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Sat, 19 Dec 2015

Personality type: I'm an INTP

Every take one of those personality-type tests?

I did. Turns out I'm an INTP:

INTPs are independent, reserved, and live in a world of ideas. They can work well on a team but prefer to work alone in sporadic bursts of energy.

Although private, INTPs can at times seem totally outspoken because of their directness of communication and economy of words.

Other people may assume that INTPs say very little, but this is only when there is nothing to say. The general chitchat of social life is not for them.

They prefer to speak only about areas that interest them, things they consider important.
Fri, 18 Dec 2015

The problem with packages -- and I mean actual boxes that Amazon delivers to your doorstep

I run a lot of stories about package thieves, people who either trail delivery vehicles carrying packages from Amazon and scores of other online retailers and grab the goods, or who just troll neighborhoods looking for boxes already on doorsteps and then drive up, take the booty and drive away.

Many of us are ordering more online than ever. We got Amazon Prime and have really stepped up what we have delivered to the house by various couriers -- USPS, UPS, Fedex, OnTrac, Amazon contractors, and probably others.

So what do we do to keep those packages from being targeted by thieves?

You can always get the packages sent to your office, where delivery is usually made to an actual person. I've use this method sometimes, though not as much as I used to when I only made occasional orders.

That aside, I think we need a better solution for home package delivery.

What I'm thinking of is some kind of large, secure box that you can bolt to your front porch. If it can be designed so items can be placed into the box but not easily removed without a key, that would provide an extra measure of security for home delivery of items that can fit into the box.

I'm sure there is already a commercial product that does this very job. I'll look around to see what I can find. If you know of something that fills this role, let me know about it.

Debian and Fedora

At this point, I've probably been running Fedora a lot longer than I ever ran Debian.

I am following too many people on Twitter. That is all.

I am following too many people on Twitter. That is all.

Confession: I love reading Penelope Trunk

Confession: I love reading Penelope Trunk. Her subject (life and work) is compelling, as is what I think is her brutal honesty http://blog.penelopetrunk.com

Most secure mobile device is Apple's iPod Touch

Researchers say iPod Touch is the most secure mobile device due to lack of SIM card http://www.zdnet.com/article/want-a-secure-privacy-smartphone-the-experts-suggest iPhone is second-best

7 reasons to develop your next web app with Meteor

7 reasons to develop your next web app with @meteorjs http://www.sitepoint.com/7-reasons-develop-next-web-app-meteor from @sitepointdotcom

Blogging without Internet is easy when you're just writing text files

I'm in one of more than a few places I've been in recent days with my laptop but no Internet connectivity.

I can write an Ode entry with no problems. This would be just as true for the many static blog engines that are if not all then at least some of the rage among the more geeky bloggers out there.

Like I'm doing write now, all I have to do is use my favorite (or any available) text editor, write into a file and upload it to the server later.

And in my case, I have helper applications (chiefly Unison) and short scripts that make those uploads virtually automatic when I do.

Fedora 22 with Xfce deep into the cycle -- most 'stable' Fedora release ever for my laptop

Fedora 23 has been out for awhile and I haven't yet upgraded the HP Pavilion g2-2210us laptop I've been running and upgrading since I first installed F18 on it in mid-2013.

One reason I'm not upgrading, though under examination illogically, is that Fedora 22 is the best-running, most "stable" release I've ever run on this now-2 1/2-year-old hardware.

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Thu, 17 Dec 2015

Mumble returns to Fedora

Mumble returns to @Fedora https://fedoramagazine.org/mumble-returns-fedora