the meeting canceled.

Otherwise, see you there!

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Meetings / Future of MUGs
« on: May 13, 2018, 01:07:48 am »
A few of us were talking about after the last monthly PLUG meeting last week about the poor attendance at MUGs so they're on hold at the moment.

We were wondering whether we should just have one in between regular meetings or not at all.

What's everybody's feeling on this?

Anybody who has attended a MUG in the past, is there anything we can do to bring you back?

Which day of the week do you prefer?

If you haven't been able to attend, was their a particular reason?

Was a particular night bad for you?

Any feedback would be helpful.

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Politics & Society / Ontario Election Prediction
« on: May 11, 2018, 01:24:18 am »
So Buster, when are we starting the pool for predicting the Ontario election?

I think we should do one one lasting a week now and another one just a few days before the election. But since it's been your idea, I'll leave it to you.

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Meetings / PLUG Treasurer's Report
« on: May 10, 2018, 10:29:31 pm »
Our balance before the meeting was approximately $8.

At the May 2018 Meeting, we signed up/renewed 8 members in total, of which one was a new member bringing in $200 total. We're still expecting two more renewals which will bring us to $250 total.

I made out a cheque from the PLUG account to Applewood to cover the last couple of meetings we had for $50 in total (March 2018 and May 2018).

We need $299 to meet our expenses to (and including) April 2019:

  • $225 meetings from June 2018 - April 2018 inclusive (no meetings in July or August)
  • $24 for the bank service fee
  • We didn't have enough members sign on last year so we were a bit short meaning we took $42 out for this month's and March's meeting)
So this means we need about $99 more, $50 of which we expect by next month. We need to sign on two more members to be solvent.

I will continue to host the club's website and forums since I will be hosting my personal site anyway and it doesn't cost me anything extra to host PLUG.

It does cost extra for the additional domain name and SSL certificate (estimated about $25-35) which I'm okay with for now. Perhaps if we bring in more next year the club can buy their own domain name/SSL certificate or I can be reimbursed for those fees.

Hopefully, this makes sense. We're in okay shape for now but next year we should seriously consider raising membership fees $5-10.



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Website / PLUG website maintenance on Wednesday, April 25, 2018
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:00:10 pm »
From 18:00 UTC - 20:00 UTC time (2 - 4 pm local), on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018, the main PLUG website will be down for routine maintenance. The forums will still be available during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Jason Wallwork
 PLUG Webmaster
 

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Meetings / Get-together at Chapters - Sunday, April 22 @ 2 PM
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:14:01 pm »
Mike, Bill and I are getting together at Chapters in Peterborough this coming Sunday at 2 pm to check out the Linux/computer magazines and books and probably to grab coffee afterward.

Starbucks is connected to Chapters if you want to grab a coffee or snack. I think you can take that into the Chapters store but you can't take books into the Starbucks section from what I understand.

Everyone is welcome. We'll be in the magazine section at the front of the store.

Hope to see you there!

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This was an interesting article from Wired. Before you panic though, do read the response from Google near the bottom of the article. Also shows which manufacturers which seem to the best at keeping up with patches, which I've included as an attachment.

https://www.wired.com/story/android-phones-hide-missed-security-updates-from-you

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Website / Test of forums without Cleantalk plugin
« on: April 01, 2018, 10:59:45 am »
I'm going to be running a test on the forums in which I turn off the Cleantalk anti-spam service.

The service costs about $10 CAD a year and prevents most nuisance sign-ups and spam from bots. I also has the Anti-spam firewall you might have noticed. I want to see if we can do without it.

You guys likely won't notice anything as I have it set that posts from new users are moderated by me before they're shown to everyone. But just in case, I wanted you to be aware.

The test begins now and will last for one week (or cut short if the bots hit right back). You can report any spam you see directly to me using the red flag icon in the lower right of the post.

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General Discussion / WIRED: Design Tech High School
« on: March 28, 2018, 06:01:00 am »
I can't describe this better than the article does and it sounds amazing!

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D.tech is a free public charter school and admits about 135 students a year via lottery. Each day, these Chromebook-­clutching teen techies wander into classes ranging from music theory to the future of VR and AR, plus seminars taught by Oracle employees and other working professionals. Then there’s the school’s two-story, 8,000-square-foot Design Realization Garage—picture Arduinos, 3-D printers, laser cutters, and soldering and sawing tools—where students can explore new tech and hack together prototypes.

I wish I had had something like this when I was going to high school though I was lucky enough to study electronics. We made a couple of things but we still used existing plans. This sounds a lot more creative.

What do you think?

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