Onionshare and Vokoscreen

From: Phil Shapiro 

Whoops, that is supposed to be Vokoscreen, not Sokoscreen. 

The way I remember Voko is that it sounds like Volkswagen -- and the 
software comes from Germany. If only there were a Volkswagen plant 
in Chatt. If only.... 


----- Original Message -----

From: "Phil Shapiro"  
To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group"  
Sent: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 9:14:56 PM 
Subject: [Chugalug] Onionshare and Sokoscreen 

This onion looks sweet. (Maybe Vidalia?) 


It would be fun to do a screencast showing a live gigabit file transfer between two 
ordinary houses (or apartments) in Chatt. You could likely transfer 10 GB in less 
than five minutes -- if you had Core i7 computers on both sides. 

Here is the screencasting software that might work well for that task. 


If only there were someone from MAKE magazine in Chugalug who could write up 
a blog post about such an experiment. If only.... 


Oooh, it would be hilarious to show such a file transfer with an insert video of Windows 7 
booting up on a 2008 or 2009 computer. The 10 GB file transfer might complete before 
Windows 7 reaches the desktop. 

Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

[OT] Android Tablets to Get Rid of?

From: Dan Lyke 
On Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:08:53 -0400
Wil Wade  wrote:
> Any one have any 7"+ Android 4+ tablets they want to get rid of? My
> son tripped and landed our HP Touchpad on the hearth.

I will likely buy my next Android 4+ tablet from NoMoreRack.com. They
have $60-80 tablets, we bought a random one for Charlene's
developmentally disabled brother and it way surpassed my expectations
for a $70 tablet+keyboard+case deal.


[OT] Android Tablets to Get Rid of?

From: Wil Wade 
Any one have any 7"+ Android 4+ tablets they want to get rid of? My son
tripped and landed our HP Touchpad on the hearth.

Looking fairly cheap as we still have the hearth...

I'm baaaaaaack!

From: Ed King 
Got bumped off the list back in mid May due to "too many bounces".    Been checking chugalug.org webpage occasionally for any job announcements or hardware sells/freebies ;-)

I stayed unsubbed for awhile (and missed Hack-a-nooga too) because I needed to focus on our latest and biggest client rollout, which went "live" on 6/2/2014.    To "save money" we switched hardware platforms a few weeks before rollout (went from $800 kids-toy netbooks to $300 Dell Venue tablets), but the software platform stayed the same (albeit with some custom mods for the new client):    lamp stack (linux/apache/php/mysql) on qemu.    Why are we running in a vm/emulator?  Well its a long story but a previous 3rd party vendor wrote our field software.  This 3rd party vendor required Windows netbooks.  Their software was slow and flakey (as you'd expect from dot-net) so we ditched them and rewrote the field software in-house (like we wanted to do in the first place, and we did it in less than half the time, and still had more features and flexibility!).    But... we couldn't just throw out twenty $800 netbooks, so we leveraged that hardware "investment"
 by using qemu to run our lampp stack, thinking that it would also be portable if we ever moved to android (does anyone know of a qemu package for android that doesn't SUCK?)

Back-end:   For "security" this client did not want their data on the same server as our other clients, so I set up a new Debian server just for them.  HTTPS and automated sftp file transfers. 

Well now that this new client is up 'n running, I figured it was time for me to re-sub, so...  I'm back.  This new client is our biggest client to-date, and has doubled the amount of inspectors in the field (and doubled the data collection too...  thank goodness we solved that mysql lock problem we used to have).   Things are running smoothly!   I dare say that the support calls have somehow decreased (oh great, now I've jinxed us).    

Props to our little I.T. team:    Danny "dj" Smith Jada "coldfish" Case, and Master Ed :)

New Kit Review: Pebble Steel

From: Phil Sieg 
So yesterday my shiny new Pebble Steel smartwatch arrived.

In true geek fashion (pun intended) I sync'd and loaded etc for several hours.

Here are my observations:

1. Excellent build quality for a smartwatch. Not so much compared to a swiss timepiece or nice Timex. Meh. As a watch collector this bums me out a bit. Will get better in time, probably after Apple sets the damned standard.

2. Buggy firmware for both watch and Android. Not unusable, just a wee bit annoying.

3. Not as user configurable as it should be. Example: The backlight that comes on when you flick your wrist is 2 seconds. Why can't I make it 5 seconds, or 3, or 10? Some of the watch faces have a lot of data compactly displayed, and 2 seconds is NOT enough time to grok it.

4. New app-store android app is slower than molasses, to the point of being annoying. I am certain this is partially caused by the bluetooth connection to the watch and necessary confirmations needed by the software as currently configured.

5. UI of watch and nav in the UI is just ok, not optimum. This is a new category and individual usage styles have yet to be mapped, then optimized. I feel certain this will improve fairly quickly with updates.

I have 30 days to decide whether or not this replaces my Titanium Omega Seamaster as my daily watch. I searched for that watch for years and to me it is the ultimate in a rugged daily watch, so the bar here is set pretty high. 

What I can say is that now that my wrist vibrates for texts and phone calls I am a lot more likely to respond. Ever since I started carrying my phone in my pocket I have missed 70% of all my calls and texts, so this should help with that at least.

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

My Galaxy S4 drama

From: Phil Sieg 
So my phone drama:

My S4 had been acting weird for a few weeks. It ate 2 batteries (batteries seemed dead or defective, wouldn't charge), and would randomly re-boot. 

I started to wonder if the OS was Windows XP instead of Android.

It finally "died" when I was on the phone talking to my business partner in USA a few days ago.

I took it to a repair shop I have used before and they tested it. Said it was a bad CPU. Little guy took the phone apart in about 7 minutes, and showed me the CPU board. Quoted me $72 USD to fix it. I said yes but wanted to ask some more questions. I thought he was replacing the board like we would here in USA.

Turns out he was going to un-solder the CPU and re-solder a new one to the board since the board cost $180 to replace. This CPU is "wave-soldered" by a PCBA "robot". It is surface mounted and the 80 or so "contacts" are about 1/10th of a millimeter wide with about twice that amount of space between them... I was skeptical, and said it was OK to try, but that the $72 would also apply towards the new cpu board price of $180. He agreed that was fine and proceeded.

ONE HOUR LATER: He hands me a repaired phone that works perfectly. 20 minutes of that hour was waiting for the new snapdragon processor to be delivered.

Little Chinese guy has MAD SKILLZ. Wish I had taken a selfie with him.

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

chili's kiosk ziosk

From: Ed King 
looks like our one-horse town finally got ziosk (available at local Chili's)


I got our waitress to reboot one for me, so I could see if it was running linux or android or winders or what

Bellhops is Looking for Developers

From: Mike Harrison 

Thought this fit the Jobs for Linux Geeks topic:

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Adam Haney" 
> Date: Feb 25, 2014 10:25 AM
> Subject: [Chattanooga-Developer-Lunch] Bellhops is Looking for =
> To: 
> Cc:=20
> I wanted to reach out to everyone and let you know that Bellhops (a =
locally grown Chattanooga company) is looking for Web Developers (front =
end and backend), iOS developers, Android developers and Devops =
Engineers. We're offering a $1,000 finders fee for referrals that lead =
to a full time hire so please spread the word! I've included our job =
posting below that has more information about the job. Please send =
information or questions to geekhr@getbellhops.com.
> What we work on.
> Bellhops is looking to grow our 5 person development team so we can =
continue to change the way that college students find work and move. =
We've created an automated hiring, managing, and scheduling system that =
allows our customers to get the help they need from our workforce of =
college students. We pair program, practice TDD, and learn something new =
every day. We solve the problems of managing a distributed, part time =
workforce using a web application and automated telephony system; the =
system makes sure our customers can get the help they need, when they =
need it, and that our students can work when they want. Solving these =
problems means we're working with Geospatial data and services, =
telephony systems, and, in some cases, integrating with University =
systems. We strive to make the process of moving painless for customers, =
while providing solid jobs for our hard working college students.
> What does Bellhops do?
> Bellhops employs top-tier college students to provide moving services =
to our collegiate and local communities in over 47 cities. With =
thousands of trained student 'Bellhops', access to a nationwide fleet of =
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taking small local moving and giving her the People's Elbow.
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 here to permanently remove careless attitudes, cigarettes, beer guts =
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> Where do you fit in?
> We currently seeking in Django developers, iOS developers, Android =
developers and engineers with an dev ops background, but we'd love to =
talk to any web developer who's eager to learn. We constantly rotate =
pair programming partners and love working with each other on creating =
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excited to learn with. We develop with and contribute to open source =
software so candidates with open source contributions are especially =
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Using a tablet as a music front-end

From: Dan Lyke 
I currently have a laptop running Linux plugged in to our stereo as
our music player. This is klunky and big.

I have a first gen iPad, and can see buying an Android 4.1 or 4.2
tablet (or may be able to repurpose an old 2.2 phone) to be a better
audio source.

Anyone got suggestions on how to serve either of these platforms off
of a Linux server? I see forked-daap, and there are a few daap clients
on Android and iOS (and the iOS one is old enough that it might not
have been 7-ified and still work on the 1st gen iPad).

Something else I'm not seeing? Spend the extra mumbledy for a 32 gig
tablet and just copy everything to it? Anyone done it?


Vancouver Public Library rated number one in the world

From: Phil Shapiro 

Naturally, my main focus in moving Chatt library into the international spotlight would be its strong 
embrace of open source. 


----- Original Message -----

From: "Phil Shapiro"  
To: "Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group"  
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:47:34 PM 
Subject: [Chugalug] Vancouver Public Library rated number one in the world 

Hi chugalug community, 

Here's some interesting news to think about. 


Chatt's library has such strong leadership that it's conceivable that the Chatt library could 
rise to be number one in the world -- especially with the way it has formed partnerships with 
groups around town. 

I don't know all the indicia they use to measure "best library in the world," but I do know the Chatt library is firing on all cylinders these days. 

If you're interested in ideas for moving the Chatt library in that direction, kindly contact me 
off-list -- and we can continue a small group conversation off list and involve Chatt library staff 
as their time permits. 

Yes, it's admittedly a "squishy" concept to be rated number one library in the world. 
But it truly is an attainable goal for Chatt -- and would spotlight the city in a great way if 
that were to happen. 



Phil Shapiro, pshapiro@his.com 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

My own private NSA

From: Dan Lyke 
Short version: I wanna snoop on DNS traffic on my network, and I want
a little auditing to reassure myself about what sort of traffic the
devices on my network are generating.

Background: Alan, Charlene's developmentally disabled brother is
staying with us, and we got him a $79 Android 4.1 tablet+keyboard
combination off of Nomorerack.com for Christmas. If, 20 years ago,
you'd have told me that I could buy a multi-core GHZ+ device with that
resolution 3d accelerated for $80, I would have called it unbelievable
science fiction.

I'm sitting in my cube this afternoon and one of the ops guys walks
over and says "our malware DNS page just got the most interesting
delisting request from your home IP address..."

Indeed. The de-listing request form got a couple of "overseas
pharmacy" and "cheap auto insurance" HTML and BBCode posts from, from
a user agent of

  "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:19.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/19.0"

I call home, Charlene disavows running Windows. I log in to the Unifi
controller and don't see any Windows machines on the wireless net.

So I haven't had too much chance to debug yet, but I suspect that this
is coming from Alan's tablet.

What I would like to do is to run a logging DNS proxy on the home
server, and, probably put the DHCP server on that machine as well.

Anyone got experience with the right way to do this? I could easily
whip up a Perl DNS proxy, and probably just install isc-dhcp-server,
but if someone's got some experience with this that'd be awesome.



Linux tablet suggestions

From: Unkmar 
I'm asking Santa for a tablet for Christmas.  I know he will lighten my
wallet in exchange.
I've looked at the PengPod. http://www.pengpod.com/
It fits a tight budget for someone that wants to get started with a Linux
tablet.  I want so more: RAM, SSD, A docking keyboard and touchpad.  The
1040 does look reasonable. I like the dual Cameras. And currently their
store is down.

There is the Python S3.
I'm not a Windows fan, yet the triple boot does appeal to me. I like the
docking station. USB, Wired NIC, keyboard, touchpad.

The other suggestion has been a Surface Pro and install Linux. It appears
that will leave Android out of the equation.  I guess I could live with
that.  I haven't checked the specs on them yet.

Any others want to weigh in on some Linux Tablets of today?

Lucius L. Hilley III - unkmar

OT: pimpin some warez

From: Ed King 
cool, I'll bring bitcoin=0A=0A=0A=0A=0A

Goggles iron grip on Android

From: Unkmar 

Google started Android as open source to garner market share. Then
created,  maintains and upgrades closed source replacements. Lastly, they
are an all or nothing deal with manufactures. They can't play outside the
box with one item without all their products being shunned from the google

Chatt*lab kickoff and my new project (linux webtop on smartphone with killer dock)

From: Phil Sieg 
Tim and Jason and the rest of the Chatt*labers did a hell of a job on Saturday. Not only that the space is fantastic. Just wish I could have stayed all day :-(

If you are interested in, or believe deeply in the value inherent in the "Maker" movement, PLEASE find a way to be a part of Chatt*lab. It truly takes a village with these sorts of things...

No on to some *NIX geekery.

At the Chatt*lab there was a Motorola Lapdock (netbook like dock for about 10 different motorola android phones) that was hooked up to a little ARM board (think Pi) and was doing a heroic job of running Lubuntu.

These Lapdocks sell for $40-75 on eBay and are very high quality doohickeys. I have been searching for a way to use one (so I can buy one) and after seeing it in action, I just had to have one. I googled around and found out with $20 of connectors and no soldering it can be turned into a battery powered console/KVM for headless systems (of which i have a few). I have ALWAYS wanted a super portable KVM solution for my "kit" and this is the best option I have seen yet, so I ordered one, and all the connectors.

Then I started googling the "other uses" that people had found and struck gold.



Both Ubuntu, and Gentoo running on the Motorola phone as a full desktop when it is connected to the Lapdock. These are fairly advanced hacks. A far easier solution is to use one of the  "chroot" linux installs on the Play store and launch it from the "webtop" screen. These essentially run *nix virtualized and allow you to VNC into it for desktop access. Prolly a bit slower, but a lot easier to install on the front end without the fear of bricking the phone.

The coolest thing is that last generation Motorola smart phones with very good specs are Dirt Cheap, especially if they are Verizon/CDMA units. For $50-100 you can have a dual core with 16gb and a 4.3 inch screen that is a very capable device. Buy one of these and a Dock and you have an Android laptop/tablet for less than HALF the going rate.

Further coolness: MOST of the Verizon Motorola phones (if they are 4G) have GSM (think ATT & TMobile) compatibility if you hack the cellular radio. This is a fairly easy hack and means you could have $45 a month unlimited Talk/Text/Internet (through StraightTalk) with 4g speeds for next to nothing (comparatively). Since the Lapdock is a "dumb" accessory you can turn your phone into a 4g laptop for no extra monthly charge or tethering hassle.

If anybody is interested in collaborating on this let me know. I have already ordered the "bionic" lapdock, and a Verizon "Droid Bionic" as my test bed. 

A word of warning: There are at least 3 different Lapdocks, and a dozen different phones that can "dock" but they do not all work together ;-) So a little research is required. It is probable that I will order a couple of more sets of these as presents for my nieces and nephews overseas. at $150 or less "all in" plus some hacking, they make kick ass Christmas gifts for teenagers.

Phil Sieg
SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®

Phone: 423.535.9968
Fax: 423.265.9820
Mobile: 423.331.0725

"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Android Phone/Tablet Receipt Printer Support

From: Mike Harrison 

I need to cobble up some smart phone / tablet point of sale units.
I can print to my Samsung Laser printer from my Samsung Note II, but that 
seems to be specific to that combination.

Anyone have any experience printing to USB/Bluetooth receipt printers from 
Android devices? It works great in Linux..

When I look at printers, they seem to list Windows Mobile and WinCE 
support... but it'd be nice to know that someone else has made something 
work well.. or that while it says it works, something sucks.

mysql vs mariadb (was: "How libraries can be a haven for makers")

From: Ed King 
Digging up old emails... =A0 =0A=0AWe've been on the new servers for a few =
weeks now, and things are hunky dory =0A=0Abut...=A0=A0 we stuck with mysql=
 instead of putting mariadb into production.=A0=A0 After setting the mysql =
transaction isolation level to "READ COMMITTED" we stopped getting those pe=
sky "lockwait timeouts" and that was our main beef with mysql.=A0=A0 Yeah w=
e don't trust Oracle but then again...=A0 can we trust Monty?=A0 He sold ou=
t the first time; he might do it again ;-)=0A=0Aso no mariadb war stories t=
o tell=0A=0A=0A=0A=0A=0A=0A

Security Meet-Up

minus 32 on the list.. 219 current.. including some bots.

From: Mike Harrison 

I just saw 32 people on the list. "unsubscribe" and then I realized that I 
fixed the "bounce" functions in mailman a few weeks ago and the dead 
addresses finally nuked themselves. I love it when a plan comes together.

We had a handful of people using Lavabit and other domains that no longer 
work and now the system will age out bouncing addresses, server load will 
go down, saving CPU load, electricity, less recycled electrons and 
possibly stopping global warming which saves penguin habitats.

Just FYI: There are currently 219 members on the list, including a handful 
of Bots for reddit, nabble, etc..

We are not achieving our goals for world domination.
Please flog any nearby non-*nix users into submission
until they install a *nix based OS: Linux, BSD, Mach, OSX, QNX, Android....
and plug their brain into the Chugalug collective.
We need fresh meat for the grinder and their dues.
Oh, yeah.. no dues.. ok: fresh meat? fresh meat is good, eh?

[Bulk] iPads for Everyone

From: Benjamin Stewart 
Try pricing a "real" point-of-sale system with a resistive touchscreen and
an Atom processor. The ones we use for timeclocks at $work cost at least
twice what an iPad costs.

Also, I've seen iPod touches used as kiosks at a museum. Keeping you inside
the kiosk app is as easy as putting the iThing in a case that covers up the
"home" button.

On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM, Ed King  wrote:

> I've heard a rumor that the Ruth's Chris Steak restaurant near Hamilton
> Place area used iPads to take orders...   but I can't vouch for that cause
> I am not the kinda guy to pay $100 for a meal for two...     well I might
> have to do that soon as my 9 year marriage anniversary is coming up this
> week
>   ------------------------------
>  *From:* John Aldrich 
> *To:* Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group  chugalug@chugalug.org>
> *Sent:* Monday, September 16, 2013 7:17 AM
> *Subject:* Re: [Chugalug] [Bulk] Re: iPads for Everyone
>  On Sun September 15 2013 7:10:57 PM DaWorm wrote:
> Forgot which airport, but several restaurants had an iPad on every table.
> Had some sort of cable locked onto the data/charge port so it couldn't
> leave the table.  Card swipe bar on box on table to pay with.  Can't
> imagine what it cost, but there were hundreds of them.  May have been
> Minneapolis-St. Paul.
> There's a restaurant in Dalton where the wait staff uses an iPad to enter
> orders. Not sure how that works, maybe they have WiFi and the order prints
> out automatically or something in the kitchen???