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About pauljohn

Paul E. Johnson is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas. He is an avid Linux User, an adequate system administrator and C programmer, and humility is one of his greatest strengths.

Building a new xfwm4 Debian package: Try it, you’ll like it!

In the askubuntu web forum (http://askubuntu.com/questions/821940/configure-mouse-buttons-in-xfce4), I asked if it is possible to change the behavior of the mouse in response to  Alt-Middle click. Currently, that causes a window to be moved to the bottom of the stack of windows. … Continue reading

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Building R-devel on RedHat Linux 6

  Warning: I’m 85% done with this, formatting is not right. I DO NOT want to type in the prompt in front of every command because then one cannot copy/paste directly.  However, copying some output chunks picks up the dollar … Continue reading

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New lifescape panorama

  Today, I was struck by the beauty of the desert on a crystal clear morning. As the panorama below  indicates, there is no apparent sign of life in this seemingly barren, desolate part of the high plains. Only the … Continue reading

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Time Series tips for R users

Two people were in here last week asking me about time series modeling in R. I said I’d look something up. I thought this was fabulously helpful for translating between R and time series books: http://www.stat.pitt.edu/stoffer/tsa2/Rissues.htm The leading authority on … Continue reading

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Get out of fail2ban jail

Ever get locked out of your own computer because you tried the password too many times when you were, well, not paying attention? I found it tough to find how to unban myself and was pretty frustrated by the ambiguity … Continue reading

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OpenBUGS-3.2.3 Linux Packages

I’m very sorry I stopped paying attention to the packaging on openbugs for a while. I stopped reading the gmail account because I hated their labeling system, but that account is where I’m registered in the OpenBUGS list. Oh, well. … Continue reading

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Gambit packages updated

Linux packages for Gambit were built yesterday. All of these do install and I’m able to open the Gambit GUI and create a game. I compiled with no special arguments, these may not include all of the features you want. … Continue reading

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Compiz, Multi-Head, Workspace Backgrounds

The approach described in the post earlier this week works well on single-head systems, but not when there are several monitors. Compiz handles these differently than XFCE4 or Gnome, causing some revision in the script. Since Compiz treats the combined … Continue reading

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Success: compiz wallpapers changed via python script (Ubuntu 14.10 XFCE4)

I started using Linux because it had cool desktop features that made it fun and interesting. The compiz window manager was a highlight, but I stopped using it for a while because I could not make the dbus commands work … Continue reading

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ssh: too many authentication failures

Did you follow along with the instructions to make ssh connections “automatic” and “secure” with your favorite servers by transferring your public keys to the authorizedKeys file an then editing your ~/.ssh/config? The .ssh/config file fills up with entries like … Continue reading

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