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Installation- FAST!

Posted by notKlaatu , 03 June 2009 - - - - - - · 341 views

Interesting thing happened today; I got to a cafe at 09:50 and just so happened to check my email.  Turns out, someone I'd thought had cancelled on an 11:00 appointment was not quite out of the game yet, and it turns out that the 11:00 appointment was on after all.  That was OK...I was at the cafe, so in theory all I had to do was sit and wait an hour...



Posted by notKlaatu , 29 May 2009 - - - - - - · 488 views

Qemu is a free emulator for Linux, and it is powerful enough for everyday use with new features popping up with each new release.I'm not virtualizing to serve thin clients or anything fancy like that; I'm just doing the everyday hobbyist kind of emulation that one wants to do when one wants to try out the beta of an upcoming release, or when one w...


obligatory outrage over printers

Posted by notKlaatu , 25 May 2009 - - - - - - · 398 views

first of all, i hate printers, and pretty much have since I bought my first one and realized that they were made to not last.  And although it's sort of out of style to be outraged by printer ink costs -- so much so that it's now just an accepted fact of life -- I have to post something about this...My friend was given a Lexmark z611 by her parent...


why is default scaling algorithm in GIMP so bad??

Posted by notKlaatu , 19 May 2009 - - - - - - · 1,091 views

I was making a little tutorial on a really cool audio app called Qtractor the other day, and for this I was doing quite a few screenshots.  Some of the screenshots were pretty big so I went into GIMP to scale them down.  To my surprise, the images looked terrible when scaled down.  I understand about interpolation and I understand that an image in anythin...


power of X

Posted by notKlaatu , 12 May 2009 - - - - - - · 217 views

I did this simple demo for a couple of people today, to demonstrate what X.org was, and how it was different from, say, OS X's Cocoa GUI blob.notUnix Philosophy:1. On a Mac, open 8 tabs in Firefox.2. Force Quit Firefox (so that it does not have a chance to offer to save your tabs)3. On your LinuxBox, ssh -X user@macbox into the Mac and start Firefox t...


digiKam 0.10.0 review

Posted by notKlaatu , 02 April 2009 - - - - - - · 228 views

I have never been much a user of photo management applications.  Back on the Mac, the application I hated second to iTunes was iPhoto, and it really frightened me away from photo management tools.  I knew, at the time, that I definitely liked Ad0be's Lightroom or, heck,  even Bridge, better, but all in all none of those really fit my workflow and I ne...


appleTV - the battle begins

Posted by notKlaatu , 27 March 2009 - - - - - - · 206 views

A quick note.  I have a friend with an appleTV who is constantly perplexed as to why her movie files won't work with it.  I told her that the easy answer is that Apple doesn't want her to put her own movie files on the AppleTV; they want her to buy and rent movies from iTunes.  That's the quick, easy answer.  The other answer is that Apple has...


Dell Inspiron e1505 + Fedora 10 = :D

Posted by notKlaatu , 27 March 2009 - - - - - - · 505 views

Currently I'm visiting an old friend of mine in the fine state of Massachusetts, and she's got a few computers and a Verizon modem/gateway/router, runs Windows, and has no clue about computers.  When I arrived, I noticed that she had a Dell Inspiron e1505 laptop turned on in the corner and she mentioned that she couldn't get the thing online a...


UNIX System User's Handbook

Posted by notKlaatu , 24 March 2009 - - - - - - · 219 views

I was at a used bookstore the other day looking for old sci-fibooks, and on a whim I thought I should look through the computer sectionas well.  So I asked the shop proprietor if he had a computer book shelf,and he said well, yes he did, but it was all very out of date, and I said"Good!" -- because the very reason I wanted to look through the...


the proverbial Average Joe

Posted by notKlaatu , 25 February 2009 - - - - - - · 305 views

...has been found.My friend "sooka" and I have almost identical computers; I have a black macbook and she has a black macbook.  When sitting in front of it there is no distinguishable difference (viewing the back of the screen on mine would reveal a whole host of linux and FSF stickers, but from front view they are the same).Sooka regularly sits d...

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