Late Post For Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day 2017

I am a wee bit late in posting for Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day yet again.

There has been a bit of busyness. Even though I have been on layoff from my paid job as a civil servant for the United States Government, I have been active in church affairs. With a number of church leaders absent this past Sunday I had to cover a few things. That leads to me being thankful for much in the Ubuntu world.

I am thankful to Martin Wimpress and crew for having Ubuntu MATE available for Raspberry Pi. I run it on my RPi2. A screenshot duplicated from the MATE site:

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 on Raspberry Pi
Ubuntu MATE 16.04 on Raspberry Pi

You can get more details about that great software here.

I am also very thankful for LaTeX2e and Tex Live. It has been a great thing to have to prepare devotional materials for church. I am thankful for the MOTU folks maintaining Gummi which is the editor I use on Xubuntu. Xubuntu is what I run on my laptop that goes many places with me. Tex Live is run both on the laptop and on the Raspberry Pi 2 at home.

I am thankful to Alan Pope for helping to shepherd folks building snaps. Alan also has a wonderful website dedicated to an encounter with AI gone awry. I commend the viewing of that site to everybody possible.

I am thankful for Colin Watson keeping Launchpad alive. I may be one of the few using bzr but that’s where the source to this blog lives.

And last, I am thankful to folks running LibraryThing as they help me keep track of the books I own. They gave me a subject breakdown here:

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Have a great day!

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Looking at November 4th

There is a communications exercise this weekend that is being held by the United States Department of Defense involving the amateur radio community. That is to say, ham radio operators are doing a drill with the military in the United States. The subject of the drill is a simulation where a simulated Coronal Mass Ejection event causes a simulated nation-wide power grid failure and there is a call-up of stations on an interoperability frequency in the 60 meter frequency band to see who in all the three thousand counties of the United States of America is out there. The lights will not actually go out and there will not be an actual mass of charged particles hurtling towards Earth from our local star's corona that would make a human-created EMP generator's output look miniscule in comparison.

There is a tradition in amateur radio circles of service in emergencies. That also involves training and drill. This is seen through annual Field Day events as well as the Simulated Emergency Test that happens outside the usual summer Field Day time. Listeners with shortwave radios can look at the readings below and listen on the operators testing things out in the drill. To liven up the game of the exercise, operators have to use Near-Vertical Incidence Skywave antennas and the band they are operating on has a 100 watt power output limitation. The opening broadcast will happen on Saturday UTC and then there will be a broadcast update from exercise controllers on a different frequency during the day Sunday.

If anything, this will be fun. This is a simulation on a continental scale. Sadly, I don't have any working transmitting gear so I won't be able to fully take part. I will be able to set up the RadioShack DX-398 and listen in, though. Folks without radios at home can utilize the WebSDR (Software Defined Radio) network of receivers perhaps by learning more by pointing their browsers at

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