Category Archives: Linux

The Dark Side

My conversion to the Dark Side is complete. I watched my wife go over and scoffed at her, how easily-led she was, how willing to lock herself in to a predetermined path. Then came Vally, showing me the power and ease of using the dark side. I liked my freedom, liked being able to do things my own way and on my own terms, but the structured world they offered was tempting.

XP on Mac?  Are you f**king kidding me?

Something is seriously wrong with you, boy . . .

After years of struggling on my own, dealing with the aftermath of unmatched freedom and competing ideas, I finally did it: I bought my own MacBook Pro and joined the Dark Side. And I have to say, I love it. A trackpad that actually works? A trackpad that provides useful navigation and input? What novel ideas! A UI that is stable, and programs that don’t mysteriously crash or include text that matches the background (I’m looking at YOU, VLC on LXDE!!!)? What a novel idea! Yes, I still love my various Linux laptops, but I think I’m stuck in the beauty and simplicity of the Mac world for a while now. I’d better be, now that I have the wireless trackpad, keyboard and number pad.

Mr. Technology

Mr. Technology here, battling my router manufacturer, upgrading old machines, converting operating systems, and wishing for fewer blackouts. My router technology outdated ten years ago, and while my neighbors are probably too stoned to figure out how to hack my network, it was time to upgrade. Continue reading

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Death

My Linux laptop was murdered today. Video now consists of a black screen with several white horizontal lines. I am fairly confident that the boy-child is the culprit. Grrrr. I’d be more annoyed, but I am currently preoccupied with a shower faucet that has decided to turn into a fountain. Joy.

Doing dumb things again

There are days when I really do not like Linux at all. Yesterday, after upgrading Firefox and a few other packages, was one of those days. My flash plugin, which I had managed to get working with sound a few weeks ago, was once again hosed after upgrading. Sure, I can see the video, but there is no sound again. Crap. Okay, how do I fix this again? Stupid Linux.

Bad Computer

I thought my Linux system was supposed to be reliable! I’ve been unable to blog for the past week or two because I haven’t been able to boot my system. Until this morning, it just hung while setting up networking. Maybe it’s all those experimental packages I installed . . .

The Penguin Hates Me

. . . and Gentoo Linux still doesn’t play nice with my VIA 8237 SATA controller. I was really hoping for some improvement in the past six months. Sure, there are supposed to be ways to work around this, but none that are guaranteed to work or have worked so far. I don’t want to install a standard IDE drive and copy the system over from that after getting things all set up. I want everything (well, the SATA controller, at least) to just work, like it does under the latest versions of RedHat, SuSE, Mandrake and Libranet. Damn you, Gentoo! Extreme frustration, unusability and a top-notch homepage are all hallmarks of my Gentoo experience. I don’t ask for much, just for the world of Gentoo to bend to my will and create a more SATA-positive experience. Maybe it’s time to do some real work instead of banging my head on a stubborn Linux distro.

apt-get christmas

Hello. You don’t know me, but you probably know of me. I am a Linux user. I’ve read “Running Linux” “Linux Network Administrator’s Guide”, subscribe to Linux Journal and have at one point or another tried almost every flavor of Linux out there. I think my first distribution was Caldera OpenLinux 1.0, back in the days when there were no evil Linux versions. That said, I am not a geek; I am an end-user.
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The Aughts

Nothing like the end of the year to bring about a flurry of activity. I have three new rants or rambles, depending on your point of view, a much more stylish set of style sheets for Linux, and further improvements in my poetry scrolling method. Some millenia, I just amaze myself. And lest we forget, there is the updated introduction that pops off of the old one.