Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019

.jar files under XFCE, especially for Chromebooks

Good Evening, I recently purchased some wonderful software from Inkwell Ideas and came across a little hiccup. Under XFCE, for some reason, I cannot use the GUI window to flag my .jar as an executable.


It's not a huge deal, but some versions of Linux simply have a checkbox. I like easy. The "hard way" of opening or running a .jar file is to open the terminal and type:

java -jar filename.jar

Not so hard, I guess. But what if I simply want to double click that .jar file and have it open for me? The command is:

chmod +x filename.jar  

Reading the command makes me chuckle. "put the x in the box" is the command. Why not an easy little box. This is handy terminal usage information for all .jar files from Minecraft to Hexographer. One note on HexOgrapher is don't forget the little "o" between x and g. For whatever reason, I say "Hexgrapher" and then want to type it that way. It does not work, don't bother doing that.

I can't wait to review this software. It looks amazing. If you are wondering how you came to be here from MeWe, I am the author at These Old Games. The Unpwnd website is my tech site, which is not typically useful to RPG and OSR gamers. Not much can go wrong with pen and paper, so I like to keep them separated.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The machine that started it all...

In December of 2010, I started a website called Pretender to the Power. I was recently back to school and thought I had a little free time on my hands. Not so.

Instead of learning how to blog, I spent much of my time with my Asus PC EEE 700 series machine trying to get a handle on Linux.

Today, I found that little machine shoved in a drawer.

I plugged it in and booted up. It worked. It has 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB on a SSD with an actual 8 GB SD card for supplemental storage space runs at 800 mhz and as a 7" screen.

It's a Kindle Fire without the touchscreen. Or a Fire with a keyboard.

Well, not quite. The Fire is on the left. Both had their uses but I find myself using my Chromebook for most tasks. How things change.

I purchased the EEE PC for $138 back in 2009 on NewEgg. It was an open box return. For less than 200 bucks, I figured I could take a chance. It came with two 8 SD cards, a sleeve and the charger. Out of the box, it ran Xandros. Xandros served for a time but I out grew it.

I ended up running Netbook Remix, Ubuntu 10.10. It was simple, clean and invigorated my curiosity about Linux. I never really looked back. My current Chromebook has a copy of Linux hiding in the Crosh.

I recently updated my C710-2487 Chromebook from 4 to 8 Gb and my first thought was to transfer the old ram to the Asus. No dice. Wrong type.


Of course, I found 3 other 512 mb RAM chips lying around, but with a single slot, that is no help.

I am trying to decide if I will keep my old Asus or let it go. Not sure. In the image above, note the large empty space begging for some new gadget to be installed. Oh... the pain of being a nerd.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Getting Social Buttons

One of the biggest hindrances of going to new media is a lack of linking tools. Tonight, I took some of the logos of my favorite sites and edited them down to 120x120.


If you like these button sized images, you can download a zip of them here.

For my site, I wanted these buttons in the upper right, in a tight space. I used some code to get them down to 42x42.


MeWe
The code is pretty straight forward:

<div>
<a href="your link here" target="_blank"></a><
<img alt="A description of image" src="Image.png" style="border: 0; height: 42px; width: 42px;" />
</div>

If 42px is too big or small, go ahead and change it. The target="_blank" opens the link in a new tab. You can delete it. I happen to like how that works, so I use it. But some people believe that it causes new users NOT to return to your site via the back button and leave frustrated. It is really up to you.  

Monday, October 8, 2018

Google+ Alternatives

This week I will be looking at Google Plus alternatives. The short list is:

diaspora*
Ello
discordapp
Minds
mastodon.social
roleplaycafe
MeWe
qutee
pluspora

I've been on-board Google+ since almost the beginning and really hate to see it go.

Amazon in the Classroom and on the Commute. .

In my classroom this week, we watched Hocus Pocus. The library had a copy, but one of the other classes snatched it up. I figure it would be available on Netflix, but I was wrong. I checked CBS All Access and Hulu. No dice. Amazon has it, as does Google Play. I went with Amazon because I had some coupons which reduced the price by $2.00. Otherwise, Google and Amazon would have had the same price.

The $.299 price is listed in the ad is for a rental. I've only rented a digital product once. It doesn't seem worth the cost but it is quick and easy. Live and learn.




What I find amazing is that the DVD ranges from $4.99 to $24.99. Who pays $24.99 for a DVD? The Blu Ray is less than $18.00.


Since I was already there, I loaded some music to my phone for the ride home. Twenty One Pilot's Levitate is catchy. The album is less than 11 bucks.



So much for saving money.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Amazon Back to School Round Up

Amazon is a life saver. I have ordered most of the things I needed for back to school. These five items are all things that will go with me to every class. When I get a chance, I will detail some of the more unusual items I picked up for back to school. Most of these will revolve around my technological choices in the classroom.

The first item is a suggested item for my Social Studies Technology in the Classroom. It is a version of Google Cardboard. I bought two, one for around the house for my kids and the second is to take to class. At 6 bucks each, I could afford to spurge.

I figured I should see Cardboard VR devices not only as a teacher's tool, but from the prospective of a student attempting to use them. I have 13 and 14 year old who are already showing a lot of interest. The first thing I have notices about them is, while VR seems like a very personal interaction with technology, my children use both pairs for a share experience.




The second item a set of 16 GB thumb drives at an excellent price.




And the last three items were simply writing basics.

JournalsFoldersPencils

The journals are tiny A5 sized and have 30 sheets or 60 pages of grid lined paper. The folders are simple two pocket multicolored affairs, 10 of each color. The pencils are... well, yellow and wooden. 

While the first two items are tech, I like to be a little old school with my in classroom supplies. No batteries to charge or electronics involved.