04 Feb

January 2017 Update

If anyone noticed that I tend to post at least two (2) blog posts per month, but the month of January 2017 was different.  My blog was down for a half of December 2016 and most of January 2017.  But that didn’t stop me from creating posts- just in a different way!  Through my vBlogs and AudioBlogs.

As I said on my AudioBlog Episode 1, here are the updates and some that I forgot to add:

  • As of now, my Ubuntu volunteer work will be on hold.  This is partly due to the fact that I’m still dealing with burntout and I’m out of ideas on how grow the Community.
  • On behalf of the general admins of Linux Padawn, we have sadly closed the site and program down due to the fact that nothing is happening.  Linux Padawan is just another dead project.
  • Over the month of January, I started to think about leadership within the Open * communities.  This started when I found out that Mozilla Foundation is hosting a leadership mentoring program in March in which I applied to but as a co-leader/project manager looking to be partnered up.  I might not make in but I may be able to find some project to be apart of.
    • I also am working on adding more to their leadership training series, which is a training series on the open practices of being a leader along with GitHub being used as a tool.
  • So far, I’m liking my Pebble Time although the Ubuntu (Touch) has issues reconnecting back to the watch if the disconnection is longer than five (5) minutes.  Most of the time when this happens a simple factory reset on the watch is needed and it will not delete anything that you have downloaded from the phone to the watch, just the data that is stored on the watch.  I also advise to forget the connection before factory reset.

And that’s all, thanks for reading!

11 Dec

What Programs Do I Use: Manuskript

Like I said, I try to write fiction which I recently realized that what I was planning to write back in 2009 (gave up in 2013) is more of a Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) world/realm then an original world (now I decided to make it back to one).  But I never really had a way to organize my thoughts/parts expect with individual word processor or .txt files within folders.  I either outline or just write something down in those files.

Recently I came by a program called Manuskript, which is an Open Source clone of Scrivener.  I took the time to review it by video because I found that it would be hard to do it by text:

I have a playlist where I talk about the app along with me creating a D&D campaign with the program.

The main problem of this program that it looks like the development has stalled and maybe is already dead because, “QT Webkit is depracated [and] may have built it on dying tech” (Darrell Breeden, comments on the story on OMG! Ubuntu).  Hopefully it isn’t because none of the other suggested programs are suited for what I’m trying to do with what I’m working on.

04 Dec

Community Service Learning Within Open * Communities

As the name implies, “service-learning is an educational approach that combines learning objectives with community service in order to provide a pragmatic, progressive learning experience while meeting societal needs” (Wikipedia).  When you add the “community” part to that definition it changes to, “about leadership development as well as traditional information and skill acquisition” (Janet 1999).

How does this apply to Open * communities?

Simple!  Community service learning is an ideal way to get middle/high school/college students to get involved within the various communities and understand the power of Open *. And also to stay active after their term of community service learning.

This idea came to me just today (as of writing, Nov. 30th) as a thought on what is really Open *.  Not the straightforward definition of it but the the affect Open * creates.  As I stated on my home page of my site, Open * creates a sense of empowerment.  One way is through the actions that create skills and improvements to those skills.  Which skills are those?  Mozilla Learning made a map and description to these skills on their Web Literacy pages.  They are show below also:

screenshot-from-2016-11-30-19-07-22Most of these skills along with the ways to gain these skills (read, write, participate) can be used as skills to worked on for community service learning.

As stated above, community service learning is really the focus of gaining skills and leadership skills while (in the Open * sense) contribute to projects that impacts the society of the world.  This is really needed now as there are many local and world issues that Open * can provide solutions too.

I see this as an outreach program for schools and the various organizations/groups such as Ubuntu, System76, Mozilla, and even Linux Padawan.  Unlike Google Summer of Code (GSoC), no one receives a stipend but the idea of having a mentor could be taken from GSoC.  No, not could but should.  Because the student needs someone to guide them, hence Linux Padawan could benefit from this idea.

Having that said, I will try to work out a sample program that could be used and maybe test it with Linux Padawan.  Maybe I could have this ready by spring semester.

Random Fact #1: Simon Quigley, through his middle school, is in a way already doing this type of learning.

Random Fact #2: At one point of time, I wanted to translate that Web Literacy map into one that can be applied to Open *, not just one topic.

20 Nov

Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day 2016

It’s that time of the year where we appreciate the members of our Ubuntu Community, Member or not.

This year I appreciate a group of people and three others.  The group is the one that gone to Ohio Linux Fest this year.  I thank you for all of the fun!

The first person that I appreciate is for his Tweet about me (which explains everything why I choose him), which is  Benjamin Kerensa:

The second person is Simon Quigley who is quite an awesome kid.  Over the last year, he has really changed his attitude and even his behavior where it doesn’t not sound like he is a 14 year-old but older.  Because he is a youngster,  he has a good chance that he will get a job within Open Source, development-wise or anything else.

Last but not least, the last person is Pavel Sayekat. Like Simon, he also has improved and now is helping to get his LoCo, Ubuntu Bangladesh, active again.

Keep it up everyone for making the Community the way it is!

16 Oct

Goals for Z Cycle And Reflection on Goals from Y Cycle

It’s hard to believe that Ubuntu 16.10 is already released (I think I may of lost track of time this cycle) and it seems that it’s time for the next cycle’s goals.  But first, I wish to reflect on the goals from the last cycle.  I found out that I’m (somehow) no mood for coding and/or hacking, but I was able to do something for Linux Padawn, which was Buddy Press, but it needs tweaking to get it to work right.

As for this cycle’s goals, they will be centered around the Grailville Pond project, Ubuntu (Touch), and Linux Padawan:

Grailville Pond Project

Work on the Raspberry Pi as I stated here and also work on a temperature inversion catching script for R.

Ubuntu (Touch)

Work on a demo because I’m planning to go Ohio Linux Fest next year and I want to bring something cool.

Linux Padawan

Work on community building in order to increase the growth and also try to get Buddy Press to work.

Hopefully this time I can complete them.

12 Oct

Ohio Linux Fest 2016

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For the last few years, I always wanted to go Ohio Linux Fest (OLF), partly because it’s only two (2) hours away from where I live and one way to meet my fellow Ubuntu Ohio Team members. But what kept me from not coming is my old job before my new one (that I started the week of October 3rd, 2016. So, this year, I finally was able to go!

First Day

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it because I had to work ten hours at my work plus the two(2) hour drive from Blue Ash, Ohio to Columbus where I arrived at eight (8) to my hotel room. I was very tired and ended up taking a small walk, a bath, and went to sleep for the night.

Second Day

I woke up and took a small walk around the Arena District of Columbus an hour before the second (and final) day of OLF. I didn’t go to the keynote, but I meet up with José Antonio Rey and helped set up the Ubuntu booth. I was lucky enough to man the booth and I enjoyed it! I also brought my Nexus 7 2013 tablet with Ubuntu and allowed people to try it with the two Nexus 4’s that we had.

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People love the #Ubuntu devices #ohiolinux

CC Elizabeth K. Joseph

Most of the day was manning the booth but I also went to Elizabeth K. Joseph’s, Nathan Handler’s, Stephen McLaughlin’s talks, and the final keynote by Joe and Lily Born. The first two talks I went was mostly for support for my fellow Ubuntu Community Members, as I’m just a basic end user with some Linux command line skills. Plus, I don’t really know what do with Linux as a hobby, but that is slowly changing.

But Stephen McLaughlin’s talk on how (Raspberry) Pi’s are the future sparked my interest very well. As some of you know that I collect data on two ponds at Grailville in order to find out how to organically maintain it. One of the problems is layer temperature inversion in the small pond which means that if fish are placed in, they could die. While I was collecting data, I noticed that the values for pH, ammonia, and phosphate were high. High values equals layer temperature inversion.

I got the idea for using a Pi during Stephen’s talk and I told him it. He liked it and give me a free Pi Zero! Because of this gift, I gave myself a project and a next step for the pond project. I will using the Pi along with a solar panel as the power supply, a waterproof temperature sensor, and maybe a rain sensor to see when it rains and/or tell the Pi to record a few weeks after it rains. I plan to float it in the middle of the pond and data collect during the spring into the fall of next year. Before the spring, I will build and test this before trying to collect data. I will have another post as an update.

I also meet three(3) Ohio Team members including the everyone-thinks-that-he-is-a-robot Unit193. Ohio Team members! Please tell who you are, because I forgot, thanks!!!!

Yay the #Ubuntu crew :D #ohiolinux

The Ubuntu Booth crew CC Elizabeth K. Joseph

At the end of day, I went to the after party where I played Cards Against Humanity for the first time and had cake with gummy Tux’s:

Third Day

On the last day, I went to the Columbus Zoo* with Elizabeth and David. It was a nice and fun zoo. I also had bison for lunch for the first time. After I dropped of the two off back to their hotel, I drove back home.

*CC to Elizabeth K. Joseph

21 Jul

On The State Of Health Of Our LoCos

Over the last year, Miles Sharpe (Kilos on IRC) worked hard on getting the African LoCos united and active again.  Now he is working with two other LoCo’s: ubuntu-bd and ubuntu-pk.

The problem that he found in the ubuntu-bd LoCo is this:

I started with ubuntu-bd and found 3 nicks on the irc channel and no one
responding. There were over 20 applicants waiting for approval on LP. some for 2 years already. So with some help from the LC we found the owner and he came and agreed to get things going again but said those users prefer facebook and later said he was to busy. And their mailing list is for announcements. I am not a fan of mailing lists but find that they are a good way of getting a message out when one has no irc contact with someone. At least the LP applicants are approved now.  He greeted a few times after that and has now withdrawn again, so pavlushka (the failed applicant) has been trying to get things going again.
At times there are 10 nicks in channel and from chatting to them for the last 5 months, I have learned that they aren’t satisfied with the way things are going there.The Ubuntu community spirit is missing.

Taken from here.

And for the ubuntu-pk LoCo:

I then started looking at the ubuntu-pk channel and found it in the same sad state of affairs. After a couple of months an old ubuntu user from pk arrived and was surprised to find any life there and he has been helping regrow the channel. And will apply for Ubuntu membership within a few months. By rights he could have done that years ago imo. But once again the leadership is at fault. Here is his old wiki page
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/shani

Taken from here.

Both of this examples points to one problem: these LoCos are using Facebook instead of IRC/Mailing-Lists.  Two reasons come up to my mind on why: 1)we are in a new age where social media dominates and 2)these are third-world countries and Internet is expensive.  Because of that, the providers give “free” Internet where the users can only access Facebook and Twitter for free.  In turn, these people of these countries don’t have a sense of what the Internet is really is.  This is where Mozilla Learning aims to educate these people.  But we are not Mozilla, we are Ubuntu and this is not our problem.  Our problem is the health of our Community (looking at Memberships mainly), mainly the LoCos.

One solution is like the Ubuntu Forums system for Membership.  But the problem is how to deal with the applications on Facebook and other social media sites.  One solution is using groups, but that still requires the applicants to have a wiki page, sign the CoC, and the other items for Membership.  And who will oversee the process on these social media sites?

Other LoCos are inactive via the Ubuntu Community or even social media.  The Oceania LoCos are examples. I lied, they are using G+, I need a better example.  The problem with these LoCos is how would new comers be able to join and then find out that there is no one to greet them?  Or even help on rebooting the LoCo?  The solution is come and join #ubuntu-locoteams on irc.feenode.net, where we can help you connect with others of your LoCo or to give ideas on how to reboot your LoCo.

The last group of LoCos are LoCos who have members but they are scattered throughout the country/state.  My LoCo, Ubuntu Ohio, is one example.  One solution to the problem is figure out a common meeting spot and date and meet there.

The bottom line here is that we need to rethink our health of our LoCos as they are source of our Ubuntu Members and it’s a way to connect with others in real life.

EDIT TO ADD: Uniting LoCos in the same continent or country (USA for example) is another solution.

17 Jul

What Programs Do I Use: Diodon

The commands copy and paste are deadly useful, but what if you need to retain what you have copied and pasted after you copied something else?  That’s where clipboard managers come in play.  I know some use gedit/notepad but to me that requires an extra step since one needs to paste the item then recopy it when its needed.

There are programs that allow items to be copied onto a clipboard and then selected from a menu. One such program is Diodon which I use.  It’s an integrated clipboard manager for the Gnome/Unity desktop that has the features that I need.  Ones like:

  • Expendable item list
  • Searchable items via the Dash
  • Automatic paste when item is selected
  • Plug-ins!

If you need one, you can give Diodon a shot.

12 Jul

What Programs Do I Use: Irssi

I use IRC like many people of the Community who uses IRC for most of their text-based business, excluding e-mailing to mailing-list threads or longer pieces of text.  From 2009 to April 2016, I used X-chat.  X-chat was one of the programs that were removed from the main repo of Ubuntu software center.  Simply because it’s not maintained anymore.  I’m aware that there is Hex Chat but it doesn’t work well with my ZNC Bouncer.  Nowadays I use the command-line based IRC client called Irssi.

I haven’t really messed around with the config of the client but I do have set it up to the point where it’s usable.

Like many Open Source programs,  Irssi has scripts to make it more usable and I use a few of them:

11 Jul

The Ubuntu Community Wants YOU to Join the Membership Board!

NOTE: I know that “join” isn’t the correct word in this sense but it makes sense for the title.  And I also know that I should of posted this when the first call was made but I was just burnt out at that time and I was get ready for a trip to Sydney, NSW.

From the call:

As you may know, Ubuntu Membership is a recognition of significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu and the Ubuntu community. To this end, the Community Council recruits members of our current membership community for the valuable role of reviewing and evaluating the contributions of potential members to bring them on board or assist with having them achieve this goal.

We have seven members of our boards expiring from their 2 year terms within the next couple months, which means we need to do some restaffing of this Membership Board.

We’re looking for Ubuntu Members who can participate either in the 20:00 UTC meetings or 22:00 UTC (if you can make both, even better).

Both the 20:00 UTC and the 22:00 UTC meetings happen once a month, specific day may be discussed by the board upon addition of new members.

Currently we have seven (7) nominees and we would like to have at least two (2) more.  Because of this, the deadline is extended to July 25th, 2016.

We have the following requirements for nominees:

  • be an Ubuntu member (preferably for some time)
  • be confident that you can evaluate contributions to various parts of our community
  • be committed to attending the membership meetings
  • broad insight into the Ubuntu community at large is a plus

Why?

As a Board member this is why I think it’s worth it to be apart of the Board:

  • It’s a good step for higher level leadership
  • Can help on Community Council elections because you showed that you have/had a position in a  Board
  • It allows you to see the weak points of the applicants and possibly help them on strengthening them
  • It allows you to see what is happening the Community

How?

To nominate yourself or somebody else (please confirm they wish to accept the nomination and state you have done so), please send a mail to the membership boards mailing list (ubuntu-membership-boards at lists.ubuntu.com). You will want to include some information about the nominee, a launchpad profile link and which time slot (20:00 or 22:00) the nominee will be able to participate in.

I wish good luck on those who nominate themselves or others!

Thank you.