Zetta is the new Peta, or Zebi

The prefix after tera- should be 10005, or peta-. Therefore, after terabyte comes petabyte. Next is exabyte, then zettabyte and yottabyte. Those are powers of 100010 not 102410 ( which is (210)10). Really we should be saying gibibyte (102410)3 or (210)30, tebibyte (102410)4 or (210)40, pebibyte (102410)5 or (210)50, exbibyte (102410)6 or (210)60, zebibyte (102410)7 or (210)70, and yobibyte (102410)8 or (210)80.  From What Comes After Terabyte? | Britannica

See also https://pc.net/helpcenter/answers/kibibytes_mebibytes_and_gibibytes



Fasnacht Time ANY time now!

On the Saturday night before Ash Wednesday, the people of Helvetia (West Virginia, USA) put on scary masks and decorate their homes with scary figures to frighten away Old Man Winter. Then they gather at a local restaurant, light colorful lanterns, and walk to the community hall, where they parade around the dance floor as their masks are judged. They dance until midnight, when the fiddler announces it is time to burn Old Man Winter. The prettiest girl gets on the shoulders of the tallest man and cuts down the effigy of Old Man Winter that is hanging in the middle of the room. They drag it out into the snow, rough it up, and throw it onto a bonfire, showing that it’s time for winter to end!

From: the Americas Library http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/wv/es_wv_fasncht_1.html

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Or from WikiPedia:

Fastnacht Day is dependent upon the day of Easter, and Ash Wednesday. Easter Day varies from year to year because of the spring equinox, or full moon, and is usually the last Sunday of the month of March. Fastnacht Day takes place 47 days before Easter Day, on the Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday.

Fastnacht Day dates

  • March 5, 2019
  • February 25, 2020
  • February 16, 2021
  • March 1, 2022
  • February 21, 2023

Fastnacht Day (also spelled Fasnacht) is an annual Pennsylvania Dutch celebration that falls on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. The word translates to “Fasting Night” in English. The tradition is to eat the very best foods, which are part of the German tradition, and much of them, before the Lenten fast. Fastnachts (pronounced /ˈfastnaxt/ in German) are doughnuts. There are three types of Fasnacht, one made with yeast, one made with baking powder, and one made with potatoes and yeast. All are slightly crispy on the outside and not as sweet as standard doughnuts. From WikiPedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fastnacht_(Pennsylvania_Dutch)


Recipe #1:Fastnachts with baking powder

3-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon ground mace (can use nutmeg) 1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening (use lard if you can get it) 1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 1 cup milk vegetable or canola oil for frying, about 2 quarts

Place the flour, baking powder, salt and mace in a medium bowl. Stir with a wire whisk to combine. Set aside. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs and mix until creamy. Gradually add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk, mixing on low speed, just until well-combined. Place on a floured board. Work the dough lightly with hands, adding a little more flour as needed if it is too sticky. (This dough should be very soft, something like a biscuit dough, so don’t add more flour than necessary.) Gently roll the dough into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle or square. Using a sharp knife, cut into 2-inch squares or similarly sized rectangles. Heat the oil in a deep-sided pot over medium heat to 375 °F. Carefully add the fastnachts to the oil, about 6 per batch, and fry until well-browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Flip and brown the other side for another 2 or 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining fastnachts.[6]

Recipe #2: Fastnachts with Yeast

2 cups scalded milk, ½ cup lard, 1 cup mashed potatoes, 2 teaspoons salt, ¾ cup sugar, 2 well beaten eggs, 1 package yeast, 7 cups flour, approximately

Scald milk and add mashed potatoes, sugar, salt, and lard. Cool until lukewarm. Add eggs. Add yeast and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead well and place in a greased bowl. Cover with a cloth and let rise about 1½ hours. Roll ¼ inch thick on a floured board. Place on a cloth and let rise until doubled in size and fry in hot fat.[7]

Recipe #3: Fastnachts with potatoes and baking powder

2 1/2 c. hot mashed potatoes 1 cup milk 3 beaten eggs 2 Tablespoons melted butter 2 cups sugar 2 Tablespoons baking powder 5 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl combine all ingredients, but add flour slowly. Divide dough in half and roll to 1/2″ thickness. Cut with doughnut cutter. Fry in deep fat or oil, turning when brown. Drain on paper towels and let cool.[7]

For more recipes:

https://www.thespruceeats.com/fastnacht-doughnut-recipe-427747

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/7208/nanas-fastnachts/

http://www.grouprecipes.com/36211/pennsylvania-dutch-fastnachts.html

https://www.amish365.com/the-amish-and-fasnachts/

https://beyondthebutter.com/pennsylvania-dutch-fasnacht-doughnuts/

https://noplatelikehome.com/fastnachts-donut-recipe-pennsylvania-dutch/

 


Zoom on Mint / MATE 20201106

UPDATE 2020-11-09

Zoom got back to me promptly. The dialog box they also fixed. In My Humble Opinion this GNU/Linux Zoom Client is one of the finest examples of cross-platform software any company has developed and the customer service has been excellent in response time and punctually correcting software issues. Buy their annual subscription.

My difficulty installing they have provided instructions to correct, which work perfectly, and the installed client performs better as well. In the Linux Mint distro version zoom cannot use a virtual background, even though it can with Windows on the same hardware BUT in the provided “lastest version” it works in Linux almost as well as in windows. I am impressed.

The application “Zoom“ you installed from “Software Manager“, is a Flatpak format and is not published by us (Zoom company) but by a third-party publisher.
To fix this issue, uninstall the “Zoom“ in “Software Manager“, then download the deb package from https://zoom.us/client/latest/zoom_amd64.deb, install using the following commands:

  1. cd ~/Downloads
  2. sudo dpkg -i zoom_amd64.deb
  3. sudo apt-get install -f

The third command will fix the dependency issue.
Please let me know if you have any more questions and I will be happy to help in any way I can.


This post is written November 6, 2020 and applies to Linux Zoom Client 5.4.1 (53350.1027). This is a paid account, so if you are using a “free” account your mileage may vary. If Zoom Support contacts me with more information I will update this post accordingly.
Zoom is a popular conferencing app. A rare but notable trait is that Zoom works in any web browser, or as an installed Client App on Mac, Windows, and Linux. Several Linux versions are available at https://zoom.us/download.

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The windows client works fine from this download page but when I chose the Linux Debian client for my Mint / MATE desktop it was missing two libraries, ibus and linxcb-xtest0. Maybe I should have tried the Ubuntu or Mint flavors, might not be their fault, but choosing Debian, Mint, or Ubuntu generally has worked the same for me as they all hail back to Debian…. The install failed, apt –fix-broken install did not fix it, and no other installs could be performed until I purged zoom with apt purge zoom. It purged nicely.

Zoom is in the Mint repos and installing through the Mint / MATE Software Manager worked flawlessly. So advice #1 is install from the repos with Software Manager.

Second. Most of it works flawlessly but some of the Settings i/f needs adjusting:

  1. The Settings dialog box covers up anything else, requiring me to drag the settings dialog box off the screen to the side to see and use the dialog boxes that it spawns. It also covered my Conky status monitor and task bar which are always on top.
  2. My system dual boots Linux Mint / MATE and Windows 10 from SSD, and I store all large data on separate spinning media. Clicking Change to change the storage location of the Zoom Video Recording provides a dialog box as one would expect, however when one browses to the desired folder the Open button is inactive and cannot be used to select the location. Choosing a specific file name will work, however one would desire a file name for a recording based upon some automatically determined text, such as the date and time the recording started.The edit box containing the path to the location in which to store the recording is not editable.
  3. I could not locate the Zoom configuration text file, if there is one: it was not a dot file in the user home folder, nor was it a hidden folder in the user home folder, nor could I find a trace in /etc, /var/* or /usr/*. The instinct is to merely edit the text config file and fix it but a better approach is to simply use a soft link. Zoom defaults the recording storage location to ~/Documents/Zoom.
    1. Using the GUI or command line
    2. Delete ~/Documents/Zoom
    3. Create a folder where you want the recordings stored
    4. Create a link to that folder (right click / create link with the GUI or ln -s <path-to-new-folder> ~/Documents/Zoom using command line)
    5. Cut and paste the link into ~/Documents (if you are using the GUI)
    6. Rename the link Zoom (if you are using the GUI, note the capital Z)
  4. Shouldn’t need to do this but it is a solution to a problem that should eventually go away.

Post Script: It still doesn’t fix the problem: when you finish a meeting Zoom says it must convert the video and then presents a dialog box to select a storage location, HOWEVER the Open button on the dialog box is always gray so it cannot be clicked, and there is no place to designate a file name for the recording.


Comorbidities and the Dem Panic of 2020

FaceBook was censoring a screenshot of a web page at the Center for Disease Control, http://cdc.gov. Someone underlined a statement on the page stating that only 6 percent of deaths reported as Covid-2019 were only due to covid: the other 94 percent were deaths from something else, such as extreme old age, which was just aggravated by covid – covid was one of many things which together caused the death. This is a significant statistic when covid positive patients are by government mandate placed in proximity to very vulnerable nursing home patients, who then contract covid and succumb.

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm#Comorbidities.

Graph of deaths from covid,  Feb thru August 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm

One political party hopes to create so much fear in people that they do not vote this fall, most likely because that political party is so extremely out of favor with the American people that they realize they can only win the fall 2020 general election by preventing most people from voting and using their well developed massive (what Harry S. Truman referred to in his auto-biography “Where the Buck Stops” as the powerful democrat electioneering machine) vote fraud using mail-in ballots without any proof of the voter’s identity or awareness that a vote was cast for him.

Watch more than FaceBook – FaceBook has just released a warning that users will be forced to agree to censorship by the radical FaceBook untra-liberal censors. The notice reads:

Effective October 1, 2020, section 3.2 of our Terms of Service will be updated to include: “We also can remove or restrict access to your content, services or information if we determine that doing so is reasonably necessary to avoid or mitigate adverse legal or regulatory impacts to Facebook.”

So, if a radical untra-libertard “is offended” or “someone might possibly feel uncomfortable” you get silenced, thus allowing only pro-leftist ads and posts prior to the election. Draw your news from many sources, and sort it out – most likely they are all lying or distorting to some extent.

“ . . . not to weigh and ponder the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the one right which it has set out to argue for. Its task is not to make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness; its task is to serve our own right, always and unflinchingly.” –1924, Adolf Hitler on the purpose of the media, Mein Kampf, Volume One, Chapter Six

To an almost exclusive extent, this has become the policy of the corporate controlled press, with no real journalists but only party-controlled propagandists. “V “Izvestiyakh” net pravdy, v “Pravde” net informatsii.” – There is no Truth in The News (the Russian paper Izvestiya) and no news in The Truth (the Russian paper Pravda).