Category Archives: Geekspeak

5 minutes of fame

I received an email a few days ago from the new author of the Lockergnome Linux Fanatics newsletter saying to look for my name in this weeks edition. I got excited and hoping that he had chosen to promote GetOffTheComputer.com, but I was wrong. However, I did still get mentioned and actually my question to him made a feature article about Linux RSS clients. Go check out that second link to see my moment of fame.

Not giving up yet though. I’m making it my Year End/First of Next Year Resolution to get recognized by some sort of tech company, such as Lockergnome. Made a little headway last week whenever we got discovered by one of the writers at uptime. Sean had some really kind words for myself and the infamous Double Helix. I’m really enjoying the current series that I’m writing over at GOTC about building a computer. The next installment of that should be up over the weekend.

Holiday Wishes

I figured since Iraq got there present, I would make a note about some interesting holiday gift ideas.

First of all, I just clicked over to my favorite hardware dealer, NewEgg.com, and they have a Western Digital 120GB drive (w/ 8megs of cache!) for ONLY 95 bucks! Woweee people, that less than 80 cents per gig. For all the geeks on your wishlist, remember that they can NEVER have enough platters of magnetic metal spinning around inside their case, especially with the proliferation of cheap RAID controllers these days…. *grins*

RAM is the other component I and my fellow computer geeks can never get enough of. DDR400 (aka PC3200) is also cheaper than ever it seems. A 512MB stick identical to the one I have is only $86, which breaks down to less than 18 cents per MB. *wipes drool from chin*

In conclusion, blank CD’s are always needed for geeks as well. Whether it be archiving MP3′s (only legal ones of course!), backing up crucial data, or burning copies of their favorite games while borrowing them from their friends burning the latest ISO of their favorite Linux distribution, blank media is always a good idea. Think of it as the geek equivalent of the neck tie you buy your dad every year or the candles you get for your mom.

“These are a few of my favorite things…” But look for a more detailed “Gift List for Geeks” on my favorite tech website, GetOffTheComputer.com on Monday or Tuesday. I hear my favorite author, Syntax is working on a top ten list of sorts for all the uber-geeks on your shopping list.

In closing, there are two buttons to your immediate right for instant shopping access for your favorite Moore. The ThinkGeek wish list contains quite a few affordable items!

suse

For about two weeks now I’ve been attemptin to make the switch to Linux as my primary operating system. Needless to say, it’s been rather successful for the most part. I’ve had to switch over to Windows a couple of times, but it’s pretty amazing how resourceful I’ve become at getting things figured out. I am lucky to have a mentor who has been blazing the same trail ahead of me for a few weeks longer than me, and we’ve been getting a lot kinks worked out with double the resources. There are only a few grievances that I have:

1) Game Support – I gotta have Battlefield and the forthcoming HL2.
2) Web Authoring – I’m really hung up on Dreamweaver for my web site development.
3) USB/Digital Camera support – I have a 6-in-1 Media Card reader that is somewhat flaky under Linux.

If these three issues were resolved, I could format my WinXP partition to an ext3 or ResierFS today and live happily ever after. I don’t want to use the phrase “catch up to Windows” because I don’t feel like it is really behind. I would actually be first in line to say it’s way ahead in many ways. Linux is just going too many directions thank to each company creating their own distro’s. I did read a few days ago though that the big three (Suse/RedHat/Mandrake) are planning to have a united desktop over the next few years. Very interested in seeing where this goes. If you’ve ever been curious about Linux, keep your eyes on GOTC for command help and such. I’d highly recommend getting yourself a copy of Suse 8.2 Professional if you’re interseted at all in learning. The install is easy and configuration is a breeze. Email me if you want more info…

down with AIM

Here’s the deal yo: A few weeks ago I decided that since I rarely talk on AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) anymore, that I would just not use it anymore unless I needed to talk to someone. Well, the quitting cold turkey worked just fine, and I would sign on just every few days when I needed someone. So today I signed on to use their text messaging feature to send Bon a message and I was confronted with a bizarre pop-up ad after a few minutes of use. I didn’t notice at first that it was coming from AOL, just that it was loading in Internet Explorer, something that shouldn’t be happening regardless since Mozilla Firebird is my default browser. This caused me to start examining the programs I had open and sure enough, AIM was the culprit. The pop-up ads were for a movie called Elf or something like that, and the ad above my AIM buddy list was for the same movie.

So I began digging a little deeper to see how the ads were loading and boy was I surprised when I saw the JavaVM icon in my system tray. I’ll just leave it at this: I’m pissed at this type of ad design. This is one reason I don’t like the use of Java on websites period. If the virtual machine is installed, practically any sort of code can be executed if you go to the site. And sure enough, this Java code was executing IE and loading an ad. I’ve got an away message up on my AIM right now giving my friends fair warning, because I’m uninstalling AOL and never looking back. Email me people if you need me. There is a contact button at the top, and email button to the right, a MSN Messenger icon to the right, and you can even text message my cell phone with the SMS ME buttons. So don’t say you can’t get in touch with me.

Sionara AIM. I hope you rot along with your developers and ad salesmen.

pics and moving.

Well ladies and gentlemen, I have some sad news to report…

At some point in the next 24-48 hours, I’ll be dismantling my computer and rest of my office stuff to move it to the new house. The sad part is, Time Warner can’t come to connect RoadRunner/DVR/Digital Cable until NEXT FRIDAY MORNING. So, I’ll be broadband-less for a week! Someome save me! I think I’ll manage, but remember that if you need to talk to me, email probably won’t be a very rapid method over the next week. My postings at GOTC will probably be rather light as well. So if you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to use the new layout and inclusion of the SMS button to text me on my cell phone.

In the meantime, I’ve put the Titans-Panthers game pics online. So you can go and enjoy those while I’m away from blogging….

sucky software

Well Apple finally made it around to porting and releasing iTunes for Windows. For the lengthy review, keep your eyes checking over at www.getoffthecomputer.com but here’s my initial thoughts

IT SUCKS.

That’s about all there is to say. I’ve used iTunes before on a Mac, and I was impressed and so excited when I heard they were releasing a Windows version. But now I can say that they should have left it be. The sound quality of the box is absolutely pitiful. The EQ is turned on automatically but at flat settings. After some fuss, I’ve got decent sound, but nothing like from Windows Media Player, Winamp, or my latest friend, Foobar. Just pitiful… 

and it was so

Well you asked and you shall receive…

OK, so no one really asked for a new layout, but here it is anyway. I hope you like it, and if you do, I’d of course appreciate you using that newly found email button at the top of the column to the right and letting me know. 

oh yeah…

One other thing…

I’m working on tweaking a new design for the layout here. The general layout will be the same, but I’m reworking the entire right-hand side menu to be more informative and functional. I’ve been working on and off for a week or two getting my stuff together, and if I can take an hour amongst the craziness this week, I’ll try to finish it up and reveal it all to you.