Great Prescience

“No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor.”
(Theodore Roosevelt - December 3, 1907)


“A republic, if you can keep it.”

“…when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views.”
(Benjamin Franklin, September 17, 1787)


“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. ...

Power is intoxicating; and Men legally vested with it, too often discover a Disposition to make an ill Use of it & an Unwillingness to part with it. ...

When we formerly had weak and wicked Governors & Magistrates, it was our Misfortune; but for the future, while we enjoy and exercise the inestimable Right of chusing them ourselves, it will be our Disgrace.”

(Samuel Adams letter to James Warren - October 24, 1780 [original spelling])


“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with their song still within.”
(Henry David Thoreau - Walden)


Arch Linux - Wow!

Looking for an truely exciting Linux Distribution? Arch Linux might be just what you are looking for. Arch is a "true" Linux distribution unshackeled by any corporate parent.

I simply cannot say enough about Arch. It's that good, but a cautionary note, it doesn't come with training wheels. It has just what a great linux distribution should have and nothing else. This server is running on it.

Current kernel:

  • linux-6.9.9-arch1-1

TDE 14.0.0 & TDE 3.5.13-SRU

The Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) is a fork of the last KDE-3 desktop. It is by far the most capable and efficient Linux desktop available.

While the KDE project went off chasing eye-candy with the next release of KDE4, the Trinity project captured the raw efficiency, stability and speed of KDE3 and then improved upon it.


KDE 5 & Plasma, a Bust?

The devs at kde.org ‘released’ a half-baked KDE 4.0.4a May 2008. It replaced the mature 3.5.10 -- arguably the most efficient desktop ever made.

Despite 8 years of development, KDE4 never matured. Plasma and Frameworks 5 are the follow-on to KDE4, and sadly, it is a drab shadow of KDE3. Though getting better, it remains hodge-podge of mismatched dialogs, focus errors, wasted screen space, etc.. It provides no meaningful features or benefit over KDE3.

Simple things don't work, or work correctly, and bugs from KDE4 are still not fixed -- 15 years later. It has some gee-whiz, but 15 years for that?

Unfortunately KDE4/5/Plasma (as well as Gnome) are prime examples of why you can't create a better desktop by "porting to a new toolkit". Truly great desktops are built from the ground up around a single toolkit, not cobbled together over three wildly differing versions of a toolkit.


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The Astronomical Cost of College Today in Texas

College Costs - 2019-2020 - Public Universities

Information is based on average costs for dependent students living off campus who enroll in 15 credit hours in both fall and spring.

Institution Tuition and Fees Books and Supplies Room and Board Transportation Other Costs Total
Angelo State University
Resident $8,720 $1,200 $9,130 $1,800 $1,480 $22,330
Nonresident $21,380 $1,200 $9,130 $1,800 $1,480 $34,990
Lamar University
Resident $10,340 $1,012 $7,632 $2,424 $1,812 $23,220
Nonresident $23,004 $1,012 $7,632 $2,424 $1,812 $35,884
Midwestern State University
Resident $9,601 $1,050 $9,564 $1,800 $1,950 $23,965
Nonresident $11,551 $1,050 $9,564 $1,800 $1,950 $25,915
Prairie View A&M University
Resident $10,785 $1,340 $7,571 $1,577 $2,710 $23,983
Nonresident $25,653 $1,340 $7,571 $1,577 $2,710 $38,851
Sam Houston State University
Resident $10,482 $1,372 $9,670 $2,004 $1,862 $25,390
Nonresident $22,932 $1,372 $9,670 $2,004 $1,862 $37,840
Stephen F. Austin State University
Resident $10,946 $1,202 $9,012 $1,800 $1,874 $24,834
Nonresident $23,398 $1,202 $9,012 $1,800 $1,874 $37,286
Sul Ross State University
Resident $8,554 $1,270 $9,558 $3,620 $1,552 $24,554
Nonresident $21,214 $1,270 $9,558 $3,620 $1,552 $37,214
Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College
Resident $5,686 $1,270 $8,010 $2,272 $1,552 $18,790
Nonresident $18,346 $1,270 $8,010 $2,272 $1,552 $31,450
Tarleton State University
Resident $8,956 $1,276 $10,712 $1,201 $1,946 $24,091
Nonresident $21,618 $1,276 $10,712 $1,201 $1,946 $36,753
Texas A&M International University
Resident $8,844 $1,180 $7,217 $1,316 $1,584 $20,141
Nonresident $23,002 $1,180 $7,217 $1,316 $1,584 $34,299
Texas A&M University
Resident $10,562 $1,222 $10,400 $2,498 $3,746 $28,428
Nonresident $37,591 $1,222 $10,400 $2,498 $3,746 $55,457
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Resident $11,885 $1,222 $12,500 $3,168 $3,414 $32,189
Nonresident $38,913 $1,222 $12,500 $3,168 $3,414 $59,217
Texas A&M University-Central Texas
Resident $6,702 $1,400 $9,136 $1,440 $1,800 $20,478
Nonresident $16,830 $1,400 $9,136 $1,440 $1,800 $30,606
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Resident $8,958 $1,400 $9,032 $2,111 $1,905 $23,406
Nonresident $21,618 $1,400 $9,032 $2,111 $1,905 $36,066
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Resident $10,020 $1,350 $9,948 $2,647 $1,879 $25,844
Nonresident $23,338 $1,350 $9,948 $2,647 $1,879 $39,162
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Resident $9,136 $1,344 $10,569 $2,366 $2,547 $25,962
Nonresident $24,687 $1,344 $10,569 $2,366 $2,547 $41,513
Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Resident $8,245 $1,368 $8,056 $2,624 $3,008 $23,301
Nonresident $21,161 $1,368 $8,056 $2,624 $3,008 $36,217
Texas A&M University-Texarkana
Resident $8,264 $1,400 $10,461 $1,037 $1,000 $22,162
Nonresident $23,870 $1,400 $10,461 $1,037 $1,000 $37,768
Texas Southern University
Resident $9,174 $1,620 $13,713 $2,356 $2,506 $29,369
Nonresident $21,834 $1,620 $13,713 $2,356 $2,506 $42,029
Texas State University
Resident $11,240 $800 $8,820 $1,960 $1,630 $24,450
Nonresident $23,900 $800 $8,820 $1,960 $1,630 $37,110
Texas Tech University
Resident $11,320 $1,200 $9,772 $2,300 $2,120 $26,712
Nonresident $23,770 $1,200 $9,772 $2,300 $2,120 $39,162
Texas Woman's University
Resident $9,480 $1,050 $7,551 $1,269 $2,439 $21,789
Nonresident $21,930 $1,050 $7,551 $1,269 $2,439 $34,239
The University of Texas at Arlington
Resident $11,040 $1,206 $10,290 $3,000 $1,744 $27,280
Nonresident $27,920 $1,206 $10,290 $3,000 $1,744 $44,160
The University of Texas at Austin
Resident $10,314 $700 $11,812 $1,490 $2,902 $27,218
Nonresident $36,716 $700 $11,812 $1,490 $2,902 $53,620
The University of Texas at Dallas
Resident $13,442 $1,200 $11,044 $2,226 $2,250 $30,162
Nonresident $38,000 $1,200 $11,044 $2,226 $2,250 $54,720
The University of Texas at El Paso
Resident $8,340 $1,883 $12,192 $2,264 $1,968 $26,647
Nonresident $23,493 $1,883 $12,192 $2,264 $1,968 $41,800
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Resident $9,724 $1,000 $10,071 $3,020 $1,836 $25,651
Nonresident $24,724 $1,000 $10,071 $3,020 $1,836 $40,651
The University of Texas at Tyler
Resident $8,742 $1,292 $7,918 $2,438 $2,232 $22,622
Nonresident $22,752 $1,292 $7,918 $2,438 $2,232 $36,632
The University of Texas Permian Basin
Resident $8,464 $1,634 $13,520 $1,670 $1,960 $27,248
Nonresident $20,834 $1,634 $13,520 $1,670 $1,960 $39,618
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Resident $8,132 $1,237 $8,198 $2,237 $2,164 $21,968
Nonresident $20,792 $1,237 $8,198 $2,237 $2,164 $34,628
University of Houston
Resident $11,276 $1,338 $9,231 $2,280 $2,784 $26,909
Nonresident $26,936 $1,338 $9,231 $2,280 $2,784 $42,569
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Resident $7,961 $1,064 $10,218 $3,341 $5,053 $27,637
Nonresident $24,545 $1,064 $10,218 $3,341 $5,053 $44,221
University of Houston-Downtown
Resident $8,386 $1,268 $9,228 $3,076 $4,124 $26,082
Nonresident $21,046 $1,268 $9,228 $3,076 $4,124 $38,742
University of Houston-Victoria
Resident $8,328 $1,158 $8,254 $2,102 $2,076 $21,918
Nonresident $20,988 $1,158 $8,254 $2,102 $2,076 $34,578
University of North Texas
Resident $11,712 $1,000 $8,684 $2,464 $2,262 $26,122
Nonresident $24,372 $1,000 $8,684 $2,464 $2,262 $38,782
University of North Texas at Dallas
Resident $9,140 $1,500 $7,822 $2,544 $2,226 $23,232
Nonresident $21,810 $1,500 $7,822 $2,544 $2,226 $35,902
West Texas A&M University
Resident $8,688 $1,000 $7,196 $2,392 $2,150 $21,426
Nonresident $22,034 $1,000 $7,196 $2,392 $2,150 $34,772
Average Costs
Resident $9,502 $1,244 $9,560 $2,220 $2,272 $24,798
Nonresident $24,014 $1,244 $9,560 $2,220 $2,272 $39,309

Source: This data is taken from College Student Budgets as entered by the Office of Student Financial Aid from each individual institution. Questions regarding this data should be directed to the institution.

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