Spider's Webtrail

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

God's Pantry Food Bank Employee Spotlight

God's Pantry Food Bank publishes an internal newsletter once a quarter.
July 6th 2019 was my 20th anniversary and I was the Employee Spotlight.

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So glad to see my church and interests mentioned.

System76 Thelio Unboxing & Setup

On Tuesday 9th April 2019 I received my System76 Thelio desktop at my workplace.
Once I got it home I filmed myself unboxing and setting up the system.

Here is the video: System76 Thelio Unbox & Setup

Full specification:

System76 Thelio (thelio-r1) Walnut - Classical style in a rich brown finish
Pop!_OS 18.04 LTS (64-bit) with full-disk encryption ***
4.3 GHz 7 2700X (3.7 up to 4.3 GHz - 8 Cores - 16 Threads)
32 GB Dual Channel DDR4 @ 2933 MHz (2x 16GB)
1 TB NVMe Seq. Read: 3500MB/s, Write, 3300MB/s
5 TB HDD 5400 RPM Drive
8 GB Radeon RX 580 with 2304 Stream Processors
WiFi up to 1.73 Gbps + Bluetooth
3 Year Limited Parts & Labor Warranty

APC Sine Wave UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector, 1500VA, APC Back-UPS Pro (BR1500MS)
LG 34UC80-B 34-Inch 21:9 Curved UltraWide QHD IPS Monitor with USB Quick Charge
Das Keyboard Model S Professional Cherry MX Blue Mechanical Keyboard - Clicky
Audioengine A2+ 60W Powered Desktop Speakers | Built-in DAC & Analog Amplifier | Direct USB Connection, 3.5mm and RCA inputs
Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse – Use on Any Surface, Hyper-Fast Scrolling, Ergonomic Shape, Rechargeable, Graphite
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910 (Cameras & Frames)
Blue Yeti Nano Premium USB Mic for Recording and Streaming - Shadow Grey
Asus External Blu-Ray Writer Black, BW-16D1H-U PRO/BLK/G/AS/PDVD
Anker 10 Port 60W Data Hub with 7 USB 3.0 Ports and 3 PowerIQ Charging Ports

*** Note: 2 days later Pop!_OS was replaced by my beloved Solus Budgie.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Too many Linux Distros?

Are there too many Linux distributions?
Some say yes and some say no.
Regardless, I test the ones that are of interest to me, and also via Big Daddy Linux Live on Saturday nights.
The BDLL website is at https://bigdaddylinux.com/
We video chat via Zoom and broadcast on YouTube from 9pm to 11pm Eastern time USA.

Here are the Linux distros that I am currently running, listed by machine and partition:

Machine: Alienware M15x A08 Laptop with Dell External Monitor
Name: Max
CPU: Intel i7 Q 740 (8) @ 1.73GHz
Distro: Solus 3.9999 Budgie

Machine: Alienware M15x A07 Laptop
Name: Erma
CPU: Intel i5 M 540 (4) @ 2.528GHz
Distro: Solus 3.9999 Plasma
Distros on external 2TB eSata HD:
Partition 1: SalentOS 64-Bit - Debian with Openbox. Like #!
Partition 2: openSUSE Tumbleweed - Xfce
Partition 3: Xubuntu
Distro on Persistent USB: MX Linux 18 - Debian with Xfce

Machine: Asus EeePC 1000 Netbook
Name: Ervyn
CPU: Intel Atom N270 (2) @ 1.6GHz
GPU: Intel Integrated Graphics
Distro: SalentOS 32-bit - Debian with Openbox. Like #!

Machine:Dell OptiPlex 755
Name: Davie
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2) @2.333GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 2400 Pro
Distros on 500GB HD:
Partition 1: Elementary OS 5 Juno - currently personally testing
Partition 2: Linux Mint 19.1 Xfce - from BDLL challenge - to be replaced tonight
Partition 3: Drauger OS - Ubuntu with Xfce - designed for gamers - testing for the developer Batcastle / Thomas.

Those are the installed Linux distributions, but the Linux kernel is also running in these devices:
Machine: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Phone - Android 7 Nougat
Machine: Asus C302 Chromebook - ChromeOS with Android Apps

At work I use Windows 8.1 ..... nuff said! 

BTW, anyone get the restaurant reference?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Rejoined the Linux Community

Although I have been running Solus Linux (Budgie and KDE Plasma 5) on my Alienware M15x laptops for the past 2 years, I found myself only chatting with the Solus community on IRC and G+.
Solus website: https://getsol.us/home/

A couple of months ago I picked up a few Linux based podcasts, which I mostly listen to on BeyondPod on my Note 5 Android phone:
Destination Linux - https://destinationlinux.org/
Late Night Linux - https://latenightlinux.com/

After rejoining mintCast, chatting them in the IRC channel during the live recording, I went ahead and installed Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) 32 bit on my Asus EeePC 1000 Netbook.
Although the device is 10 years old, it still runs quite well.
I also use it as a portable Oric Atmos emulator running Oricutron.

Talking of Asus, on Black Friday I purchased the this Chromebook from Amazon for $499, a saving of $150.
ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA-DH54 12.5-inch Touchscreen Convertible Chromebook Intel Core m5, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage, All-Metal Body, USB Type C, Corning Gorilla Glass, Chrome OS
Really loving this machine as a portable computer that is also light on weight at less than 3lb. It is also excellent at running Android Apps.

Last week I stopped posting generally to Google+ since it is going away next year, apart from the Solus community there which are still looking for new social home.
Looked for replacement and found MeWe - https://mewe.com
It is a social medium platform, which is kinda a blend of G+ and Facebook.
My own profile is at: https://mewe.com/i/peterpaterson
On MeWe I discovered the Tech and Coffee group
Finding myself talking with the geeks of Tech and Coffee pretty much daily on Google Video Hangouts. Great bunch!

On Saturday 1st December 2018 I took part in a 2 hour video chat with Rocco and others on Big Daddy Linux Live.
During the show we were given a choice of distro to install and review next Saturday. I picked Enso OS: https://www.enso-os.site/
Made the mistake of trying to dual-boot install Enso alongside Solus KDE on my 2nd laptop, as it totally messed up my grub boot settings. Ended up grabbing my data, scrubbed the drive, and reinstalled Solus KDE.
Last night I picked up an HP Pavilion P6243W desktop. The HDD is on the way out but worked enough to install and run Enso. Have ordered a new 500GB Hitachi HDD from Amazon for $30.
It has the following spec:
CPU: Dual core AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
GPU: AMD RV620 LE - Radeon HD 3450
This PC shall be my Linux distro tester and shall work well for that task.

Here is a photo of the HP PC with case panel off, HP 2311x 1080p monitor, Compaq keyboard, and Gateway speakers:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Spider's Linux Laptops

Here are the respective screenfetch (Mint) and neofetch (Solus) information from my two laptops.
Both are Alienware M15x, and about 6 years old, but still doing just great.

 MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmds+.        OS: Mint 18.1 serena
 MMm----::-://////////////oymNMd+`     Kernel: x86_64 Linux 4.8.0-32-generic
 MMd      /++                -sNMd:    Uptime: 14h 13m
 MMNso/`  dMM    `.::-. .-::.` .hMN:   Packages: 2576
 ddddMMh  dMM   :hNMNMNhNMNMNh: `NMm   Shell: bash 4.3.46
     NMm  dMM  .NMN/-+MMM+-/NMN` dMM   Resolution: 1600x1800
     NMm  dMM  -MMm  `MMM   dMM. dMM   DE: MATE 1.16.0
     NMm  dMM  -MMm  `MMM   dMM. dMM   WM: Metacity (Marco)
     NMm  dMM  .mmd  `mmm   yMM. dMM   GTK Theme: 'Mint-X-Aqua' [GTK2/3]
     NMm  dMM`  ..`   ...   ydm. dMM   Icon Theme: Mint-X-Aqua
     hMM- +MMd/-------...-:sdds  dMM   Font: Noto Sans 9
     -NMm- :hNMNNNmdddddddddy/`  dMM   CPU: Intel Core i7 CPU Q 740 @ 1.73GHz
      -dMNs-``-::::-------.``    dMM   GPU: GeForce GT 240M
       `/dMNmy+/:-------------:/yMMM   RAM: 2146MiB / 5955MiB

            -```````````                  peter@erma 
          `-+/------------.`              ---------- 
       .---:mNo---------------.           OS: Solus 2017.01.01.0 x86_64 
     .-----yMMMy:---------------.         Model: M15x A07 
   `------oMMMMMm/----------------`       Kernel: 4.8.15 
  .------/MMMMMMMN+----------------.      Uptime: 14 hours, 13 minutes 
 .------/NMMMMMMMMm-+/--------------.     Packages: 878 
`------/NMMMMMMMMMN-:mh/-------------`    Shell: bash 4.3.42 
.-----/NMMMMMMMMMMM:-+MMd//oso/:-----.    Resolution: 1600x900 
-----/NMMMMMMMMMMMM+--mMMMh::smMmyo:--    DE: Budgie 
----+NMMMMMMMMMMMMMo--yMMMMNo-:yMMMMd/.   Theme: Arc-Darker [GTK2/3] 
.--oMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMy--yMMMMMMh:-yMMMy-`   Icons: Arc [GTK2/3] 
`-sMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMh--dMMMMMMMd:/Ny+y.    Terminal: terminator 
`-/+osyhhdmmNNMMMMMm-/MMMMMMMmh+/ohm+     CPU: Intel i5 M 540 (4) @ 1.8GHz 
  .------------:://+-/++++++oshddys:      GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M 
   -hhhhyyyyyyyyyyyhhhhddddhysssso-       Memory: 1368MB / 7975MB 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Deity of Christ

Last Thursday and Friday, the 25th and 26th of February 2016, I attended the Stay Sharp conference which was on the subject of the Doctrine of God, particularly the Trinity.
This conference is held each year by the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) Allegheny District in Canonsburg, PA.
EFCA Allegheny District Conference Website 
Each years conference subject is based upon 1 of the 10 Statements of Faith of the EFCA. This year was from Statement 1:


1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

A wonderful time of teaching and fellowship was had indeed.
My local church fellowship is with Ironworks Pike Community Church, in Georgetown, KY, USA.
Arianna have been attending there for over a year now, and are very involved in this church.

This morning we visited our last church, Bluegrass Bible Fellowship, in Richmond, KY, USA, which is a brethren assembly.
With the Trinity of God still heavily on my mind this morning, during the Breaking of Bread meeting I read out these following verses:

Isaiah 44:6 NKJV
(6)  "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.

Revelation 1:8-18 NKJV
(8)  "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
(9)  I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
(10)  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
(11)  saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea."
(12)  Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
(13)  and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
(14)  His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
(15)  His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
(16)  He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
(17)  And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
(18)  I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

Those who are familiar with the brethren style of the Breaking of Bread meeting will know and understand that it is not a teaching meeting, and the verses are used to remind ourselves of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to worship Him.
I did point out how Isaiah absolutely declares that there is only 1 God, who declares that He is the "First and the Last".
Revelation also uses the same phrase, and even expands it to use "Alpha and Omega", the first and last of the Greek alphabet. This Lord in Revelation applies the phrase to Himself, and we see that He is Jesus, as He now lives, but "was dead".
Praise be to God for the Deity of Christ, the Almighty!