One month without Facebook

Guess what? I don’t miss it. I never felt right on Facebook. For starters,  you’re projecting an image of yourself that is not truly authentic. In addition, I don’t trust Facebook at all. When I deleted Facebook, I was under the impression that they would permanently delete my data within a certain time frame.  I really don’t give a shit or believe in what they say. Facebook has a lot of people that like to post what they think will get likes and everybody has an opinion and a story. It’s sort of like a false reality. You mostly see the good in people on Facebook and that their lives are going great. Like a TV show, it reminds me of what Dr. Drew Pinsky referred to as the mirror effect.

I am still on Twitter because I like to follow technical communities (such as the KDE community), or interesting people like Martin Wimpress . That man is always up to something impressive in the technology world and he’s just downright interesting (especially for an American seeing someone living in Europe). I’m seriously thinking about deleting Instagram as well. It’s beginning to follow the characteristics of Facebook. It’s also owned by the same lizard that runs Facebook. I actually feel better about myself being off Facebook.

If somebody wants to talk to me, they can get a hold of me. I would much rather have a long face to face conversation. That’s what I prefer, but not always what I get. Most people prefer texting. I am not one of those people. The feeling, emotion, and intent is dolled down when you text and I think it is meant for quick conversations such as, “hey I’m home and I’m okay.” I would much rather have a phone conversation if I can’t talk to someone in person. That way, you can at least hear the rise and fall of a person’s voice. There is less room for misconception and you can better understand what the other is trying to communicate.

I’m not saying people on Facebook are idiots. It’s just not for me anymore. I’ve read too much about it Facebook and quite frankly I do not like their business model. I have had arguments with people over differing opinions (especially on political topics). Things are said in posts that would most likely never even be an issue in a face to face conversation. I was what Facebook would call a Facebook user role model. It sucked me in and took up a lot of my time. Don’t get me wrong though. I did actually have somewhat of a withdrawal after leaving Facebook. I kept wanting to go to my bookmark, but I made sure it was deleted. I will miss updates from certain people that I went to HighSchool with and from family members. But I believe the trade-off is much better for me.

By the way If you are on  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, you can somewhat control your cookies and privacy by running Firefox and putting Facebook in a special container. There is also another container for Twitter. I like to containerize my information (such as banking, forums, and Google).

Bruce B

Open Source Media Center new release

Open Source Media Center new release was worth the wait. I haven’t tried the game section yet on the new Kodi 18. Actually it is Kodi 18.2-RC1. I am running the Vero 4K + and I got to say the update was painless I was a little nervous that I would have to reconfigure my VPN setup but that was not the case. If you have a VPN service and would like to set it up on your OSMC click right here. The only thing I had to do to it was adjust the screen settings back to 1080p and 60 hertz. I recently built a Nas server and 95% of my media is streamed through the network it retained all my information like I said the only thing I had to do was adjust the screen settings. Here are some screenshots to enjoy. Remember you can always install OSMC on a Raspberry Pi 3. I would like to thank the team of Open Source Media Center for all their hard work it is much appreciated you can truly tell they put a lot of time and effort into their work and it shows thank you!

 

Headless Raspberry Pi Setup SSH

Download Raspbian Image the Lite version will do or you can get Raspbian with desktop if you like even the desktop and recommended software Raspbian is ok what ever you want. Depending on what operating system you are running to put Raspbian image on your microSD card follow this link to do so because I’m not going to explain how to do it three different times especially when I only run Linux. After you have successfully written the image to your microSD card.  Add a file called SSH in the boot partition of the MicroSD card it will look like so you may have to unplug and plug in your microSD card from your computer after writing the image to the MicroSD card. One more file to create add a file called wpa_supplicant.conf in the boot partition of the MicroSD card paste the following into it adjusting for the name of your country code, network name (SSID) and network password (Wifi Password)

country=US
ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
update_config=1

network={
    ssid="NETWORK-NAME"
    psk="NETWORK-PASSWORD"
} 

Jump to you login to your router look for connected devices to find the IP address of your Raspberry Pi by default the device name of your Raspberry Pi is believe It or not it is raspberrypi. 🙂

Once you found your IP address let’s say it is 192. 168. 1. 10 You can either use PuTTY or your terminal if you’re in Linux and CMD in Windows by Typing $ ssh pi@your-IP-address Example $ssh pi@192.168.1.10

Tips for SSH

The default username is (pi) and login is (raspberry) You probably want to change the default password for your Raspberry Pi That command is $passwd You can find all the Information to do this in great detail on the Raspberry Pi website.

Once you’re in SSH you’re in Linux world to exit SSH type $exit

I recommend configuring your Raspberry Pi with the command $sudo raspi-config

Last but not least that I think is very important is keeping your pi up-to-date with the commands $sudo apt-get update$sudo apt-get upgrade

Optional I do this after rebooting to make sure everything’s working I clean up unnecessary files that are not used no more with the command $sudo apt-get clean

Thank you for checking out my tutorial I hope you enjoyed it.

Bruce

Just an update

This site doesn’t really a lot of its hit on my updates its mostly people coming to look at the tutorial for Vero / OSMC. I’m cool with it but if you are curious in the last couple months. I have been suffering from severe pain in the neck not like I can’t get this code figured out pain in the neck literal pain. For 6 months or so I’ve been going to a Pain Management Center trying different things medicine injections and yes narcotics. physical therapy was not helping. Nothing was working good enough for me to go back to work. I was referred out to a surgeon. My first visit with the surgeon was a bit of an eye-opener the first thing he told me. I won’t even consider surgery if you’re a smoker and at the time I was a smoker. If I quit smoking he would do surgery on me so I quit smoking and 3 months later. I was on the operating table. I had cervical disc arthroplasty C3 C4 C5. Getting the surgery was the biggest decision I’ve ever made for myself. I was terrified and eager to do it at the same time A lot of mixed emotions. I did get it done everything went fine my surgeon said I was a great candidate and my range of motion is normal and maybe even better down the line than most people once everything heals up.

cervical spine
cervical spine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although I like being off work and having all that free time. I do not like being on a medicine that is highly addictive that will have a grip on you which I already know it has a grip on me. I feel like a science experiment but let’s hope I’m not a statistic of the one that did not make it.

But let’s talk major surgery and the effects afterwards that’s what blew my mind. If you look up vivid dreams and anesthesia I think you will understand what I’m talking about. I have always been interested in psychedelic and Altered States of consciousness mainly Natural Altered States of consciousness. When I was a teenager I had my first Out of Body Experience. That experience alone as a teenager change the way I thought life was or is. It led me down a path of research on out of body experiences and consciousness and the way the mind works. I’ve read a lot of books on out-of-body experiences there is one book that I highly recommend you can actually read it online and he is a Linux user cool right! The author’s name is Robert Peterson the book is Out of body experiences how to have them and what to expect. Personally I’m not a spiritual man. I’m more on the lines of there is a scientific explanation for all of it but when you experience it yourself it makes you think. I started writing this post February 18th and today is April 3rd since then my neck has gotten better but is very sore in a couple weeks I go see my physician that did the surgery and I believe I start therapy. I have also have decreased on the controlled substance what a long road of recovery.

well that’s all

Bruce