More than the foundation

A house is more than the foundation.

If we have accepted Christ as the foundation of our faith we should diligently strive to add each component of our lives as carefully and thoughtfully as if we were adding it to our house.

Temples for the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are built to a high standard of construction, but that high standard can help us learn a pattern for our lives. In October of 2018 one of the church leaders responsible for assisting in that construction explains the lessons he draws from the experiences of organizing temple construction.

In April 2013 I spoke about the efforts involved in preparing every temple’s foundation to ensure that it can withstand the storms and calamities to which it will be subjected. But the foundation is just the beginning. A temple is composed of many building blocks, fitted together according to predesigned patterns. If our lives are to become the temples each of us is striving to construct as taught by the Lord (see 1 Corinthians 3:16–17), we could reasonably ask ourselves, “What building blocks should we put in place in order to make our lives beautiful, majestic, and resistant to the storms of the world?

Dean M. Davies

Linux via Windows Week 1

I am a casual Linux user. It’s been my daily driver. I use it on a couple of home servers, and I love the community behind the operating system, but I’ve never gotten past the point where I don’t feel like a novice. I see how much I have to learn and that list never seems to get any shorter.

The good folks over at JupiterBroadcasting have remarked over the course of several episodes that people might never switch to Linux on bare hardware since Windows enables Linux through a few different avenues.

Also shows on the network have been highlighting the try-Linux challenges inspired by Jason Evangelho of Forbes. So I decided to do a bit of a reverse challenge. Instead of going Linux I’ve gone Windows.  To be specific I’ve installed Linux in Windows enabled by the WSL and also a Hyper-V instance using the standard install.  I reported some of this change earlier when I nuked my KDE Neon desktop in favor of a fresh Windows 10 install.

I’ve installed Ubuntu using the WSL and have a desktop instance using Hyper-V. Both of those installs are much easier now than when Microsoft first released the features. Here are some of the things I’ve done and my observations:

  • BOTH Ubuntus:
    • Setting Fish as the default terminal application was easy and the same commands work in both places
  • WSL
    • The home directory is buried. This means files downloaded via youtube-dl are buried deep in the folder structure of Windows and it takes a bit of searching to find them to add them and then bookmark the folder for future reference.
    • I can SSH into my home servers no issue but netdiscover, nmap, and other apps that rely heavily on the network stack just aren’t available. This really has me wondering what Kali is like if the networking tools of that distro don’t have access to what they need.
  • Hyper-V’s
    • The graphics aren’t smooth. Ubuntu’s ability to draw the windows isn’t bad, but it’s not good either. The elegant animations of Ubuntu works a bit clunky, but that’s to be expected of a VM.
    • I can SSH into my home servers but Hyper-V doesn’t have an easy way to bridge the network adapter making netdiscover useless
    • Running a VM on a laptop adds a lot of inefficiencies and reduces battery life–but I don’t know by how much yet.
  • Additional insights
    • Not a cohesive instance. To be totally clear, I understand why this is the way it is, but from a user standpoint not having a cohesive instance between the user’s Linux’s might just push them to have a cohesive instance and install on bear metal

I’m not going say at this point that a casual Ubuntu user like myself can stay in this paradigm. What I can share is that it’s week 1. What’s I’ve noticed so far is that I have an additional cost of maintenance by having two systems I have to update instead of one. I can’t use netdiscover which is rather sad.  It’s an app I’ve come to rely on to help troubleshoot the home network.

There might be more rough edges in this and time will tell if it becomes enough of a deal breaker to get me to partition the drive and just have 2 OSs on the machine (I need Windows for work).

So, my conclusion is still pending. Sometimes you’ve got to live in an environment for a while to figure out how to work around it’s quirks. I’ll give it a few more weeks, but here’s my journal entry from week 1.  What would you have done differently?

Back to Firefox

Firefox 65 came out at the end of January and so I’ve dived back in to using the browser that changed the way we use the internet. I’ve been on Firefox since 1.5 on and off and there’s a lot to love.

Chrome does a lot of things behind the scenes that it’s just not telling you about. Firefox makes that significantly more transparent.

Give it a whirl and stick with it for a couple of weeks. It’s still a free download.

Fonts On TV

Like it or not fonts are a part of your life.  So it shouldn’t be surprising when they end up as part of your television shows.  

Yesterday I watched the Valentine’s themed episode of “Splitting Up Together” where one of the characters asks if someone could write in Helvetica because “it’s the only font that she’ll read.”

It was a great line in the show, but if you weren’t familiar with fonts it might have just sounded like the character was being eccentric.  Those who regularly read this blog know that Helvetica isn’t just a font for eccentrics, it’s THE font that changed modern design.  So the joke actually works on two levels (clever writers!).

One of the more recent TV Shows we’d watch as a family built and entire character to be more than just a bit quirky.   The show is THE MIDDLE and the character was named Brick Heck.

And what was one of his big quirks?  He loved fonts.  Yes one of the most popular shows on television and one of the most popular sitcom families of the decade had a character who’s espousal for fonts was not only slightly noticed, but a significant part of his character.

The clips are hilarious even if you’re not a font person, but since it’s likely you are this will be even more funny for you.

What favorite font conversations have you noticed on television?

YouTube TV comes to Boise

YouTube TV has made it to Boise! For those of you unfamiliar with YouTube TV it enables watching a lot of the programs you’d watch over the air or via cable through all of the devices that already have YouTube apps.

With the Chromecast connected it’s easy to select my local TV station and send the stream to the largest screen in the house. $40/month, six accounts, and more channels than I know what to watch.

One of the great things about all this is the ability of the system to DVR everything and then hand it back to me on demand. I’m not saying it’s perfect, but it’s awesome.