Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is advertised as an ultra-inexpensive (~35 USD for model B) mini computer running Linux. That’s why I just had to give it a try 🙂 It is especially interesting because it opens up a lot of possibilities combining Linux + small footprint + low memory consumption + connectivity + reasonable price. This article refers to model B of the board.

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I miss the Linux Action Show

Good times

Good times

Now before I get hit up with people calling me stupid for saying I miss a show that still comes on every week, let me clarify things a bit.

I miss the Linux Action Show the way it was when Bryan was the co-host on there.  It was very lively watching him interact with Chris and that added to my enjoyment of the show.

Yes he would constantly talk about DOS and retro gaming, but the guy was absolutely hilarious!!!

While I still watch the show each week and look forward to it, its just not the same.  Not that I am being negative in the freedom dimension.

But that’s just the way it is.

Now don’t get me wrong I have nothing against Matt (I promise), but he is well, different,  quite knowledgeable about Linux but just not as exciting.

I really miss during the introduction:   Bryan going……ALL THIS WEEK, ON THE LINUX ACTION SHOW!!!

LOL! Thanks for the memories!

I do wish he would come on the show sometimes even if it was just occasionally, I bet there would quite a few people that would like that.

Now that would be cool.

Here is a sample of what I am talking about (just in case you don’t know).

Yes, I remember watching that particular episode and I ended up with Ubuntu 10.10 on my laptop largely as a result of it.

Even with all that said I will continue to watch the show.  Maybe just maybe the best is yet to come.

Loony Goons

Yes, long time since I posted blah blah.

This is a tech post. So no, nothing interesting for the casual reader. Move on.

The best part about Mac is the interface. There is no comparison with Windows (8, at least). Anyway, I thought I’d make a post on it – both as a manual to refer to later and as a tome to perfecting it after nearly 2 hours of tinkering.

This post will cover just the major mac interface components – the dock and the genie effect.

The Dock – Install Cairo dock from Ubuntu store.

The Genie Effect – Install compiz config editor (I don’t remember the package name etc so just Google it).

The settings:

Configure the dock to start on startup. This is per usual. Right click the dock and click configure and tinker in the settings.

Now, open the compiz editor. First enable wobbly windows…

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a central place to get your stuff


At home I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on my Toshiba and I use it most of the time. Rarely I reboot my computer to Windows 7 to play some games. At work I am using a workstation with Windows 7.

Some days ago I wanted to update my software on Windows 7 at work. I use some tools, which are available for free, for instance Freemind, a mind mapping tool. In Ubuntu I would type a proper apt-get command in the terminal, but not Windows. In Windows I have to update it manually. Even when an application does provide an update mechanism, it has to be invoked manually. There is no central place or database where you hi ‘check for update of my installed apps’ and hit accept and then the software gets updated.

Some year ago, when using Linux, yes, it was a pain the ass to use some…

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I can’t stand winter!!!

Old man winter has finally caught up with me.  That loser!!  December was great and much of January was fine, and I just knew I was gonna be free and clear til spring. 

Surprise daily highs last week that did not exceed 30 degrees Fahrenheit.  Baby, it was so cold outside, and I hated it!!

I was like oh, no…… homey don’t play dat.

Yet it wouldn’t go away.

Oh well, at least it will be over soon, and it looks like we will get off easy unless it gets nice for a while and then Mr old man Winter decides to go…sike!!  You thought I was gone didn’t you?  I’m back, did you miss me?  Oh no! well too bad for you.

I know that we haven’t gotten much in the way of snow (and boy am I greatful) because I don’t want to have to shovel out my house and sidewalk again.  Like I did during the Snowmaggedon of a few years ago.  In fact, it happened twice.

One good thing about it was that I made some money shoveling snow for my neighbors.  So I guess it wasn’t so bad after all.

Just the same I will be happy when spring is here.