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100,000 visitors to this blog front page

February 23, 2021 — BarryK

Just realised, since starting the blog counter on February 2, 2020, have exceeded 100,000:


That is only counting visits to the front page of the blog. Anyone who has gone directly to a particular post will not affect the counter. So overall visits to the blog will be considerably higher than 100,000.

100,000 per year is a modest visitor rate compared with some blogs out there, but it is nice to know that there is a steady stream of interested readers.

EDIT 2021-02-24:
Received an email from Rob, suggesting that many of those 100,000 hits will be from bots. Oh well.

Rob also sent this link, suggesting I might find it an interesting read:

I looked through it, PeerTube looks very interesting: 

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Record of PayPal donations

December 22, 2019 — BarryK

I would like to thank those who have donated money to maintain my websites and the project. From feedback, there is support for both EasyOS and the solar water distiller projects. Of course, support in other ways, such as testing EasyOS releases, is also much appreciated.

The table below shows donations since 2017, all in US$. The PayPal donate button has not been "up" all of that time. For example, it was removed early April and restored July 9, 2019.

Dec. 22, 2019
Dec. 6
Oct. 20
Sep. 23
Sep. 6
Sep. 1
Aug. 2
Jul. 14
Jul. 10
Mar. 3
Jan. 31
Jan. 30
Dec. 24, 2018
Dec. 20
Dec. 17
Nov. 17
Nov. 16
Sep. 20
Sep. 6
May 27
Dec. 2, 2017

Note regarding domain names. There are and, plus 5 or 6 others, and also I still pay for registration. The other main Puppy domain,, is now owned by 01micko, and he pays for it's registration and hosting. is no longer hosted separately and redirects to   

Merry Christmas! 

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Donate button restored

July 09, 2019 — BarryK

Back in April this year, I removed the donate button. Reason given was that I felt uncomfortable with receiving donations.

However, reflecting on that, I think that I was being overly sensitive. If someone wants to support my projects with a monetary donation, then that is OK, in fact, is helpful as I am currently pouring cash into camping-related projects. And of course there is the cost of maintaining the website and domain names.

Regarding the camping projects, a few more projects in the pipeline. For the solar water distiller, currently planning prototype #3, buying materials for it will start soon.

Here is the contact page, with restored donate button: 

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Donate button removed

April 21, 2019 — BarryK

I put a PayPal "Donate" button onto my "Contact me" page in October 2017. Have now removed it.

If you really really really want to make a donation, you can still do so, using paypal, pay to STARTbkaulerATgmailDOTcomEND

I have never been comfortable with soliciting donations. In total, since putting in the Donate button, I have received almost US$500, which I appreciate. However, my "age pension" is sufficient to cover expenses for the website and equipment (as well as food, housing, etc.!), so I really do not need donations.

Here is the "Contact me" page: 

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Retired from Puppy project, etc.

September 23, 2018 — BarryK

I receive a couple of emails per day from users of Puppy Linux or a derivative. A lot of people don't know that I am retired from the Puppy project, and ask me for help with XenialPup etc. Or, advise me what should be done.

This has increased a bit recently, as a couple of people have mentioned being unable to register on the Puppy Forum.

Maybe I need to put some "rules of contact" on the Contact Me page (see above). Anyway, posting here for now...

I retired from leading the Puppy Linux project in 2013, now just dabbling in some experimental distros, Quirky and EasyOS.

Furthermore, Quirky and EasyOS are very much just hobbies. I'm not really interested whether they become mainline or widely-adopted distributions. So, I am not trying to develop them toward suitability for a wide user-base. On the otherhand, if a wider user-base find them useful, that's OK also.

My interest is in the technology, just to play around with ideas, and have something usable for myself, and usable also for those involved in providing feedback and testing.

For those with Puppy-specific questions, please ask at the Puppy Forum:

If unable to do so, like being unable to register, or it is down, there are two alternative Puppy forums:

Feedback about Quirky should be directed here:

Feedback about EasyOS:

I don't mind receiving emails, as long as not too many. If the forums are unsuitable for whatever reason, and the feedback is Quirky or EasyOS related, or something else that you think would be of interest to me, then yeah, no problem.

One thing though, don't try an involve me in some project. I receive offers regularly, to become involved in something. Please don't. I am retired, introspective, enjoying pottering around in the garden, don't want to be involved in any project, no matter how great it is.

As an example, a chap contacted me yesterday, via the Contact Me form, with a proposal to raise money for spreading Quirky/EasyOS to a wide audience. I do appreciate the enthusiasm!

Yeah, might put a link from the Contact Me page, to something like the above.

EDIT 20180928:
'David' sent me an email, informing of another place to go for Puppy Linux discussion:

Which reminded me, there is also something on Facebook...

And if you really want to know about every Puppy-Linux-and-derivatives forum/blog/social-media site out there:, thanks to you guys who maintain!

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Thanks for the donations

October 31, 2017 — BarryK

A few donations have come in, after I created the donate button, thanks guys!

A message to "gys", I tried twice to send you a "thank you" email, both times it bounced.

"gys" is with, and I am wondering, is Microsoft up to funny business?

The first time, it said my post was spam, so I sent another, with hardly anything in it. The second time, it bounced, with this message:

Your message couldn't be delivered because the recipient's email server (outside of Office 365) rejected it because it couldn't determine if your message is coming from a location that is associated with your email domain. This is a security measure commonly done to help prevent malicious email or spam email from entering the recipient's email system. The reason the lookup failed is likely because your domain's email settings aren't set up correctly. To fix this, forward this non-delivery report (NDR) to your email admin.

The email was sent from my online gmail account!

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Contact page with donate button

October 28, 2017 — BarryK

I have jazzed-up the contact form a bit. Put it in an iframe tag.

Also added a PayPal donation button:

If you make a donation, send me a message afterward, via the contact-form, or post to the Puppy Forum. I will be posting to the "Pyro64" thread soon, so monitoring it:

As Pyro64 is built from packages compiled from source, the repository is small, so I will welcome any suggestions.What package would you like to see added to the repo?

These are the packages that were compiled in OpenEmbedded:

Packages that I will compile later, in a running Pyro64, will be PETs, and will end up online also, but I haven't yet decided where.

Both lots, those compiled in OE and the PETs, will be installable via the PKGget Package Manager.

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