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My name is Michael Tunnell, I am a Website & Graphic Designer from Birmingham, Alabama.

I have over 11 years experience designing high quality affordable websites and graphics including logos, brochures, posters, business cards and more.

Featured on Linux Unplugged to talk about KDE and OpenSUSE PDF Print E-mail
Posted on July 16, 2015

Linux Unplugged Episode 101 - Will Flash Be Trashed?


I was featured on an episode of Linux Unplugged this past Tuesday to talk about my recent experiences with KDE, as a GNOME fanboy, and the new core structure of OpenSUSE with Leap, Tumbleweed and SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE). It was fun to do and even though my throat kind of hurt afterwards, I will most certainly be doing it again. I might not talk as much next time though. :) As a GNOME fanboy, this episode should be interesting to a lot of people, I hope,  to hear why a GNOME fanboy is using and praising KDE. (click "read more" for the video)


KDE segment starts at 51:55 with a few minutes talking about the "Week in GNOME" article.

openSUSE segment starts at 1:19:00.


My New Lower Third Graphics for the Linux Action Show PDF Print E-mail
Posted on May 24, 2015

My new Lower Third Graphics for the Linux Action Show, Dual Host shot preview

I do not think I have made a blog post about my involvement with the Jupiter Broadcasting before but this is as good a time as any so here we go. I'm a producer for the Linux Action Show and Linux Unplugged that is made by Jupiter Broadcasting at http://jupiterbroadcasting.com. I do a lot of different things for JB including getting interviews, testing, Mumble management and so on. Recently I've been working on graphical overlays for the "lower thirds" of Linux Action Show and episode #366 of LAS is the first episode to be using my new graphics.

Facebook Abandons 3rd-Party Messaging so I Abandon Facebook for Telegram PDF Print E-mail
Posted on April 30, 2015

Facebook Abandons 3rd-Party Messaging, apps like Pidgin, so I Abandon Facebook.


I have been using Facebook for many years, I even convinced people to leave Myspace for Facebook back in the day so it has been a site that I promoted for a long time but now Facebook has become a shell of its former self. Facebook is now only interested in locking their users to their platform rather than allowing them to use Facebook as they see fit as it used to be. In 2009, Facebook instituted Facebook Messenger through XMPP which meant I was able to connect my Facebook account to Pidgin or any other multi-protocol Instant Messaging (IM) client that I wanted to. This was great actually because it allowed me to use Facebook Chat without being forced to keep the website open which wasted resources since at the time Facebook's website was quite bloated . . . sadly, now it is actually more bloated.


Today, April 30th 2015, Facebook killed support for 3rd Party applications, like Pidgin, forcing people to make a decision between either giving up and accepting Facebook's lock-in web-client with no ability to use a desktop client of any kind or stop using Facebook Chat altogether. I already stopped using Facebook for many aspects and the only reasons I had an account was because of (1.) Facebook Messenger through Pidgin and (2.) I'm an Internet Marketer so I have to know the system for my job. Now thanks to this stupid decision to abandon XMPP support I now have only ONE reason to use it. I am excited for the day that services like they die and fade away because then the "Open Web" will be that much stronger, as it was meant to be.


Anyway, enough of my babbling, here is the short TL:DR (Too Long : Didn't Read) reason why I made this blog post. I'm will be leaving Facebook Messenger and I'm moving to Telegram. You should come with me . . .


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