[ubuntu-us-ma] Ubuntu'ers - What do you like to do?

Ralph deGennaro rmdegennaro at gmail.com
Tue Jul 12 21:13:30 UTC 2011

Hi Steve,

I used to head down to New Orleans and Birmingham all the time.  Almost a
different culture when compared to MA/New England.  Not sure I'd want to
move, but I did have fun.  Good luck down there, especially if the zombie
apocalypse happens as expected.

Oh, and your list is still great to see.  Ideas, ideas, ideas.  Maybe a few
will stick...  :-)


On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 9:30 PM, Steve Bridges <steve at voodooradio.org>wrote:

> **
> Sorry, Rio unfortunately in the fall the family and I are heading south.
> DEEP SOUTH. Well not quite Florida Keys or anything, but I will be closer to
> Atlanta than I am currently to Boston right now. Maybe this will give me the
> chance to meet up with LoCos and LUGs down there.
> That is if it's not overrun by zombies when we get there... x_x
> On 06/30/2011 01:46 PM, Ralph deGennaro wrote:
> Hey all,
> Awesome, cool!  Thanks Algot & Steve.
> I can already see there are a few topics to chat about.  Maybe even
> something to lure Steve closer to Boston.  :-)  But I'll wait for others to
> shout out or whatever the phrase may be...
> -Rio
> On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM, Steve Bridges <steve at voodooradio.org>wrote:
>>  Yes, Rio, we are a bunch of lurkers. I personally feel ashamed for not
>> having chimed in as much, but I am one of those keep quiet unless absolutely
>> necessary kind of subscribers. Also time constraints have forced me from
>> reading mail from the list on a more consistent basis.
>> A quick intro. I currently am living in the Greater Springfield Area where
>> there is not that many people that I have found locally that are using
>> Linux. Heck a majority of the people I talked to didn't know what a podcast
>> was 4 years ago when I was looking for equipment to produce one. If anyone
>> is in this area, let me know, dammit. Most of the computer folk out here are
>> on Mac OS or Windows. ;)
>> I have been using Ubuntu since Hoary Hedgehog but really went full blown
>> when Karmic was released. I went from dual booting 9.10 and Windows XP Pro
>> then took the plunge and have not turned back. I am currently under
>> Maverick, not because of the reason that Unity is failing on some levels for
>> users, but because there is a major bug with the Intel driver for the latest
>> releases that disallows me to use my SVideo port to watch movies from my
>> laptop to a TV, and some other glitches I noticed. I already submitted my
>> bug report and now it's the old waiting game for it to be fixed. But that is
>> beside the point.
>> This topic peeked my interest so here we go:
>> Do:
>>    - Listen to Podcasts (downloaded via gPodder)
>>    - Listen to Music (via Rhythmbox or Banshee depending on my mood)
>>    - Watch videos (both on the laptop screen and through SVideo out to my
>>    TV)
>>    - Produce a podcast (using Audacity) I haven't done one in a few
>>    months, but will be relaunching soon (http://www.voodooradio.org)
>>    - Upload my podcast through Filezilla
>>     - Create web graphics (GIMP and Inkscape)
>>    - Play Games (Humble Indie Bundle's games, Minecraft, Planeshift (from
>>    time to time), and more)
>>    - Let my 3 year old daughter play (gCompris, TuxPaint, Potato Guy)
>>    - Typical internet use (chat (XChat and Empathy), browse (Chromium),
>>    email (Thunderbird), etc.)
>>     - Create DVD's (dvdstyler)
>>    - Create Videos (kdenlive because I had so much issues with OpenShot
>>    and PiTiVi in the past) See my youtube channel (
>>    http://www.youtube.com/voodoostevie) for examples. The first 3 I made
>>    back on 2006 were under Windows Movie Maker, but all after that are using
>>    kdenlive.
>> What I want to do:
>>    - Home banking (HomeBank looks decent, but I haven't delved into it)
>>    - Learn to use Blender for creating video sequences and more.
>>    - Become more involved with LoCo or LUG's but I am relocating in the
>>    fall so will have to align myself with folks in the new area.
>>    - Set up a home network for media, file, and print services. Maybe
>>     - Relaunch my podcast (I know I mentioned that before, so sue me)
>>    - Learn to use Gimp and Inkscape better. Still stuck in the Photoshop
>>    way of doing things so I get frustrated a lot and it shows with some of my
>>    work.
>>    - Teach my daughter how to use Linux more (so far she is doing damn
>>    good. She hate's the mouse, but works the trackpad better than her Mom. She
>>    also launches apps she knows are for her by herself.)
>>     - Get my laptop's SVideo to work with Natty! (BIG ISSUE for me)
>>    - Learn HTML5 and increase knowledge with MySQL, PHP, Javascript, and
>>    CSS
>>    - Try out Kubuntu to learn to work under KDE more. (Gnome 3 isn't
>>    there quite yet and Unity seems a little quirky to me at this time).
>>    - Post more on my geek related blog (http://www.gogogeekboy.com)
>> I do quite a bit of things. And there is a lot more I would like to do.
>> Anyone has comments about my stuff, feel free to let me know. I'm always up
>> for talks and can be found on AIM, identi.ca, and twitter as
>> voodoostevie.
>> Cheers!
>> On 06/29/2011 01:45 PM, Ralph deGennaro wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> I've been thinking (rare I know) about our status and lack of "umph".  And
>> I have an idea.  Both as a topic in email, as well as perhaps one for July
>> 2nd.
>> After reading through (well skimming) the many emails I've missed, I see
>> that we've been "delisted" as an official LoCo.  So, that's sad, but it at
>> least gives us a place to start.  More interaction, activities and events
>> seem to be the important pieces.  One thing to do is focus inward for a bit;
>> and then see how that can lead to outward focused things.  BTW, I will get
>> to my idea ...
>> I see 83 people signed up for the list, and I doubt most of it is the
>> media outlets just itching to know what we're up to.  I'm thinking with all
>> those people, we have to have some common passions or desires.  I was hoping
>> that everyone would respond to this email with two lists.  First is what do
>> you all use Ubuntu to do?  A simple bulleted list is fine, nothing fancy.
>> Perhaps a topical name and two phrase description.
>> Second would be what would you like to do?  Again, a simple bulleted
>> list..  A topical name and where you'd like to go in that idea. Things can
>> be personal or work oriented.  Meaning, I want to do XYZ with ABC for my
>> family.  Or I do LMNO with PQR on photos.  Etc, etc.  One could also mention
>> if this is a paid-gig, serious hobby (amateur photographer) or just for
>> family & friends.  There could be "cross pollination" of experience and
>> talents.
>> And this is even for people who can't participate in person.  We've got to
>> have some over lap in the two, as well as maybe more then one person is
>> looking to do the same stuff.  And we're all digitally inclined.  So sharing
>> the wealth (of knowledge) and desire (to tinker) among us should be fun.
>> My list will follow shortly with the same title.  Hopefully threaded
>> reader will keep them together...
>> Best,
>> Ralph (aka Rio)
>> p.s.  My time is much more open now .... because, well, I don't have much
>> work.  So I'm focusing on finding new work opportunities, but still aim to
>> participate with the LoCo if I can find some cohorts...
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