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5 Rules For Dating College Nerds

There are students studying anatomy (they’re always studying), physics, bio chem, and some others tackling more than one class before heading home. You find a table, and there’s one other person sitting there.

You politely ask if they’d mind if you sat there, and they squeak out a “Sure”, and for all you know it was the first time they spoke to someone this week. In the midst of a difficult chapter, you look over at them and realize they’re kinda cute.

An hour passes, and it seems like they’ve gotten cuter. You make eye contact unexpectedly and look away quickly, a slight smile betraying your efforts to remain cool.

Fast forward a week or two and you’ve got a date set up with this person. They’re unlike anyone you’ve dated before; you might have had your share of jocks or popular people or just some random, normal person, but this is different.

You’ve never dated a nerd before.

There are some things you’ll need to know if you want to get it right this time, so pay attention to these five tips I’ve curated for you just for a situation like this; dating a nerd.

1: Their studies will always be a priority. For a good amount of us, school isn’t the highest priority in college – it’s getting turnt. 

For someone who’s a bit nerdy, getting faded is near the bottom of the list and getting an A in every class is the main objective. They may looking to the future, so forgive them if it’s a friday night and you want to go out but they don’t want to.

Now, I don’t mean that you should just go along with it and go out alone or stay in. Show them how much progress they’ve made over the semester and how a little break won’t set them back at all.

Nerds have always been a bit nerdy, and were not really invited out to do stuff in high school. They might feel like they wouldn’t fit in at a party when that’s not true at all.

As their S.O., they’ll need you to help them get out of their routine and enjoy some of the less-educational aspects of college.

Help them get through their studies, and show them that a reward is never a bad thing. They’ve been studying so much that without you they could miss out on some great college experiences that’ll help them in the post-college world.

2: Show them how much you care because they might feel like you’re out of their league. Nerds don’t typically date the homecoming queen in high school, so if you date a nerd make sure they feel like you’re equals in the relationship. 

A lot of people may feel a little insecure in a relationship, and that’s not very fun. As their boyfriend/girlfriend you’ll need to show them how much you mean to them.

That’s something that is needed in every relationship, but it might be even more crucial here. I’m not saying all nerds are unconfident and don’t have much self-worth, but we all get a little down sometimes and having someone you love show you how much you mean to them will be the kick that you need.

The more you show them you love them, they’ll be happier and more confident, and this will make them a better S.O. for you too. Win-win when you’re nice to someone.

3: You might need to help them branch out socially. Nerdy people aren’t really asked out the chill or party with other people very often. 

If you date a nerd, you might need to help them get their feet wet and help them get out of their comfort zone. This will not only make them a better date, but being able to socialize is a skill that can go a long way in adult life (I don’t know for certain but once I’m an adult I’ll fill you in).

They might feel like people will be all judgey, but assure them that no one will and that they’ll fit right in. Show them the fun side of college and they’ll have a much better experience and will walk away with some fond memories.

They’re working almost too hard on their studies so it’s up to you to show them how to unwind and enjoy some of the finer things of college. Toss the textbook and toss back a few shots.

4: They might seem shy but they desperately want to open up. 

Nerds have never had it very easy socially. In high school they may have been shunned or just ignored, and they never really had many people to talk to.

Just because you’re dating nerds doesn’t mean that they’ll suddenly open up and become a social butterfly; timidness is hard to outgrow. Even if they seem distant it doesn’t mean they are; no one has really talked with them and they’ve never been very open with people, so it’ll take them a little time to become truly comfortable with you. One thing you can do is take interest in their interests. Maybe they’ve never really met anyone who likes what they like, and haven’t really gotten a chance to have discussions about it.

If you can delve into their interests and get them to be more open with you, they’ll start to open up to other people as well and this will help them become more social and friendly. If you can get them out of their comfort zone, you’ll have shown them a side of themselves that they didn’t know existed, and will be happier and live a generally improved life because of it.

5: Find some nerdy common ground. If they’re truly nerdy, there will be something that they’re very passionate about. 

Maybe it’s Star Wars, or something completely different, but if you can find an interest in that or if you find something that both of you care deeply about, that can be a big help in your relationship.

Couples always need something that they can do together that brings them closer (besides sex), and if there’s something a little nerdy that you both love, that can solidify your connection to each other.

Not to mention all of the nerdy discussions and inside jokes you can have. Those can go a long way.

Dating someone a little nerdy isn’t really different from dating anyone else, but there are some things that can help you strengthen the relationship. They might not have many friends or be that sociable, but they have you, and you have them, and that’s all that should matter.

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Here Are the Best Versions of Linux to Run On Your Desktop

4.) Parrot Linux

Administrators are hit with so much on a daily basis. Without a key set of tools, that job can become incredibly difficult. This is because there are a host of Linux distributions ready to serve. It is believed that the one distribution that will find a significant rise in fame for the coming year will be Parrot Linux. This very distribution is based on Debian and provides nearly every penetration testing tool you could ever need. You will also be able to find tools for cryptography, cloud, anonymity, digital forensics, programming, and even productivity as well. All of these particular tools, of which  there are many are connected with an already rock-solid foundation to develop a Linux distribution that is just right for the security and network administrator.

3.) LXLE

Without question, it is a known fact by now that LXLE will most definitely be the lightweight distribution of choice in 2017. Why is this? Well, it’s simple. LXLE has the ability to blend a perfect mix of small footprint with large productivity. In other words, this is a smaller distribution that will never distract you from getting all of your work done. You’ll find every single tool will you need in a desktop Linux release that will feel just right on older hardware and on the newer machines. LXLE is based on Ubuntu 16.04 so it will definitely enjoy some long-term support and takes advantage  of the LXDE window manager, which brings with it an instant ease to utilize. LXLE comes with many of the typical tools such as LibreOffice and GIMP. The only struggle could be having to install a more modern and up-to-date browser

2.) Snappy Ubuntu Core

Alright so we’re talking really, really tiny form feature. The Internet of Things category is where embedded Linux truly does the best, and there are so many more distributions ready to take on the challenge. It is believed 2017 will be the year of Snappy Ubuntu Core. Ubuntu Snaps have already made it so, so easy to install packages without having to fret about dependencies and breakage due to upgrades.

1.) CentOS

It should come as no surprise here that CentOS is still the Linux love of the server room for small and medium sized businesses. There’s a very logical reason that CentOS continuously stands out at the top of this mountain, it’s a derivative of the sources of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux otherwise known as RHEL. For all of this, you now know that you are getting as dependent a server platform as you can find. The biggest difference between Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS besides the branding is support. With RHEL, you advance from official Red Hat support. However, since 2004, CentOS has held a gigantic  community of its own driven support system. So, if your small- or medium-sized business is looking to move a data center to an open source platform, your first bet is definitely CentOS.

Watch the video below to see which Linux version is best for you!

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nbwmon: An ncurses bandwidth monitor, of course

The world must have taken my abrogration of further text-based network monitors to heart, since we haven’t seen many of those lately. Here’s one that managed to escape my evil clutches: nbwmon.

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And I’m glad it did. nbwmon has just about all the right moves: Color display, clean arrangement, adjustable refresh rate, automatic rescaling for peaks and valleys in the display, and so forth.

It’s all very nicely done. And dare I mention that it seems to hearken back to slurm and ifstatus? No shame in that. 🙂

I might have to close off this post early, because honestly, I can’t find anything wrong with nbwmon. Ordinarily I’d pick around and complain about this or that, but nbwmon seems as feature-complete as I’d like in a network monitor, without any shortcomings that I could find. No crashes (unless I resized the terminal to 12×8 🙄 ), no artifacts, no funky error messages.

So either nbwmon is almost perfect, or I’m losing my critical touch. Let’s hope for the former. :

Tagged: information, monitor, network

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tty-clock: Taken for granted, for far too long

I casually mentioned tty-clock the other day while traipsing through ncurses-examples, then thought for a half a second and worried that I had never included it here.

A few panicked searches later and my fears were confirmed: Out of all the thousands (and yes, it has been thousands) of programs I’ve looked over in the past 20 months, I never gave proper attention to tty-clock.

That’s something we shall have to remedy.

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I can’t think of a system I’ve built in the past five years that hasn’t included tty-clock. I’ve even patched it myself, a long time ago, before it was possible to feed a date format into the display.

tty-clock is usually what I hold up to other console clocks, and see how the fare. If a text-only clock can pass muster with tty-clock, it’s doing pretty well.

You can poke around with it on your own time, but know that it can handle multiple colors now, as well as bold effects, flashing time separators, seconds display, rebounding through the terminal window, 24-hour and/or UTC time, and refresh rates down to the nanosecond. It has evolved quite nicely.

Whether or not you prefer a text-based lifestyle and whether or not your computer can handle the burden of a fully graphical desktop environment, you really owe it to yourself to at least try tty-clock once. My apologies for omitting it for so, so long. 😳

Tagged: clock, screensaver, time

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tmenu: Just one step away

The next time you hear someone whine about having to use the command line, you can provide them with a long list of utilities that deftly convert lists and applications into menu format. Putting aside pdmenu — the dedicated application menu tool for the console — you still have things like slmenu, fzf, sentaku, percol and now Dario Hamidi’s tmenu

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tmenu works a lot like sentaku or percol, accepting piped-in lists and returning to the screen. Unlike fzf, tmenu does not assume you want the current list of files, so you have to provide something; just entering tmenu gives you an empty list and a rather pointless tmenu experience.

With a proper list, you have the option to filter by character string, or navigate with CTRL+N, CTRL+P and so forth. Press return, and your selection is returned to STDOUT.

So this too can function in the same way as the slmenu gimmick, without the color that percol offers, without the vertical arrangment that fzf has, and perhaps a little more space-conscious than sentaku.

tmenu takes three flags — one for the number of items in the displayed list, one to change the prompt and one to take out the status line. That’s it. Very simple.

About the only thing I don’t like about tmenu is the lack of arrow key controls for list navigation. I know that’s fairly minor, but my instinct is to jump for the arrow keys when I’m presented with a list. CTRL+N and CTRL+P make sense when I think about them, but there’s always that split second when I don’t think, and just start tapping fruitlessly at the arrow keys. Grr.

All that being said, I’m wondering if it’s not time to just hotwire tmenu — or one of its brethren — into the /usr/bin folder and run it perpetually, like a Grand Unified Menu. And so this

$(ls /usr/bin | tmenu -l $(tput lines) )

Would give you this:

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Not as scary as I thought. I guess we’re all just one step away from a completely menu-driven terminal experience. 😉

Tagged: find, menu, prompt, search, text

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Bonus: fbff, fbpad … and fbpdf too

I do feel obligated to list some framebuffer-specific software here, and I realized a week or two ago that my last list of framebuffer applications was not only almost a year old, but also omitted a worthy pair.

I don’t have much to show for fbff and fbpad, but they are both by the author of fbpdf, and mentioning one without the other two was an oversight. To complicate things, I don’t have a machine right now that will take faithful images of framebuffer output, so here’s my best effort at fbff, and to be fair, fbpdf.

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Laughable, I know. Just don’t ask about fbpad. 🙄

fbff is probably my favorite of the three, as an alternative to running mplayer against the framebuffer. At 2Ghz on an ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 with an xvid-encoded avi file, the results were quite good. If you could see what it was showing, you’d be watching the opening credits for the first episode of season 11 of Gunsmoke. 😕 (Sorry, in my culture, people are mad for anything Western.)

And if you could see fbpdf at work above, it would be a classy black-and-white page with the words, “Sample text here.” I am nothing, if not inventive. 🙄

Please don’t blame the software for the shortcomings you see there. Both fbff and fbpdf accurately rendered the media against the framebuffer, and offered basic controls for each application. In spite of what you see above, they did actually work right. I just lack a proper screenshot.

fbpad was another issue, but that one was working against the clock for me. Configuring fbpad requires some heavy-duty font setup, the use of an outside font conversion tool, then editing the source code and recompiling fbpad to show the converted font.

I can’t say this is a better way than, perhaps, configuring fbterm. If you wade through those steps, show us a screenshot and we’ll all think highly of you. 😉

Dependency-wise, fbff and fbpdf were the heaviest, with fbff pulling in the ffmpeg structure (of course) and fbpdf requiring mupdf, some poppler and some djvulibre. If you have other options for video/audio/image playback and pdf display at the framebuffer, I’d recommend weighing them against what fbff and fbpdf will need.

fbpad didn’t strike me much heavier than fbterm, truth be told — unless you count the time and tools it would take to convert and configure and compile the font. And that, knowing full well I wouldn’t get a proper image of it anyway. 🙁

One last question you might ask: So why make so much fuss about a couple of framebuffer-based applications? Well, for one thing, alternatives to the industry-standard tools, like mplayer or fbida, are always welcome. Neither of those is such a perfect fit for a framebuffer-only machine that someone new can’t wedge their way into my system.

Second, and probably more importantly, access to a framebuffer can sometimes be what saves a machine from the eternal reward. There’s a big difference between a 233Mhz machine that can run text programs fullscreen at 80×25, and a 233Mhz machine that can run a full suite of terminal applications at 1024×768 using the terminus font overlaid atop a picture of Miles Davis.

One is functional, but the other is crazy, funky and cool. 😉

Tagged: audio, framebuffer, image, pdf, video

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irmp3 and irmp3-curses: All for naught

There’s a little clock in my head that starts ticking when I have been spending too much time trying to get a program to work. And that little clock was ticking furiously by the time I got this screenshot.

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That’s irmp3-ncurses, a text-based front-end to the irmp3 audio jukebox. And believe it or not, after more than an hour of scraping around in two different distros, that’s the best I could come up with.

I am ashamed. My geek credentials are in jeopardy. 🙁

As I understand it, irmp3 is primarily aimed at environments that need infra-red support or LCD output, so … car stereos, custom-built home mp3 players, and so forth. And if you skim through a few of these examples, it’s quite impressive to see what you can do with it.

Unfortunately what I did with it … was almost zero. I could build both the daemon and the command-line control interface in Arch. I even managed to generate a configuration file with the built-in utility, but the daemon never seemed to find my music path, which meant the command-line interface couldn’t tell it to start playing, and irmp3-ncurses couldn’t help anyone out. Not even with alsa-oss on the team. 🙁

So I switched to Mint, because the previous verision of irmp3* is in the Lucid (and Debian Squeeze) repositories. If the issue was a faulty setup in Arch, perhaps the Debian/Ubuntu versions carried enough default settings to get things rocking. But as luck would have it, the Mint/Ubuntu version was no more successful. Oh well, I tried.

There are a few considerations, of course: The last version was released way back in 2007. I don’t have either LCD or IR hardware. And I have a long-standing reputation for butchering application conf files. Any one — or all — of those could be the problem.

If you know how to get this one working, or if you have tips on how to make it sing pretty, or if you converted your 1949 Citroën 2CV into an mp3 player with irmp3, please help us out. Science demands an answer. 😉

Tagged: audio, client, daemon, music, playback, player

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gplayer: Get loud with the cloud

It seems cloud-based or Internet-heavy tools are the choice of the gods of shuf today, since the second title for this sunny Saturday is a CLI-based interface for Grooveshark, the online streaming audio service.

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Like I said earlier this week, I’m in favor of any utility that strips away the worthless scum that coats most Internet services, and I list the noxious, fetid remains of Flash technology among that. So from the start, gplayer wins points for allowing me to sidestep the standard Grooveshark player.

That said, gplayer doesn’t reach the same degree of finesse that soundcloud2000 did. It is worth remembering that what you see in the screenshot is accomplished in approximately 60 lines of code … of course, allowing for the fact that mplayer, that seven-headed-ten-horned beast of media playback, is doing all the heavy work.

It’s still impressive though. gplayer gives you a search function that mimics Grooveshark, returns a list of 20 results, and allows you to cue any of the titles that are listed. From there, mplayer takes over, using its keypresses as controls and its frame progress counter as an onscreen display.

I’ve found a few small incongruities in gplayer, and I’ll note them here just as a matter of record. For one, when a song ends either because it’s over or because the listener gave “q” to mplayer, gplayer never recovers its prompt. I get a dull cursor without any text, and short of pressing CTRL+C, gplayer seems to have stalled.

I don’t think that was the way the author intended, since it would make more sense to me, as a casual user, to either get a new search prompt, a prompt to cue another title, a repeat of the previous list, or just be dropped to the shell. As it is, I’m lost somewhere betweem mplayer finishing and gplayer recovering.

Second, it’s fairly easy to send gplayer into a tailspin over the selection. Any non-numeric character will cause an error, and any out-of-range of numbers will cause an error. It’s just an issue of trapping those entries and preventing gplayer from exploding across the screen.

I can stop there since that’s about the limit of gplayer’s functions. If you’re willing to hold its hand for a little bit, and if you can find a way to cue up several songs in a row, and if you’re a fan of Grooveshark in the first place, you’ll probably find a place in your heart for it.

Oh, and I think the author should follow soundcloud2000’s lead, and subtitle gplayer as “Grooveshark without all the stupid css.” Or maybe “without all the stupid Flash.” 😉

Tagged: audio, download, music, online, player, streaming

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googlecl: Cutting corners with everything Google

My office uses Google Documents for almost everything it does. We all have GMail addresses and even our primary site is managed through Google, although the intricacies escape me.

I concede that it does streamline some things, but only because I have to. I’m still no fan of the cloud, and I never have been, and probably never will be.

Having said all that, I can see where googlecl would be very, very useful in our office for bulk management of e-mail lists or contact information. Just as a very brief example:

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That’s the same example that appears on the home page, so I suppose pixellating much of those images was unnecessary. All the same, I think you should get the point. With something as simple as google contacts add and a little data, I get a corresponding addition to my online Contacts list.

Which is what you would probably expect. And it likewise goes without saying that googlecl can handle not only GMail Contacts, but also Blogger posts, YouTube uploads, Calendar events, additions and edits to Documents, and just about every other aspect of your collective Goo-perience, from the command line.

I can’t go into too much detail on invididual commands and configuration, mostly because each Google aspect has its own rasher of options and specifics. If you’re genuinely interested — and again, for my daily workload I already see a few places this can be useful — you’ll need to look closely on your own.

Probably the one thing I like best about googlecl is what you see in the terminal screenshot above: Rather than require a configuration file setup, googlecl simply links you to the API authentication page, and prompts you for the passcode. It does save a step, and gets you moving a little faster with the entire Goo-perience.

And I tip my hat to that. I never have and never will concede my own private and personal information to The Almighty Cloud, and have serious worries on behalf of anyone who does. But I’m taking this to work on Monday, and seeing if it will help cut a few corners. 😐

Tagged: data, download, management, upload

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