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NullSpaceOddity

nsoddity@hubz.secretlair.me

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
It's always fun when you run a software update, and find fun new updates (not just bug fixes).

I've never noticed the VPN on/off switch in Gnome before.  And the transparent top bar is new to me as well.  Nice touch that it goes solid when using an application full screen.
Fever the Ghost - SOURCE

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Magical earworm of the day...



Fever The Ghost - SOURCE (official music video)
by Felix Colgrave on YouTube
Examples of public facing Hubzilla installations?

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  last edited: Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:06:26 -0500  
Does anyone have an example of a Hubzilla install (asides from project.hubzilla.org) that is public-facing?  Such as a club, business etc?

The example ideally need to go directly load a single profile or Hubzilla hosted webpage.

I was considering introducing my kids school to the idea of hosting their own setup for various clubs as opposed to relying on things like Weebly and Facebook.  It just seems like it would be more professional if they controlled the web domain, and there are some folks (mainly school staff) who don't use Facebook and can't see the photo galleries locked inside that walled garden.

#hubzilla
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
@Digital Realms+
Started messing with Crashlands on my phone again.  It's surprisingly fun, and I really like the sense of humor injected into it.  The controls work really well on a small touchscreen.  My only complaint would be that the housing craftables all appear too similar.  Since Crashlands is a top-down game, most stuff just looks like a different box.  It makes it slightly less rewarding to take time to build a cool base in contrast to games like Terraria.

Also just picked up Destiny 2.  Will be giving that a go this weekend.
NullSpaceOddity
  
And a little Destiny 2 update.  Dipped into the beginning of the game.  LOVING the music.  Bungie did a great job on the soundtrack.
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  last edited: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:37:07 -0500  
So I've had my XMPP server for awhile.  I did end up getting one of my daughters to use it, but her sister does not.  I'm assuming its because she has an iPhone, and the XMPP clients sort of suck for it.

Going to try another approach on getting them to use something other than FB Messenger.  This time with Matrix.  I have the server set up on my Cubieboard 2, just have to sort the NGINX reverse proxy.  With only a few people using it, I don't think it will eat too much RAM.
Erik
  
Matrix is great, I think it got a lot potential. I personal like the IRC bridge. The iOS client Riot works pretty well for me. Matrix is resources hungry, but not too bad, if you do not connect the big channels. I had a test server running in a VM (with 4GB) on my HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen8, it worked fine. I hope you can convince your daughters to leave FB messenger.
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
I'm not a fan of advertising, but I do admire clever implementation of technology.
Here is something I had not seen before:  Using FM radio RDS data to rotate ad text with artist/song information.

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NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Oooh, LCD Soundsystem has a new album!

Time to fill my earholes
Inside the Ataribox

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
If this is accurate, then the Ataribox just became slightly more interesting.  I had anticipated it being an Android based streaming/game box like the Nvidia Shield.  However, it looks like it will be an x86 based console running Linux.  So it shouldn't be limited to lame Android games.

The possibilities of sideloading software are intriguing.  Perhaps Steam?  Or run a full Linux desktop?  The article mentions that its going to be AMD based with a Radeon GPU, so that means it will probably be a Ryzen Mobile cpu.

Ataribox gaming console will run Linux on AMD

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Atari will soon launch a $250 “Ataribox” gaming console that runs a customizable Linux stack on an AMD CPU with Radeon, and provides media player features.


#gaming #linux
Hub SPAM

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Interesting.  I just noticed that I have a few comments sitting in the moderation app that are SPAM.

I had experimented with open public comments, but had changed the settings back once I learned how to use access tokens.
Will have to keep an eye on it.  So far, its just one post that they have been commenting on.  I can't remember if I made the post before or after changing the ability to comment back to "only those you allow", and channel setting back to "Mostly Public" from custom.

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Excitement of the day

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
I took my dog outside this morning, and happened to notice something moving by a fence line.  There was a hawk that had hopped down in the narrow space between my neighbor's wooden and wire fences.  It couldn't figure out how to get back out, and was pacing back and forth like a chicken.

Of course, my dog had to come check this new thing out, which the hawk did not appreciate one bit.  It flipped on it's back, and was holding it's murder claws out in a menacing fashion.  After the dog ventured to the other side of the yard, the hawk managed to find it's way out.

Thankfully it hadn't damaged it's wings,  and flew to a low tree in my backyard.  I turned to retrieve my DSLR from the house, but my dog saw the hawk.  He decided to congratulate the hawk on a successful escape by barking non-stop.  The hawk didn't share his enthusiasm, and flew away

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Fun with Hubzilla Guest Access Tokens

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  last edited: Sun, 03 Sep 2017 12:00:09 -0500  
Recently, I ran into a situation where I wanted to share a post  AND have my friends be able to make comments on this post.  If my friends were cool, they would also be using Hubzilla and this wouldn't be an issue.  However, they are not Hubzilla members (not yet anyway...) Instead, they can be found on the NSA's social network that uses a big blue "F" for a logo.

So, the solution I came up with was to create the content on Hubzilla.  Then, I would then just add the link to a Farcebuch post asking them to read the article.  But once they read the article on my Hubzilla channel, how would they be able to respond?  One method was introduced with the Hubzilla 2.6 patch.  This method allows any outside user to make a comment on your public posts in a similar fashion to a Wordpress site.  Comments would then need to be approved in the moderator panel before they show up.  While easy to set up, I didn't want to open every public post up to comments.  And so, I looked into a second method of achieving my goal.

The solution I settled on uses Hubzilla's Guest Access Token feature.  It allows me to create a link to an article that can be posted anywhere.  The link includes a token that will allow those who follow it to like/post comments without waiting for moderation. On a per-post basis!

Here is how this can be achieved: First, you will need to create your Guess Access Token.  This can be done by clicking Settings on your channel, and then on Guess Access Tokens.  The field "Login Name" can be anything you wish.  In this example, I am using "FacebookRefugee".  The login password field should already be populated by a random string.  You may leave it as-is, or change it as you see fit.  After this, click the Submit button to create the token.  Towards the bottom of the screen, you will now see the login name for the token you created.  Clicking the token name will change the example links to include the password of the token you created.

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Make note of the red text in the link example.  We will need this later.

Next, create your post.  Before you hit "Share", click the Permission Settings button.  In the pull down list, we are going to choose "Custom Selection".  Here, you can add any Hubzilla group or individual user.  You should also see the login name of the Access Token you created.  If it is not in your list, you may use the search field.  Be sure click the "Show" button (turning it green) to give your token login name access to the post.  Click the Share button when you are finished.

After creating your post, take a look at it in your feed.  Click the options button in the lower right hand corner of the post and select "Link to source".  This will give us a view that contains only the post you created.


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Look at the web address of the post in your browser.  It should appear like something below:
https://hubz.secretlair.me/channel/nsoddity/?f=&mid=d2ef0495f3550b03d79455978adfc4853fe43d981d0c3a613a4a8c7faf9dedcd@hubz.secretlair.me&zid=nsoddity%40hubz.secretlair.me

At the end of the link, you may discard the section that begins with "&zid", and continues on with your ZOT ID.
The next part we are interested in is towards the beginning of the link, just after your channel address.  Remember the red text from the example link on the Guess Access Token Page?  We will need that for this next step.

The red highlighted text from the Guest Access Token page will be substituted in place of the yellow highlighted text below.
https://hubz.secretlair.me/channel/nsoddity/?f=&mid=d2ef0495f3550b03d79455978adfc4853fe43d981d0c3a613a4a8c7faf9dedcd@hubz.secretlair.me&zid=nsoddity%40hubz.secretlair.me

Your final link should be similar to the structure of the one below: https://hubz.secretlair.me/channel/nsoddity/?f=&zat=gresteb&mid=d2ef0495f3550b03d79455978adfc4853fe43d981d0c3a613a4a8c7faf9dedcd@hubz.secretlair.me

You may now copy this link, and try it in a private browser window, or a another browser where you are not logged into Hubzilla.  If everything worked, you should see that you have been authenticated with a generic Hubzilla user image and the post should be visible.  Those who use this link will be able to click the like button, and add replies.  Note that all replies will show the User Name you chose as the author.  In this example, the replies would be posed by "FacebookRefugee".

And there we go!  Hopefully this will get a few outsiders to ask questions about what Hubzilla is, and what they can do with it.
Cheers!

Update 1: A like can be set on a post only once by a guess access token.

#hubzilla #zot #tutorial
It's me
  
I'm curious about what happens if you make two guest tokens with the same password, and use that password in the URL by adding ?f=&zat=<password> to the URL. Which guest token will be used in that case?
NullSpaceOddity
  
Looks like the first one is used.  I just ran a quick test by creating a second token with the same password, and a new post.  The new post had permission granted to the user name of the second token.  However, when the link is visited, an access denied message is displayed.
It's me
  
What is the f= variable a reference to? I removed that part from the URL and the token seemed to work without it.
ZOT Authentication tokens = Life changing

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
It took a couple days of tinkering, but I have finally figured out how to use temporary Zot authentication tokens!
Now, I can create a post that I might want people outside of the ZOT world to interact with.  They may click on the link, and view/comment without needing a login to a Hubzilla site.  

This is much cooler than opening my whole channel to moderated comments :)

I'm so impressed, I'll have to write some instructions later.  I'm sure someone else will find it useful.

#zot #hubzilla
Enabling unregistered members to comment on posts

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
@Hubzilla Support Forum+
How does one enable the unwashed masses to comment on a post?

I am assuming there is a setting somewhere, but once enabled, does it apply to all future posts?  Or can it be set on a per post basis?

I thought it may be occasionally fun to direct my Farcebuch friends to a Hubzilla post to discuss stuff with spoilers.

My hub is running the 2.6 branch.
Oliver
  
@paulfree14 you need to check the Hubzilla app-management ;-)
spraci
  
I was curious about this too
but there must be some posts missing,
I don't see how the discussion went from being about comments to being about "apps"
paulfree14
  
@spraci it started with oliver posting an 'app' linking to the page 'moderate'.

(but anyway I think we're getting a bit offtopic. maybe better start a new thread if we want to continue talking about apps. ...as we then don't borther ppl of this thread not particular interested in, and it's easier for others to join in, if they have interest in just app chat)
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
@Digital Realms+
Had time this weekend to dip back into Guild Wars 2 for a short bit.  After the latest patch for the new expansion, the game is pretty laggy on my system.  Will have to adjust some settings I suppose.  Started roaming around, trying to get to a level 35-ish area.

Also, knocked out a few chapters of Wolfenstein: The New Order.  Highly entertaining, and a steal for $7 (when on sale).   I finally found the easter egg in that lets you play old school Wolfenstein.  I spent many hours on that game in high school :)
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
I will need to watch the Mycroft AI project.  I'm hoping it will evolve in a way that would be like Siri/Alexa/Cortana, but self hosted like NextCloud. The ability to create custom responses for stuff would make it even more useful than the commercial alternatives.

https://mycroft.ai/
When lazy resellers try to fleece the public...

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
Was researching solar glasses as the free handouts from the local library ended.

Saw this on Amazon, and had a laugh.  If you are going to resell overpriced junk, you might want to double check the product photos when stealing them from elsewhere.

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Test
 
Test test
Test dude
 
Test post from non-registered user.
 
Temp token post test
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
@Digital Realms+
Been trying to pick up some phats from The Secret World's Whispering Tide event.
I experienced it the first time, but have had horrible luck during this run.

So far, all of my play time is shortly after the Flappy raids have ended.  Thankfully, the only social item I would want is a factional Custodian robot pet.  All of the social gear from the original event seems to not be at the vendor.  I don't know if they are drops, or perhaps if it will show up at another vendor later on.

#TSW
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
@Digital Realms+
Had a small window of time to revisit The Division on the Xbox One.   It appears that some of my gripes about the game have been addressed.  I had been "stuck".  Main story completed.  Not really receiving any upgrade drops in the world, but yet the elite daily missions were frustratingly difficult.  Enemies with the yellow health bar were incredibly hard to dispatch, and would always lead to me quitting, and saying "F-this game!".

Ubisoft appears to have re-balanced the health and armor of enemies.  I was able to run to a supply drop, and defeat everything without dying once.  Something I had not been able to do previously.   AND during my playtime I picked up two additional exotic upgrades, so they must have tweaked the droprate of gear.

This makes it much easier for solo players to feel like they are progressing.  When the game first came out, I was working nights.  I had three other friends who either were unemployed, or working days.  And they would all do group stuff during the evenings while I was at work.
NIN - Less Than video

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
The new Nine Inch Nails song is doing it for me today.



Nine Inch Nails – LESS THAN
by Nine Inch Nails on YouTube
Zombies and Draug, oh my!

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
@Digital Realms+
My daughter and I have been adventuring in Kingsmouth.  I was a Grandmaster member in the original Secret World, and have really missed the game.  The first three zones are some of my favorite out of any RPG.

My daughter has caught on quickly.  She really enjoys hunting lore, and collecting stuff.
Somehow, her gear is much higher quality than mine.  She claims she hasn't been playing when I'm at work, but... yeah ;)

Have been popping into Anarchy Online as well to see if I could pick up a few of the 16th anniversary items on an alt.
The game is pretty much dead except for the hardcore.  Most characters I see are AFK, and rampant hacking and item duplication has destroyed the economy there.

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#TSW #funcom #secretworldlegends #SWL