Random Musing Cogitation #2

The problem with bullying is not the bully, it is the bullee. In these current times, the unfortunate truth is that our kids have become soft. Of course, it is not the children’s fault, but that of parents and society as a whole.

First, it was the elimination of dodge ball, that great American game. I was a dodge ball kid, and got my but kicked more times than I can remember. There is nothing like getting hit with a large, hard, reddish-brown rubber ball while standing on hot asphalt, and getting teased by your classmates for being a wimp. The thing is, it made my generation tough, and gave us the ability to cope with stressful situations. Most of us don’t flake out when things get hard, instead, we face our problems head on. Now, apparently, it is detrimental to a child’s psyche. Well, if people would take more interest in their children, instead of letting xbox or playstation raise them, then maybe, the child’s psyche wouldn’t be so damaged.

Then there is participation trophies, which do more harm than good. Kids must learn about success and failure. Kids must learn that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Kids must learn that you will not always get what you want. Now, we have kids that are always expecting something in return. Contrary to popular belief, hard work does not always pay off, and kids need to understand that early in there developmental lives.

Now to big one: corporal punishment. I grew up with parents that believed in whooping ass. I say whooping ass, because my parents did not give spankings. My mother would hit with anything that was in arms-length. I grew up at a time in the 70s and 80s when parents could punish their kids in public, and nobody said a thing. Our parents would remind us that they brought us in this world, and that they will take us out of it. Now, parents who spank (or beat, whoop ass), or whatever you call it are arrested and charged with child abuse. Just using strong language can land you in jail. As a result, we have kids that are disrespectful toward their own parents, old persons, and people in authority in general. I’ll be 50 years old in October, yet till this day, I would not dare curse or disrespect my mother, because I know she would end my life at that very moment. Plus, many kids do not understand what exactly is the difference between right and wrong.

On to the bullying. I, and many of my generation, were taught that the way to stop a bully is to fight back, even if that meant getting your ass kicked, at least you fought back. If that did not work, then use the “Great Equalizer”, which is a swift knee, or kick to the groin. It is guaranteed to stop bullying in its tracks. Now, because of the Sensitivity Epidemic that has infected this country, we are a nation with wussy kids. Wussy is a combination of wimp and pussy, for those that do not know.

It is very sad to see the state of the younger generation as it is today. I do worry about our country’s future because of it.

Random Musing Cogitation #1

Okay, so I sit in my Introduction to Rhetorical Studies class and some days, I just want to scream. It’s all Trump this, and Trump that. Now I said no politics ever on this site, and I meant that. I don’t want my site ruined by over-opinionated banter from the masses. That said, there some things I need to get off my chest:

  1. If the emails from the Democratic National Headquarters was exposed by a respected American news outlet like the Wall Street Journal, or say, the New York Times, would that make Trump’s election legitimate?
  2.  There was a published article a month ago that said the Russians didn’t hack the DNC. It said a Department of Defense Security Specialist did it because he hated the lax attention Hilary had toward national secrets.
  3. Did the Russians force people to vote for Trump?
  4. Might the American public have actually chose Trump over Hilary?
  5. When are the Democrats going to address the corruption exposed by the email leaks, or the liberal media for that matter?
  6. Oh, Jimmy Carter issued a Muslim ban too.

 

Learning Linux: What is Linux?

linux logo
Linux Logo

As I wrote in last week’s post, I have decided to learn Linux and share with you the ins and outs as I go along. I am majoring in Software Development at Georgia Gwinnett College where we learn Java development, but as far as Linux is concerned, I am on my own. There is an Operating Systems course that is offered at the school, but that is still at least a year away until I finish my prerequisite courses, so if it is to be, it is up to me.

Screenshot of linux.com What is Linux?
Screenshot of linux.com What is Linux?

So, what is Linux? Well, it is an operating system, more specifically, a kernel. A kernel is the core of an operating system, its purpose being to manage the CPU, memory, and peripheral devices of your desktop or laptop system. The kernel is lowest level of the operating system. You can find a great introductory article at https://www.linux.com/what-is-linux .

Linux is the most-popular and most-used open-source operating system in the world. You may be using it and not even know it. Android phones are based on the Linux kernel as well as the Roku streaming devices, (I don’t watch regular television, unless it’s football. I cut cable long ago). Many internet sites are run off of Linux through servers, plus many  of the world’s super computers rely on some subset of Linux.

Screenshot of linux.org What is Linux?
Screenshot of linux.org What is Linux?

Linux was created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, who was a student at the University of Helsinki. Linus wanted a free and open-source version of Minix, which was a clone of Unix, that was used in academic circles. Unix is an operating system created at Bell Labs in the 1970s by Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, along with others. Torvalds intended to use the name “Freax”, but the administrator of the server Torvalds used to distribute his code named the directory “Linux” from a combination of his first name and Unix. You can find out more about the history of Linux at http://www.linux.org/threads/what-is-linux.4076/.

Torvalds holds the trademark for Linux, and the source code is under copyright and licensed GPLv2. Most of the Linux kernel is written in the C programming language, which was also invented by Dennis Ritchie. Even so, being open source means that anyone can download and install Linux for free. You will not be tied down by software licenses or time limits for use.

As such, there are many different versions of Linux, called distributions, or “distros.” Some of the most popular are:

  • Ubuntu Linux
  • Arch Linux
  • Deepin
  • Fedora
  • Debian
  • openSUSE

There is a distribution for everyone, whether you are a newbie, just average, or advanced. What really set Linux apart is Live Distribution. Linux provides the capability of being run from a CD/DVD or USB drive. You can “test drive” a distribution before making a decision on which one to choose. You can also install Linux on the same drive as your Windows or Mac system. Installation of Linux is probably the easiest you will find anywhere.

In my next post, I will give a breakdown of Linux and its components. As always, I value your comments and ideas. Tell me what you like and also what it is you don’t like.

 

 

Learning Linux: Dell Inspiron 1525

linux logo
Linux Logo

First, it is good to be back. School took up all my time, and as a result my writing was severely hampered. I need the holiday time to recover, but now I am refreshed and ready to start rolling.

I keep saying this blog is about deep thought, and it is, but it also is about science and technology. With that said, this post is the first in what I plan to be an ongoing series. I am learning programming in college, specifically Java, but one thing they do not teach is much of anything about open-source systems, specifically Linux.

If I want to learn Linux, it will be something I will have to do on my own. Plus, I thought it would be great to take you along for the ride. I am starting this adventure cold, so I will not profess to be an expert. You will see everything I learn as I learn it. And, since I am the Musing Cogitator, expect me to go deep.

Dell Inspiron 1525

dell inspiron 1525 back
Dell Inspiron 1525 back

I need a system to use as my learning tool. With Linux, unlike some pay-for-use operating systems, (Windows), all one needs is a low-end device that with just adequate capabilities. I have such a system in a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop that has been lying around unused for years.

dell inspiron 1525 bottom
Dell Inspiron 1525 bottom

I bought it for my mother eight years ago. My mother is not a technology maven, so it was barely used. It came with Windows Vista, has an Intel Celeron 2.00Ghz processor, 1GB of ram, 80GB hard drive, and DVD/CD drive.

 

Specifications

This is a list of the specifications:

  • Intel Celeron 32-Bit 550@ 2.00GHz microprocessor
  • 1.0GB ram
  • Disk drive: ST980811AS
  • Display adapter: Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset
  • CD ROM: TSS Corp CDRWDVD TSL462D ATA Device
  • IDE Channel
  • Intel 82801 HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel ICH8M Ultra ATA Storage Controller – 2850
  • Ricoh Memory Stick Controller
  • Ricoh SD/MMC Host Controller
  • IEEE 1394 Bus Controller: Ricoh OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
  • Modem: Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem
  • Network adapters: 6T04 Adapter, Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card, Marvell Yukon 88E8040 PCI E-Fast Ethernet Controller
  • SDA Host adapter: SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller
  • Sound, video, and game controllers: Intel High Definition Audio HDMI, Sigma Tel High Definition Audio CODEC
  • Storage Controller: Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
  • Hard Drive: 80.0GB
dell inspiron 1525 keyboard
Dell inspiron 1525 keyboard

As stated before, it was hardly used, so my biggest worry is dust, more than the condition of the hardware. It does not come with a webcam, not a bummer as I have yet to ever use one. I do not Skype, which I’m sure breaks Microsoft’s heart.

What’s next

In my next post I will go over exactly what is Linux and why I have chosen to learn it. I will decide on a distribution and attempt an install. If I fail, you will hear about it, and of course you will hear about the successes and what I did to achieve them. I welcome any and all feedback for this series and will try my best to post weekly, school permitting.

Its Cold Out There

courteously of pexels.com
courteously of pexels.com

As I look up into the winter sky

All I see is darkness

It feels like I’m peering into the abyss

And I wonder is it where all hopes and dreams go

Just floating around in the universe

Is there some way to get them back

Maybe I can reach my hands up and try to capture them

I seem to have lost my happiness too

Living for me is like playing the lottery everyday

You keep playing hoping the odds will one day come in your favour

But each day another loser

Surviving in this world is like being in a deep grave

Every mistake throws another shovelful of dirt in the hole

Pretty soon there is so much dirt that you can’t get out

Then one dies a slow death

The unsettling thing of it all is that I am the one holding the shovel

But I must keep trying to get out

I must go into the abyss and find my hopes and dreams

But looking into the sky all I see is darkness

That puts fear in me

Because I know it is cold out there

 

Georgia Gwinnett College Holds Veterans Day Celebration

Members of the Coalition of Veterans Engagement, Readiness, Trust
Members of the Coalition of Veterans Engagement, Readiness, and Trust

I was blessed to participate in the Veterans Day Celebration last Friday at Georgia Gwinnett College. It was the third such Veterans Day celebration at the school, and the second in the row that I would participate in.

 

Beginnings of the Day

The day began early for members the Coalition of Veterans Engagement, Readiness, Trust, (COVERT), which is a Registered Student Organization of Georgia Gwinnett College, and a chapter of Student Veterans of America. The coalition consist of veterans who are enrolled at the school, and is an organization that I am a member of.

Miniature U.S. Flag in GGC Lawn
Miniature U.S. Flag in GGC Lawn

Organization members arrived at 6:00 am. to place miniature U.S. flags around the main campus. The group was lead by John Maison, who is the Veterans Services Coordinator for the school, and is a former president of COVERT. COVERT consist of student veterans of all the military branches. You can find more information about COVERT on their Facebook page which is at: https://www.facebook.com/GGCCOVERT/

Gwinnett Veterans Memorial Museum Display
Gwinnett Veterans Memorial Museum Display

Veterans Museum Display

The Gwinnett Veterans Memorial Museum was kind enough to provide items that were displayed on the second floor of the Student Center of the school. Display items included uniforms worn by actual service members, a mine sweeper, a Kevlar helmet, a book of submarines, and an encased U.S. flag, along with other items. You can find more information about the museum at: http://vetmemorialmuseum.tripod.com/

Georgia Gwinnett College Army ROTC
Georgia Gwinnett College Army ROTC

Veterans Day Breakfast

The Georgia Gwinnett College Army ROTC opened the breakfast by presenting the colors. After presentation of the colors, I led the attendees in the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance. John Maison was the host of the breakfast. While everyone ate, I conducted a giveaway of prizes provided by the school’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

VFW and Veteran Museum Members
VFW and Veteran Museum Members

The breakfast was attended by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5255, which is the local post for Gwinnett County. Veterans of Foreign Wars is a supporter of Student Veterans of America, and several members of COVERT are members of the local post.

Congressman Rob Woodall
Congressman Rob Woodall

Congressman Rob Woodall, who represents the 7th District of Georgia, spoke at the breakfast. I honestly have no idea what he was talking about. Maybe, it was because of my hearing impairment, so I will have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

 

John Maison, Veteran Services Coordinator
John Maison, Veteran Services Coordinator

Student Veterans of America

As mentioned previously, COVERT is a chapter of Student Veterans of America. John Maison, the school’s Veteran Services Coordinator, is one of the founders of the chapter.

Student Veterans of America, (SVA), is a coalition of student-veteran groups located on colleges throughout the U.S., and around the world. SVA provides support and resources to veterans to succeed in higher education and following graduation. SVA supports over 500,000 veterans located at over 1,300 schools, and has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to veterans since 2011.

SVA conducts quarterly Local Leadership Summits in every region of country. SVA also provides grants to campuses for construction of Vet Centers, which gives student veterans a place to study and socialize.

SVA works with members of Congress to ensure protection of the G.I. Bill, that college is accessible and affordable, and that veterans are well represented on Capitol Hill. To find out more about Student Veterans of America, look here: http://studentveterans.org/

 

I grew up saying these words and will continue until I die