Monday, December 20, 2010

Owner's Share -Trader’s Diary

Another Long Awaited book by Nathan Lowell. Check out his site, Trader’s Diary.

He's a Linux Geek, and an Accomplished Writer. He's cranked out some good quality work in Record time. No Pun intended. The characters in his book are hands down fun to get to know. Making anything that I've listened to of his something that I relish, and wait for the next podcast, or book, depending on where I'm at in the listening que. You'll get hooked. Yes you will. No Weird Space Creatures, no Big Space battles, but yet, it'll capture your imagination, and you'll fall in love with the crew, and yearn for a great cup of coffee.

Check his stuff out, and see if you don't agree.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

We will we will TUX you

I think that it's pretty obvious, that this needs to be sung to
We Will Rock you, and We Are the Champions... 

Billy got a toy make a big tech noise
Typing on the screen gonna make a big O.S. some day
You got no security in place
You big disgrace
Virus' popping up all over the place

We will we will TUX you
We will we will TUX you

Stevie was a young man hard man
Typing on your screen and cheating fools who'll pay
You've got no drive space 
You big disgrace
Wavin your apples all over the place

We will we will TUX you
We will we will TUX you

Buddy screwing us was always your plan
Dealing with locked up blue screens all day

You got no disk space
You big disgrace
Somebody better format you out of this place

We will we will TUX you
We will we will TUX you


I searched for truth -
and found it on line -
I found open source
And didn't pay a dime -
Found Slax and Mandrake
I've found Ubuntu
I've had my share of malware on disk space -
And Linux has come through 

We are the penguins - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting - till the end -
We are the penguins -
We are the penguins
No time for losers
'Cause we are the penguins - of the world -

Too soon to take a bow
The future calls -
There's work to do and hardware to be discovered and everything that goes with that. 
Linux given to all -

The internet never closes
source for all to peruse -
consider it our challenge before the whole human race -
And we ain't gonna lose -

We are the penguins - my friends
And we'll keep on fighting - till the end -
We are the penguins -
We are the penguins
No time for losers
'Cause we are the penguins - of the world -


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Going for some foo foo coffee this am

I don't normally like "Foo Foo" coffee, but Aldi's had this stuff for sale, and 'Gingerbread' sounded kinda warm and cuddly, like a well filled out sweater. I've got a pot brewing while I post this from the phone. I feel so geeky and nerdy. Hehhe. @thenose100

Monday, November 22, 2010

Blender Foundations: The Essential Guide to Learning Blender 2.6 By Roland Hess

Hey everyone, this is just going to be a really quick pimping of a friends product. His book.  I met Roland at OLF 2008, and he's a really great guy and he and I enjoyed picking on other people at our table. - That's the key to being a great guy in my book. Speaking of Books, he spoke about his then published book,  a guide on how to use Blender, and NOW he's got a new book out now, and I'd like to recommend it to any of my friends, and myself. Blender Foundations: The Essential Guide to Learning Blender 2.6 (9780240814308): Roland Hess: Books

You can also check out Pimping The Penguin's Amazon Store for other Blender books, too.. :)

Oh yea. One last thing.
Do You use blender?
Do you plan on it?

And if it was as easy to do as writing a bog post, would you???

Monday, November 08, 2010

Blender in the Classroom? YES! � Blender in the Classroom

Check out the above link.  It's about Blender the 3D Animation program.
I see this as an area where Open Source can shine it's light. How many of us know of young people, maybe our own kids perhaps? Young minds that are vibrant with talent, but are snagging Non Open Source Tools in unsavory ways in order to learn how to manipulate graphics? Learning how to create with expensive proprietary tools? Learning the wrong way of doing things.

School Systems, that are strapped won't have to pay ANY licencing fees for the software.  They just need someone who can teach the programs...  Hmm.... 

- I like this idea.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

20 Open Source Movies You Can Edit and Redistribute for Free « Soosck

Wow. I knew about Big Buck Bunny and others by the Blender Project.
This is kinda cool. - Wish I had the time to play around and learn Blender etc...

20 Open Source Movies You Can Edit and Redistribute for Free « Soosck

Pinguy OS = out-of-the-box operating system for everyone.

So the previous post was about how to re-tweak Ubuntu into more into what you might want, and then there is Pinguy OS. Looks sweet.   I'm still keeping with my Linux Mint 9 LTS. But even I, an Ubuntu fan, am moving elsewhere from the default install.  That's one of the nice things, they're making a stable release over at Canonical, and we're free to tweak the software to our liking.  I'm not to sure how fond I will be of the Unity Desktop or the Gnome Shell desktops, but if I DON'T like them and others don't , I'm sure that XFCE,  LXDE and KDE will find more people moving over to them.  I think that it's too soon to tell, if the KDE changes are any hint of how long it takes for some of the desktops to find a mature and stable level, it might be a year before these other desktops mature enough. LXDE is still young also, so it'll be interesting to see what pans out over the long term. 

From their site:
"Pinguy OS an out-of-the-box working operating system for everyone, not just geeks.

This OS is for people that have never used Linux before or for people that just want an out-of-the-box working OS without doing all the tweaks and enhancements that everyone seems to do when installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu or other Linux based Distro's."

Sorta like Linux Mint. You've got a more usable system with a fresh install.. 

Ubuntu Start to Re-Tweak Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

Ubuntu Start is a script which helps new users set up a few things most people do when they first install Ubuntu. For now the script is only for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx.

Ubuntu Start in Launchpad

But there is a report that it'll work for 10.10 if you edit the script.  I've not tried either one, just letting people know that it's there, if they want it. 

One Blog? Or Many? What works best?

I'm sitting here wondering, what works best? One Blog by one person, with all of the varied topics that person wishes to blog about, or a few blogs divided up into sections? - I'm beginning to think that one Main Blog might be best. OR one Blog, with the other sub-blogs divided up into sections due to interests? 

@thenose100 on Twitter and

Friday, November 05, 2010

Urban Golf on WikiHow 30K + views...

My First WikiHow article hits 30,000 view the last I checked.  All I did was start it, and  bunch of the others added to it.  I did make the silly Golf Logo with The GIMP...

LOL, Wow. This is really cool. I posted / started  an article on WiKi how, and it's one of Today's Featured Articles.  Please feel free to go check it out!!! Comment, Like, etc...  I just did the main text for the article, the others contributed to the article to make it better.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Commons Prosperity by Sharing Commons Blog

The Commons Prosperity by Sharing30. Oktober 2010 — Silke Helfrich

Our report „Gemeing├╝ter Wohlstand durch Teilen“ does now exist in English. It’s a short introduction into Commons as a concept and a practice.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

From the ProBlogger Job Board - Android Blogger $$

Hey Android fans... I saw this, some of you FLOSS pals might want to check it out, use the link at the bottom for the full details.. 

Our soon-to-be premier Android news and app review site, is seeking full and part time bloggers/writers for regular content postings. Come aboard and help us grow our site from the ground up! 

If you are an Android guru, fanatic or addict and have the desire to write about it then why not get paid to do it?

Jobs for Bloggers - ProBlogger Job Board - Android Blogger

Print to PDF, and some sniggles

Since my last Linux Mint 9 Update / Tweak, I've tackled some more of the sniggly things that I have with Linux Mint. Some of these things may have been related. Such as, I wasn't happy with the Ubuntu Logo showing up in my Menu. This might have be due to the Airplane Theme that I picked out, I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised. But I don't like the default Mint Slab Menu system. I prefer the Gnome Menu. But neither the Mint Logo nor the "Gnome Foot" were on display, but rather the Ubuntu Logo. I do like Ubuntu, as Mint is built from it, but I'm not using it. As I don't know if there is a better way to do this fix/hack, but I searched out all of the start-here.svg files and replaced them with the icon of my choice. I had to do some resizing of the image, and use ROOT permissions, etc. It's a pain to search out for them, and replace them all. I don't know if I'll do it again.

The other thing, was that my PDF files were going into my main HOME folder. - I don't want that, I want to put them into my PDF folder, this is something that should be taken care of in the Cups PDF printer config, IMHO, so people don't have to hack it via the terminal, not a hard thing to do for me, but maybe not so easy for others. I think that the whole point of a GUI based Desktop is to be able to perform your tasks from within the GUI framework as much and as often as possible. But here I start to run amok and ramble.

Output files are stored in your home directory under /PDF subdirectory.
To change the default location of the PDF output
From a Terminal window you want to edit the /etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf file

sudo gedit /etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf

look for
and change to:
Out ${HOME}/my_print_to_pdf_folder

I don't know why this does the trick, but it does. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

How do I buy a custom domain through Blogger? - Blogger Help

How do I buy a custom domain through Blogger? - Blogger Help

Seems fairly simple, so I decided to give it a try. - The downside, that I've not really given any effort, at this moment, to getting around is if you have a PDF or something else to upload that's not a standard item in the editor.

Get Linked from over 16,000 + sites with one click.

Installing Linux - Linux Tips For New Users

- I posted an article over on check it out, let me know what you think. :)

About 4 years ago, I was fed up with Microsoft, and had known about Linux, heard that it wasn't that easy install and use, but I figured I'd give it a go anyway. It's not hard at all, that might have been 10 or 12 years ago. In any case, once I found Ubuntu, one of the most popular and easiest to use Distros (versions) I had found MY Linux. And it wasn't hard to install or use. AND It's even more easy to get going today then it was 4 years ago.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Nautilus Elementary: A Simplified Patched Nautilus For Linux Mint 9

I got this from WebUpD8.. works just great in Linux Mint too. I wanted some of the functionality back to the old Nautilus that I had grown used to with other older versions of Ubuntu.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy with my Ubuntu...

Happy with my Ubuntu..
Sung to the tune of "Stuck In The Middle With You"

Well I don't know but my computer won't load right
I got the feeling that something ain't right
It's so bloated with crap I don't think that it's fair
and I'm wondering how It'll boot next year
PC Clones to the left of me,
Mac Jokers to the right, here I am
Happy as a clam with my Ubuntu.

Yes, I'm happy with my Linux Ubuntu
And I'm wondering what what it can do?
Its so hard to keep this smile from my face,
No virus's sneaking into my geek space
PC Clones to the left of me,
Apple Jokers to the right, here I am
Happy as a clam with my Ubuntu.

The Registry started out as nothing
But bloated with their plans
And the programs they all were a crawlin,
Blue screens of death make you say,
Please.... Please....

FLOSS can make some sense of it all,
DRM makes no sense at all,
When your programs crash to the floor,
'Cause I don't think that I can take anymore
Clones to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
Here I am, happy with my Ubuntu.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Think Different, I mean Different! Open Source, Linux... Inspired by MacHEADS... lol

I watched MacHEADS this afternoon, (yea, I don't have a DVD player, and I streamed it to the Wii, it's not a perfect world, LOL).   It's nice to see people have an obsession or be fans of something that's geeky. True, I'm not a Mac fan, but in the history of  Personal Computers, the Mac has played it's part, and in many ways, I'm glad it did.  They upped the ante for Microsoft to create a more usable interface for it's users.  I didn't take to Win 3.x right off, and fought using that danged mouse, but it seemed to be kinda pretty compared to the C:\ prompt. :)  

I recall bouncing around on my C:\ Prompt for my BBS with QFiler (a lot like Norton commander), and using PKZip to help clean up some disk space, and as a sysop that seemed to be the best formula for getting things done. I'd have a simple text editor in Qfiler to edit the BBS config files... and while I'm digressing, BBS's or the good ones, could be used as dos shell in many ways...  

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Linux Mint 9 - Part 3

Over the past week (or three), I've installed the following to make my Linux Mint 9 desktop more complete:

Xsane:  The simple scanner just doesn't do it for me, won't re-number the images auto-magically or if it does, I didn't see or know how. To me thats a simple "must have" feature.  One Scanner utility looks like you're viewing the guts of C3P0 (Star Wars Episode 1) and the other one seems to be overly plain Jane.

K3B:  While Rhythmbox will rip the CD's etc, K3B seems to do it faster... ? I don't know why.
Had to make use of the NDIS wrapper that comes with Mint, as the wireless card on my laptop died on me, - But I only had an old PCIMCI card to use, and it's chip set isn't Linux friendly, so I had to use some from windows.

I can't think of much else at the moment..  
Oh and a snapshot of the Air Lines Theme.. 

An example of a Mal-ware Attack targeted for an Windows XP machine.

I don't use Windows, or a Mac, I've been running Desktop Linux (Ubuntu / Linux Mint/ Sidux) on my PCs for some time now.. So when I see these sites, I understand how someone that doesn't "see" the difference of their computer vs the web or their browser, can get tangled up with some BS. 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Penguin Shelf | @fabsh found out that I had named some of these penguins after podcasters,

And I had told him, yea, I did, but they've been put away for some time, and I don't recall their names.  He wanted to know if one of them had been named after him.  Why yes, there was.  So, if I screwed someone's penguin name up, and you're a podcaster, and you recall what your penguin was, and how I just ripped your name off of it and gave it to someone else. I say. You've got to be kidding!?!?!?  I named this silly things when they were on the dash of my truck, listening to podcasts, and was keeping myself from getting bored out of my mind going down the road wishing I was using Linux, and not working.  LOL,  

Ok Ok, so not ALL the podcasters are represented... Well, we'll get to you and yours sooner or later. And yes, I know there are Three of them named there that are not currently  creating a podcast, but still, they DID have penguins named after them. :) 

In any case, I've got to get away from the KBD...  Have a Great one! :) 

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Linux Mint 9 (RC 1) 2nd post.

More tweaking for Mint 9. Can you See why I don't like to update every 6 months, it takes me 1-2 months to get the thing "just right".  There are some other ways to go about it, and when I find those, I'll post about them also.  But I'm going from a fresh install to what it is that I'd like. I'd like to keep to a minimal amount of tweaking, but I think that's just crazy talk.

I'm also thinking that I'll have to make up a list of the changes I did over the first month. - If I still have free time to do so.

So, this week, we've got:

gThumb image edit and viewer. "gThumb is an image viewer and browser for the GNOME Desktop. It also includes an importer tool for transferring photos from cameras." It also allows for some quick cropping of files. One of the features that I use the most.

Also got Ubuntu One setup, and have Tomboy Notes backing up to that folder, don't know what else I'll be doing with that, But I'll be fiddling with Tomboy Notes a little more. It's been a while since I've done much with them, but they're kinda handy.  Check them out if you haven't. - I first used the Synaptic Package Manager to install it, but think that they've got a .deb file to run for the last two versions of Ubuntu.

Added Alarm Clock  Since I don't have Evolution and it's one useful item that I did use with it, was the alarm clock. - I also added to this my Mashpodder script to run three times a week. Yea, I know there's a way to do a Cron Job, for those of you who are command line jockey's. But I've not tried that yet, nor do I think I could walk someone else how to do a cron job. - Part of "My Linux Experiment" is to be able to figure out some things without to much command line, using obvious solutions in the repo's. Trust me, I'd like to be able to take the time to bounce around on it, but it's not something some people would find very user friendly.

Installed Grsync. Simple backup utility. - And that reminds me, I've not taken the time to look at the Mint Backup program. - I need to do that. It's faster then Nautilus for moving large chunks of files etc,  I'm using it now to move stuff from one USB drive to another. I've a drive that has a large FAT32 partition, and I just don't need that around for anything. Moving to EXT3, and of course GParted to perform this feat.

Oh! The one additive that I thought should be included with all GNOME installs or the ones that have Rythmbox is the Nautilus enqueuer plugin for Rhythmbox. Oh yea. I know for some this might seem sorta goofy, but heck, I used to love Amarok, and the fact that it USED to behave a lot like WinAmp, and was for the most part, REALLY GOOD.  With a million different programs out there that will play music on a Linux box... that don't really do anything special, I'm digressing.. Ok, Ok,  I like to be able to bounce around in the file manager and load up a few Podcasts or Tunes.  OR both. But there wasn't really a clear path to do it, or program that DID for me it out of the box with my Linux Experience two years ago, except for Amarok. KDE4 killed off the old player, and the new player just looks wrong, and left me wanting. RythmBox kinda sorta still does, but it's the default Gnome do-dad music thingy and It'll do just fine.

Themes! We mustn't forget the Themes. The AirLines: A New Bisigi Project Gnome Theme is a gorgeous theme. And has a background that changes from daytime to nighttime. Here, better yet, check out the Bisigi Project home page.  A handful of very very stunning themes. - Ubuntu didn't need to move the silly buttons, they could have just added one of these to their default install, and it would have made Ubuntu (or Mint in my case now) a gorgeous desk top that would rust the pixels on any "Brushed Aluminum" crud that the Apple cart has to offer.

That's about it. I don't expect to add much more, or to tweak much more.  I think now, I'll concentrate on getting my personal files sorted out and organized.

Linux Mint 9 is has finally made my laptop work the way it was intended. The Sound Card Issues aren't there, I can use my headphone jack on my Toshiba Satellite A135 now, I can hook it up to the TV with the S-Video port, something I wasn't able to do until now.  I haven't tried the mic jack as of yet, but at the moment, that's a non-issue for me.  Nor have I tried Audacity, or a few other programs that will find their way on my Linux Box.

Have a Great day!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Photo Harassment of the Fresh Ubuntu team..

The first photo is of Peter Nikolaidis, @nikolaidis on twitter, etc,  He's got a test Iron Ubuntu Suit on...

The second two are of Harlem Quijano, He's kind of a gNome.. So... here is is. 

I think that these two tried to pick two of the hardest last names to spell... I don't know what's up with that.. :P 

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Regina Brett's 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on

Regina Brett's 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on

By Regina Brett, The Plain Dealer

May 28, 2006, 10:13AM

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.

It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolls over to 50 this week, so here's an update:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don't ask, you don't get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

To reach this Plain Dealer columnist:, 216-999-6328

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Today's Note - I gotta get organized. I think. Maybe.

I'm trying to figure out how to make my life a little more simpler, you know. I joined about half the media social sites, and the other half I've not bothered with.  Nor do I think that I will.  Most of them are good, they do what you want, you can post an email to most everything these days, CC it to multiple accounts etc. Such as I'm doing now.  And Those sites will shoot it out to a couple others.  

 Now, I'm not the most organized person, nor will I get the award for being Mr. Tidy.  But I try. Lately I've been trying to get things simplified on my hard drives. - I ferreted out some WMA files that were on my "Backup" music directory  (it's alone, so it's really not a  backup) drive. It's more of the drive that I dump things to when I move from one computer to another, or don't want to take up massive amounts of space with audio and video files. The Document folders etc, those are tiny compared to the media. But I still ought to ferret out the crud from the keepers. - Videos, not many of those, but heck, if you dupe one or two 4 gig file... You've wasted a sizable amount of space, if you blow it. You might have just toasted a irreplaceable video of the kids.  Pictures from the phones? Way to many junky ones there.... But easy to move to a DVD or disk. Same for the Videos, but if you bury those away in the attic, what good they? 

Web sites. - Oh my lord. - Do you have to many sites too?  Two or three Blogger Accounts, a Posterous Account, and who knows what other freebie one's I might have had on Yahoo, etc..  Trying to keep focused, as A Tech Blog, A Blog about Linux, A Linux Tech Blog? A Blog about the Cat? Dog? Hardware? Mouse? Any kind of Mouse. Live or one with a blinky red light.  A Proud Parent Blog? Showing off the kids. Wait, maybe not so much, there's weirdos out there. Or are the weirdo's next door? Who knows? One about Green Eggs and Ham, Sam I am. Twitter or Dent, and now a Buzz.. Connect them all, you want all of your friends to be able to find ya. Ya never know what might happen next, who's going to see that you're brilliant, and that they want to hire you for tons of money, so you better include LinkedIn with that lot...  Whew! 

I gotta post on, twitter, buzz, ping the dang thing. Ping 140 chars of whats most important to you at this moment. I need to work, I need to sleep, I have a friend that just had a baby, or puppies, can I get you to post the wee one's in a tweet, we know they're sweet, we want to have a picture to savor the moment, as we know it's the journey, not the destination to get us to where we're going.  Tell everyone about it. But we've gotta be worried about our privacy. Wait? Who? What? Who's going to know? Wait for them to find out? 

We've got to be organized, we've got to figure out how to get it done sooner, better, faster or someone else will beat us to the punch line, the finish line, they'll have a bigger house, or care, or boat... Maybe they'll have the iPad with a cool ap that will let them Meditate and become more Zen like in 140 Characters per thought. And then the voices in my head go off again..  Of course that person's going to be more Zen Like. The darn thing cost them an arm and a leg, so all they have to have is one hand left to move things around on the touch screen, they're Zen like from an iObotomy. It's "The Future". I Wonder if they lean to one side when they stand with only one arm and leg to stand on? Oh that's cruel... glad it was the voices in my head that came up with that one, and not me.

With 140 char's per message it might be all that I need, it'll be on my TV on my Laptop, my Phone, My Game Deck, and I'm sure someone is figuring out how BEST to put it on their refrigerator.  - Is it Data overload? Is 140 char per conversation a good thing? 

When really. All we (me?) need is to s.l.o.w. d.o.w.n.  
And to smile, to take a genuine interest to the people within 140 FEET of where we're sitting?

Maybe... just after one last tweet...  

I Told ya, I'm not organized, I was going to go on about something else... Something about staying focused on my personal blog. 

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Linux Mint 9 (RC 1) 1st post.

I downloaded and installed Linux Mint 9 RC LTS. - As it's the Release Candidate I expected to find some bugs in it here and there. But so far, nothing painful has cropped up. I am pleasantly surprised.  -  No, the Buttons weren't on the left side of the window, but that would be easy enough to change even if they were.  Also, it's a Long Term Support Release, I've been thinking that I want to go the LTS route for now.  I'll get this setup tweaked and  don't plan on doing anything major with it for a couple of years.
Sure, I might put something else on another partition, if my time allows.

I Went with Mint, just due to some of the things that it Does have that Ubuntu doesn't.  And didn't include things that I didn't care about.  Such as the Evolution Email client.  Ripping that out of Ubuntu is sorta painful and causes issues.  Since I use Thunderbird, IF I use a desktop email program (and I do, from time to time, to "backup" messages.  It fits me better. Since I DO want to watch a movie, or use MP3 files,  I don't have to add that feature, as it's already "in there".

I did a fresh install, and will be testing it some more, I have a little used install of Karmic, that will most likely be blown away. I expect to keep my Intrepid version on a little longer, as it "just worked" minus some sound card issues.

So far I've:

Installed Chrome:  And added extentions: (I might go into these w/ a later post, my fav's and why)

"Fixed" the "Switching workspace with mouse scroll wheel" change that started with Ubuntu Karmic.  Not being a Compiz Guru that's one of those sniggly changes that happens that can get a person to wreak havoc on their system.  "Fixed" Drag a window from one desktop to another. Fixed "back" also.

I'll be adding gPodder, for podcasts that I want to put on my RockBoxed Sansa.  And to separate out some of the podcasts that I like to listen to or stream via Rhythmbox to my Netbook, I'll use Mashpodder and point Rhythmbox to view the files there. These are the non-Tech-Geek podcasts that I want to keep around to listen to on a long term basis. Not that Tech 5 or TLLTS isn't worthy of keeping around, I just don't intend to listen to them over and over.  Such as  Decoder Ring Theatre,  Old Time Radio,  X Minus One, etc...

Well, it seems that I'm out of time with updating my Mint 9 Configuration... Will have more later..
Such as ..  AirLines: A New Bisigi Project Gnome Theme ~ Web Upd8

I've never been good at organization,  so I'm merging photo's and images from one system to the next, and not really needing to KEEP every digital shot that I take with my camera,  So, I'm farting around with the file structure and locations of stuff. Moving from one version to another doesn't help me with my hair brained way of doing things.

Fonts - Ubuntu Wiki & The League of Moveable Type

If one finds The League of Moveable Type, they might also want to know how to put them into play.. I used the manual method. If I knew how to make a repo or .deb file to put these to use, I would. But then, I'd miss out on knowing who the the League was...

Fonts - Ubuntu Wiki

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ubuntu Home Page | Ubuntu

Yea, it's on the way... I'm thinking... I might grab the RC and then the other version later...

Ubuntu: For Desktops, Servers, Netbooks and in the cloud

Thursday, April 01, 2010

[SOLVED] Switching workspace with mouse scroll wheel? - Ubuntu Forums

After upgrading to Karmic, I too was having a heck of a time trying to figure out what it was that was causing me the issues with the mouse scroll to not work to change desktops, as I had in the past..

[SOLVED] Switching workspace with mouse scroll wheel? - Ubuntu Forums

Here are some screens. It's the viewport switcher plugin under desktop section. Buttons 4 and 5. With button 2 for the initiate action button. 

Raspberry Pi Zero setup for Motion Eye

First off, I'd like to say thanks to  Calin Crisan for his work on Motion eye. He's posted a few how to's on his Github page...