Monday, November 9, 2009
I hate to say it, but I was almost to the point of putting OS X on my desktop. :O
But, since 9.10 came out, Ubuntu is back in my heart for good. One of my main problems with 9.04 was that the Pidgin developers caused issues with Pidgin, so that after updates, it no longer worked.
9.10 has Empathy, which so far is beating Pidgin, hands down. I had a couple other issues that couldn't be resolved without compiling my own kernel, so they were left alone and lived with.
A couple days ago, I decided to give 9.10 a try on my desktop. 9.04 had gotten so buggy that it was almost unusable. I barely was able to save everything before it went down for good.
I'll just be honest about the initial boot of the LiveCD. I was completely amazed! I've never really been more that ok with any Linux Distro, let alone Ubuntu in stock for, but Canonical has outdone themselves. The look and feel of Ubuntu 9.10 is great! No more orange everything. Brown looks better, but as I always do, I'll be changing that soon on both my desktop and Aspire one.
So far, all I've done on either is install Skype. On the desktop, Compaq AMD Athlon 64, the install went without a hitch, but on the Aspire One, had to manually install libqt4-core package. No big deal though.
Well, that's all for now. Soon as I figure out some neat things to do with Ubuntu, I'll be sure to keep all of you updated.
See you soon!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
She's obviously someone who has never touched Linux, and seems to think she can have an opinion about how bad it is. First of all, how is it even possible to have an opinion about something you know nothing about? That would be like me saying writing a program in C+ is hard. I've never tried, so I know I can't say anything.
Obviously Linux (Canonical and Redhat, to be specific) are becoming a threat to Microsoft. I may not be fond of Microsoft's practices, but I seriously don't think they would file a claim stating that, if they really didn't believe it to be so. To me, that's good and bad at the same time, but I'm not going to get into that right now. That's for another day.
Well, I'm done. I'm going to end this before I put her name and IM name on here for everyone to see. If someone wants it, feel free to message me, though. :D
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I used the Kalyway 10.5.2 disc to do all this. Start by booting your disc, and select english, the go to the Disk Utility. You'll need to partition your HD with 2 partitions. 1 in Mac OS extended Journaled, and don't use the other. Reboot, remove the disc, and insert your Ubuntu disc.
Do your ubuntu install on the partition you left alone in the OSx86 installer. Do a 1GB Swap partition, and do the rest in EXT 3 and set it for "/". Let it do it's thing and then log into Ubuntu so we can get ready for OSx86. Once you are logged in, get the PC EFI you downloaded to your home directory. Open up Terminal and get ready to enter this:
$ sudo mkdir /boot/pc_efi
$ sudo cp ~/boot_v8 /boot/pc_efi
Ok. Now, press Alt+F2. Enter "gksudo nautilus". This let's you browse your computer as a super user. Go to System>Boot and put the "boot_v5" file there, and clost the window before anything gets messed with.
Next, open up a Terminal again. Enter "sudo gedit
/etc/grub/menu.lst". Enter this at the bottom of the file:
title Mac OS XSave it, and your done. Shut down, boot up the Kalyway disc, and go through the steps till you can click "Customize".
- Completely uncheck ‘Language Translations’.
- Expand ‘Kernels’ and select ONLY ‘kernel_9.2speedstep’.
- Expand ‘Graphics_Drivers’, expand ‘Intel_GMA’ and select ONLY ‘GMA950′.
- Completely uncheck ‘Audio_Drivers’.
- Expand ‘Networks_Drivers’. and select ONLY ‘RTL1000′.
- Completely uncheck ‘Mobo_Chipsets’.
- completely uncheck ‘Patches’.
Now click install, and skip the disc check so things will do faster. Now go grab a smoke, and find something to do for a while.
Now that is finished, we get to have some fun. Open up a Terminal and enter this:
sudo vi /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot.plist
It'll show the file, press "i" to edit it, and under kernel flags, enter cpus=1 between the ><. Press Esc, and then hold Shift and then press "Z Z". That's done. Now run the Kalyway 10.5.3 combo update. DO NOT restart after it finishes. open the other installer you got with it and run it. Select the vanilla kernel, and install it. Now restart When you reboot, press escape to see the grub menu. Select Mac OS X and after that, let it go through that menu, then press F8 when you can. Type "update -v" and hit enter. It will reboot, and do thqt aagain. Once your back in OSX, Google Mac 10.5.4 and 10.5.5 updates. ONLY get them from the Apple site! the combo updates will brick your system! For the other 2 updates, before you run them in Terminal enter :
$ sudo su -leave that in the terminal while doing the updates each time. Press Ctrl+C to exit it to be able to reboot. Do that for both. After you do that, just follow any of the tuts for OSX on the Aspire One. BTW, there is a kext for the left SD card slot. Just Google it. Hopefully that will help out since every other tut I tried kept bricking OSX. If you have a question, message me at my new e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Good Luck !
$ while sleep 1 ; do rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext ; done
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
have been given dumbed down operating systems, so they don't have much, if any, advanced computer skills. Linux users need these skills to run their OS of choice. I'm not saying that cammand line use is completely necessary, but on occassion it is needed.
Now, I've been using Ubuntu and various other Linux distros for around 3 years now exclusively. Before that, I used Windows 95, 98, Win2K, XP, Vista, and I learned computers back in the early days of Apple. Recently, I decided to try NOT using Terminal in Ubuntu and Console in Puppy. So far, I've been going about 2 months with out needing to type commands. I haven't even had the need to figure out how to do something with the GUI I would normally do in Terminal or Console. So when are these fanbois going to get a life and actually complain about something that is actually a problem in Linux?
One thing I have a problem with is Wine. While it is a Godsend for those who use certain Windows apps, it need major work in my opinion. From my experience with it, there are still a lot of apps that just don't work with it. I like World of Warcraft, but without a decent amount of work, I can't play it in Ubuntu. I know it's possible, so don't start ranting yet.
Next, software manufacturers need to get out of the grip of Microsoft and start porting software to Linux. If they could port to the major Linux distros, it could be made to work for nearly all of them. I have several friends that would be totally willing to switch away from Windows if they could get better software.
Another issue I read in the previously mentioned article was noobs don't want to do kernel updates. Are you freaking kidding me? I know with Ubuntu, updates are constant, and can get annoying sometimes, but kernel updates are in there. So where is the issue of kernel updates? I'm not really seeing it. Something else is the need of simplicity. Honestly, Linux is more simple that Windows and especially OSX. If you have a problem with something in a Linux distro, look in their forum. If not there, there's probably a Linux blog explaining how to fix it. With Windows....ugh. If you Google the problem, you normaly get something like 20 million links to look at. Usually, the forums have stuck up IT guys in them, so not much help there. OSX is something I'm not going to go into, because after trying it, and feeling like I had no control over anything hapening. Plus, the last time I used it was a couple years ago.
So when are Linux haters going to make true accusations instead of making up lies? I admit Linux may not be the better OS, but if you don't like it, go buy Windows. Noone is stopping you. But keep in mind, Windows has major downfalls too. I'm not going to go into them today. Maybe tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
After writing about Windows, you know I'm going to write about Ubuntu. Well, I'm back to using Ubuntu 9.04 even though it does have some shortcomings. Well, as of right now, on my One, I am using Vista, 7, and Ubuntu 9.04. Vista for my Xbox connection, 7 because it's neat, and Ubuntu for nearly everything. I was browsing the web last night, and figured out some neat and interesting things for Ubuntu.
First of all, Guake.This is a great little app for Terminal access. Once it's up and running, instead of going to Applications/Accessories/Terminal to do command line work, just press F12. It slides down from the top of the screen, and your off and running. Just like the standard Terminal program, you can have multiple tabs, and all the commands work.
Next up is Espeak. I don't know of much real use for it, but it is a neat program. In terminal type: espeak: Hello. Ubuntu is a great operating system. If it is installed (preinstalled in 9.04), and your speakers are turned up, it should speak it to you. If not, enter sudo apt-get install espeak, then try again. Like I said, not much real use that I can see, but neat anyway.
Emacs. There have been articles written about it before so I won't go into much detail. Basically, it's a text editor with extras. To get it, type in Terminal or Guake: sudo apt-get install emacs. It can be used like gedit, or any other text editor, but it can do more. One neat thing is the sudo therapist. Once you start emacs, press escape, and type xdoctor, and press enter. In comes the doctor. The "doctors" answers and questions can be very generic, but interesting indeed.
I decided earlier to make a list of useful command line commands for everyone.
sudo command run command as root
lsb_release -a get Ubuntu version
uname -r get kernel version
uname -a get all kernel information
apt-get update refresh all update information
apt-get upgrade upgrade all packages
apt-get dist-upgrade upgrade Ubuntu distribution
gksudo nautilus super user window manager (be careful with this!)
Those were just a few commands off the top of my head. I know their may be some that are more useful, but these seem to me, to be a few useful commands anyone could use. Hopefully they'll help you out sometime.
Well, it's been a while since I posted last. Life has been sooo busy. I've modded my Xbox recently to run xDSL. That was interesting. It needs a memory upgrade from 64MB ram to 128MB of ram to do a lot, but it does stream videos, though. If anyone from Ubuntu Forums is reading this, then you know I've been trying to use Ubuntu on my Aspire One to bridge my wireless connection to my ethernet port to connect my Xbox to the web. That is one thing Ubuntu needs work on. I ended up installing Windows Vista since I had an install disc with the drivers on it. I have to give credit to the Windows developers for that feature. Just select 2 connections and select brdge connections. Very nice feature. Well, after all that, I had finally decided to try out Windows 7 on my One.
Well, I figured I'd Google it to find a torrent to download it, but the first thing that came up was a link to the Microsoft donwload page. Downloading it was abreeze since I have a 10MB connection, but I had an issue burning it to install. The first burn seemed to go ok, but when I booted from the disc, I had an error screen saying something about a usb device being unplugged improperly. Re-burned it, and booted no problem.
Before I go on, I just want to say, I obviously am an avid supporter of FOSS and Ubuntu. But, I do try to keep up with Windows and on ocassion Mac OSX. I just believe to say Ubuntu/FOSS is better in any way, you must know about the competition. Hence, the reason I am trying out Vista and 7.
Back to the subject. I, so far, am highly suprised with 7, even though it is still just RC1. Microsoft seems to have finally taken some good cues from FOSS/Linux. At first with 7, the installer is quite pleasant, and easy on the eyes, finally. Installing 7 is faster than previous Windows versions, but still needs work.
After the installation, 7 has a look similar to Vista. Once I saw that, I lost a little hope in it. But, it's far from Vista. So far, it typically takes 10% of the CPU and around 50-60% of the ram on my One. Not bad compared to Vista or XP. Using GTK+ themes was a head turner for me. Well, more to come as I use it. Download it and try it out.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
My fiance works at a motel, and I was hanging out waiting for her to get off, so I was on my AAO at the motel. Well, with 8.04 and 8.10, no issues there. Network Manager say wireless connections, and would let me select them to try to connect. There were three that I could see, 2 of them wouldn't connect at all, and the motel wireless would connect, but no internet access at all, even though the girl at the front desk was connected without any problems. When she got off, and we got home, I had trouble connecting to my Netgear router. It would connect and disconnect randomly. To fix that, I downloaded Wicd to replace Network Manager. I replaced it, and so far, no problems. I guess I'll see when I go back to the motel tommorow.
If you've never heard of Wicd, Google it. Sorry for not posting a link, but I really don't feel like it right now. There's a Sourceforge page for it. I personally like it better than Network Manager, for several reasons. The major thing for me is that I have my home wireless set to auto connect, so when I boot up, it's already connected when I can use the desktop. Network Manager for 9.04 wouldn't seem to auto connet to anything for any reason. Why? I really don't know. Wicd seems to fix any problems I was having except sound issues, so it will stay, and I'll probably never worry about it. Like I said already, sorry for taking so long to post here again, life has been VERY hectic for me recently. Now, if I can find some work around here, everything will be back to normal. More to come when I find more problems with 9.04.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Nearly everything about Moblin is fast. Internet seems faster, programs launch faster, and the boot times make not having flash worth it. I'm thinking about trying it on my Acer Aspire 4720Z whenever I can fix it and when Moblin is no longer in Beta testing anymore. Oh, if anyone has a spare keyboard and/or battery that will work in it, e-mail me at my new e-mail, email@example.com. Anyway, I'm still learning commands for Puppy and Moblin so more later.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I actually started the site because of my fascination with vintage tube radios. I'm starting to amass and restore a small collection of them. If you have or know of anyone that's going to throw away an old radio, please let me know. I probably will want it. I can't afford much, but I could pay for shipping.
Also, I got accepted to Tennessee Technology Center for Computer Networking and Repair. Unfortunately, with the economy the way it is, and me being jobless at the moment, I couldn't afford to take Linux classes elswhere, so I guess I'll be learning about windows again. Ugh. Oh, well. At least I have the opportunity to go to school for anything computer related.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I just feel that since there are so many different Puplets of Puppy, I could, after learning Puppy, create my own Puplet to my taste. Who knows. I may come running back to Ubuntu very soon, but I may stay with Puppy too.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Today, I decided to try again today. I connected it to my router, booted up the install disc and let it go. During the install, it went as smooth as it did last night. It never connected to anything during the install, which was odd, but it installed nicely. Well, it asked to reboot, and after the reboot, I thought it would do the same as last night. It booted up the kernel and Ubuntu started. So far the only problem with Ubuntu on the iMac is the resolution is off a litlle and the refresh rate seems slow. Hopefully, that'll be fixed soon.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Let's start with Linux. I got my first taste of Linux when a friend brought his laptop over to my house with Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon on it. I thought it was cool, and would like to try it, but since I had 2 good working computers, I would stick with Windows. I found the Ubuntu Forums, and started looking around. Seeing all the problems kinda scared me. I forgot about Linux for a while, till I started having problems with Windows Vista. Big suprise, right? Kinda pissed me off since I spent over $600 on a new laptop that now didn't work. I remembered Ubuntu, when I started thinking about how much Vista was to purchase. I then hopped onto my desktop, and downloaded the new Ubuntu 8.04 ISO. Then I realized you can't burn an ISO like a music file.
Damn. I spent a week or so trying to find a program to burn it. Got it burnt, and was ready to try Linux for the first time. Installation wasn't bad. I kinda got excited then. The install went smooth, and when I rebooted, Ubuntu loaded. Once loaded, I realized, why can't I connect to my router? At this point, I had forgotten about the forum. So, I connected my ethernet cord, and started Googling. Saw someones blog saying to talk to people on IRC. Got on IRC, and started asking for help.Well, to keep this from getting too long, I said a lot of wrong things, got no help for a while, but finally got the help from someone and got my wifi working after a week.
So far, Linux wasn't too bad. I had the bright idea at some point to try editing config files with no knoweledge first. To say the least, I screwed up my Ubuntu install. Tried the forums this time, and Google to fix my wifi again. Ended up finding a post to set up wifi Saved it as a text file, and was good to go. Linux at this point was irritating, but still not bad. On that laptop, the longer I had Ubuntu, the more I learned and got working. A couple lights didn't work, but I figured out how to get everything to work. All that without any real help, or computer knoweledge. At that time, I was just a basic computer user. Now with Ubuntu I can do most anything on any computer. Not bad for being self taught, I believe.
I just wanted to tell you that, so you could see part of my experience with Linux. I have tried several distros with nearly the same amout of success. There are several reasons why people would think Linux is hard. Like getting help if there's a problem. I honestly thought that the forums, and IRC channels were for computer tech geeks, so it made me nervous to try. Command line work scared the crap outta me. I heard stories that'd scare off noobs in a heartbeat. Also, there are rumors that Linux is still command line only, which is true for a few Linux distros, but not alot. I know people that won't try Linux for some of the most uneducated reasons. My games won't work, I can't put songs on my Ipod, nothing is plug and play, Linux is for tech geeks, I'm just used to Windows.
Not all the excuses are bad ones. Most people won't and probably never will try Linux just for the fact that they've gron up using Windows or Apple computers and are just used to how they work. That's fine, but please don't make excuses or say it's more complicated than it is. Linux isn't really that hard. I personally believe Windows is a bit more complicated.
My reasons for thinking Windows is the harder or more complicated OS is that even though I grew up with Windows, I never could figure out much about it. Like with my Compaq desktop, when I reinstalled XP on it, the Compaq page didn't have the drivers I needed at the time. It took me weeks to find the proper drivers. Never found all of them really. When there was a problem with Windows that was major, all I could find to fix it was to reinstall it. How many people do you know that can edit config files for Windows? More to the point, how many tutorials are there to modify files to get something working? What about customizing Windows to suit your style? There are ways, but those are if you have a really good processor and enough memory to do it. What do you do if you get a virus? Either download or buy more software to fix that problem, but then you have more software using the processor or ram.
Don't get me wrong. Each different OS has it's uses and users. On occasion I use Windows, even though I haven't used Windows in 6 months or more now. Linux, or Ubuntu, does everything I could ask of it. I personally like the fact I don't have to worry about getting viruses from web sites, or e-mails. Also, my Ubuntu install is completely customized to suit my taste, and I run Compiz-Fusion no problem with only 1 GB of ram. Windows has it free software, but with Ubuntu, theres more software that I can use than I know what to do with.
In conclusion, nearly any OS will be hard to someone that has never used it. That's only if people will just try something new. Until computer manufacturers start selling computers with any Linux distro on them, people will always be scared to try Linux. Schools need to offer more training in Linux, but until most Linux distros have compatable commands, I don't believe Linux will be anything more than a niche OS like Apple OS. People will keep using Windows just for the fact it's the major OS on new computers, and people are just used to it. But that's fine by me though. If there were more Linux users than Windows users, the possibility of Linux viruses would skyrocket.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I just finished installing the Jaunty Human Green theme from www.gnome-look.org. Kinda turned into a pain to get installed properly, but I almost have it set up. The only problem I'm having now, is that all text is white, so in browser windows, or app windows, unless the text is hilighted, you can't read anything. Hopefully I'll have that fixed sometime tomorow. Well, heres a screenshot.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Well, last night, I decided to dual-boot Ubuntu and Vista on my One. Unfortunately, I had to swap my Broadcom wireless card for the factory Atheros card since for some reason for the life of me I couldn't find the drivers for the broadcom card. Anyway, back to last night. I had set up the madwifi drivers and all the codecs I need without a problem. I've still not installed the Mac4Lin yet. I was using Ubuntu for a while to make sure everything was right, then I switched to Vista.
There were the typical issues with it, but I was suprised. I previously had XP installed to use my phone as a modem, which worked fine. In Vista, it seemed like I had a faster connection through my phone. Awesome. My fiance had a problem with Ubuntu, which is another blog, so I switched back to Ubuntu to be able to help. Well, it booted up with out a problem. After booting, I noticed my Network Manager icon on the taskbar was showing up as a page with a red x. Hmm? It said it connected so whatever. I went on to help her, and came back to my One. I went to Applications>Internet to load Pidgin. Odd, no icons. Nothing seemed to have an icon. It was late so I figured I'd work on it in the morning.
Now, this morning. I first loaded Vista to browse the web while I smoked. When I switched to Ubuntu, that's odd. There are icons? Odd. I restarted a couple times, and its still working fine. Oh,well. at least its working.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
I got to purchase 3 new vintage radios today. 2 Zenith and a Farnsworth. The first today, was a Zenith Model 7H921. The second is a Farnsworth chassis. Don't know much about it. The third was another Zenith. Unsure on the model number right now, but hopefully a little research will tell me that. Earlier, I checked the tubes in all three radios. I got lucky since all the tubes were still good. The third may end up needing a couple tubes, but maybe not. Anyway, back to the first Zenith. After I checked the tubes, I tried it out. Took a bit for the tubes to warm up, but it powered on without any issues. Not picking up any stations at the moment, though. Unfortunately, while trying to tune a station in, the wire that connects the tuning knob to the tuner came loose. Hopefully get that fixed soon. The Farnsworth may be a while before I know what shape it is in. Since I don't know what model it is, I can't find a schematic for it, so I don't know which loose wires are for the speaker. The third, the Zenith, actually worked pretty decent after checking everything. It didn't take long for its tubes to get warm. At first, I thought the speaker was trashed, since it didn't have much volume to it no matter what the volume was adjusted to. Well, I guess it had just been so long since it had been used, it just needed to be on for a while. Well, I got it going pretty nicely, but I still think it needs a speaker. Maybe just needs the switches cleaned. Who knows. More later.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Add deb http://www.remastersys.klikit-linux.com/repository
After doing that, open up terminal, and enter
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get install remastersys
That will make sure you are updated completely, and install Remastersys. Newt, when you are ready to run the application, go to System>Administration>Remastersys Backup. When the application opens, select OK in te first window. The next window gives you a list of what you can do. I selected Backup, which backs up all data. Let it run through everything, and you are done.
Burn the finished file to a disc, and now you have a complete backup of your system. I found this application before in hopes I wouldn't need to re-do all the codecs, extra applications, and my madwifi drivers for my Atheros wireless card. I've not yet tried using it for a dual boot setup yet, but I will post with how it works in that situation when I finish.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Why do people not actually try to compare and explain differences between OS instead of complaining and dissing them? On PC Worlds page , this guy thinks XP is the best thing for computers since sliced bread. XP is now dated. I think that if you are a Windows fan, and you plan on staying with Windows, go ahead and upgrade to Vista. XP has a death date now, so no more security updates soon. When it comes to Linux as a whole or Apple, this guy says "Mac or Linux. Why Bother?" Not very open minded. He goes on to say "As for Linux, I've been hearing it's een ready for the desktop for years now. Well, it's not ready. It's getting better, but there are too many distros, packages, ISO's, Gnomes, Awks, greps, flavors, kernels, KDE's, licenses, and modules."
Ok. Too many distros. There are so many because there is more than one idea on what an OS should be. Too many packages. Obviously. Without packages, Linux would be useless. Too many ISO's. Not really. For each distro, you have a 32 and 64 bit ISO. Possibly more than one version, but most people want the newest, so that doesn't matter. Too many Gnomes. Well, if you download the newest version of a Linux OS, you will typically get the newest version of Gnome. He obviously hasn't looled into Linux as much as he says. Awks, I'm not sure about right now. Too many greps. So there's too many commands that most people won't ever use? Do you see a trend yet? Too many flavors? I see the trend ofignorance begining. Too many kernels? Are you serious? If you do updates regularly, you use the newest there is. Too may KDE's. Look back at what I wrote about Gnome. Too many licenses? Are you seriously kidding me? the only license I have seen in nearly two years of trying different OS is for Java. Is the trend of pure ignorance getting more clear yet? And lastly, too many modules. The same applie as to packages.
This seems to be the trend to people who do not like Linux. I don't like Windos, but do you see me writing aabout Windows having more security flaws than any other OS on the market? Or saying that the price for Windows is outrageous? Or even that Microsoft make their OS for the money and not for the ease of the user? No. Because I don'tbelieve in straight up bashing another OS just because of rumors, or plain ignorance about it.
He also goes on to say "I recently installed Ubuntu Linux successfully, though I found the partitioning choices a bit confusing." Seriously? Please tell me what was confusing. Was it the THREE options in the partitioner? Or was it the colorful slider to decide how much space will be used by each OS? Or maybe it was the selection of using the whole hard disk? My fiance, who is not tech savy, said she could even install Ubuntu without a problem. If the partition editor was that confusing, I give congrats to your Mom for being able to get you dressed in the mornings for work.
"But to simply play MP3 files, I had to download and install a seperate package." Obviously. It doesn't come preinstalled with the codecs because of legal reasons. If having to do that was so scary, please point me to where I need to go to purchase Windows XP with any and all codecs I may ever need preinstalled on an install disc. There are too many types of machines on the market and in households for that to be feaseable. He also says "Wireless connectivity was a joke. Absolutely rediculous." Yes, on some machines, it is a little trouble. But is connecting your ethernet cable and using Google too much for you? My Acer Aspire 4720Z that came with Vista on it, took me a couple days to figure out at first. But the thing about it was... I had better signal with Ubuntu's Network Manager than I did with Vistas equal program. And the 4720Z was supposed to be designed for Vista too. Huh? That wasn't supposed to happen.
"Like most people, I just want to do my work. I don't want to think about the operating system. The operating system should be like a referee-- invisible and anonymous--and that's exactly what XP does. It provides all the features I need in an evironment that is completely familiar and easy to use." You don't want to think about the operating system? Do you really use Windows XP? Really? I guess you figured out how to eliminate all the pop up info boxes everytime you do an update or plug in something. XP is far from being "invisible and anonymous". What about the pop ups saying New device detected? Then saying Finding software for new device. And after that, sometimes saying after, Hardware installed, saying please restart to use new hardware properly. That's invisible and anonymous? If you really used XP, you wouldn't be spewing this garbage about an OS that will soon die out to Vista and Windows 7. When it come to XP being a familiar environment thats easy to use, you are actually right. But only for the fact your generation and mine have been using Windows since we were alowed to by our parents. That's all that makes it familiar. I personally feel that the Gnome desktop in Ubuntu was more familiar than Windows when comparing first uses.Even now that I have used both for years, I stll believe Ubuntu has a more familiar and organic feel to it.
Lastly, this guy has the gumption to say "There will always be people who claim the losing technology is technically better than the winning technology, but lost out because of inferior marketing, political clout, or some other reason. They view themselves as the enlightened few vainly railling against the ignorant masses. Meanwhile, the masses are getting their work done." You think Linux is the "losing technology"? Yes, we have inferior marketing. More like what marketing. Windows does better from the beginning because of being a corporation. You had near unlimited money and were the first on the market. That's why you are better for the moment. But don't think Linux is the losing technology just yet. Just like with the betamax(Microsoft Windows), and the VHS(Linux), newer technology nearly almost always wins. Except for Vista.
So please don't bash an OS just because you are ignorant about it. That being said, there are probably Windows or Apple software I don't know of that have no Linux counterpart. I'm not trying to claim because one person is ignorant that Linux is the better all around OS. In some cases yes, and some cases no. But that's not to say, I don't believe that Linux will win in the long run. With Russia planning an open-source national OS, and the way the American economy the way it is, I seriously believe that Linux based desktops and laptops would and could out do Windows any day if there were more. Linux may possibly be the way of the computer future, but Windows could be too. Who's to say really?
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Charter Communications ("Charter") has been notified by a copyright owner that your internet account has been involved in the exchange of unauthorized copies of copyrighted material (music, movies, or software).First off, this was my fault. I didn't check the torrents I was downloading. Ooops. Also, this could happen again,not by myself, since my router is not secured at the moment. Anyway, the letter goes on to explain the Charter Acceptable Use Policy, explaining what they can do if this continues for any reason. I think it is a bit entertaining that they think threatening people like this will get them to stop. Some will stop, but some like me will find ways around this slightly irritating dilema. I won't go into detail on how that can be done since Charter is more than likely monitoring everything I do now. Charter then asks me to remove the infringing material from my computer, and starts more threats.
Let them do their best. All I have else to say about this, is check your torrents before downloading. Or possibly use public WiFi spots and change your IP address occasionally.
Also, this isn't my first time in trouble with internet related issues. The first, was when I first got a laptop with wireless. Well, I went to the local grocery store to see if they had free internet to use, without luck. I saw on my wireless radar (on XP) that the pharmacy. I connected to it and was checking my e-mail. All was well. The next night, I went back to talk on Yahoo Messenger for a few before I went to Knoxville. I was talking fo about 15 minutes, and a cop pulled up behing me in the parking lot. Said the people in the pharmacy didn't like me sitting there for so long. The officer was nice about it, but said nothing about using their internet. Keep in mind they did not have the connection secured. I went back a couple nights later, to download a couple songs off Limewire. All was ok, finished my download, and the cops showed up again, even though I was not sitting in the pharmacy parking lot. The officer was very rude this tim. Said he warned me the last time about "stealing" internet. Told me if they caught me again they would have me arrested. I said whatever, and went home.
I thought everything was cool after that, but I was wrong. I lived at my parents, by the way. A couple days later, a detective from the Sevier County Sheriffs Department came to my parents house to say, he had been investigating my "activity" using the pharmacy internet. He was just spewing B.S. trying to scare me. He said that their "records" indicated that I had been trying to get into the pharmacy computer system to steal records. B.S.! Anyway, everything is fine now, since the Sheriffs Department can no longer watch what I do online.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I just installed Mac4Lin and the Cairo-Dock on my One. Turned out pretty nice. I have the OSX icons, windows, and a nearly identical OSX looking dock. The only thing about this setup is that the wireless applet only shows wireless signal, and won't let you select a network. It's very nice, since now I don't need my bottom bar. If it weren't for needing to select different networks, I would remove my top bar also. Well, not much else to say, so heres a screenshot.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
libstdc++5.After extracting the file in your Home directory, press Alt+F2 and run "flock-browser". I've not figured out how to create an icon to run Flock, but as soon as I can figure out how, I'll let everyone know. Besides that, have fu with Flock!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Well, theres word out of the new Acer Aspire One. It comes with a 10.1 inch screen, now with a max expansion of 2 gigs of ram, optional Bluetooth and 3G, and a different finish on and around the keyboard. From what I've read, no real word about the touchpad yet. So far, the new One sounds pretty good. I would have asked for a little bit smaler of a screen, since netbooks are supposedly for portability. I just hope Acer does betterwith their warranty than with the A150 about memory upgrades. I guess we will see about that one. So far, so good Acer.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
wget http://snapshots.madwifi-project.org/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6- r3875-20081105.tar.gz
This may be different depending on your card. Just Google it to figure out for sure.
Next, you need to unzip the file. Copy & paste this into Terminal:
tar -xvf madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3875-20081105.tar.gz
Navigate to the file:
Ok, we need the tools to compile this code. Enter this into Terminal:
sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-$(uname -r)
Now we can compile the code.
sudo make && sudo make install
You've now compile your madwifi drivers. To load the driver enter this:
sudo modprobe ath_pci
Network Manager should now recognize any wireless connections in range. Before we finish, let set the driver to load at boot. Enter this:
gksudo gedit /etc/modules
That brings up the file of modules (drivers) that load at boot time. Enter this at the bottom of the file:
Save and close. Now you're finished!
If you don't think you are qualified to compile modules or are just afraid to risk it, please don't try this. Also, before you follow my direction run lspci in Terminal. Search to find what Atheros wireless card you have. This is what it should look like: 04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01). If it is different from mine search Google and make sure you can follow my directions or if you need a different module to compile. With That said, good luck!