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Ubuntu Ohio Team Update: May 22, 2014

The Ubuntu Sense - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 09:38

On the behalf of Stephen Michael Kellat (skellat), the Ubuntu Ohio Team has an update to share:

Due to Stephen Michael Kellat’s job and the stress that it produces, he has given the three deputies (under the Delegation of Authority) admin status of the team.  Any issues that arise should be e-mailed to the three deputies, not Stephen Michael Kellat.

Thank you.

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New GnuPG key

Stephen's Blog - Sat, 05/17/2014 - 19:00
9C4B2D87 is the new small-c canonical GnuPG key for me.
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Stuck With Ubuntu Touch!

The Ubuntu Sense - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 17:33

As I said in this post, I installed Ubuntu Touch 14.04 on my Nexus 7 and today I tried to restore my tablet back to Google Nexus 7 stock (factory) image but it failed on me.  I asked a question on AskUbuntu and now I’m waiting for an answer.  But another thought came to me and it’s the thought of if I keep on playing around/testing it, it would be better for everyone.  Then I can submit feedback to the developers and help to improve Ubuntu Touch!

Anyhow, I have Ubuntu Touch on the dev channel so I will have more of an up to date version of Ubuntu Touch.  There is already some features fixed, such as a way to uninstall click apps and it doesn’t crash as often.  But still some of the important basic features are missing, such as an notice that the user is shutting down the ptablet and a way to close/kill an app.  Maybe I need to write an e-mail with the feedback to the developers.

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Evernote Workflow Design

The Ubuntu Sense - Wed, 05/14/2014 - 20:03

Evernote is what I was looking for since the summer of 2012.  Before it, I looked at note-taking programs like KeepNote and Cherry Tree but they didn’t have multimedia (such as hand-written and audio notes).  And, as I said in my “Workflow (Re)Design” post, I’m looking for something that can tie in hand-written notes and typed notes and have them syncing between my four devices. It’s hard to believe that I overlooked at Evernote when it was suggested to me by someone on IRC.

And so for the last two hours, I have downloaded the .exe, since there is no Linux program for it yet, not even the clones are good, and installed it under WINE.  Like with all new programs or devices (or systems), I like to sit down and change the settings first to have the feel and the workflow that I need.  I hate to admit this but I never read the help files for anything.  I seem to apart of that culture that never read directions.  I also looked at how others are using Evernote.

Here is my plan:

* Have (at the moment) three notebooks that will be used for:

* Personal (Matters)
* School
* Ubuntu

* Use tags for “sub-notebooks”, Ubuntu Sense as an example
* Stack notes when needed.  This will come useful for class notes for all of my classes.
* Use the Camera App to take photos of hand-written notes and other things.  Scanning will be used also.

Hopefully this will work out or else I will be stuck with my old workflow.

P.S. One good thing about Evernote is the notes that are stacked within the notebook is not dynamic like in M$ OneNote or BasketNotes.  That’s one thing that I hate about those type of programs.

EDIT: May 15, 2014- Afterthought, it was in the summer of 2012 not December of 2012.

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First test deployment of Lenin

Paul Tagliamonte's Blog - Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:16

Hello, World!

I’ve deployed my first instance of lenin to my backup VCS (, and it’s going great.

(Screenshot of the first few instances for good measure)

I’m excited to see how it develops!

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Blog Update: May 8, 2014

The Ubuntu Sense - Thu, 05/08/2014 - 17:22

I made a few updates to my blog:

  • Added a “Links” page and removed the links widget
  • Added a Home page that needs work
  • Added a “Blog Stats” widget

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Workflow (Re)design

The Ubuntu Sense - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 17:14

Over the past month or so, I started to think about my workflow and I found that I’m at the point of redesigning it, mainly because I have new tools that can be used in my workflow.

Since I started to talk about tools, allow me to list what I have:

For analogue, I still have a notebook for paper and a pen.  But for digital, I have more tools then just a computer, screen, and a mouse/keyboard.  I have a Wacom Intous 4 (that I don’t even use for drawing that much anymore), the pen to that tablet, two smart devices: a Nexus 7 2013 and HTC ONE V.

I weighed the pros and the cons of both of them and I found that going digital is the way to go but not 100%.  I still need to use a bit of the analogue to still have a functioning system.

Most of the pros dealt with saving physical space, eco-friendlyness, and the functions of editing, pen colors, and different sytle of paper for the background in the program that I will be using called Xounral.  I will also use myPaint for brainstorming using idea webs/maps.

The only con that I was about list was the fact that both of the programs, myPaint and Xournal, is the fact that these programs are not for the smart devices and their main file type (.ora and .xoj, respectively) doesn’t work with another programs.  Well, .ora works with GIMP but GIMP is only for the PC.

I’m not sure if there is any OpenSource based program like Xournal that can sync between PC’s and smart devices.  The only program that I saw was Quill but again that is only for smart devices. And for some reason, it’s free on F-Droid but not Google Play. Maybe I should ask the developers of Quill to port it for the PC. Another thought that came to me was what if I could develop a program that does what I want.  The only problem and, this problem always run into this, is that I can’t code.  I only have the basic concepts of how code works.  Before I move on, I want to say sorry for getting a bit offtopic but it’s needed.


The reason why I joined the Ubuntu Community in the first place is to get my ideas for programs/games to be developed with code.  But I like I already said, I quickly found another niche to be in.  While it was the best thing for me to do, I still, time to time, get ideas for programs.  Lately, I have been thinking what if I started to network with developers and get one of my ideas developed into a program.  But I have no way to start this and I’m asking others to help me network with developers.  Thank you.


Back to the workflow redesign, I also looked at my task management system.  Currently, I’m just using Lightning for both my calender and tasks.  But it alone cut it for me.  It doesn’t do my day to day planning.  What I use now, is David Seah’s Mini Emergent Task Planner, which is an analogue planner.

When looking back at my redesign, it is not a major change.  It’s only going from analogue to digital.  But it’s something that I wanted to do for maybe two years.  I was able to finally use my Wacom tablet in November of 2013 when my trackpad (read: laptop’s mouse) stopped working and I had some weird issue with anything that mouse-like on Ubuntu.  Luckily, I had my Wacom tablet that was meant for me to do digital artwork, but I never found that I liked my style and gave up for a while.  Also, a bit before, one of my Twitter pals, AJ Linux, posted a blog post about note-taking software for Linux and that post introduced me to Xournal.  From then (November 2013) to now, I rarely use a mouse with my laptop (the netbook that I have, the 2005 one is a desktop for me), I just use my Wacom tablet.  This allows me to hand-write all of my notes for my classes that I take (and amaze everyone around me).

This sums up everything of my redesign and like David Seah, I might be writing another blog post on how it’s going for me.

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Ubuntu 14.04 Review

The Ubuntu Sense - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:04

As I promised, in this post, I have a review of Ubuntu 14.04.  Well, two reviews: desktop and tablet.

As the desktop, Ubuntu 14.04 rocks!  There are many features that I wanted that are finally built-in.  One of them is the battery indicator showing the other battery devices that you have connected such as a wireless keyboard.  I remember asking that a Long-Term Release ago in Ubuntu Brainstorm when it was still around.  Another awesome feature is the volume limit can be set where you can go past 100% without going to sound settings to just adjust the volume.  I love this because it find it a bit hard to hear what people say in some of the Hangouts and other videos and now I don’t need to do the extra step of going to adjust the volume.  Now, I can allow Ubuntu do it for me with a check in a box.  These are the only two features that I love about Ubuntu 14.04 along with the live resizing of windows.

As for the tablet, I hate it.  I have a Nexus 7 2013 and I waited for them to get an official image for it.  But now, I think I would rather stick to Android.  First off, I know that Ubuntu for ptablets is just a developers/testers preview and feedback is key, but I would rather wait a bit or another release to try it out my Nexus 7 2013.  They are many features that are missing and they are basic.  Here is the list:

  • No way to uninstall apps
  • No way to have a warning that you are powering down
  • It crashes
  • No inductor for volume when you adjust it

There are more about these are the ones that I can remember before I reinstalled what I have before Ubuntu.


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Ohanayou? Ohanami!

Paul Tagliamonte's Blog - Sat, 05/03/2014 - 17:51

Ohanayou? Ohanami!

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