Archive for the ‘TLLTS’ Category

New Planet TLLTS

As previously mentioned, the Planet TLLTS website at is now up. Please adjust your rss feeds settings if necessary.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Get your logo gear now!

With the help of RFQuerin, the internet’s own Open Source graphics master, I have updated the logo merchandise stores for The Linux Link Tech Show, Free Linux Box, and Linux Planet. It’s all great stuff so check them out and support a project by flying it’s colors on a T-shirt or maybe even a coffee mug. We don’t make a dime off this stuff, strictly publicity and it’s real nice to see someone at a conference wearing a T with a logo of a project your are involved with too!

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

TLLTS Planet Feed Changing

Here’s your notice. If you subscribe to the TLLTS Planet feed, I will be shortly changing the software from it’s current Planet Planet to WordPress (a la LinuxPlanet) feed aggregator. This will help ease some server migrations here at the house. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Monday, August 10th, 2009


A few people have asked about a way to make a donation to help with the costs here on any of the sites (,,,, etc). Since it’s time to re-up for another years worth of bandwidth and *I’m broke* I figured it’d be as good a time as any to put up a paypal donation button. You can find it at If you can see fit to help out at all, you get my eternal thanks and a promise for me to keep things going on my end ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Should auld acquaintance be forgot

Time for some catchup again I think. I had a great Christmas, and I hope the same for you all. Invariably, people want to know “whatcha got”, so here ’tis:
I got a radio/cdplayer. I had been wanting a radio for the house for some time now. Now I just need to find a place in the house with some decent radio reception ๐Ÿ™‚
I got some of my nasty little cigars (Black-n-Mild Fast-Breaks). Something I can smoke fast enough to not freeze to death out on the porch in the cold.
My wife bought me the Scott Sigler books I wanted, โ€œInfectedโ€ and โ€œContagiousโ€. I also have received some review books lately from APress, Automating Unix and Linux System Administration, Pro Ubuntu Server Administration and Beginning Portable Sell Scripting. These looks like fantastic books, as all the APress books are. I just need a little time to peel through them.

During the Christmas break I finally got a chance to finish Daniel X Alien Hunter, which I had mentioned previously. Indeed, the illustrations and artwork are fantastic, however, the story line is quite disjointed. It is fragmented so much that in most of the cells there is a narrative box which serves to fill you in on the story a little more so you don’t get lost from frame to frame ๐Ÿ™‚ Perhaps I am being too harsh. Then again, maybe not. I’d love to hear from anyone else that read it to see their opinion though.

That brings me to the New Year celebration:
We are bring in the new year with the TehShow, so do everyone a favor and get your booze on and join us on IRC. Stay home and stay safe (no drinking and driving anywhere). Personally, I am making my wife Sex On The Beach and Cosmo’s, and I am having Wild Turkey and Honey, Scotch and Coke, probably some Apricot Brandy, and maybe a little hillbilly Boonesfarm to wash it down. Then when I am good and warm, I’ll be talking on the show ๐Ÿ™‚
I am sure some of you remember that I am not a beer drinker. Dann and Pat usually take care of that!
Unfortunately I have to work the 31st, so I can’t make an early start of it. Remember, 31st at 8:30pm EST at

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Money where your mouth is…

OK, you MUST GO TO and vote for TLLTS. It’s time for some well deserved recognition dang it.

And once you are done with that, go and buy some of Scott Sigler’s books. They are really good. You can get them at

I hope my wife reads this because I really want “Infected” and “Contagious”!

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Led badges

Many many times I have overheard people ask Allan where he gets his LED badge he wears at the shows. He gets them from the discovery store. Well I just saw an advert to purchase them at a good price and thought I’d pass it along for those of you who are interested.

These things generate a *lot* of interest at the Linux shows.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Better than the other guys

I just wanted to tell you all a story about a fantastic company. That company is Neuros Technology.

Long long ago, when Neuros first released the OSD, Joe Born, the man behind Neuros, arranged to get me a review unit. I received the unit, reviewed it and “saw that it was good”. Things were a bit premature in those days, but there was some real promise there. Most importantly, the networking bits were still not working just right, but were in the works. Knowing this, I shelved the unit thinking I would re-review this as soon as the next major firmware revision came out for it. As things happen, it sat on the shelf for over a year ๐Ÿ™‚

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I contacted Joe again to see if we might be able to get a unit and some literature from him for a giveaway at the OLF 2008. Joe agreed and sent one right out (told ya these guys are great). A couple days before the fest, I finally had a spare minute and figured that I ought to dig mine out and play with it a little so I could accurately field questions, etc. I dug it out and followed the very nicely layed out directions on the Neuros website for doing the 6 firmware revisions I had to do (told you I had it shelved for a while) and I started to play with it. Doing the upgrades was actually pretty neat because I got a 40 minute demo of how much the UI and utilities had changed since I first looked at it.

Once the upgrades were done I set out to give it the run through. I am amazed with the changes that have been done. The menu system is good looking and easy to navigate, there are lots of interesting features that have been added, and every video format I had available digitally to try, worked without a problem and looked good on my tv too. I was absolutely ecstatic. This thing is brilliant… That is until I tried the networking.
After digging for some appropriate length cables, I decided to plug in the network and see what was what. To my surprise, each time I did so, within a few seconds, the OSD would reset itself. If I left the network cable plugged in for the reboot, it would continuously power cycle itself. If I unplugged the network cable from the OSD, all was fine again. I tried new cables and different hubs and switches all with the same result. I was stymied and decided to send out an email.

I sent an email to Joe, telling him I knew I should speak to someone in support, but I wondered if I could sneak a quick question by him. I told him of my troubles and awaited a response, thinking I would get one sometime while I was at OLF. To my surprise, I got a response back within a few minutes. Joe had also piggybacked the question to his technical staff, who responded that that sounds like a problem they had early on with the units and they had to be retooled at the factory. When I responded asking if there was a trace or bad component I could replace here (my soldering skills may be rusty but they are still there), or if I was just out of luck, Joe said not to worry, they would just send me another one. Hot Diggety! I figured that even if I had to live with no network connection, the unit was still pretty cool, but they were going to send me a replacement! Within 1 day, I even had a UPS tracking number. How’s that for service!

Well, today the new OSD came via UPS. it is every bit as fun as the old one to use, even more because this one connects to my network and lets me watch all my videos without hesitation or problem. Apple TV, eat your heart out.

As for Joe Born and Neuros, I have NEVER had customer service like that in my life. There isn’t even a point of reference to compare them to. Obviously you just can’t go wrong dealing with Neuros and their products. Buy them, you’ll like them. And tell them Linc from TLLTS sent ya.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Check Your Mail

I keep forgetting to publish this post, so I had better do it now before I forget again ๐Ÿ™‚

Many of you know that I dig using (al)pine for reading my email. This is especially true on my Acer Aspire One netbook. I like to have fast access to my email and save space on that tiny flash drive and alpine rolls in around 80someodd k. Anyhow, I also mentioned, I think, that I have several email accounts to keep track of that way, in fact 5 for todays purposes, and I use screen sessions to jump between alpine email sessions on the different accounts.

The trouble with all that is, how do you know when or how many emails you have unread on any of the accounts without jumping through them all, all day long? Well, I decided to go to an old standby for a solution…. Fetchmail.

Fetchmail has the ability to poll your email accounts with a “-c” option which means to just get a count and not download anything. This is just what I need and want!

To start off, you need to configure fetchmail. This is done in your .fetchmailrc file or, in my case, from the command line. I set up all my polling connections in a little script we’ll call “chkmail” like so:

fetchmail -c -u lxxxxx -p imap
fetchmail -c -u lxxxxxxxx -p imap
fetchmail -c -u linc -p imap
fetchmail -c -u lxx -p imap
fetchmail -c -u linc.fessenden -p imap --ssl

Simply put, I call fetchmail, tell it to only count “-c” use the protocol imap “-p” and point it at my imap server’s address. You’ll notice on the gmail entry there is an added “–ssl”. That’s because that imap server uses, you guessed it, ssl authentication. No brainer.

Now the only real stumbling point here is you’ll notice I didn’t pass any passwords. Well, fetchmail doesn’t accept passwords when running from the comand line, it always prompts you for them for security reasons. So, in order to get around that, you’ll need to use a .netrc file, where you can specify your login/password information for the different systems. Your fetchmail program will check your .netrc file before prompting you for a password, so that will make our script runnable without human intervention. My .netrc file looks like so:

login linc
password ubersupersecret
login linc.fessenden
password ohnoyoudidnt

Now with all that done, you can just run that little chkmail script and get an output of your current mail situation any time you want. Or, if you’re like me, I like to have that info on hand throughout the day, so I call that script in a watch command “watch -n 180 ./chkmail”. This will rerun that chkmail command every 3 minutes and put the output in the current terminal. Works like a champ.

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

New Voip Provider? HELP!

I have to admit that I have been using Broadvoice for quite a while now. We even use it for the TechShow as well. They have served pretty well with only a few growing pains and problems early on. All would have been happy ever after if I hadn’t read a horrible Broadvoice review on the web recently. It prompted me to go back and read the Broadvoice Terms of Service (TOS).

That particular TOS is probably one of the worst I have ever read, doing such things as giving them permission to back bill your credit card thousands of dollars for anything they perceive may be a violation of their TOS, without notice, without arbitration, etc. Now I haven’t had any problems with them, but I was horrified at what I read (and I do not remember any of this stuff when I signed up – go figure). I followed their cancellation procedure and will be rid of such nonsense at the end of the month.

This leaves me in a bit of a pickle. I do need home phone service. It seems logical that I should continue down the road with my technological affinity and stay with VOIP, but with whom? That is where you all come in. I am looking for a good quality provider, with a relatively (<$25) inexpensive monthly plan for unlimited US calling (or maybe an obscene number of minutes). Please let me know if you have any recommendations. Currently the ones I am looking at are Axvoice and PhonePower, however, I am sure there are a ton that I am missing. In fact, I may even consider Vonage, simply because the hardware is readily available and the price point meets. Any horror stories? Recommendations? Send ’em along!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008