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Firstly do not try to connect to the Mumble server from the Ventrillo client. It will not work.

Secondly, go to mumble.sourceforge.com or mumble.com and download the appropiate version for your OS. Install it.

When you open it, it should automatically open another window to connect to a server. If not then in the main window go to Sever and Connect or hit Ctrl+O and it'll bring up this box. Just click the arrow next to the Public Internet and forget about it if you want. Click "Add New" and start filling out the details.
Label: "Whatever The Frak You Want" It doesn't matter so long as you know what you're getting into when you hit connect.
Address: your.server.com
Port: 012345
Username: Usually your main character's name or a nickname that everyone knows you by or your real name but if you're name is "John Smith" or "Bob Saget" or something really common I strongly suggest not using this because nobody will know who your are plus most of us don't know people by their real names and I'm always a little wary of giving out my IRL name, you should be too.

Hit Okay.
Hit Connect.
Now is when you enter the password and you will only have to do this once.
Next you'll probably want to go to Configure and uncheck Text-To-Speech. However this is great if somebody sends you a written message as it'll read it to you and it'll tell you who enters or leaves the channel but it can be irritating and distracting especially if an actual person is talking.

Now it's time to make sure everything works and do some fine tuning.
Go to Configure again and go through the Audio Wizard and it'll walk you through everything. Play around and adjust things to your liking and make sure everything works. Check your main volume controls and make sure things are turned up and everything's plugged in. I know this sounds stupid to check but it's often the simple things that are the problem and they often get over looked because they so obviously shouldn't be a problem but when trouble shooting always start with the basics and work up.

You're almost done!
I beseech you to to talk to the Certificate Wizard and create a new one and use that certificate every time you sign on if you, for whatever reason, log onto our server from another computer. The Wizard (queue up some Sabbath) will walk you through everything and you should be fine with all the default selections.

Optionally you can set a cool avatar for yourself. Set a comment if you go to AFK or something just so people don't talk to you if you're not there or if you don't wish to be disturbed or maybe if you don't have a mic.
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What an exciting, yet horribly depressing, time to live in. Humanity seems to be at it's peak population and is experiencing what we've grown to witness with every other ecosystem: over consumption of resources (most cases food or water) and now we're looking at the beginning of the end. Numbers may climb up a bit more but they can only go down afterwards because even with all our technology we're going to do far too much damage to the planet and destroy other ecosystems and throw everything way off balance.


I get distracted too easily and multitask too much never actually getting any of these things finshed.

Basically what I'm getting to is I think I chose this time to come back to this form of life out of my own morbidity, to watch the human race suffer and die off laughing and crying all the way. Step it up or buy a burial plot.

Lost Roots

Jul. 29th, 2012 06:04 am
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I never thought I would know what it felt like to be... a minority, to feel like your ancestors were enslaved, raped and slaughtered. I always felt like any other white guy. I'm pale and other than my long hair, piercings, jewellery and clothing; I've never had a problem. Well, okay other than my last name because my mother was adopted and had it changed. But, over all I looked just like everyone else.
The truth is I'm one generation removed from my tribe. I am a Native American, one of the First People and I grow more and more proud of this and it hurts more and more to feel so different, to know the suffering of my people and all the lies told by the whites throughout history.
I watched part of a documentary series called "America: The Story of Us" and half of the first episode was all about the settlers trying to make friends with the Aboriginals. They left out the fact that the Europeans killed off nearly all of them by gun or disease. It was a complete lie and infuriated me so much that I couldn't finish watching the series. I don't consider it "the story of us" at all because I am not a part of them. I'm not interested in that, I want to know more about the real "America" before anybody called it "America" that existed for thousands of years.
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I made something delicious last night and thought I'd share it. This is completely vegan friendly as will be most of my recipes. For the record I used as many organic ingredients as I could find but unfortunately in my area it's difficult to find everything certified organic or non-GMO; I'm lucky if I can find stuff from this country half the time.

sauteed veggiessauteed veggies with penne

Ingredients:
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 red onion
1/2 trimmed broccoli bunch
1/2 head of cauliflower
1 tomato or can of diced tomato in olive oil with garlic
1 16oz container of tofu
~3-5 cloves of fresh garlic
oregano
basil
extra virgin olive oil

16oz wheat penne

1 lemon optional

Chop up all the veggies into about half inch bits and throw them in a large frying pan. The broccoli trees and cauliflower you can cut in half or quarter for the larger ones. Mince the garlic and cover the top with oregano and basil. Add enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. The juices from the veggies will do most of the work but if you wish to add more later then do so.

Cook on high for about a half hour with a lid stirring about every 5 minutes to make sure nothing sticks and it's cooked evenly.

Once you've got that going start boiling water for the pasta. You can just follow the directions that are probably on the box.

I chopped up the tofu very fine because carnivores were eating too and don't like the texture. How small you chop this is up to you and your preferences but if it's small enough you won't even know there in there and they'll blend in with the cauliflower when it falls apart. Remember to taste it while you're cooking it. ;)
I haven't tested the lemon more than a few drops but it might be good to squeeze some lemon juice on top either when it's done and be fancy by leaving a slice or two on the plate or while you're cooking.

Enjoy!
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I've tried a handful of of different browsers over the years, mostly stuff in the Debian/Ubuntu/etc etc repositories but I've always fell back to Mozilla Firefox (or Icecat if you're using Debian GNU/Linux ;). This is mainly because of a few choice addons. There may be ways to do some of this without them and in fact I edited my network IP block settings from a list somebody compiled to simply not even load known advertisements and other bad sites. I did this on WinXP & Linux and it worked great for a while. The following is pretty much a must have list of modifications if you want a fairly secure experience.


  • Adblock Plus - This handy little one blocks advertisements and hides the space they used to be for mostly seamless page viewing. Very rarely do I see ads now and it makes the web a better place.

  • Noscript - This little extension blocks just about everything other than regular HTML & CSS. Java, javascript, flash, and other stuff is only allowed to load after you make an exception for it. This is much easier to use than it sounds. What it does is presents a list of sites that are trying to load when you visit a web page with a little light yellow bar on the bottom of the window that says "options" and you can either temporarily allow or permanently allow these websites (you can change your mind later in the same menu). With this and the above I have never seen any advertisements even the ones in Pandora for free accounts.

  • Flashblock - What's the point of having this after installing the above you ask? First of all when it comes to security (and backing up data) there's never too much redundancy. Secondly it adds a very useful Play button to flash videos before they load up. Often times you'll see links or even videos that link to other pages with videos or music that will automatically start playing and you end up with multiple things going at the same time searching to turn something off until you're ready. Often with this one you will have to go into it's options and whitelist pages which isn't terribly inconvenient because you only have to do it once and not for every site. It's not as dire but a great addition to have.

  • BetterPrivacy - This deletes a special newer type of cookie from Flash called LSO's. These don't get deleted when you remove the other ones from within the web browser and they may not expire (as quickly) so it's possible they hold massive amounts of info on you, where you've been and what you've been doing.

  • HTTPS Everywhere - This little piggy goes to market securely. HTTPS means hypertext transfer protocol with SSL/TLS. SSL means secure socket layer and TLS is transport layer security. You've probably noticed a closed lockpad and the name of an SSL certificate on certain web pages or at the bottom of the window. SSL certificates are a way of websites letter users know that they are safe and legitimate. There are ways around this but I'm not getting into that here. In general this means you're safe. By loading websites this way you're using encryption so that nobody in between can see any data. Encryption and decryption uses a little more CPU power and one must pay for the certificate which is one reason you don't see this stuff everywhere. On pages where it's possible to use SSL you should because nobody can generally see what you're up to. Just because you aren't doing anything malicious (hopefully) doesn't mean you should forego having privacy. It's your business and yours along and you should cherish and protect these freedoms.

  • LastPass - This not only stores passwords for you in a secure fashion but can also automatically generate new ones for you with all the variables you desire. It also optionally can fill out personal info forums for you such as credit card info or general name, e-mail birthday etc when signing up on a new web site. This has become invaluable to me after I found out about it and nowadays I don't even know all my passwords but I know they're as secure as they can be and I can change them whenever and they will always automatically be filled out for me and I'll be automatically logged in when I go to a website.

    But that isn't all you have to do! I always disable cookies from Third Party sites and I'm not sure if I've ever once had to allow these. The only cookies I really want are for logging into certain websites not unlike the one we're on right now. (Interesting how "now" is actually referring to two different times. For me it means the time of this writing but for you it's any later date when you're reading it.) You should also regularly clear cookies, history and all that good stuff. There's an option to delete everything or select file types automatically when you quit the web browser. There's a "private browsing mode" in some browsers. Personally right now I'm not using it but you can if you want.

    I actually recommend using third party open source alternatives for most things regarding personal data because the built in ones are almost always going to be the most exploited because everybody with that browser is using them. Just look at Internet Exploder, I mean Explorer. Oh, by the way never use that for anything. I think the only reason to have it installed is 1) because I don't think it's possible to uninstall it (so keep it up to date) and 2) it's needed for M$ & Win updates. I recommend keeping it as locked down as possible and remove all shortcuts to it.
    If you want to keep track of your previous session-those dozen tabs you had open before FF closed then check out Tab Mix Plus.

    There are a bunch of other helpful or useful ones so check them out and experiment. Don't be afraid to mess with your computer (so long as you're important data is backed up somewhere other than that computer though you shouldn't have anything to worry about with web browser and their addons).

    Some time in the future I'll list open source and privacy respecting alternatives to Google and other sites on the internet. For now I will mention: DuckDuckGo as a great web search that anonymously uses Google and other search engines to compile results.
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    Just install Ubuntu or Linux Mint or some other flavour that appeals to you then skip to the web browser section.


    There are several things that need to be done on a regular basis when it comes to keeping a computer running. Now, with Windows 7 I believe by default it will do some of these on a regular schedule if your computer is on. This post should cover all operating systems. Except Macs because they don't count. Just kidding, sort of.


    Updates!
    Every day check for and install updates. On WinXP on up and many Linux systems, if not all, you can schedule a time every day or week to either notify you, download or automatically download and install updates. Manually on Debian based Linux distributions open up your favourite terminal then run:
    [code]
    $ apt-get update && aptitude dist-upgrade
    [/code]
    This will run Aptitude and look for updates in the software repositories and then upgrade everything. The "&&" strings the two commands together so you only have to hit {Enter} once; you'll still have to enter in any conformations with this code however. Make sure you're either root or a super user when you run that or it will not work.


    Defragment
    Windows uses the NFTS & FAT16/32 file systems. A file system is the underlying structure of your hard drive. You need to use a file system of some sort or your operating system won't be able to make use of it. I'm not sure what the reasons are for Micro$oft to be using these, I think they just wanted to come up with their own proprietary system here too because they seem far inferior to the Extensible (EXT2, EXT3, & EXT4) FS's. When a file is created on your hard drive (HDD or SDD -- hard drive disk or solid state drive) with NTFS or FAT it doesn't just plop down in one place it gets distributed in several places and thus your hard drive must read from all of them for each file this happens to. That leads to very slow performance when reading and writing anything.

    I strongly recommend using Ultra Defrag. It's an open source free program. This program will work with less free space than the M$ version which requires a minimum of 15% free space last I checked and even after running the M$ version several times there is usually still fragmentation. The first time you run it, it will probably take several hours so you might want to run it before you go to sleep or go to work. Let it do a full optimization. This will completely reorganize the data on your hard drive as well as defragment. I believe it puts all the system files towards the front so it should boot up fast and whatnot. Don't worry it doesn't affect the way you're got stuff organized in your folders, that's all the same, it's the underlying bits that get moved. After this first optimization you can probably just do regular defragments or quick opts..

    I recommend running this weekly or monthly depending on how often you move data around or download stuff.
    P.S. Linux & BSD/other users don't have to worry about this. Mac users probably don't either.


    Disk Clean Ups
    On Win. you can find this in the Control Panel in the application menu. What this does is takes garbage, files you simply don't need, and deletes them to save some space. You might actually want to do this before you defragment.
    On Debian based Linux distributions you can run the following:

    [code]
    $ apt-get autoclean
    [/code]
    This will clear out any downloaded packages that are still sitting around and no longer in use. If you always use the "aptitude" instead of "apt-get" command listed above it will automatically clear out dependencies that are no longer in use. Make sure you're root or a super user again.

    Virus & Other Malware Removal
    You know that annoying thing that pops up saying it's out of date? Just uninstall that as well as any trial versions or things that popped up from that porn site you were on as that one is probably the malware you've been trying to avoid. Just do a web search to see if it's legitimate anti-virus software or not.

    Use Clam AntiVirus. It will run on just about every OS there is an it's open source so if you want to be the next Linus Torvalds here you go. It's free but, the real time scanning feature requires you to buy a copy. It's not the worst I've heard of as far as price and license keys go and you're supporting the largest, best anti-virus software there is. Keep in mind you don't really need that feature as long as you scan files when you download them you'll be safe.
    Run a full scan weekly or monthly depending on how much you use your computer and what filthy parts of the Internet you're crawling around. Pervert, you should probably be scanning every day. Yea, I know where you've been and my eyes have been burned.

    Even if you don't use Winblows you should have some AV software because you probably come into contact with those machines and you can transfer dirty data and infect them. Think of Linux as being a rat. It might not get sick from the disease it carries either within or on it's back but once you come too close you're now got the Bubonic plague.

    Later I will update about passwords, web browsers and addons so I will post this before it is fully ripe.

    If you play World of Warcraft go buy an authenticator immediately.

    American?

    Apr. 9th, 2012 08:42 am
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    How would you define "American"? What is that these days? What makes one American?

    I'm not entirely sure. Is it following The American Dream? What even is The American Dream? Is it owning all your own stuff: house, car(s), TV(s) and having a full time job, wife/husband and kid(s)? Is it being successful with whatever your personal dream may be if it's different from the mundane white picket fence story?
    For me it's definitely more towards the later. I'm not interested at all in material objects save for maybe my bass and guitar but I've formed a bond with my musical instruments over the years and we work well together.
    I was born and raised in the US and I'm part Native American so already I'm really more American than most Americans. Often times I consider myself to be patriotic because I believe in following the constitution and speak my opinions by voting, making phone calls, writing letters and all that. I simply consider that being a good citizen and everybody that wants to live in a fair, free society goverened by the people should do something occansionally.
    However I feel like things have changed over the years. It seems now being a good, true American means you've got your own house filled with some of the latest gadgets with at least two cars that make frequent trips to the nearest mall.

    I don't fit in here, not in this century. I want to go back about 500 years when the land belonged to everyone and before the Europeans invaded and commited genocide. Don't mistake me here, under the corrution and commercialism there lies great potential.
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    Many people have asked me what the name "GothFvck" means and how I came about using it. I feel this is a good way to start off this journal.

    "Goth" Well, after all these years I'm still not sure exactly what goth is and I don't believe anybody else can say with certainty. Most will say "mysterious", "macabre" and things along those lines but anything can be gothic just about. Okay, maybe not anything.

    "Fvck" or "fuck" One of those words that you don't actually hear on the radio usually. This word can be used in any way and in place of so many others. I'm not writing an entire post about this one or the word above though.

    Onto the actual story behind my name.
    Back when I was a teenager I was either loading the van with band equipment or heading to a show, not sure which, but as I was walking to the van my buddy who's over 6" jumped on my back. He's not obese but not exactly light as a bird. I couldn't get him off so finally I decided to bite him. I bit hard. So hard in fact that he had a bruise for several weeks, it was huge and dark. I'm not sure if he's got a scar now-a-days. When I did this the only thing he could utter was "OW! YOU BIT ME YOU FUCKING GOTH FUCK!". And so ever since then that name has stuck.

    George Carlin - 7 Dirty Words

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