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Essential software on Ubuntu

While I like Ubuntu I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Gnome (I prefer KDE). However, the Dive into Mark man’s essential software list has some gems on it (such as k9copy for copying DVDs).

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Show us the code Mr Ballmer

From, an open letter to Steve Ballmer.

It’s come to many in the Linux community’s attention you have claimed again and again, that Linux violates Microsoft’s intellectual property. Not only that, but it’s been reported Microsoft has convinced businesses to pay for a Linux patent that you can’t provide. Therefore, this website will serve as a response to this accusation, and within it, a request. The request is simple, since you, Microsoft, claim to be so sure of yourself: Show Us the Code.

Roseneath, Wellington, Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Linux and other adventures

Desktop Linux is great. I’ve discovered KMail and Kontact which so far seems to be a little nicer to use than Evolution. Still having a few issues with sound which is a bummer as I love the interface on amaroK and can’t wait to start using it properly.

The other day I upgraded the old IBM Netfinity with a 250GB hard drive. Had no major issues changing over the home partition. Picked up a printer on Trademe for a fiver, and got that installed and set up with CUPS in no time. Can now print from anywhere around the house (or garden) thanks to that and the wireless network.

Roseneath, Wellington, Wednesday, February 15th, 2006


Where did the December go? Lots to report on if I get around to it…. Watched an episode of Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilisation’ last night and loved it. The series was dissed by a couple of Art History teachers I had at university, and while I see where they were coming from, judging by the episode I saw there is a lot to recommend the series.

In addition, I have just discovered an really cool feature of Konqueror, which is a spell check while you type in a textarea. Swwwweeeet.

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, January 19th, 2006

Revolution OS

The copy of Revolution OS I ordered has arrived and it is great!

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, November 10th, 2005

I love it when this happens

This is great, the Microsoft movie Halo (which is being made in Wellington) is being produced on Linux servers.

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

DIG! the movie

Went to Dig! last night – awesome film. Funnier (nearly) than Spinal Tap, and waaaay more rock’n’roll than Some kind of Monster. It’s about the Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The Brian Jonestown Massacre were pure rock’n’roll – chaotic and high as kites. In contrast the Dandy Warhols are pussies. Great entertainment and great music.

In other news, I am now exclusively using Linux on the laptop. Still a few things to sort out, like power management (standby problems mostly). But URPMI has been a Linux changing experience and must be one of the best kept secrets of Mandriva linux. I’ve also installed Debian on a mate’s server (which has been highly entertaining), and Debian is also awesome. Debain’s equivalent of URPMI is apt-get. It too is bitchin’ and appears to offer a few advantages over URPMI.

Roseneath, Wellington, Sunday, September 25th, 2005

Fun with Tux

I’m having plenty of fun with Linux on the laptop at the moment. Ha ha – I love the penguins at easy urpmi. I get the feeling that I’m going to love urpmi too.

Roseneath, Wellington, Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Wireless Linux

Yeah! A quick change of wireless card and I’m using Linux wirelessly.

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, July 26th, 2005 redesign

I was asked to download a copy of Sun’s Solaris and in the process needed to install the Java runtime environment on my Linux server/mess-about-workstation. Sun have redesigned their website since I was last there, and it looks great.

I found it odd that it didn’t work correctly in Konqueror as it’s a browser for Unix and Linux, and that it didn’t look right in Firefox on Windows 2000 either. I found it particularly odd as the CSS was invalidated by the inclusion of Proprietary Mozilla CSS Properties. So you think they’d have checked it in Firefox right? So why the overlapping blocks of text?

And it’s a shame to see that the HTML didn’t validate either. Still, I guess there’s still a few more years of being able to use the excuse “well our site is run by a CMS so you see we couldn’t quite get it to validate”.

Anyhoo, not to focus on the negative for too long, I think it’s a great looking site and I’ve been able to find all the stuff I’ve needed during my visits.

Update:OK, the visual rendering now seems to be fixed in both browsers – they were probably updating the homepage.

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, June 14th, 2005


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