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  • DcnJosephSuaiden 4:15 am on November 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Have You Seen Q4OS Yet? 

    If you haven’t, you really should. Someone went out of their way to make a Linux distro that actually looks (and pretty much works) like Windows XP without all the hassles of using Windows XP.


    Yes, this is a Linux System you’re staring at, based on Debian. I know, because I used it yesterday. Source here.


    The Internet Explorer buttons, of course, lead you to a themed version of Konqueror, KDE’s old browser, which to be fair is about as effective as IE8 right now. (Of course, the Wine layer can be easily added, meaning if you were truly a masochist you could in fact install Internet Explorer 8.)

    The functionality impressed me enough that I was going to send a screenshot, and then watched in confusion as no screenshot popped up as I pressed the button. Surprise! For those who have since forgotten Windows XP, screenshots are saved to the clipboard! (You know you’ve made a decent Linux-WinXP bridge when it actually makes Linux users of a few years uncomfortable.)

    You can check out Q4OS at https://q4os.org/ and the WinXP theme at https://xpq4.sourceforge.net/.

  • DcnJosephSuaiden 2:50 am on November 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Thoughts on the Electoral College and Why We Need It 

    Originally posted at the Puppy Linux forum.

    Some considerations.

    The landmass and population of the United States rivals the landmass of Western Europe. In this, you can find major differences in each of the various states (including a wide variety of second languages). You can find differences in worldview with huge stark contrasts held by large groups of people. (Think I’m kidding? Try to buy alcohol in Utah. Try to buy a gun in New York City. Try to buy sex outside of Nevada– not counting Las Vegas, of course. Buy a pizza in Chicago and buy one in Brooklyn. And don’t get me started on marijuana. Don’t get me started on reservations, either.)

    Every state has its own unique viewpoints, and some are even regional crossing states and areas. Some don’t.

    The purpose of the electoral college is to allow each of these states to have a voice. Some states are more populous than others (such as New York and California) but each of these states has its own set of unique ideas, contributions, and laws dating back even before the consolidation of the United States, hundreds of years.

    The purpose of “popular voting” in a landmass the size of the United States is simple: disenfranchise some regions for the most populous. Hillary eked out a “popular” win by a few hundred thousand votes. But 8 million of those votes were in just two states, meaning effectively a minority of states would have ratified the presidency.

    Direct democracy in the US would be disastrous, not simply on a practical level, but because it’s unfair to all those states who deserve representation.

  • DcnJosephSuaiden 8:43 am on November 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Oh, What a Year Can Do 

    So I decided to place this short note of updates on page because I added it to my Gab account.

    What’s a Gab account? Good question. Think of it like your average social network except you don’t get blocked for your unpopular opinions.

    For example: I used to think Donald Trump was a terrible idea. Since then, I’ve gone to a Trump rally and become a full-fledged supporter. Why? Well, because I will never let the Clintons into the White House again. (Those following me on Twitter watched the conversion.)

    Still a Cosmos supporter, still an NASL supporter. Still a deacon.

    In the middle of a Church crisis. More on that soon, of course.

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