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GAFilk 2017 Over

Another fantastic, fabulous, love-affirming weekend in Atlanta with my best friends. About 95 showed up, with many more having weather or health issues keeping them away.

I’m just waking up. My best friend has just left to go catch his airplane, my beautiful wife is just climbing out of the shower, and now we get to pack and head for the car. Depending on weather, we may go a couple hours out of the way, for my love would like to see the Georgia Guidestones.

I did some nice performances, some of which I have physical evidence of (video, disk). I met some people I had “known” for ages, and some who have been friends-of-friends for ages.

Time to go home and tell my cats that I did not abandon them.

Hugs,
Me

Ready for Georgia

My wonderful new wife and I are getting ready to leave for GAFilk on Friday.

I went out tonight to try to make money driving Uber, and found my headlight, which I fixed a couple months ago, is out again. Not safe, so no driving.

But we’re getting stoked about our first trip to GAFilk together.

Suzanne also wants to visit the Georgia Guidestones, a very odd erection near Elberton. We’ll do that after the con.

Merry Mithrasmas!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. This will be the first in many, many years where I am with someone and happy. Suzanne is a joy beyond measure. It has been said that a happy people does not make history, so a happy Moss does not write many blogs.

We have dinner today with friends, and our next event will be GAFilk in January.

Hugs,
Me

It’s Official

There is now a Mrs. (Louise Suzanne) Bliss. [LOL the certificate says Suzanne Louise but I’m not worried.] The ceremony was well-attended and went off with only the one intended hitch. I am so happy.

There will be lots of pictures, taken by Aquilis Firehaven. 20 total people in attendance… don’t know whether I should list them all… naw…

Moving Right Along

No, I have not kept up very well with this blog. I’ve been kinda busy. Ubering more hours than I’d like, trying to find the hours most likely to make money. Trying to get ready for my wedding/handfasting to the most wonderful woman in the world. Missing article deadlines. Working things out.

Know that all is well. We’re getting married on the 27th.

Hugs,
Me

Joyous Update

For anyone who may yet be curious, my burgeoning relationship with the lovely and magickal Zia Lyllyth Terranova (or, to me, Suzanne) continues to be the best thing that has ever happened to me and threatens to continue happening beyond the foreseeable future. This being the case, I eagerly await marriage to her beautiful self, an event which will take place in a few weeks (just after Thanksgiving here in the US). She is posting tons of pictures showing our happiness; I just wanted to chime in and state that the happiness shown is real and shared. This is simply amazing.

More Love, Feel It

Suzanne has been here for over a week now, and life has never been better. A few occasions to cry but never to keep crying. We are in this together forever. Still spending too much money but it has to level off and go back the other way. Wedding is planned for either the Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Love Updated

I guess I’ve been slack on this blog. Suzanne and I decided not to wait until the end of October, and she will be flying in on the 28th of this month. I can’t tell you how excited I am.

I’ve been driving a lot for Uber and a little for Lyft, but had a flat tire in the middle of a ride last night. Lovely. So I miss the money-making weekend; the tire store opens on Monday.

Hugs,
Me

What I Would Do For Love

OK, based on my belief that my Passport Card will be here somewhere around the first week of October, and my belief that I need to earn my October money driving Uber, I have scheduled my trip to Canada to pick up my sweetheart, Suzanne, to begin October 25. I will take no more than 6 days, perhaps 5. No time for sightseeing, as I will have to do something or get someone to take care of my cats and will need to get back to work when I get back.

The trip is 19 hours of driving, plus stops for food, drink, peeing, and probably an overnight each way, and the holdup at the border each direction. From Blaine TN to Green Hill (aka Stanley Parish) New Brunswick. At least one night in Green Hill, so her father knows I’m not a serial killer, maybe two, and then the trip back, this time with company.

Capisce?

So Here’s The Thing

Long Rant.

So #Heresthething : In my opinion, Linux has become a system which any person can use and trust. Perhaps there are some apps for Windows which Linux can’t match, but the same is true for Windows which is why some people buy Macs. In my opinion, they are all about equal. What is Linux missing? In a word: Marketing.

A good marketing department would identify what people use Windows for and would explain how to use Linux to potential users in terms they would understand, and show them how the differences in Linux make it BETTER.

We need a tutorial, manual, or users guide which tells a Windows or Mac user how the system works at the Desktop level. Linux is great, and is an effective replacement for a Mac or Windows machine IF YOU COULD EXPLAIN HOW TO USE IT to someone who already knows how to use Mac or Windows.

All the tutorials on Linux start out with the equivalent of saying you have to learn DOS before you can make this machine work.

I had a brief Twitter conversation with Chris Fisher at #JupiterBroadcasting about this, and he largely agreed with me but did not commit. I even volunteered to be in the show — if there ever was a Linux user who knew less about the inner workings than me but still loved using the system, I don’t know who.

Of course the question is, which distro and which desktop to use? Most people moving from Windows to Linux are doing so just to use the Internet. I would start with LinuxMint or Ubuntu, as they are the most designed for a simple user experience.

(Digression: There are some terms used in Windows which you had to learn and now seem second-nature. The same can be said for Mac. For Linux, the first term you need to learn is “distro”, which is short for “distribution”. Linux is not a single company’s system but is developed independently by dozens of companies and groups of people. How they put their package together is what makes their distro unique. This can mean the screen looks different, or they use a different way to install the system and software, or many other things.)

The two hardest things to explain to Windows or Mac users are: Desktops, and Downloads.

With Windows, you have one Desktop. Windows calls it Windows Explorer, but I know tons of Windows users who don’t know this term. It’s just the Desktop, or the Screen. Mac is just Mac. But Linux is developed by a lot of different people who like tweaking their desktop their way, and the result is a dozen different desktops as well as a dozen or so sets of tools to customize your desktop. Some of them are resource-heavy, some are very light, and depending on your machine that can make a difference in how fast you machine appears to run. Popular desktops are named MATE, Cinnamon, Gnome, KDE, Unity, etc..

With Windows, you go look for software on the software maker’s site, and many times find yourself downloading things you didn’t want, whether it’s just another program they want you to have or a virus you didn’t want. With Linux, the distribution you choose (Ubuntu, LinuxMint, Debian, Arch, Slack, etc.) keeps its own store-room (termed “repository”) of software already checked and verified to run, and you go to that store — on your desktop, or in your menu. You don’t need to have your browser open, but you do need to be connected to the Internet. You open one of two (or more) software centers (one for the casual user, the other for more experienced users), and just look up the program you want or the function you want. You are often presented with several options, not just one program.

For the internet, the only thing you are “losing” from Windows is the Internet Explorer browser, which most Windows users don’t even use. Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, and several other browsers are available in all or most distros. But most just pick one and don’t even know they call it a “browser”. Signing into Chrome in Linux brings in all your bookmarks and passwords the same as you were using in Windows, as they are stored in the Google Cloud; for Firefox, if you have Sync set up, the same is true.

And #Heresthething: It’s all free, or at least 99% of it is, and the operating system (Linux distro) is also free. It’s also virus-free. You download software from the repository and it installs, you use it, you’re safe. 99% of viruses will not run in Linux, even if you download them. The main reason for even HAVING virus checkers is to protect Windows-using friends you may be passing files to.

And there is a COMMUNITY. You go to the forum for that distro or other help forums, ask a question, and you usually have the answer in an hour or two (if you go back to the forum and check). People use Linux because they love helping others use Linux. You don’t pay for support, you just ask for it.

So. I would like to see, or make, a podcast of a few episodes, showing a new Linux user just trying things out from Windows, just how simple it is to use and how to do so. We could do 4 or 5 or more version of it using different Linux distributions.

Is anyone else feeling the need for this?