Circles Within Circles

“When I cry, I see millions of circles.” – Bob Mould, “Circles” It was supposed to be so easy. KDE has an application launcher that also shows your user account picture (“avatar”). A user submitted a “wishlist” bug to have the normally square avatar cropped to a circle, which would better match other aspects of […]

Kicking the Habit

For the past 10 years or so, I’ve been a devoted Apple user. I have a MacBook (with TouchBar), a 12.9″ iPad Pro, and a 256GB iPhone X. But as of the first of the year, I’ve gotten hooked into KDE and the open source software culture. Being accepted and invited to participate and contribute […]

Downtime, technical and personal

To my millions of devoted readers, I apologize for the recent downtime. From time to time, the script kiddies decide it’s a good time to try breaking into any WordPress sites they can find. This is one of them. Thankfully, my hosting service, NearlyFreeSpeech.net (blatant plug), is clever enough to detect these incoming attacks and […]

Training an AI

Artificial intelligence systems aren’t born smart. They have to be taught and trained. If you’ve got an iPhone, you might remember training Siri by repeating a few phrases, like “Hey Siri, it’s me”. That’s how it learns your voice – accurately. I believe Amazon’s Alexa has a similar feature. But these guys have a head […]

Patching Plasma’s file manager

My latest patch for KDE was purely cosmetic, but it was to a key component: the system file manager, known as Dolphin. A user reported that, when increasing the system font size, the icons would lose their horizontal centering. It’s not a huge deal, but KDE takes a lot of pride in producing a professional […]

Praise The Blue Steel

Updated this page’s header image with something a little less monotone. Of course, it’s a Propaganda tile, called Praise-The-Blue-Steel-1. I ran it through GIMP to wash out the colors a little and tile it to the appropriate size. The original is on the left. I’ve had some partial success with my project to write an […]

Fig. 5

From the days when cool and unusual things were drawn by hand, I present you with Fig. 5: It’s part of a patent for the use of the HSL color space in computer graphics terminals. You don’t have to understand it. Just look at it. It’s spectacular.  

Mycroft

Wrong Mycroft. The right Mycroft is an open-source AI speech-enabled personal assistant. That’s a mouthful, but it’s synonymous with one more familiar word: Alexa. Or maybe you prefer Siri. Or Cortana. Or Hey Google, even though that’s two words. It’s an ambitious project, going up against giants like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google. But like […]

Propaganda: Processing Begins

The Image Processing Division of Bundito Heavy Industries reports success in analyzing the first batch of Propaganda tiles. Terminal output attached as proof of life. UPDATE (19:03) I’ve crunched through all 19 (or is it 18.5?) volumes of the Propaganda tiles and stored all the color information in a SQLite database. I’ve got the three […]

Acer Aspire E15

With my interest in Linux growing, I decided it was time to get a machine dedicated to running KDE directly. I already had my machine in the basement, which I connected to using NoMachine. It’s an excellent (free!) product if you want to remotely control another computer. I was able to run a reasonably-high quality […]