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. :)
Monday, May 24, 2010
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.
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
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,
Sunday, May 16, 2010
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
Friday, May 14, 2010
Regina Brett's 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on
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.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
To reach this Plain Dealer columnist:
Saturday, May 08, 2010
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
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...