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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.

Oliver Wyman ripoff Alert

I received an email today: Dear Paul, Oliver Wyman is currently conducting a study to learn more about the international travel and study-abroad programs in Higher Education in order to help shape the next generation of products. I would like … Continue reading

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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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