Sunday, March 14, 2010

Just for fun Linux

Okay, I admit, it's a shameless plug. But when you've sat at your computer time after time waiting for the

start up screen to load. Then wait while every process that you need loads and loads and loads only to get

rotating infront of you for what seems to be an eternity. And you may have noticed that over the years, Mr. Gates has artfully designed the hourglass from the simple drawing to a full blown animated gif that is supposed to mesmerise you into a patient lull so as not to get completely frustrated. But for those few megamoments that you are waiting for that wonderful desktop to appear to get online, draft your thesis, or write Mommy a letter, you get another set of hourglass thingys because the processes that you thought were loading are not completely cooked and have to be sent back to the kitchen to be heated up.
Then you start to think that maybe there is other problems and you search and search for ways to eliminate whatever sniffles your baby puter may have caught.
Then you think that maybe your hardware is just getting too old to run all the new stuff out there. But then I thought for a moment (yes, I only think in moments), when I bought this hardware it ran perfectly with a new windows install. Windows hadn't changed in that time, it only updated itself with the service packs to stay ahead of the sicko's out there that want to grab all your information, or destroy your hardware. The hourglass sand trap and slowdowns increase and frustrations just get worse, and just when you think they can't get any worse, Mr. Gates announces a new operating system that will solve all the problems of the previous Vista Operating system, which by the way, also came with a promise that it will solve all the problems of Windows XP, which by the way, also came with the promise that it will solve all the problems of Window 2000, which by the way....I think you see the motif here.
So the decision was made. Dump Microsoft completely, but to what? I didn't want to go with Mr. Jobs either. Mainly because that would mean an entire hardware and software change. So searching the net was the answer. I searched for all kinds of Unix distros. I had used Unix in university way back, so I was curious to see what versions of Linux were easy to install, friendly, and would let me do all the stuff I normally do. Then I found Ubuntu Linux which seemed to fill the bill for me.
The install was flawless. Then came the learning curve for a new operating system. That didn't seem to be too difficult either. My computer had gone into hyperdrive. Instead of Megamoments of bootup time, bootup is just slightly over a minute with everything out of the kitchen and fully cooked. No clicking on an icon and seeing that animated hourglass pop up again. The next step was to tweak it to my user style and preferences. And that's when the fun started. It's hard to explain what I mean by fun if you have never seen a Linux desktop, so I thought you might like to see what I mean:


Linux Ubuntu 9.0.4 & Compiz Effects

You are probably thinking now that why would I need all those bells and whistles. Sure some of the effects that you can do are nice to look at, but as for functionality the cube is incredible. I never thought I would be having so many windows open without a mess on the desk top and not have the computer lag and complain about a plethora of stuff happening all at once, and still get some real work done--faster!

Yes, my little lap top has gone hyperactive. Doesn't whine or snivel. No hourglass. And fun--again.

Shameless plug for Ubuntu? Maybe. But when I really like something, I like to share. And it seems, so does Linux.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

See It 'n' Write It 2010 edition

So

What is "See It 'n' Write It"?

See It 'n' Write it is a simple writing promp, but instead of using a word for a promp, I use three images chosen at random as the prompts, and an additional image to inspire an action, setting, or mood for the story.

The following images were chosen at random using
Cooliris. I just use any word that pops to mind and place it in the google channel in Cooliris and then fish for a picture.

Write anything (flash fiction, peom, limeric, haiku, song lyric, or even a joke) that incorporates all three images while using the fourth image as an action, setting, mood, or motif for your writing. The photos are just prompts to spark your imagination and get writing. Half the fun of this little meme is to see how the photos have been utilized into your writing.

Picture Prompts




And the "Themed" picture



When completed, just comment or email me a link to the story and I will add links to your post.

Have Fun.
TTFN

I'm dedicating this post and reintroduction of See It 'n' Write It to Bud Weiser of WTIT:The Blog.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Queen's Meme


Our favorite Queen in the blogoshpere, Mimi, runs a meme every week. Each meme has a different theme per week. This weeks meme is entitled The Never Should Meme. And here's the introduction from her royalness,
I actually believe that if "shoulds" and "nevers" were banned from the English language we'd all be better off. Who needs to live in absolutes? Should evokes unnecessary and unhealthy guilt.
Never is never enough no matter what you should be doing. Not ever! See? But in this fill-in-the-blank exercise you can be as dogmatic and brutal as you dare.
After today's meme, lose the words.
Seriously.
You should.
Oh, never mind.

I'm going to play it just a little differently, for I am going to fill in the blanks with pictures to finish the sentences. You can find the Official Meme Here


1. If I never see

again it will be too soon. (Not one more cent of mine will go to Mr. Microsoft)

2
. Should I meet my Maker tomorrow, I would ask for one more day on earth to
(Play with Lily)


3. Never in my life have I

like I did today.

Darn burittos! (Sorry that picture just makes me giggle)
*hiccup*

4. I should always allow more time to


(Drawing is what got me started blogging afterall)


5. I should've never listened to


while under the influence of the


(But I did make things "Rock" in "Detroit City" ...

... and I was in Ottawa at the time ggg)


6. I never


in my car but I should always carry a


with me just in case.

(They tore the old


down the year Lola and I started dating, so we kind of missed out on the traditional "make-out" date. Sure miss those innocent and simpler days!)

7. I should spend more money on


because it makes me happy.
I should spend less money on


because it makes me sad.

(But now that I am a


Linux user, I have more money to spoil my Grand Daughter. Thanks TUX)


8.


should never be shared with strangers.

(God knows people are losing too many of them these days)

9. I should tell that I never really meant to


(But every one was doing it, and on the upside, it really did keep you in shape)

10. Never in a million years would I want you to know that


at


(and it doesn't have to be Beaches, or Fried Green Tomatoes either, heck I teared up when Data blew himself up in the last Next Gen film. Okay, I'm a sap no need to tell me)


Thanks Mimi, that was fun.
TTFN



Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Under Construction

Yup, taking the big bite and restructuring the ole HnH. Some buttons may lead to nowhere as yet, but at least blogger put in a way to get back here--phew. Yes it's been a while since I've played in the Blogosphere, but I'm planning to have some fun and try a few things. Big thanks to all my buddies out there (you know who you are) that check up on me and keep the HnH presence alive.

Big thanks to Sandee from Comedy Plus for she plays a new game she calls caption this where you get to add a caption to a picture she has chosen. It's fun to play and the captions can get quite wild.
A big thanks to Bud Weiser from WTIT:The Blog for using a meme post I came up with quite a while ago.
I plan to get my lifetime sentence back in the Bloggingham Dungeon renewed as well. That is if Mimi Lenox allows breaking into her dungeon. Thanks for keeping an eye on me Mimi.

TTFN
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