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I have disabled comments in this blog.

All of the action is now at my new blog:

http://bkhome.org/news/


Posted on 22 Nov 2013, 19:19 - Category: General - No comments

New blog

I have installed a new blog, that supersedes this one.

Here it is:

http://bkhome.org/news/

Anyone can post to the new blog, be sure to get in early to claim your preferred username!

The new blog will be much wider ranging, Puppy Linux related posts will be just one of many topics -- whatever takes my fancy.

Something very interesting is in the pipeline.

Note, "blog2" will become read-only very soon.


Posted on 22 Nov 2013, 14:19 - Category: General - No comments

Testing SJPPLOG

I have been testing sc0ttman's SJPPLOG, which is a derivative of PPLOG, with many enhancements.

SJPPLOG Forum pages:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=65482

I installed version 1.6 at my bkhome.org site (hosted by Hostgator), and it works, however there is a disconcerting flicker when rendering -- first the page renders without the stylesheet being applied, then it flips to a view with stylesheet applied.

Whenever I refresh the window or go to a new page in the blog, I get this flipping effect.

So, I tried SJPPLOG 1.5, then went right back to 1.2a, still get it.

I am using SeaMonkey.

So, the problem goes back to how the original stylesheets changes are implemented in SJPPLOG relative to PPLOG.

Next I'll try pe_pplog, which is another enhancement of PPLOG.


Posted on 21 Nov 2013, 8:07 - Category: General - 3 Comments

"About Barry Kauler"

My personal "About" page was last updated in 2010. Many things have happened since then!

Updated:
http://bkhome.org/bkauler/


Posted on 1 Nov 2013, 16:47 - Category: General - 10 Comments

Mime handling .ts video files

This was requested some time ago.

Files with extension .ts are video files, that can be played by the multimedia player.

There is another type of file that also has extension .ts, but we are unlikely to encounter that, as explained here:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/shared-mime-info/+bug/502642

Woof commit:
http://bkhome.org/fossil/woof2.cgi/info/f7590ba92e

My TV has a USB socket, and will record to a Flash drive. The files get recorded with .ts extension.
Now, I can plug the Flash drive into my laptop, and Puppy displays the files with the "video" icon, and plays them when clicked on.


Posted on 14 Oct 2013, 18:37 - Category: Woof - 8 Comments

5-pin MHL to HDMI cable

I have ordered one of these:
http://ubercable.com.au/product_info.php/pin-mhl-hdmi-adapter-p-283


I searched 5-6 shops this morning, no one sells this, so I ordered it online. Curiously, the company is based in Perth (where I am).

I know that some TVs support NFC, for wireless display from the smartphone, but not my TV.

Notice, it has a micro-USB socket so the phone can be charged at the same time. I am extremely curious about what kind of usability experience this is going to be, along with a Bluetooth keyboard.


Posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:25 - Category: General - 11 Comments

WiFi or USB tethering

This is a new area for me, using my mobile (cell) phone for my laptop to have Internet access.

I was going to get Optus prepaid, however, it seems that things are not so simple. According to this site, Optus prepaid does not support tethering:
https://community.optus.com.au/t5/Mobile/No-WiFi-tethering-on-Optus-Prepaid/td-p/35110

...though, it is unclear whether that is only WiFi tethering that is dis-allowed. Hmmm, it seems not:
https://community.optus.com.au/t5/Mobile/Prepaid-plan-using-tethering/td-p/4141

...Woolworths have a nice prepaid deal, $29 per 45 days, with $250 calls and 5GB data, but strangely disallow tethering -- they use the Optus network.

Optus has this info for USB tethering for the Sony Xperia Z (more advanced model than my SP):
https://devicehelp.optus.com.au/web/sony-xperia-z/functions/connectivity/using-tethering-on-my-mobile-phone/

...apparently, from a hardware perspective, the SP also allows USB tethering.

I didn't really want to go to a post-paid plan. Prepaid, with longer expiry time than 30-days and high data allowance, and cheap, is hard to find!


Posted on 24 Sep 2013, 8:41 - Category: General - 13 Comments

Sony Xperia SP smartphone

I bought one of these! Great specs, and it only cost AU$297, from Harvey Norman. Manufacturer's pages:
http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-sp/


I want to set it up to display on my TV, using a MHL connector:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsV-zJ1pav0

In a day or, two, I plan to go shopping for a MHL connector, a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, microSD card, and microSIM.

In my extended family, middle-class Aussies, just about everyone has a smartphone, even the kids. Even my Luddite eldest sister, who declared that she would never ever use a PC, is now surfing the web on her iPhone.

Except me, I have used my trusty Samsung keyboard-driven "dumb" phone for many years.

So, I decided to take the step, get hands-on and up-to-speed with this technology.


Posted on 21 Sep 2013, 16:55 - Category: General - 10 Comments

Woof now in maintenance mode

I started the Puppy Linux project in 2003, so I have been at it for ten years. Enough, it is finally time to retire.

I know that I have announced my retirement before, then not done it. However this time it is looking much more certain.

I don't plan to just suddenly pull the plug, rather just put Woof (and Puppy) in "maintenance mode" for the next year (or as long as I deem necessary), while a few things get sorted out.

"Maintenance mode" means that I will continue to work on Woof, but just focused on essential fixes, rather than any new features.

"Sorting things out", includes who will want to continue with hosting the Woof Fossil repository, who will be responsible for puppylinux.com. Or, if not "who", singular, then what group of people.

Raffy is hosting and managing puppylinux.org, with helpers, and John Murga is hosting the Forum, with moderator helpers, so they are taken care of.

I will likely keep my "hand in", doing some Puppy-related things. For example, I am interested in the Ubuntu Phone project, and if it does get to actual released converged phone-desktop hardware, I would like to play with that.

Another idea that I have been thinking about is to create a DEB package for Ubuntu, that "puppyfies" an Ubuntu installation. Because, that is what I do anyway, whenever I install Ubuntu. It would be nice to have one DEB to transform the user interface to a close-to-Puppy experience.


Posted on 20 Sep 2013, 17:19 - Category: Puppy - 27 Comments

Woof: mods to build Slacko 5.6

Just after Micko released Slacko 5.6, he sent me some modifications for Woof, so that others will also be able to build it (Slacko 5.6, that is).

I have been a bit slow, but have now committed the changes:
http://bkhome.org/fossil/woof2.cgi/info/df07f2f099


Posted on 3 Sep 2013, 15:08 - Category: Woof - No comments

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