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small community

Posted by notKlaatu , 12 February 2009 - - - - - - · 179 views

Here's the thing.  Right now the Linux community is / feels small.  You subscribe to a few blog planet feeds, you use the usual software and glance at who is maintaining it, you subscribe to your local LUG and LoCo email lists, you troll IRC a bit,you listen to a few (or more than a few) podcasts, you attend an expo or confernece... and pretty soon yo...


long live kmail

Posted by notKlaatu , 11 February 2009 - - - - - - · 197 views

Wow, so I was just writing an email and in the body of the message i wrote "attached is a photo..." or something like that, and naturally I forget to attach anything.  So I click on SEND and suddenly my mail client, kMail, pops up a warning dialogue box telling me that my email seems to refer to an attachment but i have not yet attached anything.....


complaints about iTunes

Posted by notKlaatu , 01 February 2009 - - - - - - · 183 views

Just in case anyone ever wonders why iTunes is such a horrible app...I had to help a friend move his data from his Windows-formatted iPod to a new Mac he had gotten.  Oh boy.  So, why can't a Mac talk to a Windows iPod? and WIndows to a Mac-formatted iPod?  You're telling me that in order to update the iPod you have to re-format it?  Ridiculous.Se...


Off The Hook

Posted by notKlaatu , 08 January 2009 - - - - - - · 212 views

My favourite radio show (ok, it's the only radio show I listen to...and even it I don't listen to live but later as a podcast)...is OFF THE HOOK from, of course, 2600.  Hosted by "Emmanuel Goldstein".  Soooo anyway...on the January 7th 2009 episode, my name and an episode I did for Hacker Public Radio was mentioned!  Enigma and threeth...


ffmpeg screen capture command

Posted by notKlaatu , 08 January 2009 - * * * - - · 1,780 views

i am always having to look this up.  now at least i'll have it here:ffmpeg -f x11grab -vc theora -s vga -r 24 -b 1200 -g 300 -i :0.0 ~/Videos/screenCapture1.ogv option by option:-f x11grab   =  take video from X...ffmpeg must have been compiled with enable-x11grab included; your distro or version may or may not have this enabled!-vc  =  Video...


object oriented programming

Posted by notKlaatu , 08 January 2009 - - - - - - · 185 views

this is my noob understanding of the concept, taken from a friend-of-a-friend's explanation of it (whose name I have forgotten so cannot credit, so I will change it enough to make it appropriately non-plagiarist but close enough to still be accurate)object oriented programming is a user-friendly way of grouping data together so that it's easier fo...


Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 and Fixstar

Posted by notKlaatu , 22 December 2008 - - - - - - · 298 views

A few months ago, maybe, a company named Fixstar acquired Terra Soft (the makers of Yellow Dog Linux).  There is no visible change really, it's just that now the company seems to be called Fixstar instead of Terra Soft.For some reason...probably because for the entirety, or most of, my computing life I have used PowerPC chips, I am often drawn back to...


Dialog Boxes, Focus, Placement, and Growl

Posted by notKlaatu , 22 December 2008 - - - - - - · 212 views

As usual, I am writing as a non-programmer and have no clue as to what exactly I am talking about...but I have noticed in practically every distro of Linux and the various versions of OS X that I have used, that Dialogue Boxes do one of two things:1. steal focus at inopportune times2. pop up where ever they so pleaseI understand that sometimes stealing fo...


reason for separate /var and /home partitions

Posted by notKlaatu , 14 December 2008 - - - - - - · 206 views

If you're partitioning a harddrive for a serious GNU/Linux then it is often suggested to have a separate partition for /var and sometimes for /home. The cool hing about Linux, of course, is that it's flexible and intelligent enough to be able to actually bring the puzzle pieces that are/var + /home + /swap + /into a complete and coherent system.Bu...


Open Firmware

Posted by notKlaatu , 08 December 2008 - - - - - - · 974 views

Funny thing, three people recently have come across powerPC computers and have mentioned it to me, and this started to get me thinking again about Open Firmware, the old pre-Intel "BIOS" for Apples computers.  The obligatory history: around the original iMac days, Apple took Sun Microsystem's OPEN FIRMWARE and used it for their logic boards....

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