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What’s old is new again…

One more thing before I go tonight. I was alerted to the fact that the Jak Attack podcast is being produced and added to again. How exciting! Run on over and make sure to give a listen, They are already on episode 2 for this year! Tell my friends Jon and Kelly Penguin Girl that Linc says hi!

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Thursday, January 5th, 2017

A brilliant idea for your prayer life!

Protestant Prayer Beads

Protestant Prayer Beads


I am willing to bet there are more than a few of you who, like me, have difficulty in your prayer life. My issue is my mind seems to wander a mile a minute and I will start to pray for my family and end up thinking about string theory (physics) or stuff I need to do for work the next day, or what have you. Lack of focus is a real problem.

I was wandering around the internet and ran into something very curious, It was a set of Protestant Prayer Beads, otherwise known as an Anglican Rosary, and actually if you search it out it seems almost every Protestant denomination lays some kind of claim. What it is in essence is a Rosary like set of beads, smaller and configured differently than a Catholic Rosary. It seemed to me to be the perfdect tactile tool to help people like me, who need focus, in their prayer life. I set out to research it.

Although from a Christian perspective you may be most familiar with a Catholic Rosary, prayer beads have been used in almost every religion since the dawn of time it seems. The references are endless. None the less, apparently in the 1980s someone had the brilliant idea to Protestantize a set. I know what you are thinking here, in Matthew 6:7 the Bible warns against babbling prayers in meaningless repetition. There is also the concern about idol/saint/Mary worship, subjects that distance Protestants from Catholics and their Rosaries. Well, that is the real beauty of the Protestant prayer beads. There is no definitive format.

If you do some reading you are going to find a hundred different sites in the internet with a hundred different suggestions on how to use the Protestant Prayer Beads to aid in your prayer life. Most of them suggest a repetitive prayer format, albeit different prayers. Some of them, like myself, are going to suggest something different. First is the “Invitatory” bead. I use this for sort of gearing my self up. An invocation prayer. As you can see by the illustration the rest of the beads are broken up into segments with bigger beads. Those 4 bigger beads in the circle are called “Cruciform” beads and on each one of those I pray the “Our Father”, or rather some personal incantation of that remembering that prayer is meant for worshiping and thanking God. The smaller beads in the chain are the “Weeks” and on each week bead I pray for a person or people that I have been burdened to pray for. This may sound like quite a lot, but seems to roll through pretty quickly.

The end result here is this device has helped me hold my concentration and focus during prayer. It helped me spend a definitive amount of time talking to God and I felt more fulfilled and better about that than I have in a long time so much so that I wanted to make sure I shared it with you all. I hope it helps you like it did me. A slight side note here is that these are available for purchase from various places on the net but it literally took me less than $10 and 20 minutes to make my own. This would be a fantastic and fun project for not only you to help bring you closer to God, but also for your family, friends and children. Try it and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Peter Project?

Without going into a giant back story (that I would be happy to share if there were interest), years ago one of the ministries I was involved heavily in was a homeless ministry. It’s been a while but I have been burdened for this once more….

In the Bible, there is this great passage in John where Jesus is talking to Peter and asks “Do you love me?” and Peter says yes and Jesus says “then feed my sheep”.. This happens 3 times (no doubt for emphasis). Anyway, there is a lot of meaning in there if you care to examine it but you get the gist. Never have I felt so fulfilled in my spiritual life than when I was feeding the homeless, and in Philly I run into them constantly. It pains me not to have something to give them and I refuse to hand out money (for obvious reasons). Therefor I am starting what I’ll refer to as the Peter Project.

I, along with my wife’s generous help, am going to make sure that I have at least one lunch bag with me every day containing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a water and a hand written note that says:

Hello,
Several years ago I met a guy that saved my life. All he asked for in return was for me to bring you this food. He said to tell you he loves you and he wishes you would call on him sometime so you two could talk. His name is Jesus.

Now here’s where you all come in. While it would be great if you have the inclination to donate ($5 buys a lot of peanut butter), what I REALLY would love to see is YOU doing the same thing. It’s gotta cost less than a buck a day for you to follow suit. Think about it. for less than $400 over an _entire year_ you can PERSONALLY provide a meal for someone who needs it EVERY DAY. Please contact me and share your success stories! Who’s in?

Monday, June 30th, 2014

E-Cig Review: iTaste MVP V2.0!

MVP 2.0

MVP 2.0

Ahh yes!
Some time ago, probably 8 or nine months now, one of the first “Mods” I reviewed was the Innokin iTaste MVP (the original one). I still have it and I still use it quite frequently. In all it’s simplicity (for a Mod) it has become somewhat of a go-to device for many people, just because of it’s quality, ease of use and durability. Well, Innokin has finally decided to update that device and I, for one, was waiting with baited breath to see what they were going to do with it.

As it turns out, my friends over at Liberty Vapor let me know yesterday that they *just* got them in, so I headed out that way to pick one up. Yes, I had to have one right then. 🙂 These are VERY hard to find in the wild just yet!

They had several “colors” available, but I picked up this one, which is black, but sort of has this wood-grained finish to it. It’s darker than the smooth finished one and I have a silver MVP 1, so this was the one I chose. Immediately what I could notice, when comparing it to the original MVP was this one has a matte finish on the endcaps, instead of the original chrome which was a fingerprint magnet. It looks nice! Also, the LED color has changed from red to blue and lastly, they slightly raised the fire button. Other than that, it looks identical to the original. Same dimensions, button and port placement, etc.. The trim ring has also changed. It used to have this bulge at the bottom which sort of hung over the edge of the mod just slightly. That is gone leaving the ring butting straight into the top of the MVP now. An improvement, yes, but I actually like the look of the trim ring included with the protanks better. But alas, that is another story..

The real interesting pieces of the new MVP are its guts. It still has battery life-o-plenty, packing 2600mAh under the hood, but it also now has an Ohm checker, a battery voltage display and it now does variable wattage as well as variable voltage (yay!)

When you look on the side, on the display, instead of seeing up and down buttons as they were on the old MVP, you see a “U” and a “P” button. I think the “U” should probably be a “V”, and that would give you a better idea of what the buttons are but, hey, I am not Chinese. 🙂

Both buttons, when pressed individually, after a second, give you the number of puffs you have taken since the device was turned on, just as with the old MVP. On the new version, continuing to hold the “U” (V) button for 3 seconds will put the device in to variable voltage mode. This displays the voltage the device is currently set at and further rapid clicks on THAT button will *increase* that voltage setting to 5v where it will then round robin down to 3.3 in .1 volt increments. The same scenario on the “P” button puts the device into variable wattage mode (or variable power mode), where you first get the puff counter, then the current wattage/power setting and further rapid clicks on THAT button let you *increase* the wattage/power to 11w, which then round robins down to 6w in .5w increments. Holding BOTH buttons together first displays the atomizer Ohm setting, and a second later the current voltage of the MVP’s internal battery. Note that you *still* have the MVP standard green, yellow, red LED display on the fire button to indicate battery status as well.

I completely dig this thing and have already recommended it to 2 friends who are just getting ready to step into a bigger mod and variable wattage.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Screenshots

I have long been fascinated by different peoples computing environments. Somehow I believe it shows a little glimpse into someone’s mind. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to other people as well so I polled a group of my friends who are some of the most influential computing buddies I have. Here is what they sent:

Name: A.W.
What do you do?:
I’m a NetApp Wrangler and Windows Sysadmin by trade. Looking to add storage admin as well (EMC/Cisco).
Tell me about your DE?:
My main workstation is my MacBook. I identify with this machine the most and my desktop environments tend to show my personality and style choices. I like IBM style green on black terminals which I have been addicted to ever since I installed my first AIX machine (a POWERStation 320 that I got for free from my ex-girlfriend’s office). The desktop is a stylized Sylvanas the Banshee Queen of the Undead from World of Warcraft. I don’t currently play the game but I’m into zombies and undead stuff as art and game play (and hot pale powerful gothy women). My Windows 7 machine is a gaming machine and also used to do my work as it’s the best machine to log into our VPN with. It’s an Alienware with the Phobos Red theme and the LEDs are currently all set to red with a pulsating skull on the front. It’s kind of Darth Vader. Alienware does nice themes and some of the nicest pre-installs I’ve ever seen (yes, the first time I didn’t wipe the OS that came with the system)… It has no shovelware. I’ve owned the Powermac G5 Quad for years and bought it to be the last and best PowerPC machine. Eventually I was no longer using it as I supplanted its use with my MBP which I can carry all over the house and use wireless N with. Wanting to breathe new life into it, it became a PPC Linux test box and I’ve found the best environment with Fedora Core 17 Beefy Miracle. I’ve replaced the desktop graphic with something nicer than the default fireworks that is still Fedora themed. The Firefox window is a shot of my home file server control panel. It’s a red aluminum cased custom AMD A4 build with 8 GB of RAM, 6 x 2TB Seagates (SATA3)ZFS RAID6 and a memory stick to hold FREENAS 8.0.4 x64 MULTIMEDIA. Since it’s red I named it after my favorite Motts discontinued beverage: Beefamato.
aw2
aw3
aw1

Name: D.C.
What do you do?:
Programmer and professional Bearded Curmudgeon.
Tell me about your DE?:
vim is my IDE, and I have a window open full screen, split into up to eight or so buffers on my main screen. On a second screen I have terminals for running my code’s tests, viewing logs, and for talking to colleagues who work all over the world – my team is split between Utah, the UK, Moscow, and anywhere else that we can find good people. My windows are all slightly transparent when inactive, as it makes it easier to find stuff if I can see it when it’s behind something else. I do, of course, use focus-follows-pointer and click to bring to front, but almost all my navigation is via the keyboard. When I do need to move the pointer,I use a trackball. Desktop? Yeah, there’s one under there somewhere, but I hardly ever see it. It’s a plain neutral colour with no icons on it so it doesn’t interfere with window transparency.
dc

Name: J.B.
What do you do?:
Senior Software Engineer working on cloud managed digital media systems for the retail environment.
Tell me about your DE?:
Windows 7. I run Linux on my desktop, but I never felt like having the distribution to work to change what’s on my laptop, and I use the laptop the vast majority of the time.
jb

Name: J.F.
What do you do?:
Solutions Architect, Enterprise Services, HP.
Tell me about your DE?:
I alternate between a black desktop and this photo of my favorite car. A friend collects vintage gas station equipment and provided the setting when I took this picture. I try to keep my desktop clean and maintain a folder called “desktop-stuff” for all the junk that would normally accumulate.
jf

Name: J.S.
What do you do?:
Retired network engineer now part time Asterisk/VOIP and wireless consultant.
Tell me about your DE?:
Windows 7 for the most part, but I have a Ubuntu 12 VM running X11RDP so I use Remote Desktop rather than VNC. That’s where I do the majority of my compiling & code editing in Xemacs.
js

Name: K.H.
What do you do?:
I’m a senior engineer on the Enterprise Infrastructure Team for a state government. I wrangle Tivoli Storage Manager, VMWARE, DNS, Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP, legacy and modern UNIX/Linux, SANs, some LAN/WAN, provide support to the CISO in all areas of infosec as needed, and function as troubleshooter of last resort for any given problem.
Tell me about your DE?:
Windows 7 would not be my first choice, but since I have to use Windows-only apps in the execution of my duties, it is the best for the job. I run two monitors, which have different resolutions, but this is the best that can be managed on a restricted budget. Ideally there would be two 23″ monitors, but if we’re dealing in ideals, I would have an Alienware laptop instead of a Dell. The theme is a transparent space-based theme courtesy of NASA, but the background is an image from Stickman featuring some of my favorite tools. Rather than hide the start bar, I leave it up all the time for quick access.
kh

Name: L.F.
What do you do?:
I.T.Manager and Senior Linux Admin, LAMP developer, scripter and all miscellaneous duties as assigned.
Tell me about your DE?:
Mint #newest_version running my usual slew of apps and xterms on 2 dual monitor machines. Dark wallpaper is currently a “black leather”. I like dark unobtrusive wallpapers best to avoid distraction. Windows running in a vm, where it belongs. Just can’t have enough desktop real estate you know! And, yes, that’s mutt for email – best client out there.
lf

Name: M.H.
What do you do?:
I’m an I/T support specialist and dispatcher.
Tell me about your DE?:
I have quite a number of different desktops really. In fact I always have had. When they get cluttered I throw things into folders and eventually archive them if I don’t want to delete them. (My folder structures in my home directories is horrible.) Each system I use has a different purpose. The desktop here is my home daily driver. Multiple screens often dictate what wallpaper I use though frustratingly it’s hard to span wallpaper across multiple monitors. At home I usually use single displays but at the office I use four screens total. Working on adding another one. 😉 As for colors I prefer a darker theme with light lettering. For terminals I prefer a black background with amber text or as close as I can get using a color picker. Green if I don’t have amber as a choice. Translucent terminals look nice initially but are a pain for me to focus on.
mh

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Who is that masked man?

Probably you have either listened to me or read my thoughts or both for several years now, but it occurred to me today that someone out there might be interested in seeing what actually drives the LincGeek.

I currently live in Pennsylvania, but I was born and raised in Upstate NY, with a brief stint in Washington state. New Yorkers and hillbillies are my people and I understand them. Washington is some of the most beautiful country I ever spent time in and I hope to at least visit out there again someday.

Well, first and foremost, computers and Linux are my personal crack. I started on a life long obsession with computers back in 1983 with my first Vic=20 (Thank you William Shatner). I learned to program in BASIC and from there it was all over until I met Linux in the 90s, then that added into the mix.

I like the fastest computers I can get my hands on. I like Apple computers (more for their quality and aesthetics than OS – they do tend to run Linux very well). I love my Kindle, my Android phone and my Asus TF300T Linux Mint is probably the nicest version of Linux I have ever run and I use that almost exclusively as my desktop OS of choice. I am RedHat certified and use RHEL and CentOS for the vast majority of my enterprise and personal server needs, because, IMHO, it’s better than the rest.

I am a music lover. I dig 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, Big Band, Jazz, Funk, Disco, Bluegrass and Classical music. I was a hardcore low brass musician and vocalist in my school years, even making it into “Who’s Who In Music” in my senior year in high school, and those are some of my most cherished and fondest memories. Rap is *NOT* music, by the way.

I have been married once, to my college sweetheart, for almost 20 years now and have an adult (she thinks so at least) daughter, currently in college. I am a Conservative Libertarian, politically, and a proud Christian.

Although I am now diabetic and stick mostly to various forms of Chicken and veggies, I LOVE good food. my favorites are good Irish cooking like my Grandma used to make. Corned Beef and Cabbage. And she made a monster macaroni and cheese too. I would literally hurt someone for some of that again. I strongly believe that vegetables are what food eats.

I like my coffee with (nonfat) milk and sweet-n-low. Buy it from Wawa because Starbucks coffee is overpriced and bitter yuppie coffie IMHO. I like an occasional good cigar (Acid Blondie) and enjoy them most when I can smoke them and hang out with my friends. (Edit, I am a confirmed Vaper now – RY4 absolutely ROCKS!)

I am not a drinker. If and when I do imbibe, I do so with Scotch or Whiskey as I believe beer must be what urine tastes like.

As you can probably surmise, I am highly opinionated, and as I have a monster sized guilty conscience and I am not at all politically correct, so if you ask my opinion, you are liable to actually get it.

I still think the occasional fart joke is funny. I hate unproductive meetings and long phone conversations. I try very hard to be honest, forthright, fair and maintain integrity.

I am a pet guy and love small furry mammals of all kinds. I have and have had cats, dogs, rabbits, mice, rats, ferrets and even a smattering of budgies and small lizards.

And now you know all about me!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

And then there was 1

Almost everybody knows I have ferrets, and many of you have heard me talk about the phenomena of ferret math. The downside of this is when you have to say goodbye to one of your fuzzy friends. Today was just such a day for me.

Ferrets, for those of you not in the know, are not really a creature of nature. Having been bread in captivity for eons, they do not survive on their own. Their survival traits have been almost completely bread from them and they are not much like their ancestors any longer except in appearance. This also brings with it a horrible genetic disposition to certain cancers and diseases witch are all too common in modern day fuzzies.

Today, my friend Teddy was put to sleep. Teddy mysteriously contracted something resembling cancer in his mouth, which rapidly spread into his sinuses and eyes. I am glad to see him go only in the sense that I hated to see him suffering. Teddy came into our home about 3 years ago and was a little fluffy snuggler. He was literally a little teddy bear, which is how he got his name. It was only weeks later that we found his mischievous side that he also really enjoyed pinching my wife 🙂 Hey, I do too!

Teddy is survived by his life long friend Puff, our only remaining ferret, and, of course, 2 cats, a dog, 2 rats and his beloved humans.

I am gonna miss you friend. Safe journey. I promise to keep pinching my wife for you until we meet again.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

FAIL!

Fail

Fail


OOOF!

So today Dann sent me a message telling me that the LinuxPlanet.org sites hadn’t updated in like 20 days. Apparently he’s the only one that noticed.. :/

I fixed the feeds and we are all up and running now. At any rate, if you *do* actually use the service, whether ti is down or not, feel free to drop me a note and let me know how it’s doing now and again at linc dot fessenden at gmail dot com! 🙂

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

We’ll miss ya, Steve.

RIP Steve

RIP Steve


I saw the news mere minutes after I got my newest mac. I just picked up a nicely used 17″ iMac. I may even have to name it “jobs”…

Much as many of my opensource cohorts are occasionally at odds with Apple, the company, I believe whole heartedly that we have lost a real visionary. He had a big hand in not only making personal computing a reality, but also beautiful. Apple has always pushed the idea that not only should functionality be a consideration but aesthetics as well. I can only hope that Apple can keep up with his legacy.

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Amazon Kindle, Subsonic and MusicBrainz

Kindle 3
   Early last week I had another burst of reading activity on my Kindle 3. Reading for me tends to come in spurts when the rest of my life doesn’t interfere and it had been a while. I loaded up the Kindle with some new goodies (Sh*t my dad says is hilarious, btw) and started peeling through not only the books but also the menus, setting things up just the way I like them.

RANT: As a side note here, why the heck are collections so freaking difficult to setup? I mean come on Amazon. Make them work by directory structure or something easy, or at least fix it so that when you add to collection, you are only shown books not already in another collection by default. OK, rant done 🙂

   Anyhow, as I was reading and setting up different collections, etc. I noticed a familiar recurring problem. The short history is when I got my Kindle 3 I noticed every so often the e-ink would not fully display, but only display VERY faintly. I called Amazon and they had me update the firmware but ut was really hard to tell if that fixed it as it was not a constant thing. Queue up last week and I notice this a LOT more. Not only while reading the books, but now in the menus, etc.. So, I called Amazon right up as they instructed me to do the last time I noticed this. They IMMEDIATELY sent me out a replacement. I mean I had it the NEXT day, during a snowstorm. There was no arguing, no listening to some low end tech worker flip pages on the other end of the phone, no shipping or return costs, no hassle whatsoever. THIS is what customer service is all about and it’s easy to see that Amazon stands behind it’s products. This is why I will always recommend the Kindle. I don’t know what the other guys service is like, but Amazon is absolutely tops every time I have had to deal with them.

Subsonic

   Shortly after I got my new Kindle (read hours) I got horribly sick (sinus infection) and have been that way for 4 or 5 days now. During my occasional bouts of lucidity and while waiting for the NyQuil to kick in again I was reading through my facebook posts and noticed Tom Higgins mentioning that he was enjoying using Subsonic, which is a new (to me anyway) software that manages your music collection for you. It’s a server side app with some seriously nifty clients you can run on you android phone, which made it catch my eye. I have (and still do for now) been using Kplaylist for quite some time and I really like it, but, hey, nothing wrong with checking out new things, right?

MusicBrainz

   Well, the thought of me trying out some new music collection software got me looking at my music collection. You know what this is like. I have been hanging on to my music in digital form for better than 10 years, so, it’s substantial / sizable, in different formats, mixed up, formatted and named badly, bad mp3 and ogg tags, etc.. What’s a guy to do? Well, I searched around a bit and found a whole lot of programs for Linux that will let you manually fix tags. Ick. With thousands to do I kept searching. I found a bunch of programs for windows and mac that will help you reorganize and fix your collection, and, eventually, I found ONE that will do the same on a Linux box. It’s name is MusicBrainz Picard I have been using it here and there (still sick) for a couple days now, sicking it on a directory of my music collection here and there. It sure beats doing this all by hand! It’s not perfect software by any means, but it sure will be a timesaver compared to the alternative and the more people that use it and update those databases, the better it’ll work. Check it ut, I think you’ll like it!

Sunday, February 6th, 2011