Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Finally rid of windows 7 - ubuntu installed - but it could have been fedora

Finally - the computer is doing what i bought it for - sitting in Adelaide on a 3g link as a reliable nice to work on laptop.

But -- windoze 7 is gone - 64 bit 3G was dodgy in the least. The same modems worked flawlessly under several Linux's but under 64 bit windoze 7 they just dropped out.

Then there was the constant treat of a "new desktop" just as you had finished an article and saved everthing - it was hell to find when you restarted it was with a new desktop - clean.

So It was re-install linux time after a trial of dual boot. Used the full hard drive this time and eventually plumed for Ubuntu - mainly driven by the flaash support and the fact I could access my Zinio library and use tweetdeck - yes sick I know.

Did like win office 2010 - pity the OS was so -- unreliable compared to linux.

pity

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Winter Sony Vaio, linux and wood fires

Got 3 tonnes of wood for winter – renewable – regenerate-able unlike the very un – natural gas like natural gas it benefits from direct heating.

But no side effects like “Burrup” and it is actually renewable in our own lifetime – mot the 50 million require by dinosaurs.

So a nice warm energy +ive house.

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 Rather like living in Muttaburra

So what about this Sony Vaio thing – well loved the idea of a Mac Book pro – but could not stand the non renewable battery and the DRM so decided to go for something else running Win dos 7.

Nice except for all the crap that runs as well.

A ThinkPad may have been better. but love the video on this “lugable 17” wonder. Goofed up my choice a bit as Linux and sound is not as supported with out a Kernel recompile. Nvidia is also providing some problems too – again not unsolvable. But I can’t be fagged at present. So widos 7 it is. just turned as much of the crap off as possible.

Ubuntu is working well as is fedora. Sound is not available thru speakers in ubuntu but neither has a working inbuilt mic but this can be done thru the kernel recompile. Not yet.

SO winDoze 7 – not bad – still 24 reboots after one complete reinstall. all updates took all day. Bugger – Ubuntu too 15 minutes – and is soo much quicker to boot. even with a i5, 4 gig of ram and a 500gig drive this thing is not fast. – the disk drive is the culprit. Slow. but much quicker on linux.

Still like it though – specially on 3 g…

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Crunchbang and woodstove bliss

I have this old -4years -laptop bought with xp on it. less than a G1 or ram. Gutless as a wonder.
XP is a no no. debian works well but Oh what a pain to install - changed with 6 - so I resorted to crunchbang linux just as I have on my Acer Aspire One.
Suddenly the thing is working well - even worked when I put cranchbang 10.4 alph on it. Went for the xfce interface as I tend to be slack and can't be faged editing the OpenBox interface.
Tis loverly
Just works - recommended - added the debian multimedia repository.
Also added tex -lyx zoreto, jabref, bibus and medeley so I can play around with the various on-line and off-line bibliographies.
also gives me a computer I can use in the shed to sell of the junk on ebay and give it away on freecycle.
Autumn is with us - Easter may be cool enough to get the stove going and have a lamb roast. Carbon minimal wood fires are great when correctly used and cleanly burnt. Ours certianly does.
Have a wonderous easter break.

Friday, March 26, 2010

One Year --

Well one year ago my hear stopped -- for 2 minutes - no one was timing - strange - while riding my bicycle to work - "Ms Lee Tunks" saved me (never been able to contact her since)- broke my sternum too - Did CPR on me on lime Stone avenue - thanks and big huggs.
The ambulance gave me the fastest ride from North to south Canberra but - I missed the whole lot.
The ACT Police impounded my bicycle as evidence - only to deliver it back to me in Queanbeyan 2 weeks later - thanks guys.
Woden hospital and Dr Fashid did wonders and at 9 pm my wife and daughter arrived (from Adelaide) to find me very much alive but a bit grey..
One year and 5 stents later - I'm back on the bike - and - walking - 30 to 60 miniutes a day.
The meds are a knockout. but surviveable - and as my wight dros so to will the dosages - but the HDL LDL ratio is still the killer - Thats what got me - genetics - do not fight it.

Long time no post!

Listening to my daughters Pink oggs on my debian 6 system makes me realise how far we have come.
My Mac sits unused. My old linux box is up again and I'm debating what I will use for a laptop.. Was to be a powermac .. but not now ... even Debian shits on MacOSX. bugger!!!!!!!!!!!
The Debian Live CD is wonderous and its an Alfa.. No rust..
Installed my old computer makes the mini look sick.
A powermac of my lustings is fading to a Toshiba with Debian 6 installed.
Not ubuntu.
Yes it is nice but oh so boring.
What I want is - tex -lyx - zoreto - open office - and maybe mendeley. all work on my debian box.
Sorry MS$

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bare - Old tin and computers

Well iinet's bare seems to be going well but -- new quota's seem a bit questionable - particularly the timing so it's almost impossible to use the off-peak without doing it on "auto". But got iinet-useage a nice little program for windows that works well on the mac under winebottler  or under wine in Ubuntu. Nice.
Added to the street-scape with a load of old tin and another decommissioned volvo.
BMW is registered and rattles around the place wonderfully at 2400000km.
Computers are being rationalised.
given away or dumped in the recycling.




Bare - Old tin and computers

Well iinet's bare seems to be going well but -- new quota's seem a bit questionable - particularly the timing so it's almost impossible to use the off-peak without doing it on "auto". But got iinet-useage a nice little program for windows that works well on the mac under winebottler  or under wine in Ubuntu. Nice.
Added to the street-scape with a load of old tin and another decommissioned volvo.
BMW is registered and rattles around the place wonderfully at 2400000km.
Computers are being rationalised.
given away or dumped in the recycling.