This past week Linux Mint released their release candidate of Linux Mint 15 in both MATE and Cinnamon versions. I tried both versions in the live environment. MATE gives you more of the traditional Linux Mint feel and style but I absolutely feel in love with the more modern feel and design of the Cinnamon version so I will be focusing on that in my review.
Without hyperbole I can say that this is the best version of Linux Mint yet. Granted it’s the RC but with the detail that Linux Mint gives its distros there usually isn’t that great a change between the RC and the final release. Most of the improvements in my opinion come from the Cinnamon desktop. It’s been quite some time since I last tried it. I think it was Linux Mint 13 when I last used it. Since then it has vastly improved as a desktop. I only have some minor complaints about it. The first is that the sound app did not recognize Audacious when it comes to skipping tracks and such. Supposedly this is a fix for that but it didn’t work for me. The second minor complaint is that I found it better to install the Cinnamon apps by directly downloading them from the website and placing the folders in the usr/share/cinnamon/applets folder as root then installing them directly from the panel. Lastly even though Cinnamon has a great number of awesome and eye-catching themes I can’t seem to get rid of that hideous shade of green that Mint uses as a default. Also Cinnamon does not have a wallpaper changer like XFCE does but I was able to easily remedy this by installing Wallch through the Software Center In their defense though the Cinnamon/Mint developers have even said that Cinnamon is still young and still a work in progress.
So is Mint 15 my favorite Linux distro of all time? No, but it comes very close.
My new favorite Linux distro is one not a lot of people may have heard of. It’s a French distro called Voyager. Say what you will about the French, and I have, they are very embracing of the open source community and have created a top-notch distro.
Voyager 13.04 is based on Xubuntu 13.04 except it surpasses it in every way. Voyager comes with some of the most breathtaking wallpaper I have seen in a distro and with the XFCE desktop it can change through them as often or as little as you want. Voyager also comes pre-loaded with a lot of useful software and in my opinion none of it its bloatware.
Now I feel in love with Voyager when 12.04 came out because at the time they were using the AWN dock. Since the AWN dock has been abandoned they use the native XFCE dock however I have replaced that with the Cairo dock. That’s just my own personal preference.
Speaking of the wallpapers I had a problem with the wallpaper staying the way I wanted it. Every time I would restart the computer it would revert to the default desktop but I did figure out a solution to the problem. Voyager uses Conky which is a system monitor but it can also control your desktops. So what I did was right clicked on the desktop, clicked Voyager Wall, selected Bureau 1 from the radio menu, then the XFCE desktop preferences came up. This then applied the permanent changes to desktop 1. You can do it for all 4 desktops but I only ever use one.
Other than that minor glitch Voyager is the perfect Linux distro for me with Linux Mint 15 a very close 2nd. Both get the Trench Reynolds seal of approval. *bark bark*
Oregon man faces rape charge in Idaho:
First I’d like to commend KTVB in Idaho for actually using the word rape in their story. Too many media outlets are replacing the word rape with terms like ‘had sex’. It’s good to see at least one media outlet telling it like it is.
Anyway police in Oregon have arrested 20-year-old Nicholas Longo of Brookings, Oregon on charges that he allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl from Boise that he met on social network site MeetMe.
Police say that Longo lived in Idaho at the time of the rape in March and invited the girl to a party after meeting her on MeetMe. The victim says that Longo raped her at the party while Longo says that the sex was consensual. Never mind the fact that under Idaho law no one under the age of 18 can legally consent to sex. So consensual or not it’s still rape under the eyes of the law.
Police also say that Longo moved to Oregon shortly after the rape took place. That’s not suspicious at all.
Now cue all his loser friends and pedo-defenders who will more than likely blame the victims.
My advice to parents is keep your kids off of MeetMe, formerly known as MyYearbook. I hate to use an old joke but it really should be called MeatMe because it really is nothing more than a hook up site.
Serial rape suspect taken into custody:
Accused serial rapist captured in Gwinnett County:
After being on the run for a week police in Gwinnett County, Georgia arrested 23-year-old Joseph Tyler Sivonda on rape charges. Police believe that Sivonda would order a prostitute off of Backpage and when they showed up to his apartment complex he would force them into a vacated apartment at gunpoint and rape them. Five victims have come forward but police say there may be more. However for someone who police believe is a serial rapist he’s only being held on $2400 bond. He should be held on at least a six figure bond. Anybody could post the bond that he got and he could be out at anytime looking for more victims.
Also this is yet another problem that Backpage has a hand in yet doesn’t do anything about as long as the money keeps coming in. They don’t care how many women and girls are raped, trafficked or killed.
‘Deleted’ Snapchat photos saved in phone data, can be examined as evidence:
You’ve seen me post about Snapchat before, it’s the smart phone app that is supposed to delete any picture you send tyo another user after ten seconds. Except according to a company by the name of Decipher Forensics the pictures aren’t deleted at all> As a matter of fact the Utah based company says that the pictures are saved to the phone itself.
“There’s a folder called RECEIVED_IMAGES_SNAPS,” forensics examiner Richard Hickman explained, pointing at his computer screen. “And here they are.”
The reason the photos don’t vanish appears to be due to the way the makers of Snapchat designed the program. Hickman said that rather than have the program delete the files, it affixes the file extension “.NOMEDIA.”
That extension makes the pictures unviewable to most people, but Hickman said forensics experts have the capability to simply take the files out of the phone and change the .NOMEDIA extension. The pictures are then viewable once again.
Mr. Hickman is not a part of Decipher Forensics.
Anyway if you or your kids have sent any picture through Snapchat, whether the picture is appropriate or not, it’s still out there and it’s only a matter of time before someone comes out with an app that recovers the pictures. And as you should know by now once a picture hits the internet it’s out there forever.
UPDATE: Snapchat responded by saying “We’re really not paying much attention to it.”
Chico woman escapes Craigslist kidnapper:
Police in Glencoe, California recently arrested one Jason Tony Bays of Placerville, California on kidnapping charges. Reports say that Bays met a 26-year-old woman from Chico, California on craigslist and took her back to his home. When she tried to leave he allegedly told her she could not and choked her. The woman escaped when Bays took her to a job site in Glencoe. She managed to convince him that she needed to use the bathroom and went into a nearby post office and had employees contact 911.
Even though the woman was said to have communicated with Bays for a month before meeting him face to face this should serve as yet another warning as why you should not meet anyone from craigslist. There are just an inordinate amount of predators and psychos that use the site to find their victims and craigslist is unwilling to do anything about it.
Nahshon Kornegay sentenced to 10 years for pimping in Rockville:
Nahshon Kornegay of District Heights, Maryland was recently sentenced to 10 1/2 years for prostituting two women in Rockville, Maryland. He had advertised them on Backpage of course.
Kornegay was convicted back in January and argued that the women chose to work for him and that there are no victims even though Kornegay used threats of violence to keep the women working for him. Thankfully the judge and jury disagreed. As a matter of fact the prosecution stated that Kornegay continued to prostitute women even from behind bars including the mother of his child. Stay classy.
Which just goes to show you that these pimps and traffickers obviously only care about making the money under any means necessary. Much like Backpage itself for allowing these ads for sexual slavery to continue.
Man charged with pimping teen runaway:
Police in San Antonio, Texas arrested 32-year-old Ysidro Esquivel for allegedly prostituting a 16-year-old girl on Backpage. The girl was a runaway who Esquivel allegedly took explicit pictures of in order to turn her out on Backpage. He made her go on about 10 dates.
Ok, hold up for a second. These meetings between johns and sex trafficking victims should not be called dates. They’re not going to an ice cream social, these girls are basically being violated for money. Let’s call them what they are, paid rapes.
Anyway, Esquivel plied the girl with cocaine in order to get her to stay awake and when she tried to leave he said that she can’t because she belongs to him now. I would almost guarantee that was said under some threat of violence.
These pimps and traffickers treat their victims much like an abusive third world farmer would treat their field animals. Backpage is fully aware of this and not only does little to stop it but there has been no real repercussions against them. What will it finally take before something is done about the sexual slave trade that Backpage willingly provides at a profit?
Feds arrest man in Portland hotel on accusations of seeking sex with girl:
The FBI has arrested 33-year-old Lucas James Gautreaux, of Portland, Oregon for allegedly soliciting sex from an underage girl on craigslist. The Portland PD notified the feds after they noticed a casual encounters ad that was posted by someone lookingt to have sex either with someone’s wife or little girl.
A Portland detective who is a member of an FBI task force set up a meeting with Gautreaux at a hotel bar. The detective posed as a man with a 12-year-old daughter who would let Gautreaux have sex with her. How the arrest went down is a classic…
Eventually, they went to a fourth-floor hotel room. Inside, the shower was running, and the detective told Gautreaux that his daughter was taking a shower. The detective asked if his daughter was almost done.
Soon, the water stopped, and the bathroom door opened.
FBI agents came out and took Gautreaux into custody. They read him his Miranda rights.
While this is not a comical issue I just have this image of all these FBI agents storming out of the bathroom like it was a clown car before tackling this scumbag in a giant pile of pissed off agents.
As usual with these creeps Gautreaux had his excuses all ready. According to investigators not only did he say that he has Asperger’s, like that’s relevant, he said that he was really checking out the situation for a ‘friend’ who is a cameraman who makes porn. Hey buddy, that does not make your situation any better under any circumstances even if it was true.
So I still don’t get it. A few years ago MySpace was crawling with pedophiles and predators and everyone was so up in arms about it from the highest level of government to your local soccer mom yet no one gives a crap that they’ve all migrated to craigslist. Again I ask where is useful outrage when you need it?
Man accused in Craigslist drugging and sex assault case:
Quasimodo over there is 48-year-old Eric Alexander of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Area police say that Alexander used craigslist to meet at least one woman in order to drug her and sexually assault her, or as most people call it, date rape.
According to reports Alexander and the woman went to a motel room where he allegedly spiked her drink before ‘sexually assaulting’ her. Since sexual assault has become such a vague term I’m going to assume it was rape. No word on whether or not if the victim was a craigslist pro but I imagine only money could get anyone to go back to a motel room with The Frog up there. That shouldn’t matter anyway because rape victim is a rape victim. And if she’s not a pro that’s one more reason out of a million as to why no one should use craigslist for hook ups. Too many creeps like this scumbag out there.
Seriously look at him. Makes me want iron something.
Anyway Toronto police believe he may have other victims as well.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Sex Crimes Unit at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Craigslist isn’t safe people, not for anything.
Man forced teens to have sex after luring them from Facebook:
Man Lured Teens From Facebook, Forced Into Sex Trafficking:
Most times when it comes to child prostitution and sex trafficking I’m usually talking about websites like Backpage or craigslist. However every once in a while I’ll talk about a social networking site like Facebook. Some pimps and traffickers find that social networking is a powerful recruitment tool.
Case in point, police in St. Louis County, Missouri have arrested 39-year-old Anton Mark Morris for prostituting teen girls and women that he recruited through Facebook. I actually started to type craigslist there. Force of habit I guess.
According to police Morris recruited a 16-year-old girl through Facebook and used the usual promises of money, gifts and a better life. Of course that is never true. Instead he forced the girl to recruit others to work for him. Morris also allegedly held two other girls, ages 17 and 19, against their will and forced all three of them to violated by strangers for money. One night when Morris fell asleep one of the girls escaped and got in touch with police. Morris is actually looking at life behind bars since St. Louis County has a pretty stiff human trafficking law.
Parents, once again I urge you to talk to your children to tell them that if someone online is promising them money and gifts that they are out to do them harm. It’s the same as the ‘never take candy from strangers’ principle except taken to an entirely new level.